Lawn bowler Mbugua on verge of GC2018 quarters


Eunice Mbugua during her second round of matches. (PHOTO/Philip Muchiri)
Eunice Mbugua during her second round of matches. (PHOTO/Philip Muchiri)

In Summary

  • Kenya’s Eunice Mbugua is on the verge of securing a place in the Lawn Bowls quarter-finals after winning two of her opening four matches in the women’s singles sectional play at the Commonwealth Games in Australia
  • The Nairobi Club based player had won one and lost the other of her Thursday matches against Catherine Wimp (Papua New Guinea; won 21-15) and Carmen Anderson (Norfolk Island; lost 21-7) and picked up from where she left on Friday as she down Nelly Senna of Botswana 21-10
  • Canadian Kelly McKerihen then delivered her second loss thus far when she outscored the Kenyan 21-10

Kenya’s Eunice Mbugua is on the verge of securing a place in the Lawn Bowls quarter-finals after winning two of her opening four matches in the women’s singles sectional play at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The Nairobi Club based player had won one and lost the other of her Thursday matches against Catherine Wimp (Papua New Guinea; won 21-15) and Carmen Anderson (Norfolk Island; lost 21-7) and picked up from where she left on Friday as she down Nelly Senna of Botswana 21-10.

Canadian Kelly McKerihen then delivered her second loss thus far when she outscored the Kenyan 21-10.

Mbugua will need to win her last match against Nooroa Mataio of Cook Islands on Saturday and hope other results work out in her favour as she seeks mathematical advantage to earn a first ever last 8 appearance.

“I had started well but lost focus. The maker on the other side was not on my side mostly she was telling my opponent whether she was down or holding but for me she waited until I asked,” Mbugua told Citizen Digital.

This is the second time she is taking part in the Commonwealth Games after her debut in 2014 where she participated in the doubles.

Mbugua, who took up the sport in 2012, says with proper management of the sport in the country Kenya can produce perfect bowlers.

“We don’t have a public bowling green anywhere in Kenya. Private clubs have them but you have to be a member to access the facility which is very expensive.

“I have qualified for the second biggest Bowling event which is the 2018 Champion of champions in Australia yet as it stands I have no sponsor to facilitate my travel,” she said.

Other Kenyans taking part in the event include Cephas Kimwaki Kimani who is in the Men’s Singles and is set to play Krishna Xalxo of India.

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