Sporting Digest: Bowls

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MANCHESTER UNITY ENGLISH INDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Melton Mowbray): M King (Pinewood Park) bt L Gillett (Chipping Norton) 21-11; J Rednall (Ipswich) bt M Motroni (Cumbria) 21-9; P Butcher (Cyphers) bt I Bunday (Atherley) 21-8; J Mills (South Forest, Nottingham) bt S Stevens (Exonia) 21-20; H Ashcroft (Great Aycliffe) bt M Gale (Blackpool Borough) 21-16; P Barr (Browston Hall, Gt Yarmouth) bt N Carroll (Wey Valley) 21-14; P Broderick (Wellingborough) bt G Albone (Riverain) 21-10; W G Ward (Avon Valley) bt C Benham (Ilminster) 21-18. Second round: P Lawson (Picketts Lock) bt G Stacey (White Knights, Reading) 21-14; Ward bt Broderick 21-18; A Allcock (Bentham) bt P Barnicott (Mote Park) 21-12; Barr bt Ashcroft 21-11; D Williams (Preston, Brighton) bt P Hobday (Victory, Portsmouth) 21-16; King bt Rednall 21-10; Mills bt Butcher 21-11; P Bennett (Bodmin) bt D Ross (Tilbury) 21-6. Quarter-finals: Ward bt Barr 21-7; Bennett bt Williams 21-9; Lawson bt Allcock 21-18; King bt Mills 21-8. Pairs final: B Vickers & G Smith (Cyphers, Beckenham) bt M & R Newman (Whiteknights, Reading) 23-22.

ANDY THOMSEN, the world indoor champion, stretched his winning run in the Mazda International Jack High tournament on Australia's Gold Coast to three yesterday when he scored a 9-0, 9-8 win over his women's counterpart, Margaret Johnston from Ireland.

MAZDA INTERNATIONAL JACK HIGH TOURNAMENT (Tweed Heads, Gold Coast, Aus): Section A: G Lawson (NZ) bt R Corsie (Sco) 9-7 9-3; R Parrella (Aus) bt D Shaw (Aus) 9-5 9-5; T Morris (Aus) bt D Shaw (Aus) 9-8 9-2. Section B: A Thomson (Eng) bt M Johnston (Irl) 9-0 9-8; M McMahon (HK) bt C Curtis (Aus) 9-5 9-4; D Stockham (Aus) bt McMahon 9-5 2-9 9-6.

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