Out of Luck Out of Form
When you are at the top of your game, the luck tends to go with you. When you are below your best it tends to go the other way.
That has certainly been the case for the English team so far – as witness this deal from Round 4:
It looks normal to overcall and 2 is a fairly normal approach, but here it cost -1100. Still, it would be a bargain if teammates happened to alight in 6!
NS did play in clubs – but not at the required level.
Perhaps suspecting that a double might be coming, West decided to take a bid, but to be honest 1NT is unsound. Had North doubled, which is certainly the indicated action, East would probably have bid 2 when South would have joined the party. Even if East passes, the defenders should be able to collect ten tricks against 1NT doubled.