Match night one - 17 October 2016

Birmingham Lions began their AJ Bell National Badminton League title defence with an impressive 4-1 victory over new franchise Suffolk Saxons, but were forced to come from behind at the iconic Great Hall.

There was joy too for last season's beaten finalists, Loughborough Lightning, who made it four straight wins on the road with their own 4-1 win away at Surrey Smashers as they too recovered from a first event loss.