Simon Skelton showed all his determined matchplay qualities to put himself back among the headlines in 2019 by making it all the way to the World Indoor Singles Final as an unseeded outsider. And he pushed champion Stewart Anderson all the way to a tie-break before having to settle for the runner-up spot.
It was quite a comeback in World Bowls Tour terms after dropping out of the top 16 of the rankings in 2015, but proved that the ability that helped take him to World Mixed Pairs and World Pairs titles in 2011 and 2015, with Alison Merrien and Robert Paxton, respectively, hadn't diminished.
His father introduced him to the sport of bowls at the age of 10, and the pair later became a formidable partnership, winning the English indoor Father & Son title three years in a row from 2005. Prior to that Simon had already been a regular at international level for England, and even won a gold medal outdoors as part of England's successful four at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.