Double blow for Kerkow

COMMONWEALTH Games gold medallist Kelvin Kerkow's chances are teetering in the balance after day two of the Golden Nugget Prestige Invitation Singles at Tweed Heads bowls club.

The South Tweed Sports bowler, considered one of the best in the world, crashed to lose both of his day two clashes.

Kerkow, 38, started his campaign well on the opening day with a solid 25-17 win over Brian Baldwin using his drives to perfection and mastering the breeze that played havoc with the other bowlers.

But his opening day form seemed to desert the champion as he crashed to a 25-19 defeat at the hands of Ryan Bester in round two, before going down Wayne Turley even more decisively, 25-12.

Kerkow must now hope to win his final two games and rely on other results going his way if he is to keep his hopes of a 2007 Golden Nugget title alive.

His main opposition will come not from another seasoned veteran but from one of the youngest players in the field of the important invitational competition.

Eighteen-year-old Matthew Pietersen, who is playing in Kerkow's section, remains the only undefeated player in the mens section after three rounds with six points and plus 28.

Pietersen, who is due to play Kerkow in the last round, won his opening match against Jamie Chestney 25-9 before backing up with a solid 25-19 defeat of Wayne Turley and then beating the very experienced Brian Baldwin 25-20.

Meanwhile section A is wide open with four players each with two wins Ali Forsyth leads the way with 4 plus 18 while defending champions Nathan Rice has 4 plus 11, World Bowls champion Steve Glasson has 4 plus three while Scott Caundle 4 and minus eight shots.

Glasson won his morning match by just one shot from Wayne Ruediger and then lost by a shot to Scott Candle.

In the women's competition Tweed Heads bowler Carmen Anderson has now won two from three. After beating Malaysian bowler and world number one Lima Ahmad in a thriller on Monday, she could not continue the form and went down 25-22 to Australian representative Karen Murphy 25-22.

However she managed to keep her finals hopes alive with a solid 25-17 defeat of Gail Waitai. Murphy remains undefeated after three rounds to head section B.



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