The Results: Thursday 17 January
The competition is starting to heat up at the Just World Indoor Bowls Championships 2019. Discover all of the action, including game highlights and the results, from Thursday 17 January below.
The first match of the day was between the Poole qualifier Shaun Jones and Norfolk’s Mervyn King. It was King who started well in the first set, living up to his reputation of the best draw bowler on the circuit. In the second set Jones settled in and evened the playing field with a win, leading to an exciting tie break. In the end it was King’s killer draw that won the tie break and the match.
The second match of the day was a Scottish affair, with Andrew Barker up against Darren Burnett. Barker stormed ahead in the first set, but Burnett managed to pull it back to give Barker a narrower win. Burnett found his rhythm in the second set, bring the match to a tie break. After taking the two ends in succession, Burnett won the match and a place in the second round.
Next up was Andy Squire up against World Ranked Number Six, Nick Brett - a tough ask for any qualifier. Brett sealed the first set and Squire made it harder for him in the second, but once again Brett turned up the heat and took both the second set and the match.
The last match of the day was Ray Martin, a New Zealand qualifier, up against six-time World Indoor Champion, Scotland’s Alex Marshall MBE. A tough draw for any player. Marshall stormed ahead in the first set, powered his way to a 11,2 finish. It became tighter between the two players in the second set and Martin evened the playing field with a win, taking the match to an exciting tie break set. In the tie break Marshall resumed full normal service and Martin had no reply. So it was Marshall that took the second end and match.
Thursday 17 January
S11: Mervyn King (E) v Shaun Jones (E): 12,2 – 3,8 – 2,0
S12: Darren Burnett (S) v Andrew Barker (S): 6,9 – 8,3 – 2,0
S13: Nick Brett (E) v Andy Squire (E): 9,3 – 6,4
S14: Alex Marshall MBE (S) v Ray Martin (NZ): 11,2 – 7,8 – 2,0