07:01 Thursday 30 January 2014

Nicky hopes he is a good Brett in Co-Operative Funeralcare International Open

Written byAARON MASON

Nicky Brett Nicky Brett

Winning the pairs title, but going out in the second round of the singles made it a slightly mixed week for Nicky Brett at the Just Retirement World Indoor 
Championships.

But City of Ely’s England international goes into the final World Bowls Tour event of the season – the Co-Operative Funeralcare International Open – full of optimism after being pleased with his efforts at Hopton on Sea.

Brett and clubmate Greg Harlow ended Paul Foster and Alex Marshall’s three-year reign as world champions with a 13-4, 7-7 win over the Scottish duo in the pairs final.

However, he was then knocked out of the singles by eventual runner-up Mervyn King following a close-fought 6-7, 7-5, 2-1 defeat.

“I was over the moon to win the pairs, but then it’s obviously difficult the very next day after all the interviews and presentations,” said Brett.

“I didn’t have too many that night, but you’ve got to be ready and to be fair, I played some very good bowls, but Mervyn played very well as well.

“I laid game shot twice and Mervyn saved both times, so I can’t be disappointed with the way I played.

“I wanted to get further through the competition, but on that particular day, Mervyn played some very high quality bowls and showed what form he was in by beating Paul Foster in the semis.

“I can’t complain though, because by winning the pairs, it means I’ve won half the events that have been played this year (on the WBT after taking the Co-Operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open last November), 
having not won any before, so that’s pretty good from my point of view.”

Brett will be aiming to bag a third WBT event title in one campaign in Blackpool next week, but faces a tough opener against compatriot Danny Brown on Sunday.

He said: “If I can sneak another title, I’d be thrilled because I don’t know too many bowlers that have won three in a year whether it’s singles or pairs events.

“I got to the semi-finals in Blackpool last year only for Robert Paxton to beat me with one of those bowls you can’t do anything about, so it’s been quite kind to me.

“But Danny Brown is someone who has won several national titles and he’s a more than capable player, so I’m going to have to be on my game to hold him off.

“Like a lot of others, he’s a very good player and he has been close to the top 16, but then you have to qualify and you don’t always get there.

“I’ve been there myself so I know what it’s like, but it would be nice to have a good run again.”

Meanwhile, former world champion Harlow will look to bounce back from his second round 10-5, 2-12, 2-1 exit at the worlds to eventual winner Darren Burnett when he faces Israel’s Boaz Markus in the first round on Sunday.

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