2005 Ljubljana, Slovenia 41st AMF Bowling World Cup - November 13th to 20th 2005


It's England against the USA in the final



England's Fiona Banks will face Lynda Barnes of the USA in the women's final of the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. The final will start at 15.15 local time here at the Gladiator Bowl in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Both women needed just two games to beat their semi final opponents this morning. The first match featured Fiona against Ann Louise Haugen of Norway, with Fiona bowling well and consistently, hitting two 211 games to Ann Louise's 181 and 186.

Erik Garder, coach to the Norwegian players, commented: 'Ann Louise was pleased just to qualify to play here. Then she was delighted to make the top 24 and I told her just to go out and enjoy playing. Making the top eight was unbelievable and she said 'I've won already'. Now she is joint 3rd and it's like a dream to see her on the winner's rostrum. She is only 17 and she will certainly be back.'

The second match saw some terrific bowling from both Lynda and Wendy Chai, the Malaysian player. Lynda hit 278 in the first game beating Wendy's 187, but the second game went to the tenth frame, Lynda winning by 227 to 225.

Fiona will be bidding to be the first English player to win the Bowling World Cup for ten years, when Gemma Burden became the youngest ever girl to win, in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The USA has won the trophy more than any other country – 13 times - and Lynda will be hoping to repeat the feat of her compatriot Shannon Pluhowsky last year in Singapore.

Full results are posted on both www.amfbowlingworldcup.com and www.arenalive.si.


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