Ely duo aiming to set up quarter-final showdown

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City of Ely Bowls stars Nick Brett and Greg Harlow will be hoping to set up a quarter-
final showdown in the Just 
Retirement World Indoor Championships today.

Brett and Harlow are both in second round action at Hopton-on-Sea’s Potters Leisure Resort, with the exciting prospect of facing each other tomorrow night in the last eight of the tournament if they both progress.

The Ely team-mates went head-to-head in the sport’s showpiece event back in 2012, when Brett edged a tie-break set 2-1 in the second round.

He said: “Greg has got a tough one against Darren (Burnett) who has won both titles this week and is going for the hat-trick.

“It’s not going to be easy for either of us. They’re all difficult ties.

“I got through my first round match alright, but I’m going to need some big bowls when I play Les (Gillett).”

Brett, the world number one, takes on 15th seed Les Gillett in the last 16 today (2.30pm), and is aiming to win the sport’s biggest singles title for the first time in his career.

Harlow lifted the trophy in 2010 and is up against Scotland’s Darren Burnett in the second round tonight (7.30pm).

The Ely duo, playing, together won the open pairs at Potters two years ago. And as Brett explains, they are highly knowledgeable on each other’s game.

“I’ve played Greg a couple of times on the tour and millions of times back home,” he said. “We played each other at Potters around three seasons ago which I think I won on the last bowl.

“I know it’s a cliché but I am just taking it one step at a time. I’m only looking at the game with Les, because if you look further ahead then you can lose focus on the job at hand.

“I’ve won enough games to climb up to world number one which I’m really pleased to have done. But I’ve still got the world title missing from my record and there’s nothing better in any sport than to be world champion.

“Any sportsman who plays any sport wants to win a world title and I think my chances this year are decent. It could be meant to be.”

Brett saw off Jamie Rippey 12-8, 8-4 in the first round on Monday night, while his Ely team-mate Harlow beat Ronnie Duncan 9-4, 7-7 to move into the last 16.

The tournament concludes this weekend with the men’s singles final taking place on Sunday (2pm).