U15s v Buckinghamshire….so nearly!!



Leicestershire U15’s team knew that this match against Buckinghamshire was going to be their hardest challenge so far.

Match Report


Ella, Hritika, Jasmin, Eve, Tom C, Tom L, Sameer, Marcus, Daniel

Mixed Doubles

Leicestershire needed to get off to a quick start and they certainly did that:

Sameer and Hritika put the first point on the board with an impressive 2 – 0 win over their opponents, they controlled the match throughout playing some high standard shots, winning 21 – 12 and 21 – 15. Ella and Tom L won their match 2 – 0, but had to battle, with some excellent defence winning 21 – 19 21 – 19. Eve and Marcus brought the third match home after a nervous start losing the first game 15 – 21, second and third games they improved and took the shuttle earlier to win the next two games 21 – 15 and 21 – 17, Leicestershire were on for a perfect start but Jasmin and Tom C came up against very strong opponents, they fought all the way with Tom using his big smash and Jasmin showing good defence, but lost 21 – 13, 21 – 18.

Mixed Doubles Score 3 – 1

Boys Singles

Tom C played a player ranked number 2 in the country and fought for every point with his opponent seeming to be everywhere, 12 – 21 16 – 21 the final score. Daniel also came up against a high standard player, he had to play a lot of defence losing out 14 – 21 9 – 21. Marcus didn’t really get into his singles game, his opponent controlled the rallies, Marcus lost 8 – 21 4 – 21. Sameer tried very hard to bring a point home with good movement but lost 15 – 21 17 – 21.

Girls Singles

Leicestershire girls stepped up knowing they needed to win their matches to stop Buckinghamshire moving too far ahead, all the girls played excellent badminton winning their games 2 – 0. Hritika played her usual controlled game to win 21 – 16 21 – 12. Ella played a skilful opponent but was stronger at the end of each game winning 21 – 19 21 – 16. Eve made quick work of her match playing confidently throughout, winning 21 – 16 21 – 12. Jasmin played a hard opponent but again was stronger towards the end of the games winning 21 – 17 21 – 15

Singles Score 4 – 4

Match Score 7 – 5

Boys Doubles

Tom C and Marcus had to play some very strong defence and some high class drop shots to keep themselves in a game against strong opposition, losing out 17 – 21 16 – 21. In their second match they played well from the first point, this was an excellent match with Bucks finally winning 16 – 21 18 – 21. Tom L and Daniel lost the first game 14 – 21 but showed character to win the second 21 – 15, they made a good start in the third and looked good for the win but their opponents improved and won 21 – 16. In their second match they both battled playing Bucks best players, they worked well together but lost 18 – 21 13 – 21.

Again Leicestershire were looking to the girls to win their matches.

Girls Doubles

Eve and Hritika got off to a flying start controlling the game and winning easily 21 – 16 21 – 9. Ella and Jasmin won the first game 21 – 15 but their opponent fought back well to win 21 – 17 21 – 16.

This meant Bucks had 10 points so a draw was the best result with two matches to play.

Ella and Jasmin won the first game 21 – 9 looking good and confident, their opponents fought back to win 21 – 16, the last game was a battle for both pairs, Ella and Jasmin played well, this game had to be played to set points with Bucks winning 22 – 20. Bucks had won the match but Eve and Hritika didn’t let it affect them, they played two very long games with some rallies being played over 30 shots, they won both games 26 – 24 and 24 – 22.

Doubles Score 2 – 6

Overall Match Result 9 – 11

What a performance by all the team, Bucks had only lost 5 games in their previous 3 matches and were pushed all the way by our players.

Match reporter Chris Kilby


Leicestershire girls dominate in U17 bronze tournament!

Leicestershire doubles pairs Eve and Hritika, Jasmin and Issy were the finalists in the Northamptonshire U17 bronze on 16th January with Eve and Hritika winning gold in a close fought match!
Then it was a second gold for Hritika when she came up against her partner, Eve, in the singles final.

Bronze medals too for boys doubles pairs Nikhil and Tom and Cameron and Martin.

Well done to all!!

Nottingham under 13yrs Bronze

It was a fantastic showing of commitment from the Leicestershire players as 11 players entered the Bronze tournament in Nottinghamshire this weekend.

Its worth remembering that 9 of these players are under 12yrs old so will be eligible for this event again next season, although I guess their sights will be set higher and will be entering the Gold tournaments !

The results .

  • Sophie Watson – Bronze medals in the girls Singles and Girls doubles.
  • Eve Durance – Bronze medal in the girls doubles.
  • Emma Thornley – Silver Medal in the Girls doubles.
  • Tilly Dale – Bronze medal in the Mixed doubles.
  • Evie Pike – Bronze medal in the singles plate event.
  • Grace Sherwin – Bronze medal in the Singles plate event.
  • Luke Hoult – Gold Medals in the singles and Boys doubles.
  • Danny Beynon – Bronze Medals in the Mixed doubles and Boys doubles.
  • Tom Paterson Watts – Bronze Medal in the boys doubles.

Congratulations to all the players.

Two teams headed up north for the first leg of the U16 North Midway Tournament!!

U16 North Midway League – 1st leg
11th October 2015
Leicestershire 1
Ella, Hritika, Eve, Issy, Martin, Tom C, Nikhil, Sameer
First match was against Yorkshire 2, comfortable win of 9-1 with the only loss being 20-21.
Next match was against Warwickshire, tougher opposition and some close games, with two games lost to 20 and one to 19. Final score was a win to Warwickshire 7-3.
Next up was Northumberland, another comfortable win of 9-1, the only loss being 19-21.
After a break Cheshire was the next opposition, there were one or two close games in this match, but Leicestershire came out on top again winning 9-1.
Three out of four wins meant that Leicestershire1 came 2nd in Group A. One more match to go against Nottinghamshire who also came in 2nd position in Group B.
This turned out to be an evenly hard fought match between our two neighbouring counties. Leicestershire started out by bagging the first two wins in the mixed, Nottinghamshire came back strong winning all four singles, the boys doubles were drawn one each. The score was 5 – 3 to Nottinghamshire going into the girls doubles…our only chance of a win was to win both games and win on points…cheered on by their team mates both girls pairs won! Unfortunately though the match was lost to Nottinghamshire by 4 points!
Final position for Leicestershire 1, after the 1stleg was 4th…………everything to play for in the 2nd leg!

Leicestershire 2
Jasmin, Aradhana, Jolie, Mia, Tom L, Marcus, Daniel, Ben
First match was against Yorkshire’s first team! There were some close games, with 2 good wins for Leicestershire in the girls singles and girls doubles. Win for Yorkshire 1, 8-2.
Next match was against Staffordshire and Leicestershire had a great start winning both of their mixed doubles games! Next came the singles, 2 wins out of the 4 games, followed by 3 out of the 4 level doubles! Win for Leicestershire, 7-3.
Local derby against our neighbours Nottinghamshire was next up. Good start in the mixed doubles winning 1 out of the 2 games…..however, that was to be the only win against what turned out to be a strong team. Win for Nottinghamshire, 9-1.
Last group match for our 2nd team was another local derby against Derbyshire. Two great wins to start with in the mixed, plus one more in the boys singles. After the boys doubles the score was 4-4…everything to play for with the girls doubles to go…..these turned out to be 2 close matches with a win to each side, leaving the managers the job of quickly adding up the points to see who had won! Another win for Leicestershire 187 points -181 points…only 6 points between them!
Leicestershire 2 came 3rd in their group putting them in a final match of the day against Cheshire.
The play-off match didn’t get off to the best start with 2 losses in the mixed although one was closely fought losing to 19. Next up was the singles, but Cheshire proved to be too strong for our 2nd team with no wins here for Leicestershire. The boys doubles pairings battled hard and secured 2 exciting close wins against the strong Cheshire boys!! The play-off match was a win for Cheshire 8-2
Final position for Leicestershire 2, after the 1stleg was 6th…………well played to all the team!

Apologies for the delay in publishing the report….a ‘delegation hitch’ which will hopefully be corrected for the 2nd leg on 14th February!!

U15 Doubles County Championships

Great doubles tournament today, fantastic entry of 8 boys and 8 girls pairs plus 13 mixed pairings! Some players as young as U11 ! Well done to all the winners and runners up!

Boys doubles winners – Tom and Martin

Boys doubles runners up – Daniel and Tom

Girls doubles winners – Eve and Hritika

Girls doubles runners up – Jasmin and Ella

Mixed doubles winners – Martin and Ella

Mixed doubles runners up – Tom and Jasmin

Shires League win for U15s!

Notts v Leicestershire 3rd January 2016

Local rivals Nottinghamshire were Leicestershire U15’s second opponents in the Shires League. Leicestershire had beaten Cambridgeshire in their first match convincingly but were well aware of Nottinghamshire’s strong team ….so could they maintain their unbeaten run on this wet and windy day? (Could Laura find the venue??!!)

Leicestershire are always strong in the mixed and started out winning much of the early battles. The first win went to Hritika and Sameer, shortly followed by Eve and Marcus both winning in two. Nott’s pulled one back with Ella And Tom L losing in two fairly close games. If Leicestershire were to win today they really needed Jas and Tom C to win their deciding game against the number one Nott’s pair. A great result in the third game winning 21-14.

After the mixed the score stood at Leicestershire 3 – Nott’s 1.

The singles were next and the initial line ups looked very tough indeed. The first four matches saw three losses for Daniel, Tom C and Ella, with Hritika earning a vital point. The tie now stood at 4-4.

The second round of singles matches on court saw convincing wins for Jas and Eve against their opponents. Sameer fought really hard against a very strong Nott’s player but lost respectively to 14 and 15. The final singles game was a decider in Marcus’s game, with Marcus winning the first 21-15, then was close all the way in the second until losing 21-18. The deciding game again was very close with Marcus bravely battling on after a fall at the back of the court but couldn’t quite regain his earlier performance losing 21-14.

After the singles the score was Leicestershire 6 – Nott’s 6.

The doubles would be key. Could Leicestershire cause an upset?

The boys started off with two losses. Tom C and Sameer narrowly lost against the Nott’s top pair, then Daniel and Tom L fought back really strong in the second game but eventually losing 21-18. This meant for the first time Nott’s had crept into the lead 6-8.

The girls had been performing well so far and both pairings of Ella and Jas, and Eve and Hritika winning their matches. Eve and Hritika winning both games comfortably and Ella and Jas having a nail biting 23-21 win against the top pair in the first, and winning the second more comfortably 21-16.

The manager was ‘tense’ as the match score was pulled back to 8-8, with the reverse doubles to go.

Ella and Jas quickly won against the second pair to 9 and 8. A tougher tie for Eve and Hritika saw a victory to 16 and 14 to secure at least a draw for Leicestershire.

Could any of the boys snatch a vital win? The manager remained ‘tense’ with the score now in Leicestershire’s favour 10-8.

A brilliant display by Daniel and Tom L against the top Nott’s pair reaped no rewards by losing narrowly 21-17, 21-18. The match score now 10-9.

The final action on court was a crowd pleaser with both sets of supporters cheering on their players. Tom C and Sameer won the first game 21-15, but then narrowly lost the second 19-21 to set up a great show down.

The early action was as ‘tense’ as the manager with the Leicestershire boys 4-3 ahead. This amazingly became 13-3 by winning nine points in succession. Surely the boys could continue and secure the win? Nott’s came back though again to 14-8, but then a great smash by Tom C stopped their run of points. The final part of the tie was nip and tuck but Leicestershire held on to their earlier points advantage winning the important decider 21-11.

The team and supporters were jubilant with a tremendous 11-9 win over our nearest rivals.

Therefore, Leicestershire maintain their 100% winning form but have a tougher opponent in Bucks in a few weeks time!

Report by Mitch Dale