Craig Howieson looks to home crowd for a lift in singles

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Scotland missed out on a team table tennis medal at the Commonwealth Games, but Edinburgh’s Craig Howieson is hopeful the home crowd can help him reach new levels when the individual events start this week.

Scotland lost their quarter-final 3-0 to India at Scotstoun on Saturday night, but had won four matches out of four to reach the last eight, including a memorable win over Canada.

Craig Howieson. Picture: Comp

Craig Howieson. Picture: Comp

Howieson said: “Canada are seeded five in the Commonwealth and I think that’s the highest ranked team we’ve beaten in the Commonwealth ever. The crowd has to be something to do with it ... that little bit extra on our opponents gives us a little bit more self-belief.”

Howieson competed well against world number 44 Sharath Achanta, but the triple Commonwealth gold medallist won 11-7, 11-7, 11-8.

India clinched overall victory when Ghosh and Harmeet Desai beat Howieson and Sean Doherty 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 in the doubles.

Scotland’s women’s team won their first matches of the Games with 3-0 victories against Tanzania and Jamaica on Saturday to reach yesterday’s Classification Final against Northern Ireland, but the hosts came up short and lost 3-1 to settle for 14th place overall.