University of Sunderland Men’s Badminton 1sts fought tooth and nail in a thrilling 4-4 draw with University of Durham Mens 3rd in eight rounds of singles and doubles of the BUCS.

And while it was a field day for the doubles who registered three victories out of four games, singles player Michael Maw was put through the wringer as the Sunderland skipper ended up on the losing side in both his encounters.

Maw was beaten 17-21, 11-21 by Jason Tsang, before going down 8-21, 11-21 to Vaibhav Mahajan in a difficult outing for him.

Naturally, a sense of dejection lingered: “I’m really disappointed to have let my team down today. I made plenty of mistakes and eventually paid the price for the same.

“A few outs cost me dear, but there’s lot I need to work on and hopefully I can come back stronger with more training next time.”

Collectively, the hosts played to the gallery and Maw takes heart from the same. He said, “My team did really well. A bit shaky at the start, but we came through unscathed and despite the draw, I’m happy with the result.”

Durham, at one point, were acing the clash before Sunderland salvaged the final set of doubles to bring the overall scores level.

Maw acknowledged the team when he said: “Durham did really well. They kept their nerves and despite being the away side, exuded great confidence and put up a tough competition.”

He also envisages more improvement from the team with more communication amongst themselves. Maw reckoned, “We must engage in discussions with each other, talk about tactics, be open to changes, also learn to fight back after early setbacks.

“Hopefully the team will keep up their fitness during the Christmas break. Some of them will be playing for clubs outside, including myself, and I hope we come back in a fine fettle.”