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Calvert has medal in sights despite heavy fog

By Martin Kelly

David Calvert, competing in his 10th Commonwealth Games and one of Northern Ireland's big medal hopes, is in fourth position in his shooting event alongside team mate Jack Alexander.

On a curtailed first day on the shooting range in the full bore rifle pairs – due to heavy fog – Calvert put his experience to good use with some quality work.

Parag Patel and David Luckman from England lead the way on day one of qualification.

The England pair currently sit on top of the group with a score of 200-29v, just ahead of James Corbett and Geoff Grenfell (Australia) on 200.26v.

Calvert and Alexander have an overnight score of 119-25v.

All 19 teams will complete the remainder of their stage one shots at the 600-yard range today before moving on to the stage two targets of 900 and 1000 yards.

Meanwhile after three rounds in the men's skeet Clement Buchanan lies 11th and David Christie 15th.

The Northern Ireland badminton team will face Jersey today at the Emirates Arena with the winners advancing to the quarter-finals of the mixed team event later in the day.

Brother and sister Tony and Alannah Stephenson led the way in the 4-1 victory over Mauritius with wins in the men's and women's singles.

Tony then teamed up with Tony Murphy to win the men's doubles with Sinead Chambers and Caroline Black also victorious in the women's doubles before Sinead and Ciaran Chambers narrowly lost the mixed doubles – but by then it was a dead rubber.

Jersey were beaten 5-0 by group winners England.

In table tennis, after qualifying for the knockout stages of the men's team event the Northern Ireland trio of Paul McCreery, Ashley Robinson and Peter Graham were narrowly beaten 3-2 in the last 16 by fourth seeds Nigeria.

McCreery showed his quality by warming up for the singles competition to come by winning both his games.

However the women's team – Ashley Givan, Amanda Mogey, Hannah Lynch-Dawson and Emma Ludlow – lost out 3-1 to Sri Lanka despite a doubles win for Mogey and Lynch-Dawson and will now go into the classification round.

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