The expected rain duly arrived, but, apart from one heavy downpour which lasted about 10 minutes, there was no interruption to play.
The best of 13 semi-finals started with two doubles matches. Playing Egypt, Steven Mulliner and new cap Tobi Savage won theirs, but Lionel Tibble and Rachel Rowe lost, both in 3 games. Four reverse singles followed, in which Lionel beat the Egyptian number one, Ahmed Nasr, but we lost the other three to end the day trailing 2-4.
In the other semi-final, New Zealand won both their doubles against Ireland, though only after losing the first game in each match; the singles had yet to finish when the author left to go ringing.
In the plate, Sweden beat South Africa to record their first win; USA beat Wales; but Ian Burridge, for Wales, won the final game of the pegged down match against South Africa to draw their test match 3-3.
Tomorrow, Thursday, the semi-finals and plate block should both finish, to leave the final and play-offs for the minor places, including the important relegation battle, for the final two days.