England men got off to a winning start at the European Team Championships in Sweden as Paul Drinkhall won twice in a 3-1 victory over Norway. However, England women were comfortably beaten by reigning champions Germany.
Norway took the lead in the Group G clash when their top-ranked player Borgar Haug (WR 212) defeated Sam Walker in four, the match turning on the third set, which he won 13-11.
Drinkhall had no problems with Alexander Fransson, winning 3-0 for the loss of only 11 points, and Tom Jarvis put England in front by defeating Khai Noah Lam in three – though he was taken to 13-11 in the second.
Drinkhall then went the distance with Haug, who led 1-0 and later levelled at 2-2 by taking the fourth 12-10. But Drinkhall blazed through the decider 11-3.
England face Romania in their second group match at 9am on Monday – and you can watch live on TTE.TV – details are below.
England women had the toughest of tasks on paper in taking on reigning champions and top seeds Germany in Group A.
And so it proved in reality as the England trio fought throughout but were ultimately outclassed by three scores of 3-0.
Emily Bolton got the closest to her opponent as she lost 8, 6, 4 to Nina Mittelham (WR 21), while Jasmin Wong managed to avert an 11-0 whitewash in the second game of her match against Xiaona Shan (WR 34), in which she trailed 10-0. Annett Kaufmann (WR 51) completed the victory by beating Mollie Patterson.
England face Austria in their second group match at 6pm on Tuesday, also on TTE.TV.
How to watch
We are showing all the group-stage action on Table 2 live, including England men’s second group match at 9am on Monday as they take on Romania, plus England women’s clash with Austria in the primetime 6pm slot on Tuesday.
From Thursday to Sunday (September 14-17) TTE.TV will switch to covering Table 1 as the knockout stages get under way with the last 16 and build to the medal matches on the Sunday.
Coverage of the European Team Championships with English commentary is part of our commitment to providing the best action on TTE.TV – which is free as part of membership to Table Tennis England.
If you are a member of Table Tennis England, the next time you visit TTE.TV, you will be prompted to link your account to your membership. Simply click on the box to get started, follow the instructions and then sign in to the Sport80 membership platform to complete the link. You can also link your account at any time, via a tab in your settings in TTE.TV.
England 3 Norway 1
Borgar Haug bt Sam Walker 3-1 (7-11, 11-5, 13-11, 11-7)
Paul Drinkhall bt Alexander Fransson 3-0 (11-2, 11-5, 11-4)
Tom Jarvis bt Khai Noah Lam 3-0 (11-3, 13-11, 11-8)
Drinkhall bt Haug 3-2 (10-12, 11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-3)
Germany 3 England 0
Nina Mittelham bt Emily Bolton 3-0 (11-8, 11-6, 11-4)
Xiaona Shan bt Jasmin Wong 3-0 (11-5, 11-1, 11-4)
Annett Kaufmann bt Mollie Patterson 3-0 (11-4, 11-5, 11-4)