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England Juniors beat Chinese Taipei to guarantee World Top 10 finish

England Juniors recorded a ninth-place finish at the World Junior Championships in Indonesia - exceeding all targets set prior to the tournament.

They guaranteed themselves a place in the Top 10 with a brace of brilliant team performances to defy the seedings.

TorjussenThey were in high spirits after a successful Thursday in Jogjakarta which started with a routine 3-0 win over Belgium and ended with a quite outstanding 3-2 victory against Chinese Taipei.

Head Coach David Lindley had called against complacency against Belgium and duly got a professional performance from his side.

Any nerves going into a potentially tricky head to head with Belgium were quickly cast adrift in the morning session as Harry Huang, then Abigail Holden put England 2-0 in front after the singles events. It left men’s doubles duo of Callum Hemming and Johnnie Torjussen the task of bringing the match to a premature end – and they duly supplied to confirm an unassailable 3-0 scoreline.

That win over their European counterparts set up a clash with Chinese Taipei who, with a seeding to the reach the top 8, brought a significantly weighted challenge.

It was a match that started well with Callum Hemming, this time paired with Rory Easton, continuing the winning momentum from the morning’s match-play. The men’s doubles showed big game experience to edge a nervy 3-end opening fixture which hung on a knife edge throughout.

And whilst Abigail Holden missed out in her women’s singles event, Johnnie Torjussen registered a men’s singles win to install a 2-1 lead going with two events to play.

Defeat in the women’s doubles took the game the full distance and the final mixed doubles was to prove a suitably nervous affair before Hemming and Hope Warner emerged victorious from a 3-end scoreline. 

For Hemming it was two wins from two on a huge day for England and it took his tally to 9 wins from 10 played whilst the men's doubles pairings remain unbeaten in action.

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