World Indoor Bowls: Dawes and Chestney wins pairs title at Potters
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Mark Dawes and Jamie Chestney are the new Just World Indoor Pairs champions after beating favourites Greg Harlow and Nick Brett 6-6, 9-5 in an all-England final at Potters Resort.
Dawes, from Blackpool, and Norfolk-born Chestney, who plays out of the Exonia club in Exeter, are ranked 12 and eight in the world respectively, while Harlow and Brett occupy the top two places on the WBT ranking list.
Although the final was a high quality affair it was notable for two mistakes - one from Chestney, who failed to draw a 'free' winning shot at the end of the first set, and the other from Harlow and Brett, who were punished for a rare loose end, and dropped a five count in the second set.
With all four players showing good form, it was singles all the way for the first six ends, at which stage the score was 3-3.
A double and a single to Harlow and Brett put them in a commanding position with one end to play, but that was when Chestney, with room to spare, dropped short with his attempt to add a fourth shot that would have won the set.
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'I was kicking myself about that,' said Chestney. 'But Mark, who is a great lead, and very supportive, told me not to worry about it, and insisted we would have bitten someone's hand off if we had been offered a treble to tie the set!'
Harlow and Brett regained the initiative in the second set and looked the likely winners when they led 3-1 after four ends, when the wheels came off briefly, and they played one ragged end.
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Dawes and Chestney could hardly believe they had scored a five, but they were now in the driving seat at 6-3 with four ends still left to play.
Brett then showed how dangerous he can be when he moved the jack a couple of inches to turn one down to one up on the sixth end.
Another single to Harlow and Brett made it 6-5, but a timely double to Dawes and Chestney sent them into the last end with a three-shots cushion, and the favourites looked in vain for a treble to keep the match alive.
Today's Mixed Ppairs final (1pm) gives Chestney a chance to notch up a double when he teams up with Scotland's Lesley Doig against another Anglo-Scottish duo, Bex Field from Norwich and Arbroath's Darren Burnett.