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Lawn bowls preview Ė 30 July

30†July†2002

First medals up for grabs at Heaton Park.

Heaton Park

Tuesday sees the first gold medal match of the bowls competition with the Womenís Fours final when England take on Canada.

New Zealand and Wales won the bronze medal on Tuesday as semi-final losers.

In the Menís Fours defending champions Northern Ireland play the host nation, while South Africa are up against Wales.

Two matches between rivals take place in the morning session when the New Zealand Menís Pairs take on Australia, and Jersey plays Channel Islands neighbour Guernsey.

While New Zealand only have a slim chance of qualifying for the knockout rounds, Australia need the points to ensure their safe passage to the last 16.

Jersey and Guernsey are placed fourth and fifth in the table respectively, and a win from either of them would see them through to the quarter-finals.

Defending Menís Singles Commonwealth champion Roy Garden begins his title defence in the morning session when he takes on Garry Ryan of Norfolk Island.

Englandís Ruth Small, a hot favourite in the Blind Singles, plays Gloria Hopkins of Wales, who is lying one point behind Mukri Moira of Malaysia in third place in the table.

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