The English duo of Issy Allen (16) and Rhian Dobinson (17) secured the bronze medal in the Girls Doubles at the inaugural World Junior Bowling Championships in Paris, France earlier today.
The girls shot 2620 (218.33 average) for the six games, including a high game of 533, the highest game of all teams during qualifying. Qualifying for the medals round in fourth place, it was Russia who missed out on the final qualifying spot, finishing in fifth place with 2565 (213.75 average).
Following the usual World Bowling knock-out format, England met top qualifiers Korea in their semi-final match. Korea continued their dominant form from qualifying, defeating England 529-359. England will share the bronze with Germany who were defeated by USA 443-332. Korea will meet USA in the final, to be played on Saturday 23rd March.
Team England Coach, Mark Heathorn said:
“I am extremely proud of Issy and Rhian for showing their true talent at world level, amongst some heavily funded opposition. We now turn our focus to concentrate on the mixed team event, a first in the World Championships.”
England’s Alex McCarthy and Austin Taylor finished a credible eleventh in the Boys Doubles.
The World Junior Bowling Championships is being held in Paris, France from 17-24 March 2019. Please visit 2019wjc.worldbowling.org for the latest news and updates.