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Potters World Bowls players win Commonwealth Games medals

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Bowls competitions at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia have now concluded with a fair bit of medal success for bowlers who've also graced the blue carpet for World Bowls here at Potters.

The Games provided a particularly special moment for a player who calls Potters his "second home", Scotland's Alex Marshall MBE. The man who has a record six world indoor titles to his name also became Scotland's most successful Commonwealth Games athlete by winning a fifth gold in Australia.

Marshall's moment of history came when he won gold in the men's fours event alongside Ronald Duncan, Derek Oliver and Paul Foster MBE, beating home-team Australia 15-13 with a final-end count of four.

There was also a medal, bronze, in the men's fours for England's Jamie Chestney, alongside David Bolt, Louis Ridout and Sam Tolchard. Chestney achieved the mixed and open pairs double at Potters in 2018, alongside Lesley Doig and Mark Dawes, respectively.

Men's Fours Medallists

Gold - Alex Marshall MBE, Derek Oliver, Paul Foster MBE & Ronnie Duncan (SCO)
Silver - Aron Sherriff, Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie & Nathan Rice (AUS)
Bronze - David Bolt, Jamie Chestney, Louis Ridout, Sam Tolchard (ENG)

Marshall and Foster, who have 11 world indoor singles wins between them, and a further three together in the world indoor pairs at Potters, also claimed silver medals in the men's pairs in Australia, losing out to Wales' Daniel Salmon and Marc Wyatt.

Salmon, and his partner Damian Doubler, came within a whisker of winning the world indoor pairs title at Potters in 2017.

Men's Pairs Medallists

Gold - Daniel Salmon & Marc Wyatt (WAL)
Silver - Paul Foster MBE & Alex Marshall MBE (SCO)
Bronze - Aidan Zittersteijn & Taiki Paniani (COK)

In the men's triples, Scotland also claimed gold, with Darren Burnett skipping pairs gold medallists Derek Oliver and Ronnie Duncan to a 19-14 victory over Australia.

Burnett was the 2014 world indoor singles champion at Potters, and also achieved the mixed and open pairs double on the blue carpet in 2016, alongside Katherine Rednall and Stewart Anderson, respectively.

Men's Triples Medallists

Gold - Darren Burnett, Derek Oliver & Ronnie Duncan (SCO)
Silver - Aron Sherriff, Barrie Lester & Nathan Rice (AUS)
Bronze - Hadyn Evans, Phil Jones & Ryan Dixon (NFI)

Burnett just missed out on a second medal in Australia when he lost the men's singles bronze play-off 21-14 to England's Robert Paxton. Like Burnett, Paxton achieved the mixed and open pairs double at Potters in 2015, and was also runner-up in the world indoor singles in 2016 and 2018.

Men's Singles Medallists

Gold - Aaron Wilson (AUS)
Silver - Ryan Bester (CAN)
Bronze - Robert Paxton (ENG)

In the women's events, Wales' Laura Daniels won silver in the singles, losing 21-17 to New Zealand's defending champion Jo Edwards. Daniels' added a Commonwealth Games medal to the women's world indoor singles title she claimed (under her maiden name Thomas) at Potters in 2015.

Women's Singles Medallists

Gold - Jo Edwards (NZL)
Silver - Laura Daniels (WAL)
Bronze - Colleen Piketh (RSA)

In the women's pairs, Scotland's Claire Johnston and Lesley Doig also won silver, with an 18-10 win over Canada. Johnston (2017) and Doig (2018) have both previously claimed world indoor mixed pairs titles on the blue carpet at Potters.

Women's Pairs Medallists

Gold - Emma Firyana & Siti Zalina (MAS)
Silver - Colleen Piketh & Nicolene Neal (RSA)
Bronze - Claire Johnston & Lesley Doig (SCO)

In the women's triples, Caroline Brown was part of Scotland's silver medal-winning team, alongside Kay Moran and Stacey McDougall, 11 years after winning the women's world indoor singles title at Potters in 2007.

On that occasion in 2007, Brown beat England's Ellen Falkner in the final, and in Australia also claimed a medal in the women's triples, bronze, her fourth Commonwealth Games medal after golds in 2002, 2010 and 2014.

Falker played alongside Sian Honnor, and Katherine Rednall, who equalled Falkner's record of three women's world indoor singles titles at Potters by beating Rebecca Field with a dominant performance in 2018.

Women's Triples Medallists

Gold - Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott & Rebecca Van Asch (AUS)
Silver - Caroline Brown, Kay Moran & Stacey McDougall (SCO)
Bronze - Ellen Falkner, Katherine Rednall & Sian Honnor (ENG)

Women's Fours Medallists

Gold - Carla Krizanic, Kelsey Cottrell, Natasha Scott & Rebecca Van Asch (AUS)
Silver - Elma Davis, Esme Kruger, Johanna Snyman & Nicolene Neal (RSA)
Bronze - Connie-Leigh Rixon, Rebecca Rixon, Rosemaree Rixon & Sharon Callus (MLT)

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