ENGLAND will have six semi-finals to look forward to at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday despite a big scare in one of the men's doubles quarter-final.
England head coach Jakob Hoi blasted Chris Adcock and Andy Ellis after a lacklustre display in their match on Friday night almost cost them their place.
The top seeds struggled to victory against unseeded Welsh pair Daniel Font and Oliver Gwilt and Hoi was far from happy with the performance.
Adcock and Ellis, who are number 13 in the world, had to come from behind to win 17-21 21-16 21-15, taking six points in a row to clinch victory. But in the deciding game they even trailed 14-12 against a pair ranked 165 in the world.
Hoi said: “It was really, really poor. I think on behalf of myself and the players we underestimated them. In the first 10 rallies we were controlling and dictating, then one starts making mistakes, the other one falls asleep.
“The Welsh boys probably played the match of their lives, respect to them. I am here to shake their hands. It was a really good job from them.
“It is not the best way to step into a semi-final because that is not a way to win medals.”
Ellis admitted: “We didn’t play well and it is disappointing that we let our level drop today but we are through to where we wanted to be. We will rest up and we will be all right for tomorrow.”
In the semi-finals tomorrow morning they will face Malaysian pair Tan Wee Kiong and Goh Wei Shem, who won 21-17 21-19 against Australia's former England player Robin Middleton and Ross Smith, the fourth seeds. The Malaysians defeated Adcock and Ellis in the team final in straight games.
But there was no question of Adcock's wife Gabby and her women's doubles partner Lauren Smith taking it easy in their quarter-final.
The fourth seeds roared past Canada's Alex Bruce and Phyllis Chan 21-9 21-10 and that earned them a semi-final with Malaysia second seeds Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon.
Things got even better for England in the last match of the night when second seeds Chris Langridge and Peter Mills also took a disciplined approach in toppling Australian pair Raymond Tam and Glenn Warfe 21-10 21-11.
They now meet Danny Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart after the Singapore third seeds knocked out Robert Blair and Paul Van Rietvelde 21-8 21-16.
England's management set a minimum target of three medals at Glasgow 2014 but the squad are set to add to the team silver as they have two semi-finalists in both the men's and mixed doubles and one contender in both the men's singles and women's doubles.
Tomorrow's order of play
9am: (1) Chris & Gabby Adcock v (3) Robert Blair & Imogen Bankier (Scotland)
(4) Chris Langridge & Heather Olver v Chan Peng Soon & Pei Jing Lai (Malaysia)
Followed by (3) Rajiv Ouseph v (2) Kashyap Parupalli (India) after Adcock * Adcock's match
The men's doubles semi-finals are fourth and fifth matches on Court 1 with Adcock and Smith's women's doubles the fifth match on Court 2.
Semi-final losers play bronze medal matches in the evening session
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