Easy wins for top seeds England and Nigeria
26 July 2002
England put up a convincing display against Northern Ireland, winning their match 3-0 in the second round of the men’s team event.
Matthew Syed (ENG) was in top form, winning his match against Jonathon Cowan (NIR) while Gareth Herbert (ENG) easily disposed of Andrew Dennison (NIR). Alex Perry’s deft skill and strong topspin meant he secured his match against Daryl Strong (NIR).
No 2 seeds Singapore were too strong for a gutsy Scottish side which lost 3-0. Despite the final result it was at times a tightly fought contest
The opening battle between Gavin Rumgay (SCO) and Yong Jun Duan (SIN) went to five sets. Singapore took the opening game (11-6) but Scotland fought back to win the second game (11-3). Singapore retaliated in the third game (13-11) with Scotland responding (11-8). The deciding game went to Singapore (11-4).
The second match played between Scottish national champion Euan Walker and Xiao Li Cai (SIN) was won by Singapore (3-1). Singapore continued their attacking game and despite some close games, Tai Yong Zhang (SIN) ran away with the final match against Niall Cameron (SCO) (3-1).
In other matches fourth seeds India beat Kenya (3-0), Wales were too strong for Trinidad & Tobago (3-0) and current Commonwealth champions Nigeria beat Cameroon (3-0).
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