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Bowls Friday, 2 August, 2002, 19:17 GMT 20:17 UK
English pair bounce back
Stephen Farish and Dean Morgan were 6-0 down after three ends
Farish (left) and Morgan were 6-0 down after three ends
Dean Morgan and Stephen Farish produced a stunning fightback against Welshmen Steve Rees and William Thomas to guarantee themselves at least bronze in the men's pairs.

The English duo slumped to 6-0 down after just three ends but won 13-12 after an extra end to set up a meeting with Malaysia.

"Things didn't start that great for us, but we pulled together and played really well," said Morgan.

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We have a good partnership and understanding - we know we can take the gold
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Scotland's Alex Marshall

"We've got the bronze medal now which takes the pressure off and we fancy our chances of going all the way."

Scotland secured their second bowls medal of the Games as George Sneddon and Alex Marshall booked their place in the semi-finals.

The Scottish pair had to overcome dire weather conditions to gain a 14-9 win over Australia's Andrew Smith and Kelvin Kerkow.

A third consecutive night of rain nearly caused their tie to be postponed.

But when play finally started Sneddon and Marshall promptly added to the gold won by their team-mates in the disabled triples.

They will have the chance to land a second Scottish gold if they win their semi-final against South Africans Shaun Addinall and Gerald Salem Baker.

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We had worked hard to get into the game and thought we had won it
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Northern Ireland's Gary McCloy

"We have been playing really well and we are now in the bronze medal position, but we want the gold," insisted Marshall.

"We have won the world championships and we have a good partnership and understanding. We know we can take the gold."

Addinall and Salem Baker completed a thrilling 12-11 victory over Northern Ireland's Martin McHugh and Gary McCloy in their quarter-final.

McHugh and McCloy forced an extra end with their last bowl, but were unable to continue their heroics and bowed out.

"It was very hard to pick ourselves up again after 15 ends," admitted McCloy

"We had worked hard to get into the game and we thought we had won it."

There was some success for Northern Ireland, though, as Jeremy Henry moved into the quarter-finals of the men's singles with a 21-6 victory over Jersey's Lee Nixon.

England's Mervyn King also booked his place in the last eight when he beat Zimbabwe's Roy Garden 21-12.

He was joined by Scotland's Darren Burnett, who came through a tough battle against Kenyan Ian Stamp to win 21-18.

England's Jeannie Baker survived a titanic struggle against Betty Morgan of Wales to win 21-20 after 25 ends and book her place in the quarter-finals of the women's singles.

The rain delays forced organisers to postpone the women's singles blind final and the women's pairs semi-finals.


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