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McMillen hits the top after double success

By David Mason

Catherine McMillen bounced back to winning ways, recording two crucial results to stay on track for the knockout stages of the women's singles at the Commonwealth Games.

The Divis player shrugged off the disappointment of the previous day's defeat by Jersey's Lindsey Greechan to beat Alofa Adam (Samoa) 21-14 before cruising to a 21-15 win over Carmela Spiteri, of Malta, last night.

McMillen is now locked at the top of the table with Greechan and England's Natalie Melmore, whom she faces today.

"I'm thrilled with my form," she said. "It was important to hit back. But there's still is a long way to go. I face possibly my biggest test tomorrow. That is now a vital game."

Martin McHugh and Ian McClure also got back on track in the men's pairs with an excellent 19-13 win against Joe Morgan and Peter Juni (Papua New Guinea) before storming to a quick-fire 25-4 victory over Samoa's Edward Bell and Petelo Gabriel in just 15 ends.

Paul Daly, Neil Mulholland and Neil Booth maintained their exceptional form by roaring to an impressive 23-8 win over Fiji to leave them sitting pretty at the top of their group.

However, the Northern Ireland boys face their biggest challenge today when they line out against Prince Neloude, Pierre Breitenbach and Bobby Donnelly from South Africa.

The women's fours experienced a day of mixed fortunes, scoring an emphatic 31-9 win over NIUE, a small island north of New Zealand, but they then crashed to a 15-11 defeat to Malaysia.

It leaves the Northern Ireland rink in third place in the group, behind Fiji and the Malaysians, with India next up today.

Sally McGarel's team won 11 of the 15 ends against NIUE, but although right in the game against Malaysia at 13 ends, trailing by only one shot. their opponents clocked up a two and a single over the last two ends.

Results: Women's singles: Northern Ireland (C McMillen) 21 Samoa (A Adam) 14. Northern Ireland 21 Malta (C Spiteri) 13.

Women's fours: Northern Ireland (M Cunningham, J Dowds, B Cameron, D McCloy) 31 NIUE Island 9. Northern Ireland 11 Malaysia 15.

Men's pairs: Northern Ireland (Martin McHugh, I McClure) 19 Papua New Guinea 13. Northern Ireland 25 Samoa 4.

Men's triples: Northern Ireland (P Daly, N Mulholland, N Booth) 23 Fiji 8.

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