England’s Performance Squad enjoyed a successful Four Nations event at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, with both Men’s and Women’s squads topping their respective tables.
Held over four days since Thursday, England were joined by teams from Ireland, Scotland and Wales in preparation for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will commence in just under one year.
John McGuinness, Bowls England Performance Director, said: “It’s been a great test for our guys against some top quality opposition from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
“The standard of bowls throughout the event has been exceptional, and full credit to our squad for relishing the challenge put in front of them and securing some great victories.
“It’s been great to have an event that combined the para and able-bodied disciplines running side-by-side, which has truly showcased the team spirit within the squad. It offered a perfect opportunity to inspire each other and wear the England shirt with pride.
“Finally, I must thank all players and the management teams from Ireland, Scotland and Wales for making the trip to Leamington to join us for this Four Nations event.”
On the final day, England faced Scotland in the only session of the day, sharing the spoils across the four disciplines.
Jamie Walker enjoyed a 21-15 victory over Iain McLean in a singles contest of the highest-standard, with Katherine Rednall, Ellen Falkner MBE and Sian Honnor also securing victory over Scotland’s Lesley Doig, Dee Hoggan and Lauren Baillie-Whyte in the Women’s Triples.
In the Women’s Pairs, Sophie Tolchard and Amy Gowshall led Claire Anderson and Caroline Brown 8-5, before a run of six consecutive ends gave the Scots the upper hand.
Louis Ridout, Ed Morris, Jamie Chestney and Sam Tolchard were also involved in a great battle with Scotland’s Stuart Anderson, Ronnie Duncan, Derek Oliver and Paul Foster MBE, just losing out on the final end.
Match Scores vs Scotland on Sunday
Men’s Singles: Jamie Walker 21-15 Iain McLean
Women’s Pairs: Sophie Tolchard & Amy Gowshall 11-16 Claire Anderson & Caroline Brown
Women’s Triples: Katherine Rednall, Ellen Falkner MBE & Sian Honnor 17-12 Lesley Doig, Dee Hoggan & Lauren Baillie-Whyte
Men’s Fours: Louis Ridout, Ed Morris, Jamie Chestney & Sam Tolchard 14-15 Stuart Anderson, Ronnie Duncan, Derek Oliver & Paul Foster MBE
Men’s League Table:
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Women’s League Table:
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Play also continued in the para events on Sunday, with England’s representatives facing opposition from Scotland and Wales.
Julia Howard and Gill Platt 9-17 Rosemary Lenton and Pauline Wilson
Steve Bigg and Mike Robertson 10-9 Rob Jones and Dylan Williams
Craig Bowler and Jonathan Stokes 6-21 Garry Hood and Kevin Wallace
Steve Ireland and Kieran Rollings 24-11 Chris Spriggs and Paul Brown
Sarah Marshall and Steve Simmons 8-11 Julie Thomas and Gordon Llewellyn
Alison Yearling and Chris Turnbull 16-8 Mary Stevenson and Robert Barr