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Lawn bowls drama witnessed by Royals

29 July 2002

England’s EAD triples were spurred on to victory by the Earl and Countess of Wessex in their dramatic group match against New Zealand.

Royals of Wessex

The Earl and Countess of Wessex were delighted to see England win

The Prince was treated to a gutsy performance from England skip Richard Coates, whose final shot kept his team in the competition.

England edged the match 11-9 and now need a win against Kenya to keep their final hopes alive.

Coates admitted he suffered from nerves playing in front of Prince Edward, who looked surprised when the player unclipped his playing claw.

“I had to do a double-take when I saw Prince Edward. I couldn’t believe I was playing with a Royal audience,” Coates said.

“I caught his eye after the match, and I think he was quite shocked to see me unclip my playing claw.”

Coates had to throw a do-or-die shot to claim his team’s first win and set up a tense last match.

“I was hoping I wouldn’t have to throw my last wood. It was very nerve-wracking.

“As it got halfway down the green I started to run after it because I thought it was too short. But as I ran, it started to pick up pace and hit the target,” he added.

England must now beat Kenya and hope New Zealand beat group leaders Wales in the last round of matches to make the final.

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