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Piketh pipped in medal race at World Indoor Championships

South Africa’s Colleen Piketh just missed out on a tilt at a medal at the World Indoor Bowls Championships, being played near Sydney, Australia at the weekend.

Piketh, in the provisional squad for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland later this year, was making her debut on the fast carpet.

She lost out on shot difference, a fate suffered by the Johannesburg star in several major events previously. She ended fifth of 12, but in effect joint second, with eight stunning victories against the best there are.

Piketh, who required urgent medical attention from a frozen bowling arm (shoulder) when leading the section, needed the gods to shine mathematically in the final qualifying round, but alas it was not to happen.

Multiple world champions in Carmen Anderson (Norfolk Islands), Scotland’s Caroline Brown (beaten by Piketh in Round 2), Jo Edwards (New Zealand) and Karen Murphy (Australia) were too good and denied the Protea a top three spot.

Piketh’s countryman, Bobby Donnelly, however, with one qualifier to go was in joint third spot and behind a play-off spot only on shot difference after losing in a tiebreak to sectional lead USA 13-4 3-12 1-2. Donelly is also in the provisional Commonwealth Games squad.