SOUTH Tweed bowler Kelvin Kerkow after winning a third Wlesh International Masters title at the weekend
SOUTH Tweed bowler Kelvin Kerkow after winning a third Wlesh International Masters title at the weekend

Kerkow has sights set on top spot

By ADAM WRATTEN

SOUTH Tweed bowler Kelvin Kerkow's recent rich vein of form has him eyeing off a unique place in the sport's history books.

Kerkow is determined to become the first person outside the UK to be officially crowned the world's No.1 bowler.

The world No.5 returned to the Tweed on Tuesday after a weekend victory in the Welsh International Masters tournament, the last of the five major championships on the world tour.

It was his third Welsh title and followed his success in the World Indoor Pairs event three weeks earlier with Englishman Mervin King.

When the world tour starts again in October with the Bupa Open, Kerkow's recent form will see him provisionally ranked No.2 in the world.

"I've gone from No.27 in the world (two years ago) to No.11 (at the start of the last season) and now to No.5," Kerkow said. "After this (last event) provisionally I will be No.2."

The 36-year-old's sights are now set on England's newly-installed world No.1 Andy Thompson.

"My ultimate goals are to be the No.1 player and also to make the Commonwealth Games team in Melbourne next year," Kerkow said. "If I can have another season like the one I have just had, they can happen.

"Obviously, there is a lot to do in between."

Kerkow wrote his name into the history books at the weekend when he downed Welshman Robert Weale in a thrilling final to claim his third Welsh title after earlier success in 2004 and 1997.

Three weeks prior in England he won his second world indoor pairs title and and in between he was a member of the Australian team that defeated New Zealand at Melbourne.

Next week Kerkow will play a leading role in the Test match against Ireland at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club.



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