Glasgow 2014: Longniddry excels on the court

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It was a good day for Longniddry as the badminton reached the last-16 stage at The Emirates Arena.

Robert Blair made it through in the mixed doubles with Glasgow’s Imogen Bankier and then partnered his East Lothian colleague Paul Van Rietvelde to success in the men’s doubles.

Blair, who has played in two Commonwealth games for England, and Bankier are the No. 3 seeds in the mixed doubles but lost the opening game to the strong Malaysians Wei Shem Goh and Loo Yin Lim. They battled back to win the match 15-21, 21-14, 21-14.

I just hope the next match is a bit easier,” said 32-year-old Blair. He had an easier match in the men’s doubles, joining Van Rietvelde in a 21-7, 21-6 win over Mohammed Sarim and Hussein Zaki, from the Maldives.

Edinburgh’s Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh, from Kinross, also overwhelmed a Maldives couple – Ajfan Rasheed and Nasheeu and Sharafuddeen – by 21-11, 21-7 to join their Scottish team-mates in the third round.

Kieran Merrilees and Kirsty Gilmour, the Scottish Champions, both made it through to the last 16 of the singles without any hint of trouble.

Bothwell’s Gilmour, the No. 2 seed, thrashed Australia’s Verdet Kessler 21-14, 21-5 while Glasgow’s Merrilees beat Kenya’s Victor Mungo 21-6, 21-7.