AFTER the first day of the Para events in the Commonwealth Games Widnes' Jack Hunter-Spivey is still in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals with the final group matches to be played today.

In the Men’s class 3-5 Hunter-Spivey made a winning start on the show court against Junjian Chen from Australia, beating the 32-year-old class 3 two-time Oceania Champion 3-0 (11-7 11-5 11-9).

He fought back well from 2-1 down against Nasiru Sule from Nigeria to level at 2-2 but the 54-year-old class 5 former Paralympic bronze medallist edged the fifth 11-9 for a 3-2 win.

“I think Sule played really well,” said a disappointed Hunter-Spivey.

“He has a really awkward style with long pimples – which is something I need to adapt to.

"I didn’t get out the blocks particularly well although I snuck the first set and I battled my way through but he just got the deciding point.

"There are things to learn from, getting used to the hall, the crowd and things like that.

"I’m still in, still going so I need to regroup for tomorrow and then we’ll see what happens from there.”

Hunter-Spivey plays Muhammad Mudassar from Canada in his final group match.