Silver for men's pairs and day five round-up
Paul Foster and Alex Marshall got the silver medal in the men's pairs at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games after another thrilling final that once again showed the best of our sport.
Team Wales’ Marc Wyatt and Daniel Salmon played some fantastic bowls to beat Scotland 12-10 and claim the gold at Broadbeach BC.
Marshall said: “It was a great final but we’re obviously a bit disappointed. We dominated the first ten or eleven ends. Paul played some great bowls and I made a few good conversions. Wales came out really strong in the second half and it was the last few bowls which won the game.
“We came here to defend our title and while walking away with a silver medal isn’t the result we wanted, it’s still a brilliant result for Scotland.”
Foster added: “Wales were confident throughout and both teams really stuck in there right up until the last bowl was played. Naturally we are a little disappointed but we put up a great defence of our title and I’m glad we got to the final.
“We’re not going to be despondent about this – we’re going to bounce back and are looking forward to delivering in the men’s fours.”
Elsewhere on day five, Lesley Doig and Claire Johnston got off to a great start in the women's pairs, beating Botswana 24-5 in round one.
In the first round of the men's singles, Darren Burnett beat Edward Bell of Samoa 21-2, then beat Dalton Tagelagi of Niue 21-2 in round two.
In the B2/B3 mixed pairs, Irene Edgar and Robert Barr, and directors David Thomas and Sarah Jane Ewing, beat Australia 15-11 to make the semi-final, where they face each other again.
In round two of the women's triples, Kay Moran, Stacey McDougall and Caroline Brown beat the Cook Islands 28-10, having beaten Norfolk Island 16-9 in round one.
Foster and Marshall joined Ronnie Duncan and Derek Oliver to beat Brunei Darussalam 25-9 in the first round of the men's fours.
Unfortunately, Scotland miss out on a place in the semi-finals of the B6/B7/B8 open triples after they were beaten 15-7 by South Africa. Commiserations to Garry Brown, Michael Nicoll and Michael Simpson, who have played well this week and soaked up that wonderful atmosphere at Broadbeach.
Photo of the medal winners courtesy of Team Scotland.