Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Tingl-Ing Sensation!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Tingl-Ing Sensation!

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The 2006-07 county badminton season started with the annual tournament restricted to those people qualified for Northumberland.

Recent changes to the scoring system, voted in by the International Badminton Federation, were used at Benfield for the first time.

The traditional system of the best-of-three sets to 15 with points only scored on one's own serve was replaced by the best-of-three sets to 21 with every rally scoring a point regardless of who served.

Defending men's singles champion Adam Tingle featured in the pick of the first night's action in a repeat of last year's final. Andy Hogg started the stronger and took the opener 21-13.

The second set was closer but Adam finally edged ahead to take in 21-17 before taking a 5-0 lead in the decider.

Hogg came back strongly, however, to level at 14-all but two unlucky net cords in three points saw him trailing by three, which was to prove decisive as Tingle clinched it 21-18.

Everyone expected a close encounter in the final with twice previous winner Kristian Stuart ( and they were not disappointed. The first set was close throughout, neither player leading by more than two points.

They were level at 20-all when the new scoring equivalent of setting kicked in, where one player needs to lead by two clear points to clinch a set (unless it gets to 29-all when it is sudden death).

Hogg held on to clinch the opener 24-22 and a critical run of five points from eight-all in the second set gave him a lead he was never to relinquish as he ran out a 21-15 winner to retain his title.

In the men's doubles, defending champion Malcolm Lightbown was paired with Andy Hogg (pictured) while the other defending champion Martin Fagan formed a scratch pairing with Steve Porter.

The champions duly contested the final where Lightbown and Hogg's greater weight of shot ultimately proved decisive. …

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