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Day three – England and Australia take the glory

With Mexico still in strong contention, England and Australia surge forward with big day 3's. Ray Teece leads the way for the men, while Rebecca Whiting holds on to second place behind the defending champion and current leader Jenny Wegner.

Wednesday morning was all about England. Ray Teece carried all before him, shooting 234, 214, 237, 268, 249 and 258 for the highest set of the tournament so far – 1460. And with it he jumped up into the lead.

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Our leader for the previous two days, Mexico’s Arturo Estrada, was bowling really well until his last game and a poor score saw him drop back to fourth. Oscar Rodriguez of Colombia and Jakob Butturff of the USA continued their good play with 1312 and 1346 respectively to finish in second and third.

In addition to the leaders’ series, a further seven players hit over 1300: Oliver Morig of Germany (1383), Mats Maggi of Belgium (1349), Artemijs Hudjakovs of Latvia (1337), James Gruffman of Sweden (1329), Nicola Pagolini of Italy (1326), Ryan Reid of Canada (1310) and Raul Salazar of Ecuador (1305).

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Ray said afterwards: “I felt much better today, partly because I was able to use the same equipment, instead of having to change bowling ball and move frequently. I had great confidence in the ball and that meant I could throw it exactly the way I wanted.”

The afternoon session belonged to Rebecca Whiting of Australia who continued where she left off yesterday - and more. She hit the high set of 1387 and said afterwards: “There was nice fresh oil just where I want it today, so I moved in a bit and threw the ball more directly. It certainly paid off.” Rebecca is now in second place on 3970 behind out long term leader and defending champion Jenny Wegner of Sweden who is on 4096. Rebecca also claimed the high game of the day with a 289.

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Overall the scoring was lower today in the women’s section with only Rebecca, Jenny (1333) and Siti Safiyah of Malaysia hitting more than 1300. Siti hit 1317 and is now in sixth place. Vanessa Timter of Germany is in third with Colombia’s Rocio Restrepo in fourth. Maribel Orozco of Mexico is lying in fifth, much to the delight of the large crowd behind her lanes, cheering her on.

There will be one further qualifying set of six games tomorrow before the cut for the top 24. At present that is Nan Feng of China ahead of Jarrod Langford of Australia by 11 pins for the men and Ingrid Julia of Catalonia ahead of Bauke Jespers of Belgium by 16 pins for the women.

 

Photo credit: Hiroshi Noda

By Judy Howlett


 

judy_howlett photo credit Terrence Yaw ABF online.jpgJudy Howlett has represented England and Great Britain several times in her bowling career. She played in the Bowling World Cup twice, coming second in 1985 (Seoul, South Korea). She has been in part of the organising team since 2001.

 

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2017/11/08

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