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Selby to roll for Commonwealth Gold, Cottrell beaten in semi-final

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A golden finish is up for grabs for the Australian lawn bowls team at the Delhi Commonwealth Games this evening. With two silver medals already in the bank, world number two Leif Selby will roll for gold against Wales' Robert Weale, while world number five Kelsey Cottrell will contest the bronze medal play-off against Malaysia's Siti Zalina Ahmad.

During an engrossing semi-final against Northern Ireland's Gary Kelly, Selby hung tough- despite confessing that he struggled with his rhythm- as he posted a 9-9, 9-7 victory to guarantee himself of a medal.

Having won nine consecutive matches en route to the semi-finals, Cottrell suffered her first loss at the hands of world number one Val Smith, who prevailed in a tie-break 8-7, 4-8, 4-3.

"It's probably the worst I've drawn all week for an entire game, but someone's watching over me or something," Selby said. "Sometimes you play good and you get beat and sometimes you scratch around like that and it's enough. I've just got to forget about it now and just concentrate on tonight."

Trailing 5-9 playing the final end of the opening set, Kelly needed a full-count to level the scores and played a bomb to make four, propelling both players into a nine end shootout when Selby failed to minimize the count on the drive.

While Selby began brilliantly to open up a 5-0 cushion, Kelly clawed his way back as he snatched the lead, but the Australian superstar came again and held on for a dogged victory.

Cottrell, on the other hand, must regroup now ahead of tonight's bronze medal game against Ahmad, the 2002 and 2006 gold medallist, who was also beaten in a tie-break by England's Natalie Melmore.

"I'm just really disappointed with the way I started," Cottrell said after dropping seven shots on the opening three ends of the match to Smith. "I just wasn't right on it like I have been with my other games."