April

National hat-tricks for Riddle and Stalker

The next generation of Scotland’s badminton stars caught the eye as the under-13 and under-17 National Junior Championships took place in Motherwell.

Ben Riddle and Brooke Stalker swept the board in the under-13s category - the pair were seeded first in every discipline and the results went to the form book across all five events.

Riddle beat Matthew Waring, ranked second, in the final of the boys’ singles – edging a tense first game 24-22 before kicking on to claim the second 21-9.

Riddle proved to be Waring’s nemesis throughout the day, as he and Joseph O’Neil Ferrero beat Waring and Karan Shah 21-16 13-21 21-15 in the boys’ doubles before teaming up with Stalker in the mixed doubles to claim the crown over Waring and Katrina Chan, 21-18 21-18.

Stalker and Chan had earlier united for the girls’ doubles final, coming from behind to down Ishbel McCallister and Vibha Raman 18-21 21-12 21-18.

Stalker also defeated Raman in the singles – after finding herself 21-13 down, she found an extra gear to seal the next two games 21-15 21-15.

The under-17 competition saw two victories apiece for Callum Smith and Alice Campbell.

Smith, ranked second, upset top seed Michael McGuire 21-12 21-19 in the boys’ singles final and he also got the better of the same opponent in the boys’ doubles.

He and Calum Flockhart proved too good for McGuire and Kenneth Cheung as they prevailed 21-17 21-19.

But McGuire did register a victory over Smith in the mixed doubles – he and Campbell registering a 21-17 21-11 success against Smith and Jodie Harris.

Campbell had earlier won the girls’ doubles with Erin Waddell as they ran out 21-15 21-11 victors over Eilidh McCallister and Jodie Black.

But it was not three titles from three for girls' singles favourite Campbell, who lost a thrilling encounter to second-seed Lindsey Ireland 9-21 21-19 23-21 despite easing to the first game.

Full results at www.tournamentsoftware.com