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Scotland claims first silver in bowls at Kelvingrove

Scotland narrowly missed out on the first gold medal of the Glasgow 2014 bowls programme as the visually impaired duo of Irene Edgar and Robert Conway settled for silver in their para-sport mixed pairs final.

Scotland's (left to right) Ron McArthur, Robert Conway, David Thomas and Irene Edgar: Pictures Kirsty Anderson
Robert Conway

The pair, aided by directors Ron McArthur and David Thomas, lost 14-10 to South Africa's Gwen Nel and Geoff Newcombe at the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre.

McArthur and Thomas had defeated Australia in their semi-final to set up the showdown, but South Africa took charge in the third end when they scored three shots to pull 5-2 clear, and they developed that position to lead 10-6 after 11 ends.

The Scottish crowds were given fresh hope when the home pair won back-to-back ends and forced their way back to 10-10, but the home challenge faded thereafter as Nel and Newcombe took the gold.

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