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Yorkshire back to title winning ways as they claim Premiership crown

Yorkshire produced a 100% perfect record across three weekends of top division Premiership county badminton action to regain the County Championships crown, wrestling back the coveted title from 2012 champions Surrey at the weekend.

The white rose county, who have now won the championship 12 times in 14 years, brought out their big guns for the final weekend of the county championships with Team England stars Gabby White, Andy Ellis, Kate Robertshaw, Lauren Smith and Jess Fletcher adding further top level quality to an already impressive squad.

They had started the weekend with a 10 point advantage over Nottinghamshire at the top of the Premiership but soon stretched their final winning margin to 14 following a pair of  6-4 victories over title rivals Notts and 2012 champions, Surrey whilst a 9-1 win over a young Avon team gave the margin of victory an emphatic gloss.

Despite seeing Andy Ellis (teamed by Mark Middleton) lose out in a match up against his international men’s doubles partner Chris Adcock (and Dave Lindley) but claim the bragging rights over his partner in the Mixed alongside Gabby White, Yorkshire’s 6-4 win over Nottinghamshire proved pivotal to the final league standings.

Whilst Yorkshire’s charge to the title was ruthless, Nottinghamshire, despite beating Lancashire 6-4, ended the season in 4th dropping valuable points in a 6-4 loss to Cheshire that handed the runners up spot to their victors.

For Cheshire, who started the weekend in 4th,  the runners up spot in the Premiership was testament to a consistent campaign and the results at the final weekend told a similar story with a 5-5 draw with Lancashire matched to vital victories over Nottinghamshire and Avon (7-3) that put an end to the top 3 hopes of both counties despite big hopes heading to Milton Keynes.

In fact, it was Warwickshire, even without the services of Fontaine Chapman and young guns Rhys Walker and Sam Parsons (away on international duty at the European Junior Championships in Turkey), who stole a march on their rivals to finish a respectable 3rd just one point behind Cheshire.

Warwickshire, who set the early season pace in the top division, edged onto the podium with a 7-3 win over Avon but it was their role in deciding the relegation battle at the other end of the table that was decisive.  A 6-4 win confined Glasgow & NS to Division One county badminton for next season, after failing to a single 10-end match in the top flight.

However Warwickshire lost 6-4 to Hertfordshire which gave the home counties squad enough for a points difference to survive the trap door of relegation on 'draws' countback despite being level on points with Hampshire.

An earlier 7-3 victory for a young Hertfordshire line up over Hampshire was a key result on a weekend which saw the south coast county relegated despite a 7-3 win over bottom of the table Glasgow on the final weekend.

Replacing Glasgow and Hampshire in the top flight for next season will be Essex, who won Division One with their own impressive 14 point margin, and Buckinghamshire.

A full report on the final weekend of Division One action will follow shortly.

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