Chestney and Co blow their chance of bowls glory on the Gold Coast

PUBLISHED: 13:07 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:07 12 April 2018

Norfolk were pipped by Lincolnshire. Picture: Archant

Norfolk were pipped by Lincolnshire. Picture: Archant

Archant Norfolk © 2014

England blew a golden chance at bowls glory in the men’s fours – and west Norfolk’s Jamie Chestney admitted there would be some regrets at the manner of their semi-final defeat to Scotland.

Having beaten New Zealand earlier in the day, the quartet of Chestney, Louis Ridout, David Bolt and Sam Tolchard raced into a 7-0 lead against the defending Commonwealth champions. From there they appeared to completely collapse, losing eight straight ends to fall 12-7 behind, and they never recovered, eventually going down 19-10.

And while they will have a chance to put that right against Wales on Friday in the bronze medal match, it was a tough defeat to take for Chestney and Co.

He said: “It’s easier said than done, but we didn’t play tight enough against them. We started off really well, got a bit of momentum and then let them back in. Whatever it was, but between us, any of us, we couldn’t get that bowl to get us back on the front foot soon enough. We got back to give ourselves a chance with a couple of ends to go but we’d left ourselves too much to do. It was just not enough on the night.”

Chestney is the only survivor from the men’s fours team that took silver in Glasgow four years ago, with Scotland their conquerors on both occasions.

And he admitted it would be hard to turn their focus to the upcoming clash with Wales.

He added: “It will be better going home with something than nothing but it’s disappointing to be so close and fall short. Bronze at the minute doesn’t sound too appealing, I have to admit.”

England’s women’s triples were beaten 16-13 in their semi-final against Australia.

Wisbech’s Ellen Falkner said: “We’re obviously really disappointed with that, we fought our way back in to the game but unfortunately we couldn’t get back. We’ll be going out next in the bronze medal match to take out our frustrations on whoever we play.”

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