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Mark Dawes describes second World Indoor Singles win as ‘unbelievable’

Mark Dawes has been crowned the 2021 World Indoor Singles Champion after beating Greg Harlow in a final he dominated from the start.

Taking a three on the first end of the first set, Mark set out his stall early on and continued this momentum to win the set 10-3.

Two trebles in the second set gave him a cushion and commentator David Corkill described Mark’s play as ‘masterclass, drawing to perfection.’

He kept the pressure on and won the second set 11-5.

Speaking after the game, Greg Harlow said: “I was not close enough with my first bowl and put myself under all sorts of pressure.

“Mark was very consistent and after end and when I did get one or two in, he found the answer.

“Mark was by far the better player.

“I have been pleased with my performances all the way through the competition, obviously I am bitterly disappointed to not take away the title but the fact that we have had bowls on TV is a credit to the BBC, our sponsors Just, Potters and the WBT.”

Mark Dawes said: “This mirrors what happened in 2018 with the pairs aswell although it was completely different with the atmosphere and there being no crowd.

“That a person with no bowling club manages to lift the world indoor championship is probably fitting.

“I am nowhere near one of the greats of this sport at all. To win once is beyond my wildest dreams, to win twice is unbelievable.”

note: pic from 2018