It was a superb display of Level doubles at its best that overwhelmed the Dorset badminton team on their home turf. The Cornish 1st team travellers took the match 8-7 and bagged an important 2 points to begin their 2010/11 campaign.
Captain and coach Kelvin Edwards gave the team an initial boost with a superb win over the Dorset singles number 1 in straight sets.
“I just kept it simple and hit the corners” remarked Kelvin.
The men’s doubles was a master class in attacking play; James Whetter and Guy Michell were never really troubled in both their contests and clearly showed their authority as a well established pair. Their counter hitting and ability to turn defence into attack was just too much for any of the Dorset pairs. Not to be out done the new pairing of Tom Lyle and Ross Lashbrook also proved to be too strong for the home side.
“I am sure these two pairs will have to play each other in the restricted tournament next year, and that is a contest worth booking your seat for now” commented Kelvin.
The ladies doubles were shared with Jo Philip and Rachel Irish winning in three sets against the Dorset first pair and, Bron Wotton and Jan Santillo winning in three sets against the seconds. Both pairs should great determination to win through.
Unusually, the mixed doubles faired against the Duchy side, with only James and Jo winning through. The other pairs did all lose in three sets which shows that the fitness training of late has paid off.
“The whole team did complain of feeling “flabby” before pre season training commenced” reported Guy “But we have all worked so incredibly hard in training and this result sends out warning signs to the other counties in the group.”
Cornwall’s next match is at home, Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell on Sunday 28th November against Somerset. Match starts at 1pm, admission is free so why not go and support the team for what looks like a successful season.