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English scrape past brave Trindad and Tobago

26 July 2002

The men’s team table tennis competition got off to a flying start with Trinidad and Tobago serving up a stern test for gold medal favourites, Team England.

Gavin Rumgay

Gavin Rumgay helps Scotland to victory over Barbados.

The best-of-five match went to a deciding set with English Champion, Andrew Baggaley holding his nerve to overcome Reeza Burke, 3-0.

34-year-old, St Louis Dexter, the only full timer in the Trinidad and Tobago side, proved to be a real surprise package.

Gareth Herbert said afterwards: “It was a great match. Their number one played very well. Normally we would have expected to beat him, but with form like that, he’s got a great chance for the semis.”

Terry Young commented: “They didn’t have much to lose. But I think it’s difficult for St Louis because the others aren’t as strong.”

Elsewhere in the table tennis there were easy victories for Northern Island, Australia, Scotland, Canada, Nigeria, India, Mauritius, and New Zealand.

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