England calling for pin king Tracey

Craig Tracey
Craig Tracey
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Portsmouth’s latest emerging tenpin star has his eyes set on more glory after receiving an England call-up.

Craig Tracey will proudly represent his country next month, having got the international nod for the Junior Triple Crown Championships.

The event takes place in Dunfermline on August 24 and 25 and represents the latest honour for the City Boys pupil.

That’s after qualifying for the under-16 event as the second-highest ranked Englishman.

The 14-year-old is punching above his weight as he takes on older opposition.

But that hasn’t fazed Tracey, as he showed when he bowled a perfect 300 game on the Junior Team England tour earlier this year.

That was as part of a best three-game total of 837 and 18 strikes in a row from the dead-eye talent.

Now his sights are firmly set on doing his country proud.

Tracey’s proud father Alan said: ‘It’s brilliant news for Craig to bowl for his country – and he deserves it.

‘We put Craig on the JTE Tour which there are ranking events for.

‘He had to enter four of those to be invited to qualify for England selection.

‘He won trophies at the South of England Championships.

‘The top 20 were invited to Romford, and then the top six were called up for England.

‘They bowled 16 games and picked up points for that.

‘In the first game, Craig got the highest score so picked up 20 points for it with the lowest getting one.

‘After 16 games he was second in England.

‘So now Craig will go on to represent England in Scotland next month.

‘We only put him on the tour for the experience!

‘But he is very dedicated and very determined.

‘He knows what he wants and was determined to bowl for England this year.’

Tracey’s talent has been underlined by being called up to represent Hampshire at under-18 inter-county level.

He will skipper the side as they go into battle in Coventry this weekend.

Alan said: ‘We are up in Coventry and he has been asked to captain the side. He is able to cope with that.

‘They were worried if he could cope with it last year, and he had an average of over 200.

‘So they have no hesitation about him doing it this year.

‘We’ve spoken about the European tour moving forward.

‘We’ve had a lot of support from Craig’s school, City Boys, too.

‘He’ll keep working hard and pushing on to improve himself.’