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NI’s Sandra Bailie helps knock out Mixed Pairs champions on World stage


Sandra Bailie in action

Sandra Bailie in action

Sandra Bailie in action

Belfast’s Sandra Bailie and English partner Mark Dawes were the toast of Potters after knocking out defending champions Julie Forrest and Stewart Anderson in the Mixed Pairs at the World Indoor Bowls Championships.

But it needed a fantastic final bowl from Open Singles champion Dawes, under immense pressure, to see them over the line, with the 38-year-old producing one of the deliveries of the tournament to see the new pairing through to the semi-final.

Bailie (61), who will be playing in the Women’s World Matchplay today, was picked out of the hat to play with Dawes before the tournament started and they managed to get their noses in front late on in the first set, overturning a 5-3 deficit into a 7-5 win.

But Forrest and Anderson hit back in the second to level the match and after two ends of the tie-break, it all came down to the final bowl of the winner-takes-all third end, and with Forrest’s red bowl sitting a couple of centimetres off the pot, Dawes produced a sublime draw to sit his green bowl on the jack and claim the spoils.

Meanwhile, in the second quarter-final, Scots pair Alison Merrien and Paul Foster defeated Carla Banks and Les Gillett 2-0.

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