Glasgow 2014: Clean sweep for Scots bowlers on first day

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Scotland’s bowlers got off to a flying start by winning all of their matches as the Commonwealth Games swung into action at the majestic Kelvingrove Park.

Danderhall’s David Peacock, Kirkliston’s Neil Speirs and skip Darren Burnett of Arbroath set the ball rolling. They beat India 27-6 and a second round ‘bye’ leaves them in second place behind Wales with a game in hand. They continue against Niue and Namibia today.

Reigning world outdoor and indoor champions Alex Marshall and Paul Foster were also firing on all cylinders, posting a 25-4 win over India. They also sit in second place, three points adrift of unbeaten leaders New Zealand but with a game in hand. They meet Niue and South Africa today.

Of the women, Caroline Brown is the only unbeaten player in her section. She rolled in 16 shots in a row over the last seven ends to win 21-5 in just 14 ends against Guernsey’s Lucy Beere. She was tested in her second match by Caroline Taylor of Wales before a vital single and a 21-18 win. She continues today against Zambia and pointless Isle of Man.

In the fours, Margaret Letham skipped Claire Johnston, West Lothian’s Lorraine Malloy and Lauren Baillie from Cockenzie & Port Seton to a hard-fought 16-11 win over Cook Islands.