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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
A team of four Bolton School boys has achieved the
remarkable feat of progressing through to the English Schools'
Badminton Championship final, joining eight other regional school
Following their triumph at county level, the boys (in the Years
10/11 age section) played against four other schools, encompassing
the winners of Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire, at
Broadway Leisure Centre, St. Helens to compete for the right to
represent the North West region.
The opening match against Birkdale (Merseyside) proved to be
crucial - Akul Pankhania, playing No.1 singles, came from 19-15
down to win 21-20. Similarly, Henry Smith, playing No.2 singles,
refused to wilt under the pressure to secure another 21-20 victory
despite facing a 20-16 deficit. The final match score was a tight
3-2 win. Another comeback was registered against Ullswater
(Cumbria) when from 2-0 down in games, Henry won his singles match
and the two doubles' pairings of Akul and Ashley Lam and then Henry
alongside James Blyth also won their games for another 3-2 victory.
Further wins against St. Michael's (Lancashire) and
Upton-by-Chester (Cheshire) meant that the team won all four
matches to complete a memorable day of badminton.
The final is to be held at Sherwood Forest Center Parcs,
Rufford, in late April. In the younger age group (Years 7/8/9), the
team won two matches and lost two matches to gain third place. Gold
and bronze medals were presented to our senior and junior teams by
Tom Wolfenden, the current England U-19 champion.
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