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European Badminton 2016: England enjoy differing day in Kazan


England endured fluctuating fortunes at the European Men's and Women's Team Championships on Wednesday in Kazan, Russia.

England men, aiming for their first team title in the competition, remain unbeaten after a second win in as many days thanks to a 4-1 victory over Bulgaria.

But England women later went down by the same scoreline to Germany in their first competitive match of the tournament.

Rajiv Ouseph and Toby Penty won their second matches in succession - again in straight games inside 30 minutes - before Rhys Walker, coming in for Sam Parsons, lost a 57-minute duel with Daniel Nikolov.

Walker came back from 19-15 down in the decider before the Bulgarian won  30-28.

Peter Briggs and Peter Mills, and Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge then rounded off proceedings in the men's doubles rubbers.

The second seeds meet Hungary in their final group stage match tomorrow.


Meanwhile, England women, beaten by Germany in 2014 at the last eight stage, lost out to their rivals in the group stages in Kazan.

Fontaine Chapman looked to be heading for an opening win in the battle of the top singles' players, but a resurgent Karin Schnaase came back to secure a 16-21, 21-6, 21-10 victory.

Heather Olver and Lauren Smith, pictured, then suffered defeat in the doubles before Chloe Birch was edged out by Fabienne Deprez to put the match beyond England.

Sophie Brown and Kate Robertshaw were leading 21-16, 11-7 when Linda Effer and Johanna Goliszewski were forced to retire.

Luise Heim beat Kirby Ngan, playing her first senior match for England, in a tight three-game affair to round off the evening.

England play France tomorrow in their final group game.

Schedule, results and details at Tournament Software


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