Opening with two singles, the triple could feel some confidence, but Hanson played with weight and kept coming up with results – a trend that included the final head.
The Australians took over, leading 10-3 before Noble’s side drew a five to make for an interesting closing. A two on the penultimate head gave the Kiwis a one shot lead on the last end and Wakefield drew a beauty to ensure the side held the advantage on the change-over. But Hanson, running, hit Wynks’ bowl, sitting at third shot, which in turn dislodged Wakefield’s bowl. Noble found himself three down, and while he narrowly missed getting the shot, it appeared as if he got second – effectively locking the match up. But Hanson added the bonus with his last delivery to take the honours.
At the mid-point of the semifinal against England, their chances of making another final looked dicey, with the English leading 8-6. But two fours and a three over the next three ends turned the tide back towards the Kiwis winning 18-11.