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Bowls quartet's revival falls just short of the mark

By David Mason

Northern Ireland's Paul Daly, Neil Mulholland, Ian McClure and Neil Booth last night suffered their first defeat in the men's fours at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Club, but remain on course for a qualification spot.

Following impressive wins over Zambia and Cook Islands, their challenge hit the buffers against an upbeat Jersey rink, skipped by Thomas Greechan.

It was always going to be uphill as Jim Baker's troops found themselves 12-1 down after five ends.

Even though there were six shots in it at 10 (13-7), the Northern Ireland combination produced their trademark revival, but ran out of time in a 14-12 defeat.

Today, they face a showdown with the England rink skipped by Jamie Chestney, which will ultimately decide whether they will contest the quarter-final stages.

Martin McHugh got back to winning ways in the men's singles by beating Samoa's Petelo Gabriel 21-13.

With a qualification place up for grabs, the big Whitehead man now faces a hectic day, starting with an early morning tie against Jersey's Malcolm De Sousa.

He'll then line out against Leonard Callus of Malta at lunchtime before going head to head with Norfolk Islands' John Christian late this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland's Catherine McMillen, Jennifer Dowds and Donna McCloy crashed to their second defeat in the women's triples, ending any hopes of qualification.

They lost 19-11 to Claire Johnston, Lauren Baillie and Margaret Letham of Scotland. They play Papua New Guinea today.

Mandy Cunningham and Barbara Cameron produced a late revival for an unexpected 18-18 draw with NIUE Islands in the pairs.

Today they face Australia and Papua New Guinea with qualification still in their own hands.

Men's singles: Northern Ireland (M McHugh) 21 Samoa (P Gabriel) 1.

Men's fours: Northern Ireland (P Daly, N Mulholland, I McClure, N Booth) 21 Cook Islands (P Panani, T Papatua, V Henry, P Jim) 4.

Northern Ireland (P Daly, N Mulholland, I McClure, N Booth) 12 Jersey (G Davis, J McDoneld, J Lowery, T Greechan) 14.

Women's pairs: Northern Ireland (M Cunningham, B Cameron) 24 Malaysia (S Z Ahmad, N H Ismail) 12.

Northern Ireland (M Cunningham, B Cameron) 18 NIUE Islands (H Rereiti, J Peyroux) 18.

Women's triples: Northern Ireland (C McMillen, J Dowds, D McCloy) 11 Scotland (C Johnston, L Baillie, M Letham) 19.

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