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BOWLS: Graham’s medal joy
5:00pm Friday 7th December 2012 in Sport News
Trowbridge bowler Graham Shadwell pictured in action at the World Championships in Adelaide, Australia, this week (Photo: Bowls Australia)
TROWBRIDGE bowler Graham Shadwell became a world medallist for the second time in Australia this week, writes Dave Eaton.
Shadwell and his pairs partner Jamie Chestney, from Torquay, were the only members of the England men’s team to win a medal at the 2012 World Championships in Adelaide as they picked up a bronze.
The 37 year old, who plays outdoors for the Spencer Moulton club at Bradford on Avon, added the medal to the bronze won in the fours event at the 2008 world championships staged in Christ-church, New Zealand.
Shadwell and Chestney finished joint top in their pairs group with 10 wins out of 11, but Canada took pole placing on 20 points with a superior shots difference of 29.
That meant Shadwell and Chestney having to go into the sectional play-offs but they duly gained revenge on Wales 24-9 who had inflicted their only group defeat on them in the pool games.
With a medal now guaranteed, the England duo were then pipped in their semi-final on the last end by Scotland going down 13-12 giving them the consolation of winning a bronze medal.
It continues a run of international success for the Wiltshire bowler, who has yet to decide whether to continue his England career on towards the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
Shadwell, who also won bronze for England triples at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli, said: “After this, there’ll be Atlantic Championships coming up and then another Commonwealth Games (in 2014), so you never know.”
He had hopes of adding to his pairs bronze medal in the fours play-offs and semi-finals on Wednesday, but endured another last-end loss.
In the fours, with Mark Bantock, Robert Newman (both Reading) and skip Stuart Airey (Carlisle, Cumbria), England had finished third in Pool One on 16 points from seven wins, two draws and two losses but it meant another trip to the sectional play-offs.
South Africa edged home against them 16-15 and then defeated Ireland by one shot in the semi-finals 19-18 to book a place in the final against hosts Australia.
Torquay’s Natalie Melmore is England women’s only medallist in Australia, guaranteeing herself at least a bronze in the singles.