Kiwis looking for perfection at bowls champs

Last updated 06:15 25/11/2012

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New Zealand's Black Jacks will be hoping to redress the balance on day two of the bowls world championships in Adelaide after suffering multiple setbacks during tournament's formative stages yesterday.

None of the Kiwis spread across four disciplines had a perfect record after two rounds of their events.

The men's four and women's triple are in the most worrying predicament after they dropped both their matches while men's singles representative Shannon McIlroy and defending champions Val Smith and Jo Edwards (pair) at least bounced back from first-up defeats to record victories.

Smith and Edwards were beaten by Australia's Kelsey Cattrell and Rebecca Quail 17-11 at the Holdfast Bay club but found form against Jackie Foster and Mary Lepere, thrashing the Canadians 36-7.

McIlroy was well handled by Australian world No 2 Leif Selby 21-11 at the Lockley rinks though made amends with a 21-15 victory over Englishman Jamie Chestney.

Chestney's compatriots Mark Bantock, Graham Shadwell, Robert Newman and Stuart Airey were too strong for New Zealand's quartet of Tony Grantham, Matt Gallop, Ali Forsyth and Richard Girvan, winning 18-12 at Holdfast Bay.

Ireland (Paul Daly, James Talbot, Ian McClune and Neil Booth) then added to the Kiwis woes when they shaded a close encounter 16-13.

The women's triple comprising New Zealand debutant Lisa White, 2000 gold medallist Jan Khan and skip Mandy Boyd also found the going tough after succumbing to Australia (Natasha van Ekdik, Lynsey Armitage, Karen Murphy) 16-10 and then a nail biter to Hong Kong's Tammy Tham, Jessie So and Alice Lee 14-12.

New Zealand's competitors all face three games today. McIlroy plays Hong Kong, Spain and Japan, the four take on Namibia, Wales and the Spanish; Smith and Edwards try and continue their resurgence against South Africa, Israel plus the Norfolk Island while the triple need to get back on track by preferably beating Ireland, Spain and Brunei.

Qualifying rounds for the men's singles and fours, and the women's pairs and triples will continue until Thursday when both genders switch to the opposite disciplines. Post-sectional play begins in December 4 and the championships end five days later.

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