Australia's Meads, Putney claim gold in Mixed Doubles at 6th Commonwealth Championship


    2013 CTBC

    Malaysia takes the silver medal, England gets bronze; Australia's Sam Cooley, England's Lisa John lead in All Events after 18 of 24 games

    2013CTBCLogo.jpg Brendan Meads of Australia and Ann-Maree Putney joined forces to win the gold medal in Mixed Doubles in the 6th Commonwealth Championship Thursday at Pins Lincoln Bowling Center in Auckland, New Zealand.

    The duo struck out in the 10th frame for 497, the highest game of the event, en route to claim the title with 2586 or an average of 215.50 for six games. Meads led the way with 1302 while Putney, who had two Bronze medals to her credit from the Singles and Doubles events, contributed 1284.

    Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia posted the highest individual series of the day with 1309 to lead his team mate Siti Shazwani (1243) to the silver medal with 2552 (212.67). John Wells and Kirsten Penny of England secured the bronze medal with 2520 (210.00).

    The English duo beat out the second Australian team, Bec Whiting and Sam Cooley for third place by 12 pins.

    Cooley, who toppled 1290 pins Thursday, widened his lead in All Events to almost 300 pins. With 18 of 24 games in the books, the Singles champion leads the 20 men from ten countries with 4166 total and an average of 231.44.

    Jaris Goh of Singapore lost some ground but maintained second place with 3875 (215.28). Isaac Russell Paul of Malaysia leaped one spot to third place with 3835 (213.06). Wells is mere two pins behind in fourth place with 3833 (212.94).

    On the women's side, England's Lisa John overtook the All Events lead with 3762 and an average of 209.00. Her compatriot Penny moved from fourth to second place with 3739 (207.72), while previous leader, Julieanne Mollet New Zealand, slipped to third place with 3724 (206.89). Putney jumped from ninth to fourth place with 3702 (205.61).

    The Championship resumes on Friday with the Mixed Team event (three games on short and three games on long oil). The top 12 men and women in the All Events will advance to the Masters event, which will conclude the Championships on Saturday and Sunday.

    This is the sixth edition of the biennial championship which is open to all federations that are members of the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Federation (CTBF). Each team consists of two men and two women (Gibraltar has sent two men only).

    Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded in Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Mixed Teams, All Events and Masters.

    Photos courtesy of Baz Lynch Photos Forever.


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