Lorna Smith loses in World bowls final

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LINLITHGOW’S Lorna Smith was edged out in the final of the world outdoor bowls Champion of Champions event played in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Smith enjoyed an undefeated run of 12 games to book her place in the final, but that magnificent effort ended in heartbreak for the Scottish champion as she suffered a 2-0 sets defeat against title favourite Karen Murphy of Australia.

The final had all the makings of being a real cracker but 39-year-old Murphy was more used to the fast conditions that prevailed and kept Smith on the back-foot to win the first set 10-6 then the second 11-6.

Meanwhile, Alistair White of Kelso also suffered final heartache in the men’s competition.

White finished runner-up in his section and went on to beat well fancied opposition in Jersey then Australia to set up a clash in the final against Tom Bishop of England.

Bishop, 23, topped his section with nine wins out of 11 then defeated reigning Commonwealth Games gold medal champion Robert Weale of Wales in the semi-final for a second time before ending White’s dream with set scores of 8-4 and 9-5.