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Bowls Wednesday, 31 July, 2002, 17:03 GMT 18:03 UK
England men stroll to victory
Simon Skelton (left) and John Ottaway celebrate gold
Simon Skelton (left) and John Ottaway celebrate gold

England's men's fours team emulated their female counterparts by winning gold at Heaton Park.

The quartet of John Ottaway, Simon Skelton, Robert Newman and David Holt produced a magnificent performance to brush aside South Africa 22-8.

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It was a fantastic day and the crowd were right behind us
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England skip
David Holt

"The lads played some great shots out there in some tricky conditions," said England's skip Holt. "They deserve all the credit.

"I've waited a long time for this and to stand up there with the medal was even better than I expected."

England had reached the final with a 16-0 win over Northern Ireland while South Africa defeated Wales 16-13.

In the pairs England's Dean Morgan and Stephen Farish reached the quarter-finals despite losing their final game 15-14 to Jersey's Alan Quemard and Thomas Greechan.

Scotland's George Sneddon and Alex Marshall and Northern Ireland's duo of Martin McHugh and Gary McCloy also reached the last eight.

In the women's events, England's Jeannie Baker suffered a setback in her hunt for a medal in the singles with a shock 21-11 defeat by Jersey's Karina Horman.

In the pairs England's Lynne Whitehead and Amy Gowshall beat Zimbabwe 24-8, but they still lie behind New Zealand and the Isle of Man in Group B.

Joanna Weale and Anwen Butten of Wales had an impressive 19-12 victory over Guernsey's Jean and Anne Simon in Group D.

They look set to go through to the quarter-finals along with Northern Ireland pair Donna McNally and Barbara Cameron.

But Scotland's Margaret Russell and Joyce Lindores could miss out on the quarter-finals after losing 17-16 to Jersey.

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