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Lawn bowls preview - 3 August


A rain-affected two days means just one medal match will be played on Saturdayís penultimate day of the bowls.

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The womenís singles blind final, originally scheduled for Thursday, will be contested, while the womenís and menís pairs finals, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday respectively, have been pushed back and will be played on Sunday along with finals for both the womenís and menís singles.

Consequently, quarter and semi-final battles abound on Saturday - some little more than 12 hours after the starters were determined.

The action will be on just two greens, and it kicks off with the womenís pairs semi-finals and the menís singles quarter-finals.

In the womenís pairs, Wales take on New Zealand and South Africa play England. None of the teams were in the medals in Kuala Lumpur, but they will all leave Manchester with at least a bronze.

In the menís singles Australiaís Steve Glasson will take on Mike Kernaghan (NZL) in a trans-Tasman battle, while Walesí Robert Weale will play Darren Burnett of Scotland.

Jeremy Henry (NIR) takes on country and western fan Eddie Nikole of Zambia, and Englandís Mervyn King (ENG) will play Robert John Donnelly of South Africa.

In the afternoon session Ruth Small (ENG) and Zimbabweís Constance Sibanda finally get the chance to play for gold in the womenís singles blind after their final match was put off first on Thursday then on Friday.

Also in the afternoon session the last eight of the womenís singles competition will battle it out for the chance of a podium place.

Northern Irelandís Margaret Johnston, the current World Champion, will play Marlene Castle of New Zealand and Ahmad Siti zalina (MAS) takes on Englandís Jeannie Baker.

On the other side of the draw Karina Horman of Jersey plays Lorna Trigwell of South Africa, and Karen Murphy (AUS) plays Jane Rigby.

Then in the evening the menís pairs will play for a place in the final. Scotland will play Kuala Lumpur bronze medallists South Africa, while England will face Malaysia.

Also in the evening the winners of both the menís and womenís singles quarter-finals will play for the Sunday showdown - two of four finals on the last day of the Games.

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