BOWLS: Hunts star Nick Brett agonisingly pipped to a second Singles title at the World Indoor Championships

Nick Brett in action during the Mixed Pairs final at the World Indoor Championships earlier this wee

Nick Brett in action during the Mixed Pairs final at the World Indoor Championships earlier this week. Picture: DOM HEMP - Credit: Archant

Nick Brett agonisingly missed out on a second Singles crown at the World Indoor Championships this afternoon.

The Hunts star was beaten 7-10, 8-7, 2-1 by fellow Englishman Robert Paxton in a tense final settled on a tie-break.

The defeat meant Brett missed out on becoming the first player to complete the triple-crown after winning the Open Pairs and Mixed Pairs titles earlier in the week.

Brett recovered from a 5-2 deficit to take the opening set 10-7. He also found himself trailing by the same margin in the second set before again battling his way back into contention.

Brett reduced his arrears to 8-6 going into the final end when two shots would have earned him the title, but he had to settle for a single.


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Paxton then took the opening end of the tie-break before Brett replied as his opponent missed a bowl for the match.

That set-up a tense decider in which Brett came up agonisingly short with his last bowl as Paxton prevailed.

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Brett said: "I felt I was playing ok and hanging in at times.

"I missed a couple of silly shots and they probably ended up costing me.

"I just couldn't quite make it with the last bowl in the tie-break, but I've still had a great tournament."

Brett had beaten Paxton to win the Singles title in 2016.

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