Commonwealth Games 2022 lawn bowls: Indian men’s fours sign off with silver medal

The men’s fours lost 18-5 to Northern Ireland in the final but ended up with India’s second lawn bowls medal at CWG 2022.

By Rahul Venkat
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The Indian men’s fours team won the silver medal in lawn bowls at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK.

The men’s fours team of Sunil Bahadur, Navneet Singh, Chandan Kumar Singh and Dinesh Kumar lost 18-5 to England in the final at Victoria Park at Royal Leamington Spa.

This was India’s second medal in lawn bowls after the women’s fours team won a historic gold medal earlier at Birmingham 2022.

"It's a game-changer," reckoned Navneet Singh. "Nobody expected the final would be played with India and Northern Ireland, and we surprised a lot of the people."

"We've played really well, but we have worked hard and showed the results we wanted, so we're really happy with our performance."

For Northern Ireland, it was a fifth Commonwealth Games gold medal in lawn bowls and a second one in the men’s fours after 1998.

In the final, Northern Ireland began in fine fashion, racing to a 7-0 lead by the fourth end. The Indian lawn bowls team won its first point of the final only on the fifth end.

India made it 7-2 by the sixth end but Northern Ireland soon regained their hold on the tie, making it 10-2 on the seventh end which soon ballooned to 13-5 by the 11th end.

The Northern Irish team was more accurate with their bowls, choosing the best lines to get it close to the jack and ensuring that there was no virtually no way past for the Indian bowls, moving to a 17-5 lead after the 13th end.

On the 14th end, the Indian team had three bowls closer to the jack before the last roll but Northern Ireland managed to squeeze one in to go up 18-5 and win the gold medal as India could at most make up eight points in the 15th and final end, which would not have been enough to upstage their opponents.

"The game was really nice," Sunil Bahadur said. "We expected to do our best, but it was not our day. We tried hard but couldn't do much."

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