The men’s and women’s triples teams had a similar experience in Delhi. First, dismay, as they narrowly lost their semi-final matches. Then consolation, as both won their bronze play-offs.
“Both teams were obviously very disappointed to lose their semi-final matches today,” said men’s team manager Pip Branfield. “Especially as both lost on tie-breaks.
“But I am very pleased with the way both teams dealt with the disappointment and bounced back, rather than capitulating.”
The women’s team – Sian Gordon, Jamie-Lea Winch and Sandra Hazell – lost to South Africa, but recovered their fortunes with a win over the home team, India, this evening in a match that took place in a stimulating atmosphere. After winning the first set 9-8, the England combo earned their medal by drawing the second 7-7.
The men – Mark Bantock, Robert Newman and Graham Shadwell – lost out to Australia before winning against Wales.
“We will celebrate now,” added Branfield. “Jamie-Lea has both her parents over here watching, and Sandra’s husband is also over here.”
Tomorrow the men’s pairing of Stuart Airey and Mervyn King, and the women’s pairs of Ellen Falkner and Amy Monkhouse, have their shot at gold or silver as they play semi-finals against Malaysia and Australia respectively.
Meanwhile the singles events have started promisingly for England, with Natalie Melmore winning her first three matches, and Sam Tolchard his first two.