Nick Brett declared he was grateful to reach the final of the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open let alone win it.
The City of Ely Bowls Club star successfully defended the title he won 12 months ago with a tie-break win over world number one Paul Foster in what was a repeat of last year’s final at the Dewar’s Centre in Perth.
In winning the championship, 5-10, 9-6, 2-0 , the 40-year-old also became the first player in the history of the sport to win the title on back-to-back occasions.
On his route to triumphing in Scotland, Brett had to overcome challenges from several of the sport’s leading players including current world champion Darren Burnett and three times world champion Andy Thomson.
“I was just happy to get back in the final with the route that I had in getting there,” said Brett. “It was unbelievably good feeling to win it again especially as no-one else had successfully defended the title before.
“Paul (Foster) is a formidable opponent.
“I knew near the end of the second set that Paul was not playing quite as well as he did in the first, but I didn’t at any point think I had won it until my final bowl on the second tie-break end.”
While Brett’s clash with Foster which was the third time in as many years the final of the competition had been played out between the pair, the Yaxley-based player feels that it was his semi-final match against Thomson, which he won a tie-break, was the telling moment of the competition.
“Andy probably played better than me in the semi-final and in the end it was a bit of a smash and grab performance from me,” said Brett. “I have been in that situation where I have dominated games and lost before
“It does not matter how you play, it is about getting the right result.”
Not only has the win for Brett in Scotland seen him rewrite the sport’s history books, but it has also given him the perfect boost ahead of the Just Retirement World Indoor Bowls Championships at the Potters Resort.
Back in January Brett tasted success on the rink at the Norfolk venue when partnering City of Ely teammate Greg Harlow to glory in the world pairs final.
“The world championships is the one everyone wants to win and will ultimately up their game for,” said Brett. “With me having won this event, it may now make me a bigger target for others to try and beat me, but when you have just won an event you immediately look forward to the next one.
“The worlds won’t be easy to win as anyone in the top 16 is capable of beating anyone, but I will give it a good go.”