England's Jamie Walker and Scotland's Darren Burnett secured top spot in their respective men’s singles sections after making strong finishes to the round-robin stage at the World Bowls Atlantic Championships in Cardiff.
Walker beat Kenya’s Joseph Kitosi 21-15 today to end his section one campaign with an unrivalled win-loss record of 10-1.
Competing in front of a home crowd, Welshman Dan Salmon moved up to finish in second spot by defeating South Africa’s Pierre Breitenbach 21-20 and Argentina’s Jose Riveros 21-7.
In section two, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Burnett had victories over Spain’s Tom Rogers, 21-10, and Ireland’s Adam McKeown, 21-14, to end up first on a record of 10 wins and one draw.
McKeown, who preceded his defeat at the hands of Burnett by overcoming Cyprus’ Bob Manson 21-7, had to settle for second spot with nine wins and two losses.
Walker and Burnett go straight through to tomorrow’s semi-finals.
Salmon and section two's third-place finisher Brendan Aquilina of Malta are due to face each other beforehand for the right to join them, while the last penultimate-round berth will go to the winner of the match between McKeown and section one's third-place finisher Breitenbach.
The clubs hosting games at the event are Penylan, Dinas Powys, Barry and Penarth.