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England Causes Second Stage Upset but India Claims Title
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Soumyajit Ghosh in impressive form  Photo By: Umang Gajjar

12/18/2015        2015 20th Commonwealth Championships (Click here to access this section)

Two wins from Soumyajit Ghosh and one from Sathiyan Gnanasekaran secured gold for the host nation in the Menís Team event at the 2015 Commonwealth Championships in Surat, India on the late afternoon of Friday 18th December.

The second seeds, a three matches to one success was posted against England, the no.3 seeds, to secure the title.

David McBeath gave England the ideal start by recovering from a two games to nil deficit to beat Harmeet Desai in a full distance five games encounter (9-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9), before Soumyajit Ghosh accounted for Helshan Weerasinghe (11-7, 11-4, 11-7) to level matters.

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran extended the Indian advantage by overcoming Tom Jarvis (11-3, 11-6, 11-5) to set the stage for Soumyajit Ghosh to conclude matters; he duly obliged by beating David McBeath in four games (11-6, 11-13, 11-9, 11-8).

Top Seeds Beaten
Defeat for England but earlier in the day they had caused a major upset by beating top seeds, Singapore, in their concluding second group stage contest.

They recorded a three-two win, a result which meant England advanced to the final, whilst for Singapore, they had to settle for a third place contest against Northern Ireland.

Li Hu Unbeaten
Li Hu remained steadfast for Singapore in the contest against England; he overcame Helshan Weerasinghe (11-3, 11-13, 11-8, 11-8) and David McBeath (11-2, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9) but that was to prove his teamís only success.

Clarence Chew was beaten by Tom Jarvis in the third match of the fixture (11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 11-5). Meanwhile, Chen Feng experienced defeat at the hands of David McBeath (11-4, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9) and in opposition to Helshan Weerasinghe in a tense full distance contest that decided the outcome (7-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7).

Northern Ireland
Singapore with Pang Xue Jie replacing Chen Feng in the line-up beat the Northern Ireland trio of Zak Wilson, Ashley Robinson and Owen Cathcart, the no.6 seeds, by three matches to nil to secure third place.

Earlier Northern Ireland with Paul Mcreery preferred to Owen Cathcart had overcome the Sri Lankan trio of Rohan Sirisena, Nirmala Jayasingha and Jayasanka de Silva by three matches to nil to secure second place in the group behind India.

In their concluding second stage group fixture, India who selected Harmeet Desai, Soumyajit Ghosh and Amalraj Anthony, recorded a three-nil win against the Scottish outfit comprising Gavin Rumgay, Christopher Wheeler and Craig Howieson.

Both Singapore and Northern Ireland received bronze medals.
Individual Events

Proceedings now continue with the individual events; the tournament concludes on Monday 21st December.



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