BOURNEMOUTH bowler Verity Crawley clinched the second professional title of her career with victory at the PWBA Grand Rapids Classic in Michigan.

Crawley, 28, turned pro in 2017 and as of last year was the only Brit competing in the Professional Women’s Bowling Association league.

She defeated Germany’s Birgit Noreiks 258-189 in the final at Spectrum Lanes, in a competition streamed live on BowlTV, earning her a $10,000 prize.

Crawley entered the finals as number two seed, but soon showed she would be the one to beat, kicking off with a 235-226 win over hometown Lauren Pate, sealing it with a first-ball strike in the 10th frame.

The English ten-pin star then powered through the gears in an impressive showing against top seed Noreiks.

Speaking to the PWBA, Crawley said: “The beginning of the season was awful. I knew it couldn’t get any worse.

“It kind of sounds like a fairytale, but people always say that your highest highs come after your lowest lows. 

“I’ve always felt like that was probably true, but I never really experienced it. Now, I truly feel like sometimes you have to feel like you’re at rock bottom to figure out what to do next and start over.”

Crawley, who took up the sport aged five and used to practice at Hollywood Bowl in Poole, won her previous title in 2021.

Verity has previously appeared on the official Daily Echo podcast, the Echo Dispatch. Listen HERE.