King adds yet another crown to his collection
The EDP's Sports Personality of the Year Mervyn King, who won the Premier League Bowls title in Cyprus in September, and a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi last month, has won yet another major title.
In Perth at the weekend, King lifted the WBT Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open in Perth, defeating the 25-year-old Scot Stewart Anderson, who lives in Wales, 7-5, 8-5, in the final.
'I had been playing well all week, but I really didn't think I was going win it,' King said. 'Stewart really is the man to beat these days, and, in front of his home crowd, I felt he would raise his game.'
Anderson and King were piped on to the blue portable rink to the strains of Flower of Scotland, which undoubtedly made the Scot feel at home, but both players agreed that the characteristics of the rink had changed.
'It was much slower than it had been, and the lines were harder to find,' said King. 'Both of us struggled to find the form we had been showing, but I seemed to adjust better than Stewart did on the day.'
There was still a lot of brilliant bowls played by both players, but it was King's greater experience that told in the end – as was demonstrated by his ability to place his very last bowl in exactly the right place to stop Anderson scoring the three shots he needed to take the game into a tie-break.
'I really seem to be enjoying my best spell of success ever,' said King. 'The last two months have been fabulous, and I can't wait to get to Potters Leisure Resort for the world indoor championships in January.
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Having won the world indoor singles title there in 2006, King knows he can count on the support of the Norfolk crowd – though he was quick to pay tribute to the way the Scottish crowds had accepted him in Perth.
In the final, King took control from the very start, opening up a 7-1 lead in six ends, before Anderson made the score respectable with two singles and a double.
When Anderson led 3-0 in the second set, a tie-break seemed on the cards, but the Gallow ace struck back with a single and a treble, and, after dropping two more singles, clinched victory with a double and two singles.
King added: 'I haven't seen much of home over the past few months, so it's time I got back to Norfolk and do some work. My dad has been helping out with the estate management, and I'm sure he'll be glad to see me back!'