The good weather and good fortune continued as we headed into day two of the Four Nations Test Event. As the three England teams competed on Victoria Park’s greens today, the Birmingham 2022 Games squad, Para team, and Lions showed the importance of strategy and skill among them.
It was Amy Pharaoh’s day as she took two sensational victories in both of her Singles matches. After beating Australia’s Chloe Stewart 21 -12 in session one, Pharaoh repeated that victory in session three, beating Australia’s Rebecca Van Asch 21 -12.
Her performance today left Pharaoh feeling “elated” because “I played pretty consistently and I got good results along the way”, she said.
In session 2, England had a clean sweep in the Para competition, with Michelle White & Gill Platt enjoying a comprehensive win against the Australian Gold Team of Cheryl Lindfield and Serena Bonnell in the Women’s Pairs. Despite trailing by four to one after the first three ends, the pair surged to victory winning 25 – 11. On the adjacent rink Alison Yearling and Chris Turball excelled in the VI Mixed Pairs against Australia’s Helen Boardman and Fred McConnell winning 21 – 4. Completing the treble, Kieran Rollings and Craig Bowler added another win to their collection securing the match on Rollings’ last bowl with a score of 12-11.
The Para team’s manager Helen Wall was utterly delighted with the team’s execution: “I am proud of their performance and it was awesome to see all three disciplines playing together as one team while playing in their own respective disciplines” Helen says.
A day in which England triumphed in the Singles, it was the Lions’ Perry Martin who secured another victory in session 4 for Team England after beating Australia Gold’s Aaron Teys 21 – 18 whilst Jamie Walker defeated Wales’ Dan Salmon by the same score line.
Sunday’s competition will see our 2022 Games squad face Malaysia with the Lions facing Australia Green and the Para Squad going head to head with Australia in the VI Mixed Pairs, Australia Gold in the Women’s Pairs and Australia Green in the Men’s Pairs.
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Scores for each session can be found here.