TROON bowler Paul Foster won his fourth Commonwealth Games medal as he claimed silver alongside partner Alex Marshall in the Men’s Pairs.

The defending champions earned a second bowls medal for Scotland but they suffered late heartbreak as they lost 12-10 to Wales at Broadbeach Bowls Club on the Gold Coast.

Twice-winners of the Men’s Pairs gold medal, Marshall and Foster cruised through to the final undefeated in the preliminary, quarter-final, and semi-final stages.

But a third gold wasn’t to be for the pair, as they played a thrilling and intense final against their Welsh counterparts, Daniel Salmon and Marc Wyatt.

With the two teams neck-and-neck for the entire game, Marshall’s last bowl was unsuccessful in moving Wales from the winning position and the opposition ended with a 12-10 win.

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After the final, Foster said: “Wales were confident throughout and both teams really stuck in there right up until the last bowl was played. “Naturally we are a little disappointed but we put up a great defence of our title and I’m glad we got to the final.

“We’re not going to be despondent about this – we’re going to bounce back and are looking forward to delivering in the Men’s Fours.”

Partner Marshall added: “It was a great final – but we’re obviously a bit disappointed. We dominated the first 10 or 11 ends. Paul played some great bowls and I made a few good conversions.

"Wales came out really strong in the second half and it was the last few bowls which won the game.

“We came here to defend our title and while walking away with a silver medal isn’t the result we wanted, it’s still a brilliant result for Scotland.”