BOWLS: Brett bows out of World Indoor Championships after semi-final slips away

Nick Brett's hopes of a second world singles title were ended. Picture: TONY RUSHMER

Nick Brett's hopes of a second world singles title were ended. Picture: TONY RUSHMER - Credit: Archant

Hunts star Nick Brett was stung by an incredible comeback when bowing out of the World Indoor Bowls Championships yesterday.

Brett’s chase for a second singles title came to an end at the semi-final stage courtesy of a 2-9, 8-7, 2-1 defeat at the hands of fellow English bowler Simon Skelton.

Brett dominated the opening set at the Potters Resort in Norfolk and also raced into a 7-2 advantage in the second set to put a place in the final within touching distance.

But Skelton responded to take that set and force a tie-break in which Brett took the first of three ends. Skelton again replied and then triumphed in the decider.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Brett said: “Halfway through the second set Simon changed the jack length. I just lost the pace and he upped his game.

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“Fair play to Simon because he hung in there and did enough to get the win in the end.”

Brett’s semi-final exit completed a week of near misses as he was a beaten finalist in both the Pairs (along with Ely man Greg Harlow) and the Mixed Pairs (when teaming up with New Zealand lady Helen Carman).

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Meanwhile Skelton, who had to fight his way through the qualifiers to earn a place in the tournament, now faces 2013 champion Stewart Anderson in the final today (Sunday).

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