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Derbyshire 3rds V Cumbria 2nds - Home - 9th December 2012


Another comfortable win for the Derbyshire 3rd team at home against Cumbria 2nds.

Great effort from all team players:

Ben Wheatley                                      Tiara Samuel
Wilson Tam                                         Rachel Hickie
Matt Armson                                       Janine Hickie
Matt Bond                                           Rachael Marshall

Final score 12-3 to Derbyshire keeping them firmly stuck to the top of the Division 6 North!

Derbyshire 2nds V Lothian 2nds - Away - 8th December 2012

Game 3 of 8 and Derbyshire 2nds faced the long journey to Edinburgh to play Lothian 2. Away days to Scotland have proved tough for all of the senior teams over the past few seasons, so this time the team travelled determined to buck the recent trend of heavy defeats! 

Fielding the same singles line up as the game against Durham, we were looking for another fast start, unfortunately on this occasion it wasn't too be. Nick Tranter and Ed Chrayah went down in two tight matches, but the ladies rescued the singles with Sarah Pulley and Lia Kellogg putting the first points on the board for Derbyshire. At the end of the singles, the match score was tied at 2 - 2.

The Mens Doubles proved to be an evenly contested affair. Nick Tranter and Ed Chrayah lost 22-20 in the third against Lothian's top pair but then beat Lothian's 2nd pair in three. Meanwhile Phil Watts and Andy Petty lost in two to Lothian's top pair but comfortably beat Lothian's second pair. Scores tied 2 - 2 in the mens doubles.

The Ladies Doubles proved decisive. Alison Blood and Lia Kellogg continued their run of form beating both Lothian pairs after a hard fought three setter against Lothian's top pair. The new pairing of Sarah Pulley and Rachel Marshall were not to be outdone and after winning a close three setter in their first game, they powered to victory against Lothian's first pair. 4 - 0 to Derbyshire.

This meant that the match score after the doubles was 8 - 4 to Derbyshire and the victory was confirmed. Could this be another great away day? Two points from the three mixed games and we would be heading home with maximum points!

Robin Harris and Sarah Pulley made light work of the Lothian 2nd pair, winning their tie in less than 15 minutes. Full points were secured when Nick Tranter and Alison Blood took the first mixed in three, closely followed by Andy Petty and Rachel Marshall who also won in three. 3 - 0 to Derbyshire in the mixed.

Final match score - 11-4 Derbyshire and 8 points out of 9 so far this season. The team are very determined to win promotion this season after the disappointment of last year and after three games, we are on track.

After winning ALL of their games, the Ladies share the "Man of the Match". Great performance by Ali, Lia, Sarah and Rach!!

Next Match - Nottinghamshire 3rds - Away - 13th January 2013

Derbyshire 3rds Vs Cheshire 3rds - Away - 28th Oct - Match Report


Derbyshire 3rds took a trip out to Chester to face Cheshires 3rd team.  The last time we faced Cheshire 3rds they were our closest rivals and we just pipped them to take promotion.

Watching the Cheshire team knock up didn't do the teams confidence level too good, they looked a very strong team.  However the 3rd team never gave up and put a fight up for everypoint.

The match kicked of with Ben Wheatley and Matt Olney starting the singles.  Both players were powered off court by very strong Cheshire opposition.  Tiara Samuel and Emma Brealey kicked off the girls singles both being edged out of the first game.  Emma unfortunately lost her second game to a girl who had more batteries than a duracell bunny.  Tiara however managed to turn her first game defeat around and take the next to games putting Derbyshire 3rds 3-1 down after the singles.

Ben Wheatley paired up with Matt Armson in the doubles against Cheshires 1st pairing.  After losing the first game the boys turned it around in Derbyshires favour taking the second and third games convincingly.  Matt Olney paired up with Matt Bond to face Cheshires 2nd pair.  Unfortunately Derbyshire just lost out in 3 sets.  On the turn around Ben & Matt came out strong once again to take an epic 3 end battle finally winning 23-25, 24-22, 21-11.  Matt Olney and Matt Bond were once again unable to hold off the Cheshire opposition losing a very close second game 23-21.

The girls saved the team once again with Janine Hickine and Rachel Marshall winning both of their matches in convincing style.  Tiara Samuel and Emma Brealey had mixed fortunes, they won their first match in a close 3 ender 24-22, 16-21, 21-19.  But unfortuately lost out to Cheshires top pair in two close games.

This put Derbyshire 6-6 after a slow start in the singles needing only 2 of the next 3 mixed matches.  Captain Todd was qietly confident knowing that Derbyshires strongest finishes have always been in the mixed.

The mixed kicked off with Ben Wheatley and Rachel Marshall winning in two convincing games.
Only one more mixed needed!!!!! Surely we've got it !!!!

Matt Armson paired up with Janine Hickie for the second mixed and Matt Bond paired up with Tiara Samuel for the 3rd mixed.  After the first game of each match it wasn't looking good for Derbyshire with both pairs losing.  Armson and Hickie managed to turn it around first with a 21-18 win in the second end, looking fired up for the 3rd and final end.  Bond and Samuel also managed to win their second end with a more impressive 23-21.  Nail biting moments lastet forever as both pairs were level nearly all the way to the end.  Bond and Samuel came out first with a gruelling 26-24 win in the 3rd end giving Derbyshire the win.  Shortly followed by a 3rd end win for Armson and Hickie 21-17.

Final score 9-6 Derbyshire.

Great team effort from the whole team.  Every point was fought for and deserved.

Player of the match this time was very close but has to go to Tiara Samuel.

Derbyshire 2nds Vs Durham 2nds - Away - 28th Oct - Match Report

Sunday 28th October and Derbyshire 2nds travelled to Middlesborough to take on Durham 2nds. Durham had previously thrashed Lothian so it promised to be a tough encounter.

The matched kicked off with the Mens Singles and Ed Chrayah coasted through his match quickly, first point on the board and a good win for Ed on his return to the Singles. In the other match Nick Tranter was locked in a three court battle with Durham's best player on the day. Nick recovered from losing the first game to take the game in three - 2 - 0 Derbyshire!!

The ladies Singles was a somewhat delayed affair. Sarah Pulley, playing 1st Singles, destroyed the opposition, winning 21-4 and 21-0, the first BAGEL that I've ever seen in County Badminton since the launch of the current scoring system!! Due to the fact that Durham still didn't have a full team at the venue Lia Kellog had to wait for her match. This game was closely contested with the Durham Second Lady being significantly stronger. After losing the first, Lia dug in and took the match in three. 4 - 0 after the singles!! Great start!! A rarity for Derbyshire after the singles event!

Mens Doubles continued the trend of Derbyshire Domination, Robin Harris and Ed Chrayah winning both of their matches in three, whilst not to be outdone, Andy Petty and Nick Tranter also took both of their level doubles matches, just sneaking top pair on the day by only dropping the one game!! Match score 8 - 0 and cruising!!

Dreams of a clean sweep unfortunately ended in the ladies doubles. Alison Blood and Lia Kellogg won both of their level doubles matches in two but this could not be copied by Lauren Lewis and Sarah Pulley who lost a close game in three to Durham's top pair having already beaten Durham's 2nd Ladies pair. Match score - 11 - 1 - maximum points to Derbyshire!

Finally the Mixed. At one, Robin Harris and Sarah Pulley took their match in three. Nick Tranter and Alison Blood continued their run of form, winning in two, whilst Andy Petty and Lauren Lewis lost a close game in two. 2 out of 3 to Derbyshire - final match score 13 - 2!! 

This win puts Derbyshire firmly in the hunt for promotion. 2 down, 6 to go with a difficult trip to Lothian up next.

After such a convincing win, it's difficult to pick out an individual as "star player". Tranter, Chrayah, Harris, Petty, Blood and Kellogg ALL took maximums, so the result goes to the Team Effort!!

A couple of interesting facts were discovered today and I'd like to share them:

Ed "trackie bottoms" Chrayah - plays better if he leaves his sparrow legs concealed. Unbeaten without removing his track suit bottoms!!

Robin "steaming" Harris - has a head that steams (due to a lack of hair), when playing in a cold sports hall. Much to the amusement of E Chrayah!

Andy "money feet" Petty - played two and half matches with money in his badminton shoes. Half way through his mixed match, he removed his shoe to find a 10 pence and two 1 pence pieces in his badminton shoes!! If you know Andy, you know I'm not joking!!

Derbyshire 2nds Vs Lancashire 3rds Match Report


After narrowly missing out on survival last season, the County Second team are keen to reclaim their position in Division Three as quickly as possible. A strong squad was assembled for the first match of the season and the visit of   Lancashire 3rds.

Nick Tranter and Dan Hong got the tie underway in the men's singles but unfortunately Lancashire took both games with Nick losing a close match in three.

Alison Blood and Sophie Brealey were up next in the ladies singles and followed on the good form shown at the Restricted to take both singles point comfortably in two.

Match tied at Two - Two. 

The Men's doubles all proved to be close encounters and were ultimately tied 2 - 2. Robin Harris and Ed Chrayah took two out of two whilst Phil Watts and Andy Petty were unlucky to lose both matches in three.

The women's doubles proved decisive with Derbyshire coming out on top 3-1. Alison Blood and Lia Kellogg taking both of their matches whilst Sarah Pulley and Lauren Lewis took one out of two.

After the level doubles the match score was 7 - 5 to Derbyshire. Three out of three in the mixed would secure maximum points whilst one win would secure two points.

Nick Tranter and Ali Blood teamed up to take the second mixed comfortably and Robin Harris and Sarah Pulley took the first mixed in a close three setter. With the win secured the third mixed didn't quite go to plan with Andy Petty and Lauren Lewis just missing out.

Final score 9 - 6 to Derbyshire and a fair reflection of the match. A solid start to the season.

Shouts out to Kellogg, Chrayah, Brealey and Harris who remained unbeaten but the player of the tie goes to Alison Blood for taking all four of her games!

Derbyshire 3rds Vs Durham 3rds Match Report


Derbyshire 3rds kick off the season in style with a 12-3 win over Durham 3rds to take all 3 points.

Derbyshire 3rd Team Players:

Team Manager - Paul Todd

Ben Wheatley            Tiara Samuel
Matt Armson             Emma Brealey
Matt Olney                Janine Hickie
Wilson Tam              Rach Marshall
Matt Bond                 Katie Wright

Senior County Debuts for - Wilson Tam & Katie Wright

Player of the match : Ben Wheatley