England in dominant form

Having watched on from the sidelines on day one, the English wasted little time in getting down to business on day two, thrashing Ireland 5-0, with the Irish unable to claim even a single game.

In the day's second morning fixture, favourites Denmark looked the part as they beat Poland 5-0, the Poles' second consecutive heavy defeat.

Germany and Scotland were handed walkovers in their opening ties after Spain withdrew from the competition, but they were out on court on Thursday. It was the Scots who came out on top in a close contest, with Robert Baker and Imogen Bankier claiming the deciding mixed doubles rubber after the two sides were tied at 2-2 heading into the mixed doubles.

In Group Four, Russia managed to squeeze past Sweden on day one, but they couldn't repeat the feat against France. The French wrapped up the tie after winning the first three matches, with Russia winning the men's and mixed doubles to give the scoreline some respectability. 

In the night session, hosts Belgium faced England in a Group Two tie, but there was little for the home fans to celebrate as the Belgians were hammered 5-0. The English were made to work hard for their wins in the two singles rubbers, but having claimed both match-ups they then eased through the remaining matches.

Denmark claimed their second win of the day in Group One, but they were given a bit of a scare by the Netherlands before registering a 3-2 victory. The Danes started strongly, claiming both singles rubbers before the Dutch won the men's and women's doubles. Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen then underlined their worth, winning the mixed doubles to secure the tie.

 

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