The Jackaroos have enjoyed another four sectional wins in this afternoon’s mid-session at the World Bowls Championships, and are now positioned within the top two spots of each leaderboard.
The men’s singles ladder opened up considerably during the fifth round, with two stunning results providing Australia’s Aron Sherriff with a better chance to top his pool and advance directly to the semi-final encounter.
Two of his strongest competitors suffered losses in the fifth round, with Canada’s Gold Coast-based Ryan Bester, who tops the ladder, dropping his first match with a 1 shot loss to India, while Scotland’s Darren Burnett, was overcome by Japan’s Kenta Hasebe, who calls North Sydney home.
Sherriff, who secured a 21-12 victory against Namibia, is now back to equal wins with Bester and has earned a one game buffer ahead of Hasebe and Burnett.
Sherriff will contest the next round against Hasebe, who jumped ahead of Burnett on the ladder and is now in third spot.
His teammates Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson and Mark Casey continued their winning way with a comprehensive 32-9 victory against Jersey.
Despite the win, they are still behind England on shots, by 54, and will play fourth-placed Malaysia next.
Should both Australia and England continue to triumph, it could come down to their last round encounter against each other to determine who secures the direct semi-final entry.
Both women’s teams are also well placed after the mid-way point of the sectional rounds.
The women’s triples team of Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott and Rebecca Van Asch retained their one game buffer over the second-to-fourth placed teams, with a 20-11 win against Fiji.
The trio are one game and 100 shots better than the second placed Wales, but the two nations are set to square off in the next round from 1.45pm AEDT.
Kelsey Cottrell and Karen Murphy prevailed over the third-placed Israel team, 18-11, to secure their fourth victory from five matches, but didn’t move ahead of New Zealand on the leaderboard after they kept their undefeated record intact.
Cottrell and Murphy, who are defending the title Cottrell and Van Asch secured in 2012, face the bottom-placed Namibia in their next round.
Round 5: 10.15am – 1.15pm AEDT
Men’s singles (section 1): Australia (Aron Sherriff) def Namibia (Douw Calitz) 21-12 (Burnside)
Men’s fours (section 2): Australia (Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson, Mark Casey) def Jersey (Gregory Davis, Scott Ruderham, Michael Rive, John Lowery) 32-9 (Burnside)
Women’s pairs (section 1): Australia (Kelsey Cottrell, Karen Murphy) def Israel (Eshel Shira, Kamzel Tamar) 17-10 (Papanui)
Women’s triples (section 1): Australia (Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch) vs Fiji (Elizabeth Moceiwai, Sheral Mar, Litia Tikoisuva) 20-11 (Canterbury)