COMMONWEALTH GAMES: England's women shine on opening day in the lawn bowls
ENGLAND'S women were the standout performers among the home nations in the opening day of the lawn bowls.
DOUBLE JOY: Amy Monkhouse (pictured) had a fine day as part of England's pairs team, claiming two wins out of two.
In the pairs there were two wins in Group B for Ellen Falkner and Amy Monkhouse.
A 2-0 victory over Jersey was followed by a 1.5-0.5 triumph over Wales.
There was also victory for England's triples in Group A with a 2-0 win over Norfolk Island.
It was a disappointing day for 72-year-old William Wood whose Scotland triples side lost both their Group A encounters.
Making his eighth Games appearances, Wood was accompanied by Wayne Hogg and David Peacock, but his Scotland team lost their opening match to Malta 1.5-0.5 and were then beaten by South Africa 2-0.
However, the men's doubles faired better with a 2-0 win over Botswana in Group A.
Scotland's women also had a good day with Caroline Brown and Margaret Letham following up their 1-1 draw with Wales by beating Guernsey 2-0 in the doubles.
In the men's triples, Wales began their difficult Group A campaign with a 2-0 defeat to New Zealand, but improved to draw 1-1 with Australia.
However, the men's pairs kicked off their Group B campaign with an impressive 2-0 win against New Zealand.
Rounding off the day for the home nations were Northern Ireland who lost their opening Group A game in the women's pairs 2-0 to Zambia, but bounced back to earn a 1-1 draw with the Cook Islands.