BADMINTON: High Fliers miss out on title on the final day

High Fliers Two, from left, are Tony Wigley, Carlo Verda, Lily Etherington and Jamie Fulton
High Fliers Two, from left, are Tony Wigley, Carlo Verda, Lily Etherington and Jamie Fulton

Priory Two finished the Bridlington Badminton League season on a high.

They overcame High Fliers One 10-3 in a Division One clash.

Jordan Exley and Craig Cockerill scored hat-tricks, supported by Dave Bruce and Phil Michulitis both claiming doubles.

Paul Rhodes and Jamie Fulton replied for the Fliers.

Acorn Two are the runners-up in Division Three following their emphatic 12-0 whitewash of Northcliffe Five.

The Division Four title was decided in the last match of the season, as High Fliers Four needed to score six points to be triumphant.

However, their opponents High Fliers Five won the match 8-5.

Lily Etherington and Chris Smith were the top scorers for the fourth team, Lewis Dowson, Oliver Mortimer, Eugene Gray and Ashton Dowson shared the points for the fifth team.

High Fliers Three and High Fliers Four were tied on 72 points but the third team lifted the Division Four crown as they had won more matches than the fourth team.

There is just one more week to go before the season ends, and all the fixtures must be completed before April 29.

Priory A had already won the main title, which made it 12 consecutive titles and with winning their ninth successive Levels title this season, means they have come out on top in the last 21 competitions in Bridlington.

Captain Paul Robinson said: “It’s being a real squad performance as myself and Nigel Fell and my wife Jo have missed a lot of the season with injury.

“Henry Syson and Dan Gration have been outstanding for the first team.

“It was great to see home grown Craig Cockerill play so well for the first team, while Ana Cowie has been a good performer this season and evergreen Kate Manson has played a key part in the mixed title win.

“I will be passing our 21st title on to the museum and records department at Badminton England for them to log.

“I am proud to be a Priory captain and have played over the years with some fantastic players and characters.

“It’s great to see BBC and Scarborough push us in the Levels title and both teams will be stronger next season so good news for the league.

“I hope Northcliffe can make signings so they can challenge as well because Priory want the league as competitive as possible.”

High Fliers club night restarts at the leisure centre tomorrow evening.