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England teams successful in match against France

England's Open and Women's teams have played against France in a warm-up match for international events later in the year, including the European Championships which will be held in Budapest in June.

The Women's team won by 100 IMPs over the three days. The Open team were not playing directly head-to-head as the match incorporated the French trials.

England win silver in Lady Milne Trophy

England have finished second in the Lady Milne Trophy, the competition for the national women's teams from the five NBOs of the British Isles which took place just outside Belfast.

The winners were Scotland, who dominated the event, winning all five matches with relative ease, and finishing on 87.68 VPs out of a possible 100. The England team of Fiona Brown and Helen Erichsen, Christine Jepson and Catherine Curtis, Sarah Ewart and Ewa Kater, with NPC Heather Dhondy, won all matches with the exception of a 20-0 defeat to Scotland. They finished on 63.20 VPs, with Ireland third on 49.57 VPs. Defending champions Wales were fourth.

Juniors miss out on prizes in Amsterdam

England's juniors competed in the White House Junior Internationals in Amsterdam last week (20th - 26th March), and put in a solid, but ultimately fruitless, performance.

In the teams event, which included teams from 15 European countries, the Red team reached the quarter finals where they lost to eventual winners Poland. The White team narrowly missed out on qualifying for that stage, finishing two places outside the qualifying spots.

In the pairs event which followed, half of the pairs finished in the top half of the field, with Michael Alishaw & Ben Norton the top performers, ending 11th of the 40 pairs.

England were being represented by:
England White: Yvonne Wiseman & Ben Norton; Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw
England Red: Alex Roberts & Ankush Khandelwal; Shivam Shah & Freddie Illingworth
Captain for both teams: Jon Cooke

England win Camrose by record margin

England have won the Camrose by 39.3 VPs, the largest margin since the format was changed in 2005.*

After establishing a huge lead on the first weekend, England extended its advantage on the second weekend, held in Llandrindod Wells in Mid-Wales. They won four of the five matches, the only defeat coming in the final match, against runners-up Wales, with the championship already secured.

Congratulations to the teams from both weekends:

1st weekend: Alexander Allfrey & Andrew Robson; Mike Bell & David Gold; David Bakhshi & Tony Forrester; NPC: David Burn; Asst NPC: Nick Smith.
2nd weekend: David Mossop & Alex Hydes, Jason Hackett & Justin Hackett, David Price & Colin Simpson; NPC. Richard Fleet - see team picture here.

NPC Richard Fleet (pictured left) received the trophy.

* - perhaps made even more impressive by the revised VP scales which are now used.