Nicky Brett was an early casualty in the World Indoor Championships men’s pairs competition yesterday.

The Huntingdon IBC man, and partner Greg Harlow, made a shock quarter-final exit at the Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea when they were beaten 3-5, 2-8 in straight sets by Welsh qualifiers Damian Doubler and Daniel Salmon.

Brett will be desperate to avoid another early exit when launching the defence of his world singles crown next Monday.

The 42 year-old, from Yaxley, captured the game’s biggest prize for the first time last year and will face a qualifier in the opening clash of his defence.

Brett has also teamed up with Claire Johnstone for the Mixed Pairs. They face Alex Marshall and Katy Smith in the opening round on Friday.