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Silver to England at Commonwealth Games


In the Men`s Team final of 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, England couldn’t win the gold. Liam PITCHFORD, Paul DRINKHALL and Andrew BAGGALEY lost 3:1 from top seeded Singaporean national team, led by two word class player, GAO Ning (no. 12 on ITTF Wor

In the Men`s Team final of 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, England couldn’t win the gold. Liam PITCHFORD, Paul DRINKHALL and Andrew BAGGALEY lost 3:1 from top seeded Singaporean national team, led by two word class player, GAO Ning (no. 12 on ITTF World ranking list) and ZHAN Jian (no. 34). Nigeria beat India 3:1 in bronze medal game.

Unique European team in the semi-final of the 2014 CG held in Scotstoun Sports Campus, defeated India 3:1 to secure silver. World`s no. 59 Liam PITCHFORD brought two points to England, playing two five-sets matches. In opening clash he overcame Sharath Kamal ACHANTA (both play in German Bundesliga) and beat Harmeet Rajul DESAI in decisive encounter. The last set took 32 points in total, having many lead changes.

Singaporean team confirmed its class in the final. ZHAN Jian provided two victories, against Paul DRINKHALL (3:2) and Andrew BAGGALEY (3:0). World`s no. 84 DRINKHALL led 2:1 in the opening game, but ZHAN was brilliant in the last two sets. Singaporean was surprisingly beaten by Nigerian Quadri ARUNA in the semis.

Both team`s gold medals go to Singapore. Women`s team easily defeated Malaysia 3:0. It was expected from team which has two Top 10 players on ITTF World ranking list: FENG Tianwei (no. 4) and YU Mengyu (no. 10).

Men`s Team Gold Medal Match

Singapore – England 3:1 - ZHAN Jian – Paul DRINKHALL 3:2 (5:11, 11:5, 6:11, 11:7, 11:2); GAO Ning – Liam PITCHFORD 3:0 (11:9, 13:11, 11:3); HU Li/GAO Ning – Andrew BAGGALEY/Paul DRINKHALL 1:3 (11:8, 6:11, 8:11, 3:11); ZHAN Jian – Andrew BAGGALEY 3:0 (11:4, 11:8, 11:9)

Men`s Team Bronze Medal Match: Nigeria – India 3:1- Segun TORIOLA – Sharath Kamal ACHANTA 0:3 (9:11, 5:11, 7:11); Quadri ARUNA – Harmeet Rajul DESAI 3:1 (11:7, 11:8, 9:11, 11:5); Ojo ONAOLAPO/Segun TORIOLA – Harmeet Rajul DESAI/Anthony ARAPUTHARAJ 3:1 (3:11, 11:9, 11:5, 9:11, 11:9); Ojo ONAOLAPO – Sharath Kamal ACHANTA 3:1 (11:9, 3:11, 11:7, 11:5)

Men`s Team semi-finals: Singapore – Nigeria 3:1 - GAO Ning – Segun TORIOLA 3:2 (11:7, 11:8, 9:11, 7:11, 11:9); ZHAN Jian – Quadri ARUNA 1:3 (7:11, 12:10, 12:14, 9:11); HU Li/GAO Ning – Bode ABIODUN/Segun TORIOLA 3:1 (11:4, 11:2, 8:11, 11:7); ZHAN Jian – Bode ABIODUN 3:1 (2:11, 11:4, 11:7, 11:8). India – England 1:3 - Sharath Kamal ACHANTA – Liam PITCHFORD 2:3 (4:11, 11:8, 11:9, 5:11, 6:11); Anthony ARAPUTHARAJ – Paul DRINKHALL 0:3 (5:11, 8:11, 9:11); Harmeet Rajul DESAI/Anthony ARAPUTHARAJ – Andrew BAGGALEY/Paul DRINKHALL 3:2 (7:11, 16:14, 11:8, 7:11, 13:11); Harmeet Rajul DESAI – Liam PITCHFORD 2:3 (5:11, 6:11, 12:10, 12:10, 15:17)

Women`s Team Gold Medal Match: Singapore – Malaysia 3:0 - YU Mengyu – SOCK KHIM Ng 3:1 (7:11, 11:5, 11:9, 11:9); FENG Tianwei – LEE WEI Beh 3:0 (11:8, 11:5, 11:4); YE Lin/ YU Mengyu – YING Ho /LEE WEI Beh 3:1 (11:9, 11:13, 11:9, 11:5)

Women`s Team Bronze Medal Match: India – Australia 1:3 - Shamini KUMARESAN – ZHANG Ziyu 1:3 (5:11, 11:2, 6:11, 9:11); Manika BATRA – LAY Jian Fang 3:1 (11:5, 8:11, 11:8, 11:7); Madhurika S. PATKAR/Shamini KUMARESAN – MIAO Miao/ LAY Jian Fang 2:3 (21:19, 3:11, 11:4, 4:11, 7:11); Madhurika S. PATKAR – ZHANG Ziyu 2:3 (9:11, 11:5, 11:8, 8:11, 9:11)

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