Suffolk’s Katherine Rednall wins third World Indoor Bowls title
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Suffolk’s Katherine Rednall has won her third World Indoor Bowls Ladies Singles Matchplay title, at Potters Resort in Hopton.
Rednall, 22, defended her title with a dominant victory in the final against old foe Rebecca Field, from Norwich, whom she beat for her first world title back in 2014.
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The former Stowmarket High School pupil won 2-0 (13-3, 13-6).
When four perfect bowls from Rednall on the first end were countered brilliantly by a Field drive that took the jack into the ditch for a single shot, it looked like the packed crowd might have a close game to watch - and the Norfolk player drew well on the second end, bringing the best out of her opponent, who claimed a double.
It was a pulsating contest early on, but, from 2-1 after two ends, the score became 13-1 to Rednall after seven ends.
The Essex University student, who is studying fashion design at the Colchester campus, played with such accuracy and flair that spectators – and Field, for that matter – were stunned.
Winning the first set, 13-3, Rednall confidently and inexorably built up an 8-0 lead after four ends on the second set, whereupon Field gave hope to her supporters by scoring a full house of four shots on the fifth end.
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It was too little, too late, and the match ended without having to play the eleventh end of the set, because, at 13-6, Rednall just could not be caught.
She will now turn her attention to this April’s Commonwealth Games in Australia, where she’s been selected to represent England at a major championships for the first time.
After the game, which saw Field in tears following her defeat, Rednall said: “I feel really bad!
“I just settled into it today – I think that’s the best I’ve ever played. I couldn’t have really done any better. I just love it here.”
A crestfallen Field said: “I don’t think anyone could have beaten Katherine the way she played today, so, although I’m disappointed, I know I lost to the better player.
“I will be astonished if she comes back from the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April without a medal!”