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