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Gold for New Zealand and South Africa


New Zealand and South Africa bowl over their opponents in the women's pairs and the men's singles finals.

Heaton Park

Luckily rain did not interfere with today's matches at Heaton Park

New Zealandís womenís pairs came from behind against South Africa with an end to spare and South Africaís Robert Donnelly upset world champion Jeremy Henry of Northern Ireland in the menís singles to claim the final lawn bowls gold medals.

The Kiwi pair of Sharon Sims and Joanna Edwards were 8-3 down after seven ends but pulled off a thrilling five-shot eighth to draw level.

It then took just four ends for the Kiwis to stretch their lead to 14 shots with a four and another five to bring the score to 22-8.

The South Africans never gave up, and put three on in the 13th to require 11 from the last two.

Despite surrounding the jack with woods in the 14th, a canny draw from Edwards meant South Africa could only pick up a single shot and the Kiwis won the match 22-11.

On winning the gold medal, Edwards said: ďIím absolutely thrilled. The dream has come true. We were under pressure early, but we never panicked. We just kept patient. We hung in there, and things started to go our way. We kept it together on the longer ends."

ďIt hasnít sunk in yet. It probably wonít for a few hours. But South Africa were getting everything they were going for. There was no luck involved, they were getting really good results.Ē

However, South Africa did end up picking up some gold of their own when Robert Donnelly turned the tables on Jeremy Henry to win 21-15 in the men's singles final.

Henry was 5-0 up after two ends, and continued to lead until the 10th before Donnelly picked up four in the next end to make the score 10-6.

He never relinquished his lead, although he came close when he failed to add to his score in four consecutive ends and Henry came within one shot of the South African.

But Donnelly kept his cool, taking each end by just one or two shots, hitting his 21st and winning one in the 24th end to take the victory and the Commonwealth title.

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