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Aussies and Kiwis out of lawn bowls quarter finals

29 July 2002

Australia and New Zealand both threw away leads over Wales and Northern Ireland to crash out of the men’s fours quarter finals.

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Australia were six shots ahead after five ends, but an eight-shot haul by Wales in the eighth end put the game beyond their reach, and they lost 23-12.

New Zealand’s match with defending Commonwealth champions Northern Ireland was a lot tighter with most ends being decided by one or two shots.

New Zealand was one shot down going into the final end. They looked to be in control when Rowan Brassey, the Kiwi Second, pushed his shot into the jack, which nudged a Welsh cluster, and they took the end by two shots and the match by 15-12.

England are through to the semi finals after their 15-11 win over Fiji. Four shots in the seventh end and three in the eighth wiped out the Fijian’s early lead.

But Fiji came back with four shots in the tenth to narrow the score to 13-10 and it took some brave shots from England skip David Holt to take the final two ends by one shot apiece.

Holt said: ”I felt later in the game that I was playing very well. I was finding the right line and length, and when we had built a bit of a lead and got a bit of breathing space I thought even if we got into difficulty I could have got it back."

“We will go into tomorrow’s game on a high, because we have a bronze medal. One of our dreams was to get a medal. It means so much to us,” Holt added happily.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be joined by South Africa, who beat Canada 16-7, in the last four.

Defending Commonwealth women’s pairs champions Scotland narrowly avoided an upset at the hands of Brunei in their group game.

The Scots were leading 14-4 in the 10th end but Brunei put on six shots in the final four for the game to finish 14-10.

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