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Australia and Wales make table tennis progress

28 July 2002

Australia’s William Henzell sealed the closing group B match against Scotland to send the Aussies through to the quarter-finals of the men’s table tennis team event.

Gavin Rumgay

Gavin Rumgay couldn't stop William Henzell

The match hinged on Henzell versus 17-year-old Gavin Rumgay. Although Henzell lost the first match to Scottish number one Euan Walker he pulled out all the stops in the decider.

The 20-year-old, who is based in Sweden, was helped by a fortunate table edge point in the second game after Rumgay had displayed an excellent back-hand flip, and went on to take the set 12-10, 11-9, 11-7.

Wales also reached the quarter-finals with a final set victory over Northern Ireland, after the match had been delayed for several minutes. Wales’ Ryan Jenkins painfully struck a finger on the table in pursuit of a point in the fourth game against Jonathan Cowan.

Play was delayed while he received attention, but although he seemed unaffected on resumption as he demonstrated some powerful play, he eventually went down 8-ll, 8-ll, ll-7, 9-ll.

So it was left to Wales’ number two Adam Robertson, to wrap up the match by beating Northern Ireland number three Andrew Dennison in impressive style, ll-7, ll-8, 11-5.

In other ties between seeded countries, Nigeria (3) beat Cyprus (12) and India (4) defeated Mauritius (11), both by three straight sets.

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