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Kings earn world crown

PUBLISHED: 09:33 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:19 07 July 2010

The Fakenham Gallow Indoor Bowls Club is celebrating another major title.

Suzanne King and her high-profile husband Mervyn won the WIBC world indoor pairs title at Swansea when they defeated another husband-and-wife duo, Lindsey and Thomas Greechan from Jersey, 9-7, 4-10, 2-0, in the final.

The Fakenham Gallow Indoor Bowls Club is celebrating another major title.

Suzanne King and her high-profile husband Mervyn won the WIBC world indoor pairs title at Swansea when they defeated another husband-and-wife duo, Lindsey and Thomas Greechan from Jersey, 9-7, 4-10, 2-0, in the final.

Mervyn and Jamie Chestney the previous week won the all-England pairs competition at Nottingham.

For Mervyn, the Fakenham pair's victory in Swansea made up for his shock defeat in the quarter- finals of the men's singles after he had been hotly tipped to retain the title he won in Belfast last year.

“If you'd told me before we came to Wales that I would fail to retain the singles, but we would win the pairs, I would have gladly settled for that,” said Mervyn on Sunday.

“It's marvellous. Suzanne has only been playing about five years, but she played really well, and it gave me a lot of pleasure to win the title - and to watch her doing so well in the singles.”

Suzanne added: “I think I actually played better in the singles than in the pairs, but when all's said and done, it's been a tremendous few days, and I have enjoyed the experience immensely.”

The Kings took advantage of the sets format in the semi-final and final, forcing their opponents into a tiebreak after being out-scored over the first two sets in both matches.

Against the Irish/Welsh duo of Bernie O'Neill and Dan Gough, they won the first set, 7-5, but were outplayed, 15-3 in the second before taking the tiebreak 2-1, thanks to a great delivery from Suzanne.

After a good start in the final they led 7-0 after three ends, but saw the Channel Islanders go on a scoring spree over the next 15 ends in which they collected 17 shots to the Kings' six.

Relieved to get home in the first set 9-7, they knew they were guaranteed a tie-break, and after losing the second set, 4-10 again exploited the format to take the title in two straight ends.

In the quarter-finals of the singles, King found Scottish champion Scott Kennedy, who had struggled to qualify for the knockout stage, in top form and lost in straight sets, 8-6, 8-2.

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