Ali Forsyth has become the shining light in the New Zealand bowls team in Delhi.
After three days of singles play, the Australia-based Forsyth is unbeaten. He faces a tough game first up tomorrow, against England, and then meets Cook Islands and Jersey.
If he can win two of those matches, he will advance top of his pool and so go straight into the semi-finals, instead of having to go through a play-off.
Forsyth, 30, is in excellent touch and looking assured.
“Ali is a confidence player,” said New Zealand team head coach Dave Edwards. “After five wins on the trot he’s obviously feeling pretty good.”
Forsyth beat Niue 9-4, 9-6 and Brunei 13-2, 11-6 and was seldom stretched today.
The news has not been so good for the New Zealand women’s singles representative, Val Smith. The former world singles and pairs champion lost four of her first six matches to rule herself out of semi-finals contention.
The New Zealand bowls team, despite a promising build-up, has struggled in Delhi, Forsyth excepted.
The men’s pair finished sixth in their section, and the men’s triple fifth in their section.
The women were slightly better. Manu Timoti and Jan Khan in the pair got through section play and then lost their quarter-final to Wales.
The women’s triple finished fourth in their section but missed out on advancing by just one set. They had six wins and two losses.
“We had a fantastic build-up,” said Edwards. “We knew what the pace of the greens would be and we were prepared. But on the day most of our team just haven’t bowled well, and we aren’t sure why.”