Table tennis ace Tom Jarvis helped England to a top-10 finish at the European Youth Championships in Bratislava.
The 16-year-old Skegness Grammar School pupil won four out of five matches as England made it through the group stages by beating Iceland, San Marino and Netherlands and then enjoyed a tight 3-2 win over Denmark in the first round.
Eventual champions France were too strong in the first of the top-16 play-offs, but England bounced back to beat Belarus 3-0 and Austria 3-2.
In their final match, for ninth and 10th places, Jarvis won his match 3-0 but England were beaten 3-1 by hosts Slovakia.
However, they comfortably bettered their target of a top-16 finish set by Table Tennis England.
Jarvis also hit his target by reaching the last 16 of the boys’ doubles, alongside Helshan Weerasinghe, losing out 3-0 (12-10, 12-10, 11-7) to highly-rated French pair Nolan Givone and Joe Seyfried.
There was disappointment in the singles, where he was beaten by Antonino Amato of Italy in the last 64, despite coming from 1-3 down to force a deciding seventh set.
The Italian eventually took it 4-3 (11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 12-14, 6-11, 11-8).
Jarvis was forced to withdraw from the mixed doubles after his partner Maria Tsaptsinos picked up a shoulder injury.