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Perfect day for NZ bowlers at world champs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/12/2016
Shannon McIlroy © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Shannon McIlroy

New Zealand's bowlers couldn't have asked for a better start to week two of the bowls world championships in Christchurch.

All four disciplines won their three opening games as they set about improving on their week one return of four bronze medals.

Men's singles hopeful Shannon McIlroy was pushed close twice but emerged victorious over Hong Kong's Tony Cheung (21-17) and Loukas Paraskeua of Cyprus (21-19).

It was more comfortable for the 2012 bronze medallist against Brunei's Abdul Rahman HJ Omar (21-10).

The men's four skipped by Ali Forsyth whipped Israel and Fiji by 20 points each and won an arm wrestle against Canada 13-9.

The best Kiwi performance of the day came from Angela Boyd and Jo Edwards, who followed wins over Cyprus and the Philippines with a 24-7 thrashing of Australians Karen Murphy and Kelsey Cottrell.

Murphy was crowned singles champion on Sunday while Cottrell was part of the champion fours combination as Australia claimed three of the first four gold medals on offer at the quadrennial tournament.

The Val Smith-skipped New Zealand women's triple pipped Hong Kong and hammered China and Namibia.

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