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ALISON MERRIEN AND CAROL INGROUILLE TRIUMPH IN BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS Guernsey duo Alison Merrien and Carol Ingrouille have won the British Isles Indoor Bowls Pairs Championships. The duo beat England’s


Margaret Sowden and Ann Lennie 25-14 in the final at Stanley, in County Durham. The pair had beaten Scotland’s


Stacey Laidlaw and Gaynor Blair 19-15 in the preliminary round before defeating Ireland’s Helen Wilson and Liz Bruce 25-17 in the semi-finals. It was some compensation


for Alison, who lost the final of the World Indoor Bowls Championships in January, when she was beaten by Norfolk’s Rebecca Field.


Alison, who last won the title


in 2011, had no complaints about the outcome. “I had to fight my way back and almost clinched the first set, but she played better than I did in the end and deserved the win,” she said.


STEWART ANDERSON PICKS UP WORLD INDOOR BOWLS TITLE Stewart Anderson beat fellow Scot Paul Foster to win the World Indoor bowls titles in Norfolk. The opening set was shared


10-10 after third seed Foster came from 10-6 down with two ends to go to level it up. The second set was equally


tense, with Anderson 6-1 up after four ends and 9-5 up after eight, only for Foster to level it at 9-9 and force a one-end shootout. And it was the ninth seed who held his nerve to emerge victorious 10-9 for his first world title. “I can’t believe it. I’m very


proud,” said the 27-year-old player afterwards. “Everyone knows coming into


an event that Paul is the one to beat and I knew I had to put him under pressure.”


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ANTIPODEANS SHARE SPOILS T


here was disappointment for UK bowlers down under as Antipodeans claimed most of the spoils at the Indoor Bowls World


Cup in Warilla, Australia. Midlothian’s Graeme Archer picked up a


bronze medal in a tense semi-final defeat to New Zealander Tony Grantham in the eight-day tournament that attracted some of the world’s top players. Graeme, who now plays in Melbourne, was beaten 5-7, 7-6 and 2-3 by Tony in the semis. The men’s final also required a tiebreaker


after Tony fought back for a poor opening set to square the ledger against defending champion Jeremy Henry. The Australian claimed the opening set 10-5 and the Kiwi took the second 8-5, but Henry was untouchable in the third and deciding stanza, winning it 5-0. “Jeremy is an amazing bowler and to take him


into a tiebreaker is unbelievable,” Tony said. Meanwhile, in the ladies’ competition, Jersey’s


Ali Merrien MBE was unable to repeat her success of 2012 – beaten by New Zealand’s Jo Edwards in the final of the competition. But Jo dropped the first set before levelling the


contest and edging the tiebreaker. “Alison totally outplayed me in the first set – it was a real turnaround. I was lucky enough to


Tony Grantham of New Zealand


get it,” said Jo, while celebrating a 3-8, 8-3, 3-2 victory. It was the fifth time Edwards had competed


at the World Cup and her fourth title was also unique.


Jo Edwards in action in Warilla


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