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Bowls - 30. November 2010.

Australia bowling sensation Wright prevails in a thriller

Wagga RSL Club & Wagga Wagga Women’s Bowling Club

Wright prevails in a thriller

St Johns’ Katrina Wright is assured of finishing the year as the nation’s top-ranked female lawn bowler after winning a cliffhanger at the $30,000 NSW Open in Wagga today (29/11).

Facing off against reigning Queensland Open champion Lisa Phillips in the second round, Wright required a fourth end of the tie-break to see off the pint-sized Victorian teenager, who had looked in full control midway through the second set before the world championship silver medallist seized the momentum.

The 29-year-old will now meet former national teammate Anne Johns in tomorrow’s quarter-finals, with ex-Scottish international Kay Moran, who accounted for Delhi Commonwealth Games representative Natasha Van Eldik, pitted in the same half of the draw and poised to clash with Tasmania’s Bec Quail.

On the opposite side of the draw, Asburton’s Mary Tragardh will face off against Merrylands’ Corinne Crouche, while Neutral Bay’s Lou Witton will lock horns with Bomaderry’s Sarah Boddington, who further advanced her growing reputation this afternoon with a straight sets victory over world number six Karen Murphy.

 “I think I struggled a little bit today,” Wright said following her 4-12, 8-6, 5-2 win.

“I think I’ve got a lot more to offer and hopefully I’ll come out tomorrow with my full guns blazing.”

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