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Blameless England bow out of bowls

30 July 2002

England EAD out as Greechan gets one over on Guernsey.

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England went out of the EAD triples through no fault of their own after New Zealand withdrew from the tournament.

The New Zealand team have had to withdraw from the competition for undisclosed reasons which means their prospective opponents Wales and Malaysia get two points apiece, leaving England out on shots difference.

In the men’s pairs, Jersey beat Channel Islands rivals Guernsey after they staged an incredible comeback from 13-3 down in the fourth end.

The Jersey pair of Alan Quemard and Thomas Greechan only allowed their opponents to get two shots in the remainder of the game as they won every end except the seventh to win 21-15.

Greechan said: “It’s especially sweet that we beat Guernsey. There’s a big rivalry between us, there has been for a long time.

Nevertheless, Jersey still must beat table-toppers England to secure their place in the last eight.

Greechan continued: “We needed to win this one to stay alive, and now we have to beat England. But after we came back from being 13-3 down we can go into tomorrow’s match pretty confident.”

“There wasn’t as much banter as there has been in the past, but there was a bit coming from the crowd. The Jersey Evening Post will be good reading tonight.

Australia’s future in the men’s pairs is in danger after they lost to arch rivals New Zealand, whose own survival in the group still remains in doubt.

Australia, on six points, lie fourth in the table behind Jersey, also on six, South Africa and England on eight points. New Zealand and Guernsey are two points behind on four points.

The final group matches for the men’s pairs take place in the evening session and on Wednesday morning.

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