Double Dutch success for England

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England yesterday completed their double defence of the European team championship in Amsterdam, beating Finland 4-0 in the men's final and the Netherlands 3-0 in the women's final.

It was the 18th successive victory for the English women and a 20th win in 23 years for the English men. Sweden took the men's title in 1980 and 1989, and Scotland took the 1992 title after beating England for the first time in the semi-finals.

Scotland recovered from a disastrous start in the men's qualifying rounds to finish seventh. The Scottish women did better, winning the bronze medal for the first time in a decade with a 2-1 win over Germany yesterday.

Wales took fifth place in the men's championship with a 10-7 games countback from a 2-2 draw with Germany, but the Welsh women could manage only 13th place.

Results, Sporting Digest, page 32