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Ben Torrance S Open 2012SCOTLAND’S young players once again proved too strong for the British Police team when they met for their annual match at Glasgow’s Cockburn Centre on Wednesday night.

The Police fell for the sixth year in a row, losing by the same 9-2 scoreline as last year.

Former Scottish National singles champion Gordon Thomson scored one of the Police’s two wins, beating Ben Torrance in the men’s singles 21-18 21-11. Torrance pushed Thomson a lot closer in the first game this time before Thomson’s experience told in the end as he repeated last year’s victory over the young Scot.

But Torrance turned the tables in the doubles when he and Josh Neil defeated current Scottish National doubles champion Thomson and former champion Graeme Smith 22-20 13-21 21-12. Neil also won his singles in straight games against Tim Cope.

Despite Thomson playing in three of the 11 contests, the Police’s only other win came in the mixed doubles when Smith and Manda Gibson came from behind to beat Calum Stevenson and Hannah Laing 12-21 21-15 21-14.

Julie MacPherson was the star of the Scotland squad with victories in the singles, doubles with sister Heather and mixed with Adam Hall.

MacPherson and Hall’s mixed doubles win was the match of the night, beating Thomson and Jill Smith 18-21 21-19 24-22.


Men’s singles:
Ben Torrance lost to Gordon Thomson 18-21 11-21
Josh Neil bt Tim Cope 21-10 21-10

Women’s singles:
Rebekka Findlay bt Anna Wilson 21-11 21-6
Julie MacPherson bt Manda Gibson 21-8 21-8

Men’s doubles:
Josh Neil & Ben Torrance bt Gordon Thomson & Graeme Smith 22-20 13-21 21-12
Adam Hall & Calum Stevenson bt Paul Hume & Ashley Gibson 22-20 16-21 21-17

Women’s doubles:
Hannah Laing & Rebekka Findlay bt Anna Wilson & Beki Hutt 21-19 21-18
Heather MacPherson & Julie MacPherson bt Jill Smith & Manda Gibson 21-12 21-18

Mixed doubles:
Adam Hall & Heather MacPherson bt Gordon Thomson & Jill Smith 18-21 21-19 24-22
Ben Torrance & Rebekka Findlay bt Ashley Gibson & Beki Hutt 24-26 21-14 23-21
Calum Stevenson & Hannah laing lost to Graeme Smith & Manda Gibson 21-12 15-21 14-21

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