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Padmore, Hope knocked out

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Padmore, Hope knocked out

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Defending mixed doubles champions Shari Hope and Andre Padmore were eliminated on Friday night in the first upset of the Caribbean Alliance Insurance National Senior Badminton Championships.
The luck of the draw saw them having to play arch-rivals Mariama Eastmond and Dakiel Thorpe in their first game, with the latter pair winning 9-21, 21-15, 21-18.
In singles play at the Wildey Gymnasium, Mariama Eastmond will play Sabrina Scott and Monyata Riviera will take on Shari Hope in the semi-finals. Hope took the last spot, defeating Mikiela Carrington 21-10, 21-10.
The men’s semi-finals have also been set, with Andre Padmore taking on Dakiel Thorpe, while Andrew Clarke and Bradley Pilgrim will feature in the other match.
Clarke defeated Shem Scantlebury 21-17, 21-18, Thorpe took out Shae Martin 21-7, 21-5, Padmore eliminated young Derion Hurley 21-10, 21-9 and Ali Forde fell victim to Bradley Pilgrim 21-18, 21-13.
In the doubles, Hope and Padmore started the contest in clinical fashion as they jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first game, an advantage they didn’t surrender. Their movement and shot selection were excellent as demonstrated in a cross court smash by Padmore, which sent Thorpe diving to the floor and extending the lead to 19-7.
The next game saw a more composed Eastmond and Thorpe which helped them to an early 7-4 lead. Hope and Padmore won some of the long rallies but Thorpe took control with some powerful smashes and well placed drop shots to force the champions out of position to maintain their grip on the game.
The pressure forced Hope and Padmore into too many unforced errors and they lost the second game 21-15 to level the match 1-1.
With momentum on their side, Eastmond and Thorpe started the final game but allowed the champions to claw their way back to tie at 7-all. Thorpe stepped up once again to dictate the pace, driving the shuttle flat and fast. He then played a spectacular drop to the midcourt to extend to a 3 point lead.
Eastmond took her cue and was now controlling the net to set up Thorpe, and he did not disappoint. Even when one of his smashes went hard into the net, it simply trickled over the side.
With match point in hand, Hope returned it into the net and gave Eastmond and Thorpe the victory to remain the only players who could win three titles. (PR/SAT)
Summarized scores
Women’s Singles
Shari Hope defeated Mikiela Carrington 21-10, 21-10
Men’s Singles
Andrew Clarke def. Shem Scantlebury 21-17, 21-18
Dakiel Thorpe def. Shae Martin 21-7, 21-5
Andre Padmore def. Derion Hurley 21-10, 21-9
Bradley Pilgrim def. Ali Forde 21-18, 21-13
Women’s Doubles
Round Robin
Mariama Eastmond/Shari Hope def. Sabrina Scott/Amanda Haywood 21-14, 21-13
Men’s Doubles
First round
Curwin Cherubin/Damien Howell def. Daniel Duncan/Shae Martin 21-16, 21-8
Greg Padmore/Nicholas Reifer def. Michael Bourne/Andre Woodvine walkover
Dakiel Thorpe/Bradley Pilgrim def. Jade Browne/Ali Forde 21-13, 18-21, 21-12
Kevin Wood/Andre Padmore def. Sabeel Foster/Cory Fanus 15-21, 21-13, 21-11
Nicholas Reifer/Greg Padmore def. Shem Scantlebury/Charlie Browne 21-15, 21-8
D’Andre Thorpe/Derion Hurley def. Damien Howell/Curwin Cherubin 21-19, 19-21, 22-20
Mixed Doubles
Amanda Haywood/Shae Martin def. Onika Moe/Derion Hurley 21-8, 21-9
Monyata Riviera/Jade Browne def. Mikiela Carrington/Nicholas Reifer 21-13, 14-21, 21-15
Mariama Eastmond/Dakiel Thorpe def. Shari Hope/Andre Padmore 9-21, 21-15, 21-18
Sabrina Scott/Kevin Wood def. Tamisha Williams/Bradley Pilgrim 22-20, 21-17