Commonwealth Games: Wilkie makes strong start in pairs

Brett Wilkie with Prince Edward and Australian teammate Karen Murphy in the lead up to the Commonwealth GamesBRETT Wilkie and singles star Aron Sherriff kick-started the men’s pairs tournament with a convincing win over Cook Islands at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Thursday night.

They out-class their rivals 25-11.

The Australians took a little while to impose their authority, but did so with four shots in the fourth end to get out to a 7-2 lead.

Wilkie, who grew up in Ballarat and played with Webbcona before venturing to Queensland, and, and Sherriff added another five shots on the seventh end.

This gave them a 10-shot lead and a comfortable cushion for the rest of the match.

The 12th end was another big moment for the Aussie, when they added another five shots.

Cook Islands steadied the ship over the last six ends to share the honours 4-all, but it did nothing more provide some damage control.

Wilkie’s win rounded out an impressive first day for “Team Ballarat”, with Matthew Flapper earlier in the day enjoying success in his first triples match.

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