Allcock retains title

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Victories in the singles and fours final of the World Championships in Adelaide yesterday allowed England to leave Australia in jubilant mood. They also collected silver in the overall team competition.

The first medal came in the fours, with Brett Morley and David Cutler, John Bell and Andy Thomson leading from the opening end on the way to a 20-9 victory over the Welsh rink of Chris Blake, Jason Davies, Will Thomas and Robert Weale.

The England rink claimed three of the opening four ends for a 7-1 lead and were always in control. "It's a great thrill, particularly to come to Australia and win, but I think we deserved it - we were the best side in the championship," Thomson, the England captain, said.

Tony Allcock completed the double triumph by retaining his title in the singles, overcoming Israel's Geoff Rabkin 25-15. Allcock, who took gold at Worthing four years ago, became the first holder to retain his title.

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