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Team Bermuda pleased with Pan American Championships performance

Solid showing: Bermuda’s six-member team who competed at the at the Pan American Championships in Dominican Republic

Bermuda’s men’s bowling team have prepared for the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games with an encouraging performance at the Pan American Championships in Dominican Republic.

The six-strong team of David Maycock, Lamar Richardson, Dennis Joell, Dayvon Tucker, Blake Raynor, and Jamel Bean represented the island at the week-long tournament, which also served as a qualifier for the Pan Am Games in October and the International Bowling Federation World Cup in Kuwait in the same month.

While Bermuda fell short of securing progression to both the World Cup, as one of the top seven teams, or one of three individual spots for the Pan Am Games, the squad gave a number of highly creditable displays against a wealth of larger countries.

Leading the way was Maycock, who finished 21st among the 86 competitors, with a total of 5,041 pins. Richardson was the next highest among the team in 55th with 4716 pins.

There was also a strong showing in the doubles tournament, in which Maycock and Richardson teamed up to finish 23rd with a combined score of 2,402 pins, while the pair also competed in the triples event, alongside Joell, with the team finishing 22nd on 3,420 pins.

That trio were also part of the five-man team alongside Raynor and Tucker, who ended the event on a high with a solid showing of 14th place and a combined total of 5,653 pins.

“It was a solid performance from the team and we finished off strongly in the teams event, which was great,” said Maycock.

“On a personal level, although I ended up 21st overall, I missed out on a medal by just 25 pins and I know it was a couple of bad breaks that cost me.

“In the doubles and trios, I had a little trouble on seeing the right picture on the lanes and to be honest I missed far too many spares. There was plenty that I know I need to clean up on, but overall it was a great tournament for myself and the team.”

The championships also served as valuable tune up for Maycock, Tucker, Richardson and Joell for the upcoming CAC Games, which take place in El Salvador in June.

Having enjoyed previous success at the Games, claiming a silver medal in the men’s trio in 2018, Maycock is determined to add further silverware to the team’s collection.

“We’re now looking forward to going over to El Salvador in a couple of weeks for the CAC Games. Preparation is already under way both mentally and physically in the gym and on lane training,” Maycock added.

“I know on a personal level that I’m close to being the best that I can be and so it'ss all about finding those right combinations to make sure I can help the team come back with another medal.

“The confidence is certainly there and I’m putting in the hard work to make sure I can be a that top level at the tournament.”

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Published May 31, 2023 at 7:58 am (Updated May 31, 2023 at 7:58 am)

Team Bermuda pleased with Pan American Championships performance

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