Monthly Archives: December 2012

England bowls captain calls it a day

Mark Bantock, captain of the England men’s international team, has announced his retirement from the sport of bowls with immediate effect on his return from the World Championships in Australia. The 42-year-old from Reading BC, Berkshire, made his senior international debut in 1997 and since represented England at both Commonwealth Games and World Championships. In Australia he was a member of the England team th Read More...

Scots win the triples crown

Scotland’s team has claimed its third gold medal today at the world championships in Adelaide when David Peacock, Darren Burnett and Graeme Archer beat Australia’s Brett Wilkie, Wayne Ruediger and Mark Casey 13-12 in a thrilling final. The victory marks the third time that Scotland has won the world triples title with David Peacock a member of the winning combination on all three occasions. “I am absolutely d Read More...

Women’s four on top of world down under

Scotland’s women have claimed the team’s second gold medal at the world championships in Adelaide by lifting the title in the women’s fours. Michelle Cooper, Lynn Stein, Caroline Brown and Margaret Letham followed in the footsteps of their compatriots Paul Foster and Alex Marshall MBE, who yesterday claimed the men’s pairs title, edging out Malaysia 18-15. Letham, who skipped the four not only to victory bu Read More...

Bronze medal for England’s Melmore

England’s Natalie Melmore has won the bronze medal in the women’s singles event at the World Bowls Championships in Australia. The 23-year-old from Devon, who won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, was beaten 21-15 by the home favourite Karen Murphy in the semi-final earlier today. Murphy will now face New Zealand’s Val Smith in the final on Sunday.   Read More...

Scots pair triumph at World Championships

Scotland’s Paul Foster and Alex Marshall MBE have confirmed their status as the greatest partnership in the sport by striking gold at the world championships in Adelaide. They overcame partisan home support as well as two in form opponents in Leif Selby and Aron Sherriff to add the outdoor pairs title to their indoor title won earlier this year with an 18-13 victory, the first time the double has been achieved in Read More...

Scottish women’s four are in the finals

The women’s four of Michelle Cooper, Lynn Stein, Caroline Brown and Margaret Letham have booked their berth in the final after an impressive semi final performance to defeat South Africa at the world championships in Adelaide. The Scots continued their dominant form, which saw them unbeaten in the pool stages to progress automatically to the semi final, which they won 19-6. In the final they now meet Malaysia who Read More...

Scots pair book their place in the final

Paul Foster and Alex Marshall MBE were forced to use all their skills to book a place in the final of the men’s pairs at the world championships in Adelaide. The Scots pair edged out England’s Graham Shadwell and Jamie Chestney in their semi-final. Thirteen proved the Scots’ lucky number as that proved just sufficient to beat their opponents by a single shot and keep the reigning world indoor pairs champions Read More...

England teams slip out of World fours

England’s representatives in the men’s and women’s fours narrowly missed out on the medals at the World Bowls Championships in Australia after both lost out to South African teams in their respective post-sectional play-off matches held yesterday. Mark Bantock, Graham Shadwell, Robert Newman and Stuart Airey missed out on a place in the semi-finals by just one shot, with a 16-15 reverse against Clinton Roets, Read More...

England’s world medal hopes still high

England entered the final week of action at the World Championships in Australia with medal hopes in five of the eight events – but saw the hopes of both pairs teams ended earlier today (Tuesday). Graham Shadwell and Jamie Chestney reached the semi-final of the men’s pairs before losing out 13-12 to Scotland’s Paul Foster and Alex Marshall while Wendy King and Ellen Falkner lost out 18-17 against Read More...

Scots on target at world championships

Scotland’s bowlers continued their domination at the world bowls championships in Adelaide by topping their pools in the men’s pairs and triples as well as the women’s fours to earn guaranteed semi final places in all three competitions. In the men’s pairs Paul Foster and Alex Marshall MBE stayed firmly on course to become outdoor and indoor world champions by going through the round robin phase unbeaten. T Read More...