The results: Thursday 24 January
The final Thursday of the Just World Indoor Bowls Championships at Potters Resort saw some exciting matches, including Singles quarter finals and the final of the Ladies Singles. Discover all the highlights and the results, right here.
Thursday 24 January
The first match of the day was a second round Singles match between Norfolk’s Mervyn King, World Ranked at number 11, up against Scotland’s Darren Burnett, former World Indoor Champion and World Ranked at number 5. Both players started off well but it was Burnett that was just slightly quicker off the mark than King. It was Burnett that took the first set 4,11. King settled into the second set and took the lead in the first few ends, but Burnett soon pulled it back and took the second set and match 4,11 – 7,7.
Next up was the highly anticipated Ladies World Indoor Singles Final. Scotland’s seven-time National Indoor Singles Champion, Julie Forrest was up against the former World Indoor Ladies Singles Champion from Guernsey, Alison Merrien MBE in what promised to be a great match. Forrest was producing inch perfect bowls, putting Merrien under pressure from the very start. However Merrien didn't give in, leading to an exciting match. In the end it was Forrest's great bowls that helped her take the set 8,7. In the second set it was Forrest again that started well. Merrien was playing well but Forrest was just getting past the post each time. It is Forrest that took the final set and the match to become the Ladies Indoor World Singles Champion 2019.
Next up in the International Arena was six-time World Indoor Champion, Alex Marshall MBE up against Nick Brett, who has also enjoyed a prior win in the Singles. It was all set to be a great quarter final match in the ‘Just’ 2019 World Indoor Open Singles Championship. In the first set it looked as if Marshall was struggling and Brett was on form from the word go. Whenever Marshall got near the jack, Brett had the perfect response. The first set just went all the way to Brett 12,0. In the second set Marshall found some of that form he is well known for and the tables were turned. He took the second set 4,9. The tie break saw some intense play, and it was Brett who won and will go through to the quarter finals.
The last match of the day was the last of the second round matches for the Singles title, and it was two former World Indoor Singles Champions against each other. World number one, Greg Harlow was facing World number 15, Andy Thomson MBE. As soon at the match started Harlow was pulling ahead of Thomson. Thomson got a single shot away on the first end but then Harlow just shut him out from the rest of the first set. The first set went to Harlow 1,10. By end four of the second set Thomson was 2,4 down to Harlow despite some great bowls. In end six it was the turn for Thomson to get a great count of three to level the playing field. Once again though, Harlow piled on the pressure and he took the set 5,10. Harlow goes through to face Brett in tomorrow's Singles quarter finals live on BBC 2.
Thursday 24 January
S22: Mervyn King (E) v Darren Burnett (S): 4,11 – 7-7
Ladies Final: Julie Forrest (S) v Alison Merrien MBE (Ch. Is): 8,7 – 9, 8
S23: Nick Brett (E) v Alex Marshall MBE (S): 12,0 – 4, 9 – 2,1
S24: Andy Thomson MBE (E) v Greg Harlow (E): 1,10 – 5,10