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England and Malaysia through in bowls


England beat Wales in a closely fought match which went into an extra end and Malaysia coasted to victory over Jersey to book themselves places in the Menís Pairs semi-finals.

John Ottaway

The Welsh pair were 6-1 up after four ends, but the English team put on five shots in two ends to be ahead 8-7 at the midway point of the match.

Wales picked up a shot in the last end to bring the score to 12-12 and force the extra end. The Welsh skip William Thomas then misplaced his final shot, giving England the win.

Afterwards Thomasí team mate Stephen Rees expressed his disappointment: ďItís heartbreaking. We came back strongly at the end, and we were all over them to be honest. I feel sick. Itís the quarter final of the Commonwealth Games, and you want to win it.Ē

The home duo will face Malaysia, who won 15-14 over Jersey. They were 12-4 ahead going into the 10th end, but Jersey picked up six shots in the 14th to bring themselves back into the game.

But on the 15th end, they could only manage one shot which handed Malaysia the 15-14 win - and will give skip Safuan Said a 20th birthday to remember tomorrow when they take on the host nation.

In the Menís Singles, Canadian Ryan Bester cruised to a 21-3 win over Garry Ryan of Northern Ireland before losing 21-13 to defending Commonwealth champion Roy Garden of Zimbabwe.

Garden had earlier suffered a 21-16 loss to Englandís Mervyn King. Garden pulled within four shots of King at 16-12, but the Englishman put on four then one to seal the win.

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