Todmorden Badminton Club swept to their first title of the season as their mixed team demolished Nelson College at home to win the first division in the Nelson and District Badminton League.
Although Todmorden had led the table at Christmas by 24 points, nearest rivals Towneley still had games in hand and captain Steve Larkin knew that if Todmorden scored 13 points or more, they would be uncatchable – a tough ask against a Nelson side, runners up in this division last season.
Larkin and Sue King got off to the perfect start with a 21-13, 21-4 crushing of Fraser Hopwood and Alison Wolstenholme.
Meanwhile Sandra Simpson and Phil Howitt narrowly defeated Glen Tunbridge and Rosie Southworth 21-19, 21-18. With the reverse doubles also going to Todmorden in straight sets, the sides went into the same sex pairings with Todmorden 12-0 ahead.
Todmorden’s women pairings have been unbeaten for two years, and King and Simpson showed no signs of slipping up in defeating Southworth and Wolstenholme 21-16, 21-6.
In a fantastic finale, Howitt and Larkin, who had lost to Hopwood and Tunbridge at Nelson in November, took the first set 24-22 from a dubious netcord, narrowly lost the second 21-19, but, knowing that the title was secure, ran out 21-12 winners in the decider, with Larkin outstanding at the net.
Todmorden had won the match by a colossal 18-1 margin, which assured them the first division championship less than 12 months after promotion from the second division.
Todmorden club nights are on Friday at the Todmorden Sports Centre on Ewood Lane between 8pm and 10pm and all players with some experience are welcome.
For further details contact Phil Howitt on 01422 844720.