Glasgow 2014; Howieson maintains two-pronged attack

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Craig Howieson kept his Commonwealth challenge alive on two fronts at Scotstoun Sports Campus last night.

Howieson, from Edinburgh, and Gavin Rumgay reached the third round of the men’s doubles, but were pushed all the way by Sri Lankan pair Dinesh Deshappriya and Rohan Sirisena, seeking revenge for their defeat by Scotland in the team event.

The Scottish champions took a tight first game 11-8, but Sri Lanka fought back to level the match 13-11.

Howieson and Rumgay, who reached the round of 16 in Delhi four years ago, had to dig deep to come through 11-8, 11-13, 11-6, 3-11, 11-6.

The Capital player faces Deshappriya in the first round of the singles today after breezing through his preliminary group on Tuesday.

Rumgay is in action tonight and has the luxury of a “bye” into the second round after being seeded 15th, but he is in the same half of the draw as top seed and world No.12 Ning Gao from Singapore.

In the men’s doubles first round, Sean Doherty and Niall Cameron won a tough four-game battle with New Zealand’s Tenteng Liu and Phillip Xiao 12-10, 8-11, 11-9, 14-12.

Doherty and Corinna Whitaker went out in the second of the mixed doubles to Sri Lanka’s Sirisena and Ishara Madurangi 5-11, 5-11, 6-11.

Gillian Edwards and Cameron advanced to the third round by beating Hila Frank and Geru Lohia from Papua New Guinea 11-3, 11-8, 11-4 before falling to English pair Danny Reed and Kelly Sibley 7-11, 5-11, 3-11.

Shetland’s Lynda Flaws was knocked out of the singles by Nigeria’s Cecilia Akpan.