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Day 14 of the ‘JUST’ World Championships opened with a bang and certainly was compulsive viewing, with Scotland’s Julie Forrest – one of only two women remaining in the event taking on 2010 winner of this title Greg Harlow.

Potters Ambassador Harlow made the early running, scoring a treble on end three to lead 5-2 with Forrest, who won the World Mixed Pairs earlier in the week with countryman Stewart Anderson, showing her battling determination and replying with a 1, 2 and 3 to forge into an 8-5 lead.

Over the last three ends there were some dramatic shots played by both players – but Harlow ran out with three consecutive singles to share the set at 8-8.

He was quickly into gear in the second, scoring on four of the five opening ends to forge ahead 7-1, but Forrest once again stood firm and slowly clawed her way back into contention, rolling in three successive singles to cut that deficit to 7-4.

That left her requiring a treble to square the set or a full house to win the match, and she had both these options in her hand when she held a treble and could have applied extra pressure had she added another shot to hold that tantalising match lie.

However she ran out of the count – but was still in the driving seat and an opportunity of a shoot out when she held a treble.

But Harlow put that notion to bed when he fell in to count the third shot and deny Forrest by the merest 7-6 margins.

“Julie certainly had me up against the wall” smiled a relieved Harlow later.

Whilst Julie shook her head and admitted “I made two mistakes in the game and that potentially cost me a win. It could have gone any way. I played all the shots well and was happy with both my drawing and running shots. At least I made Greg work for his win”.


Greg Harlow (Eng) bt Julie Forrest (Scot) 8-8, 7-6




AUTHOR: Gordon Woods


Neath’s Laura Daniels dug deep in her semi-final match against 2013 holder Rebecca Willgress from nearby Wymondham in Norfolk, to secure her spot in the final of the ‘JUST’ Ladies World Matchplay Singles tomorrow afternoon (Thursday).

The first set was a titanic struggle between the two players, with the scoreline tied at 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4 but 35 year old, Accountant Daniels finished strongly with a treble and single to take the set 8-4.

Willgress though came out with all guns blazing and dominated the second set.

Once again through Daniels produced some telling bowls towards the end of the set but it wasn’t enough to halt the challenge of Willgress to take the match to a three end sudden death shoot out after her 8-5 win.

The Welsh player won the toss and opted to keep the jack and play her preferred shorter length jack that yielded her the first end.

In the second end, Daniels drew a back toucher for a match lie with her last bowl but Willgress managed to feather the jack out of the rink and when it was replaced on the forehand side of the rink – the verdict went to Daniels after an umpires long tape measure.

“I lost my way a bit in the second set and struggled a bit. But as the set progressed I found a bit of form and carried that with me into the tie break.

“It certainly was a battle, but I’m just happy to know that I’m in the final again”.

Her head to head against Katherine Rednall will be a replay of their 2015 title decider which went Daniels way.

“JUST” World Ladies Matchplay – Semi Final

Laura Daniels (Wales) bt Rebecca Willgress (Eng) 8-4, 5-8, 2-0



AUTHOR: Gordon Woods


Nottingham’s Simon Skelton became the fifth player to book his place in Friday’s quarter finals of the ‘JUST’ Open Singles Championship, playing a patient, controlled game against 24 year old mechanic Jack Bird from Scarborough – who was making his debut in these Championships.

The first set was a game of two halves, with Bird in dynamic form and scoring singles on the first four ends. A single on the fifth end gave Skelton control of the jack and he elected to go short which paid off as he scored heavily on four of the remaining five ends to win 8-5.

Six singles and a double were scored in a tense second set over the first seven ends – with Skelton holding a 5-3 advantage. To cut that count and try to gain an advantage to take the second set, Bird’s last bowl held just wide of the head and he lost a treble – which put the match beyond redemption with an end to spare, 8-3.

Skelton said “It’s not easy out there on the rink – even if there is a crowd. Obviously it’s very quite so you’ve got to try to motivate yourself and create our own atmosphere.

“When I arrived here, like all of the other players, we’d not played at all because of the various lockdowns, but as the Tournaments progressed I’m gradually finding consistency and feel I’m getting better with each game.

“Even although I was 4-0 down in the first set I knew I was playing well and just had to be patient.”

Skelton’s quarter final opponent on Friday morning will be Lancashire’s Mark Dawes, a 37 year old accountant who burst onto the WBT scene a few years ago and won this Singles title in 2018 and also the Pairs. Earlier this week he regained the Pairs title with Jamie Chestney.


Simon Skelton (Eng) bt Jack Bird (Eng) 8-5, 8-3


AUTHOR: Gordon Woods


25 year old Katherine Rednall pulled off a straight sets 9-2, 8-4 quarter final win against international colleague Devon Cooper to book her spot in Thursday’s final of the ‘JUST’ Women’s World Matchplay Singles Championship at Potters Resort.

Rednall, a three time winner of this title – winning in 2014 and then back to back 2017 and ’18 – and is 7 ½ month pregnant with her first child only dropped two singles in the first set.

In the second though, 19 year old Cooper – a Chemistry student at Durham University, came onto a better game, but Rednall’s experience came through as she staved off any potential counts that Cooper could hope to muster and signed the game off with a 9-2, 8-4 victory.

She will find out later tonight who her opponent will be in tomorrow’s title decider after the second semi-final is decided between 2015 holder Laura Daniels from Wales or local Norfolk bowler Rebecca Field.

“I played well in the first set, but Devon made me work a lot harder in the second. But over the piece I’ll take the win.

“I’ll have a busy day tomorrow (Thursday) – I play Alex Marshall in the 2nd Round of the Open Singles in the first match tomorrow afternoon and then follow on from that with the Women’s Singles final a 3pm which will both be tough matches”.

“JUST” Ladies World Matchplay – Quarter Final

Katherine Rednall (Eng) bt Devon Cooper (Eng) 9-2, 8-4



AUTHOR: Gordon Woods


Scotland’s Stewart Anderson heaved a mighty sigh of relief as he slogged out a 4-9, 9-2, 2-1 tough match win against Dan Salmon from Wales to move through to Friday’s quarter finals of the ‘JUST’ World Singles Championship.

Their 2nd round match was certainly a game of two halves with Welshman Salmon – who is the holder of the Commonwealth Games Pairs gold won in Australian three years ago keeping Anderson on toast in the first set to win 9-4 and then 25 year old Anderson – fresh from his World Mixed Pairs win the previous day – and the world singles champion in 2016 and then 2019 applying the same pressures on Salmon in the second set, dropping only the two opening ends and the chalking up counts on the next six to win 9-2 and force a tie break.

On the first end Anderson lay shot but with his last bowl Salmon got a fortunate result to take the end and it was a reverse situation in the second with the head splitting and falling in Anderson’s favour with his last delivery.

Then in the winner take all last end the Scot secured the shot he needed for his victory.

Shaking his head Anderson said “Phew … that was too close for comfort. He really put me under the pump in the first set. I got it back together in the second and you know what it’s like in a tie break – it can go anyway.

“We both got breaks on the shoot out and was a bit unfortunate with his last bowl. I’m just happy to move through”.

A disappointed Salmon said later “That’s the best I’ve played on the portable rink. I’ve had more time to practice on it this year because of the Covid situation. I started off really well and put Stewart under a lot of pressure.

“ It was a good game and could have gone either way, so I’ll take that experience and knowledge away with me for future references”.

“JUST” World Open Singles – Round Two

Stewart Anderson (Scot) bt Dan Salmon (Wales) 4-9, 9-2, 2-1



AUTHOR: Gordon Woods


It wasn’t just their first outing as a partnership but it was a first ever win for both Julie Forrest and Stewart Anderson as they celebrated winning the ‘JUST’ World Mixed Pairs title against 21 year old fellow Scot Carla Banks from Garioch and who was making her debut at the Potters Resort and Exeter’s Rob Paxton.

All four players gave a good account of themselves, but it was the Scottish duo of Forrest and Anderson who counted singles on the last two ends of the first set to win 8-3 in the best of two sets of nine ends final.

It was and evenly poised second set with Paxton and Banks fighting back and going 3-1 ahead after four ends but a treble for the Scots lifted them a 4-3 ahead.

From there until the end of the match, each pair scored singles on two ends – tying the score at 4-4 and then 5-5 playing the last end – where the shot to Paxton and Banks would have taken the match to a title deciding shoot out – and if Anderson and Forrest scored they would take the title.

With so much at stake – it was a tense and exciting last end affair.

With a jack length advantage, Banks pulled the mat up the rink and threw the jack to the ‘T’ and proceeded to draw just inches from the jack and she added another shot with her second bowl.

Anderson asked Forrest to run the jack to the ditch and she did just that and her bowl followed in and lay about a yard away.

Paxton though responded with a superb draw to the lip of the rink, but Anderson ran the bowl off the green, and when Paxton fell agonisingly short with his last bowl, the title went to the Scots 8-3, 6-5.

Forrest, though has reached the final before, losing in 2016 playing with Alex Marshall against Darren Burnett and Katherine Rednall, while Paxton won the title two years ago with Ellen Falkner MBE.


Julie Forrest & Stewart Anderson (Scot) bt Carla Banks (Scot) & Rob Paxton (Eng) 8-3, 6-5



What a titanic battle the last match of Day 12 turned out to be in the ‘JUST’ World Indoor Singles event, with local Norfolk painter and decorator Wayne Willgress clawing his way to a low scoring 7-6, 5-4 victory against 5 time winner of this title – Paul Foster MBE from Scotland – the current WBT ranked No 4 player.

In a tentative, dour exchange Foster made the early running with a single and double to lead 3-0. Two ends later it was all square at 3-3 and they levelled the score at 5-5 after seven ends. Foster came back with the fifth single in the match to hold a narrow 6-5 lead playing the last but Willgress knuckled down and came through with a double to win 7-6.

The second set was sealed 5-4 after nine singles were scored – again with both players displaying a quiet and determined manned with Willgress scoring the vital shot on the last end to seal the verdict and his place in the Friday’s quarter finals where he will play his Potters ‘room mate’ Perry Martin.

“I didn’t feel that I played particularly well with my first two bowls. But I got over the line and that’s what matters. It was a game of two jack length Paul favoured his favourite shorter lengths and I deliberately played the long game.

“I’m just happy to have won through. In fact I’m delighted. Paul is a difficult player to beat at any time – he’s one of the best and under the circumstances it was a hard, hard game” said Willgress.

“JUST” World Open Singles – Round Two

Wayne Willgress (Eng) bt Paul Foster MBE (Sco) 7-6, 5-4


Mark Dawes and Mervyn King displayed their awesome drawing talent as they clashed in the 2nd round of the ‘JUST’ World Indoor Singles Championship earlier this afternoon.

Both renowned for their intricate drawing skills, they gave an absolute masterclass of their ability with a procession of inch perfect deliveries but in the end it was Lancashire ‘Hot Pot’ Dawes who delivered the result to take a quarter final spot on Friday 7-6, 12-3, 2-1.

The first set in particular was simply outstanding throughout and was decided on the last end with the last bowl.

The scoreline stood at 6-5 in Dawes favour – with King holding one shot that would have seen the set tied, however had there been an audience in the Arena there’s no doubt the roof would have been blown off as the Norfolk Estate Manager drew an inch perfect set winning second counter to win 7-6.

The 12-3 score in the second didn’t quite reflect the quality of the bowls on show.

3-2 up after three ends, King found himself three shots down in the head. Twice he connected with the target but the jack refused to move and he dropped a treble.

That was the turning point in the set and Dawes dominated from thereon to win and push the match to a tie break.

He dropped the opening end, and on the second King drew a centre line bowl just an inch or so from the jack only for Dawes to reply with a similar bowl and grab the shot. As the end progressed, King sprung the jack with his last but left Dawes too much room and he drew the shot to level the ends at 1-1.

The last end was also a nailbiting affair but victory eventually went to Dawes 2-1.

This was a match for the purists, with awesome and mindblowing bowls from both players … if you missed it you can watch it on YouTube on the World Bowls Tour platform.

*A Video Interview with both players is available on Potters Bowls and World Bowls Tour Facebook pages.

“JUST” World Open Singles – Round Two

Mark Dawes (Eng) bt Mervyn King (Eng) 7-6, 12-3, 2-1



AUTHOR: Gordon Woods


English International Perry Martin was the first player to grab a place in Friday’s quarter final of the ‘JUST’ World Singles Championship.

The 27 year old from Erith in Kent came through an expectedly tough exchange against Stowmarket’s Mark Royal who is currently ranked 12 on the WBT Ranking List, 10-7,6-2.

Martin threw down the gauntlet early doors, playing an opening end running to turn three shots down into three shots up.

He trailed 7-6 with two ends to play, but with shot against him, Royal was a bit too aggressive playing into the head and popped the jack slightly too far – leaving Martin and easy draw to notch up a treble followed by a single to take the set 10-7.

“I don’t know quite how I managed to win that first set” said Martin later. “Mark got an unlucky break on that second last end and that set me up”.

In the second set, with only singles counted on each end Martin only dropped two of the eight ends played and won 6-2.

“It was a great game, I really enjoyed it – but it wasn’t quite the standard I played to in the first round against Les Gillett. Still a win’s a win and I’ll take that” said Martin.

“JUST” World Open Singles – Round Two

Perry Martin (Eng) bt Mark Royal (Eng) 10-7, 6-2 


AUTHOR: Gordon Woods


What an epic battle the ‘Just’ World Open Pairs final was today, with the winners unable to be called until the very last bowl in a sudden death- best of three then shoot out… It was a tense and highly exciting title decider of the highest quality before Mark Dawes and Jamie Chestney raised the victory salute.

Indeed in the first set Potters Ambassador Greg Harlow – the defending champion who won the title last year with Nicky Brett – who unfortunately broke his wrist in December and was replaced by top lady bowler Ellen Falkner MBE – and ex-clubmate of Harlow’s at the City of Ely club.. was on absolute fire

Lancashire based Dawes in particular was in top form for Exeter skip Chestney but Harlow reigned supreme – drawing inch perfect shots to deny the 2018 holders time and time again and took out the first set 7-6.

The scoreline in the set belied another closely contested and entertaining set with Dawes and Harlow running out 9-2 winners to push the match to a tie break to decide the winners.

Harlow drew the shot with his last bowl to take the first end, and despite drawing the match winner in the second and third ends Jamie Chestney rose to the challenge with blockbusting responses in both of the two remaining ends to seal a well deserved victory. 6-7, 9-2, 2-1.

The accuracy of the bowling had to be seen to be believed. It was a match worthy of a final.

Indeed it’s been a day of upsets in the event with no less than THREE defending champions bowing out.

First up this morning – Julie Forrest – bidding for her third successive Women’s Matchplay title – lost out on a tie break to Devon Cooper

In the second match, reigning World Open singles champion Rob Paxton conceded his 1st round match to Jack Bird and then holder Greg Harlow had to settle for second best in the Open Pairs finals with Ellen Falkner.

To add to the woes earlier in the day – Women’s Matchplay singles holder Ellen Falkner conceded her singles match due to a shoulder injury.




Mark Dawes & Jamie Chestney (Eng) bt Ellen Falkner MBE & Greg Harlow (Eng) 6-7, 9-2, 2-1



Ellen Falkner has apologised to our army of armchair fans who have been glued to the

World Indoor Championships at Potters Resort after she conceded her quarter final match in the Women’s World Matchplay Singles to Katherine Rednall.

Ellen sustained a shoulder injury earlier in the week and despite intensive therapy, there has been no relief from the pain involved.
She played through the pain barrier to compete in the Open Pairs final earlier today but during her pre-match warm up this evening it was evident that her shoulder was causing her problems and she very reluctantly took the decision to step down and concede her match.
Katherine Rednall now takes the semi-final berth against Devon Cooper on Wednesday afternoon.


Exeter’s Rob Paxton waved goodbye to his ‘JUST’ world singles campaign today.

Against 20 year old Scarborough mechanic Jack Bird, Paxton found himself 6-1 down after four ends but bounced back with a treble and double to share a 6-6 scoreline.

Bird rolled in successive singles to leave Paxton requiring a double to draw the set or a treble to win it – and that scenario looked on the cards when he held the shots he needed, however an inch perfect delivery by Bird averted the danger.

But with one bowl left to play the drama wasn’t quite over. Paxton fired at the head, and when the dust had settled – counted a single and was very unlucky not to make it a double and narrowly missed out 8-7.

Singles were scored on the first six ends of the second sat with Bird holding sway at 5-1.

Paxton, who hadn’t been looking himself throughout the match, unexpectedly left the rink and five minuets later the Tournament Director Tom Weir announced that the match had been conceded in Bird’s favour due to personal family circumstances.

Bird now lines up against 2019 beaten finalist Simon Skelton. Their 2nd Round match will be played on Wednesday.



Jack Bird (Eng) beat Robert Paxton (Eng) – 6-6; conceeded


Scotland’s Julie Forrest saw her two year reign as the ‘JUST’ Ladies Matchplay Singles Champion come to an end at the Potters Resort this morning when she lost out to 19 year old Devon Cooper from Bedfordshire 3-7, 10-4, 2-0.

Forrest took the honours in the opening set 7-3 – pulling away over the last four ends and checking out with a 1, 1 and 2.

In the second set of the match Forrest led 3-1 after three ends, but Cooper – a 2nd year student at Durham University studying Chemistry, found a rich vein of consistency and dropped only one of the remaining six ends to post a 10-4 win and take the match to a tie break which she won 2-0.

A disappointed Forrest said “Cooper pushed me all the way right from her first bowl. I take my hat off to her, she was superb and continually put me under pressure and never missed an opportunity.

“I’m disappointed in myself though and not giving a better performance. It’s just about whoever copes with the rink the best as it is very tricky – frustratingly so – but it’s the same for everyone”.

Cooper said “I just wanted to play better that I did when I led against Julie in the Mixed Pairs. She couldn’t do a thing wrong in that game so I was a lot happier with my performance today”.

“JUST” Ladies World Matchplay


Devon Cooper (Eng) bt Julie Forrest (Scot) 3-7, 10-4, 2-0







In the second Mixed Pairs semi-final the all-Scottish pairing of Julie Forrest and Stewart Anderson proved too strong for Durham’s Devon Cooper and Melton’s Les Gillett, easing through to the final on Tuesday 19th against Carla Banks and Rob Paxton.

Both players were models of consistency and dominated throughout the two set match, winning 12-1, 11-3.

Neither Scot has won this title before, but have had other successes at Potters, with Forrest having chalked up with Women’s World Matchplay Singles title for the last two years and Stewart too has a pleasing CV – winning the Open singles twice and also the Open pairs in 2016 with Darren Burnett.

But today they were just different class with Forrest homing in on the jack with total accuracy and Anderson sweeping up behind when necessary.

Later Forrest smileD and said “It was just one those games. I could do no thing wrong and  it didn’t matter where the jack was. Everthing just fell for me”.





Julie Forrest & Stewart Anderson (Scot) bt Devon Cooper & Les Gillett (Eng) 12-1, 11-3.

AUTHOR: Gordon Woods







Scotland’s Carla Banks has won through to her first ‘Just’ World Indoor Bowls final and will line up alongside seasoned campaigner Rob Paxton in the Mixed Pairs final on Tuesday (18th January)

Crediton based Paxton – who is also the Open Singles reigning champion, will be looking to lift this Mixed title for a third time after wins in 2015 with Marion Purcell from Wales and two years ago with Ketterings Ellen Falkner.

In their semi-final today against local Norfolk star Katherine Rednall, – a winner of this title in 2016 with Darren Burnett – she partnered another Scot this time round in David Gourlay MBE.

 The first set was a hard fought exchange with Rednall and Gourlay   counting a double on the last end to share the spoils at 6-6.             

 On the first two ends of the second set Rednall & Gourlay slipped up   as they dropped a full house of 4 followed by a single and that 5-0   advantage to Banks and Paxton was always the difference in the set and   they went on to win 9-4.



 Carla Banks (Scot) & Rob Paxton (Eng) bt Katherine Rednall (Eng) &   David Gourlay MBE (Scot) 6-6, 9-4

AUTHOR: Gordon Woods



Penarth’s Jason Greenslade was the second last player to seal a place in the 2nd Round of the ‘JUST’ Open Singles Championship earlier today.

In the opening set Greenslade was quick to lift his hand and successfully deployed some heavy artillery to take the first set against Ireland’s Stuart Bennett 10-2.

The advantage swung in the Belfast man’s favour in the second set though when he scored six shots over four of the first five ends to lead 6-1.

Greenslade though got his draw game back together and he counted a 2, 2, 1 and 1 on the remaining four ends to get over the finishing line 7-6 for a straight sets victory.

A relieved Greenslade said later “I made things difficult for myself. However I managed to get back on track and just made it”.

His second round opponent will be David Gourlay MBE and they clash on Thursday 21st January

 "JUST” World Open Singles


 Jason Greenslade (Wales) bt Stuart Bennett (Ire) 10-2, 7-6

 AUTHOR: Gordon Woods




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