Hunter lawn bowler Natasha Scott celebrated her 250th international cap for Australia on Wednesday, as the team battled Malaysia in the last fixture of Day 2 at the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast.
Australia’s womens fours team, composed of Lynsey Clarke, Carla Krizanic, Bec Van Asch, and Scott, opened their campaign with a 19-8 win over Thailand in the pool matches. They were then awarded an automatic win over Brunei after a forfeit.
The four-woman squad then faced Papua New Guinea on the second day, and ousted the challengers 29-7. The team backed up their streak with a 21-6 result against Hong Kong, before Scott celebrated her milestone against Thailand to round out the day.
Australia head into the later days of the pool matches leading the combined table. Malaysia (3-1) and Hong Kong (3-1) also boast strong starts to the tournament, while Thailand rests just outside the top three with a 2-3 record so far on the Gold Coast.
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Scott enters the Asia Pacific tournament off the back of another individual title just last week. Newcastle’s star bowler slotted home eight straight shots between the 15th and 17th ends at the Australian Open women’s single grand final to oust Victorian challenger Tiffany Brodie in the 21-12 match.
Scott claimed $10,000 for her efforts at the Open, and returned to the pinnacle of the competition after first lifting the trophy in 2016. It was a result that “meant everything” to the Australian representative.
“Obviously I’m playing for the spot I love, but putting in the hard work off the greens makes the result even sweeter,” she said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling.”
Follow Scott and Australia’s campaign at the Asia Pacific Championship from Saturday June 22, when Bowls Australia will be livestreaming all matches.
The 2019 Asia Pacific Championships are also a qualifying event for the 2020 World Bowls Championships, to be staged at the same venues in May and June next year.