Their win over Scotland’s pairing of Fraser Mathieson and Garry Brown meant they retained their 100% record which gave them an unassailable lead in the competition. It also means that Barry retains the title he won at the previous Games in 2005.
The theme of Sunday’s opening ceremony of The Games was ‘Aspirations’ and there has been no better example here at the bowls than England’s Paul Akers. He has only been playing the sport for a short while after previously playing boccia. England Team Manager Paul Smith set Paul a target of getting a point in his first game, which was duly achieved. Paul has steadily improved and was rewarded this morning when he achieved his first drawn set against teammate Alastair Domvill. Inspirational stuff!
First up was round 3 of the singles which turned up some extremely close contests – none more so than the game between Mathieson of Scotland and England’s Laurence Turner, both unbeaten from Monday’s games. Mathieson took the first set 12-6 but then struggled on the length bowled by Turner in set 2. The Englishman dominated this set, taking it 11-1. The tie-break set swung both ways and needed a measure on the final end to declare Turner victorious.
Australian Barry is the only other player with three wins from three, following a two set win over John Wardrope. The other winners in this round were Angus, Smith and Domvill (all England) and Aussie Lucas Protopapas.
The intensity continued in the first of today’s pairs rounds, with both fixtures settled by a tie-break set. In the all-Scottish game, both pairs were seeking their first win. Brown and Mathieson (Scotland 1) took the first set 7-3 and held the lead in set 2 until the final end, going down 6-5. Jackson and Wardrope (Scotland 2) then took their momentum into the deciding tie-break and triumphed 2-0.
The other game followed a similar pattern with Barry and Protopapas coming back from a 1-8 first set loss to beat England 2 (Smith/Angus) in the extra set.
In the afternoon’s singles, Barry and Turner consolidated their unbeaten records in group 1 and 2 respectively. Mathieson and Protopapas both won to keep the pressure on Turner in group 2. Similarly, Barry has Englishman Steve Angus in touching distance.
The remaining group games of both singles and pairs are scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.
You can get a full breakdown of the results by clicking here.