Bowls ace Chestney reckons variety is spice of life at Birmingham 2022

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Commonwealth Games - Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games - Glasgow, Scotland - 1/8/14 
Women's Pairs Lawn Bowls - Final - General View from the final 
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By James Reid in Leamington Spa

Devon bowler Natalie Chestney believes playing against different opposition can help her women’s fours team improve their game ahead of a Commonwealth Games quarter-final on Sunday.

The quartet came through 19-7 against the Cook Islands to top their section and complete a perfect group stage with three wins from three following victories against India and Canada.

Islands such as the Cook Islands, Niue, and Norfolk Islands have lit up Leamington Spa with their vibrant clothing in a display of diversity not seen anywhere else at the Games, something Chestney feels can help them on the green too.

“They’re always a bit more unexpected, they don’t play in the same way as us in terms of tactics and shot selection which makes them really dangerous,” said Chestney.

“We went into that game knowing that, expecting it and I think we played quite tactically.

“It’s always good fun to play against different people and they were a nice bunch.”

Chestney, alongside Sophie Tolchard, Sian Honnor, and Jamie-Lea Winch, were in complete control of the game throughout though failed to fully shrug off a resilient Cook Islands team.

And teammate Honnor believes they rose to a difficult challenge but knows there is still room for improvement.

“That was quite a different game for us tactically because of the way the Cook Islands play,” added Honnor.

“We were aware of that before we started so it was very much about getting positional bowls which is quite a different game for us, but we knew it would be and we played it well.

“There’s plenty left in the tank. The girls played well but we know we can take it up a notch and that’s exactly what we’ll be looking to do tomorrow.”

England now face a quarter-final against South Africa at 3pm on Sunday, and Torquay’s Tolchard is confident her team are performing well enough to beat whoever is put in front of them.

“We’re in a really good place, three out of three wins which is what we wanted to do so we just want to build on that now,” said Tolchard.

“We’re ready to go again whoever it is – we know what we need to do.”

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