Greg the great

GREG Harlow won his second World Bowls Tour title of the season on Sunday. The World No 1 City of Ely bowler teamed up with Maidstone s Jo Morris and cruised to a convincing 9-4, 13-2 victory in the World Mixed Pairs against Devon s World No 7 Ian Bond an

GREG Harlow won his second World Bowls Tour title of the season on Sunday.

The World No 1 City of Ely bowler teamed up with Maidstone's Jo Morris and cruised to a convincing 9-4, 13-2 victory in the World Mixed Pairs against Devon's World No 7 Ian Bond and New Zealander Noreen Stratford.

It was a surprisingly one-sided final played before a capacity crowd at Potters Leisure Resort at Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk.

The match started closely with Bond and Stratford counting three shots on the fourth end to go 4-2 in front, but they were only allowed two more shots in the entire match, which came on the second end of the second set.


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Harlow, who lives in Soham and won an historic third successive engage International Open title in November, said of his partner Morris: "We gelled as a pair right from our first meeting and even when things were not going our way didn't put the other under pressure.

"We backed each other up and got better as the game wore on, if one of us failed it was the other one's turn to shine and that's what two-bowl pairs is all about. When we both clicked, it was just magic."

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Lead Morris added: "Greg is a lovely guy to partner and I couldn't have asked for a better mate than the world No 1. Last year I was so nervous here but this time I settled more quickly. When we started out I thought we might have a chance so naturally I am delighted to have won a world title."

At the semi-final stage Harlow and Morris defeated World No 2 Jason Greenslade of Wales and Scotland's Caroline and Scotland's Caroline Brown 11-4, 9-5.

Also on Sunday, Harlow's City of Ely team-mates secured a place in the last 16 of the Egham Trophy by defeating Northampton 95-61 in their zone final.

They will face Spalding in the next round on February 4.

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