Dramatic final day sees Bridlington retain title

Bridlington's Yorkshire League team

Bridlington's Yorkshire League team

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Bridlington retained their Yorkshire Badminton League Division Three title by the narrowest of margins after they and their nearest rivals both won on the final day.

A 6-3 win over Doncaster left Bridlington on 26 points, one ahead of Acklam, who could only beat Chesterfield by the same margin.

Captain Paul Robinson said: “Fourteen players have played for the first team this season and every player has given their all for Bridlington.

“This win is better than last year, the teams in the league are a lot stronger and injuries and unavailability has made the job of retaining our title even harder.

“We are not the youngest team and playing two matches in one day is tough on your body. I am very proud to be captain of Bridlington and to win the title and we will certainly be playing in Divison Two next season even though we know it is going to a massive challenge.

“A special mention to my wife who has helped me organise both teams and Nigel Fell who missed this game but at 53 is still a class player and proved it with his performances this season.”

The captain and Jack Torbett won the first men’s doubles 21-8 21-8 before Robinson and Henry Syson lost 12-21 21-14 21-16.

After defeat in the third men’s game, Helen Brown, Clare Park and Jo Robinson won got things back on track with two wins from three games.

A clean sweep in the mixed matches sealed the crucial victory.

Bridlington 2nd team lost 8-1 to Chesterfield and 6-3 to Clifton B and despite finishing bottom of Division Three, Jamie Smith and Dan Gration are promising young players for Bridlington for the future.