Nicky Brett admitted it was “a dream come true” after clinching the Co-Operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open following a nail-biting 5-7, 9-6, 2-1 win over defending champion Paul Foster.
It was the City of Ely player’s first World Bowls Tour title as he gained revenge over his Scottish opponent, who beat him 11-5, 9-7 in last year’s final in Perth.
Brett, who claimed the scalps of Scotland’s Alex Marshall 8-7, 4-7, 2-0 in the quarter-finals and Jason Greenslade of Wales 8-8, 7-6 in the last four, cartwheeled down the rink to collect his trophy such was his delight at winning a major honour.
But he had been made to work hard for it by the world No 1 after being taken all the way in the deciding tiebreak, Foster having edged the first set before Brett took the second.
The England international said: “It’s a dream come true. For about 10 to 12 years I’ve dreamed of winning a World Bowls Tour title.
“I know I’m in the top 16, but I didn’t want to become a player who never won a title. Just look at Colin Montgomery, good player, world class player, but never won a major and I didn’t want to be that sort of player.
“I just go out and try to prove to myself how good I can be. I don’t worry about what other people think or say, it’s myself I want to prove things too.
“I know I don’t play the normal game. I play it my way and people say I’m at my most dangerous when I’m down.”
Foster had put paid to the chances of an all-Ely final after beating former world champion Greg Harlow 7-7, 10-7 in the semi-finals.
Harlow, who had seen off Scotland’s Graeme Sloan 12-3, 9-5 in the last eight, said: “I can’t remember playing as well as that and losing a match.”