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Edwards claims fifth World Cup bowls title

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/03/2017

Accomplished New Zealand bowler Jo Edwards has dedicated her fifth World Cup singles crown to her mother.

World No.1 ranked Edwards withstood a fightback from Guernsey's Lucy Beere to win the final in a tie-break in Warilla, New South Wales.

Edwards fought back tears after the 8-5 2-9 (4-1) win, recalling the inspiration of her mother Brenda.

"It has been emotional losing my mum a few months ago and coming in here after getting silver at the world (championships) and silver in the Premier League," Edwards said.

"Fortunately this time I got over the line."

Edwards added to to titles won in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

The 47-year-old is a four-time world championships medallist, including two golds, while she has also claimed twin golds at Commonwealth Games level.

Edwards lost just one of her 12 matches during the week-long tournament at Warilla.

New Zealand's Ali Forsyth had the best record of anyone in men's section play but bowed out in a semi-final loss to Malaysian Soufi Rusli.

Australian five-time champion Jeremy Henry beat Rusli in the final.

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