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English teams make clean sweep

England retained their title in the men`s team tournament yesterday at Marsascala.

England retained their title in the men`s team tournament yesterday at Marsascala.

The pool European Championships, involving more than 200 players from 10 countries, came to a close yesterday at the Corinthia Jerma Palace Hotel with England making a clean sweep of the major honours at stake.

England A retained their title after beating France 8-4 in the top tournament for men's teams. The competition for B sides was also won by England. They had the better of Malta 8-3.

In the juniors and women's team events, England added two other titles to their names by beating Wales 8-2 and Scotland 8-3 respectively.

With world champion Mick Hill in their ranks, the English contingent had few doubts where the singles title would go.

Yesterday, Hill beat fellow Englishman Lee Clough 8-4 in the final.

The only competition which escaped England's grasp was the ladies singles. This event was won by Lineth Horsburgh, of Scotland.

During an international meeting yesterday, it was confirmed that the 2006 European Championships will be played in France.

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