Wilkie to bowl for Commonwealth Games gold medal

Brett Wilkie.

Brett Wilkie.

Brett Wilkie plays for a lawn bowls gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Friday.

The Ballarat export is a member of the Australian team which meets Scotland in the fours play-off for gold at 12.30pm.

The Queensland-based Wilkie joined Barrie Lester, Nathan Rice and skip Aron Sherriff to emphatically defeat Wales by 10 shots, 15-5, in a semi-final at Broadbeach on Thursday.

Scotland defeated England 18-10 in the other semi-final.

Australia put the match away early.

Playing as a second, Wilkie helped the host nation set up a 7-0 lead after six ends.

Wales closed the gap marginally to five shots over the next two ends, but that was as close as the contest was to get in the 14-end match.

Australia has lost just one match in its run to the final. That was at the hands of India.

It defeated Botswana, Norfolk Island and South Africa in the preliminary rounds and then Northern Ireland in a tight quarter final.

The 43-year-old Wilkie, who was born in Ballarat and grew up in the city, is competing in his third Commonwealth Games.

He was a silver medallist in the triples in New Delhi in 2010 and bronze in fours at Glasgow four years ago.

The former Webbcona player is also a two-time world champion in pairs and fours.

Wilkie also played pairs earlier in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, but dropped out of medal contention after losing a quarter final to Malta.