Scotland Select to face Police Sport UK

A youthful Scotland Select side will take on Police Sport UK looking to avenge last year’s reverse in Glasgow.

The Sir Craig Reedie BADMINTONscotland centre will once again host the action tonight, which will feature 11 full-blooded ties between some of the nation’s best young shuttlers and the finest the law has to offer.

Danny Robson and Kenneth Cheung carry Scotland’s hopes in the men’s singles but they will face tough and tenacious matches against Gordon Thomson and Tony Stephenson from PSUK.

Former Scottish National champion Thomson is the national police and men’s doubles champion for the past six years and is a multiple European Police singles champion.

Stephenson is being touted as one of the brightest young prospects for the police team in years to come – he was part of the PSUK B Team which claimed victory in the European team event in Milton Keynes in 2016.

The women’s singles see Alice Campbell and Jodie Harris take on Una Hunter and Amy Ashrafi, respectively.

Campbell, 15, represented Scotland in this fixture last year, while Hunter is a three-time national police singles titles champion.

Ashrafi will be taking her singles bow for PSUK, having enjoyed ladies’ doubles success in the PSUK event with Amanda Gibson and the 2011 mixed doubles with Oliver Morris.

Alastair Campbell and Josh McKay will face-off against Thomson and fellow former Scotland international Graeme Smith in the first men’s doubles encounter, while Cheung and Calvin Chan take on Ashley Gibson and Stephenson.

Campbell and McKay are in good form, but Thomson and Smith will be tough to break down, having triumphed in the PSUK men’s doubles four times on the spin and played huge roles in PSUK’s overall 8-3 victory last year.

Maria Leith and Erin Waddell are faced with the tricky challenge of trying to get past Beki Hutt and Paula Wilson in the first women’s doubles, while Jodie Black and Eilidh McCallister face Ashrafi and Jill Smith.

Hutt has triumphed with Anna Hume in the PSUK ladies’ doubles in the past four years, making her a fearsome opponent, while Wilson has more than 20 years’ experience playing for police teams and was part of the side which won the European team tournament in November.

In the first of three mixed doubles encounters, Campbell and Lauren Page will attempt to negotiate Thomson and Smith before Leith and McKay go up against Wilson and Gibson.

Rounding off the action in Glasgow is Alice Campbell and Michael McGuire’s match against Smith and Hutt.