Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Un-Restricted Joy as Renton Takes Three Titles

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Un-Restricted Joy as Renton Takes Three Titles

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THE traditional curtain-raiser to the new badminton season produced a triple champion in Sarah Renton.

Renton took the women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles titles at the annual Northumberland Restricted Tournament at Newcastle's Benfield Centre.

The event is restricted to only those players qualified to play for Northumberland, with 48 players competing across the five disciplines of singles, doubles and mixed.

Defending men's singles champion Richard Eaton progressed to the final without the loss of a set.

He defeated Blyth Tynedale's Steve Gibbons in the semis and Dave Shariff overcome former champion Adam Tingle in his last-four clash.

The final was close throughout, not surprising for regular doubles partners on the tournament circuit who know each other's game well.

Eaton kept his nose in front for most of the first set, but Shariff caught him at 18-all and served out to take it.

He then forged ahead 6-0 in the second set before Eaton gradually eased back to almost catch him at 14-15.

Shariff was not to be denied, however, and a run of four points took him to match point at 20-14.

Eaton saved that, but Shariff clinched it at the second attempt for his first county singles title.

The final of the ladies singles saw Renton make a great start and she never gave Katie Wright a look in the first set taking it 21-7. Their second set was much more competitive, however, although Renton still looked the winner when leading 17-13.

Wright hung on well, though, and reached game point at 20-18 before Renton re-established control to take it 22-20.

In the ladies' doubles, in a repeat of last year's final, Renton was again in excellent form and, well supported by Katherine Gray, she triumphed over previous winners Alison Thompson and Katie Wright, again in two sets.

The men's doubles produced the best game of the day with defending champions Richard Eaton and Dave Shariff always ahead in the first set against scratch pairing Malcolm Lightbown and Adam Tingle, taking it to 17. …

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