Falkner grabs third Commonwealth Games gold as rivals plead for mercy

England's (left to right) Ellen Falkner, Sian Gordon and Sophie Tolchard celebrate winning the Women

England's (left to right) Ellen Falkner, Sian Gordon and Sophie Tolchard celebrate winning the Women's Triples match against Australia at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

England had Australia begging for mercy as Sophie Tolchard, Ellen Falkner and Sian Honnor claimed a commanding victory to take Commonwealth Games gold in the women's triples at Kelvingrove.

The English trio accelerated into an 11-0 lead after three of 18 ends and led 20-1 after 10 ends before completing a 22-4 victory over Australia's Lynsey Clarke, Karen Murphy and Kelsey Cottrell. The match came to a conclusion after 15 ends, with Australia conceding to the 'mercy' rule as the contest came to a premature halt in the Glasgow rain.

For Falkner it was a third Commonwealth Games gold medal, after fours victory in Melbourne and a pairs triumph in Delhi.

'We knew we had to start well and get on top and keep the momentum going,' said the 35-year-old from Wisbech.

'It couldn't have been a better performance from our perspective.

'That's a tough call for them to make, but I think they felt the momentum was with us, we were dominating the game and it was ours.'

Meanwhile Jamie Chestney thanked the heavens after the men's fours guaranteed themselves a medal in Glasgow and he insists all that is left for him to do is to ensure that it is gold. The 27-year-old from Norfolk and partners John McGuiness, Andy Knapper and Simon Airey edged past India in a fascinating encounter 14-12 to book a final meeting with host nation Scotland.

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A tight game was nicely poised at 9-9 after 11 ends but as the rain started falling England upped their game and earned a lead they never relinquished.

Chestney had the look of a broken man earlier in the week as the men's triples crashed out at the quarterfinal stage, going down to Wales in the final end. But as part of a four-man team he recovered to ensure he will return home with at least a silver medal, although he believes there is no reason why it can't be gold.

'I am over the moon and probably need to try and calm down before the final,' he said.

'It was such a hard game and the rink actually suited the type of bowls that India were using and it was a bit of a struggle for us to keep in there.

'But we stuck in and the rain came and that helped us to be honest as the rink started playing into our hands so we have to thank the weather.'

'To start with they had the bowls and were playing good weight but I think the rain meant we got a bit more draw and we just came through.

'The cushion we had going into the final few ends was vital, especially as we dropped three shots in the 14th end, but they played a good end to get that.

'The last end we had a few chances and luckily I had a good connection to get it right and see it out.

'It's absolutely brilliant because everybody in the team now is going to go home with a medal and that is what we all would have aimed for. We just need to knuckle down and go for the gold.'

Ellen Falkner won her third Commonwealth Games gold medal as part of the women's triples – the 35-year-old teaming up with Sian Honnor and Sophie Tolchard to defeat Australia.

The trio didn't allow their opponents a hope of winning as they stormed into a 11-0 lead after just three ends, eventually the Australian's conceding after the 15th end as they trailed 22-4.

And Falkner insists she couldn't have asked for a better performance when it truly mattered.

'We knew we had to start well and get on top and keep the momentum going,' she said.

'It couldn't have been a better performance from our perspective.

'I think it is very difficult to compare gold medals, it's just absolutely fantastic and I am so proud of my two partners with Sophie at her first Games and Sian having played so well.'

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