THREE international bowlers are spearheading the formation of Wrexham’s first ever tenpin bowling league.

Sisters Kelly, 16, Rhian, 12, and Bethan Jones, 11, are all members of the Welsh Junior squad and have qualified to represent Wales when they take on the other three home nations at the Under 16 Triple Crown Championships in Ireland in the summer.

In the next fortnight Kelly, who attends St Joseph’s High School, Wrexham and Rhian, who attends Rhosnesni High School, will jet off to Germany to the European Youth Tenpin Championships.

Their proud dad, Paul Jones, who is the licensee of the town’s Cunliffe Arms, is to be secretary of the new handicap league based at Tenpin at the Eagles Meadow shopping centre.

According to Paul, it is about time Wrexham has its own tenpin bowling league.

He said: “We are in the process of setting up the league and I want to stress right from the start it’s all about mixed abilities. It’s a handicap league so the scores even out.

“My girls are joining a team and it’s a great way of spending an evening. I would say as long as someone is capable of racking up a score of around 100 in a full game, without using lane bumpers, then they are more than good enough to play in the league.”

Paul is now looking for teams to sign up and he plans to hold a league meeting before a ball is bowled to set out the league’s rules.

Vince Brown, manager of Tenpin, said the league will be a sporting first for the town.

He said: “Bowling leagues are the staple diet of any tenpin bowling centre and a league here in Wrexham is well overdue.

“The league should run for around 27 weeks and there will be cash prizes at the end of the season.”

For more information, call secretary Paul Jones on 01978 311177.