Katherine Rednall heading to Australia with England squad, hoping to land Commonwealth Games place

Katherine Rednall is in the Bowls England squad for a test series in Australia.

Katherine Rednall is in the Bowls England squad for a test series in Australia. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Suffolk world champion, Katherine Rednall jets out to Australia on Friday, dreaming of securing a place at next year’s Commonwealth Games.

The 21-year-old, the current World Indoor Bowls Ladies Singles Matchplay champion, has been selected in a 14-strong lawn bowls squad to play in a series of games against the hosts, including a three-day test match at Broadbeach Bowls Club between April 26-28.

Seven men and seven women make up the squad but two of each will miss the cut when Bowls England selectors pick their final 10 players for next April’s Games on the Gold Coast.

The 10 that make the cut will play in two disciplines each at the Commonwealths, with the Games hosting singles, doubles, triples and fours competitions.

Former Stowmarket High School pupil Rednall, who will also be playing in a series of one-day events against representative teams from across the Gold Coast, between April 30 and May 5, said: “I didn’t really expect to be in the squad.

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“The selectors picked a squad for New Zealand, they took seven female players out there for a Test series, but have since replaced two of those players with myself and Bex Field from Norfolk.

“There’s no pressure on myself and Bex as we did not think we would be going.”

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Rednall, who plays for Felixstowe & Suffolk Bowls Club on the outdoor circuit, is currently in her second year at university studying for a degree in Fashion and Textiles, and added: “Bex called me to let me know that we were in the squad and I said ‘No were not!

“I will be taking my university work out there with me and it is nice that I am able to do that.”

A total of 70 nations will be competing at the 24th Commonwealth Games in a total of 275 events, the event being held between April 4 and 15 next year.

Rednall, from Baylham, who defeated Field in 2014, aged just 18, to become the youngest-ever world champion will be joined by Natalie Chestney (Devon), Ellen Falkner (Cambridgeshire) – who lost to Rednall in this year’s world final – Sian Honnor (Kent); Wendy King (Kent) and Sophie Tolchard (Devon) Down Under.

David Bolt (Durham), Jamie Chestney (Devon), Andy Knapper (Berkshire), Robert Paxton (Devon), Louis Ridout (Devon), Sam Tolchard (Devon) and Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire) makes up the men’s squad for Australia.

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