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Commonwealth Games 2010: England & Wales win bowls gold

Natalie Melmore

Natalie Melmore wins England's second lawn bowls gold

Natalie Melmore won England's second lawn bowls gold in Delhi by beating world champion and world number one Val Smith to the women's singles title.

The 21-year-old, from Devon, beat the New Zealander 7-6 11-2 for England's first triumph in the event since Wendy Line won in Edinburgh in 1986.

Wales' Rob Weale won the men's singles title, beating Australian Leif Selby.

In the men's singles bronze medal match, Northern Ireland's Gary Kelly beat England's Sam Tolchard.

Melmore scraped past the Kiwi in a closely-fought first set but dominated the second set to complete a famous win.

It's so surreal. I just hope this is good for bowls

Natalie Melmore

"It's just amazing, it's the same for any athlete you speak to," said law student Melmore.

"It's so surreal and I just hope this is good for bowls.

"After returning to England, I'll have to go to the university for my mark sheets. I'll have to decide whether I take up sport as my career or not. I'm playing lawn bowls as my hobby."

Her win follows the triumph of Ellen Falkner and Amy Monkhouse in the women's pairs on Monday.

Robert Weale

Wales and NI medal in men's singles bowls

Weale, who defeated Sam Tolchard of England in the semi-finals, won 8-3 6-10 4-1 in a men's singles final taken to a tie-break by Selby.

"It's absolutely fantastic," he said.

"It's third time lucky. I'd won bronze and silver, and now gold. Funnily enough I felt quite calm on the green. I felt in control although I had to take a couple of chances to win the game.

"It's [the gold medal] right up there with the best."



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