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New Zealand had to settle for a silver medal at the World Bowls in Adelaide yesterday when Jo Edwards and Val Smith were narrowly beaten in the women's pairs final at Lockleys Bowls Club.
It was the Australian combination of Rebecca Quail and Kelsey Cottrell which claimed the gold medal by four shots after a tense 18-end affair in the baking South Australian sun.
The result was not formalised until the last bowl of the match was delivered by Edwards - a weighted shot seeking to craft a count of three for an extra end.
However, when her attempt slid past its target, the dream of three consecutive pairs gold medals for Edwards and back-to-back wins for Smith was over.
The Black Jacks also secured a bronze medal yesterday when the trio of Ali Forsyth, Matt Gallop and Tony Grantham lost out in another tense transtasman finish to Mark Casey, Brett Wilkie and Wayne Ruediger in the men's triples semifinal.
After trailing throughout, Forsyth and his men fought back to be one in arrears with one end to play, but were stymied when the Australians claimed a single on the last.
The New Zealand women's trio of Mandy Boyd, Jan Khan and Lisa White thrilled the huge crowd of Kiwi supporters yesterday when they firstly defeated Hong Kong to gain a semifinal berth, then came from behind to dispose of the crack Scottish combination for a spot in the gold medal playoff against Australia tomorrow.