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Slatter, Rolle emerge as top qualifiers from BBF National Squad Trials

David Slatter and Driskell Rolle once again proved to be among the upper echelon bowlers in the country, finishing as the top qualifiers from the recently completed Bahamas Bowling Federation’s (BBF) National Squad Trials at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace.

On the men’s side, Slatter finished with a 4,260 total pinfall through 20 games, averaging 213. He averaged 217 in the final block of games, and had a high-game of 279 which came on his third game on the lanes. Slatter was joined in the top five by Graham Higgs, Tyrone Knowles, Derrick “Sheriff” Burrows, Anthony Ingraham and Kelsey Rolle.

A total of 18 male bowlers took part in the roll-offs at Mario’s.

Higgs had a total pinfall of 4,150, averaging 207.5 through 20 games to settle for second. The third through fifth positions were separated by just 24 pins. Knowles held on for third, finishing with a 4,099 total pinfall, averaging 204.95 through 20 games. Burrows had a total pinfall of 4,096, averaging 204.8 and Ingraham had a total pinfall of 4,075, averaging 203.75. Rolle rounded out the top six, finishing with a total pinfall of 3,941, averaging 197.05.

Early contenders Ken Brathwaite and Obinna Okpunna fell off the pace, and finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Fresh off an appearance at the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, in Palembang, Indonesia, where she turned in a fantastic performance, Driskell Rolle was the only bowler averaging north of 200 on the women’s side at the BBF National Squad Trials.

She dominated the competition with a total pinfall of 4,060, averaging 203 through 20 games. Her high-game of the tournament was a 246 which came in game number 16.

Janice Hoyte was a distant second to Rolle, finishing with a total pinfall of 3,889, averaging 194.45 through 20 games. Camille Burnside finished third, turning in a total pinfall of 3,691, averaging 184.55 through 20 games. Shanta Kerr-Richardson settled for fourth with a total pinfall of 3,075, averaging 153.75; Flo Wilson finished fifth with a total pinfall of 3,038, averaging 151.9 and Paula Hart ended up sixth, finishing with a total pinfall of 2,997, averaging 149.85.

A total of 10 women took part in the women’s competition.

Rolle’s performance concluded a fantastic latter part of the season for her.

She made history with a 27th place finish overall out of 60 bowlers at the bowling world cup that concluded late last month. During the world cup, she turned in the women’s high-game for the tournament, 288, and came within 56 pins and three spots of advancing to the second round of the competition. If successful, it would have been the first time that a Bahamian female bowler qualified for the top 24 of the bowling world cup.

Nevertheless, Rolle settled for a near perfect game and finished with a 4,432 total pinfall, averaging 184.67 through 24 games. No lady bowler came close to matching her 288 high-game, and only five men out of 73 surpassed it. In that 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. She jumped 10 spots in the standings on the final day of qualifying.

With the BBF National Squad Trials now completed, the federation will now prepare for the 2020 season which gets underway with the BBF National Championships in February 2020.

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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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