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England in shock defeat


England suffered a shock 18-7 defeat at the hands of Papua New Guinea in the womenís fours lawn bowls competition.

Simon Skelton

After the host nation took the first end by one shot, Papua New Guinea won the next three. England failed to gain a shot in the last four ends as the visitors picked up nine.

Medal favourite Ruth Small (ENG) got her campaign off to a flying start as she stormed to a 15-1 victory over Malaysiaís Mukri Moira in the Blind Singles competition.

Small threw down 13 unanswered shots in just six ends, before Moira came back in the seventh to pull a consolation point back.

The New Zealand Menís Fours team avoided a potential upset after trailing Malawi 8-1 before finishing 15-10.

The Kiwis pulled back to lead by one shot in the 10th, and in a nail-biting finish the foursome, led by Peter Bellis, traded shots with the African side but pulled through in the final end to snatch the win.

Also in the Menís Fours, Guernsey, self-admitted medal outsiders, trounced Norfolk Island 23-11.

Guernsey were ahead by 16-3 by the seventh end, and a valiant final end by Norfolk Island, in which they picked up five shots, were not enough for the win.

The Scottish menís fours also had a fright when they found themselves trailing 16-11 to Fiji after 12 ends. But some shrewd shot-picking by skip Graeme Archer gave them a narrow 18-16 win.

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