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Nutt happy as Irish end series with good win over Scotland

By David Mason

Temporary Ireland boss Michael Nutt yesterday beamed with delight following his team's 20-shot win over Scotland in the 2016 Home International Bowls Series at Llandrindrod Wells.

Although it wasn't enough to earn the Irish the title they last won back in 2009, the performance suggested there are better days ahead for the boys in green.

The victory came on the back of defeats by Wales and England 24 hours earlier which meant their final outing was a bottom of the table affair.

Irish selectors tinkered with their selection, drafting in Darren Atkinson and DJ Wilson, and the changes paid a big dividend.

In fact, Atkinson teamed up with Stephen Shields, Andy Duncan and Andy Kyle to claim a 'full house' - a count of eight - on the final end of their game.

"It was a superb display," said Nutt, a late replacement for Jim Baker, who resigned only three weeks before the tournament.

"Even though we were beaten in our opening two matches, the side battled right to the wire against Wales and England. In fact, we conceded heavily on one rink on both games, which ultimately was the difference.

"Although we were out of the running for the title, the lads saved the best until the last. Beating a side like Scotland by 20 shots will certainly generate a lot of confidence."

It was Kyle's rink that stole the show, racking up a whopping 35-18 win against Walker. Gary Kelly also enjoyed a 21-13 success against Billy Mellors.

England retained the title by defeating Wales by only one shot in a winner-takes-all clash.

Final placings: 1 England 6pts, 2 Wales 4pts, 3 Ireland 2pts, 4 Scotland 0pts.

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