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Harmsworth Wins Title in Darwin in a Thriller

Monday, February 05, 2018

Marah Harmsworth has held on for a stunning victory at the Fishing & Outdoor World Ladies Classic in Darwin, beating Australia's premier female bowler and two time winner of the event- Bec Whiting in the final game yesterday.

On Saturday afternoon the former Caboolture bowler began her tilt at the title in when the first block of qualifying got underway. Up against Whiting who claimed victories last year on both the women's and men's national circuit as well as experienced ranked event bowlers Jenny Notman and Narelle Baker, Harmsworth knew she had to come out of the blocks strong.

In the opening 8 games that's exactly what the 25-year-old did averaging 201 (1615) across the 8 games to take the lead from Baker (1601) and see Whiting in third and Notman within striking distance in fourth.

On Sunday morning and with the field cut to the top 12, Harmsworth needed to stay within the top 8 to keep her title dreams alive. With the pressure mounting the Harmsworth who now calls Oz Tenpin Narre Warren home, bowled games of 197, 181, 208, and 189 to keep the lead by 27 pins from Whiting who was aiming for her third consecutive Darwin title.

With a four game sprint for the final remaining for the top 8, Harmsworth knew the pressure was on, and in the first game threw a 238 to put the pressure back on Whiting and the rest of the finalists.

In games two and three Harmsworth bowled 191 and 209 to hold onto the lead with Whiting only 10 pins behind with one game to go.

With it all on the line in the final game Harmsworth rolled 185, with Whiting bowling 194. Both results saw the title swing Harmsworth’s way by only one pin and see her finish with a pinfall of 3213. Whiting finished in second (3212) and Baker rounded out the podium in third (3184).

For the final standing visit The next ranked event held will be the Campbelltown Vintage Classic on the 24th and 25th February.