England reach final

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England are one match away from the World Team title after dispatching Egypt's semi- final challenge in Cairo yesterday.

The match revolved mainly around the opening second-string rubber between Chris Walker and the world junior champion, Ahmed Barada, which England took 6-9, 10-8, 9-1, 9-7 after 72 minutes.

Egypt's resolve appeared less determined in the rest of the match with Amir Wagih losing the first-string rubber, 9-5, 9-2, 9-0 in just 37 minutes to Del Harris and Ahmed Faizy falling to Mark Chaloner, 9-2, 9-6, 9-5.

In the play-offs for 13th place, Ireland were beaten 2-1 by Hong Kong and Scotland lost by the same margin to Argentina.