King crowned Scottish champion
The EDP’s Sports Personality of the Year Mervyn King, who won the Premier League Bowls title in Cyprus in September, and a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi last month, has won yet another major title.
In Perth at the weekend, the Fakenham Gallow star lifted the WBT Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open in Perth, defeating the 25-year-old Scot Stewart Anderson 7-5, 8-5, in the final.
“I had been playing well all week, but I really didn’t think I was going win it,” King said.
The characteristics of the rink had changed. “It was much slower than it had been, and the lines were harder to find,” said King.”
There was still a lot of brilliant bowls played by both players, but it was King’s greater experience that told – he placed his very last bowl to stop Anderson scoring the three shots he needed to force a tie-break.
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“I really seem to be enjoying my best spell of success ever,” said King. “The last two months have been fabulous, and I can’t wait to get to Potters Leisure Resort for the world indoor championships in January.
Having won the world indoor singles title there in 2006, King knows he can count on the support of the Norfolk crowd.
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King added: “I haven’t seen much of home over the past few months, so it’s time I got back to Norfolk and do some work. My dad has been helping out with the estate management, and I’m sure he’ll be glad to see me back!”
King produced a wonder bowl last Thursday to beat the relatively unknown Canadian Jamie McGowan in the quarter-finals.
After returning a 4-8, 7-3, 2-1 scorecard, King said: “I just shut my eyes and thought of the big bowls I had played in the past, and drew a dead-length toucher. I was up against it on the sudden death last end of the tiebreak, when Jamie had a shot just a few inches from the jack. I needed to draw an inch-perfect bowl to beat Jamie and, fortunately, I did it.”
King turned on a relentless display of accurate bowls to defeat defending champion and world No 1 Paul Foster 13-8, 8-4 to claim a place in the quarter-finals.
The two stars of the World Bowls Tour had not met in a ranking event since the talented Scot beat King in the final of the world indoor singles championship in Preston Guildhall in 1998.
“It was a long wait to gain revenge for that defeat,” said King, “But it’s a good feeling to have beaten the world No 1.”