Billy Jackson wins dream World Final

SOME four weeks after dreaming that he would play against Robert Weale in the final of the 2009 Potters Holidays World Indoor Singles Championship, English outsider Billy Jackson discovered the outcome when he beat the Welshman in straight sets in Sunday's climax of the flagship World Bowls Tour event at Potters Leisure Resort in Norfolk broadcast live on BBC TV.

SOME four weeks after dreaming that he would play against Robert Weale in the final of the 2009 Potters Holidays World Indoor Singles Championship, English outsider Billy Jackson discovered the outcome when he beat the Welshman in straight sets in Sunday's climax of the flagship World Bowls Tour event at Potters Leisure Resort in Norfolk broadcast live on BBC TV.

It was the 12th seed from Lincoln's first ever appearance in a WBT final - and his first ever singles match against Weale. And the 38-year-old got off to a perfect start with a full-house four shots in the first end.

Jackson built on his early advantage to take the first set by a five-shot margin with an end to go.

Tenth seed Weale, the 2000 champion from Hereford, came back swiftly in the second set to take the first end with a double. But Jackson immediately reclaimed the advantage with a triple in the next end.


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A double in the ninth end saw the lead switch to Weale - and a single in the next took the Welshman's lead to 10-8 going into the final end.

But the confident Jackson reproduced the sensational form he has shown all week to deliver an inch-perfect final bowl to record a popular 11-6, 10-10 victory.

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"As I delivered my last bowl, I remember thinking, 'you've got a foot for the world title'," said the jubilant new champion. "The crowd were all buzzing 'go on Billy, go on Billy'. I can't remember how I sent that last bowl down.

"It was a perfect bowl, wasn't it?

"Just before I set out for Potters, I dreamt that I was playing against Robert in the world final. But I woke up before I knew who'd won! It's truly a dream come true," said Jackson.

He also admitted that a buckle on his trousers broke as he was getting changed for the match.

"I rushed to see my fellow Henselite player Alex Marshall (the five-time world champion) - and he said that the Bowls shop at Potters Leisure Resort should be able to help. Luckily they had one pair left in my size!"

When asked if the success had sunk in yet, Jackson replied: "It probably will when I get up tomorrow morning - but I might have a sore head!"

Robert Weale admitted that he was disappointed, but that overall he was delighted to be in the world final again. "It's nowhere near a failure, but a success. But the gutting thing for me is the number of WBT finals I have now lost since winning this title in 2000.

"If I hadn't won it before, I would be gutted!

"I thought we both played extremely well - but his first couple of bowls on each end were superb.

"But you never want to drop a four in the first end of any match - let alone a world championship final! That was a great start for him.

"I thought the way he played was awesome today," concluded Weale.

While Weale collected a runners-up cheque for �14,000, Jackson - who is celebrating his 25th year as a bowler - was presented with the winner's trophy and a cheque for �30,000.

It was revealed before the match that sponsors Potters Leisure Resort have now invested more than �3million in prize money for World Indoor Championships since the event came to the Norfolk resort in 1999.

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