Badminton silver for England

  • Last Updated: July 29 2014, 7:35 BST

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

England's Rajiv Ouseph competes in the men's singles
England's Rajiv Ouseph competes in the men's singles

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."

Adcock had earlier got the tie off to an exhilarating start as he and wife Gabby, ranked five in the world, claimed a dramatic 2-0 mixed doubles victory against Chan Peng Soon and Pei Jing Lai, 28-26 in the second game.

The Malaysian duo had fought back well after losing the first game 21-14 and held seven game points in the second, but they spurned them all to go down on the Adcocks' second match point.

Rajiv Ouseph then produced a stirring men's singles performance but fell just short of handing England a 2-0 lead as he lost 21-17 19-21 21-19 to Chong Wei Feng in a marathon 71-minute encounter.

World number 27 Ouseph, ranked nine places below his opponent, looked to have victory in his sights as he came from behind and then opened up an 11-7 lead in the decisive game.

But the loss of eight of the next nine points cost him the initiative and, although he saved three match points, the task just proved beyond him.

Ouseph said: "I am disappointed with how the end result went but I can only be happy with how I played. Hopefully I can take that forward to the individual competition.

"I think when we started the tournament, if you'd offered us a silver we would have taken it.

I'm really proud of the rest of the team. Not a lot of them have tournament experience so for them to come out with a silver is really pleasing.

"It shows we can push Malaysia on our day. That is something we can take forward into the future."