Sam Rose and Keira Reay to bowl for England at Bowling World Cup Las Vegas

    08/04/15

    England

    2015BWCQEnglandKeiraReaySamRose.jpg Two of the most exciting young stars in the country will represent England in the upcoming QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Sam's Town bowling center in Las Vegas, Nev., USA, in November. After a hard fought two-day qualifier at Branksome in Poole, Dorset, Sam Rose and Keira Reay (r-l; photo Andy James) emerged as the champions.

    The tournament started on Saturday, August 1, and after eight games Rose led the 35-player men's field with 1928 and a 241 average followed by Chris Oates on 1858 and Matt Chamberlain third with 1828.

    For the women UK legend and newly inducted Hall of Famer Lisa John led the field of 13 with 1758 (219.75) with Autum Chamberlain in second place on 1638 and Jo Allsebrook third with 1636.

    Onto day two and in the next squad it was Elliot Crosby chasing down the leader Rose but falling short in second with 1876. Lee Cocker pushed his way into third with 1858 and the cut for the top 20 landing on Jamie Bottomley with 1645 (205.63).

    England starlet Keira Reay smashed in 763 including a 278 to make a move on Lisa John at the top but as with Elliot just fell short with 1736 and second overall. Third went to Danni Hopcroft with 1690 and the cut for the top 10 falling on Tracey Wallace with 1423 (177.88).

    Round two and Rose continued to dominate at the top with 2891 12-game total (240.92) but Hadley Morgan was now closing in with 2803 in second and Cocker holding form in third with 2793. The cut this time for the top 12 on Brandon Roberts with 2563 (213.58).

    John back in action after serious injury was simply just showing her class extending her lead with 2625 over the impressive Reay on 2564 and Allsebrook up to third with 2505. The cut for the top six round robin would be Katrina Maciver with 2401 (200.08).

    Men's Round 3 and a cruel cut for four players as just eight from the twelve would advance to the round robin. Long-time leader Rose was devastating in first place extending his lead with 3852 16-game total (240.75) and way ahead of second placed Morgan on 3689 and Crosby up to third with 3629.

    The unlucky four to miss the cut were Adam Purnell, Matt Chamberlain, Brandon Roberts and Luke Sanders with Glen Baily in 8th place with 3502 (218.88).

    Finally it was round robin time and trouble for leader Rose as he struggled and watched in horror as Morgan and the field began to eat into his lead. Hadley was flying with games of 248, 259 and 245 and the pressure was on.

    Morgan gave it his all with a 277 final game but a 237 from Rose sealed the deal and the place was his for Las Vegas with 5431, just four pins ahead of Morgan who had to settle for second place with 5427. Crosby finished third with 5369.

    The ladies final turned out to be equally as exciting as the old and new went toe to toe. John is certainly not old but she has been winning for over 20 years and was not going to let anyone take this easily.

    Solid games of 203, 227, 231 and 238 saw her with a slender lead going into the fifth and final game but young star Reay had other ideas as she blasted games of 289 and 248 going into the last game against John.

    Some say she is going to be a UK legend and the new Kirsten Penny and it certainly looks that way as Reay crashed in a 248 to Lisa's 182 to claim the Vegas place with 3807 to John's 3766 with Chamberlain third on 3679.

    The 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held from Nov. 13-20, 2015, at Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Complete Results.

    Report by Dom Gall.

     


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