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NZ women’s pair, triple to play for lawn bowls bronze at Commonwealth Games

Katelyn Inch and Selina Goddard of New Zealand celebrate after beating Wales in their women’s pairs quarterfinal. They couldn’t beat England in their semifinal and will now face Malaysia for bronze.

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Katelyn Inch and Selina Goddard of New Zealand celebrate after beating Wales in their women’s pairs quarterfinal. They couldn’t beat England in their semifinal and will now face Malaysia for bronze.

The New Zealand women’s pair will take on Malaysia for a lawn bowls bronze medal after a busy morning on the Commonwealth Games greens at Leamington Spa.

Katelyn Inch and Selina Goddard began Friday by pipping Wales in their quarterfinal, 16-15, after trailing by two, 13-15, heading into the 18th and final end.

England proved too strong for the Kiwi duo in their semifinal, however, winning 19-12 to consign New Zealand to the bronze medal match.

Inch and Goddard will now take on Malaysian duo Emma Firyana Saroji and Siti Zalina Ahmad in their final match on Saturday [7.30pm NZ time].

The NZ women’s triple of Val Smith, Tayla Bruce and Nicole Toomey began Friday by losing their semifinal to Malaysia, 16-9, which left them facing the Cook Islands for bronze.

That match was due to start at 3,30am on Saturday [NZ time].

The NZ men’s four were the other Kiwi team in action on day eight of the Games and nearly pulled off a dramatic comeback in their quarterfinal, scoring eight points on the 14th and penultimate end to go from 14-18 down to 16-14 up over Wales.

The Welsh hit back by scoring four points on the final end, however, to advance to the semifinals.

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