Para-bowls triple advance to gold medal match

IAN ANDERSON IN GLASGOW
Last updated 07:17 31/07/2014

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The open triples team will chase New Zealand's third lawn bowls medal at the Kelvingrove greens tomorrow, when they go for gold.

Lynda Bennett, Barry Wynks and Mark Noble, who compete in an event that spans the B6/B7/B8 para-bowls categories, beat Scotland 13-9 this morning in their semifinal to advance to the gold medal match tomorrow.

Guaranteed of a medal, they'll meet South Africa in the final at the Kelvingrove greens.

The Kiwi squad has adjusted well to the slow greens at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with women's singles exponent Jo Edwards winning gold and the women's four gaining bronze in the first half of the competition.

Shannon McIlroy lost his unbeaten men's singles records in his last pool match, going down 21-19 to Malcolm de Sousa of Jersey.

But that didn't stop him from topping Section C to advance to the post-section medal hunt.

McIlroy had to come from a long way back to win his opening match of the day. He trailed Norfolk Islands' John Christian 11-3, then 19-15 then 20-18 before snatching his fifth win in succession to guarantee a spot in post-section play.

The women's triples team of Selina Goddard, Amy McIlroy and Mandy Boyd bowed out in a dramatic quarterfinal against Wales.

They relinquished a 12-5 lead before sending the match to an extra end by picking up one shot to level the scores at 13-13. But Wales scored the winning shot, ensuring the trio wouldn't add to the bronze they gained in the fours with Val Smith.

Smith and Edwards, the experienced women's pair, won two more matches - 16-9 against Fiji and 18-13 against Jersey -  to make it four wins from four and were top qualifiers from Section B.

However, a loss for the men's four to Australia spelt the end of their tournament.

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