Ex-league stalwarts make the difference

The Norfolk Over-60s team once again proved that badminton is a sport for all ages when they played and comprehensively beat Lincolnshire by nine games to three.

The Norfolk Over-60s team once again proved that badminton is a sport for all ages when they played and comprehensively beat Lincolnshire by nine games to three.

This season the team has been reinforced by the availability of several ex-league players and the final score, the best the side has achieved for many years, reflected their presence.

Playing for Norfolk were Bob Tooby, Cooper Ramjeet, Alan Palmer, David Pennington, Lois Ash, Ann Hutchin, Gill Holman and Pam Mace.

The vets also have teams at Over-40 & 45 level in the Inter County League and anyone interested in playing should contact Suzanne Benton at bentonskpf@hotmail.co.uk or phone her on 01603 754488.

tAt the other end of the age range, two Norfolk pairs entered the annual Leicester Under-12s doubles tournament which attracted players from all over the country.

Despite their age and inexperience, both pairs played very well against older and stronger opposition and, although neither pair progressed beyond the group stage of the competition, they gained valuable experience.

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All four, Ed Benton and Ben Sharman and Ella Kearsley and Devon Minnis, will be eligible to enter again next year and will be keen to make a greater impact.

tThe county Under-15s B team took on their Cambridge counterparts at St Neots. Honours were even in the early stages of the match although the games were very close, decided by a few points either way.

Norfolk had a slender 10-9 lead going into the final game, which they won in three tense sets to secure a well deserved victory.

Overall, a very creditable performance from all the Norfolk players, who were Adam Simmons, Daniel Cordeaux, Tom Hinks, Sophie Piper, Amy Sharman, Lauren Read and Rebecca Leers.