Alison Merrien beaten in Bowls World Cup final

Alison Merrien

Guernsey's Alison Merrien failed to defend her Bowls World Cup title after losing to world number one Jo Edwards.

Merrien missed with her last shot in a final set tie-break to see the New Zealander win 3-8, 8-3, 3-2 in Warilla.

"It went down to the last bowl in the last end and unfortunately I missed the jack and lost the game," Merrien told BBC Guernsey after the loss.

"It was always going to be tough, she's world number one and it's nice to get that far," she added.

As the reigning champion, Merrien said the rest of the field were desperate to get a victory over her.

"Coming here as defending champion everybody's out to get you.

"So you have to take one game at a time and see how far you get, I got to the medal stage and it's good.

"It was a very close final, in the first set I felt in control and got a lead and got the set within eight ends.

"The second set should have been the same, but for some reason it changed and Jo did the same to me in the second set," she added.

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