It's Murphy's law

DEFENDING champion Alison Merrien yesterday suffered her first defeat in the Women's World Cup for two years.

It's Murphy's law

DEFENDING champion Alison Merrien yesterday suffered her first defeat in the Women's World Cup for two years.

The Sarnian, who won the 2012 with a 100% record, was beaten by hometown hero and reigning world outdoor singles champion Karen Murphy at the Warilla Bowls Cup in Australia.

Merrien, pictured, who eliminated Murphy at the semi-final stage last year, started well and was 5-2 up after three ends of the first set.

However, from that point on the two-time champion managed to win just four of the remaining 15 ends as the Aussie star embarked on a scoring spree to claim the match 9-8, 13-3.

'It's only one match and there's plenty of bowls to be played before this event is over,' said Merrien.

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