Saudis gain international exposure in World Women’s Bowling Championship

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The Saudi national bowling team with the England squad. (Photo/Supplied)
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Nahla Adas in action during the World Bowling Women’s Championship. (Photo/Supplied)
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Hadeel Termein and Amani Al-Ghamdi with the Bulgarian team. (Photo/Supplied)
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Ghada Nimir during the championship. (Photo/Supplied)
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Saudi bowlers before the team event. (Photo/Supplied)
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Mashael Al-Abdulwahid during the championship. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 02 September 2019

Saudis gain international exposure in World Women’s Bowling Championship

  • “We’re extremely proud of these women who represented the Kingdom in Las Vegas,” says Dr. Razan Baker

LAS VEGAS: The Saudi national team have had their baptism of fire in international competition during the World Women’s Bowling Championship, which was held from Aug. 22 to 31 in Las Vegas.

Six women participated in the singles, doubles, trio and team events. “We’re extremely proud of these women who represented the Kingdom in Las Vegas,” said Dr. Razan Baker, team supervisor and a board member of the Saudi Bowling Federation.

“We have full confidence in the Saudi women’s team and their capacities to achieve great results in bowling, just like the men’s team.”

The trio of Mashael Al-Abdulwahid, Nahla Adas and Ghada Nimir ranked 50th out of 62 competitors in the trio event. The second trio of Amani Al-Ghamdi, Hadeel Termein and Mariam Al-Dosari ranked 54th. In the team event, the Saudi team ranked 26th out of 34.

Al-Abdulwahid, from Riyadh, said the experience was highly beneficial, developing her team spirit and giving her a better understating of what is expected of her.

“I was very happy to have my brother and his family with me in Las Vegas to support me. In such situations, support is very important,” she added.

Nimir said her participation encouraged her to develop her skills and achieve better results in future championships.

Al-Ghamdi, from Riyadh, said it was an honor to participate in an event that gathered elite bowlers from around the world, and she was very happy to be able to represent her country abroad.

Adas, from the Eastern Province, said: “The experience surpassed our expectations and taught us a lot, and we’re ready to achieve better results soon.” She added that the presence of her mother and aunt there boosted the team’s morale.

Al-Dosari said her dream was realized thanks to her efforts and support from the Saudi Bowling Federation. 

Termein, from Jeddah, said: “The championship won’t be the last one, and the journey is just beginning. More achievements are yet to come.”

Vivian Lau, secretary-general of the International Bowling Federation, expressed happiness at the participation of the Saudi women’s team. 

They will continue training after they return to Saudi Arabia in preparation for the seventh individual women’s championship, which will be held in Riyadh on Sept. 7 and 25, and the Asian Bowling Championship, which will be held in Kuwait from Oct. 20 to 30.


Shan Masood ‘has proved himself in England’ as marathon century puts Pakistan on top

Updated 07 August 2020

Shan Masood ‘has proved himself in England’ as marathon century puts Pakistan on top

  • Masood becomes one of just six Pakistan batsmen to have scored a hundred in three consecutive Test innings
  • His Test-best 156 was the cornerstone of Pakistan’s first-innings 326 all out, with England slumping to 12-3 in reply

Manchester: Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq said Shan Masood had “proved himself in England” after the opener’s superb hundred helped leave the tourists well-placed in the first Test at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Masood’s Test-best 156 was the cornerstone of Pakistan’s first-innings 326 all out, with England slumping to 12-3 in reply.
The hosts ended the second day on 92-4 — a deficit of 264 runs — with star all-rounder Ben Stokes out for a duck and England captain Joe Root falling for 14.
Masood batted for nearly eight hours in difficult conditions and in the process joined Misbah and team batting coach Younis Khan as one of just six Pakistan batsmen to have scored a hundred in three consecutive Test innings.
This century following Masood’s 135 against Sri Lanka in Karachi in December and 100 against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi in February.
Yet the 30-year-old left-hander averaged a meagre 17.75 during Pakistan’s 2016 tour of England.
Masood stood firm in Manchester even though he was twice reprieved by Jos Buttler on 45, the wicketkeeper dropping a catch and missing a stumping off spinner Dom Bess.
“It was an excellent performance by him, especially against a seam attack of (Stuart) Broad, (James) Anderson, (Chris) Woakes and (Jofra) Archer, and against an off-spinner (Bess) that was bowling well on a pitch where there was turn,” said Misbah of the English-educated Masood’s fourth hundred in 21 Tests.
“It was good application and his hard work has paid off.
“Now he has proved himself here in England, so I’m really pleased, especially as it’s not (just) a hundred, (but) a big hundred.
“Still, we would have been in trouble if he only scored a hundred. But hundred-and-fifty plus, and through the innings, that was really special.”
A good day for Pakistan got even better with Stokes clean bowled for nought by Mohammad Abbas during a slump that had the hosts three down inside six overs.
Abbas also removed opener Dom Sibley on his way to close figures of 2-24 in seven overs, with towering left-arm quick Shaheen Afridi making the initial breakthrough with just the fourth ball of the innings when Rory Burns was plumb lbw.
“I’m so happy — it’s crucial for you to take wickets with the new ball especially when the game is like this and you are playing with just 326 runs on the board,” said Misbah.
Ollie Pope was 46 not out at stumps, with Buttler unbeaten on 15.
Archer, who took 3-59, backed the fifth-wicket duo to stage a recovery.
“I rate Jos highly, he’s a very talented batter and there’s no doubt him and Popey can dig us out of a hole and put on a really big partnership and swing the momentum in our favor,” said the fast bowler.
The day started brilliantly for England when, with Thursday’s sixth ball, James Anderson had Babar Azam edging to first-slip Root for 69 without Pakistan having then added to their overnight 139.
But the resolute Masood remained and received excellent support from Shadab Khan (45) in a stand of 105 after Pakistan had been struggling at 176-5.
Pakistan managed just 48 runs for the loss of three wickets in Thursday’s first session to reach 187-5 at lunch.
But with five overs until the new ball, Root then bowled his own occasional off-breaks in tandem with Bess immediately after the interval.
Masood and Shadab responded by adding 27 in those overs as they ran England ragged.
Shadab holed out off Bess but Masood cruised through the 90s, with two late-cut fours off Broad taking him to 96 before he completed his first Test hundred against England.
Playing a textbook opener’s innings, he then upped the tempo by hoisting and driving Bess for two sixes.
Masood eventually fell lbw after tea to Broad, having faced 319 balls in an innings that also included 18 fours.