Championnat d'Europe par équipe - mai 2013

Published on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Championnat d'Europe par équipe
Du 1er au 4 mai 2013

4 may : Final

 Men's Final : [1] England 2-2 [2] France

   James Willstrop 2-3 Thierry Lincou
11/4, 12/10, 5/11, 9/11, 5/11 (67m)

   Nick Matthew 0-3 Gregory Gaultier
11/13, 6/11, 12/14 (82m)

   Daryl Selby 3-0 Lucas Serme
11/6, 11/4, 11/9 (48m)

   Peter Barker 3-0 Gregoire Marche
11/5, 11/8, 11/9 (53m)

The men's final was an even more tense affair as France went two-nil up and looked to be on the verge of a stunning upset.

Thierry Lincou rolled back the years to beat James Willstrop 3-2 in the opening match. After Willstrop had taken the first comfortably, Lincou let three game balls slip as he lost the second 10/12 but stormed back to take the next three games to give France the lead.

With passion running high on both sides Gregory Gaultier got the better of three desperately close and very intense three games against Nick Matthew - 82 minutes compared to Willstrop's 67 for five games - to put the French on the verge of the win they had been seeking for the last fourteen years.

Earlier in the day the ESF AGM voted to retain the four-man team system, rather than the three-man format which, had it been in effect today would have seen France take the title.

But England have always had strength in depth that is the envy of all the other European nations, and with Essex pair of Daryl Selby and Peter Barker to come, they knew that if both won without dropping more than one game they would retain the title.

Lucas Serme and Grégoire Marche fought all the way, but neither could quite take a game, and with 3-0 wins from Selby and then Barker, England were still the champions, their 21st in a row.