Scottish bowlers step up their medal hunt at Kelvingrove

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Team Scotland are in decent fettle as they target more medals in the lawn bowls championships at Kelvingrove tomorrow and Friday.

They currently stand in pole position in the men’s singles and women’s triples and are in second place in the men’s fours. In the women’s pairs, they trail section leaders Norfolk Island by just two points.

Arbroath’s Darren Burnett spearheads the host nation’s challenge in the singles, but while he has won his two matches so far, he faced a hectic programme of three matches today.

In the fours, Scots quartet David Peacock, Neil Speirs, Paul Foster and Alex Marshall beat Fiji 17-15. In the triples, Scots Claire Johnston, Lauren Baillie and Margaret Letham enjoyed a comfortable 19-11 victory over Northern Ireland. England, whom they meet in their concluding match today suffered a surprise 20-14 defeat against Papua New Guinea.

In the pairs Lorraine Malloy and Caroline Brown had to settle for a 21-21 draw against Zambia after letting a 16-7 lead slip. With the top two in each group progressing, they are second in their section, two points behind Norfolk Island.

In the Para Sports Open Triples, Billy Allan, Michael Simpson and Kevin Wallace chalked up two further wins, beating Wales 16-8 and England 22-14 to finish top and move through to the knock-out stages.