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Wales Snatch title from England.

 

Oxford City & County Bowls Club hosted the 2015 British Isles Junior U25s Internationals this weekend and treated the 500 plus crowd to a festival of bowls  

 

 

England narrowly missed out on retaining the British Isles Bowls Council Junior International Series at the weekend by just two shots at Oxford City & County BC,

England.

A 24-shot victory against Scotland on Saturday morning gave the England team, which included 11 new caps, the ideal start, while Wales secured a 17-shot

victory over Ireland.

The afternoon saw England draw 121-121 with Wales, despite being almost 30-shots behind with less than 20 ends to play over the six rinks. England Captain

Jamie Walker led by example with four perfect bowls on the final two ends under pressure. The remarkable fight back was also aided by Martin Heitzman's rink

securing 10 unanswered shots on the final three ends, a count of six on Alex Walton's rink on his 21st end and a pickup of five shots on Ryan Atkins' 20thend.

The draw with Wales gave England a narrow seven-shot lead over them heading into Sunday's final session against Ireland. Finishing a few ends in front, Wales

defeated Scotland by 24-shots, giving England the knowledge that a 17-shot victory over Ireland would ensure that the Sealy Trophy would be retained. With just

one end to play, England needed to pick up four shots on Ben Render's rink to secure the 17-shot victory to take the title, however the Ireland back-end players

reduced the count with every bowl, giving England just the two shots to secure a 15-shot victory - losing the Series on shots difference to Wales by just two

shots.

 

 

Played

Won

Drew

Lost

Shots For

Shots Against

Shot Diff

WALES

3

2

1

0

362

321

41

5

ENGLAND

3

2

1

0

394

355

39

5

SCOTLAND

3

1

0

2

333

371

-38

2

IRELAND

3

0

0

3

333

375

-42

0