Harlw happy despite final Ryal failure

PUBLISHED: 10:12 14 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 03 May 2010

Harlow happy despite final Royal failure

Harlow happy despite final Royal failure

STOWMARKET bwler Mark Ryal claimed his maiden Wrld Bwls Tur title last week, winning the Welsh Internatinal Open in Llanelli at the expense f Ely s Greg Harlw. The 33-year ld Ryal had by far the mst difficult rute t the final, cming thrugh

STOWMARKET bwler Mark Ryal claimed his maiden Wrld Bwls Tur title last week, winning the Welsh Internatinal Open in Llanelli at the expense f Ely's Greg Harlw.

The 33-year ld Ryal had by far the mst difficult rute t the final, cming thrugh three successive tie breaks befre a nail-biting 10-8, 9-9 semi-final victry ver fellw Englishman Les Gillett.

Third seed Harlw n the ther hand, had prgressed withut drpping a set, dispsing f qualifying pair Jamie Higgins and Michael Bwley befre edging past seventh seed Andy Thmsn 7-6, 8-7 at the quarter-final stage.

Harlw - the highest seed remaining in the last eight after sme early rund shcks - faced the ne remaining hme bwler Jasn Greenslade in the last fur, but never lked in truble as he came thrugh 7-5, 10-4 t set up the meeting with Ryal.

The Sufflk man tk the pening set 7-5 after taking tw successive singles frm five-all, but fund himself 1-6 dwn in the secnd set as Harlw appeared t take cntrl f the match.

Ryal maintained his cncentratin hwever, and reeled ff a duble, a treble and tw mre dubles in successive ends t clinch the title 11-6.

"It's magic," beamed Ryal afterwards. "I bwled sme f the best wds f my life this week - it's definitely been my best seasn ever!"

Harlw, wh was bviusly disappinted t lse the final, admitted that he "faded away" twards the finish.

"I nly had half-an-hur practice between the semi-final and the final when I had t switch frm red bwls t green bwls," said the Ely man. "But at the start f the turnament I'd have been happy with a place in the final."

Ryal may have felt he was destined at last t break his duck in this, the final WBT ranking event f the seasn.

In his secnd rund clash with Barry Jenkins - the qualifier wh had dispsed f defending champins Paul Fster in the pening rund - Ryal was match-lie dwn with just ne delivery left.

He drew the sht t win the tie-break hwever, subsequently describing the delivery as his "best bwl f the week."

Harlw's 30-pint haul frm his run t the final mved him back up t Wrld number tw - the same psitin he ccupied at the start - and he nw has his eyes n Barry Hearn's eight-man Premier League Bwls turnament in June.

"I'm the highest ranked player nt t be invited," said Harlw, "s I'm hping I will get ne f the tw wild card entries."

His next target after that will be the defence f his Wrld Matchplay title in July.

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