Aussie young guns mow down Kiwis in Test
NEW-LOOK Australia lawn bowls side headed by young guns Mark Casey and Nathan Rice completed a clinical demolition of New Zealand in the international Tri Series Test match at Tweed Heads Bowls Club yesterday.
The Gold Coast pair in combination with Sunshine Coast team mate Bill Cornehls steamrolled the Kiwis to win the Test 3-0 to further enhance their individual and collective standings on the world bowls scene.
With the experience of winning the inaugural World Cup in Hong Kong in April under his belt, 23-year-old Casey was by far the standout player on the day.
After Rice and Cornehls opened proceedings with an 11-7 6-8 2-1 win over the Kiwi combination of Steve Posa and Jamie Hill in the pairs, Casey sealed the Test result with an 11-11 12-2 win over Russell Meyer in the singles.
In front of the biggest ever crowd seen at Tweed Heads Bowls Club for an international Test match, nothing separated Casey and Meyer in the first set.
The second set was a different story, however, with Casey bowling a perfect line and length to dominate the set 12-2.
Time and again Meyer was left to lament the loss of an end as Casey produced centimeter-perfect shots to frustrate his every move. With the Test result beyond doubt, the Australians completed proceedings with a relatively easy 12-3 9-4 win in the triples.