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England and Canada reach ladies bowls final

29 July 2002

England and Canada book themselves a place in the Women’s Fours final with two displays of top quality bowls.

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Canada’s match versus Wales went down to the last shot. Wales went into the last end three shots ahead at 12-9, and Canada had to crowd the jack to have any chance of victory.

Welsh skip Gillian Dawn Miles had the last shot to attempt to get in closer than the Canadian woods.

But she pulled it narrow, giving Canada the end by four shots, and a 13-12 victory.

Some precision lead bowling by England’s Ellen Alexander helped the team to a 19-6 win over New Zealand and a shot at the gold medal.

Alexander was delighted to make the finals: “To be in the final of the Commonwealth Games is just amazing.

“I thought I had quite a good game today, but there is still room for improvement for tomorrow.”

England skip Carol Duckworth knocked the jack out in the ninth end when New Zealand had a chance of getting four shots. This proved to be the undoing of the Kiwis who were outclassed by the host foursome.

New Zealand skip, Anne Lomas was gracious in defeat: “I have never seen a display like it in my life. How can I be disappointed when you see a display of bowls like that? Their lead was playing some amazing shots.

“I am going off to celebrate. I may have a headache in the morning.”

Wales and Canada, as losing semi-finalists, will be awarded a joint bronze medal at tomorrow afternoon’s ceremony.

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