A NUMBER of Salisbury players were at the Christie Miller Sports Centre last weekend for the Wiltshire Restricted Badminton Championships.
Simon Woodhouse, Veronique Manook, Haydn Dibble, Sam Barber, Alex Brown, Aiden Beardsley, James Knight and Rachel Jackson were among the 53 entries – the largest for several years.
The competitions were played on a knockout basis with a plate event for first match losers - except in the Ladies singles, which was played on a round-robin basis in two groups.
There were 22 entries in the Men’s singles, 15 pairs in both the Men’s and Mixed doubles but only seven entries in the Ladies singles and nine pairs in the Ladies doubles.
The holders in each event retained their titles - Ben Caldwell won the men’s singles for the sixth consecutive year beating Sam Barber in the final.
In the eight sets he played, Ben only dropped 48 points.
Lisa Turner won the Ladies singles for the fourth year in a row beating Katie Allaway in a two-set final.
The Men’s doubles saw Ben Caldwell and Simon Woodhouse retain their title in a repeat of last year’s final when they beat Gary Davies and Sean Locke in two close games.
Veronique Manook and Julie Russell won the ladies doubles for the eighth time in all and fourth time in succession when they beat Jo Ferris and Lisa Turner in three close sets.
The Mixed doubles saw Sean Locke and Julie Russell win for the third consecutive year when they beat Haydn Dibble and Heather McCune in straight sets.
Although the holders prevailed, it was pleasing to see so many young players taking part and performing well against more experienced players.
Men's Singles: Ben Caldwell beat Sam Barber 21-11, 21-7
Ladies Singles: Lisa Turner beat Katie Allaway 21-11, 21-15
Men's Doubles: Ben Caldwell & Simon Woodhouse beat Gary Davies & Sean Locke
Ladies Doubles: Veronique Manook & Julie Russell beat Jo Ferris & Lisa Turner 22-20, 20-22, 21-13
Mixed Doubles: Sean Locke & Julie Russell beat Haydn Dibble & Heather McCune 21-14, 21-6
Plate event winners
Men's Singles: Jack Gruar
Men's Doubles: Alex Brown & Aiden Beardsley
Ladies Doubles: Harriet Ferris & Yasmin Hallard
Mixed Doubles: James Knight & Rachel Jackson