Jersey extend winning badminton sequence

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Their 21-19, 21-16 win, at the New Gilson Hall yesterday gave the hosts a deserved win after Devon had gone seven to six games ahead, only for Mark Constable and Kim Ashton to bring the match level at 7-7 before the final tie.

‘It was always a very close encounter,’ said Jersey badminton association coach Mark Constable afterwards.

‘In the mixed doubles match, playing with Kim Ashton, we won 21-11 and 21-11 to level the match at seven games all.

‘Thankfully, Kerry and Chris Cotillard won their final match, to make certain of the win.

But at no time during the weekend were there any easy games.’ The result extends Jersey’s remarkable run to more than 19 consecutive victories at national level.

In the Jersey Open Badminton competition at the New Gilson Hall at the weekend Constable won the men’s singles final, beating Lancashire’s Tim Vickers 21-8, 21-11; ex-England international Rebecca Pantaney won the women’s singles, and there were also wins, in the mixed competition, for Dan Harris and Betty Blair competing against Pantaney and Colm Smith.

The men’s doubles title was won by Constable and Cottillard and the ladies doubles by Pantaney and Blair.

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