2023 World Bowls Championships - Day Four Round Up
After an action-packed day of straight knockout matches, Scotland have advanced to two gold medal matches in the Para Women’s Pairs and Men’s Triples at the 2023 World Bowls Championships
Commonwealth Games champions, Rosemary Lenton and Pauline Wilson, had a convincing 15-7 win against Australia in their live streamed semi-final encounter. The Scottish pairing will now look to become the first team in history to hold both Commonwealth and World Championships titles at the same time when they face New Zealand in tomorrow’s final.
In the Para Visually Impaired Mixed Pairs, Melanie Inness (with Director, George Miller) and Robert Barr (with Director, Sarah Jane Ewing) battled hard against England in their semi-final but unfortunately came up short losing out 6-12. Congratulations to all four players and directors on winning a bronze medal in the first ever World Bowls Championships to feature para disciplines.
Our Women’s Fours team of Carla Banks, Claire Anderson, Stacey McDougall and Caroline Brown also came away with a bronze medal after agonisingly losing out to Australia in their semi-final on an extra end. The Scots put themselves in a great position and led 18-8 after 11 ends, however, Australia scored consecutive counts across the final four ends to peel the match. Despite Caroline hitting the head with her last bowl during the extra end the result never fell in Scotland’s favour as Australia claimed the one shot they required for victory. Well done to all four ladies on a brilliant tournament so far.
Jason Banks and Iain McLean bowed out of the Men’s Pairs at the quarter-final stage after losing to Australia’s Aaron Teys and Aaron Wilson. Both Aussies were in excellent form and barely put a foot wrong throughout the match. Jason and Iain will go again next week in the Men’s Singles and Men’s Fours events respectively.
Paul Foster MBE, Derek Oliver and Alex Marshall MBE have progressed to the final of the Men’s Triples which will take place tomorrow. The trio managed to get the better of Thailand 17-13 in their quarter-final encounter which set up a thrilling semi-final with defending champions, England. Scotland made a slow start to the game and trailed 0-9 after three ends but they eventually found top form to secure a convincing 23-13 victory. They now take on Australia’s Corey Wedlock, Aron Sherriff and Carl Healey in what has the makings of a classic final.
A full breakdown of Scotland’s scores from day four can be found below. Keep up to date with all the results from the 2023 World Bowls Championships here: https://results.bowlslink.com.au/event/676867aa-a209-4339-a5c4-0b50eab54ae2
Session 1 – 11.30pm (BST):
- Quarter Final: Women’s Fours – Carla Banks, Claire Anderson, Stacey McDougall & Caroline Brown beat Canada 17-9
- Quarter Final: Men’s Triples – Paul Foster MBE, Derek Oliver & Alex Marshall MBE beat Thailand 17-13
Session 2 – 2.30am (BST):
- Semi Final: Women’s Fours – Carla Banks, Claire Anderson, Stacey McDougall & Caroline Brown lost to Australia 18-19
- Semi Final: Men’s Triples – Paul Foster MBE, Derek Oliver & Alex Marshall MBE beat England 23-13
- Quarter Final: Men’s Pairs – Jason Banks & Iain McLean lost to Australia 2-19