2023 World Bowls Championships - Day 11 Round Up
Scotland signed off from the 2023 World Bowls Championships by securing another two medals in the Men’s Singles and Fours, meaning it’s seven medals from 11 disciplines overall throughout an incredible two weeks.
In the Men’s Singles, Iain McLean will be coming home with a bronze medal to equal his bronze from last years Commonwealth Games in the same event. The Scot faced off against England’s Sam Tolchard in a match which certainly lived up to its billing. It was a ding-dong battle throughout with both players putting on an amazing display of game changing conversion shots. Eventually, it was Iain who prevailed victorious taking out a well-earned 21-16 victory.
Things didn’t get any easier for Iain as next up was Canada’s Ryan Bester in his semi-final contest. Despite a brilliant performance earlier in the morning, Iain struggled to find his range early doors and was always playing catch up. He managed to battle his way back to trail 14-18 but a scintillating last bowl drive from Bester at the next end managed to remove the Scottish bowl and clinch the count of 3 he required. Congratulations to Iain on claiming another medal at a major championships, ensuring all five players in the men’s squad will go home with silverware.
Our Men’s Fours team also just came up short in a thrilling final with Australia as they had to settle for a silver medal. It was an amazing performance from Jason, Derek, Paul and Alex but they could never just get their noses in front as the Australian rink of Corey Wedlock, Aaron Teys, Carl Healey and Aron Sherriff kept coming up with the answers at the crucial moment. Going into the last end, Scotland were down 10-11 and Alex agonisingly went through the gap between the shot bowl and the jack with his final two bowls. Well done again to all four men on yet another medal for Team Scotland at these championships.
A huge thank you to everyone that has supported Scotland throughout the 2023 World Bowls Championships, it is very much appreciated by the whole squad! Congratulations to all the players, coaches and support staff on their inspiring performances and efforts throughout the event.
A full breakdown of Scotland’s scores from day 11 can be found below.
- Quarter Final: Men’s Singles – Iain McLean beat England 21-16
- Final: Men’s Fours – Jason Banks, Derek Oliver, Paul Foster MBE & Alex Marshall MBE lost to Australia 10-12
- Semi Final: Men’s Singles – Iain McLean lost to Canada 14-21