Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Kiwi women's pair Katelyn Inch, Selina Goddard defeat Malaysia for bowls bronze

New Zealand has won a third bowls bronze medal of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, as the women's pair of Katelyn Inch and Selina Goddard defeated Malaysia in the play-off for third.

Inch and Goddard defeated Emma Firyana Saroji and Siti Zalina Ahmad of Malaysia 20-15, in a thrilling match that saw the Kiwis nearly surrender their lead.

After leading 11-4 after the opening 10 ends, Malaysia fought back to take a 12-11 lead.

Inch and Goddard levelled at 12-all with five ends left to play, before going ahead 15-12.

On the penultimate end, Inch and Goddard advanced the score to 18-13, leaving Malaysia with it all to do if they were to take bronze.

But the lead was too great to overcome, as the Kiwi duo overcame the disappointment of their semi-final defeat to finish with a medal.

The win gives Goddard her second medal of the Games, as she was part of the women's fours that defeated Fiji 17-6 earlier this week.

The women's triple of Tayla Bruce, Val Smith and Nicole Toomey won New Zealand's second bowls bronze of Birmingham, before Inch and Goddard sealed the third on Saturday.

New Zealand has now won 42 medals at Birmingham, with 17 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze.

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