Bowls ace Walker suffers Commonwealth defeat in Leamington Spa

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Walker joined forces with Sam Tolchard to win pairs silver earlier in the week but lost narrowly in the quarterfinals of the men's singles on Friday
Walker joined forces with Sam Tolchard to win pairs silver earlier in the week but lost narrowly in the quarterfinals of the men's singles on Friday

By James Reid

Northampton's Jamie Walker won't be adding to his Commonwealth Games medal collection after his lawn bowls singles exit in Leamington Spa.

Walker joined forces with Sam Tolchard to win pairs silver earlier in the week but lost narrowly in the quarterfinals of the men's singles on Friday.

His group defeat to Malaysia's Fairul Abd Muin meant a tough last eight draw against Australia's defending champion Aaron Wilson in the knockout stages.

Walker started well, racing into a 7-0 lead by the fourth end but the experience of Wilson swung the game back in his favour - and he closed out a 21-16 win in 19 ends.

"All eight guys left in the competition are world-class players and that's why when I didn't win the group it was completely irrelevant.

"The aim is the get out the group and then reset on knockout bowls, if you can't beat these guys, you don't really deserve a medal.

"I started well but then I played too many poorish ends. I felt I was still on top in the game, but he just did a few things perfectly and that changed everything in his favour.

"We've played a few times and I think our record is even. He's a world-class player and obviously the world champion but I didn't go in fearing anything."

Walker will now look at take a few days off but could be back in Leamington Spa for the national championships later this summer.

Until then he's going to install himself as cheerleader-in-chief, with plenty of chances for England medals in the final two days of bowls competition.

"I'm pretty happy how I played but a few things didn't go my way and you need lucky breaks sometimes," he added.

"Right now, I’m looking for a rest. Being part of Team England at the Commonwealth Games has been a long process and I've loved it; I just need to support the team still playing now. We've got a great spirit in the team and hopefully there are a few more medals out there."

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