1st European Senior Championships

There is no history of this tournament and a chance for our Team England players to write our first appearance in the history books for a newly formed championships from the ETBF. The very first edition of the ESC will be hosted at Plus Bowling in Vienna from Thursday 23rd January to Sunday 2nd February 2020.

Meet the players



The players and coaching team made their way to Austria and were soon on the lanes for some unofficial practice. Paul Cosgrove was the first to report on social media stating he could strike from a few angles and the only thing that changed was as you moved around the lane was the margin of error. Kim Oakley adding after official practice “The opening ceremony has finished and all is ready for the men’s doubles tomorrow.”

Men’s Doubles

Preparation done it was time to get started and first up in the Men’s doubles we had Kevin Pilley (1143) and Paul Cosgrove (1309). Kevin starting with a shaky 165 but improving game on game with 188 and 190 before a shock 148 took the wind out of the sails. A great recovery by Kevin though saw him bounce back with 218 and 234 for 1143 (190). Paul looking solid from the start hit games of 207,244,202,216,220 and 220 for 1309 (218) and into 5th in the men’s All events standings. The pairing also placing 5th in the squad.

At the top of the standings it was the Dutch pair of Jan van Baest (1219) and Nico Thienpondt (1377) firing 2596. In second were Italy’s Luciano Marsero (1206) and Marco Reviglio (1374) with 2580 and third were Austria’s Robert Fuerst (1186) and Manfred Panzenboeck (1357) with 2543.


Results will appear first on the official website here

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