April 18 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Norwich bowls player Rebecca ‘Bex’ Field has been defeated in the WBT World Women’s Matchplay singles final by East Anglian rival Katherine Rednall.
Field, 24, was defending the crown she won at the World Indoor Bowls Championships at Potters, near Great Yarmouth, last year.
But 18-year-old Rednall dominated the match, winning two sets to nil, 14-4, 11-3, to become the youngest champion in world bowls history.
The final was broadcast live on BBC Two earlier this afternoon and saw Field remain extremely graceful in defeat, in front of a jam-packed main arena at Potters.
Stowmarket High School student Rednall said: “I can’t believe it, I’m really pleased. I came into it as I would any other game. I knew it was going to be tough, but I thought as long as I could get my first bowl on the jack and keep going then I’d be alright.”
She added: “I want to say thank you to everyone who has come to support me over the past week. The amount of support I’ve had has been ridiculous.”
- For more about the East Anglian derby of the women’s bowls world, see tomorrow’s Eastern Daily Press or Norwich Evening News.