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Ulster bowlers confidently closing in on more glory

By David Mason

Northern Ireland boss Jim Baker insists his team are 'oozing with confidence' as they go on a medal mission at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Club today. Marty McHugh will contest the quarter-finals of the men's singles against Scotland's Darren Burnett, while Paul Daly, Neil Mulholland, Ian McClure and Neil Booth will go head to head with the English rink skipped by Jamie Chestney in the fours.

And the ladies will also play a part. Mandy Cunningham and Catherine McMillen will line out against New Zealand's Val Smith and Joe Edwards in the women's pairs

"It was a fantastic performance," beamed Baker.

"Marty played three games in the singles and skated through all three to claim his place in the knockout stages.

"The lads in the fours also turned in a great display to draw (12-12) with England. If truth be told, we played the better bowls and were unlucky not to win it.

"The two sides have now been drawn against each other in the quarter-finals, so it should be another cracker.

"In the women's pairs, hopefully we can add to the silver medals (men's triples) we've already won," added Baker.

McHugh certainly turned up the heat against Jersey's Malcolm De Sousa, winning 21-13.

The Whitehead ace then roared to a 21-10 success against Leonard Callus from Malta, before scoring a 21-12 victory over John Christian from the Norfolk Islands.

In the fours, the Northern Ireland boys led 10-9 at 11 ends.

England hit back with a two and a single, but Booth picked up a two on the last end to level matters.

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