Elsewhere on day one…
TENNIS: Louie McLelland was in action in the first round of the women’s singles and defeated her Samoan opponent Sauleone Anasis Saipele in straight sets 6-1 6-1. She then teamed up with Ewen Lumsden in the mixed doubles for a comfortable victory over the Norfolk Island pair 6-0 6-2. Both Louie and Ewen go in the second round of the singles today, Ewen having received a bye in the first round. Louie takes on Violet Apisah of Papua New Guinea while Ewen is up against Xander Owen Vasilis of Anguila. Ewen then teams up with a Cypriot player in the men’s doubles before he’s back in mixed doubles action with Louie in what is a very busy day on the courts.
SQUASH: In the women’s singles Carrie Hallam found herself up against a formidable opponent in Sri Lankan Methsarani. A close fought first game went the way of the Sri Lankan who eventually emerged victorious three games to love.
Richard Hollins got off to a fantastic start in the men’s singles with a straight games win over his Fijian opponent in the first round. He controlled the match from the start and came through comfortably 11-2, 11-1, 11-0 to set up a second round clash with World number one Eain Yow Ng. The Malaysian unfortunately proved too strong but Richard and Carrie will now turn their focus to the mixed doubles with their first match on Wednesday.
LAWN BOWLS: Carla Banks started off strongly in the first of her four group matches taking a comfortable win 21-7 against India. She then suffered a loss to Malaysia 10-21 but rallied to beat the Cook Island in game three. Carla’s final games of the day was a close affair but she held her nerve well to win 21-18 against Ellen Ryan of Australia. Darren Weir came up against an inspired Carel Olivier of Namibia in game one, losing out 7-21. Putting that behind him he recorded two wins in a row against Samoa 21-10 and Malaysia 21-13 before a fourth game defeat to India 9-21. Both Carla and Darren have their final group game today, both against Northern Irish opponents before the semi-final places are decided.
BOXING: Youth Team Scotland had two boxers in action on day one and both Billy Stuart in the 56kg category and Kieran McMaster in the 64kg progressed to the quarter finals. Kieran was particularly impressive against a tough opponent in Hosea Watson of New Zealand with the bout stopped by the referee before time. Both boys are back in action today along with John Docherty in the 75kg division. Billy takes on Md Rakib Shak of Bangladesh, Kieran is up against Adrian Loui of St Lucia and John’s opponent is Christopher Enyi of Australia.