England won both team events and swept the board in the Girls’ Singles at the Primary School International at Oundle School.
It was England’s turn to host the event, for all the Home Nationals associations, and they rose to the occasion to clinch both team events played over the first two days of the three-day event.
The girls’ A team of Hannah Saunders, Alyssa Nguyen, Amber Lemmon and Charlotte Wong were peerless in their category, winning all six matches 10-0 to take a perfect gold.
In second place was the England B team of Soraya and Serene Rahmani-Walentynska, Cindy Xiao and Assil Sarri, who won every other match except that against England A – though they were pushed to 6-4 by Scotland – who themselves took the bronze medal, losing only to English opposition.
Four other English girls were on duty – a Combined A team, which featured England’s Grace Wang, Aeyva Fayaz and Evie Turner-Samuels alongside Anna Middleton of Jersey, finished sixth, one place behind the Combined B team which featured England’s Violet Lily Marquis with Irish pair Eimear Hutchinson and Polly Smith and Wales’ Eloise Burnell.
The boys’ A team of Kai Lun Chow, Zihan Lin, Lewis Wu and Wilson Zheng also took gold, but did not have things all their own way.
They won six of their seven matches, but were held to a 5-5 draw by Ireland, who also won six. However, England took gold by virtue of a superior match difference, having notched five 10-0 victories and an 8-2 margin over England B, while Ireland had an 8-2 win over Scotland and a close 6-4 victory over England B.
Ireland were the silver medallists, while England B took bronze with a squad of Charles Donald, Zaid Aldilimi, Rishaan Sawant and Prithvi Menon.
In the individual competitions, England girls took a clean sweep, led by gold medallist Alyssa Nguyen, who beat Hannah Saunders 3-0 (13-11, 11-8, 12-10) in the final.
Nguyen had defeated Amber Lemmon 3-2 (9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 4-11, 12-10) in a close semi-final, while Saunders beat Soraya Rahmani-Walentynska 3-1 (11-5, 4-11, 11-8, 13-11) in the other half of the draw. Charlotte Wong reached the quarter-finals, where she was defeated by Saunders.
Peadar Sheridan of Ireland dominated the boys’ singles, not dropping a game through the knockouts, culminating in a 3-0 (11-5, 11-3, 11-2) victory over England’s Kai Lun Chow.
Both boys defeated compatriots in the semi-finals – Sheridan seeing off Stefan Bonchev (7, 6, 7) and Chow defeating Zihan Lin 3-2 (12-10, 6-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3).
Lewis Wu reached the quarter-finals, where he was beaten by Lin, while Wilson Zeng also reached the same stage, losing to Sheridan.
The girls’ plate was won by Ffion Evans of Wales, defeating Alexandra Hart of Scotland 3-0 (11-2, 13-11, 11-6) in the final.
In the boys’ plate, Bahao Chen of Scotland defeated Prithvi Menon of England in the final by a close 3-2 (6-11, 11-5, 12-10, 14-16, 11-4).