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NZ bowlers march on at world champs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/12/2016

The New Zealand men's four and women's pair remain on course for perfect records at the world bowls championships in Christchurch.

Both combinations are six from six heading into the three final rounds of section play on Thursday. A top-three finish is needed to advance to the knockout phase.

The men's four skipped by Ali Forsyth crushed their three opponents on Wednesday, including 45-4 over the United States, the most lopsided result so far at the two-week championships.

They are the only unbeaten team in their 10-nation section while England and defending champions Australia share that status on the other side of the draw.

Women's pair Jo Edwards and Angela Boyd had a surprisingly tight win over the Netherlands (17-15) but accounted for Canada and Singapore with more ease. Wales and Scotland are the other unbeaten pairs.

Kiwi Shannon McIlroy is second in his men's singles section after being upset 21-14 by Ryan Dixon of Norfolk Island in his only loss so far.

Wins over England's Jamie Walker and Gerry Baker of South Africa leaves McIlroy trailing unbeaten Welshman Jonathon Tomlinson.

The Kiwi team in most danger of missing post-section play is the Val Smith-skipped women's triple.

They won their first three games on Tuesday but lost the next three a day later - all tight affairs against Malaysia, South Africa and England.

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