Charles triumphs after African bowls adventure

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Eastbourne’s UK national bowls champion Charles Wright has added another national title to his growing list of honours.

Wright won the English Champion of Champions Singles title in 1995 but last month he scooped national honours in the unlikely bowls destination of Zambia.

He now has the distinction of winning two national titles, in two different countries, in two different centuries.

For two years, Charles has been working in Sierra Leone but also opened a small business in Zambia.

He joined the Zambian Central Sports Bowls Club in Lusaka and in 2012 he entered the National’s and was runner-up in the triples and fours (extra end 13-14). This year, due to work comitmentments, he could only enter the singles and Triples.

In the Singles, he lost in an early round 11-21 but went on to win the National Triples.

He played lead for Christie Kapata (number 2) and Darlington Mweetwa (skip). They won all five games in the round robin group stage and progressed to the quarter-finals.

Following a 21-12 win, they won the semi final 26-14 v Nchanga BC (the host club) and played another team from Nchanga, skipped by Richard Zyambo, in the final.

A close game was expected but it did not materialise, as Wright’s team won 23-6, with Wright and Kapata setting up good heads for their skip to bowl to.

The Championships were played at the Nchanga BC in Chingola, on The Copper Belt.

The club has three good greens which was built by the local mining company.

Chingola has the largest open copper pit in Zambia and the local mines support the bowls club, as well as rugby, soccer clubs and an outdoor swimming pool.

Wright said, “It was good to get my bowls back on the green after a year’s lay off.

“The greens at Chingola run at approx 15 seconds, so were a good pace, although a little bumpy in places.

“To win a national title in two different countries has made me very happy but I do miss bowling in the UK, especially at Eastbourne BC, where the friendliness and atmosphere is excellent.”