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Young roller's quest for gold

22 Mar 06 03:28
Young Canadian hot shot Ryan Bester engineered a dramatic fight back to record a win over Russell Meyer (New Zealand) in this morning's round of Men's Singles at the State Lawn Bowls Centre.

The long-haired 21-year-old Asia Pacific champion came back from a first set drubbing 4-12 to snatch the second set 9-6, and then comfortably take the tie break 2-0.

Bester, who was named the bowler of the 2004 World Championships after claiming the Pairs crown at the age of 19, showed his class midway through the second set, his four shots in the fifth end giving him the lead for the first time in the match.

Bester must beat Guernsey's Matthew le Ber in the final preliminary match to give him any chance of making the quarter finals.

Meyer also needs to win his final round preliminary match, but faces a major obstacle in group leader Stephen Farish (England).

The Englishman was in devastating form, easily pushing aside Niue Island's Leslie Lagatule in straight sets, 14-4 10-2.

Malta's Wollongong-based representative Shaun Parnis leads his group after another brilliant display, this time against Cook Island's Mia Tuteru 18-4 14-4.

Battling for the other quarter final spot will be Darren Burnett (Scotland) and Asia Pacific silver medallist Caucau Turagabeci (Fiji), who met this morning, with Turagabeci proving too good in a see-sawing duel, 10-5 9-4 2-0.

After his shock loss to Peter Juni (Papua New Guinea) yesterday, Kelvin Kerkow (Australia) had another scare today in his match against Samoa's Ieremia Leautuli.

Kerkow won the first set 17-2, lost the second 3-11, but regrouped to take the tie-break 2-1.

Despite the setbacks, Kerkow is a certainty to make the quarter finals leading his group, with Juni second.

Robert Weale (Wales) remains undefeated and on top of his group after another convincing display, this time against Haji Naim Brahim, 8-3 9-7.

- Games News Service

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