2019 World Singles Champion of Champions: Finals mix looms for Australia

by Domenic Favata

Australia is well-placed to progress straight through to the semi-finals in both fields at the 2019 World Singles Champion of Champions, with Lee Schraner holding an unassailable section lead and Kylie Whitehead’s destiny in her own hands.

Schraner (11-0) is three wins ahead South Africa’s Wayne Rittmuller who sits in second place, while despite currently sitting second, Whitehead has a game-in-hand on England’s Sophie Tolchard and a superior shot difference.

The 2019 World Singles Champion of Champions will be played in two sections in both men’s and women’s events.

The top of each section will go forward to the semi-finals, while the 2nd and 3rd placings in each section will be randomly drawn to play off for the remaining two places in the semi-finals.

The winner of Play-Off 1 will play the winner of Section 1 in Semi-Final 1. The winner of Play-Off 2 will play the winner of Section 2 in Semi-Final 2.

Bowls Australia (BA) will be live-streaming finals action from the 2019 World Singles Championships, from Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, November 3.

2019 World Singles Champion of Champions
October 28 – November 3
Adelaide Bowling Club, South Australia

Day 4:

Men –

Sec.1: Rd.9: Louis Ridout (ENG) bt Tony Cheung (HKC) 8-6 6-6, Taylor Horn (NZL) bt Avala Savaiinaea (SAM) 10-7 8-5, Cabous Olivier (NAM) bt Frank De Vries (NED) 8-6 5-13 3-1, Clive McGreal (IOM) bt Zoltan Pavelka (HUN) 12-5 16-1, Ian Kenyon (ESP) bt Ahmad Zikry (MAS) 7-6 5-6 4-2.

Rd.10: Mark O’Hagan (SCO) bt Zikry 11-6 9-3, Horn bt Olivier 7-3 6-5, McGreal bt Savaiinaea 12-7 7-8 5-0, Ridout bt Pavelka 26-0 9-4, Kenyon bt De Vries 12-5 8-3.

Rd.11: Earl Luk (CAN) bt McGreal 10-4 8-8, Horn bt Pavelka 11-6 16-3, Zikry bt Savaiinaea 11-2 15-4, Olivier bt Kenyon 10-6 10-6, O’Hagan bt De Vries 8-4 14-4.

Current standings: Ridout 27 points 16 sets, +108 shots, O’Hagan 24, 15, +89, Olivier 21, 12, +40, Horn 18, 14, +58; Cheung 18, 11, +48, Zikry 15, 10, +39, Luk 15, 8, +9, McGreal 12, 9, +6, Kenyon 12, 6, -26, De Vries 3, 4, -73, Savaiinaea 3, 3, -73, Pavelka 0, 1, -183.

Sec.2: Rd.9: Charlie Herbert (USA) bt Stephen Coleman (IRE) 7-6 9-5, Kevin James (WAL) bt Haydn Evans (NFI) 6-8 14-5 5-0, Todd Priaulx (GUE) bt Rajnesh Prasad (FIJ) 12-3 10-5, Ozkan Akar (TUR) bt Hirokazi Mori (JPN) 6-13 14-4 5-0, Wayne Rittmuller (RSA) bt Law Kwok Fai (SIN) 11-5 5-6 2-1, Lee Schraner (AUS) bt Boaz Markus (ISR) 19-1 14-4.

Rd.10: Regent Reid (BOT) bt Prasad 8-7 3-14 4-2, Priaulx bt Akar 9-4 14-4, Schraner bt Coleman 11-5 11-3, Herbert bt Evans 7-9 9-6 4-3, Rittmuller bt James 9-6 5-7 4-0, Mori bt Kwok Fai 8-5 7-7.

Rd.11: Schraner bt Priaulx 19-2 8-9, Rittmuller bt Herbert 13-3 10-6, Evans bt Akar 4-11 13-3 4-1, Markus bt Reid 8-6 7-4, James bt Kwok Fai 2-9 11-3 4-1, Prasad bt Mori 8-9 9-5 4-1.

Current standings: Schraner 33 points, 18 sets, +119; Rittmuller 24, 14, +69; Priaulx 21, 15, +59; Herbert 21, 13, +26; Coleman 18, 11, Sq; Prasad 18, 10, -17; James 18, 9, ++17; Evans 12, 11, +16; Markus 9, 9, -29; Mori 9, 6, -56; Akar 9, 6, -28; Kwok Fai 3, 6, -57; Reid 3, 1, -127.

Women –

Sec.1: Rd. 8: Sophie Tolchard (ENG) bt Shirley Fitzpatrick-Wong (CAN) 11-6 19-3, Tammy Tham (SIN) bt Shae Wilson (NFI) 10-4 9-9, Janice Pilling (IOM) bt Bonnita Van Heerden (ZIM) 6-5 11-5, Kylie Whitehead (AUS) bt Helen Cheung (HKC) 14-3 7-6.

Rd.9: Diana Viljoen (NAM) bt Van Heerden 11-4 9-11 4-1, Boikhutso Mooketsi (BOT) bt Cheung 8-7 3-11 3-1, Tolchard bt Tham 8-6 10-6, Wilson bt Fitzpatrick-Wong 6-9 13-3 4-1.

Current standings: Tolchard 21 points, 13 sets, +26 shots; Whitehead 18, 12, +74; Wilson 15, 10, +65; Tham 15, 6, -14; Pilling 9, 7, -31; Viljoen 9, 6 (1 drawn), -7; Cheung 9, 6, +11; Mooketsi 9, 4, -22; Fitzpatrick-Wong 6, 5, -30; Van Heerden 0, 2, -76.

Sec.2: Rd.8: Laura Daniels (WAL) bt Laura Welsh (SCO) 11-5 4-7 3-1, Keiko Kurohara (JPN) bt Mary Dyer (ESP) 12-5 11-5, Cristina Konig (ARG) bt Sonia Bruce (PHI) 6-6 8-4, Esmé Kruger (RSA) bt Sandy Wall (USA) 11-2 12-3.

Rd.9: Nur Fidrah Noh (MAS) bt Dyer 15-4 13-5, Debbie White (NZL) bt Konig 15-2 18-1, Wall bt Welsh 5-12 11-5 3-2, Daniels bt Kruger 9-6 5-1 5-0.

Current standings: White 18 points 10 sets +55 shots; Daniels 18, 9, +31; Kruger 15, 10, +76; Fidrah Noh 15, 10, +61; Welsh 15, 10, +41; Kurohara 9, 6, -16; Wall 9, 6, -53; Dyer 6, 7, -40; Bruce 3, 3, -26, Konig 3, 1, -129.