New Zealand Hopefuls Bow out of Hong Kong Classic

Kiwi pairing Nicole Toomey and Sarah Scott bowed out of the Hong Kong International Classic Pairs, falling in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Toomey and Scott found themselves up against pre-tournament favourites Malaysia, with the vast experience of multiple Commonwealth Games medalist Siti Zalina Ahmad shining through in the second set to claim a comfortable 17-1 margin and advance through to the final.

The first set saw the Malaysian pairing scrape through 11-10, with Toomey and Scott justifiably left to feel proud of themselves for an impressive showing on the international stage and claim bronze for their efforts in Hong Kong – along with NZ men Andrew Kelly and Blake Signal. Hosted by the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association, the event attracts a world class field with combinations put forward by countries such as Malaysia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Australia, to name only a few.

Scott and Toomey combined well to record nine wins from 11, finishing second place in their section and earning a play-offs spot opposite top ranked locals Dorothy Yu and Vivian Yip, with the winner progressing through to a semi-final fixture against the star-studded Malaysian pairing of Emma Saroji and Siti Zalina Ahmad.

In yet another thrilling finish, Scott and Toomey edged past Yu and Yip to set up a blockbuster clash opposite the pre-tournament favourites, taking the match 3-2 on a tiebreak.

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