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Scotland set new gold record

ESPN staff
July 28, 2014
Paul Foster and Alex Marshall celebrate Scotland's record medal © Getty Images

Alex Marshall and Paul Foster had the honour of securing Scotland's record-breaking 12th gold medal at the Commonwealth Games - eclipsing the previous high of 11 at Melbourne 2006.

The duo beat Malaysia 20-3 in the men's pairs bowls meaning the hosts are now just two medals away from equalling their best medal tally of 33.

"This is the highlight of my career," Foster told the BBC. "To win a gold medal in your home country is an unbelievable feeling; I'll take this to my grave.

Nick Matthew defeated fellow Brit James Willstrop to claim squash singles gold © Getty Images

"The bowls Alex played yesterday was incredible, and I just said to myself last night: 'I'm going to help the big man out today.'"

In the men's squash, Nick Matthew beat England team-mate James Willstrop in a thrilling deciding game to claim the gold medal. However, Laura Massaro was beaten in the women's singles final by world No.1 Nicol David and had to settle for silver.

Northern Ireland doubled their medal tally with a silver in the men's triples bowls - marking the end of captain Neil Booth's international career in the triples.

"Irish bowls is in safe hands," Booth said. "These guys are super players and they will go on to win many more medals."

Elsewhere, Nigeria's Segun Toriola had the crowd on their feet, getting the better of a 41-shot rally against Singapore's Ning Gao in the men's team table tennis semi-final.

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