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Kiwi bowlers falter in world semi-finals

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/12/2016

New Zealand will have to be content with bronze after slumping to four successive semi-final defeats at the world bowls championships in Christchurch on Friday.

Two-times pairs world champion Jo Edwards came closest, beaten 16-13 by Scotland's Lesley Doig in her semi-final after stealing a last-gasp 21-20 quarter-final win over Carmen Anderson (Norfolk Islands).

Doig will meet defending champion Karen Murphy in Sunday's final after the Australian pipped Canadian Kelly McKerihen 21-20 in the other semi-final.

In the men's pair, Kiwis Shannon McIlroy and Mike Kernaghen were upset 17-10 by Ireland, Ian McClure and Gary Kelly reversing the 23-13 loss they suffered to New Zealand in section play.

The Irish duo will meet Australians Aaron Wilson and Brett Wilkie in the final, after they beat Scotland 17-11 in the other semi-final.

In the men's triples, Ali Forsyth, Blake Signal and Mike Nagy were beaten 18-10 by the Aron Sherriff-led Australians, who go on to play England in Sunday's final.

New Zealand's Val Smith-led women's four couldn't repeat their 21-13 section play win over Australia, overwhelmed 27-9 by Kelsey Cotterell's well-drilled quartet.

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