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Day 2 wrap: World Bowls and IIBC Indoor Championships

Englandโ€™s Harry Goodwin continues to make a bold bid to make history at the World Bowls Indoor Championships in Guernsey.

The 26-year-old Swale IBC member, winner of both the Under 25 menโ€™s singles and mixed pairs in County Antrim IBC in 2022, is hotly tipped to be a strong contender to lift both titles at the senior event currently being staged at Guernsey Indoor Bowling Association which could make him the first ever player to achieve such a feat.

Mondayโ€™s play saw him beat South Africaโ€™s Jason Evans in the singles and with 2023 English Indoor Bowling Association womenโ€™s singles victor Rebecca McMillan chalk up success against Cindy Royet and Guillaume Hertzog from France in the mixed pairs.

But he faces a strong field of contenders also bidding for Guernsey glory โ€“ former event winner Shannon McIlroy, New Zealand, Jason Greenslade, with home advantage playing out of the host club, Ray Pearce, Australia, Izzat Shameer Dzulkeple, Malaysia, and Clive McGreal from the Isle of Man have also won both their matches in the menโ€™s singles so far.

The dayโ€™s play also saw tie-break wins for Stanley Lai, Hong Kong, China, against Irelandโ€™s Simon Martin and Turkiyeโ€™s Ozkan Akar who beat USA champion Loren Dion.

In the womenโ€™s event, defending champion, Scotlandโ€™s Julie Forrest was beaten by Jerseyโ€™s Lindsey Greechan, a former world Under 25 champion, while Kiwi Tayla Bruce maintains her hopes of adding the World Bowls Indoor Championships womenโ€™s singles crown to the World Bowls Champion of Champions crown she won in 2022.

Englandโ€™s Rebecca McMillan, Natalie McWilliams, Scotland, Christine (Petal) Jones, Norfolk Island, Linda Ng, Canada, and Irelandโ€™s prolific title winner and past president of the IIBC Sandra Bailie MBE, have also won both their games.

In the mixed pairs, results included IIBC president, Guernseyโ€™s Alison Merrien MBE who is partnering Olle Backgren from Sweden returning a 16-1, 12-3 scorecard over Irit Grencel and Gabor Foti (Israel and Hungary), grandmother and grandson Christine (Petal) Jones and Jordy Jones (Norfolk Island) beating Malaysiaโ€™s Nor Farrah Ain Abdullah and Izzat Shameer Dzulkeple and Canadaโ€™s Linda Ng and Mike McNorton getting the better of Irelandโ€™s Sandra Bailie MBE and Simon Martin (Ireland) 6-3, 5-5.

Pupils from St Mary and St Michaels Catholic Primary School took time out from their lessons to visit the stadium and watch the morning sessions with some of the players taking time out to chat to the children and pose for a photo, with one of the children proudly spotting his grandfatherโ€™s photo on the wall in the club โ€“ Nick Donaldson who won the menโ€™s singles at the World Indoor Bowls Councilโ€™s 2006 event.

Sectional play continues today (Tuesday) at 8.30 am UK time.



Section 1: Stanley Gon Lap Lai (Hong Kong, China) bt Simon Martin (Ireland) 3-8, 9-5, 1-0; Ray Pearse (Australia) bt Robert Simpson (Jamaica) 14-2, 17-1; Ozkan Akar (Turkiye) bt Loren Dion (USA) 2-9, 10-1, 1-0.

Section 2: Pete Bonsor (Spain) bt Chiu Pok Man (Singapore) 10-1, 10-4; Joe Saragozza (Malta) bt Derek Boswell (Jersey) 7-4, 5-4; Izzat Shameer Dzulkeple (Malaysia) bt Jordy Jones (Norfolk Island)12-3, 8-3.

Section 3: Michael Stepney (Scotland) bt Carel Aaron Olivier (Namibia) 10-1, 12-3; Jason Greenslade (Guernsey) bt Olle Backgren (Sweden) 17-2, 8-2; Beat Matti (Switzerland) bt Guilalaume Hertzog (France) 9-2, 2-9, 1-0.

Section 4: Hisaharu Satou (Japan) bt Gabor Foti (Hungary) 5-4, 11-4; Clive McGreal (Isle of Man) bt Kristian Crocker (Wales) 3-8, 5-3, 1-0.

Section 5: Johnny NG (Macao, China) bt Mike McNorton (Canada) 7-5, 6-6; Oliver Thompson (Falkland Islands) bt Michael Gabobewe (Botswana) 13-2, 6-7, 1-0; Harry Goodwin (England) bt Jason Evans (South Africa) 8-5, 7-6.


Section 1: Natalie McWilliams (Scotland) bt Esme Haley (South Africa) 7-3, 6-4; Rahsan Akar (Turkiye) bt Nor Farrah Ain Abdullah (Malaysia) 4-9, 5-4, 1-0.

Section 2: Connie Rixon (Malta) bt Ha Yat Ting (Hong Kong, China) 7-5, 8-5; Keiko Kurohara (Japan) bt Mary Thompson (USA) 9-3, 6-3; Lindsey Greechan (Jersey) bt Julie Forrest (Scotland) 10-2, 7-6.

Section 3: Christine (Petal) Jones (Norfolk Island) bt Lee Beng Hua (Singapore) 9-7, 9-2; Sara Nicholls (Wales) bt Irit Grencel (Israel) 8-1, 10-3.

Section 4: LindaNg (Canada) bt Pian Lai (Macao, China) 11-2, 6-4; Cindy Royet (France) bt Maureen Caesar (Jamaica) 12-1, 14-1.

Section 5: Rebecca McMillan (England) bt Marianne Kuenzie (Switzerland) 5-7, 5-4, 1-0; Tayla Bruce (New Zealand) bt Lephai Marea Modutlwa (Botswana) 17-1, 7-2; Sandra Bailie MBE (Ireland) bt Yvonne Olivier (Namibia) 5-4, 14-0; Rose Ogier (Guernsey) bt Caroline Whitehead (Isle of Man) 9-4, 5-4.


Section 1: Samantha Atkinson and Ray Pearse (Australia) bt Marianne Kuenzie and Beat Matti (Switzerland) 9-2, 7-5; Sara Nicholls and Kristian Crocker (Wales) bt Yvonne and Carel Aaron Olivier (Namibia) 8-3, 17-2.

Section 2: Olle Backgren and Alison Merrien MBE (Sweden and Guernsey) bt Irit Grencel and Gabor Foti (Hungary) 16-1, 12-3; Christine (Petal) Jones and Jordy Jones (Norfolk Island) bt Nor Farrah Ain Abdullah and Izzat Shameer Dzulkeple (Malaysia) 4-4, 8-6; Lindsey Greechan and Derek Boswell (Jersey) bt Joe Saragozza and Connie Rixon (Malta) 6-4, 8-4.

Section 3: Linda Ng and Mike McNorton (Canada) bt Sandra Bailie MBE and Simon Martin (Ireland) 6-3, 5-5; Pian Lai and Johnny Ng (Macao, China) bt Oliver Thompson and Natalie McWilliams (Falkland Islands and Scotland) 7-5, 6-10,1-0; Lephai Marea Modutlwa and Michael Gabobewe (Botswana) bt Maureen Caesar and Robert Simpson (Jamaica) 5-3, 12-3.

Section 4: Rebecca McMillan and Harry Goodwin (England) bt Cindy Royet and Guillaume Hertzog (France) 16-2, 8-5; Lee Beng Hua and Chiu Pok Man (Singapore) bt Gloria Yat Ting Ha and Stanley Gon Lap Lai (Hong Kong, China) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0; Tayla Bruce and Shannon McIlroy (New Zealand) bt Mary Thompson and Loren Dion (USA) 8-4, 14-5.

Section 5: Esme Haley and Jason Evans (South Africa) bt Lisa and Pete Bonsor (Spain) 7-7, 11-2; Julie Forrest and Michael Stepney (Scotland) bt Keiko Kurohara and Hisaharu Satou (Japan) 8-4, 7-5; Rose Ogier and Jason Greenslade (Guernsey) bt Rahsan and Ozkan Akar (Turkiye) 8-4, 7-3.

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Englandโ€™s Harry Goodwin in action. Credit: Sporting Highlights

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