Australia claimed the women's pairs title in dramatic fashion on the final day of lawn bowls action at the Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

Australia secured victory with the last shot of the final end in the women’s pairs gold medal match on a dramatic final day of lawn bowls action at Birmingham 2022 here.

Australian duo Kristina Krstic and Ellen Ryan, who played the match winning bowl, beat England pair Sophie Tolchard and Amy Pharaoh, to take Commonwealth Games gold at Victoria Park in Leamington Spa. 

England got off a strong start leading 11-2 after six ends, before the Aussies clawed their way back, taking the lead in end 13 thanks to a score of four at 16-12.

England then retook the lead at 18-16 after 16 ends before Australia levelled at 18-18 after the regulation 18 ends - forcing an additional end.

Ryan duly delivered for Australia under the most extreme pressure to take the win 19-18.

Victory secured Ryan's second gold medal of Birmingham 2022, after she had earlier won the women's singles title, overturning a 10-2 deficit to beat Lucy Beere of Guernsey.

The bronze medal match was played simultaneously with New Zealand's Selina Goddard and Katelyn Inch winning 20-15 over Malaysia's Emma Firyana Saroji and Siti Zalina Ahmad.

Goddard and Inch opened up a 5-1 lead on their opponents after four ends, and led 11-7 after 11, before five shots on end 12 put the Malaysian duo back in front.

New Zealand retook the lead on end 14 and held on to seal victory.

A topless Aaron Wilson receives congratulatory pats on the tummy from Australian staff as he celebrates his men's singles lawn bowls gold ©Getty Images
A topless Aaron Wilson receives congratulatory pats on the tummy from Australian staff as he celebrates his men's singles lawn bowls gold ©Getty Images

In the men’s fours Northern Ireland claimed the gold medal in dominant fashion with an 18-5 win over India.

Northern Ireland’s quartet of lead Sam Barkley, second Adam McKeown, third Ian McClure and skip Martin McHugh took a 7-0 lead after four ends and were comfortable for the remainder of the contest.

India’s line-up of lead Sunil Bahadur, second Navneet Singh, third Chandan Kumar Singh and skip Dinesh Kumar were the silver medallists.

In the bronze medal match it was an all home nations encounter as England took on Wales.

The crucial end came early in the contest with England’s quartet of lead Louis Ridout, second Nick Brett, third Jamie Chestney and skip Sam Tolchard scoring six shots on end three to take control.

England kept their opponents at bay and once the hosts had opened a seven shot advantage with only five ends to play, it was too big a deficit for the Wales line-up of lead Owain Dando, second Jarrad Breen, third Ross Owen and skip Jonathan Tomlinson to overturn, with England running out 17-12 victors.

The final medals of the lawn bowls programme were awarded in the men's singles with gold going to Aaron Wilson of Australia, who registered an emphatic 21-3 victory over Gary Kelly of Northern Ireland.

Wilson, defending the title he won on home soil on the Gold Coast in 2018, was dominant from the start with Kelly not registering his first point until the ninth end, by which time he was already 12-0 down.

Wilson barely gave his opponent a chance to score, and completed victory in the 15th end, which he celebrated in exuberant fashion by dancing on the green, removing his shirt and climbing up to the front of the stand to celebrate with Australian teammates and supporters.

The bronze medal went to Scotland's Iain McLean, who triumphed 21-11 against Fairul Izwan Abd Muin of Malaysia.

McLean also flew out of the blocks opening up a 12-1 lead after seven ends,

Abd Muin began to claw back the deficit, reducing it to 12-6, with McLean claiming the last four points required in single shot scoring ends to complete the win.