5 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Zim Out of World Bowls Champs

ZIMBABWE, Namibia and Botswana have failed to make it to the semi-final of the World Bowls Championships which is currently taking place in Adelaide, Australia. The locals were close to making it through to the play-offs but they were unfortunate in their match against Jersey after losing by four shots in the Triples.

The Zimbabwe Triples team that comprised of Roy Garden, Tom Craven and Manuel Silva were all strong in their discipline and had high hopes after making good headstart in their pool against Fiji while the Pairs team also won 16-15 against Malaysia.

Zimbabwe Triples finished in eighth place while the Pairs were on seventh.

The only African team that managed to make it to the play-off matches was South Africa who now remain as the only side from the continent still battling for honours.

Although Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana are out their players are now awaiting the awards ceremony as they could win some individuals' medals for their performances.

Zimbabwe's skip Roy Garden said Zimbabwe needed to finish ahead of China to qualify.

"We needed to finish ahead of China and at some point we were and if only we had taken off our difference on scores all was going to be good for us.

"We gave it our best shot but we lost to Jersey by four shots. Sadly we will now be watching other countries and it is good that South Africa are still in there before we get the closing ceremony.

There are also going to be individuals awards for outstanding performances," said Garden.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's assault on the Bowls World Championships wraps up when defending pairs champions Val Smith and Jo Edwards attempt to zero in their discipline.

The duo first need to eliminate Wendy King and Ellen Falkner, the English combination they conquered in the decider in Christchurch in 2008, and then survive a semi-final against Milagros Witheridge and Ainie Knight, the Filipinos that lead the way in Pool Two.

Smith is already through to the semi-final stage of the singles.

The New Zealand men's Triple of Tony Grantham, Matt Gallop and Ali Forsyth broke the record by being the only combination from 24 nations spread across two groups to complete pool play undefeated.

Shannon McIlroy of New Zealand qualified for the singles quarter-finals last week and takes on Jersey's Malcolm De Souza today.

The event is expected to end over the weekend.

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