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Brunei lawnbowlers earn dramatic draw with Scotland

27 July 2002

Brunei held Scotland to a draw in a dramatic match that went down to the wire.

Willie Wood

Scotland's Willie Wood

Scotland were ahead 14-13 going into the final end, and had one shot through Willie Wood after the Brunei third Amp Ahad Amp Kassim had driven the jack into the ditch.

His skip Lokman Hj Salleh then drove a toucher - a wood which had previously touched the jack and was therefore still alive - into the ditch to give his team the valuable shot and a 14-14 draw.

Bob Dick the Scottish Team manager said of Brunei’s late comeback and luck shot which gave them a draw: “I don’t think he was going for his toucher. He was going for Willie’s wood, pushed it wide, and it hit his toucher.

“Ninety-nine times out of a hundred the bowl would have gone anywhere, but it happened to hit spot on and go near the jack.

“Once the bowl has left your hand the shot is in the hands of the gods.”

South Africa, 1998 bronze medallists in Kuala Lumpur, lost 18-17 to Fiji in the Men’s Fours event.

The Fijians streaked to a 10-shot lead in just four ends before the South Africans got off the mark.

But they were let back into the game in the ninth end when they took five shots to take a 12-10 lead, before the Fijians won a six-shot final end.

In the Women’s Singles Blind, Judith Anne Marshall (SCO) and Deirdre Buller (RSA) fought out a tense game in which the Scot narrowly won 15-14.

Marshall was trailing until the 10th end before drawing level at 10-10 in the following end.

Refusing to be told the score, she built a four-shot lead by the 13th, only for Butller to go ahead to 14-13 in the next. Then she drew two shots to take the final end and the match.

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