Published Sunday 27 July 2014

Nelson bowler Jo Edwards struck her best form just at the right time to reach the final of the women’s singles at the Kelvingrove greens.

Edwards, who is unbeaten this week, outplayed Northern Ireland’s Catherine McMillen 21-8 in her semi-final today. The match was effectively over after six ends when Edwards held a 12-1 lead.

In the final later today she will meet defending champion Englishwoman Natalie Melmore, who beat South African Colleen Piketh 21-18.

There was not such good news for the New Zealand women’s four, who bowed out 13-11 to Malaysia after a tight match.

Selina Goddard, Amy McIlroy, Val Smith and Mandy Boyd made the early pace but the Malaysians fought back to level things at 10-10 after 12 ends and then forged ahead.

The New Zealand four will now meet Scotland for the bronze medal. The Scots went down 15-12 to South Africa.

New Zealand coach Dave Edwards was delighted with his wife’s form in the singles.

“Jo played very, very well. She was very consistent throughout the match,” he said. “Particularly early in the game the Northern Ireland woman struggled on the longer length ends and Jo dominated.

“After that she was patient and got home well.”

Dave Edwards said the four lost a high-quality semi-final. “There was some fantastic played, but the rub of the green just didn’t go our way on some vital ends.”