Day Two at the English National Badminton Championships 2013

Day Two at the English National Badminton Championships 2013
Former England international Carl Baxter came from behind to beat 20-year-old second seed Toby Penty to reach tonight's semi-finals of the men's singles at the English National Championships at the
National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
 
Sixth seed Baxter, who now works full-time in the City, defeated the 6ft 2in Surrey left-hander 19-21 21-16 21-16 in this morning's quarter-finals.
 
The Kent man, the last player to take a game off top seed and defending champion Rajiv Ouseph as long ago as the 2010 final, might have won in straight games had he been able to build on a 16-12
lead in the first game.
 
But after letting the first game slip, four-times runner-up Baxter hit back to level the contest by taking the second before surging into a 16-6 lead in the decider.
 
Penty staged a mini-recovery with five points in a row before Baxter pushed on to reach match point
at 20-12. Although Penty saved four match points, Baxter won it on the fifth to await the winner of the quarter-final between third seed Josh Green and unseeded Rhys Walker.
 
Meanwhile at the other end of the arena Ouseph was too strong for Devon's Alex Lane, winning 21-13 21-15 to book his semi-final ticket as he chases a record sixth consecutive title.
Ouseph will meet fifth seed Jamie Bonsels, who produced a great escape by saving four match points in recovering from 20-16 down in the deciding game to end Sam Parsons’ brave run 21-16 14-21 22-20 in 59 minutes, the longest singles match so far.
 
Ouseph and Baxter are also through to the last eight of the men's doubles where the match of the morning session produced a cracker between third seeds Chris Coles (Avon) and Matthew Nottingham (Cheshire) and young prospects Ryan McCarthy (Herts) and Tom Wolfenden (Lancs)
McCarthy and Wolfenden won the longest match of the tournament 22-24 23-21 28-26 on their fifth match point after saving three match points in the decider and one in the second game of a 77-minute contest.
 
A total of 156 players from 30 counties entered the Championships, which are part of BADMINTON England’s National Championship Series across the age groups.
 
The Championships are being staged at the National Cycling Centre for the ninth time in 10 years thanks to the special partnership between BADMINTON England, Manchester City Council and top racket and equipment company Carlton with support from major retailers Central Sports.
The semi-finals from 5pm and tickets are available on the door at the National Cycling Centre.
 
All the news and results can be viewed on the Championships website along with ticket details and general tournament information. Check out www.nationalbadmintonchamps.com
 
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