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Lawn bowls latest from Heaton Park

26 July 2002

The New Zealand pairs team threw away a seven-shot lead to lose to Jersey 18-12.

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New Zealand were 10-3 up in the eighth of 15 ends, but Jersey came back in the next two - including a massive five shots in the 10th end - to take the victory.

The Channel Islands pair of Alan Quemard and Thomas Greechan changed the bowl length after the eighth, and the New Zealanders failed to adjust their game.

Cook Islands Pairs skip Inatio Akararu took ill early in their match against Malaysia and was replaced by manager Vaia Mani.

Mani and partner Noo Mataio led 13-1 in the eighth end, but the Malaysian pair of Maswadi Aziz and Said Safuan recovered with 13 shots to lead 14-13 with two ends to go.

But the Cook Islands pair managed to hold their nerve and take the game 14-16.

The England women’s pair of Amy Gowshall and Lynne Whitehead drew a sizeable crowd for their match against Malawi.

In a tense game Malawi consistently took advantage in the opening shots of the middle ends, but Gowshall played some good attacking bowls to win the final five ends and take the match 19-5.

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