British get a tan but no bronze

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Great Britain 2 Malaysia 2 (Malaysia win 4-3 on penalties)

Great Britain twice came from behind against Malaysia yesterday in temperatures in the high 90s only to miss out on the bronze medal in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup on a penalty stroke shoot-out.

After Rob Thompson had equalised an early goal by Mun Fatt Lam, the Malaysians retook the lead controversially when Charil Aziz claimed that he had got a touch to a free hit from his captain, Shankar Ramu.

Within a minute Britain had forced their second penalty corner, which was switched for Nick Thompson to score. Howard Hoskin went close twice before the penalty stroke barrage.

Korea also won a shoot-out, 4-2, to take the gold after a goalless draw with Australia. India beat the Dutch 4-2 for fifth place.

GREAT BRITAIN: S Mason (Reading); J Wyatt (Reading), P McGuire (Teddington); G Fordham (Hounslow), Kalbir Takher (Cannock), Soma Singh (Southgate); C Mayer (Cannock), J Shaw (Southgate), R Thompson (Hounslow, capt), R Garcia (Polo Barcelona), D Hall (Guildford). Substitutes used: N Thompson (Old Loughtonians), H Hoskin (Reading).

MALAYSIA: H Hamzah; Kerpal Singh; L Hassan, B Siva, C Lim; C Aziz, S Ramu Capt., K Muiandy; C Fernandez, K Shanmuganathan, M Lam. Substitutes used: N Kumar, Nor Saiful, V Iswarapatham, M Nawawi.

Umpires: Y Platonov (Russia) and G Marsh (Australia).