2019 UK Tour: Australia complete Welsh leg

by Domenic Favata

The BCiB Australian Jackaroos have completed the Second Test against Wales and will now return to England to face the Old Enemy in the final leg of their 14-day tour of the UK.

Despite comprehensive wins to Australia in both the open and para-sport disciplines (see results below), the latter stages of the Second Test were focused more on the experience and learnings in the conditions, as both nations had a number of ill players (flu).

On their final day in Berriew in the north of Wales, wet conditions presented an additional obstacle for the Jackaroos already battling illness to key players and challenging greens.

However, the Jackaroos collective performed strongly on the final day to wrap up the series and will now turn their attention back to Birmingham and Royal Leamington Spa, where a strong England team awaits them for the fourth and final Test Series of the tour.

Bowls Australia would also like to extend its appreciation to Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) for supporting and funding the BCiB Australian Jackaroos’ tour of the UK, in preparation for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Australia v Wales
Berriew Bowling Club, Wales
Friday, July 19
Test 2 – Day 2

Open –

Session 1

Women’s Pairs: Kelsey Cottrell, Natasha Scott def. Bethan Russ, Wendy Price 18-17
Women’s Triples: Samantha Shannahan, Karen Murphy, Chloe Stewart def. Sara Nicholls, Bryony Wilson, Caroline Taylor 19-11

Men’s Pairs: Ray Pearse, Corey Wedlock def by. Andrew Fleming, Mark Weaver 19-20
Men’s Triples: Aaron Teys, Ben Twist, Aaron Wilson drew with. Wales 20-20

Session 2

Women’s Singles: Kelsey Cottrell def by. Emma Gittens 11-21
Women’s Fours: Samantha Shannahan, Karen Murphy, Chloe Stewart, Natasha Scott def. Sara Nicholls, Bethan Russ, Wendy Price, Caroline Taylor 17-16

Men’s Singles: Ray Pearse def. Wales 21-12
Men’s Fours: Aaron Teys, Ben Twist, Aaron Wilson, Corey Wedlock def. Wales 20-10

Australia won the Second Test 37-17 (+134 shots)

Para-Sport –

Session 1

Vision-Impaired Mixed Pairs: Jake Fehlberg, Lynne Seymour def by. Wales 10-16*
Bowlers with a Disability Triples: Barry Brennan, Tony Bonnell, Chris Flavel def. Wales 24-16*

Session 2

Vision-Impaired Mixed Pairs: Lynne Seymour, Jake Fehlberg def. Wales 17-12*
Bowlers with a Disability Triples: Chris Flavel, Barry Brennan, Josh Barry def. Ian Cole, Erica Price, Matthew Williams 23-8*

Australia won the Second Test 8-0 (+49 shots)
* indicates non-official matches (v Welsh Club Bowlers)

(Win = 2 points, Loss = 0 points, Draw = 1 point)