World Bowls Championships: England win men's triples title

England celebrate their world title
England's men won the triples but the women were beaten in the fours final

England won the men's triples title at the World Bowls Championships for the first time since 1980 after a tense final against Australia in New Zealand.

Jamie Walker, Andy Knapper and Rob Paxton sealed a 15-14 victory in a match that went to an extra end.

In the women's fours final in Christchurch, Australia beat England's Ellen Falkner, Wendy King, Rebecca Wigfield and Jamie-Lea Winch 23-8.

Scotland's Lesley Doig faces Australian Karen Murphy in Sunday's women's final.

In the men's pairs, England's Sam Tolchard and Louis Ridout were beaten 17-10 by Ian McClure and Gary Kelly of Ireland in the opening round.

The Irish pair then overcame hosts New Zealand by the same score to reach the final. They will face Australia, who saw off Scotland duo Alex Marshall and Paul Foster 18-11 in the last four.

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