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By James Reid, at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa
Amy Pharaoh admitted her final bowl will haunt her as her women’s singles campaign ended at the group stage of the Commonwealth Games.
Pharaoh was locked in a tight battle with New Zealand’s Katelyn Inch and had a chance to level the scores at 19-19 but her shot fell short allowing the Kiwi to win the end by two points and snatch victory.
The result means Pharaoh can no longer qualify for the knockout stages on her return to the Games after 12 years away.
“I think the last shot will haunt me for a long time,” said Pharaoh. “I may not have won anyway but that last bowl will haunt me.
“I’m very disappointed but pick myself up tomorrow, put in another good performance.
“I had some really good bowls out there; it was a really good game so I can take some positives.”
PE teacher Pharaoh had started the day with a comfortable 21-3 win over Singapore’s Shermeen Lim to give herself a chance of progressing from the group and had looked in good shape as she led 11-5 against Inch at one stage.
The Grimsby native was slowly pegged back as the two players became locked in an intense battle that attracted an ever-growing audience, soundtracked by vociferous home support in between tense silences.
But it was not enough, as Pharaoh was defeated by the narrowest of margins.
“They [the crowd] were brilliant, they were really good,” said Pharaoh. “It really does make a massive difference. I’ll go and thank them now.
“I was aware that two would have been game, another roll on that bowl I would’ve been in for a second, another foot I would have got a shot – that’s the fine margins.
“I was a yard short but that’s bowls.”
Pharaoh’s Games are not over yet, with the 2010 gold medallist set to compete in the women’s pairs with Sophie Tolchard.
And after a disappointing two days in Leamington, Pharaoh is determined to bounce back.
She said: "Being back is really good but it’s not good enough just to be back so the pairs better watch out."
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