Caroline’s a world beater Down Under

Caroline Brown shows off the World Cup.
Caroline Brown shows off the World Cup.

New Stevenston’s Caroline Brown has become the first Scottish female bowler to win the World Cup.

The 32-year-old, who is in Scotland’s bowls team for this summer’s Commonwealth Games, beat Guernsey’s Alison Merrien in the final in Australia.

A delighted Brown said: “I’m over the moon. This is up there with the other titles I’ve won.”

Brown, a member of Scotland’s women’s fours team which won the 2012 World Championship in Australia, emerged strongly from a tough pool section, played indoors on carpet.

She beat world outdoor singles champion Karen Murphy, of Australia, and New Zealand’s Jo Edwards, a four times winner of this tournament, to reach the semi-finals where she overcame another top player, Malaysian Siti Zalina Ahmad.

Brown added: “It’s a great boost when you are in a tournament as big as this and you beat some of the best players. I felt I kept my form up right through the week to the final.”

With both Brown and Merrien in top form, it was no surprise to see the first set of the final drawn 7-7, but Brown’s focus and determination made the difference in the second which she won 12-2.

The Scot said: “The first set was really close, but going into the second set I felt it was there for the taking. I got my head down and really focused, concentrated on my game and picked it up from there.”

Brown heads to Spain this week with the Scottish team for training ahead of the Commonwealth Games.