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DEFENDING WORLD SINGLES CHAMPION MAKES A SURPRISE EXIT

26 year old Harry Goodwin caused one of the biggest upsets of the 2024 Imagine Cruising World Indoor Bowls Singles championships when he defeated reigning champion Jamie Walker in a close knit finish that could have seen the result go either way.


Walker made an impressive start against a very tentative Goodwin, virtually sealing the opening set when he went 8-0 ahead after just five ends - and although Goodwin started to come on to a better game, it was too little too late, with Walker chalking up the result 9-3 with an end in hand.


But what a difference in the second set, with Goodwin stringing together four cracking shots on the first end.


However Walker came straight back at him with successive singles followed by a treble to lead 5-4.


But Goodwin, the English, British and Under 25 IIBC (International Indoor Bowls Council) champion showed just why he was a 'Sponsor's pick', as he dug deep and rolled in counts on four of the concluding five ends to win the set 10-6 to set up a three end shoot out.


Goodwin got the 'heads up' on the first end, then a great movement of the jack from Walker, plus a missed running last bowl by Goodwin saw the match level at one end all.


Then in a pulsating third end the Kent plasterer sat behind the jack with his third bowl and with his last delivery Walker opted to draw the shot and just marginally missed by a whisker and bowed out 2-1.


RESULT

WORLD INDOOR BOWLS OPEN SINGLES QUARTER FINALS

SQF 1 Harry Goodwin (Eng) bt *Holder Jamie Walker (End/1) 3-9, 10-6, 2-1.






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