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SUPPORT ENGLAND FOR FREE AT THE HOME BRITISH BOWLS INTERNATIONALS THIS JUNE

England will take on Scotland, Ireland, Jersey and Wales at Victoria Park in Royal Leamington Spa from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June inclusive, for the British Bowls International Series. Spectators can enjoy world-class bowls free of charge by registering for a free ticket – more information may be found at bowlsengland.com/British-Bowls.

This year’s event sees international bowls return to Victoria Park, following the huge success of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, which saw England secure a record number of medals. With full greens for each international match, and all six rinks earning points for the team and contributing to the overall score, the British Bowls international series will create an atmosphere not to be missed, and the unique home nations rivalry for players and spectators alike. All matches will be played using World Bowls and Commonwealth Games disciplines.

“The atmosphere at Victoria Park during Birmingham 2022 Birmingham was truly inspirational and the quality of sport on show was awe-inspiring. We are proud to be hosting this year’s British Bowls Championships and International Series and would urge anyone to come down for free to witness the skill on show from the best bowlers across Britain,” said Bowls England chief executive, Jon Cockcroft. England’s team sees a first senior call-up for Dominic McVittie (Lincolnshire) and Ryan Whitlock (Devon) whilst Emily Kernick (Warwickshire) will also make her international debut on her home green, following her claiming the Rising Star title at the Bowls England Awards. There are also recalls for three members of the 2023 World Championship team – Sam Tolchard (Devon), Sian Honnor (Kent) and Katherine Rednall (Norfolk).

Performance director, Mo Monkton said, “International bowls is vitally important to showcase our sport to the wider public and to provide a platform for our most talented bowlers. The British Bowls International Series is fundamental to this. We are confident that the event will provide many memorable matches across the three days of play and we’d welcome supporters to come along and cheer on our England team.”

The British Bowls event will be the first outing this summer for the England squad, which is supported by principal partner Aviva. Players will be showcasing the partnership across the England kit that was launched last year in conjunction with long-standing apparel partners Aceit.
The 2023 national champions from each nation will battle it in the British Bowls Championships, taking place before the international series from 26th – 27th June, Victoria Park.

BRITISH BOWLS TICKETS

Entry to the British Bowls Championships and International Series at Royal Leamington Spa is free of charge but you will need to register for a free ticket in advance. More information about the event may be found here.

British Bowls International Series Team (listed alphabetically by surname):

Men: Lewis Baker (Brampton BC, Huntingdonshire) Nick Brett (Brampton BC, Huntingdonshire) Joe Dawson (Kingscroft BC, Leicestershire) Harry Goodwin (Appleyard BC, Kent) James Hampton (Topsham BC, Devon) Kevin Harrison (Aspatria BC, Cumbria) Tom McGuinness (Gerrards Cross BC, Buckinghamshire) Dominic McVittie (Royal Mail Cart BC, Lincolnshire)* Tristan Morton (Parkway BC, Huntingdonshire) Sam Tolchard (Kings BC, Devon)# – Captain Andrew Walters (Welford BC, Warwickshire) Ryan Whitlock (Shaldon BC, Devon)* Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC, Norfolk) Ed Morris (Essex County BC, Essex) Jamie Walker (Culm Vale BC, Devon) Team Manager: Kirk Smith (Gerrards Cross BC, Buckinghamshire)
Women: Stef Branfield (Clevedon BC, Somerset) Annalisa Dunham (Burton House BC, Lincolnshire) Katherine Hawes-Watts (Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire) Ruby Hill (Cleethorpes BC, Lincolnshire) Laura Holden (Clevedon BC, Somerset) Sian Honnor (Appleyard BC, Kent)# Emily Kernick (Royal Leamington Spa BC, Warwickshire)* Lorraine Kuhler (Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire) Jamie-Lea Marshall (Kingscroft BC, Leicestershire) Amy Pharaoh (Cleethorpes BC, Lincolnshire) – Captain Katherine Rednall (Norfolk BC, Norfolk)# Nicole Rogers (Kings BC, Devon) Harriett Stevens (Kings BC, Devon) Sophie Tolchard (Kings BC, Devon) Rebecca Wigfield (Desborough Town BC, Northamptonshire) Team Manager: Sandy Hazell (Appleyard BC, Kent) * New cap # Recall

British Bowls Championships Team:
Men’s Singles: Lewis King (Appleyard BC, Kent)
Women’s Singles: Stef Branfield (Clevedon BC, Somerset)
Men’s Pairs: Nick Wardle & Joe Dawson (Kingscroft BC, Leicestershire)
Women’s Pairs: Carol Gaskins & Donna Grant (Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire)
Men’s Triples: Michael Gomme, Matthew Hyde & Andrew Briden (Gerrards Cross BC, Buckinghamshire)
Women’s Triples: Sophie Tolchard, Nicole Rogers & Harriet Stevens (Kings BC, Devon)
Men’s Fours: Steve Hill, Harry Mycock, Dominic McVittie & Martin Spencer (Royal Mail Cart BC, Lincolnshire)
Women’s Fours: Jemma Tuohy, Yasmina Hasan, Elizabeth Anderson & Debbie Souter (Egham BC, Surrey)
Men’s Senior Fours: Gary Clark, Martin Sampson, Simon Greenwood & David McCallum (Camberley BC, Surrey)
Women’s Senior Fours: Leen Hampshire, Carole Wolton, Sandra Aldridge & Anne Bernard (Ryde Marina BC, Isle of Wight)
Men’s Under 25 Singles: Tom Holmes (Cheltenham BC, Gloucestershire)
Women’s Under 25 Singles: Emily Kernick, Royal Leamington Spa BC, Warwickshire)
Women’s Under 25 Pairs: Lily-Mae Adams & Emily Kernick (Welford-On-Avon BC & Royal Leamington Spa BC, Warwickshire)
Men’s Under 18 Singles: Ollie Shearing (North Greenwich BC, Middlesex).