Sport in Short: Bowls

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ENGLAND made a fine start yesterday to their attempt to win the British team title for a 10th successive year, beating Scotland 125-98 in Larne. Five English rinks had victories: Ted Hanger beat Angus Blair 23-9 and Tony Allcock beat Brian Rattray 25-12, while there were single-shot wins for rinks skipped by John Bell, Andy Thomson and David Ward.

GILBEY'S HOME INTERNATIONAL SERIES (Larne): England bt Scotland 125-98. Rink scores (Eng skips first): J Bell 21 G Hood 20; E Hanger 23 A Blair 9; M Sekjer 18 R Corsie 21; A E Thomson 21 A Marshall 20; A Allcock 25 B Rattray 12; D Ward 17 W Wood 16.