City of Ely Bowls stars Ellen Falkner and Greg Harlow beaten in World Indoor Bowls Championships singles finals

Ely's Greg Harlow.

Ely's Greg Harlow. - Credit: Archant

Both Greg Harlow and Ellen Falkner fell at the final hurdle in the Just World Indoor Bowls Championships.

Cambridgeshire duo Ellen Falkner and Nick Brett. Photo: Tony Rushmer

Cambridgeshire duo Ellen Falkner and Nick Brett. Photo: Tony Rushmer - Credit: Archant

The City of Ely duo were beaten in the finals of the men’s singles and women’s singles at Hopton on Sea last weekend.

Falkner was in action first and went head-to-head with Ipswich’s Katherine Rednall, but was comprehensively beaten in straight sets 10-5, 10-6, meaning she will have to wait another year to try and win a record fourth ladies title.

She said: “I’m a bit lost for words.

“Rather than talk about my performance, I’d rather talk about Katherine and say well played and well done and enjoy the moment.”

Harlow then went out in search of a second world title on Sunday, but let a one-set lead slip to Paul Foster.

The Ely man triumphed 10-7 in the firs set, but was hammered 11-1 in the second then went down 2-0 in the tie-break as the Scot claimed his fifth title.

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Harlow told BBC Sport: “I played well in the first set and was going along nicely. I was hoping for more of the same in the second but Paul had other ideas.

“I was delighted to make the final but I am very disappointed not to come away with the trophy.

Harlow had earned his place in Sunday’s showcase with an entertaining success over Stewart Anderson in the last four.

Harlow led 5-0 then 6-3 in the first set, but allowed Anderson to pick up four shots over the last two ends to nick it 7-6.

Harlow then mounted a comeback of his own in the second set, recovering from 6-3 down to win 9-7 and set up the decisive tie-break.

Harlow had booked his place in the final with victory over Stewart Anderson in Saturday’s semi-final.

He was 5-0 up and then 6-3 ahead in the first set, but Anderson picked up four shots over the last two ends to take it 7-6.

Harlow was then down 6-3 after five ends in the second set, but he scored three shots in the sixth end and went on to win the set 9-7 to set up a tie-break.

Anderson took the first end, but Harlow replied with two of his own to seal his passage into the final.