Smashers prepare for NBL Championship Finals

Chris Langridge

Chris Langridge

Surrey Smashers will feature in the first ever National Badminton League (NBL) Championship Finals this Sunday when they face Loughborough Sport at K2 Crawley.
Hayley Adcock’s Smashers side finished top of the table to complete the inaugural NBL season having won 4 out of 5 fixtures, including the league’s only 5-0 white-wash at home to Team Derby.

Surrey hosted their semi-final opponents on match-night 3 in Guildford, when match wins from Soraya de Visch Eijbegen and doubles pairs Gabby Adcock & Eefje Muskens and Chris Langridge & Dean George handed Smashers a 3-2 victory to stay top of the NBL table.

Should Smashers defeat Loughborough on Sunday morning (11am start), they will go on to face the winner of the other semi-final between Team Derby and University of Nottingham in the Championship Finals on the same day (3pm start).

With four wins under their belt for match confidence, Coach Hayley Adcock is excited ahead of the semi-finals: “We know we can win this. We have set the league alight this year and will go into Sunday as favourites.

“It would be a great achievement to win the title in the league’s debut season, but the challenge ahead of us is tough. Teams now know each other’s style and have settled into the new style of play and innovative rules.

“Regardless of the result, we are delighted to have reached this stage and are proud to be part of the first ever NBL Championship Finals.”

Sell-out crowds of over 1000 people have graced Surrey Sports Park to watch international stars including Glasgow 2014 medallists Adcock and Langridge represent Smashers this season, with overseas talent coming in the form of world top 10 player Muskens and rising Dutch star de Visch Eijbergen.

The Final will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 from 2.30pm or tickets for all three fixtures are still available online at www.nationalbadmintonleague.co.uk. There will be live updates throughout the day via the Surrey Smashers website, Facebook and Twitter.

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