The second night of action at the 2015 Barbados Badminton Association’s Senior Nationals Championships produced the first major upset when the defending men’s doubles pairing of Jade Browne and Andre Padmore were ousted by the newly formed combination of Andrew Clarke and Kevin Wood 21-11, 21-13, at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex last night.
Clarke and Wood took control of the match from the start and dominated their opponents. They easily won the first and it was expected the champions would have made their adjustments, but they simply had no response, as Wood and Clarke kept the pressure on until Padmore and Browne capitulated.
This pair should advance to the final having inherited the easier of the draw and will either have to play the duo of Dakeil Thorpe/Bradley Pilgrim or Sabeel Foster/Cory Fanus. Thorpe and Pilgrim easily advanced when they defeated Aslam Bhikha and Brian Haywood 21-4, 21-9, but Foster and Fanus survived a scare from the formidable combo of D’Andre Thorpe and junior champ Shae Martin who carried Foster and Fanus to the brink in an intense three-game match that ended 21-15, 21-23, 25-23.
In men’s singles action, Andre Padmore held firm once again to defeat another one of the young guns Cory Fanus 21-14, 26-24 in what was the game of the night. It was a match not for the faint of heart as both players fully engaged each other in an all-out battle on the badminton floor. Having lost the first game Fanus pulled out every shot in his repertoire to give himself the opportunity to level the contest. He positioned himself with two game points in hand but, an attempted deep serve went long to put Padmore back in the game.
After the scores were locked at 20-all, both men traded points causing the entire gym to hold their collective breaths. However, the breaking point came when Fanus forced Padmore to play a defensive shot which looked destined to hit the net to give advantage back to Fanus, but, the shuttle suddenly trickled over the net. Padmore then attacked in the following rally and forced Fanus deep into the right side of backcourt where he was unable to return the shuttle and Padmore claimed the victory to advance to the semi-finals.
His opponent will be Shae Martin who beat Damien Howell 21-9, 21-12, while the second semifinal will see doubles partners Dakeil Thorpe and 2013 singles champion Bradley Pilgrim who has made a remarkable return from his injury at last year’s nationals who defeated Nicholas Sobers 21-8, 21-12 and Kevin Wood 21-16, 21-18 respectively.
The women’s final is set and will take place between last year’s losing finalist Tamisha Williams and Sabrina Scott in her third attempt to climb to the top position. Williams advanced by walkover, while Scott defeated Onika Moe 21-10, 21-14.
Women’s Singles (SF)
Sabrina Scott def. Onika Moe 21-10, 21-14
Tamisha Williams def. Donna Young (Walkover)
Men’s Singles (QF)
Dakeil Thorpe def. Nicholas Sobers 21-8, 21-12
Bradley Pilgrim def. Kevin Wood 21-16, 21-18
Shae Martin def. Damien Howell 21-9, 21-12
Andre Padmore def. Cory Fanus 21-14, 26-24
Men’s Doubles (QF)
Andrew Clarke/Kevin Wood def. Jade Browne/Andre Padmore 21-11, 21-13
Bradley Pilgrim/Dakeil Thorpe def. Aslam Bhikha/Brian Haywood 21-4, 21-9
Sabeel Foster/Cory Fanus def. Shae Martin/D’Andre Thorpe 21-15, 21-23, 25-23
Jehu Gaskin/Gavin Robinson def. Kennie King/Keshem Moore 24-22, 22-24, 21-14
Mixed Doubles (QF)
Shae Martin/Amanda Haywood def. Mckein John-Knight/Shamika Blackman 21-8, 21-6
Kevin Wood/Tamisha Williams def. Jade Browne/Mikeila Carrington 21-7, 21-16
Andre Padmore/Shakeira Waithe def. Jehu Gaskin/Onika Moe 21-15, 21-8