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Commonwealth Games 2010: England take bowls pairs gold

Amy Monkhouse and Ellen Faulkner

Bowls pair strike gold for England

England's Ellen Falkner and Amy Monkhouse held their nerve to clinch bowls gold in Delhi with a 12-6 5-7 5-2 tie-break victory over Malaysia.

The pair, who beat Australia in the semis, picked up four vital shots in the second end of the tie-break.

England's Mervyn King and Stuart Airey were trampled by an astonishing South African comeback in the men's final.

King and Airey held a 13-4 lead in the second set, but were dramatically defeated 8-7 13-13 in the final end.

Anwen Butten and Hannah Smith won bronze for Wales in the women's pairs with victory over Australia in the third-place match.

Falkner and Monkhouse got off to a slow start in their final, allowing Zuraini Khalid and Nor Ismail to build a 4-0 lead in the first two ends, before they roared back to take the opener in some comfort.

Stuart Airey misses out on gold

England men miss out on bowls gold

The momentum swung back the other way in the second as Malaysia levelled, but four shots in the second of the tie-break's three ends opened up a decisive lead for the English duo.

King and Airey also appeared bound for a tie-break at 13-4 up with two ends remaining in the second set.

South Africa's Shaun Addinall and Gerry Baker had other ideas however and, after picking up three shots in the eighth, Baker's final bowl secured a maximum six in the ninth to spark jubilant scenes.

In the men's squash top-seeded English pair Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant made their way into the quarter-finals of the men's doubles via an 11-4 11-2 win over Canada's Robin Clarke and Shawn Delierre.

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Team-mates Daryl Selby and Peter Barker also progressed alongside Scottish duos Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch and Lyall Paterson and Chris Small.

But Grant suffered disappointment in the mixed doubles as he and Sarah Kippax were ousted from the last 16 of the mixed doubles by Malaysia's Nicol David and Ong Beng Hee.

Scotland's Susan Egelstaff advanced to the semi-finals of the women's badminton with a 21-18 21-15 win over Australia's Chia-Chi Huang while Liz Cann overcame Michelle Li of Canada to join her.

Rajiv Ouseph made his way into the semi-finals of the men's competition by beating seventh seed Wong Zi Liang of Singapore.

Rajiv Ouseph
Rajiv Ouseph is seeded second in the men's singles

Top seeds Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork of England were made to work hard for their place in the last four of the mixed doubles as Scotland's Watson Briggs and Imogen Bankier battled to a 21-19 21-17 defeat.

Robertson and Wallwork are the only English representatives left in the competition after defeats for Chris Adcock and Gabby White and Anthony Clark and Heather Olver.

A 4-1 win for England's Andrew Baggaley took him through to the third round of the table tennis at the expense of Nigeria's Seun Ajetunobi but 17-year-old team-mate Liam Pitchford was soundly beaten by Singapore's Yang Zi.



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