KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — Two Malaysian lawn bowlers — Soufi Rusli and veteran Nor Hashimah Ismail — put up a sizzling performance to move into the semi-finals of the 2017 World Cup Singles Championships held at the Warilla Bowls and Recreational Club in New South Wales, Australia today.
Nor Hashimah, 45, defeated Ronalyn Greenlees of the Philippines 10-6, 8-5 in the women’s play-off to setup up a last four meeting against New Zealand’s Jo Edwards on Tuesday, according to World Bowls website.
Edwards, a four-time world champion, advanced straight to the semi-finals after going to the top of the final standings in the preliminary round.
Soufi, on the other hand, received stiff competition from Pierre Breitenbach from South Africa before registering a 3-12, 11-4, 3-1 victory in the men’s singles playoff.
He is slated to meet Ali Forsyth of New Zealand in the semi-finals tomorrow as the latter moved straight to the last four after finishing at the top in the preliminary round.
For the record, Malaysia have won both men’s and women’s categories in the annual tournament through Safuan Said in 2008 and Siti Zalina Ahmad in 2015. — Bernama