19 Sep 2009

Bowls NZ investigates match-fixing claims

4:46 pm on 19 September 2009

Bowls New Zealand says it is dealing with complaints about alleged match fixing by the New Zealand team at last month's Asia/Pacific championships in Malaysia.

Team mates Gary Lawson, Shayn Simcock, Jamie Hill and Shannon McIlroy have been stood down amid claims they threw a match against Thailand, to avoid a clash with Australia in the next round.

New Zealand's loss cost Canada a place in the playoffs, and the team now has to appear before a judicial committee.

Bowls world champion Gary Lawson has spoken out against the claims, saying he is angry they have been stood down before any judicial hearing.

Lawson, who skipped the fours to success at the world champs in Christchurch last year, says they held enough shots on the final end to win the match, but Thailand simply scored a fluke to take the game. Had they been wanting to throw the game, he says, they would have done so much early than waiting until the final end.

The chief executive of Bowls New Zealand, Kerry Clark, says Mr Lawson should be waiting to put his case before the tribunal.