Glasgow 2014: Bittersweet day for Scots bowlers

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There was joy mixed with bitter disappointment as day seven of the bowls championships at Kelvingrove reached a conclusion last night, with the men continuing their medal pursuits and moving through to today’s knock-out stages of the singles and fours events.

The women, however, lost out in their triples quarter-final match and they failed to make the cut in the pairs, counted out by the last bowl, while the Para Sport Open Triple lost their semis and will go in the bronze medal play-off today.

Darren Burnett finished his singles section in pole position but there were some anxious moments after he lost his first match of the day to Namibia’s Willem Erasmus Esterhuizen 21-19. He then beat Zambia’s Harry Musonda 21-11 and then 2002 Commonwealth champion Bobby Donnelly from South Africa by 21-6. Zambia took the runners-up position.

In today’s singles quarter-finals, Burnett meets Northern Ireland’s Martin McHugh.

A second gold remains on the cards for Alex Marshall and Paul Foster as they joined forces with David Peacock and Neil Speirs where they beat Wales 12-9. The Scots now meet South Africa for a semi-final berth against either Australia or Wales.

Margaret Letham and her trio of Claire Johnston and Lauren Baillie lost their final group table-topping match to England and were drawn against South Africa in the quarter-finals.

And in the first of the knock-out matches, they held a favourable 9-7 lead at seven ends, but lost 21-12.

In the pairs, South Africa were again the architects of Lorraine Malloy and Caroline Brown’s defeat. The Scots held a 12-12 draw for the one point that they needed to move through but South Africa counted the two shots to secure victory and the vital three point win they needed to stay in medal contention.

The disappointment continued with title favourites Billy Allan, Michael Simpson and Kevin Wallace losing 13-9 to New Zealand in their Para Sport Open Triples semi-final.