Olympics: Andrew Baggaley set to make it a night to remember

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ANDREW Baggaley has spent about as much time reading good luck messages as he has playing table tennis over the last few days as he nears potentially the biggest night of career.

The 29-year-old is set to play a leading role in helping Team GB’s table tennis men beat Portugal in their first round match at the ExCel Arena on Friday night, and has been inundated with messages of support via Twitter and other social networking sites.

The British team of three have been handed a favourable first round draw in the competition. Going in as 13th seeds, they could have been paired against any of the top four nations in London, meaning a clash against eighth seeds Portugal represents a fairly good draw.

Baggaley is expected to team up with Liam Pitchford for what could be the all-important doubles game in the best of five match, and is likely to try and seal victory with singles success.

The team’s third member, Paul Drinkhall, was knocked out of the men’s singles competition after losing to Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov in the third round on Monday, going down 11-8, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4.

The team action at the ExCel Arena gets underway at 7pm on Friday.