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King's Australian mix

PUBLISHED: 08:49 10 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:42 07 July 2010

Norfolk's Mervyn King experienced mixed fortunes at the International Classic in Perth as England finished third, behind hosts Australia and Scotland.

Against Scotland and Malaysia, England managed to salvage creditable ties, and King was to the fore with excellent wins in the mixed triples and mixed pairs.

Norfolk's Mervyn King experienced mixed fortunes at the International Classic in Perth as England finished third, behind hosts Australia and Scotland.

Against Scotland and Malaysia, England managed to salvage creditable ties, and King was to the fore with excellent wins in the mixed triples and mixed pairs.

But the final match against the Aussies turned out to be a disaster at the weekend, with England suffering a shock whitewash - though, again, King almost pulled off a win against World Champion of Champions title holder, Leif Selby.

The Fakenham ace lost the opening set 10-13, but hit back to win the second 10-8, before the Aussie took the honours, 4-0, in the tie-break.

A straight-sets victory for King would have given the title to Scotland, but Australia's 6-0 victory over England enabled them to finish as champions.

Final standings: 1 Australia P18 W13 L5 26pts (23.0 sets) (+43 shots); 2 Scotland P18 W12 L6 24pts (22.5 sets) (+76 shots); 3 England P18 W06 L12 12pts (15.0 sets) (-53 shots); 4 Malaysia P18 W05 L13 10pts (11.5 sets) (-66 shots).


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