Cecil Dillon won't be relying on his home comforts
Cecil Dillon admits home advantage will count for nothing ahead of today's World Masters Singles at the Watson Stadium.
The West Down farmer has already been on the winners' rostrum on the Short Mat Players Tour this season, having lifted the Swedish Masters back in January, but with the cream of local bowlers on the 228 starting grid, Dillon believes it's the most difficult of the six ranking events to win.
"We may be playing on our home carpets, but that will not mean a lot due to the quality of the entry," said Dillon, who has been drawn in the same section as his fellow countrymen Vincent Dornan, Billy Taffe and Scott Jess, along with Switzerland's Bent Nielsen and Liam Smith of England.
"I enjoyed victory in the Swedish Masters earlier this season, but this is the big one - it's the title everyone wants to win."
Dillon is also on a mission to claim his place in the World Cup, staged at Bromsgrove Bowls Club in August.
The top four players from each country are guaranteed a slot in the prestigious tournament.
Meanwhile, Belfast pair Clifford Craig and Mark McPeak finished the indoor season on a high by claiming a place in the World Bowls Tour European Masters at Blackpool.
WBT European Masters qualifier. Section semi finals: C Craig (BIBC) bt J Duff (Abbeyview) 8-1, 8-4; G Kelly lost to A Ramsey (Abbeyview) 4-4, 3-5; K Bald (Midlothian) lost to M McPeak 5-6, 6-6; C Watson (Headwell) lost to C Gale (Blackpool Newtown Hall) 3-6, 4-5.
Section finals: Craig bt Ramsey 9-5, 4-7, 2-1; McPeak bt Gale 2-6, 7-6, 2-0.