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Badminton: Purton picks up more medals

PUBLISHED: 15:30 05 October 2018

Akhil Pillai and Liam Purton

Akhil Pillai and Liam Purton

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Coopers pupil Liam Purton produced more smashing performances at the Essex Restricted competition at Redbridge.

The county’s best players were in action and Purton competed in the under-16 boys’ age group on Saturday.

And after playing a total of eight matches and not dropping a single game, he walked away with singles gold and doubles gold, alongside partner Casey Pearson.

Sunday saw Purton take part in the under-18 boys’ singles, where he beat Devesh Pungliya (15-7, 15-7) and Matthew Pearson (15-4, 15-7) in his first two matches.

Thushar Jithesh took him to a deciding game, but Purton won 15-13, 8-15, 15-3 to set up a semi-final with Eshar Bahara, which he won 15-4, 15-8 to reach the final against the odds.

But after a tight first game with Akhil Pillai, which he lost 17-15, Purton was beaten 15-5 in the second game and had to settle for silver.

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