Global Glory for Doubles Champions Iannotti & McBride – Brits in Action Day 5

Tennis

The medals begin for Brits in tennis with Dominic Iannotti and Anna McBride topping the podium in the mixed doubles. The pair, retained their World Championship title in a strong victory over Australia’s Michell James and Kelly Wren, in straight sets 6-2 6-2.  Bronze went to Australia’s Archie Graham and Carla Lenarduzzi.

Dominic Iannotti

Dominic Iannotti and Fabrice Higgins take on the hosts Australia in the mens doubles final later in the week, with Anna McBride facing Belgium’s Hanne Lavreyson in the women’s singles.

Iannotti in yesterdays singles, beat number 1 seed, Archie Graham (Australia), in a gripping and fast paced semi final.  Friday sees an all British final where Iannotti and Fabrice Higgins go head to head for the top spot, but guaranteeing a British 1-2.

Oliver Beadle, in his first Inas tournament, plays for bronze on the final day of play, Friday morning.

The tennis tournament concludes on Friday 18th October.

See full results here

Cycling

Lauren Booth’s winning streak continues taking an early lead and claiming another individual gold, this time in the ladies 5km time trial (7:18.17).  Kiera Byland took silver in (7:30.26), making it again a British 1-2, with Russias Irina Nikitina taking another bronze.

Multi gold medallist and 2019 Global Games World Champion, Lauren Booth

Speaking about the Games as a whole, multi medallist and World Champion, Lauren Booth said “ I did a team time trial and got a gold, and a road race and got a gold, and now this gold.  I’m enjoying my first Inas Global Games and meeting different athletes from different countries“

Kiera Byland said “I got a gold with Lauren in the team time trial and my silver medals.  But one of the things that really makes the Games is the friendships that we make throughout the GB Team and aswell athletes from other countries.”

British Ladies, Lauren Booth (left), Kiera Byland (right)

Both British ladies are gearing up now for the final day of competition (19th October), when cycling moves to the Anna Meares Velodrome (Sleeman Sports Complex) where the track events appear for the first time on the Inas programme.

See full  results here

Athletics

Narrowly missing out on the top spot,  Sam Fernando took a strong silver in the 3000m steeplechase in 9:58.82 recording a good PB ahead of Spains Manuel Gomez (10:36.5).  The gold and World Championship title went to Quentin Foratier, France in 9:57.24

Global Games Silver medallist, Sam Fernando

Speaking before the race Sam Fernando said “I recently did the 10,000m.  I was pretty nervous about the race but now its done I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I hope my other race goes just as well”.

Both British men compete on the final day of the athletics programme on Friday 18th, with Sam Fernando in the 5000m straight final and Declan Manning vying for top spot in the finals of the shot, where he qualified in 3rd place earlier in the week.

For live-streaming and results see the Global Games website

Cricket

Dan Bowser starred with the bat once more as England’s Learning Disability side defeated Australia to take a 4-0 lead in their INAS Global Games IT20 series at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

The left-hander reached 90 for the fourth time in his six appearances on the tour and narrowly missed out on his second century, hitting a six off the final ball of the innings to reach 99*.

Opener Ronnie Jackson got off to another fast start, blitzing 32 from 14 balls before falling in the fourth over to bring Bowser to the crease.

The Devonian hit nine fours and seven sixes in his innings, reaching 50 from 37 balls and adding another 49 from his last 17 to lead England to 202/3.

Tayler Young removed Boyd Duffield with the first ball off the Australian innings before Gavan Hicks and Haydn Brumm put on 168 for the second wicket.

But Brumm fell in the 19th over with 33 runs still required, prompting a flurry of late wickets. Young took three for 25 from his four overs, while Kieran McKinney conceded just eight runs from his three overs.

International cricketer, Dan Bowser

Dan Bowser said: “I started off a little slowly, having come in reasonably early. I had a bit of time to play myself in, knowing that I’m good at going through the gears later on.”

“The Australians bowled well again but I was able to move the ball around and hit gaps at crucial times. Then, in the last five overs, I decided that everything had to go! It’s an incredible place to play cricket and it’s a privilege to bat here.”

England have already secured the gold medal in the Inas Global Games and will play their final match against Australia on Friday morning, looking to seal the series whitewash.

Full results here

Remaining fixtures

Friday 18 October: 5th IT20 v Australia – Allan Border Field, Albion

Saturday 19 October: INAS GLOBAL GAMES CLOSING CEREMONY

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The Inas Global Games is host to almost 1000 elite athletes with intellectual impairment from across 47 countries worldwide competing in fierce competition until 20th October.

To check out sports schedules, follow the action with live streaming in some events and live results in others see the Global Games website

You can follow all the action by following the UK Sports Association on twitter and facebook and show your support using hashtags #BritsDownUnder and #Brisbane 2019

The UK Sports Association is the official Great Britain member of Inas. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) manage the England Squad (learning disability), with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) managing the Tennis team, with both entries to Inas events facilitated through a collaboration with the UK Sports Association.