Sporting Digest: Table Tennis

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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Birmingham; selected): Team event: MEN Category One Group A: Sweden 4 Czech Republic 0; Germany 4 Netherlands 1; Belgium 4 Poland 1. Group B: England 4 Russia 2 (M Syed lost to D Mazunov 19-21 14-21; Chen Xinhua lost to A Mazunov

24-26 22-20 20-22; C Prean bt M Shmyrev 21-16 21-18; Prean and A Cooke bt D Mazunov and A Masunov 22-20 18-21 21-8; Chen Xinhua bt D Maxunov 21-19 14-21 21-16; Prean bt A Mazunov 21-13 23-25 21-17). Hungary 4 Austria 3; France 4 Greece 2; France 4 Hungary 2. Category Two Group C: Denmark 4 Scotland 1 (K Hogsberg lost to E Walker 21-11 17-21 13-21; A Bentsen bt J Broe 21-15 21-14; L Hauth bt I Stokes 21-10 21-14; Bentsen and Hogsberg bt Walker and Stokes

21-17 21-14; Bentsen bt Walker 21-17 21-19); Ireland 4 Georgia 0 (C Slevin bt L Burkadze 21-5 21-11; H Meneely bt D Stepania 21-14 21-7; A Dennison bt V Imerlishvili 21-12 21-4; Slevin and G Boyle bt Stepania and Imerlishvili 21-9 21-12); Scotland 4 Georgia 0 (Walker bt D Stepania

21-12 21-15; Broe bt V Imerlishvili 21-9 21-10; G Clancy bt L Burkadze 21-11 21-16; Clancy and Stokes bt Burkadze and Stepania 21-8 21-18); Ireland 4 Luxembourg 1 (Slevin bt S Caenaro 21-16 16-21 21-15; Dennison lost to D Wintersdorff 11-21 12-21; Meneely bt J Kox 21-11 21-13; Slevin and Meneely bt Wintersdorff and M Oth 21-15 21-16; Slevin bt Wintersdorff 20-22 21-17 21-15); Ireland 4 Scotland 2 (Dennison lost to Walker 13-21 16-21; Slevin bt Broe 22-20 21-16; Meneely lost to Stokes 19-21 18-21; Slevin and Meneely bt Stokes and Walker 21-13 21-18; Slevin bt Walker 21-14 21-13; Meneely bt Broe

21-18 14-21 21-14). Group D: Wales 4 Switzerland 3 (N Tyler bt B Staufer 22-20 21-16; S Gill lost to T Miller 14-21 9-21; S Ward bt M Schreiber 21-15 16-21 21-16; Tyler and Ward bt Miller and Schreiber 21-7 21-16; Tyler lost to Miller 15-21

19-21; Gill lost to Schreiber 12-21 21-13 17-21; Ward bt Staufer 21-16 21-18. Group G: Italy 4 Isle of Man 0 (U Giardina bt J Shooter 21-7 21-8; L Nannoni bt A Horne 21-7 21-5; F Marzocchi bt E Watterson 21-6 21-9; M Mondello and Mazocchi bt Horne and Watterson 21-8 21-14); Portugal 4 Malta 0; Croatia 4 Israel 1; Malta 4 Isle of Man 0; Portugal 4 Isle of Man 0 (R Roberto bt Horne 21-13 21-12; R Alfar bt I Gorham 21-9 21-7; A Silva bt Watterson 21-12 21- 7; P Rufino and Silva bt Shooter and Gorham 21- 12 21-15).

WOMEN: Category One Group A: Romania 4 Croatia 0; Germany 4 Sweden 2; Russia 4 Belgium 0; Russia 4 Sweden 1; Croatia 4 Belgium 2. Group B: England 4 Hungary 2 (L Lomas bt V Ello 25-23 15-21 21-16; A Holt lost to C Batorfi 16- 21 21-17 15-21; A Gordon bt K Toth 12-21 21-18

21-15; Lomas and Holt bt Batorfi and Toth 21-18 19-21 22-20; Lomas lost to Batorfi 12-21 18-21; Holt bt Toth 16-21 21-18 21-19); Netherlands 4 Slovakia 1; England 4 France 2 (Gordon lost to X Wang-Drechou 17-21 21-14 18-21; Lomas bt A Boileau 21-13 24-22; Holt lost to E Coubat 18-21 14-21; Lomas and Holt bt Wang-Drechou and Coubat 21-11 21-16; Lomas bt Wang-Drechou

22-20 17-21 25-23; Hold bt Boileau 21-5 21-14). Category Two Group C: Armenia 4 Isle of Man 0 (A Pogossian bt A-M Jones 21-5 21-7; A Makinian bt M Bubb 21-5 21-12; J Andrian bt J Owen 21-7 21-6; Makinian and Andrian bt Bubb and Owen 21-6 21-9); Austria 4 Wales 0 (P Fichtinger bt M Davies 21-15 21-4; A Burg bt N Williams 21-8 21-14; K Albustin bt S Evans 21-17 21-13; Fichtinger and M Rabl bt Williams and Evans 21-9 21-13); Wales 4 Isle of Man 0 (Williams bt L Taggart 21-5 21-4; Evans bt Bubb 21-14 21-9; B Daunton bt Owen 21-13 21-8; Williams and M Davies bt Bubb and Owen 21-17 19-21 21-18). Group D: Poland 4 Scotland 0 (A Januszyk bt L Robb 21-4 21-9; A Mikijaniec bt J Smith 21-15 21- 17; J Narkiewicz bt S Hurry 21-14 18-21 21-12; Januszyk and Mikijaniec bt Smith and Harry 21- 19 21-18); Scotland 4 San Marino 0 (Smith bt G Mina 21-11 21-14; Hurry bt R Monaldini 23-21 21- 16; D Walker bt D Yi 21-10 21-14; Smith and Hurry bt Monaldini and Mina 21-19 21-9). Group F: Israel 4 Ireland 0 (S Hose bt J Thompson 21-23 21- 12 21-11; T Stofblat bt T Bollard 21-8 21-16; Z Sidurevski bt J Hughes 21-15 21-19; Stofblat and Hose bt Thompson and Bollard 21-8 21-18); Bosnia-Herzegovina 4 Ireland 0 (E Mehic bt Thompson 21-16 14-21 21-14; L Mesan bt Bollard 21-19 27-25; A Mesan bt Hughes 21-12 21-7; Mesan and Mesan bt Thompson and Hughes 21-19 21-14); Greece 4 Ireland 0 (K Antiopoulou bt Thompson 21-13 21-23 21-17; D Zerdila bt Hughes 21-4 21-4; M Mirou bt Bollard 21-13 21-9; Mirou and Antiopoulou bt Thompson and Bollard 21-19 21-13).

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