Devon bowlers Chestney and Ridout sail into quarter finals of Commonwealth Games

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LEAMINGTON SPA, ENGLAND - JULY 30: The umpire measures the distance between the bowls and the jack on day two of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Victoria Park on July 30, 2022 on the Leamington Spa, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
LEAMINGTON SPA, ENGLAND - JULY 30: The umpire measures the distance between the bowls and the jack on day two of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Victoria Park on July 30, 2022 on the Leamington Spa, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

By James Reid, at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa

Devon bowlers Jamie Chestney and Louis Ridout hailed the impact of the home crowd as they sailed into the quarterfinals of the men’s triples at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Alongside Nick Brett, Chestney and Ridout eased past Canada 36-8 to seal their third win from three and set up a quarter-final with Jersey on Sunday.

And Newton Abbot’s Chestney was full of praise for the boisterous home support which cheered them on to victory at Victoria Park.

“It probably gives you an extra 5% - there’s definitely a big lift,” said Chestney, who is chasing his third Commonwealth medal after winning bronze in the men’s fours at 2018 Gold Coast.

“Home nation, home support, we’re a 10–15-minute walk from the venue so we’re all coming down and supporting each other.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity so we’ve got to make the most of it.”

The trio had set themselves up to progress regardless of their result against Canada thanks to two hard-fought wins against Malaysia and South Africa.

But they never looked like taking their foot off the pedal, as they ruthlessly took their chances to seal a perfect group stage record.

“You can’t afford to slip against any of these teams,” added Ridout, who also won bronze four years ago.

“The group we’re in on paper were hard games, and they were all hard games. We’re delighted with the three wins and we’re looking forward to the quarterfinals.

“Early on we played well, and Canada struggled to start with, Jamie played a hell of a bowl in the second end to go 7-0 and from then on, we pushed on from there.”

The triples now face Jersey at 3pm on Sunday before medal matches on Monday, and Chestney has his sights set on gold.

“That’s what we’re here for – we want to win gold,” said Chestney. “We’ve not made any bones about that, that’s the target.

“It’s going to be incredibly difficult, but our target is to go for gold. We’re one step further, three hard steps to go.”

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