BOWLS: Kettering's Kieran scoops top honour

Kieran Rollings was presented with the Disability Bowls Englands Player of the Year award by Steve Watson
Kieran Rollings was presented with the Disability Bowls Englands Player of the Year award by Steve Watson

Northamptonshire bowler Kieran Rollings has been named Disability Bowls England’s (DBE) Player of the Year.

The youngster, who plays for Kettering Lodge, was selected by DBE to play in the Para Lawn Bowls at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April this year and he reached the Bronze Medal match with his colleagues, losing out to New Zealand.

In the DBE calendar of competitions, Rollings was a member of the England team which won the Home Nations Championship in 2018 and he was in the winning team that took the DBE North v South Challenge Cup.

He also won the DBE Singles Championship and retained the Pairs Championship with the same partner, Paul Brown, in July.

Within Northamptonshire, his greatest bowls success was being a member of the county’s White Rose trophy double rink team for able bodied, or bowlers with disabilities, which won the National title in Leamington last month.

He was also a regular member of the senior Middleton Cup team and played for the Midland Counties team too.

In county competitions, he was a finalist in the Under-25 Pairs competition and as a member of his club’s Executive Triples team.

Finally, he was the men’s singles winner in the Kettering Borough Championships last month

Rollings was presented with his award at the DBE presentation day at Solihull IBC by Steve Watson, who is head of ST Sport, and a keen sponsor of DBE.

Two Northants bowlers have retained their places in Bowls England’s Senior Women’s and Senior Men’s teams for events next year.

Desborough Town’s Rebecca Wigfield will skip one of the rinks for the ladies when they compete in the BIWBC International Series at Les Creux BC in Jersey between June 16 and 18.

Jamie Walker (Northampton West End) will also skip a rink for the men’s team when they take part in the BIBC International Series at The National Centre for Bowling in Ayr, Scotland on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 40.

Kettering Midland Band’s Connor Cinato has been selected as a reserve for the event.