BADMINTON: Mixed emotions for England players after loss to Malaysia

England’s beaten players had mixed emotions after settling for silver in the Commonwealth Games team competition.

The English players fell short in their bid for gold in Glasgow as they were beaten 3-1 by defending champions Malaysia in a tight and occasionally controversial final at the Emirates Arena.

After winning the mixed doubles rubber, England narrowly lost both the men’s singles and men’s doubles before Malaysia powered to victory with women’s singles success. The final women’s doubles rubber was not played.

Men’s doubles player Andy Ellis said: “When you are in a final and you perform how the team performed - everyone played out of their skins - and you don’t win gold, it is disappointing.

“But don’t get me wrong, it is an amazing achievement what we have done.

“At the end of the day I think the whole team would have taken a silver medal.”

Ellis, with partner Chris Adcock, was involved in what proved the pivotal third rubber of the tie.

With the score 1-1, much rested on the contest and controversy erupted when Malaysia gained a crucial advantage courtesy of a poor line call.

An Adcock smash was ruled out when replays - shown to the whole arena on the big screen - proved it was in.

The players’ complaints, amid boos from the crowd, were ignored and the verdict gave Malaysian duo Wee Kiong Tan and Wei Shem Goh game point in the first, which they converted at 21-19.

There were more dubious calls in the second game but Malaysia took it 21-17 to complete a 2-0 win and, with the momentum gone, world number 75 Sarah Walker then lost 21-16 21-17 to Jing Yi Tee.

Afterwards Adcock refused to dwell on the line controversy, despite it coming at a critical juncture of the match.

He said: “I think we received two tough calls but that is part of the game.

“Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it goes against you. It is a very hard job being a line judge, the shuttle travels very quickly. I thought we were hard done by but that is sport.

“Unfortunately we don’t have the review system here. In most big events recently we’ve had Hawk-Eye. That would have been a good time to have it but it is the same for both teams.”