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Margaret Letham skippered the Scots to glory
Margaret Letham skippered the Scots to glory

BOWLERS Margaret Letham and Caroline Brown have struck gold Down Under as part of the Scotland quartet who lifted the world women’s fours title in Adelaide, Australia.

Margaret, from Bothwell, and Caroline, from Holytown, teamed up with Fife’s Lynn Stein and Ayrshire’s Michelle Cooper to clinch the title with an 18-15 win over Malaysia’s Auni Fathiah Kamis, Noor Zafirah Nor, Zuraini Khalid and Azlina Arshad.

Margaret was skip of the four who began their campaign with a 14-14 draw against New Zealand in their opening pool match - and then won all their remaining 12 matches.

Victories over Malaysia (20-11), Thailand (13-6), Japan (38-9), Spain (20-9), Canada (25-10), Brunei (27-12), Israel (29-7), Botswana (26-9), Philippines (18-13) and Australia (20-5) took them directly into the semi-finals where a 19-5 win over South Africa booked their place in the final.

Margaret said afterwards: “We are over the moon about winning, the team have played really well throughout the competition and the whole squad has been sensational.”

Both bowlers also won bronze medals in other events.

Margaret teamed up with Claire Johnston to reach the semi-finals of the pairs before losing out to Australia’s Kelsey Cottrell and Rebecca Quail.

And Caroline, along with fours team-mates Lynn and Michelle, reached a similar stage of the triples before being beaten by New Zealand.

Margaret and Caroline’s exploits helped make the championships a hugely successful competition overall for the Scotland team who won medals in six of the eight disciplnes to finish third overall in the medal table with each player coming home with at leats two medals.