Katherine Rednall pushes Commonwealth Games hero all the way in defeat

Felixstowe & Suffolk’s young star Katherine Rednall continues to make waves in the sport of bowls after making her junior international debut in Llanelli last month.

Today, she delighted a large crowd in Leamington’s Victoria Park when she matched Lincolnshire’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist Amy Gowshall every step of the way in the quarter finals of the national women’s two-wood singles championship.

Trailing 7-11, Katherine, the 16-year-old daughter of the legendary Suffolk and England lead John Rednall, powered back to level the scores at 13-13 with one end to play (two-wood singles is played over 21-ends).

And she was actually holding a match lie for a place in the semi finals when Gowshall, who is 33, drew the shot with her very last bowl on the 21st end to win 14-13.

“Amy’s a great player, so I knew I had given her too much room to draw the winner,” said Katherine. “But I was pleased to have taken her all the way to the wire.”

Earlier, Katherine had taken the scalps of former world indoor singles champion Amy Stanton, from Worcestershire (16-8), Fay Slinn, from Durham (15-8), and Oxford’s Mo Cox (17-12) to clinch a place in the last eight in England.

Last weekend, at the Margaret Catchpole club in Cliff Lane, Katherine, who last winter won the national indoor Champion of Champions title, won the Suffolk women’s under-25 singles, and, with clubmate Margaret Insley, the county pairs title – and retained the county mixed pairs title with dad John.

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