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Bowling for world champs

The Botswana national bowling team has qualified for the prestigious World Bowling championships slated for the Australian east coast city of Gold Coast next year.

The mixed team of men and women left home on the first week of May to take part in the closely contested Atlantic championship in Cardiff, Wales and are expected back home tomorrow (May 25).

According to the qualifying criteria of the world bowling governing body, any team that managed a top six spot in each contested section booked a ticket to the world cup in Australia.

In the first round of matches, Botswana qualified in the ladies singles through women’s team captain, Marea Modutlwa, men’s pairs of Remmy Kebapetse and John Gaborutwe while in the men’s triples, Botswana was represented by Binash Desai, George Naik and Baven Ballendra.

In the second round of the tournament, Botswana competed in the women’s triples, men’s fours and men’s singles.

Kebapetse managed position five of the 12 countries in the men’s singles. He was beaten by England, Wales, South Africa and Jersey with Kenya completing the qualifying bracket in the sixth spot.

Desai, Gaborutwe, Ballendra and Naik partnered to clinch the closely tied men’s fours beating England. Botswana failed to qualify in both the men’s and women’s triples represented by Modutlwa, Tibone Fox and Chakale Robert.

Speaking from their base in Cardiff, Modutlwa said the mood in the camp was high and they were bracing for the upcoming tournaments in preparation for the world champs, which would be hosted in exactly twelve months from now. 

She said this was team Botswana’s best performance since the qualifiers were introduced. 

Technically, she said Botswana was as good as the bowling powerhouses adding that they needed to focus on the tactical communication on the greens.

Gaborutwe, who qualified in the men’s pairs with Kebapetse said they were also raring to go to Australia.

He said they were going to utilise the forthcoming Africa States championships penciled for Kenya in August and the Botswana Invitation Zone 6 tournament end of September to prepare for the world matches.

He said despite the wet and cold weather conditions, they learnt a few tricks on the greenery in Cardiff and hoped they engage in more challenging local tournaments to brace for the tough world tournament. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Baleseng Batlotleng

Location : GABORONE

Event : Interview

Date : May 23 Thu,2019

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