X marks the strike – five times over – for Harley

Harley Guy Sinclair
Harley Guy Sinclair

A tenpin bowling wonder-kid from Bognor bowled five strikes in a row to end a game with a whopping score of 201.

Harley Guy Sinclair, who is just seven, achieved the jaw dropping feat in his weekly league play bowling meet at the MFA Bowl in Chichester.

The accomplishment capped an incredible spell for the youngster who came first in the peewee section of the South of England Junior Open in Dunstable just a week earlier.

Harley’s mother Natasha said: “I was so proud. He’s been obsessed with bowling since he was four years old. For someone so young it is a massive achievement.

“In the very last frame he needed to get a spare to get a 200 score. To bowl a 200 is massive. I don’t know of another seven-year-old that’s bowled more than 200. I’ve been researching on the net and I can’t find any. I laid an egg – it was amazing.

“He’s really proud of himself and a little bit shocked. He’s not arrogant but he’s confident in the fact that he knows he’s a good bowler.”

Harley impressed throughout 2015 and picked up numerous trophies, medals and prizes.

His performances have made such a widespread impression that bowlers on the professional scene have picked out Harley for special praise.

“At the end of the Weber Cup last year after Dom Barrett, who is a massive England bowler, had won, he called Harley on stage and gave him his own personal bowling ball. To be given something like that from one of your role models at the age of seven is huge,” Natasha said.

“Everybody knows Harley now, he’s become quite popular. There’s not many young kids on the circuit so he’s quite easily recognisable.”

It has not been all plain sailing for the talented youngster, who has been forced to relocate bowling alleys twice already in his young career because of centre closures.

“It’s a massive shame that they close those centres for retail facilities. It was a hard period of adjustment for Harley but he was adamant that he wanted to keep bowling,” Natasha said.

“He would be well received by any club that he chooses to go to. I’m prepared to travel anywhere to keep him involved with the sport.

“Hopefully he’ll continue to go from strength to strength. A 201 is hard to beat so I think it could be a long time before he beats that. But I know Harley and you never say never.”

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