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Bowled over by Delhi

Created on 14/10/2010 @ 12:51


Berriew’s Wales bowlers return home from Delhi tomorrow with their Commonwealth Games manager declaring “I am proud of them all”.
Speaking from the Indian city this morning, Hazel Wilson, who is also from Berriew, said Kathy Pearce and Isabel Jones have done their country proud in a ladies team which managed to secure a bronze medal for Wales in the pairs.
“It has been a privilege to manage such a wonderful group of ladies and I am proud of them all,” said Hazel. “It has been an incredible experience. They all played well and did their best for Wales.”
Two weeks ago, there were questions over whether the games would even go ahead following a series of damaging stories highlighting that the Indians were behind in their preparations.
But the hosts turned it around and hosted a colourful Games which produced some sizzling sporting performances.
“The facilities were great,” said Hazel. “The accommodation is fine and the food good. The Indian hospitality is great and we have been treated well as their guests. The athletes’ village has been very busy and there was an efficient transport system where we got bussed to the bowling green every day in a journey that took around 45 minutes. It has been a memorable experience which we have all enjoyed.”
The Berriew ladies couldn’t quite make it to the podium places, finishing fifth in their group as part of the triples team. The Wales bronze was won by Anwen Butten and Hannah Smith who beat Australia in a dramatic tie break.
PICTURE: Berriew’s bowlers joined by Wales team mates for the iconic Taj Mahal shot
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