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Natalie Melmore: 'Team England must be on top form to progress'

Natalie Melmore says that Team England must be on top form tomorrow if they are to advance through the quarter-finals of the women's pairs.

Natalie Melmore has acknowledged that England's pairs team will have to be on the top of their game if they are to remain in the Commonwealth Games.

Melmore and teammate Jamie-Lea Winch played two games this morning - narrowly beating Canada 14-13, before drawing against Wales to finish in second place in their group.

"We are looking forward to the quarter-finals tomorrow, it's straight knockouts so we are going to have to be on top form to get through," the 25-year-old told reporters.

"It's actually quite nice to play two games one after the other so you are not having to go back to the Village. Obviously we're disappointed not to come out with a win at the end, as Wales with their shot advantage, now go on to top the group.

"But there are tough teams everywhere, so it doesn't really matter in the end."

England won gold in the event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

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England's Natalie Melmore poses with her gold medal during the women's lawn bowls singles awards ceremony during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 13, 2010
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Friday's key events


ATHLETICS
· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

ROWING
· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

SWIMMING
· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

TRAMPOLINE
· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

CANOE SLALOM
· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

FOOTBALL
· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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