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Lawn bowls preview - 1 Aug


EAD athletes go for gold on Thursday at Heaton Park with the womenís singles blind and the menís triples physically disabled finals.

Heaton Park

Heaton Park

Scotland take on Wales in the menís competition, while Englandís Ruth Small - who at 71 is the host nationís oldest entrant - will play Sibanda Constance of Zimbabwe.

Four womenís pairs teams will know they will definitely have won a medal by the end of the day.

The quarter-finals take place in the morning session, just over 12 hours after two teams secured their places. And in the afternoon session, the semi-finals take place, with every team guaranteed at least a bronze medal.

Northern Ireland and Wales secured their place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, as did Jersey, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

But Scotland and England booked their places in the last eight late on Wednesday evening with wins over Zambia and the Isle of Man respectively.

The menís pairs are also involved in knock-out games on Thursday afternoon - but only six countries know for sure they are through.

One game is yet to be played in group B, between Malaysia and Wales, owing to the former countryís failure to show for their match on Wednesday. The match will now take place in the first session on Thursday.

From group A, England, South Africa, Jersey and Australia are through, while in group B world champions Scotland plus Northern Ireland are already into the quarter-finals.

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