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England narrowly avoids second upset

26 July 2002

England’s women’s fours narrowly avoided a second shock defeat in the evening session.

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After their 18-7 loss to Papua New Guinea earlier in the day, England found themselves trailing 18-1 after seven ends.

But the home side refused to lie down and did not allow Brunei to win another shot. The 12th was a turning point, when they won by six shots to bring the score to 18-12.

It came down to the last end, and England needed two to win. Brunei took out two of the home side’s woods, leaving skip Carol Duckworth to try to salvage the end.

She bowled two precision woods to give England the shots thy needed for an 18-18 draw, and their first point in Group B.

On the other side of the green Scotland and Wales played out their own epic.

Wales led narrowly until the ninth end, when Scotland amassed five woods tightly round the jack to put them 10-7 in front.

The next six ends were tense affairs, and the many supporters of both teams who had crammed into one corner of the park grew more and more boisterous.

But Wales edged past Scotland in the final ends to take the match 15-13.

Papua New Guinea’s women’s fours team narrowly missed out on a double scalp after their defeat of the host nation.

In the evening session they kept Australia at bay for much of a tight match, before the Aussies came back to win 14-12.

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