Champ Gowshall stumped by Irish
GRIMSBY bowler Amy Gowshall crashed to a shock defeat yesterday – fresh from making history in the British Women's Championships.
Gowshall achieved a historic double triumph at Ward Park in Bangor, Northern Ireland, when she skippered her Cleethorpes club-mates to victory in pairs and fours as England swept the board – taking all four titles for the first time.
Gowshall, her mother Christine, Tracy Dent and Kirsty Cox were on a high after their dramatic 24-23 sudden-death victory in the fours. England had looked to be struggling 23-20 down going into the last end, but a wonder bowl from the Cleethorpes skip conjured up a treble to tie – and Gowshall's team were always in control on the sudden death 22nd end.
Earlier, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Gowshall and her mother had enjoyed a convincing 19-11 pairs win over a feisty Channel Islands duo, Gean O'Neil and Karina Bisson, who won the title in 2004.
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But yesterday, when the women's home international series got underway, it was a different story.
Gowshall looked stunned from her 23-11 defeat amid Ireland's shock 117-110 victory against England's six-rink team.
The Tollbar schoolteacher said: "They deserved to win on our rink, but it has to be said that everything they touched went right for them, while nothing we attempted came off. We know we have to bounce back today when we meet the defending champions Scotland, but I am sure we have to team to do just that."