Rolle turns in fantastic performance

With a fantastic block of game, including the high game for the tournament, Driskell Rolle nearly made history for The Bahamas on Thursday, coming within 56 pins and three spots of advancing to the second stage of the women’s competition at the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, in Palembang, Indonesia.

Rolle bowled a near perfect game, tallying 288 in her fourth game of the day on Thursday and 22nd in the tournament. She finished 27th overall out of 60 bowlers with a 4,432 total pinfall, averaging 184.67 through 24 games. No lady tournament came close to matching her 288 high game, and only five men out of 73 surpassed it. It turned out to be one of the thrilling highlights of the week-long event. The top 24 qualified for the second round of bowling, and Rolle just missed out by three spots.

“That was phenomenal, and she certainly deserves to be congratulated,” said Bahamas Bowling Federation (BBF) Public Relations Director Clayton Gardiner on Thursday. “That was simply amazing. I don’t know which one stands out more – the 288 high game or finishing 27th in the world. If I had to choose one, I would probably say finishing 27th is more significant because with that exceptional field, she proved that she belongs right up there but both are phenomenal. Driskell has been to several of these of these world level events and this is the best finish for The Bahamas in a very long time. It’s a phenomenal feat. That 288 is a bowler’s dream – that’s powerful. It’s a bowler’s dream to get a perfect score and she came very close to that. She certainly found her groove and we definitely have to recognize her in some fashion on her return. Everyone was certainly proud of Driskell and what she was able to accomplish.”

In her 288 game, Rolle had a spare in the first game and then delivered 10 straight strikes. She had an eight-pin count in the final frame to finish with 288. In the other games on Thursday, she turned in scores of 162, 204, 204, 224 and 179 –  turning in her best block of games of the tournament with four 200-plus games. With that performance, Rolle managed to jump 10 spots in the standings from Wednesday.

Natasha Roslan, of Malaysia, was the top qualifier for the second round of competition. She had a 5,016 total pinfall, averaging 209 through 24 games. Roslan had a high game of 235. American Kelly Kulick was the second-best qualifier for the next round, turning in a total pinfall of 4,958, averaging 206.58 through 24 games. She had a high game of 247. Maria Koshel, of Russia, was the third-best qualifier for the second round with a 4,896 total pinfall, averaging 204 through 24 games. She had a high game of 254.

In the men’s division, Bahamian Derrick Burrows finished 62nd out of 73 bowlers, turning in a 3,975 total pinfall, averaging 165.62 through 24 games. He finished 771 pins off the pace and had a high game of 228. In his six games yesterday, Burrows turned in scores of 181, 177, 158, 192, 143 and 177.

“Derrick struggled a bit, and that is uncharacteristic of him, but we believe he will bounce back from this. This is first world cup and he has a long way to go in the sport,” said Gardiner.

Francois Louw, of South Africa, is the top bowler going into the second round of competition for the men. He has a 5,520 total pinfall through 24 games, averaging 230 and his high game remains 290. Oliver Morig, of Germany, was the second-best qualifier with a total pinfall of 5,332 through 24 games, averaging 222.17 and had a high game of 279. Wanhee Lee, of South Korea, was the third-best qualifier for the second round of competition. He had a total pinfall of 5,155, and averaged 214.79 through 24 games. Lee had a high game of 267.

The top 24 bowlers, in each gender, will bowl an additional eight games before the field is narrowed down further to the top eight bowlers who will go on to the quarterfinals. In the quarters, the bowlers will bowl an additional eight games for a 40-game total pinfall count including bonus points to decide the top four bowlers to go on to the semifinals.

Competition wraps up on Saturday at the 40-lane bowling center inside Jakabaring Sport City in Palembang, and the event will conclude with a victory banquet following competition on Saturday.

The two-member Bahamian team is expected to return home early next week.

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Sheldon Longley

Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.

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