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Bowls - 01. September 2011.

Aussies claim series whitewash

Australia has put the finishing touches on a dominant series after whitewashing South Africa at Moonta today.

In a show of strength, the host nation claimed the third test match 7-1, dropping just four of 24 games throughout the contest.

With the World Championships in Adelaide less than 15 months away, Australia’s preparations for the sport’s pinnacle event has commenced in near perfect fashion, with a clinical performance against one of its fiercest rivals.

“I’m really stoked with everyone’s performance,” Australian captain Lynsey Armitage said.

“We really just wanted to get out there and really improve on our Commonwealth Games performance when they beat us over there (at Delhi) a couple of times.

“Both Bec (Quail) and Sean (Baker) made their debuts, but they played like they had been playing for Australia for years, so it’s really exciting for the Australian bowls team with the likes of them coming through.”

Having swept through the pairs and triples rubbers, Australia entered the lunch break with a 4-0 lead, but South Africa’s Tracy-Lee Botha kept the test alive when she came back from the dead against world number five Kelsey Cottrell to clinch the women’s singles rubber.

While the Springboks led for much of the men’s fours encounter, Australia closed late in the tie, and then won a measure on the final end to sure up the result courtesy of a 16-15 win.

Australia’s women’s fours then secured a 20-8 win before world number four Brett Wilkie closed out the series with a 10-1, 8-7 victory over South African legend Gerry Baker in the men’s singles.

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