Devon’s bowlers add to medal haul at Commonwealth Video games

Devon’s bowlers added 4 extra medals to their tally, to take their whole Commonwealth haul on the Video games to 9.

Sophie Tolchard claimed silver within the ladies’s pairs, whereas brother Sam, Louis Ridout, and Jamie Chestney gained bronze within the males’s fours.

It wraps up a profitable Video games for England’s bowlers, the place they’ve been roared on by a loud residence crowd at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa.

Tolchard, together with accomplice Amy Pharaoh, was edged out in an enthralling gold medal match in ladies’s pairs, with the sport being determined in an additional finish.

Pharaoh had delivered an ideal bowl within the 18th finish to degree the scores at 18-18, earlier than Australia’s Ellen Ryan responded with an audacious ultimate bowl to clinch the additional finish, and gold, for her nation.

“It was a extremely intense atmosphere, it was a high quality recreation,” stated Tolchard.

“They turned it round, we obtained it again. That is all that you could ask for, we actually gave the gang lots to cheer for, however sadly simply could not get it over the road on the final finish.

We misplaced the toss of the ends which meant we did not have the final bowl, we did all we might do and sadly it simply wasn’t fairly meant to be.

“It exhibits how small the margins are between profitable and shedding.”

Afterward Saturday, Kings Bowling Membership trio Tolchard, Ridout, and Chestney got here by a testy affair with Wales within the males’s fours to take bronze.

Alongside Nick Brett, the three Devonians established an early 11-4 lead and by no means let go to bounce again from the frustration of a slender, ultimate finish, defeat to India within the semi-final.

“I used to be gutted, I nonetheless am gutted,” stated Tolchard, who additionally claimed silver within the males’s pairs with fellow Kings participant Jamie Walker. “I did not need to exit and play at this time however you must.

“It is simple in a bronze medal match to undergo the motions however as Jamie stated, just a few issues occurred within the recreation that obtained us riled up and immediately it meant much more to us.

“We did not need to lose that recreation.”

It marked England’s ultimate match on the Video games, which has seen a renewed curiosity in bowls from the broader public.

And Ridout, who additionally gained gold within the males’s triples with Brett and Chestney, hopes it’s the begin of extra folks giving the game a go.

“Hopefully everybody has been having fun with it and the protection has been good,” stated Ridout.

“That is what we would like folks to do, simply give it a go and encourage as many individuals as attainable, all ages, all talents, exit and provides it a go.”

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