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Although there was no surprise or disgrace in their defeat to an opponent that is currently ranked No.1 in the world, Scotland's Men's badminton team were knocked out of the Thomas Cup after suffering a 4-1 defeat to Denmark in the last match-up of Group A in Alemere.

No doubt the team will be disappointed to be returning home but the fact that Scotland managed to clinch a single victory in the overall match has been met with much joy and Gordon Thomson has been rightly hailed as the hero for preventing the whitewash and giving Scottish badminton fans a moment to cheer.

It was a close run thing but Thomson overcame Hans-Kristian Vittinghus by 21-14, 22-20 in the last Singles match to ensure that Denmark did not have it all their own way. This has led to Gordon Thomson receiving the majority of praise but with a little bit of luck in some of the other matches, things could have been far closer than what they ended up being.

The other two Singles matches were close affair with the tie between Craig Goddard and Joachim Persson running to three games with the Dane triumphing 22-20, 19-21, 21-13 and Stuart Gilliland losing to Jan. O. Jorgensen by a score of 21-18, 21-17. Given that Denmark were the top seeds going into the tournament, the fact that Scotland pushed them so close is worthy of high praise.

Scotland entered the Thomas Cup still looking to clinch their first victory with the tournament but exited after having defeated Israel and given Denmark a scare along the way. Certainly the three individual games won against the Danish team in the Singles matches gives great cause for confidence with regards the future of the sport in Scotland.

The Singles matches suggested there was a lot of quality in both sides and that with more work, the Scottish side may be able to live with opponents the class and style of the Danish national team. Sadly for Scotland, the Doubles event had a very different outcome and this was where the true talent of Denmark really showed and the Scottish team was outclassed.

Watson Briggs and Thomas Bethell were defeated 21-13, 21-15 by Jens Eriksen and Martin Lundgaard whilst Andrew Bowman and David Gilmour fell to Mathias Boe and Joachim Fischer by a score line of 21-7, 21-13. These two Doubles defeat swiftly condemned the Scottish team to overall defeat and with it, any hope of progressing in the tournament had vanished.

With Denmark striding onwards to face Sweden in the quarter finals in another match they would be expected to win, the Scottish team exited the Thomas Cup with their heads held high and a renewed sense of optimism for the future.

With the women's Scottish badminton team winning all three of their group matches, Scottish badminton appears to be in a rich vein of form at the moment and the players will no doubt be looking to continue this form and promise in the later tournaments in 2008.

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