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England's lawn bowlers rolling to victory

27 July 2002

England’s men’s pairs continued on their winning ways when they beat New Zealand 14-9 in Saturday’s morning session.

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Dean Morgan England’s men’s pairs lead said: “I struggled a bit but Steve (Farish) was excellent on quite a tricky rink.

“He got us out of a couple of little problems towards the end but it was a good win for us. New Zealand are one of the strong ones in our group."

Looking forward to Sundays matches he continued: “We would like to win the group to put us in the best possible position for the closing stages.

“If we play well against Australia tomorrow we should qualify before we play the other games. It would be nice to play a few relaxing matches.”

The Kiwis were behind for much of the match, but had a chance to snatch the win in the 14th end when they had five woods on the jack.

But England unleashed three consecutive drives to blast away the New Zealand woods, and their hopes of salvaging the match.

South Africa suffered an upset at the hands of Guernsey, who posted their first victory of the tournament.

After South Africa were ahead by 11-7 after ten ends, the Channel Island pair came back with a barrage of shots - including six in the last end - to win 22-11.

After beating South Africa a jubilant Ralph Deakin of Guernsey said: ”We beat a very strong nation. I wouldn’t have expected to win against them, but we deserve it.

“It’s been a big two days. We’ve had England, New Zealand and South Africa. And we’ve still got Australia to play.”

Team mate Simon Masterton was positive about Guernsey’s form saying: “Some people have been calling this the group from hell. But I am pleased with the way we have been playing.

“And our win against South Africa proves that we can beat anyone on the day.”

In the women’s fours Scotland came within two shots of beating England after coming back from a 12-5 deficit after nine ends.

The English foursome was in control from the outset, and it took some canny shots from Scottish third Joyce Dickey and skip Sarah Gourlay to make the score respectable.

Cook Islands men’s pairs skip Inatio Akaruru returned after falling ill on Friday in his country’s 14-12 defeat to Pacific neighbour Samoa.

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