The Results: Wednesday 16 January
The first Wednesday of matches at the Just World Indoor Bowls Championships 2019 saw some closely-matched Singles games played on the blue carpet. Discover the highlights, including some exciting tie break sets, and the results here.
The first match of the day was between Qualifier Scott Edwards and England’s Mark Royal. 2019 marks the second year that Edwards has won hard-fought qualifiers to get to this stage and Royal is no stranger to the World Championships. It was Edwards that started off well and took the first set. In the second set a determined Royal produced the best bowls and brought the match to a tie break. The tie break provided to be a intense game of bowls, with Edwards winning his spot in the second round next week.
The second match of the day was between England International, Robert Paxton and Cumbrian qualifier Ian McIntosh. McIntosh has a good reputation in bowls and this was a much-anticipated match for the spectators, but it was Paxton who won and is now on his way to the second round.
The next match was between Scotland’s David Gourlay MBE and Simon Skelton of England. Despite a great start from Gourlay, it was Skelton who took both sets and won his place in the second round next week.
The last match of the day in the Open Singles was between the South African, Craig Rimmington and the ‘Welsh Wizard’, Jason Greenslade. Greenslade dug deep and took the first set, but the second set went to Remington after Greenslade struggled with the shortened mat and jack. Another exciting tie break took place, which saw Rimmington put Greenslade under big pressure. But Greenslade pulled some great shots out of the bag and went on to take the match.
Wednesday 16 January
S7: Mark Royal (E) v Scott Edwards (E): 6,7 – 10,4 – 2,1
S8: Robert Paxton (E) v Ian McIntosh (E): 8,2 – 7,4
S9: David Gourlay (S) v Simon Skelton (E): 7,8 – 5,8
S10: Jason Greenslade (W) v Craig Rimmington (SA): 9,4 – 7,9 – 2,0