Journalist for the i newspaper, Bowls England National Finals commentator and a name well-known to bowlers, Emily Ferguson will be reviewing most days of the action at Victoria Park.
Victoria Park only managed to stay dry for one day, as Saturday morning saw the first rain of the Games. A light drizzle fell as soon as play kicked off at 8:30am but our England players didn’t let the weather dampen their mood – with the team recording an incredible eight wins out of a possible nine.
Amy Pharaoh reset after a disappointing result on Friday and won her first singles game against Shermeen Lim from Singapore 21-3. Her second match was a much harder game and Pharaoh was nip and tuck against New Zealand’s Katelyn Inch throughout the entire match. She managed to keep her cool however, and was able to make numerous conversion shots throughout the match to come back from 18-14 down to level with her opponent. In the final end Pharaoh needed just three shots to win the match and was holding two with just two bowls left to play. With her final bowl, Inch just managed to clinch the jack and lie game, and to the dismay of the crowd, Pharaoh was unable to draw shot with her last bowl and lost the game 21-18.
But after the disappointment of Pharaoh’s second game, which means she is now unable to progress to the Quarter Final stage, the other England teams all secured great wins.
In the Para Men’s Pairs B6-B8 Craig Bowler and Kieran Rollings were able to repeat the success of yesterday’s afternoon game and sneaked a win against Australia. Despite starting 6-0 down, the pair upped their game and were able to get to 10 all through 12 ends. The next end they picked up a single shot to edge in front for the first time, before dropping two shots to leave them one shot behind going into the last end. But the deficit didn’t phase them, and they secure the win by picking up two shots on the last end.
Bowler and Rollings had another narrow victory against Wales in their second game. After 11 ends they were 11-5 up when their opponents started to mount a comeback and picked up a four on the final end to finish 12-11 to England. They are currently in second place in the rankings, as despite having the same number of points as Scotland, they have a negative shot difference. They will play their final game in the sectional play tomorrow morning
The Men’s Triples took to the stage at 11:30am when they secured an impressive win against Canada picking up count after count in the first 10 ends to lead 25 shots to 1. They continued to dominate the game and finished on a high score of 36-8. They are the clear winners in their section, being the only team to have won more than one match. Ridout, Brett and Chestney will play in the Quarter Finals against Jersey on Sunday afternoon.
Jamie Walker and Sam Tolchard got off to a flying start in their first match against the Falklands Islands and were 23-1 up after just 7 ends. At 10 ends they were 30-2 up and ended on 47-5. They repeated their success in their second game against the Cook Islands, winning 20-7. Walker and Tolchard currently top their group and have one final game against India to play tomorrow morning, who are currently second in the rankings.
The Women’s Fours recorded another convincing win in their final round of sectional play, defeating the Cook Islands 19-7. The team, skipped by Sian Honnor, were 12-0 up after 5 ends and continued to sail ahead throughout the rest of the match. Having recorded three big wins over the first two days of competition, the team have now ensured their place in the Quarter Final games starting tomorrow. They will face South Africa in a tantalising clash from 3pm.
A sensational way to end the day for @TeamEngland 🏴
Wins for our Para Women’s Pairs, Men’s Pairs and Women’s Fours 🌟
— Bowls England (@BowlsEngland) July 30, 2022
The final game of the evening session saw Michelle White and Gill Platt play home rivals Scotland in their third game. The pair beat Scotland 19-7, including an impressive finish winning the final three ends to secure the win. White and Platt are currently lying in second place with two wins and a loss.
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