IIBC World Under 25 Championships mixed pairs quarter finals line up
The 22nd World Under 25 Championships had a successful opening on Monday evening in front of an appreciative North East of England audience, writes IIBC secretary David Philips.
With a rebranding of the old WIBC name to the IIBC last season and a close working partnership with World Bowls this season sees the highest number of competing nations in the event with 14 countries participating.
Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, France, New Zealand, Pakistan, Switzerland and Tonga join in with the UK based nations of England, Guernsey, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to bring 40 of the best young players in the World together to compete for the Jimmy Davidson and Hilary King MBE trophies which will be presented to the World Champions on Friday.
Day One saw the Opening Ceremony take place with IIBC World President Sheila Storey welcoming everyone and Councillor David Cook the Lord Mayor of Newcastle wishing everyone a Civic Reception.
The action was focussed on the Mixed Pairs with two sessions of play. The Mixed Pairs is a Knockout Competition with 20 pairs playing off for the title.
The highlight of the prelim round was the match between Mason Lewis and Jessica Srisamruaybai from Australia and Jack Breen and Lowri Powell from Wales.
The Australian’s took the first set 8-5 before the Welsh took a tight second set 5-2.
In the Tiebreak end Jessica drew the match winning shot to put the Australians through to a first round clash with Shirs Eshel (Israel) and Jason Banks (Scotland)
The first round match between Shirs Eshel (Israel) and Jason Banks (Scotland) and Jessica Srisamruaybai and Mason Lewis (Australia) was the last match completed in the day and saw an outstanding bowl to win the contest.
The Israeli / Scottish combination scored a brilliant two to win the first set 6-5 before the Asutralian pair upped the ante by winning the second set 6-2. In the tiebreak end Jessica lay the shot after the front ends had played before Jason secured the shot by turning the shot bowl out of the head.
With the final bowl of the end Mason delivered an inch perfect bowl to turn Jason off the jack and lay the winning shot eight inches away.
Prelim Round RESULTS
Shirs Eshel (Israel) and Jason Banks (Scotland) beat Emma Boyd and Brandon Watson (Canada) 7-3, 5-6, 1-0
Jessica Srisamruaybai and Mason Lewis (Australia) beat Lowri Powell and Jack Breen (Wales) 8-5, 2-5. 1-0
Devon Cooper and Ryan Atkins (England) beat Catherine Snell and Ben Harvey (Guernsey) 9-3, 12-0
Lauren Gowan and Mike Brain (Wales) beat Leung Seen Wah and So Ka De (Hong Kong) 9-1, 8-3
Round One RESULTS
Jessica Srisamruaybai and Mason Lewis (Australia) beat Shirs Eshel and Jason Banks (Israel) 7-5, 4-5, 0-1
Devon Cooper and Ryan Atkins (England) beat Lauren Gowen and Mike Brain (Wales) 3-7, 6-4, 1-0
Paris Baker (Tonga) and Jordan Driscoll (Wales) beat Emma Snell and Josh Bonsall (Guernsey) 8-3, 11-3
Larissa Rubin (Switzerland) and John Orr (WBT) beat Ha Yat Ting and Tsang Yat Long (Hong Kong) 5-4, 8-4
Zoe Minish and Adam McKeown (Ireland) beat Rebecca Houston and Bradley Buchan (Scotland) 5-7, 5-4, 1-0
Natasha Russell and Seamus Curtin (New Zealand) beat Emma Baggio and Amaury Dumont (France)
Eilidh Weir and John Meikle (Scotland) beat Iezar Mahmood and Wajid Ali (Pakistan) 16-0, 12-0
Nicole Rogers and Connor Cinato (England) beat Lara Reaney and Stephen Kirkwood (Ireland) 6-4, 2-7, 1-0
Quarter Finals LINEUP – Tuesday 7.30pm
Jesssica Srisamruaybai and Mason Lewis (Australia) v Devon Cooper and Ryan Atkins (England)
Paris Baker (Tonga) and Jordan Driscoll (Wales) v Larissa Rubin (Switzerland) and John Orr (WBT)
Zoe Minish and Adam McKeown (Ireland) v Natasha Russell and Seamus Curtin (New Zealand)
Eilidh Weir and John Meikle (Scotland) v Nicole Rogers and Connor Cinato (England)