December 5, 2023
The most effective home shuttlers flocked to Hatfield for a historic badminton weekend on the twenty eighth 2023 English Nationwide Masters Championships.
On the nationwide high match, 396 contributors competed in additional than 35 occasions in 9 age classes.
From 35+ to 75+, a spread of expertise was on show because the Nationwide Masters Champions had been topped over three days of aggressive motion.
4-time Commonwealth Video games badminton nice and former Sri Lankan nationwide champion Dinuka Karunaratne gained two golds within the 35+ open doubles and males’s singles classes.
He teamed up with brother Diluka Karunaratne within the open doubles and the pair went by means of three rounds to achieve the ultimate, the place they defeated Mark Legislation and Alex Marritt 21-11 21-12.
Within the open singles, Karunaratne defeated Will Hilton-Jackson 21-11, 21-7 within the remaining.
Within the 40+ class, Guernsey’s Paul Le Tocq was among the many notable performers. He teamed up with Nick Ponting to realize success within the open doubles as they defeated James and Simon White 17-21, 21-14, 21-10 within the remaining.
Le Tocq additionally took silver within the open singles after shedding to Andrew Aspinal (23-21 22-24 15-21) in an epic 57-minute remaining.
Paul Freeman teamed up with Kelly Fairey within the combined doubles and so they got here from behind towards Paul Andrew Mayfield and Claire Royall to win the ultimate 11-21 21-9 21-17.
Kenton Jones loved a memorable day at Hatfield, topping the rostrum twice, as soon as as the highest seeded open singles winner and as soon as alongside Linzi Kernick within the combined doubles.
Tracy Parker additionally carried out strongly, successful the 45+ ladies’s doubles with Jenny Adrian and taking bronze with Phil Sunderland within the combined doubles.
Carl Jennings twice got here out on high within the 50+ class, successful the combined doubles with Paula Wilson and the open singles, beating Simon Gilhooly 21-8, 21-19 within the remaining.
Gilhooly was additionally in opposition within the combined doubles remaining, alongside Sara Foster, with Jennings and Paula Wilson prevailing 21-11 21-15.
Ponting once more starred, successful the 55+ combined doubles with Julie Bradbury, who additionally teamed up with Debbie Miller within the ladies’s doubles to finish double triumphs.
Caroline Hale narrowly missed out on high of the rostrum in her partnership with Betty Blair as Bradbury and Miller accomplished a three-game win 21-18 16-21 21-16.
However Hale was in high kind to assert first place within the 55+ ladies’s singles.
Lancashire’s John Bowker powered by means of each the 60+ combined doubles and open doubles occasions to take residence two nationwide titles this weekend, the latter partnering Donald Burden.
It was the same story for Viv Gillard, who partnered Bowker within the combined doubles as they got here from behind to beat Mike Nevett and Karen Thomas 15-21, 21-18, 21-14.
She additionally took residence gold within the ladies’s doubles alongside Sue Crompton after beating Chris Summers and Karen Thomas 21-17 21-19.
Ursula Heale and Christine Bridge fought a hard-fought encounter within the 65+ ladies’s singles earlier than Heale got here out on high with a 21-11 14-21 21-16 victory.
Elsewhere, Ian Purton loved double gold enjoyable within the 65+ combined and open doubles classes.
He partnered Christine Crossley as the highest seeds stormed to a complete victory and did the identical with Dean Humphreys within the open doubles class.
Crossley added to her medal tally with greater than 70 wins in ladies’s singles as the highest seed within the class, successful all three matches in round-robin format.
Betty Bartlett teamed Janet Williams within the ladies’s doubles for an total victory, whereas Graham Robinson earned gold within the open singles.
In essentially the most skilled class of the English Nationwide Masters Championships, Jim Garrett took residence gold within the 75+ combined doubles and open singles classes.
He and Mary Jenner defeated Ken Tantum and Sue Awock in three matches (21-18 15-21 21-19) within the combined doubles remaining and Garrett additionally defeated Rodney Forrest within the open singles, though Forrest joined forces with Grahame Moscrop to realize victory. open double crown.