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Bowls: Archer secures triples gold with shot of the championships

Scotland wound up a successful World Outdoor Bowls Championship campaign in Adelaide with David Peacock, Darren Burnett and Graeme Archer giving Scotland their third gold medal of the championships and an unprecedented triples title for a third successive time.

With Scotland already counting gold in the men's pairs and women's fours, and bronze in the men's fours and women's pairs and triples, Archer skipped his team to a stunning 13-12 win. Albeit they won by just a single shot, but the Scots dominated throughout, scoring on 10 of the 15-end match.

Archer played the shot of the championships when, with two shots against him, he hammered the jack into the ditch to take second shot and give the Scots that vital one-shot win and gold for the third day on the trot.

As the 16-day event reached its conclusion yesterday, hosts Australia brought the house down by claiming the men's and women's overall titles with a singles double.

Karen Murphy had to endure a 29-end marathon before heading off defending champion Val Smith, from New Zealand, 21-19. Murphy is only the second Aussie to win the title behind Merle Richardson in 1985. Leif Selby endorsed the host nation's dominance with the same scoreline against Canada's Ryan Bester.

Australia were clear winners of both the men's and women's overall titles. In the men's championship, Australia finished on 104 points with the Scots second on 96. Scotland's women completed their campaign in third spot behind Australia (97) and New Zealand (93) on 86 points.

Scotland wound up a successful World Outdoor Bowls Championship campaign in Adelaide with David Peacock, Darren Burnett and Graeme Archer giving Scotland their third gold medal of the championships and an unprecedented triples title for a third successive time.

With Scotland already counting gold in the men's pairs and women's fours, and bronze in the men's fours and women's pairs and triples, Archer skipped his team to a stunning 13-12 win. Albeit they won by just a single shot, but the Scots dominated throughout, scoring on 10 of the 15-end match.

Archer played the shot of the championships when, with two shots against him, he hammered the jack into the ditch to take second shot and give the Scots that vital one-shot win and gold for the third day on the trot.

As the 16-day event reached its conclusion yesterday, hosts Australia brought the house down by claiming the men's and women's overall titles with a singles double.

Karen Murphy had to endure a 29-end marathon before heading off defending champion Val Smith, from New Zealand, 21-19. Murphy is only the second Aussie to win the title behind Merle Richardson in 1985. Leif Selby endorsed the host nation's dominance with the same scoreline against Canada's Ryan Bester.

Australia were clear winners of both the men's and women's overall titles. In the men's championship, Australia finished on 104 points with the Scots second on 96. Scotland's women completed their campaign in third spot behind Australia (97) and New Zealand (93) on 86 points.

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