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England lose European Team Championships quarter-final thriller

England’s men were knocked out of the European Men’s and Women’s Team Championships by the Netherlands in France, in devastating fashion.

The pulsating, almost four-hour match went all to the way to the deciding contest, but sixth seeds Netherlands prevailed 3-2, despite England winning 11 more points.

The second seeds got off to a bad start, as Toby Penty fell to a 21-16, 21-11 defeat to Mark Caljouw.

And things went from bad to worse as Alex Lane lost a tight second match to Joran Kweekel.

Lane got off to a flier, winning the first game 21-11 but slipped to a 21-9 loss in the second and Kweekel took the third 21-18.

Harry Huang started the comeback against Finn Achthoven, winning in very convincing style 21-6, 21-4.

And Ben Lane and Sean Vendy levelled the quarter-final in the first of the doubles matches against Jelle Maas and Robin Tabeling 22-20, 21-11.

That meant that it all came down to the second doubles match-up between Huang and Tom Wolfenden and their Dutch opponents Ruben Jille and Ties Van Der Lecq.

And the Dutch pair took first blood, seeing off Huang and Wolfenden 21-14.

But the English duo hit back, taking the second game 21-18 to bring the whole match to a deciding game.

Sadly, it was not to be as Jille and Van der Lecq had the edge and took the decider 21-12.