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Bowls - 01. September 2011.

Springboks salvage hopes

South Africa’s Tracy-Lee Botha has kept her nation’s hopes alive in the third and final test match at Moonta after coming back from the dead against Australia’s Kelsey Cottrell in the women’s singles.

Having been obliterated in the opening set, succumbing 0-12 after just seven ends, Botha rallied during the second half of the encounter to register a famous win.

The result keeps the South Africans in contention in the third test after Australia claimed this morning pairs and triples rubbers to open up a 4-0 lead.

Having been drafted into the singles role at the expense of Esme Steyn, the 22-year-old, a gold medallist in the women’s triples at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, looked headed for a straight sets loss before staging a remarkable comeback against the world number five.

Leading 7-5 playing the final end of the second set, Cottrell went in search of a double, but came unstuck as Botha forced a tie-break and then grabbed a triple to start proceedings.

While Australia’s golden girl immediately countered with a double, Botha would not be denied down the stretch as she registered a 0-12, 9-5, 4-2 win.

“It’s great to be able to keep the test alive,” Botha said.

“Hopefully we can win both the fours’ games…and I’ve got every confidence in Gerry (Baker) this afternoon.”

With just three rubbers remaining, Australia can secure a series whitewash with just one more victory.
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