Arbroath’s Wizard of OZ assured of a medal

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Local bowler Ryan Burnett has been wowing the world down in Oz.

The Arbroathian, who is a member of Carnoustie West End, has been playing in the Junior World Championships at Broadbeach BC in Australia.

And he is already assured of a bronze medal at the championships after topping his section.

Ryan is with current Scotland internationals Kevin Anderson (Dumbarton), Lesley Gordon (Strathmiglo) and Stacey Laidlaw (Dalkeith) in the event, hosted by 2018 Commonwealth Games venue Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.

He had a disappointing start to the competition, being edged out 21-20 by home favourite.

But bounced back defeating Canada 21-12 and Ireland 21-3.

On the second day, Ryan continued his fine play by winning all three of his games.

He saw off New Zealand 21-14 and Hong Kong 21-11 before parterning Stacey Laidlaw to a 24-7 victory over Canada.

Ryan’s remarkable form continued on Wednesday as he recorded two more victories to make it through to the weekend knock-out matches.

He defeated Brunei 21-8 and Malaysia 21-13.

And his team-mates aren’t doing too badly either with all four having progressed through their groups.

Team manager Ricky Taylor commented after the matches on Wednesday: “Great performances today saw all four making it out of their singles section and into the weekend knockout matches.

“Ryan and Stacey topped their group, which now ensures them of at least a bronze medal as they go straight into the semi-final.

“Kevin and Lesley both go into tomorrow morning’s draw for the play-offs where a win would see them into the semi-finals. The evening match saw Guernsey produce a great display to topple both Lesley and Kevin in the pairs.”

Speaking after hearing of his selection earlier this year, he said: “I’m delighted to be selected for the Junior World Championships. I’m really looking forward to it,” Ryan said. “I’ve represented Scotland before at international level, but to do it on the world stage is a dream come true and in a setting such as Australia is something very special.”