The Trans Tasman Test Series will be decided in the final session, such is the evenness of the Senior competition.
New Zealand will go into the last round with the slight ascendency, after claiming both of this afternoon’s women’s encounters.
Blackjack Commonwealth Games singles gold medallist Jo Edwards got the better of reigning world singles champion Karen Murphy 21-11, and across the green, the Kiwi women’s fours contingent prevailed 18-12.
The Blackjacks’ women have now won three of the four matches in the third test.
As a result, Australia needs to secure both matches this afternoon, in the pairs and triples, to ensure a count-back for the Senior Women’s Trophy, but should they drop a rubber, New Zealand will secure the title.
It could not be a closer finish in the men’s competition, after both the Jackaroos and Blackjacks against split the results during the second session.
Recently crowned Australian International Bowler of the Year Aaron Wilson claimed the points in his blue-ribbon singles battle in and arm-wrestle encounter against current world singles champion Shannon McIlroy, 21-19, to secure his first win from two starts in the singles.
However, it was the Blackjacks’ men’s fours team in the winner’s circle at end of the second round, posting a 17-12 result against the Australian quartet.
The Jackaroos and Blackjacks have each triumphed in two of the four matches contested today, and if the remaining pairs and triples encounters are also split this afternoon, a count-back of shot differential will determine the Senior Men’s Trophy.