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England’s Daly, Crosby average 235 to claim gold in Mixed Doubles at CTBC


England’s Becky Daly and Elliot Crosby averaged 235 as a team to win the gold medal in mixed doubles in the VII Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship Tuesday which concluded with B squad Wednesday morning at Northcliff Bowl in Johannesburg.

2016CTBCSitiSafiyahMuhdNurAimanMalaysia’s Siti Safiyah and men’s singles champion Muhd Nur Aiman (pictured right) set the pace in A squad on Tuesday evening with 2799 total and an average of 232.25 for six games.

Daly/Crosby (pictured above) came out of the gates with games of 489 and 522, the highest game of the event, and added games of 459, 467 and 444 for a five-game total of 2381 (Daly 1195, Crosby 1186) or an average of 238.10.

Heading into the final game, the English duo held just a 49-pin lead over the second Malaysian duo, Shalin Zulkfli and Timmy Tan with 2332, and needed at least 418 last game to tie the overnight leaders for the gold medal.

While Daly was struggling and managed only 171, Crosby started with the front 8 to finish with 268 for 439 and to clinch the gold medal with 2820 total. Crosby led the way with the field-best 1454 series, an average of 242.33, and Daly had 1366 (227.67).

2016CTBCShalinZulkifliTimmyTanZulkifli had back-to-back splits in frames 7 and 8 and she and Tan (left) closed with 427 and 2759 total (229.92) to finish in third place, just 40 pins behind their teammates Safiyah and Nur Aiman, who took the silver medal.

Women’s singles champion Tiziana Carannante and her partner Dennis Mercieca of Malta, who were second in A squad yesterday, slipped to fourth place with 2667 (222.25).

2016CTBCMuhdNurAiman2Muhd Nur Aiman (right) used the second-highest 1441 series to widen his lead in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and team event) from 100 to 204 pins. With six more games to go in the mixed team event, Aiman leads the men’s field with 4346 and an average of 241.44 for 18 games.

His compatriot Timmy Tan sits in second place with 4142 and has a comfortable 97 and 102-pin cushion over Crosby and men’s doubles champion Quintin Haywood, who are in third and fourth place with 4045 and 4040, respectively. Fifth place David Maycock (3845) of Bermuda is already 200 pins off the pace for the bronze medal.

2016CTBCSitiSafiyahShalinZulkifliShalin Zulkfli (pictured with Siti Safiyah, left) posted the highest women’s series in mixed doubles with 1374, a 229.00 average, to become the leader in women’s all-events with 3972 and an overall average of 220.66. Tiziana Carannante, who started the day tied for first place with Zulkifli, fell 78 pins behind in second place with 3894.

Siti Safiyah is just 10 pins behind Carannante in third place with 3884 and is followed by Sue Abela (3838), Rebecca Whiting (3824) of Australia and Becky Daly (3814), who are 90 pins or less away from the silver medal spot.

Action shifts to the mixed team event on Thursday. The first block of three games will start at 10.30 a.m. South Africa Standard Time (SAST). Following the lane maintenance, the second block of three games is slated for 1.30 p.m. and will determine the medalists and the top 12 men and women in all-events who will advance to round robin match play masters on Friday. The top three men and women will bowl for gold, silver and bronze in the stepladder finals on Saturday.

2016CTBCLogo2The VII Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship will be held from Nov. 19-27 at Northcliff Bowl in Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa.

This is the seventh edition of the championship, after being inaugurated in 2002 in Scotland events have been staged in Cyprus, Australia, Northern Ireland, Malaysia and New Zealand.

The 2016 CTBC drew 21 men and 20 women from 11 countries, Australia, Bermuda, England, India, Jersey, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Northern Ireland, Wales and the host country South Africa.

All teams but Mauritius (one male bowler only) consist of four players, two women and two men, who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in women’s and men’s singles and doubles, mixed doubles and mixed teams, each event decided by the highest six-game total.

There will be no medals awarded in all-events in this Championship. The top 12 women and the top 12 men in all-events (24-game total pinfall in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and mixed team) will advance to the masters finals.

After 11 games of round robin match play plus one position round match, the top three players will advance to the stepladder finals which will conclude the Championship on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Photos courtesy of Tony Brown.

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