Australia has fallen agonisingly short of gold in the men’s fours final, losing 13-15 to Scotland on the final end.
Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff led for the majority of the match against the world champions in what was a mammoth two and a half hour affair.
The Scots produced four from a tense final end to topple the Aussies, with Ronald Duncan, Derek Oliver, Paul Foster and now five-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist Alex Marshall just too good in the end.
Second Wilkie and third Rice spoke to reporters post-match.
“In the end, we were right there. A bit gutted being so close,” Rice said.
“We played our heart out, it just wasn’t meant to be,” Wilkie said.
“We gave it our all and led from nearly start to finish. Credit to them they played well.”
Nonetheless, a second silver medal for our male bowlers to go with four gold already collected by Australia.
Meanwhile, Games debutant Aaron Wilson has stormed into the men’s singles gold medal match this evening following a stunning 21-16 victory over England’s Robert Paxton in the semi-final.
The 26-year-old has not dropped a match thus far this campaign and is well placed to go for gold tonight from 5:30pm.
Trailing by as much as three shots early on in the match, Wilson wrestled back momentum and never look threatened en-route to his triumph.
He will take on Canada’s Ryan Bester in the final, who defeated Scotland’s Darren Burnett 21-19 in the other semi-final, a rematch of their 2014 Games gold medal decider in which the Scot prevailed on that occasion.
Wilson spoke to Bowls Australia post-match.
“The journey’s been pretty unreal. Team Australia has been absolutely sensational the whole competition. It’ll be nice to get a gold for them,” he said.
“He’s a class bowler Ryan [Bester]. One of the best drivers in the world.
“I think it’s going to be a battle of the drives between us two… We’ll still want to get plenty of bowls in the head though.
“Gold is the primary (goal) at this moment… Focus on the game, put my best foot forward and what will be will be.”
Men’s singles – gold medal match – Aaron Wilson vs. Ryan Bester (CAN): 5:30pm