Bowling brothers’ bumper bonanza

Darren Burnett is unhappy with his last delivery in the Mens Quarter Singles Finals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games at Kelvingrove Park Glasgow

Darren Burnett is unhappy with his last delivery in the Mens Quarter Singles Finals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games at Kelvingrove Park Glasgow

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The bowling Burnett brothers’ bandwagon continues to roll along as Darren and Ryan claimed the Scottish Indoor Pairs title at the weekend.

What a remarkable 18 months it’s been for the duo with a World Indoor title and Commonwealth gold for Darren.

Scotland�"s  Junior Team after medal haul at bowls�" 2014 Junior World Championships, Broadbeach BC, Queensland, Australia �' venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.'Pictured at Glasgow Airport: Kevin Anderson (Dumbarton), Ryan Burnett (Carnoustie West End), Lesley Gordon (Strathmiglo), Stacey Laidlaw (Dalkeith) and Team Manager Ricky Taylor. Meeting the team is Glasgow 2014 gold medallist Darren Burnett

Scotland�"s Junior Team after medal haul at bowls�" 2014 Junior World Championships, Broadbeach BC, Queensland, Australia �' venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.'Pictured at Glasgow Airport: Kevin Anderson (Dumbarton), Ryan Burnett (Carnoustie West End), Lesley Gordon (Strathmiglo), Stacey Laidlaw (Dalkeith) and Team Manager Ricky Taylor. Meeting the team is Glasgow 2014 gold medallist Darren Burnett

And two silver medals and then a gold medal at the World Junior Championships for Ryan in October and last month, respectively.

The brothers teamed up at the weekend to win their latest title at Lanarkshire Bowling Club, defeating Auchinleck on Saturday in the semi-final and Prestwick in Sunday’s final.

“It was absolutely fantastic to win the Scottish Pairs and to do with Darren made it even more special,” Ryan told HeraldSport.

“We played really well over the weekend against some really good pairs and it was a real achievement to come out on top.

“We are now looking forward to representing Scotland at the British Championships.

“It’s been a fantastic 18 months for us and we are really enjoying our bowls. And when you’re enjoying your bowls I think you play better.

“In addition playing with someone like Darren makes you raise your game.”

The British event will take place in March, 2016, and having been there before Ryan says they have some unfinished business.

“We reached the semi-finals in 2012 so we will be aiming to go further this time around,” he revealed.

Ryan is now looking ahead to the outdoor season when his main goal will be to reach the National Championships at Ayr.

“Darren and I play for different clubs, but we will hopefully be involved in the district and national competitions.

“I played in the Junior Singles at Ayr last year and didn’t play as well as I can, so I would love to get back there and perform better.”

Angus MSP Graeme Dey recently lodged a motion with the Scottish Parliament to recognise Ryan’s success in winning the World Junior Championships.

Mr Dey’s motion said: “That the Parliament congratulates Ryan Burnett from Carnoustie West End Bowling Club on winning gold at the 2015 World Junior Bowls Championships, which took place at the Broadbeach Bowls Club on Australia’s Gold Coast; understands that, in the eyes of many people, Ryan is the best underage bowler on the planet and that he is the brother of Darren Burnett, who was the winner of the inaugural World Junior Bowls Championship; notes that Ryan finished the singles competition as the only undefeated competitor and that, in 2014, he was the silver medallist in the competition, and wishes Ryan continuing success.”

The Arbroath Herald wishes both Ryan and Darren Burnett continued good luck with their bowling and look forward to reporting more of their success in the future.