Harlow makes it a hat-trick of English titles

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Greg Harlow has been crowned English Champion of Champions for a joint-record third time.

The City of Ely Bowls star bounced back from his recent World Championship quarter-final exit to lift the title for the first time since 2009.

Harlow made a strong start to the tournament, held at the Warner Leisure Hotels Lakeside Coastal Village in Hayling Island, as he thrashed Chigwell’s Tom Mould 21-5 in the first round on the opening day.

The 2010 world champion continued his good form in the quarter-finals, despatching Eden’s John Baird 21-14.

A comfortable 21-10 victory over Worthing Pavilion’s Keith Renwick booked his place in the final, where he would face his toughest test so far.

Bodmin’s Paul Bennett raced into a 15-12 lead in the final, before Harlow fought back to win 21-15 and complete a hat-trick of Champion of Champion titles.

It was the Ely bowler’s first triumph in the tournament in seven years, with his maiden success in the Champion of Champions coming during the 1995-96 season.

Harlow joins former Ely team-mate Nick Brett on three Champion of Champions titles, with the recently crowned world champion having won the tournament in 2003, 2007 and 2010.

n Elsewhere, newly crowned world champion Ellen Falkner bowed out at the quarter-final stage of the Ladies’ Champion of Champions event.

The City of Ely Bowls ace beat Atherley’s Anne Pearce 21-3 in the first round, before losing 21-16 to fellow England international, Katherine Rednall.