Strong Block bags crown for Meridians

BADMINTON: Meridians' David Block took the mens singles crown at 39th Ipswich & District Badminton League Championship. Block proved too strong for Ian Neal (Gainsborough), who had beaten last season's winner in an earlier round, and eventually triumphed 15-1, 15-5.

MERIDIANS' David Block took the mens singles crown at 39th Ipswich & District Badminton League Championship.

Block proved too strong for Ian Neal (Gainsborough), who had beaten last season's winner in an earlier round, and eventually triumphed 15-1, 15-5.

Abbeygate's Jo Hughes used her experience against Alys Kindred (Framlingham) to take the ladies singles title.

After losing a very even first set 13-12, Hughes rallied to take the next two 11-4, 11-3.

The mens doubles honours went to Miguel Soler and Paul Adderson, who retained their title.

The YMCA pair lost the opening set to the very attacking partnership of YMCA club-mates Peter Sidaway and Ivan Pulford.

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The more experienced Soler and Adderson appeared to have no answer to the powerful smashes of their young pretenders as Sidaway and Pulford took the first game 15-4.

But a change in tactics in the second and third sets led to a nailbiting finish as the holders came back to win 15-12 and 15-13.

The result might have been different if Sidaway had not suffered a wrist injury.

The ladies doubles saw new winners in Jo Hughes and Toni Sturgeon (Abbeygate), who played some excellent shots and employed clever tactics – particularly a run of first-class serving by Sturgeon in the second set.

They beat an out-of-sorts Sue Poole and Sarah Gooding (YMCA) 15-9, 15-2.

The mixed doubles final was an all-YMCA affair with Adderson and Poole beating Soler and Gooding 15-12, 15-12 in a match littered with mistakes.

In the veteran mens singles handicap event, Neal (plus 4) ran out of steam and was easily beaten 15-7, 15-3 by Corinthians' Ian Joyce (plus 8).

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