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Cottrell: A bronzed Aussie

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World number five Kelsey Cottrell has claimed Australia's third lawn bowls medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games after securing bronze against Malaysia's Siti Zalina Ahmad in electrifying circumstances this evening (13/10).

Despite dropping just one of her 11 matches in Delhi, Cottrell's only blemish came at the most inopportune of times, with world number one Val Smith, who went on to settle for silver after failing to overcome England's Natalie Melmore, striking in the semi-final. Having to regroup quickly to play Ahmad, who had won gold in Manchester and Melbourne, the Australian young gun hammered the Malaysian over maximum distance, relinquishing last bowl in favour of taking the mat.

The plan worked perfectly as she raced to through the opening set, but Ahmad came roaring home to force a tie-break, which went down to the wire. Having secured a single on the opening end, Cottrell appeared well placed holding two on the second, but the world number four poached the head and suddenly it was 1-1 playing the final end.

Not surprisingly, Ahmad retained the mat and went short, but the plan backfired when she drew an early counter and then a second, forcing the 20-year-old's hand to drive and she was centimeter perfect.

"It was devastating to lose that semi-final this morning," Cottrell said following her exhilarating win. "I had my hour of wanting to just cry and to beat myself up and I managed to get through that and know that I probably had an even tougher game in the bronze medal match. "It could have gone either way, she's such a good player. To come away with the bronze is just amazing, I feel awesome."

With two silvers and a bronze thus far, Australia will finish with a fourth medal when world number two Leif Selby tackles Wales' Robert Weale in the men's singles final.

Selby's gold medal match will commence at 1am AEDST on Thursday morning.

The men's bronze was also decided tonight with Northern Ireland's Gary Kelly defeating England's Sam Tolchard.