MK Badminton tame Birmingham Lions

Pic by Emily Garrett
Pic by Emily Garrett

Milton Keynes Badminton cruised to their first home win of the National Badminton League season against Birmingham Lions, winning 3-2 at Stantonbury.

Toby Penty and Jess Pugh got MK Badminton off to a flying start with a 3-1 win over Alyssa Lim and Nico Ruponen in the mixed doubles to put the home side one game up.

Following them, Jessica Mayne and Sophie Sanke were 3-0 winners in the women’s pairs against Heather Olver and Jess Hopton as MK moved within a point of victory.

And that victory was assured by Sam Parsons as he saw off Ben Beckman 3-1, giving MK and unassailable 3-0 lead.

Despite result being settled, Birmingham pulled a point back through Fontaine Chapman as she beat Elizabeth Cann 3-1.

Gary Fox and Koen Ridder made the score line flatter the visitors with a 3-1 victory over MK skipper Peter Mills and Paul van Rietvelde in the men’s doubles, but the result was mere consolation.