Pugh revels in shock victory

Jess Pugh and Toby Penty. Pic: Googabuphotos
Jess Pugh and Toby Penty. Pic: Googabuphotos

MK Badminton pulled off the shock of the night by beating University of Nottingham 3-2 in the second round of National Badminton League fixtures.

Teenager Jess Pugh and Toby Penty stunned world number 5 Chris Adcock and Chloe Magee in the mixed doubles to give MK a 2-1 lead in Nottingham on Monday night, leaving skipper Peter Mills and Paul Van Rietvelde to wrap up the win in the final round.

Nottingham took the lead in the first match with Kieran Merrilees beating Alex Lane 3-1.

But MK came back in the second match as Jess Fletcher and Sophie Sankey beat Serena Midha and Carissa Turner 3-2.

With the encounter locked at 1-1 after the first two matches, the young partnership of Pugh and Penty saw off the vastly more experienced duo of Adcock and Magee to win 9-8 in the performance of the night.

“We are in a state of shock,” said 17-year-old Pugh afterwards. “They had the home advantage but we were the underdogs so we weren’t expected to get even a set, so to win was amazing.

“I’ve had a great week.”

Nottingham made it 2-2 as Olga Konon beat Liz Cann 3-0 before in the final rubber, captain Peter Mills and Paul Van Rietvelde kept their unbeaten start in tact as they held on to beat Robert Blair and Kristian Roebuck 3-2 in another nerve-shredder.

“I am feeling very happy after that, as we came into this match with high hopes,” said Mills. “I think we had a good team and a good chance.

“The mixed doubles made a big difference to the day; we weren’t really expecting that so to come out with a win and a close one in the women’s doubles, the pressure was on us to try and seal the deal.”

MK Badminton aren’t in NBL action now until January 26, when they take on Birmingham Lions.