Kings earn world crown
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.
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“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.”
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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.