Top seed burnt in indoor tilt

MARIA Rigby ended Judy Nardella's quest to win back-to-back Australian Indoor Championships with a thrilling quarterfinal win at Tweed Heads Bowls Club yesterday. Rigby, winner of the event in 2005, edged out Nardella 6-6, 11-2 to progress to the semi-final round. Both women had won through to the quarterfinals in impressive fashion earlier in the day. Rigby was too good for Ceri Ann Davies, winning 7-5, 8-8, while Nardella defeated Tasmanian Rebecca Quail 12-2, 8-9 and 2-1 in the tiebreak. Rigby was thrilled with her quarterfinal win and hoped to continue her good form in the semi-finals, where she will meet fellow Australian Bowls squad member Karen Murphy. "The first set was close, so I changed my line in the second set and that seemed to have an instant effect, from there everything fell into place," she said. Men's number one seed, South Tweed's Kelvin Kerkow progressed to the semi-final with two strong wins, and reaffirmed his status as pre-tournament favourite. Kerkow swept aside Alan Law in the round of 16 with a 12-2, 10-3 victory to set up a classic showdown with World Team Cup hero Aron Sherriff. Sherriff had progressed to the quarterfinals after coming from one set down to defeat Shane Globits 5-0 in a nail-biting tiebreak. It was the experience of Kerkow against the youth of Sherriff, and the accomplished campaigner won through in style, 9-5, 10-1. But it wasn't all smooth sailing for king Kerkow, and the second set score hardly reflected the few centimeters that separated the two. Kerkow faces Steve Piggott in the semi-final.



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