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Men progress into the quarter finals

02 August 2002

The final 12-team line-up for the men’s doubles competition was drawn at 15:00 on Friday afternoon, 2 August.

Peter Nicol

Peter Nicol and Graham Ryding playing against each other in a singles game

Australian top seeds David Palmer and Paul Price coasted through their third Pool A match against the Pakistanis Farrukh Zaman and Shamsul Islam Khan 15-5, 15-11, in a little over half-an-hour to book their place in the quarter-final on 3 August.

Defending Commonwealth Games gold medallists Mark Chaloner and Paul Johnson of England rekindled their medal challenge with a 15-4, 15-8 court eight victory over Welshmen Gavin Jones and Scott Fitzgerald.

The English pair now meets the winners of the all-Pakistan clash between Mansoor Zaman/Shahid Zaman Khan and Shamsul Islam Khan/Faruukh Zaman.

Third seeds Peter Nicol and Lee Beachill continued their Commonwealth Games unbeaten run as a new pairing with a convincing 15-8, 15-11 passage past Zambia’s Patrick Chifunda and Ernest Chisenga in Pool C.

Also in Pool C, Zimbabwe’s Jesse Engelbrecht and Murray Martin disposed of the Kenyan brothers Rajdeep and Hartaj Bains 15-10, 15-12 in 43 minutes.

Pool D front-runners Stewart Boswell and Anthony Ricketts made heavy weather of their passage into the last 16 with a 2-0 win over Guernsey’s Jason Nicolle and Gareth Webber. Their reward is a bye into the quarter-finals.

In Pool E, former world number three David Evans and Alex Gough of Wales overcame the brave challenge from Khan/Zaman 15-1, 15-12. The Welsh duo now takes on Nicol and Beachill if they can dispose of Guernsey’s Jason Nicolle and Gareth Webber in a clash on Saturday night.

Scotland’s Neil Frankland and Martin Heath, the number six seeds, faced a tricky Pool F clash with the Canadians Graham Ryding and Shahier Razik.

The pre-match billing lived up to expectations and the Scots were forced to work hard for 68 minutes before taking the match 15-7, 14-15, 15-11. They now meet Engelbrecht and Martin on Saturday night.

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