In the Blackburn and District Badminton Association Times Cup, Clitheroe A took on high-flying Blackburn Seniors B from the Second Division.
The locals, mid-table in the First Division, , found themselves engaged were always in control in Rishton, and only dropped three games, but the home side recorded some close games, and this has given them a taste of what it will be like to meet in the top division.
Clitheroe recorded a 373–259 win on the night, but with both clubs unaware of the added handicap to one of them, who has won will not be known for a few weeks yet after the pool stages have been completed.
Blackburn Seniors A, First Division leaders, comfortably recorded a win against Second Division leaders St Philips, 367–244, while Roefield A, second in the Second Division, were no match against the strong First Division side Westholme A, going down 190-378.
In the Smith Cup, perhaps the closest result was found at Oakhill College when Clitheroe C were unlucky as they entertained Abacus.
This visitors were always in control in spite of strong opposition, but the home side secured victories in seven games, and although going down 307–343 on the night, must fancy their chances of a win as they could receive an added handicap.
Telecom B, finding it hard near the foot of the Third Division, were somewhat outplayed by Westholme B from the Second Division, and while taking just a single game, the visitors must feel that they will progress further in the competition.
Independent B were able to take advantage of Blackburn Seniors D, who played with a lady short.
This scratch team from seniors may well have been able to make it a close event, but in the event they went down 359–173.
College, heading for promotion from the Third Division, were humiliated in their match against Stanhill.
Stanhill, fighting to avoid the drop from the Second Division, took advantage of the home side being a lady short.
l The Blackburn and District Badminton Association will again be organising the 10th annual charity badminton tournament in honour of the former mayor of Accrington, John Culshaw.
This event will take place on Sunday, March 20th at 10 a.m.
It is open to any player within the area, whether registered with a badminton club or not. This event will be held at Hyndburn Leisure Centre.