Wednesday, December 17, 2008

England edged out by Poland in Warsaw

England went down 3-2 to Poland in Warsaw last night in the return international following Ian Wright's squad's 5-0 victory in Swindon at the start of November.

But it was a night to remember for Cheshire's Helen Davies, who scored a debut victory over Anna Narel 21-11 21-17 to put England back in the match after losing the opening mixed doubles and men's singles.

Nathan Robertson, winning his 93rd cap, put up a spirited display in the mixed doubles with Jenny Wallwork before losing 22-20 21-18 to Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Kostiuczyk.

In the men's singles Rajiv Ouseph could not repeat his Swindon win over Polish No 1 Prezemyslaw Wacha. going down 21-13 21-16.

After the women's singles win put the CenterParcs-backed Team England back in the match, it was down to David Lindley and Chris Langridge to try to complete the recovery. But they couldn't quite get the upper hand against the experienced men's doubles pair Mateusiak and Michal Logosz, who won 21-15 21-14 to give Poland a winning lead.

In fairness, this was a much stronger Poland side to the one which played in Swindon. But England at least had the satisfaction of taking the women's doubles with Wallork and Gabby White winning 21-18 21-15 against Malgorzata Kurdelska and Agnieszka Wojtkowska.

Results: Poland 3 England 2

Mixed doubles: Robert Mateusiak & Nadiezda Kostiuczyk bt Nathan Robertson & Jennifer Wallwork 22-20 21-18

Men's singles: Przemyslaw Wacha bt Rajiv Ouseph 21-13 21-16

Women's singles: Anna Narel lost to Helen Davies 21-11 21-17

Men's doubles: Robert Mateusiak & Michal Logosz bt David Lindley & Chris Langridge 21-15 21-14

Women's doubles: Malgorzata Kurdelska & Agnieszka Wojtkowska lost to Jenny Wallwork & Gabby White 21-18 21-15

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