Good start for Jersey bowlers in Ayr

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JERSEY'S bowlers completed a highly satisfactory opening day at the Atlantic bowls championships at Ayr in Scotland yesterday, when they won five of their eight matches in the pairs and triples.

The men's triple and the women's pair both finished the day with a 100 per cent record, while the men's pair lost one and won one, and the women's triple, who lost both their matches, pushed Scotland all the way on a rainy afternoon.

It was a good day for the Greechans as Jamie MacDonald, Alan Shaw and Thomas Greechan beat Israel, 22-12 and Guernsey, 23-11, while Lindsey Greechan skipped Christine Grimes to 15-14 and 26-12 wins over Guernsey and Canada respectively.

MacDonald, Shaw and Greechan raced into an 8-1 lead over the Israelis, and were 9-3 up after 9 ends, when they collected a fabulous five.

Another five on the 15th end put them 21-7 ahead, and they were well clear of the opposition when they dropped a double and a treble on the last two ends.

Grimes and Greechan were never in trouble against Guernsey's Gwen de la Mare and Jackie Nicolle, but stuck on eight for four ends before taking a convincing lead with a 3-2-2 spell mid-game.

Leading 15-7 with three ends to play, they dropped a double, a four, and a single - and were relieved to edge home by a single shot.

Derek Boswell and Cyril Renouf gave Scotland a good game in the men's pairs, but finished eight shots adrift, 18-10, but bounced back after lunch to beat the USA, 23-11.

Meanwhile, the Jersey women's trio - Gaynor Thomas, Liz Renouf and Liz Cole - suffered a shock 17-11 defeat at the hands of Spain's British ex-pats in the morning, but frightened the life out of the Scots in the afternoon before losing 19-16.

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