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Piketh and Donnelly stay on track Down Under

It was business as usual for South Africa’s talented bowls duo from Johannesburg┬á at the World Indoor Championships (sets format) on day four in Sydney, Australia┬á ÔÇô a win and a loss apiece; pretty well the same as the rest of the front runners.

Colleen Piketh, on debut, and one of South Africa’s provisional squad for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Scotland, has shone. The Bedfordview CC star took a tie-break to down Hong Kong China’s representative 4-9 10-5 4-1 before going down in a cliffhanger to one of world bowling’s icons in multiple World Bowls singles champion Carmen Anderson of Norfolk Islands ÔÇô 9-4 5-5.

Anderson leads the section on shot difference from the world’s No1 woman bowler, another world champion, in Jo Edwards (New Zealand), with Piketh third and just three qualifying rounds to go.

SA’s male representative, former Commonwealth Games and World Bowls gold medallist, Bobby Donnelly, again produced scintillating bowls, both when going down in a tense tie-break to Ireland 10-5 5-8 1-2, and then in defeating Netherlands 11-2 7-4.

The tall, tough Donnelly was in joint fourth spot ÔÇô two points off a qualifying spot; USA leads his section. Again, three qualifiers remain.


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