Adcock’s men go down to Birmingham NBL fightback

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University of Nottingham NBL, captained by Ravenshead star Chris Adcock, lost 3-2 at local rivals NBL University of Birmingham Sport after leading 2-0 in their second game of the inaugural National Badminton League season this week.

University of Birmingham’s dance, cheerleading and musical acts set the tone for the night with action, suspense and thrills as UoN NBL took their second defeat of the yea,r but gained two vital points.

The first game, the men’s singles, between UoN NBL’s Kieran Merrilees and UB Sport’s Ben Beckman was a simple 3-0 victory for Merrilees, whose recent successes included victory at the Yonex Welsh International in Cardiff.

Next up was the German sky-high serving Olga Konon, taking on England’s top-ranked female singles player in 2014, Fontaine Chapman. What was billed as a tough contest turned out to be another 3-0 victory for Konon, the second of her NBL campaign.

At 2-0 ahead UoN NBL looked set for success.

The mixed doubles saw Kristian Roebuck and University of Nottingham’s very own Ellen Mahenthiralingam hoping to win the tie.

But, with long rallies and points continually being traded between the teams, it was University of Birmingham’s Nico Ruponen and Alyssa Lim who took the game 3-1 at the conclusion.

At two games to one it was the turn of the women’s doubles and an introduction to the NBL for UoN’s Alexandra Langley, alongside Carissa Turner against Heather Olver and Jessica Hopton.

By the fourth set UoN needed to come out fighting but Olver and Hopton looked calm and took the game 3-1 making it two all with one game left to play.

The final match of the night had a lot riding on it as a win would mean vital points for both teams.

With Adcock and Hughes playing together for the first time against the experienced Ridder and Fox, neither side seemed to be able to take decisive strides towards a lead in the opening set and after five minutes of play the score was 4-4.

With the fourth set looming UoN were 2-1 behind and, despite some phenomenal play, the Great Hall erupted as Birmingham put the final point past the visitors giving them an overall 3-2 victory of the UoN NBL visitors.

The University of Nottingham now sit level on games with local rivals Loughborough Sport Badminton, their next opposition on 26th January.

Tickets are now on sale for the home game at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, via http://tickets.sky.com/seats/University-of-Nottingham-Badminton-vs-Loughborough-Sport.

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