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Thursday 18 September 2014

Adcock and Smith see off Scots

Published 31/07/2014 | 01:49

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Gabby Adcock, left, and Lauren Smith, right, are through to the last 16

Gabby Adcock and Lauren Smith won a fiery Anglo-Scottish clash against Imogen Bankier and Kirsty Gilmour on Wednesday evening.

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The English pair, seeded fourth, edged out Scottish rivals Bankier and Gilmour 21-13 17-21 21-18 amid a boisterous atmosphere at the Emirates Arena to reach the women's doubles last 16.

The Scots had the majority of the crowd on their side for the late-night encounter, but neither pair disappointed in a match of high intensity.

The perceived rivalry between Adcock and Bankier - who played mixed doubles alongside Adcock's husband Chris at London 2012 - added an intriguing sub-plot as momentum shifted from side to side.

Tensions did come to the surface in a tight and niggly final game, with both pairs complaining about line calls and the umpire getting the scores mixed up, but eventually it was the English who who prevailed after 74 draining minutes.

The final game saw the lead change hands several times and finished after 11pm.

Smith said: "It was a very nervy, scrappy game but we got through it and that is all that matters.

"We were a little bit behind in the third game but we stepped it up when it mattered at the end."

England's other women's doubles pair of Heather Olver and Kate Robertshaw had a more straightforward - and low-key - 2-0 win over Uganda's Daisy Nakalyango and Margaret Nankabirwa.

Adcock's victory was her second of the day after victory in the mixed doubles. She and husband Chris looked strong as they eased into the second round with a 21-12 21-13 win over Northern Ireland's Tony Murphy and Alannah Stephenson.

Chris Adcock was also victorious in men's doubles as he and Andy Ellis - the top seeds - brushed off Douglas Clark and Ross Stewart 2-0 to join team-mates Peter Mills and Chris Langridge in the next round.

Langridge and Olver also enjoyed mixed doubles success, beating Kenya's Patrick Mbogo and Mercy Joseph 2-0.

Men's singles hopes Rajiv Ouseph and Kieran Merrilees, of England and Scotland respectively, remained on course for a potential quarter-final meeting.

Third seed Ouseph saw off Sahir Edoo of Mauritius 21-11 21-6 while Glaswegian Merrilees, his regular training partner and eighth seed, overcame Victor Munga, of Kenya, 21-6 21-7.

Ouseph will next play Tony Murphy of Northern Ireland, who edged past Muhammad Bhatti of Pakistan 2-1, while fellow Ulsterman Tony Stephenson won 2-0 against South African Prakash Vijayanath.

The loss for Bankier and Gilmour took the gloss of what had otherwise been a good day for both players and the Scottish team in general.

Bankier had earlier combined with Robert Blair for an impressive 15-21 21-14 21-14 win in a high-quality mixed doubles encounter against the unseeded but highly-rated Malaysians Wei Shem Goh and Loo Yin Lim.

Blair said: "We thought this could be our hardest game until the latter stages. I hope to God they get easier than that.

"Maybe there was a loss of concentration from them, as once we got the lead a few errors crept in, but we had to keep our concentration."

Blair also combined with Paul van Rietvelde for a 21-7 21-6 win over Mohamed Sarim and Hussein Zaki of the Maldives while Gilmour, world number 17 in singles, beat Australia's Verdet Kessler 21-14 21-5.

To add to the host nation's success, Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh beat another Maldives pair, Ajfan Rasheed and Nasheeu Sharafudden, 21-11 21-7.

There were further good results for Northern Ireland on the doubles front with victories for Stephenson and Caroline Black, Stephenson and Murphy, and Black and Sinead Chambers in the various disciplines.

Also making progress in the women's singles were Sarah Walker and her former England team-mate Liz Cann, who now represents Jersey. The pair will meet for a place in the last eight.

Carissa Turner of Wales also went through, beating Guernsey's Elena Johnson in revenge for a defeat at Delhi four years ago, before having further success in women's doubles with Sarah Thomas.

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