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Class above the rest: The Racqueteer team posing with their certificate and trophy after winning the league.
TEAM Dirty Dozen clinched fourth spot in the Xtreme Social Badminton League (XSBL) after edging Extreme VRC by one point recently.
After five outings where nine teams battled it out in a round-robin format, both teams were tied at the game standing of 13 wins and 11 losses but Dirty Dozen won by one set, putting the 12-man scratch team to a one-point lead to win the title.
Extreme VRC clashed with Socializers, which had earlier confirmed third place, while Dirty Dozen played Subang Jaya Badminton Club (SJBC).
Dirty Dozen captain Mark Tan said they were confident of winning the match against SJBC.
“With Extreme VRC playing Socializer, we knew we have the edge as the latter is a strong team.
“Even though we have lost one game, we still managed to finish fourth,” he said.
The league required teams to
compete in three doubles matches consisting of two men’s doubles open and a men’s combined age 70-years-and-above doubles event.
Teams will be rewarded one point to each winning game and set, while one point will be deducted for the losing team.
In the first men’s doubles, Dirty Dozen’s pair Mark Tan and Ewe Chee San sailed through a 21-12, 21-10 victory against SJBC’s doubles pair while Dirty Dozen’s Tay Jun Yin and Sim Lih Xiang pulled off a convincing 21-11, 21-16 win in the second doubles.
Meanwhile, Goh Ban Tiong and Kent Ng suffered a tight match before losing the first set of the third doubles match (70-years-and-above) to SJBC, 21-23.
They went on to redeem themselves in the second set, claiming a 21-13 victory, but SJBC were too tough to catch up in the rubber set and Goh-Ng lost 15-21.
Meanwhile, all eyes were fixed at Extreme VRC’s Alex Choong and Khoo Kin Meng to deliver a winning point during the third match after the team were tied 1-1 with Socializer.
The first set was closely contested as Socializer’s Ng Teck Seon-Teow Teong Kok won 18-21 while the second set was even more intense.
Teck Seon-Teong Kok held match point twice at 20-18 but
Extreme VRC stormed back to force a deuce before winning the set 23-21.
In the rubber set, the long rally took its toll on Choong and Kin Meng which saw Teck Seong-Teong Kok taking the opportunity to seal the match 21-13.
League champion Racqueteer
exerted complete domination
over the other eight teams with
only two games to spare and their champion spot was concluded after the third outing.
Captain of the Klang team, Khoo Chong Lei, 24, said the teams are strong but they managed to overcome the opponents.
“We hope to bring the team to play in other states,” he said.
Khoo, who partnered Tan Fu Tzen, 22 also put up a great performance during an exhibition match with former national player Chow Pak Chuu and KL para-badminton player Cheah Lek Hou before the latter pair defeated Khoo-Tan 30-20.
Currently the third edition, XSBL is a platform for social players to compete in the social level tournament and get a feel of how professional badminton players play in a tournament.
For details on the league, visit www.facebook.com/xtremesbl
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