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Adcock and Ouseph help Delhi Acers to Premier Badminton League title


Rajiv Ouseph clinched the deciding rubber as England’s number one helped Delhi Acers to India’s Premier League Badminton title on Sunday.

Returning to the scene of his 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medal at the Siri Fort Complex, Ouseph won the deciding match against RMV Gurusaidutt 15-11, 15-6 to hand Delhi Acers a 4-3 triumph over Mumbai Rockets.

Ouseph was nominated as the Acers’ Trump game (meaning a potential two-point victory) and the Englishman duly prevailed in 31 minutes to overturn a 3-2 deficit heading into the final match of the six team, two-week event in India.

“There was pressure to win the match, so it is a nice feeling to have won it,” Ouseph told local media.

“The team’s strategy to have three men’s singles players really worked.

“We were lucky to have the final in Delhi, the crowd supported us till the end.”

Gabby Adcock was also in the Acers squad as the Delhi outfit underlined their status as the best of the six competing teams by going unbeaten throughout the campaign with 10 victories.

Adcock, playing in front of a raft of Bollywood stars and local politicians, played with Akshay Dewalkar in the mixed doubles rubber but lost to Kamilla Juhl Vladimir and Vladimir Ivanov 15-6, 15-12.

Gabby had earlier taken household bragging rights over husband Chris when the Acers beat Chennai Smashers in the semi-final.

This despite losing the second mixed doubles rubber when Chris teamed up with Pia Zebadiah to overcome Gabby and Koo Keat Kien.

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