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Young Malaysian takes on veterans

24 Mar 06 03:45

Malaysia's Siti Zalina Ahmad defends her Women's Singles crown on day nine.

After comfortably accounting for veteran Margaret Johnston (Northern Ireland) in their Semi Final this morning, the 26-year-old policewoman from Malaysia will meet Welsh surprise packet Elizabeth Morgan in the Final.

Morgan, a 63-year-old with 56 national titles to her name, upset favourite Lorna Trigwell (South Africa) in their Semi Final.

Ahmad was never seriously challenged by Johnston, claiming the first set in a canter, 11-2, and the second, 8-4. She won 12 of the 16 ends played.

Ahmad, who won the Asia Pacific title at the State Lawn Bowls Centre last November, is reaching peak form after being upset in her second game of the competition by Malawi's Zelda Humphreys.

It was a disappointing end to Johnston's farewell Commonwealth Games appearance.

The 1994 champion, Johnston had claimed the big scalps of Maria Rigby (Australia) in the Quarter Final and Joanna Edwards (New Zealand) in the last preliminary round, but proved no match for Ahmad.

Morgan is enjoying by far her best Commonwealth Games campaign in Melbourne after three previous appearances.

After upsetting Fijian star Litia Tikoisuva in the Quarter Final, she shocked Trigwell in the third end of the first set, picking up the maximum fours shots. She eventually claimed the set 8-5.

Trigwell lifted in the second set to take it 8-6, before Morgan again upped the ante in the tie break. Her second bowl of the third end hit the jack and gave Morgan the win.

Looking to tonight's gold medal match, Morgan said "It's almost the youngest versus the oldest."

Morgan received an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for her contribution to sport earlier this year, which seemed to her to be 'the icing on the cake' of her career. Today she added "But now I hope it's not the icing on the cake; I hope it's a Commonwealth Games medal."

Trigwell, who was aiming to improve on her bronze at Manchester 2002, will now meet Johnston in the bronze medal match this afternoon.

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