Mills disappointed by start

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Milton Keynes Badminton captain expressed his disappointment after he watched his side lose their opening NBL match on Monday.

MK got their season off to a bad start as they went down 4-1 to Surrey Smashers in the televised opener.

On the first match-night of the new NBL season Chris Langridge and men’s doubles partner Tom Wolfenden set his team on the road with a straight games victory over Peter Mills and Gordon Thomson in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Surrey Sports Park.

Wins for Georgina Bland and Carl Baxter over Lydia Powell and Sam Parsons in the women’s and men’s singles respectively confirmed an unassailable 3-0 lead.

The Smashers were dealt an early blow with a late injury to world number seven Gabby Adcock, but it proved not to be crucial.

Her replacement Abigail Holden made the score 4-0 with former MK player Sophie Brown in their women’s doubles match.

Debutant Danish pairing Anders Kristiansen and Marie Roepke pulled one back for the visitors when they beat Rob Blair and Emily Westwood 3-2 in the final mixed doubles event to complete the 4-1 scoreline.

“I’m quite disappointed right now to be honest,” said MK Badminton captain Mills.

“I feel like there’s games there we should have won really.

“Every point counts though so that one does boost morale.

“It’s the first night of the season but we can bounce back, as we showed last year.”

Surrey skipper Langridge said: “MK Badminton have improved dramatically this year and we’ve had one or two injuries so to get the win, we are really pleased.”

In the evening’s other NBL fixture Loughborough Sport recorded an impressive 3-2 victory over University of Nottingham Badminton.

The results on opening night leave MK Badminton fourth in the table, though the only teams below them are Birmingham Lions and Team Derby who are yet to start their season.

MK are next in action on December 7 when they host Birmingham Lions.