Ten Pin Bowling, and at Tolworth, Surrey, 70 of the world's best amateurs are meeting in this year's World Cup.
GV INTERIOR: contestants practising at ten pin bowling alley, Tolworth, Surrey. (2 shots)
MV: Boyly Llarenas of Guam practising: and scoring a strike (2 shots)
MV: Llarenas takes practice shot
MV: pins reset and Banyen Samran of Thailand bowls (2 shots)
GV: bowling alley where women are practising.
MV: Francette Borie of France practising and scores a strike.
MV: Singapore women's team consulting with coach.
MV: Lauren Lacost of USA bowls and knocks over nine pins:
MVs: Hattieann Morrissette of Bermuda practising (7 shots)
The Bowling World Cup started in 1965 and was called the International Masters Tournament. It was a time when bowling was enjoying a great popularity. The Charrington Bowl where this year's tournament is taking place has 32 lanes and is one of the largest centres on the U.K. The basic aim of the game is to achieve a perfect score of 300 by bowling strikes.
SPORT: TEN PIN BOWLING
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Background: Ten Pin Bowling, and at Tolworth, Surrey, 70 of the world's best amateurs are meeting in this year's World Cup. The competition has attracted 38 nations and is said to have cost GBP100,000 (about 180,000 US dollars).
SYNOPSIS: Opening day of the Bowling World Cup saw last minute practising to refine the skills needed for 7 days of arduous competition.
From Guam, Mr Boyly Llarenas, shows his form:
The strike, or knocking down all ten pins with one bowl, the optimum but elusive target.
Also from the Far Eastern Zone, Mr Banyan Samran of Thailand, whose presence shows the extent of worldwide popularity that the sport enjoys.
But it is not only an activity for brawn and muscle. Women over the years have shown that they too possess the required skills. And what they might lose in strength they more than make up for with grave and timing, as France's Francette Borie displays:
Singapore also has entered a women's team, shown here in last minute discussions.
Lauren Lacost of the United States is one of the many entrants from the country that popularised the sport in the 1950's.
From Bermuda, Ms Hattieann Morrissette, whose delightful beauty added to the atmosphere. Admission for the public was free and it was an invitation readily accepted by some of the thousands of fans in the United Kingdom. Ms Morrissette's aim was slightly off at the opening but who is to say she will not be this year's champion.