Arsenal Ladies do the double and win the Continental Cup

Arsenal Ladies completed the perfect end to an amazing season, claiming the League Cup a couple of weeks after securing another Women’s Super League title.

A quiet night in Barnet saw the two Champions League participants, Arsenal and Birmingham, do battle for the trophy, the equivalent of which in men’s football (the Capital One Cup) has little prestige. It took until the last ten minutes with Kim Little and Rebecca Spencer teaming up to give them the vital goal that continue Arsenal’s reign as the most successful women’s team in British football. It caps off a spectacular season that saw many of their stars play for Team GB at the Olympic Games and thrust them into the limelight. What remains to be seen is whether or the WSL and its League Cup get a similar reception a year after the memory of London’s heroics have died down.

It was sad news for Hampshire Royals as they crashed out of the Twenty20 Champions League before they’d even had a chance to fight for it. After just one game, a loss means they can’t top the table and progress to the main stage. Fortunately, Yorkshire Carnegie did just that and will be mixing it up with the big boys later this month!

Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins continued their decent run of form by advancing to the last 16 of tennis’ Japan Open. Croquet’s version of the Ryder Cup sees Great Britain face off against the USA and have begun remarkably well, winning all four opening games and are leading another.

It wasn’t such good news for much of the British badminton contingent, as many of them were knocked out in the first round. For the singles players that did progress, they were soundly beaten in the second. With seemingly no same-sex doubles competitions, it’s down to the mixed doubles to come up trumps. That’s something Phil Taylor failed to do once again this season as he was beaten by on-song opponent Robert Thornton in the second round of the World Grand Prix.

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Results

Football: Women’s Super League Continental Cup

Final
Arsenal Ladies 1-0 Birmingham City Ladies

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Cricket: Twenty20 Champions League

Qualifiers
Hampshire Royals lost to Auckland Aces (AUS) by 8 wickets, 121-8 to 123-2
Yorkshire Carnegie beat Trinidad & Tobago by 6 wickets, 154-4 to 148-9

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Cycling: Tour of Beijing – Day 2

Stage Results: Stephen Cummings 49th (+2’56)
General Classification: Cummings 54th (+3’15”)
Points Classification: Andrew Fenn 4th (14 points)
Team Classification: Sky Procycling 17th (+8’23”)

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Darts: World Grand Prix

Second Round
Brendan Dolan 3-1 Vincent van der Voort (NED)
Justin Pipe 3-2 Kevin Painter
Phil Taylor 2-3 Robert Thornton
Mervyn King 3-1 Dave Chisnall

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Squash: Delaware Investments US Open

Quarter-Finals
Laura Massaro 3-0 Madeline Perry 11-6 11-9 11-7
Nick Matthew 3-2 Amr Shabana (EGY) 11-6 4-11 10-12 11-9 11-9
Peter Barker 2-3 Ramy Ashour (EGY) 12-10 5-11 6-11 11-7 13-11

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Croquet: Solomon Trophy

Day 1
Great Britain 4-0 USA

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Badminton: Dutch Open

Round 1
Joshua Green 2-0 Bart Gerrits (NED) 21-12 21-7
Kieran Merrilees 2-0 Albin Carl Hjeln (SWE) 21-14 21-12
Michael Spencer-Smith 0-2 Przemyslaw Wacha (POL) 9-21 8-21
Panuga Riou 2-0 Soraya De Visch Eijbergen (NED) 21-13 21-16
Kirsty Gilmour 0-2 Sabrina Jaquet (SUI) 13-21 16-21
Nicola Cerfontyne w/d-w/o Jie Yao (NED)
Elizabeth Cann 0-2 Linda Zetchiri (BUL) 12-21 13-21
Emily Westwood 1-2 Sandra-Maria Jensen (DEN) 21-17 8-21 12-21
Sarah Milne 0-2 Kristina Gavnholt (CZE) 11-21 13-21
Kate Robertshaw 0-2 Judith Meulendijks (NED) 14-21 14-21
Sarah Walker 2-0 Lisa Malaihollo (NED) 21-18 21-12
Chris Langridge/Heather Olver 2-0 Ronan Labar/Laura Choinet (FRA) 21-13 21-8
Matthew Nottingham/Alexandra Langley 0-2 Nico Ruponen/Amanda Hogstrom 11-21 20-22
Christopher Coles/Jessica Fletcher 0-2 Anthony Dumartheray/Sabrina Jaquet (SUI) 14-21 7-21
Marcus Ellis/Gabrielle White 2-0 Mattijs Dierickx/Debbie Janssens (BEL) 21-12 21-10
Gary Fox/Samantha Ward 0-2 Anders Skaarup Rasmussen/Lena Grebak (DEN) 17-21 17-21
Ben Stawski/Lauren Smith 2-0 Kyrill Schafflutzel (SUI)/Mireille Van Daal (NED) 21-9 21-13
Peter Mills/Lim Alyssa 1-2 Koen Ridder/Paulien Van Dooremalen 21-19 19-21 19-21

Round 2
Joshua Green 1-2 Emil Holst (DEN) 21-18 16-21 15-21
Kieran Merrilees 0-2 Przemyslaw Wacha (POL) 18-21 12-21

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Tennis: Rolex Shanghai Masters

Round of 32
Colin Fleming/Ross Hutchins beat Fabio Fognini (ITA)/Martin Klizan (SRB) 5-7 6-4 10-5

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