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Commonwealth Games: Northern Ireland suffer a whitewash

By Andy Hampson

England got off to a winning start in the Commonwealth Games badminton team event with a comprehensive 5-0 defeat of Northern Ireland at Glasgow's Emirates Arena.

Husband and wife Chris and Gabby Adcock, the world number fives, set them on the way to an opening win in Group F with a comfortable 21-8 21-17 defeat of brother and sister Ciaran and Sinead Chambers.

Rajiv Ouseph followed up with a convincing 21-5 21-9 men's singles win over Tony Stephenson in just 23 minutes and Sarah Walker overcame a wobble to beat Alannah Stephenson 21-9 8-21 21-13 in the women's singles rubber.

Chris Langridge and Peter Mills beat Stephenson and Tony Murphy 21-11 21-9 in the men's doubles and Kate Robertshaw and Heather Olver wrapped up a good day's work with victory in the women's doubles.

They beat Caroline Black and Sinead Chambers 21-7 21-10.

Gabby Adcock said: "We have got a decent team here. There are some other good teams but if we all play well and get behind each other we've got a good chance."

England are next in action against Jersey today while Northern Ireland will play Mauritius.

Chambers said: "It couldn't really get any tougher than England first up but we'll look forward to the next matches.

"We'll be looking to beat Mauritius and Jersey and finish second in the group, to give ourselves the best possible chance."

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