Cornwall Badminton Vets – 40s against Devon, 7.3.10
For the last match of the season, the team travelled to sunny Torquay to take on a strong Devon outfit.
The Cornish men were up against 4 younger, talented players, but Pete Bazin and “flying” Phil Clemo clinched a fantastic game, just winning 22-20 in the final end against the 2nd Devon pair. The other Cornish pair, made up of Truro’s Adam Widdison and Brian Hannibal, who was standing in for the day, found it hard work against the Devon men.
The girls, particularly Jan Santillo and Liane Irish, did very well, taking 3 out of the 4 ladies games, with Jan and Liane winning a nail-biting 3 ender, before comfortably seeing off the second pair, and Lorna Riggs and Sue Biscoe winning one and losing one.
The match was nicely poised going into the mixed, at 4 games each, but the Devon men again dominated, taking the first 2 games. Once again, Phil was his usual dynamic self on court, combining well with Liane to beat the 3rd pair, but Brian and Sue lost out to the 4th Devon pair, and Devon took the match, with a final score 7-5 in their favour.
This was a very creditable score for Cornwall against this Devon side, and gives the team renewed confidence for the new season to come.
Team – Pete Bazin, Phil Clemo, Adam Widdison, Brian Hannibal, Jan Santillo, Liane Irish, Lorna Riggs, Sue Biscoe.