What a start to the Commonwealth Games – the pool stages are interestingly poised heading into day two, with some surprise results putting early pressure on some favourites.
The first two rounds of the womens singles saw some surprises. Malaysia’s Siti Zalina Ahmad sits atop Section A after stunning hometown hopeful Amy Pharaoh 21-11. Guernsey’s Lucy Beere the other surprise packet of day one, convincing wins over Ellen Ryan and Jordan Kos propelling her to the top of section D. Shae Wilson of Norfolk Island and Scotland’s Dee Hoggan are the other undefeated bowlers in the competition.
Laura Daniels and Tania Choudhury will do battle on the TV rink in the morning session. Daniels sits in second place to Dee Hoggan but has a game in a hand, while a win for Choudhury would put her back into the mix for the knockout rounds after a winless day one.
The second broadcast game will be NZ’s Katelyn Inch taking on Amy Pharaoh. Pharaoh will be looking to make up for a disappointing first up loss, while the New Zealander will be hoping to keep in touch with Siti Zalina Ahmad at the top of Section A.
South Africa were the only team with two wins after day one of the mens pairs, beating Fiji and Guernsey to sit on top of Section D. Their match with Australia in the third session will be one of the highlights of day two. In the group of death, section B, Scotland play Canada on the broadcast rink at 6pm.
Five teams made it through day one undefeated in the mens triples – Scotland in section A, Australia and Jersey in section B, Fiji in section C and New Zealand in section D. New Zealand will take on Scotland in the morning broadcast game on day two, The Scottish trio of Darren Burnett, Iain McLean & Stewart Anderson looking to lock up their position in the finals with a round to play.
Section A in the womens’ fours has been made very interesting by a thrilling 15-all draw between Australia and Botswana. In a group that also contains Scotland, the pressure will be on Australia to secure a passage to the knockout rounds. The Australia v Scotland game in the third session will be broadcast, and is shaping as one of the picks of day two.
New Zealand and South Africa are certain to progress in section B, as well as Norfolk Island and Northern Ireland in group C. The hometown team are through in Group D, with Cook Islands, India and Canada battling out for the second finals spot.
The Scottish pair of Kevin Wallace and Garry Brown sit on top of the table in the mens pairs, with matches against South Africa and Australia to come. Australia also went undefeated on day one, and look likely to progress the semi final stage. South Africa and New Zealand will play on the broadcast rink at 3pm.
South Africa’s Desiree Levin and Victoria van der Merwe lead the womens para pairs with two wins on day one.
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