8 August, 2023
England picked up victories over Israel and Italy to complete second of their group on the European U17 Workforce Championships in Vilnius.
The ten-strong squad began their marketing campaign within the Lithuanian capital in opposition to Israel, sealing a slender 3-2 win to start their event final Friday.
England’s James Track received the group off to a vibrant begin with a straight video games victory versus Shon Leitman, earlier than Alina Bergelson levelled the tie for Israel with a win over Prarthana Reddy.
However Sonish Hathi and Edward Davey gained their boys’ doubles rubber to place England again in entrance and Lucy Brierley and Sofie Chong adopted up with victory within the women’ doubles to present the group an unassailable lead. Daniel Kemp and Lucy Dodd have been later crushed within the combined doubles.
That was then adopted by a rampant 5-0 victory over Italy in England’s second rubber, by far their most spectacular efficiency of the week.
All one of the best to Workforce England 🏴 who’re heading to the U17 European Badminton Championships in Lithuania 🏸
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— Badminton England (@BadmintonEnglnd) August 1, 2023
A 21-14 21-15 victory for Sia Pandit in her women’ singles match received England off to a robust begin, and that was adopted by a battling triumph for David Ng in his boys’ singles tie.
Brierley and Chong then sealed the tie with a second straight women’ doubles win, earlier than additional victories for Ng and Track within the boys’ doubles, and Davey and Brierley within the combined, accomplished a improbable afternoon of play.
With just one group from every group progressing to the knockout levels, England knew that victory was wanted of their closing tie of the spherical robin stage in opposition to Ukraine – on paper the favourites to progress.
And finally it was a step too far, with Ukraine sealing a 5-0 triumph to succeed in the quarter-finals.