Sport Shorts

Badminton: Nottingham Badminton star Nathan Robertson and partner Gail Emms have won the Mixed Doubles Title at the World Badminton Championships in Madrid, beating friends Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg 21-15 21-12 in the final. The pairing added to their Olympic silver and Commonwealth gold medals after victory in an all-English final, of which three players hail from the East Midlands. Robertson and Emms haven’t lost to an English pair in 6 years.

Squash: The University of Nottingham recently played host to Squash’s most prestigious event, the British Open, in which a home-grown Englishman took the title for the first time in 67 years. Sixth seed Nick Matthew came from 4-0 down in the final rubber to beat third seed and former world champion Thierry Lincou 11-8 5-11 11-4 9-11 11-6 in 82 minutes. Prior to the encounter, the 26-year-old had only once beaten the Frenchman in 11 meetings. Also in Squash, Nottingham University hosted a presentation party for the GB Squash team for their recent victories at the World University Squash championships in Hungary. The GB medal haul included a team gold after beating France 2-1 in the final, a victory helped by Nottingham’s Emma Beddas who won her semi-final match the previous day.

Cricket: Nottinghamshire’s Trent Bridge ground has been announced as host venue for the Natwest Series one-day international against the West Indies in the summer, a game likely to feature cricketing legend Brian Lara in England for the final time. The ground will also host the second nPower test against India from Friday July 27 next year.


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