21:16 - 24th February, 2015
The Final count down is on for the Co-operative funeralcare International Open 2015 hosted by Blackpool Newton Hall. The set is being installed and the players are keying themselves up for the last ranking event of the World Bowls Tour season. This event will hold excitement and local interest right from day one as first live game will be defending Champion Paul Foster MBE who faces Des Cann from Australia at 9.45am on Sunday 1st March. Current World Champion Alex Marshall MBE will be facing Robert Weale on Monday to see if he can lift two consecutive WBT ranking event titles to add to his six World Championship titles and crowd pleaser Nick Brett faces young Welsh qualifier Damian Doubler in his first round to see if he can add this title to the Scottish title he won in November.
11:20 - 29th January, 2015
Well, it's coming up in just a few weeks for another round of the World's Top players to be on parade again again a new batch of qualifier hopefuls in the Co-operative Funeralcare International Open at Blackpool's Newton Hall Holiday Park from the 1st to the 6th March 2015 . This being the last event of the season for the top 16 there are a few of them that have to make sure that they get through the first few rounds in order to gain a few more of the WBT Ranking points in order to stay in the top 16. Attached to the bottom of this report you can download the draw and also the play schedule. Once again WBT will be streaming in full HD all the matches with commentary through the youtube.com/worldbowlstour channel which attracted thousands of viewers during the World Championships and SKY Sports showing live action from the Wednesday onwards. Once again the top 16 will be facing competition from some of the overseas players from Australia, Hong Kong, USA and Israel. Tickets are available through email on email@example.com or you can ring the venue direct on 01253 301447.
13:09 - 28th January, 2015
What more is there to say from an astounding match in the World Indoor Singles Final on the famous blue portable rink at Potters Resort this afternoon watched by over a million TV viewers and several thousand on WBT's new youtube channel around the world. It was obviously Marshall's day as he powered into the first set to go 10-3 up in the 8th end. Thomson managed to hang in and took a 4 and a 2 in the next two ends to pull the match back but it was Marshall who took a single on the last end to take the first set 11,9
Again in the second set it was Marshall that just continued to close out Thomson and no matter what Thomson did Alex always had an answer and left Thomson having to play tough shots on a hard to find line. It was Alex Marshall that took the second set and match to clinch another record of 6 times World Indoor Champion and rightly so.In his interview straight after the match there was an exceedingly touching moment for the whole of the audience when Alex Marshall MBE dedicated the match and win to the late Brian Potter MBE.
For those that missed it it can still be viewed on BBC iplayer and also youtube.com/worldbowlstour and it is well worth the watch.
22:48 - 23rd January, 2015
There will be no new name on this year’s Just Retirement World Indoor Singles Role of Honour with all four semi-finalists former champions. There was an early shock in the first match though with title holder Darren Burnett suffering one of the biggest defeats of his career when he crashed 11-1, 11-1 to former champion and number 9 seed Greg Harlow. Shaking his head he said “I just didn’t feel focused. I wasn’t in the zone and you can’t win matches like that. I’ve had to deal with a lot this week, especially with my gran passing away and just didn’t feel I was even on the green and didn’t compete. “Anytime I did look like getting into the match Greg closed it down. He played a really good all round game”. Alex Marshall will provide the opposition for Harlow and remains in the frame to take the title for a record extending sixth time.
23:18 - 22nd January, 2015
Neath’s Laura Daniels (formerly Thomas) is the new Just Retirement Women’s World singles champion pocketing the winners cheque for £5,000 and the stunning royal blue Langham Glass Trophy from Potters Resort MD John Potter and Andy Humphreys, the Director of Marketing for the sponsors Just Retirement. Up against 19 year old defending champion Katherine Rednall from Ipswich, the 29 year old Welsh star couldn't have asked for a better start and only dropped five shots over three of the eleven end set, winning 14-5 to give her an early advantage. However in the second, a late charge from Rednall saw her move from 5-7 down to 9-7 up with an end to play, but she failed to capitalise on her advantage with Daniels playing some tremendous pressure bowls to stave off a tie break, scoring a double to square the set at 9-9 and take the title by one and a half sets to a half.