Crunch time for lawn bowlers in Australia World Cup

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  • Saturday, 19 Mar 2016

National lawn bowls player Siti Zalina Ahmad.

PETALING JAYA: It’s make or break for defending champion Siti Zalina Ahmad and Emma Firyana Saroji at the lawn bowls World Cup.

The final two rounds at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club in New South Wales, Australia on Sunday will decide their semi-final fate.

Two-time Commonwealth Games singles champion Siti is ranked second in Group 1 together with Hong Kong’s Dorothy Yu. Both are tied on 12 points after six matches while Canada’s Pricilla Westlake and Australia’s Carla Krizanic share top spot on 15 points.

Siti can’t afford to slip up in her matches against Dorothy and Japan’s Midori Matsuoka as only the group winners qualify. The second and third-placed players (from the two groups) will go into the playoffs for the other two semis berths.

Emma, the World Champion of Champions winner, is in a good frame of mind after a two-day rest.

“I made good use of the break and didn’t think about lawn bowls. I practised about an hour today and I’m fresh and ready for the challenge,” said Emma.

The policewoman will wrap up her matches against Scotland’s Stacey McDougall and Singapore’s Beng Hue Lee.

Norfolk Island’s Carmen Anderson is the frontrunner in Group 2 after she topped the ranking on 15 points.

Emma and four-time world champion Jo Edwards of New Zealand are ranked second – tied on 12 points.

In the men’s competition, Fairul Izwan Abdul Muin only has a slim chance of making the last four after he was placed fifth (12 points) in the 11-player field.

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