Baylham’s Katherine Rednall taking Potters by storm

Katherine Rednall

Katherine Rednall - Credit: Archant

While Norfolk’s Bex Field was prominent at Potters over the weekend, it was Suffolk’s 18-year-old Katherine Rednall who had everyone talking, when she cruised into the semi- finals of the Women’s Matchplay singles, and booked a place in the final of the mixed pairs.

After Rednall and England men’s team captain Andy Thomson had edged home, 8-7, 6-7, 2-1, against Janice Gower and Greg Harlow in a facscinating contest, Rednall said: “I’ve got a good partner in Andy,” but Thomson was quick to add, “I’ve got a good partner, too!”

It is exactly 10 years since Thomson last reached the final and he let it be known that he would love to win it with Rednall.

Tomorrow they will face the defending champions, Laura Thomas, from Wales, and world number one Paul Foster, who yesterday defeated Cumbria’s Scots-born Eleanor Gass and Scotland’s head coach David Gourlay, 7-6, 9-1.

While young bowlers are strutting their stuff on the portable rink, it was great to see Gass, who, at 69, is 51 years Rednall’s senior, matching the Ipswich ace bowl-for-bowl in the first set of the Matchplay singles quarter-finals.

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Although Rednall always had the edge, Gass made her work hard for the first set, but, once it was hers, the Stowmarket High School student relaxed, upped her game, and found her rhythm, crowding the jack with deftly-judged drawing bowls.

Gass, who never gave up, sportingly applauded her opponent’s best efforts by discreetly tapping her thigh, which must have been black-and-blue by the end of the game, Rednall winning at a canter, 6-5, 12-2.

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Rednall, who would love to have a crack at defending champion Field (or Julie Forrest) in the final, first has to get past Channel Islander Alison Merrien, who took the scalp of the reigning world outdoor singles champion Karen Murphy, 7-7, 12-3, on Saturday evening.

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