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World Bowls Championship is on the Horizon
The star-studded World Bowls Championship is taking place on Australia’s Gold Coast between 26 May to 7 June.
The home nations have named their teams and are relishing a tournament where they all hope to return with honours.
England are fielding the two finalists in the Open Singles at the recent World Indoor Championships – Nick Brett and Rob Paxton. They’ll be joined by Andy Knapper and Jamie Walker who won the triples in 2016. For the women, Ellen Falkner and Sian Honnor hope to increase their medal tally.
Scotland legends Alex Marshall and Paul Foster will be returning to Australia and hoping to shine. Scotland hero Darren Burnett will also be there. The women’s team don’t have the experienced players but watch out for surprises.
Welsh youngster, Dan Salmon will also be back in Oz where he won the Commonwealth Games Men’s Pairs, but he’ll be without partner Marc Wyatt who has retired. Dependable Anwen Butten and Caroline Taylor are hoping to add to their World Bowls medals.
Ireland have great hopes for Gary Kelly, Ian McClure and Marty McHugh. Redoubtable Caroline Beattie leads a relatively unknown women’s team.
Although Australia clearly have home advantage on their hard and fast greens, the home nations are confident of returning with medals around their necks.
World Indoor Championships 2020 – Singles Championships
An incredible bowls match in front of a capacity crowd saw the champion crowned after playing exceptional bowls throughout the tournament.
Robert Paxton fought off fellow Englishman Nick Brett by the narrowest of margins. Brett was hoping to seep his third gold medal in these champonships after winning the men’s pairs final with England’s Greg Harlow an taking the mixed pairs gold with Marion Purcell from Wales.
But Paxton, who took the world singles silver in 2016 and 2018, and had beaten Les Gillett in the semi final to reach this showpiece match, rallied to take his first title.
World Indoor Championships 2020 – Under 25 Singles
England’s William Moulton won a closely fought match against Scotland’s Kieran Clinton.
They’d both already won tight matches in the semi finals to get here and Clinton took an early lead, but Moulton played a steady game to take the title.
It was nip and tuck all the way with both pulling out great shots but the Englishman fought through at the end.
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Announcing Scotland’s Representatives for IBC World Junior Championships
We are delighted to announce that Bradley Buchan and Rebecca Houston will represent Bowls Scotland at the 2019 International Indoor Bowls Council World Junior Championships at West Denton IBC between Monday 2nd – Friday 6th December.
This is the first year this event will run in its new format with World Bowls and the IIBC combining to organise the tournament with representatives being invited from Bowls Scotland and the SIBA. There will be 20 male and 20 female players from 14 different countries travelling to the North of England in the quest to be crowned world champion. The competition will feature men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed pairs.
Guernsey Claim maiden European Team Bowls Crown
Guernsey’s bowlers claimed a maiden European team title after taking gold in the ladies pairs and mixed fours at the week-long tournament.
The hosts finished three points clear of Scotland and England to become the first Channel Island team to win the event.
England won the men’s pairs with Guernsey in sixth and Jersey’s duo of Derek Boswell and Greg Davis in ninth.
Bowlers from 15 nations competed at the biennial tournament, which was being held in the Guernsey for the second time after the inaugural event in 1997.
SHADWELL TO RETURN TO ENGLAND TEAM
Graham Shadwell, from the Spencer Moulton club in Bradford-Upon-Avon, has been offered a return to International Bowls with England.
After recent outdoor selection trials were held at Kingscroft BC (Earl Shilton, Leics), Shadwell has been named in the England side to contest the British Isles Bowls Championships International Series at Llandrindod Wells Bowls Club, Wales, next June.