Paul Foster is the new ‘Just.’ World Indoor Singles champion after beating Greg Harlow in a tie break.
Potters bowls ambassador and world number four Greg Harlow took the first set 10-7, despite Foster scoring singles on three of the last four ends.
Foster, whose form has improved with each game throughout the event, shortened the jack and dominated the second set to win 11-1.
He also took the tie break 2-0.
Harlow said: “I was playing well and won the first set and was going on nicely. I was hoping for more in the second but Paul had other ideas.
“I am delighted to make the final but disappointed not to come away with the trophy.
Foster said: “I did not think I played that bad in the first set but Greg came out of the traps so fast that I was just hanging in.
“The four was a killer but Greg was in control and was top notch.
“Greg is a class act and he pipped me in Perth.
“Big bowls win games and after the first set I dug deep and I was pleased.
“On the first of the tie break ends I got a bit boost. I held shot but it was 18 inches away and Greg opted to draw. In the first set he was nailing everything but he sailed through so that was a big bonus for me” said Foster.
“In his previous four matches, Greg had won through with a forehand drive with his last bowl against Tony Webb to avoid a tie break, and with his last bowl on the last end of the tie break against James Rippey, David Gourlay and then Stewart Anderson. I just couldn’t watch his last bowl on the second end. He missed it by a ‘coat of paint’.
“I had a steady start to the tournament. Against Jamie Chestney I wasn’t switched on until halfway through the game and won on a tie break, but I was a lot better against Les Gillett.
“I just felt I just got better every round and didn’t peak too early.
“In the final I felt I played well in the first set but Greg always had the better of me from the first bowl.
“He was superb but I felt that as the game progressed I was able to play all the shots I wanted to and my confidence grew at bit and from the latter stages of the second set I was confident that it would go to a tie break.”
Foster has now chalked up 11 WBT titles, consisting of five singles, four pairs and two mixed pairs to equal the number held by Tony Allcock.
Alex Marshall holds the record with 13.
Foster said: “There’s a lot of guys out there who want to win a first world title, I am lucky to have won five.”