The Jackaroos continue to stamp their authority on the World Bowls Championships in Christchurch, with three more wins in the fourth sectional round, but one player in particular didn’t have things entirely his own way.
Aron Sherriff suffered a slight hiccup in his quest to defend Australia’s men’s singles title, that Leif Selby secured in 2012.
Sherriff was upstaged by Scotland’s Darren Burnett, the reigning Commonwealth Games singles champion, 15-21 in their fourth rubber blockbuster this morning.
Burnett and Sherriff have both suffered one defeat after four rounds, with Canada’s Ryan Bester now the outright leader, undefeated on the back of his opening round victory over the Scotsman, which was a reversal of the Commonwealth Games final.
Sherriff, Australia’s four-time international bowler of the year, will look to bounce back in his round five contest against Namibia’s Will Esterhuizen.
His teammates, Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson and Mark Casey posted a fourth consecutive victory, with a slender 2 shot win over Spain, 16-14, but are a staggering 49 shots behind England in second place.
The quartet will look to boost their margin against Jersey in the next round, but retaining their unblemished record is undoubtedly the higher priority.
In the women’s event, Kelsey Cottrell and Karen Murphy returned to the winner’s circle, following last night’s loss to New Zealand, with a 17-10 win against Philippines.
The pair hold second spot on the leaderboard, behind the undefeated host-nation, but encounter the third-placed Israel in the next rubber, who is 36 shots behind Australia.
The women’s triples team of Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott and Rebecca Van Asch continue to go from strength to strength, after penciling in a 32-9 win against the United States of America this morning.
The trio are the only nation with an untarnished record, and face the third-placed Fijian team in the next contest.
Wednesday, December 7 (day eight)
Round 4: 6.15am – 9.15am AEDT
Men’s singles (section 1): Australia (Aron Sherriff) lost to Scotland (Darren Burnett) 15-21 (Burnside)
Men’s fours (section 2): Australia (Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson, Mark Casey) vs Spain (Mike Cole, Derek Elon, Graham Cathcart, Tom Rogers) 16-14 (Burnside)
Women’s pairs (section 1): Australia (Kelsey Cottrell, Karen Murphy) def Philippines (Asuncion “Sonia” Bruce, Ainie Knight) 17-10 (Papanui)
Women’s triples (section 1): Australia (Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch) def United State of America (Candy De Fazio, Janice Bell, Anne Nunes) 32-9 (Canterbury)