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Chestney has race to get up to speed for World greens

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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TORQUAY United bowler Jamie Chestney admitted he will have to learn quickly to have any chance of a medal in this month's World Bowls Championships.

Chestney began his preparations for this year's championships by competing at the Scottish Open last weekend.

Chestney is representing England in the singles and pairs at the World Championships in Adelaide, Australia, which starts on Saturday, November 24.

Commonwealth Games champion Natalie Melmore is also representing England's women's team at the event, and will compete in the singles and the triples.

Chestney joined Torquay United this summer, having previously played his bowls at Fakenham Gallow club in Norfolk, alongside world number six Mervyn King.

An established England player, Chestney withdrew from the Plainmoor club's Denny Cup fixture against Madeira to compete in the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open 2012 last weekend.

But he was unable to get past a first-round fixture against Welshman Jason Greenslade, losing 8-7, 5-7, 1-2 in a 91-minute match at the Dewars Centre in Perth. Chestney was treating the televised event as a warm-up for the outdoor competition, which already favours Southern Hemisphere teams.

"It's going to be pretty tough," he said. "We haven't got long to acclimatise and get used to the greens and the Southern Hemisphere teams will have longer to prepare.

"I was out there [Australia] for six months a few years ago so I know a lot about what it's like.

"If I come home with any sort of medal I would be very happy."

Chestney has experience of bowling Down Under, and has competed in the Golden Nugget invitational event on the Gold Coast.

But his experiences have made him realise the challenge that he faces.

He added: "I've played enough out there – it's just getting used to the conditions and the speed of the green. It will be much faster than you get with any green here."

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