Sunday, May 8, 2011

MBL-Maharashtra Badminton League starts

The Amanora Maharashtra Badminton League (MBL), India's first ever premier badminton league started with a bang on Friday at Pune. This the first league badminton tournament being played in India, on the lines of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in cricket.

The format of the MBL - Maharashtra Badminton League tournament is such that there will be 5 matches in each round played between each of the teams. (This will include 2 Mens singles matches, 1 Women's singles match, 1 Mens Doubles, and 1 Mixed doubles). Each MBL team has at least 2 women players in its side.

The Maharashtra Badminton League's first round matches between Daring Doves and Gorgeous Gannets held on the opening day on Friday, were a close affair with Daring Doves finally clinching the issue with a score of 3-2. (They scored 3 wins, and 2 losses. Eshan Naqvi from Thane, former National champion Trupti Murgunde, and the Mens doubles pair of Varun and Shlok ensured that Daring Doves got the better of the gannets in the first round)

Daring Doves vs. Gorgeous Gannets match scores were as below.

Mens Singles
Eshan Naqvi  (DD) - Sarang Lakhani  (GG) 25-23 21-11
Shubhankar Dey (DD) - Akshay Dewalkar (GG) 21-14 21-23 16-21

Women's singlesTrupti Murgunde (DD) - Riya Pillai 21-12 21-11

Mens Doubles
Varun Khanwalkar/Shlok Ramchandra (DD) - Aditya Pandya/Prashant Bahatre (GG) 24-22 21-18

Mixed Doubles Sanyogita Ghorpade/Gandhar Marathe (DD) - Gauri Ghate/Rohit More (GG) 19-21 8-21

If the Maharashtra Badminton League is successfull this year, it could spread to become an All-India badminton league tournament in the future, which will be good for the development of the sport.

The first leg of the tournament is being held over the weekend at Pune, while the next weekend matches will be played at Vashi in Navi Mumbai, and the 3rd and final weekend matches back again at Pune.


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