January

Good weekend for Scots in Northumberland

Jack Macgregor, Ciar Pringle and Basia Grodynska ensured Scotland’s spell at the 2018 Northumberland Senior Gold was a successful one after claiming two medals in Newcastle.

That included an impressive silver medal for Macgregor and Pringle in the men’s doubles, punching above their seeding to take a spot high on the podium.

An impressive semi-final success paved the way for that, overcoming second seeds Ben Hunt and Sheunesu Kimbugwe in straight games for their third win of the competition.

That 22-20 21-15 scoreline was deserved too, also battling past Alex Cook and James Youle in three tight games when also going into the contest as second favourites.

But they couldn’t quite carry that forward into the final, missing out in the men’s doubles final to Rory Easton and Matthew Nottingham, 21-12 21-11.

The pair were also both in men’s singles action, with Pringle making it to the second round, while Macgregor also partnered Grodynska in the mixed doubles.

They were not to reach the latter stages but Grodynska couldn’t be denied a place on the podium in the singles, battling to the semi-finals to take a share of third place.

First overcoming Sophie Brealey 21-18 21-8, she took that form forward into the next game by beating Abbygael Harris, also in straight games.

But the last-four clash proved a step too far, losing to Amy Hayhoe in an entertaining encounter, though she still took home a bronze medal.

And Grodynska also had plenty to shout about in the women’s doubles, teaming up with Gunjan Randhawa to defeat second seeds Sian Kelly and Emily Robinson before defeat in the next round.

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