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Bowls Sunday, 28 July, 2002, 14:15 GMT 15:15 UK
England net Aussie treble
England progressed to the quarter-finals of the men's fours lawn bowls but Scotland missed out.

England's women's fours completed a memorable day for the host nation by beatingAustralia 17-8 in their final Group B game to qualify for the quarter-final stage.

The win sent the Aussies crashing out, but was good news for Scotland and Wales, who went through.

Northern Ireland's women joined them in the quarter-finals after beating Fiji 13-11 in their final Group A match.

Earlier, England's Dean Morgan and Stephen Farish revived their medal hopes in the lawn bowls men's pairs with a brilliant 22-6 rout of Group A leaders Australia.

The duo entertained the partisan home crowd at Heaton Park with some clinical bowls to put themselves in sight of the quarter-finals.

South Africa moved to the top of the group with an impressive 18-10 triumph over New Zealand.

The success of Morgan and Farish completed a notable double after England sealed a quarter-final place in the men's fours with an impressive 19-9 victory over Australia.

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To go out after just three games doesn't seem right
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Scotland's Willie Wood

John Ottaway, Simon Skelton, Robert Newman and David Holt were under immense pressure to gain the victory they needed to progress from Group B.

But they never looked back after taking a 5-0 lead in the second end.

England skip Holt savoured the victory over Australian rivals Brett Duprez, Gary Willis, Adam Jeffery and Rex Johnston.

"It is particularly satisfying for me because I've spent the last four months in Sydney playing," said Holt.

"When I was there I was constantly told they are the best in the world.

"I hope this is shown all over the world - and especially in Australia - so they can all see."

Australia went through to face Wales in the quarter-finals, despite Malaysia's 13-12 victory over the Cook Islands in their final Group B match.

Wales had already booked their last eight place but went through on a high with a dramatic 17-15 Group D win against New Zealand.

Scotland four out

Andrew Curtain, Rowan James Brassey, Sean Johnson and Peter Belliss were behind until the final end but produced a three-point swing to snatch victory.

Fiji will take on England after snatching runners-up spot in Group C with a 15-11 victory against Brunei.

Fiji progressed at the expense of Scottish quartet David Peacock, Gary Mackie, Willie Wood and Graeme Archer, whose hopes were ended in a 19-7 defeat by South Africa.

"To go out after just three games doesn't seem right. Three games is not a good system," said Wood.

"We've only thrown 90 bowls - it's a bit hard. We should play more games to give players a chance."

Northern Ireland, who have two matches remaining, stayed on course for a quarter-final place after beating Norfolk Islands 22-8.

Canada beat Guernsey 13-8 in the other Group A game.

In the women's fours Wales crushed England 17-5, Scotland thrashed Papua New Guinea 22-8, Australia drew 16-16 with Canada and Norfolk Islands beat Brunei 14-11 in Group B.

Northern Ireland overcame South Africa 18-10 and Malaysia defeated Jersey 24-1 in Group A.

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