Bowls: Quick exit for nervous Thomson

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ANDY THOMSON, the United Kingdom No 1, was removed from the Midland Bank world indoor championships at the first hurdle in Preston last night.

Thomson, the No 2 seed from New Eltham, Kent, was thrashed 7-6, 7-1, 7-0 by the 22-year-old Australian newcomer, Cameron Curtis, in the biggest upset of the tournament to date.

Thomson, who once again failed to break his run of poor form in this championship, said: 'I was very nervous and I don't think I've ever played so badly. I couldn't get any rhythm going whatsoever.'

Curtis, who received help from his doubles partner, the defending champion, Ian Schuback, now faces the No 15 seed, Jim McCann. He narrowly survived a hard-fought, five-set encounter with the New Zealander, Robin Jefferson.

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