The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Bowlers Struggling in Adelaide Championships

Adelaide, Australia — THE Zimbabwe men's fours team are finding the going tough at the on-going World Bowls Championships here in Adelaide.

Roy Garden, Tom Craven, Manuel Silva and Clive Robertson, Zimbabwe's representatives at this event, first beat Brunei in Pool One before they drew against Wales to finish their first day of action on three points.

The Zimbabweans were back in action yesterday where they beat Thailand to climb up to eighth place in the men's fours Pool One ladder.

In fact, after nine rounds of matches in Pool One yesterday, Zimbabwe were lying in eighth place with two wins, two draws and five defeats which earned them six points.

Ireland ended the day yesterday sitting at the top of the men's fours Pool One table with 16 points, two ahead of England while Malaysia were lying in third place with 13 points.

Malaysia were tied on 13 points with Wales and Namibia at the end of the day yesterday.

New Zealand ended the day yesterday sitting in sixth place with 11 points, three ahead of Spain while Zimbabwe were one place behind the European country with six points.

They were followed by China (six points), Israel (four points), Brunei (two points) and Thailand (two points.

Today is the final day of the men's fours competition.

Zimbabwe's Hayden is also playing in the men's singles at the same championships and finished the day yesterday lying second from last with four points after nine rounds of matches in Pool Two which has 12 countries.

Out of the nine matches he has played so far at this tournament, Hayden won only two matches in which he first recorded a 21-13 victory over Oabona Motladilile of Botswana before chalking up his second victory over a player from the United States yesterday.

This means Hayden, like the fours team before him, is no longer in contention for a podium finish in the singles at this tournament.

Meanwhile, hosts Australia yesterday scored their second "full house" of results on Day Four of the 2012 World Championships here in Adelaide.

The Jackaroos won each of their eight Day One matches on Saturday and repeated the performance yesterday at Lockleys and Holdfast Bay Bowling Clubs with an outstanding display of touch, precision and power to dominate the day's programme.

Undefeated singles player Leif Selby got the bowl rolling yesterday morning with a hard fought victory over Robin Chok from Hong Kong China, winning 21-16.

He then backed it up with a solid performance in warm conditions to prevail 21-16 in the afternoon session over Spain's Nicholas Cole.

His male counterparts in the fours of Wayne Ruediger, Brett Wilkie, Mark Casey and Aron Sherriff toiled for over two hours to comprehensively take care of Hong Kong China 34-10 before lunch.

They then proceeded to prove too strong for the second time in the day's play to overpower Brazil 34-8 in another one-sided victory.

In the women's competition, the Australian pairs combination of Kelsey Cottrell and Rebecca Quail continued on their winning way.

They had few concerns throughout their two matches accounting for Canada 19-10 in the morning.

In the afternoon they returned to the Holdfast Bay greens to emphatically defeat Fiji and retain top position on the overall ladder in their group for the discipline.

Natasha Van Eldik, Lynsey Armitage and Karen Murphy had contrasting matches yesterday with a barnstorming victory by 20 shots, 30-10 over Ireland before needing to work hard and eventually prevail over Spain 17-11 to complete a brilliant day for the Jackaroos.

The final day of the first round of sectional play concludes at Lockleys and Holdfast Bay today before the disciplines are reversed.

Australia has won 32 out of a possible 36 matches since the championships began on Saturday.

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