Adcocks give England solid start
Published 24/07/2014 | 18:09
England got off to a winning start in the Commonwealth Games team event with a comprehensive 5-0 defeat of Northern Ireland at Glasgow's Emirates Arena.
Husband and wife Chris and Gabby Adcock, the world number fives, set them on the way to an opening win in Group F with a comfortable 21-8 21-17 defeat of brother and sister Ciaran and Sinead Chambers.
Rajiv Ouseph followed up with a convincing 21-5 21-9 men's singles win over Tony Stephenson in just 23 minutes and Sarah Walker overcame a wobble to beat Alannah Stephenson 21-9 8-21 21-13 in the women's singles rubber.
Chris Langridge and Peter Mills beat Stephenson and Tony Murphy 21-11 21-9 in the men's doubles and Kate Robertshaw and Heather Olver wrapped up a good day's work with victory in the women's doubles.
They beat Caroline Black and Sinead Chambers 21-7 21-10.
Gabby Adcock said: "We have got a decent team here. There are some other good teams but if we all play well and get behind each other we've got a good chance."
England are next in action against Jersey on Friday while Northern Ireland will play Mauritius.
Chambers said: "It couldn't really get any tougher than England first up but we'll look forward to the next matches.
"We'll be looking to beat Mauritius and Jersey and finish second in the group, to give ourselves the best possible chance."
Wales were beaten 4-1 in their Group D opener against Australia.
Their only success came as Daniel Font overcame Jeff Tho 21-16 13-21 21-13 to level the tie early on at 1-1.
Defeats for Carissa Turner and men's doubles pair Joe Morgan and Nicolas Strange confirmed the loss. Sarah Thomas and Turner lost the final rubber while Thomas and Oliver Gwilt were also beaten in the mixed doubles.
Wales will hope for better when they take on Canada in their second match on Friday.
Morgan said: "I think were probably third favourites in this group but we're hoping to be the dark horses.
"This is a setback but hopefully we can push on. We still hope to do some damage against Canada and create a shock."
The outings for England and Wales in the afternoon came after host nation Scotland had opened the competition in the morning with a commanding 5-0 success against the Seychelles in Group C.
The result never seemed in doubt after Martin Campbell and Jillie Cooper raced to a 21-11 21-5 victory over Georgie Cupidon and Juliette Ah-Wan.
Kieran Merrilees made easy work of world number 661 Kervin Ghislain, winning 21-2 21-8, and Rebekka Findlay saw off Allisen Camille 21-7 21-11.
Patrick MacHugh and Campbell beat Cupidon and Steve Malcouzanne 21-14 21-4 before Imogen Bankier and Caitlin Pringle finished the job with a 21-14 21-9 win over Ah-Wan and Camille.
Bankier, a World Championship silver medallist and whose father is the chairman of neighbouring Celtic FC, was pleased to get the tournament off to a winning start.
He said: "We have had a massive build-up for the whole year, but Glasgow has put on a good show so far. Long may that continue."
Scotland were due back in action in the evening of day one against Guernsey.
Guernsey were also in action early but were beaten 5-0 by New Zealand. Not one of their five matches went to a third game.