NBF Report 19 June 2009
At the mid-season stage Cambridge Crossways and Haverhill topped all the Badminton Newmarket Badminton Federation League Tables, but their grip slackened in the second half of the season and they had to settle for just three promotion places in the 7 divisions. Crossways seem to have gained some stronger players this season with their teams winning the Ladies and Mixed Second Divisions and they would have made it the set had Haverhill not beaten their Men's B side 4-2 home and away on their way to one of only two 100% win records this season. Haverhill’s other sides finished second to Ely Victoria in both the Ladies and the Mixed First divisions. Haverhill Ladies were actually unbeaten and won at Ely and drew at home, but they drew a couple of other matches so were pipped on games difference for top spot. Haverhill Mixed team were also runners-up for the first time in recent years in the First Division, although they were not so close to Ely, who once again dominated this Division, winning all their matches for the loss of just 12 games.
Crossways’ other major challenge was in the Men’s First Division where their A team, promoted for this season, gave St. Phillips A an early scare, but finished in second spot as the Saints went on to win the title for the fourth year running. Ely, finishing third, might have challenged harder but for some trouble fielding full sides which seems to be the secret to performing in this Division. Newmarket’s Men finished disappointingly one off the bottom of the division, just above Littleport who achieved what must be a record games difference of minus 78, winning only 3 games all season.
In the rest of the Ladies, Newmarket finished an usually low third in the First Division, although they are not fielding their strongest ladies in this league, which does make it more competitive. Despite a late rally St. Phillips’ Ladies again finished at the bottom of the Division so who knows whether they will escape relegation again for next season.
Commiserations to Hawks Mixed team who, despite sharing the honours with Crossways, one win against each other, lost out on games difference at the top of the Second Division. Adrift of the top two in the first Division was a pack of three on the same points, although some bizarre results put Linton, who finished bottom of the Division last season, in perhaps a flattering third position on game difference ahead of St. Phillips and then Newmarket A, with the Con Club facing relegation back to the Second Division after only one season.
Crossways topped off their season with one major honour, the Rushworth Knockout trophy, beating Ely Victoria who could not quite overcome the 90 point handicap, by just 8 points, in a thrilling and hard fought final.
One post script to the tables is that unfortunately the final league tables that were previously produced (1 June 2009) had to be revised as it has transpired that Soham failed to affiliate to Badminton England for the 2008/09 season, so in accordance with league rule 4, the committee have regrettably had to void their results for the season. The leagues have been revised as at 19 June 2009, as shown.