Commonwealth Games:Cann rested for badminton singles campaign

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The Island team, made up of Elizabeth Cann, Gavin Carter, Solenn Pasturel, Clive Dunford and Lucy Burns, lost its fourth and final match against Mauritius on Saturday evening.

However, the team did put up a fight and only lost on a nail-biting final mixed doubles decider.

Dunford was the first to play, losing 21-6, 21-13 to Edouard Clarisse.

Next up was Pasturel, who has hit a good run of form, and she swept aside Karen Foo 21-9, 21-13.

The men’s pairing of Dunford and Carter weren’t as successful, going down 22-20, 21-12 in a close fought battle with Edouard Clarisse and Stephan Beeharry.

In another close match, but this time successful for Jersey, the women’s pair of Burns and Pasturel defeated Amrita Sawaram and Shama Aboobakar 21-17, 21-17.

That set up a crucial decider between Carter and Burns against Behharry and Aboobakar, which they eventually lost 21-13, 21-13.

Afterwards team manager Carmen Cann said: ‘To have any chance of winning the tie we really needed to take the first doubles’ match because it was always going to be hard to pull it back after that.

‘I think we are playing well, we just haven’t had much luck in any of the games.

It was always going to be a tough group but realistically we would have liked to have finished in third behind Singapore and Canada.’ Meanwhile, Elizabeth Cann was rested for the final match in the group stages because she is suffering from a sore shoulder.

Her mum, team manager Carmen Cann, said: ‘We left her out as a precaution so that she can rest in time for the singles.

She has suffered from this before and at the moment it’s not too serious, so she should be okay for the rest of the week.’

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