Ian Honner is the winner of the Ipswich Open Singles
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Ian Honner was the winner of the Ipswich Open Singles, held at Ipswich Indoor Bowls Club, at the weekend.
Honner took the glory, £1,000 and crucial ranking points by defeating Pat Briscoe in the final, 7-6. 0-11, 2-0, in the latest round of the national Open Singles circuit.
Eighth-placed Honner’s points will go towards his final total and hopefully, for him, a place in the last 32 and a place in the Open Singles Grand Final to be held at Potters, on November 24.
It was a late finish for the winner and those watching, the competition eventually being wrapped up at 11pm on Sunday night.
There are nine more events with ranking points up for grabs, the next tournament being held in Bristol, on March 11.
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Honner reached the final after defeating Chelmsford player James Rippey (Falcon) in the semi-final, 9-0, 8-2.
In the other last four game, Briscoe overcame 70-year-old Norman Coad, from Bodmin, to secure his place in the final, 7-3, 5-6. 1-0.
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Coad had earlier reached the semi-final with victory against Ipswich’s Phil Last, who won the first set 5-4 and was leading the second, 5-3, only to be overhauled on the final end, Coad picking up an all-important three points.
Another Ipswich-based player, Martin Heitzmann, who is just outside the top-32, also played, and reached the last-16, having beaten Greg Harlow in an earlier round.
There was further Ipswich representation in the form of Adrian Wyatt and Lee Rowland.
Last is currently seventh in the overall rankings with 153 points and looks well placed to reach the Grand Final.
Katherine Rednall, another player just outside the top-32, was unable to compete in the last round of the competition, as she was taking part in the National mixed Fours and Pairs.
Rednall, along with her father John, Anna Chalk and Colin Rumsby went out in the first round of the National Mixed Fours, against Whiteknights.
In the pairs, along with her father, she made the quarter-finals, losing to Sandy Hazell and Perry Martin from Swale, who won the overall event.
Ipswich Indoor Bowls Club holds its annual finals weekend on Saturday and Sunday, games on both days starting at 11am.