BBC Sport bowls


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 16:50 GMT, Thursday, 21 January 2010

Debbie Stavrou beats Alison Merrien in world final

Alison Merrien
Merrien has now lost out on the title two years in a row

Guernsey's Alison Merrien narrowly failed in her bid to win the World Matchplay Championship final, losing on a tie-break to Debbie Stavrou.

Stavrou took the first set 9-7, but Merrien bounced back in the second, winning 9-5 to draw level.

However, the Guernsey player was unable to come out on top in the tie-break, with Wycombe's Stavrou winning 2-0.

The result mirrors the 2009 final when England international Stavrou also beat Merrien on a tie-break.

"I knew before we went on that the game would go to a tie-break, so I wasn't worried when Alison won the second set," said Stavrou, who has now beaten Merrien four years in a row in the event.

"I felt a bit fortunate to get the first set - but I'm so happy to win the title again. This is the best place to bowl - I love being here, I love the audience and I love the experience. I just want to keep coming back."

Merrien was devastated by the defeat. "I just didn't feel comfortable out there today and I struggled to find a length I was happy with," she said. "My first bowl was always short but I'll get her one day."

Print Sponsor


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.