Men’s Handicap Doubles
On Wednesday 18th the Club held the Men’s Doubles Handicap competition. For this competition there were 13 pairs. Two groups (one of 6 and one of 7) battled it out to get into the top 2 for a place in the semis. The handicaps ranged from -7 for some of our MP1 players up to +11.
With no quarter given by anyone and some great quality badminton played the groups finished with the following pairs qualifying for the semi finals.
Marc Machin-Cowen & Mike Williams (+5) vs Ben Fielding & Richard Pulchelka (-7)
Raymond Yeng & Ian Sills (-7) vs Ian Bates & Siva (-1)
With both Ian S & Ray tiring quickly, a solid Ian B & Siva quickly out played them to win a place in the final. In the other semi despite some desperate (and spectacular) diving from Marc, Ben & Pooch proved too strong and progressed.
The final (see picture above) was a long hard fought affair with numerous occasions when both Richard and Ben were sprawled across the floor after diving for shots. Towards the end of the game however Ben & Richards consistency began to tell and they wrapped up the title in some style 21-12.