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South Africa and England reach menís fours bowls final


England beat Northern Ireland and South Africa defeat Wales in the semi-finals.

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England and South Africaís menís fours have just 30 minutes to prepare for their final match after the teams beat Northern Ireland and Wales respectively.

The host nation were down 9-8 against Northern Ireland after 12 ends, before England skip David Holt drove two Northern Irish bowls off the jack with the last wood of the 13th end to take it by three shots and pull ahead to 11-9.

The home side then took five shots in the next two ends to win 16-9 and book themselves a place in the final this afternoon.

Wales staged a fightback from being 16-7 down to require five shots in the last end to win over South Africa, who had dominated much of the match.

But the Welsh foursome could only manage one shot in the final end to lose 16-13, and share the bronze medal with Northern Ireland.

In the womenís pairs, Wales made sure of their place in the last eight with a 19-12 win over Guernsey.

The Welsh pair are on six points, equal with group D table toppers Northern Ireland, whom they play in their final group match.

Commonwealth Games bowls debutantes the Isle of Man gave New Zealand a scare in their womenís pairs match.

The Kiwis were 18-9 down with just three ends remaining, but two five-shot ends in the 13th and 15th led to a 19-19 draw. New Zealand, top of group B, are already through to the quarter-finals.

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