Nick Brett breezes through to bowls knockouts at Commonwealth Games

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·2-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
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

Commonwealth Games debuts rarely start as smoothly as Nick Brett’s, who sailed through to the knockout stages of the lawn bowls men’s triples with three wins out of three.

Brett is the oldest member of the English triumvirate completed by Jamie Chestney and Louis Ridout but is making his Commonwealth bow in Leamington Spa, despite being a five-time World Indoor Bowls champion.

However, the civil servant is showing no signs of nerves as the trio swept aside Canada 36-8 to complete a perfect group stage and qualify in style.

“I’m delighted to be through the group stage,” said Brett. “We’ve come out with three wins which we are over the moon with.

“We’ve done what we wanted to do to start with, the first plan was to get through the group.

“We’ve done that, now we’ve got to keep refocusing every time for different opposition.”

Brett, Chestney, and Ridout never looked in danger of losing against their Canadian opposition on rink one at Victoria Park, as they stretched into an early 7-0 lead that they never let go of.

It was an utterly dominant performance that was thoroughly enjoyed by a home crowd that Brett is enjoying playing in front of.

“I’m loving it,” added Brett. “The crowd gave us a big lift early on.

“We played a couple of good bowls early doors, and they duly responded with a couple of good cheers – it gives you a huge lift.”

England now face a quarter-final match against Jersey on Sunday for a place in the semi-finals, and teammate Chestney is taking confidence from their strong start.

“The guys played so well this morning,” added Chestney. “Fortunately, I turned one over early door to give us a lift.

“If they keep leaving me with opportunities and I can keep taking them then we can go far.

“We want to win gold - 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.”

There has never been a better time to discover bowls, truly a sport for everybody. It is all to play for – discover more at www.bowlsengland.com

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting