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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

ENGLAND UNDER 25 INTERNATIONAL SERIES – COUNTY PLAYERS INVOLVED.

The British Isles Indoor Bowling Council’s Junior Men’s International Series was held at Aberdeen IBC on the weekend of 16th/17th February, 2019, and 3 County players were representing their country.

Connor Cinato, Kingsthorpe BC Indoor – a regular International now, and he had the honour of being England’s Captain for this Series.
Danny Walker, Wellingborough BC Indoor, retaining his International place.
Adam Pitfield, Wellingborough BC Indoor – making his International Debut at this level.

Connor skipped a rink which comprised Oliver Fowler of Rugby Thornfield IBC at Lead, Glen Williams, of Riverain IBC at No. 2 and Danny Walker at No. 3.

Adam played at No. 2 in a rink skipped by Jordan Philpott of Spalding IBC, and he had with him Glen Adams of Herga IBC at Lead and James Hampton of Exonia IBC, who was also making his debut, at No. 3.

The first match for England was against Scotland on the morning of the 16th February, 2019, and after a very tight match indeed, England won 77-74 shots. England had 2 winning rinks and 2 losing rinks, and Connor & Danny’s rink, the highest scoring in winning by a very good 14 shots, at 25-11, carried the overall victory. Adam’s rink lost by just 3 shots at 17-20 shots.

The second match for England was against Ireland on the afternoon of the 16th February, 2019, and here the England team had an easier victory by 22 shots at 78-56 shots, with 3 winning rinks. This time, in a very tight match indeed, Connor and his men just lost by 1 shot at 15-16 shots, but Adam and his men had a very good 11 shots win at 21-10 shots, this being the highest scoring for England.

The third, and last match for England, was against Wales on the morning of the 17th February, 2019, and a win here would cement the Championship for England, a draw would make it dependent on shots difference, but a loss would give the title to Wales. Unfortunately England lost the match by 8 shots, and therefore came 2nd in the Series.
Connor’s rink drew 23 shots each and Adam’s rink lost by just a single shot 19-20 shots. One of the other rinks also drew, and the 4th rink lost by 5 shots.

Nevertheless, well done to the County players who represented their country in this International Series.

INTERNATIONAL BOWLS – ‘ATLANTIC RIM’ INVOLVING COUNTY PLAYERS

Bowls England is now in a position to confirm that the playing combinations for the Atlantic Championships, to be held in Cardiff from the 10th to the 23rd May, 2019, involving two of the County’s top bowlers, will be as follows:

Men’s Singles: Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire)
Men’s Pairs: Steve Mitchinson (Essex) & Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire)
Men’s Triples: Ian Lesley (Devon), David Bolt (Durham) & Sam Tolchard (Devon)
Men’s Fours: Steve Mitchinson (Essex), Ian Lesley (Devon), David Bolt (Durham) & Sam Tolchard (Devon)

Women’s Singles: Natalie Chestney (Devon)
Women’s Pairs: Rebecca Wigfield (Northamptonshire) & Natalie Chestney (Devon)
Women’s Triples: Jamie-Lea Winch (Leicestershire), Lorraine Kuhler (Sussex) & Sian Honnor (Kent)
Women’s Fours: Jamie-Lea Winch (Leicestershire), Rebecca Wigfield (Northamptonshire), Lorraine Kuhler (Sussex) & Sian Honnor (Kent)

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