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Double gold for Kiwi bowlers

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/12/2016

Shannon McIlroy has won New Zealand's second gold medal at the world bowls championships in Christchurch, downing Ryan Bester 21-17 in the men's singles on Sunday.

The 32-year-old Canadian edged ahead 9-6 after 11 ends before McIlroy surged back to take the next four ends, opening out to a decisive 17-9 lead.

Bester, who won silver at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, battled back to reduce McIlroy's lead to 18-15 after 19 ends, but the 29-year-old Kiwi maintained his composure to shut out the win.

It was McIlroy's second medal of the championships after he won pairs bronze with Mike Kernaghan last week.

New Zealand's first gold of the championships came on Saturday, when Ali Forsyth's four - comprising Kernaghan, Blake Signal and Mike Nagy - took only 15 ends to overwhelm the Mark Casey-skipped Australians 23-4.

Earlier in the day, Jo Edwards and Angela Boyd launched a fighting comeback in the women's pair only for Welsh duo Jess Sims and Laura Daniels to hold on for a 16-15 win.

Edwards and Boyd battled back after trailing 2-9 after seven ends, closing the Welsh lead to just two with one end remaining, but just couldn't find the crucial final shot.

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