14 May 2019
Wilson and McCowan lead the way in Hong Kong
Strong start from Brits
Jamie McCowan and Patrick Wilson both recorded a brace of victories as British athletes grabbed seven wins in their 10 matches on the opening day of action at the BISFed 2019 Hong Kong Boccia World Open.
BC3 players McCowan and Wilson led the way with two wins apiece in their first pool-stage clashes, with six Brits featuring across the classifications.
The former opened-up with a 7-0 triumph against home player Tak Wah Tse, following up with a 3-2 win over Japan’s Keisuke Kawamoto – leaving him in pole position in Pool B.
Meanwhile, Wilson also grabbed a 7-0 win in his opener against Hong Kong’s Wing Tung Liu before securing a 6-1 victory over Spaniard Francisco Javier Martinez.
Paralympic champion David Smith was dominant in his early matches, seeing off China’s Qi Zhang 8-1 and Hong Kong’s own Kam Chau Chan 10-0.
But the BC1 player saw his near-perfect day scuppered by Thailand’s Natthawut Deemak as he went down 4-2, despite the Brit opening up a two-point lead in the opening end.
There was a more mixed day for the British BC4 players, with Stephen McGuire beating compatriot Evie Edwards 8-1, thanks to some strong early scoring.
Finally, Louis Sanders lost out 6-3 to Hong Kong’s Kwan Hang Wong but will look to bounce into Pool F contention tomorrow with two matches to play.
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