Blind Bowlers

What do W G Grace and Bennett Ward have in common?  There is a clue in the Bowling Factoids page, if you want to give yourself a clue.

The answer?  Both have represented their country at bowls and another sport.  WG’s other sport was (of course) cricket.   Bennett’s other sport is golf. And he was one of the successful Scottish blind bowlers who took on and defeated the mighty England 10.5 to 9.5 in a Ryder Cup type format, and on their own patch!

John McKay beat Bennett in the Visually Impaired Singles Championship 7-5 in a high quality 8 end final.  They were tied 5-5 with John just winning out in a pulsating last end.

John also won the VI Pairs with Colin Carmichael as his visual partner. Maybe John will be our next internationalist!

Our brave band of blind bowlers are  meeting every week on Fridays at one o’clock at the Ambassador Indoor Bowling Club.


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