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Commonwealth Games: Doubles gold for Matthew and Grant

2010 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Venue: Delhi, India Dates: 3-14 October 2010 Coverage: Comprehensive live coverage across BBC TV, radio, online, BBC Red Button, mobile and BBC iPlayer services. Find full coverage details here. And a full schedule of events here.


Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant

Matthew and Grant claim squash gold

English squash player Nick Matthew won his second gold medal of the 2010 Commonwealth Games when he and Adrian Grant claimed the men's doubles.

Matthew, the men's singles champion, and Grant beat Australia's David Palmer and Stewart Boswell 11-9 6-11 11-5.

Their cause was helped by an arm injury to Palmer in the decider.

England's Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro lost out to New Zealand's Jaclyn Hawkes and Joelle King in the women's doubles final.

Matthew and Grant made a great start to go 5-0 up in the first game of their final but gradually the Australians got their way back into the match to level it at 9-9 before England won the next two points to take the game.

Palmer had more of an influence on the second game and Australia took an early lead which they never looked like giving up and they ensured the match would go to a decider.

To emulate someone like Peter Nicol, that's amazing for me

Nick Matthew

Matthew and Grant looked strong at the start of the third game as Palmer committed a couple of unforced errors, and when Palmer fell heavily and hurt his elbow with England leading 4-1, the match turned England's way.

Although the experienced Palmer returned to the court after some treatment, he was in obvious discomfort and Matthew and Grant were quickly able to wrap up victory.

Matthew's double means he emulates Peter Nicol in taking two Commonwealth titles at a single Games - Nicol achieved the feat in Melbourne four years ago.

"To emulate someone like him, that's amazing for me," said Matthew. "It's something I had in the back of my mind that it was possible.

"It feels a little bit surreal but I'm sure when I get home it will sink in and I'm sure Peter will be one of the first to congratulate me."

Last December, squash was overlooked for inclusion in the 2016 Olympics, having already been turned down a place in 2012, meaning the Commonwealth Games is the top competition.

"This is the pinnacle for us," added Matthew.

"We topped the medal table here for squash and I think it's a massive shame we're not in London.

"We deserve our place. We feel we're doing everything we can and we tick every box. Sooner or later we have to get in there [the Olympics]."

Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro

England women's doubles pair beaten by NZ for gold

Duncalf won her second silver of the tournament after she and Massaro lost 11-9 11-10 to Hawkes and King but the women's singles runner-up was upset at missing out on gold.

"It was so close and that makes it more disappointing in many ways," she said.

"It was a great feeling winning the semi-final because you knew you are winning a medal but this is a horrible feeling, being so close to gold.

"I was in three events and I wanted three medals and at least one gold. I thought we had a great chance to get a gold and maybe in a few weeks I might be a bit happier with my performance."

Massaro, who came in to partner Duncalf following an injury to Alison Waters, said: "It's horrible to lose the final but we still have silver. It's kind of happy but sad."

"We were thrown together due to injury but we've really enjoyed it despite the lack of practice."

Elizabeth Cann

Badminton bronze for Cann

On the badminton court, England's Liz Cann, who hails from Jersey, beat Scotland's Susan Egelstaff to win bronze in the women's singles, but Gabby White and Jenny Wallwork were beaten to bronze by Australia in the women's doubles.

The 21-18 21-16 victory was sweet revenge for Cann, who lost to Egelstaff in the bronze medal match in Melbourne four years ago and also in the team quarter-finals in Delhi.

Cann trailed 13-6 in the opener before launching a big fightback to level at 17-17 and then edging clear to take it.

The second game was level at 13-13 before Cann applied the pressure with a five-point burst and there was no stopping her after that as she claimed one of the best wins of her career.

Wallwork and White, the third seeds in Delhi, went down 21-23 21-12 21-16 to unseeded Kate Wilson-Smith and Tang He Tian.

The Leeds pair came back from 18-15 down in the first game and saved two game points before edging it 23-21. But the Australians hit back in the second to force a decider.

Wallwork and White started the third game well and led 5-1 and 7-3 before hitting a bad patch as the Australians surged back to lead 15-8 and they went on to win.

English duo Andrew Baggeley and Liam Pitchford

English pair snatch table tennis bronze

In table tennis, England's Liam Pitchford and Andrew Baggaley had to be content with bronze in the men's doubles.

They lost out to home favourites Sharath Kamal Achanta and Subhajit Saha in Wednesday morning's semi-finals but regrouped superbly to beat Australians William Henzell and Robert Frank.

In a close-fought battle the pairs were locked at 2-2 as the match went to a decider.

Pitchford and Baggaley took an early 5-1 lead and went on to take it 11-6 to clinch the bronze for their second medal of the competition after both were part of the team which won silver.

Baggaley had won doubles gold in 2002, partnering Gareth Herbert, and silver four years later with Andrew Rushton.



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