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Rednall wins Women’s World Matchplay for fifth time

Katherine Rednall won this title for the first time as an 18-year-old in 2014 against local player Rebecca Field and since then has retained the title – back-to-back – twice, (writes Anne Dunwoodie).

This time round she went against former champion Ceri Ann Glen (as she is now) but was Ceri Ann Davies way back in 2008 when she beat Debbie Stavrou. Back in the day she represented Australia but this year she’s flying the flag for Wales.

She only returned to bowls a few short months ago and won her place in the Imagine Cruising sponsored event courtesy of winning the Scottish qualifying playdown.

In the final – played over the best of two sets of 11 ends, the score was tied at 2-2 after four ends, but Ceriann scored successive singles followed by a treble to move 7-2 ahead.

Katherine though battled back with a treble of her own to cut the deficit to 7-9 with one end to play, but a bold move by Glen on the last end yielded a treble and in turn a take the set 12-7.

It was my no manner of means classic with both players battling with the pace and lines of the green, but Rednall drew some semblance of a game early doors in the second set, reeling off a 2, 3, 2 and a 2 over the first five ends to open up a 9-0 lead.

And that gap was just too much for Glen to close and she lost the set 12-5 with the title now resting in the lap of the Gods and a tie break decider.

The first set went to Rednall and they stood all square once again at one end each in the winner take all last end of the tie break with Glen narrowly missing the head by a tiny margin to give Rednall her 5th World Indoor Singles Matchplay Trophy.

“I was just glad go get over the finishing line – we didn’t paint a very pretty picture in that final did we ” smiled Rednall later.

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