Kiwi reps lose but stay in title hunt

00:00, Apr 10 2014

Nelson's three New Zealand representatives each suffered losses yesterday but all remain handily placed in their respective sections after day two of the World Cup singles bowls championships at Warilla.

Unbeaten in winning last year's title, Jo Edwards lost her third round match 2-11 8-11 yesterday to Scotland's Caroline Brown before recovering with a 16-0 8-6 win over Japan's Hiroko Emura in round four of the indoor event.

Edwards is now one of six players on six points with no-one unbeaten in her section, but with a handy plus-35 differential, narrowly ahead of Brown on plus-32.

Val Smith is now lying fourth in section two, but with a game in hand on the leaders, after starting her day with an 8-5 13-3 win over Israel's Merle Apter. But she lost her fourth round match 6-7 6-11 to Canada's Kelly McKerihen, with Malaysia's Siti Zalina Ahmad now the only unbeaten player in the section after four straight wins.

Each player in section two has two byes.

Shannon McIlroy began his day in the men's draw with a 9-4 6-12 0-4 loss to Norfolk Island's Ryan Dixon - his second consecutive loss after going down to defending men's champion Jeremy Henry of Australia on Monday - before bouncing back with a 10-4 8-5 win over Canada's Vincent Mai.


Dixon and Henry remain unbeaten with three straight wins, while McIlroy is joined by three other players on four points.

Edwards was due to play the Philippines' Sonia Bruce (3-1) and Hong Kong-China's Tammy Tham (1-3) in today's two rounds.

Smith was up against unbeaten Malaysian Ahmad and China's May Poon (1-2) in section two.

And McIlroy had drawn the morning bye before meeting China's Esmond Lee (0-4) in round six.