Le Ber claims a big scalp

MATT LE BER could hardly have asked for a much better start to the World Bowls Champion of Champions singles, defeating the Commonwealth Games champion Robert Weale from Wales.

Le Ber claims a big scalp

MATT LE BER could hardly have asked for a much better start to the World Bowls Champion of Champions singles in New Zealand, defeating the Commonwealth Games champion Robert Weale from Wales.

Although it looks good on paper, and will undoubtedly enhance his CV, Le Ber's encounter with Weale was hardly a classic, because both players were struggling to cope with the pace of a green that was running at lightning speed.

Weale has been suffering from a leg injury picked up while playing skittles in a pub in Hereford, but despite a pronounced limp, he seemed to have recovered pretty well.

He dominated the first set and appeared to be heading for a straight sets victory.

But fortunes changed in the second as Le Ber came into some form and the fate of the match hung on a tiebreak, before the burly Sarnian got home, 6-9, 9-4, 3-1.

Also on day one, Guernsey's Lucy Beere slipped to a 14-2, 13-3 straight sets defeat to American Michele Arculli while Le Ber's second game was washed out as heavy rain flooded the greens.

On day two both Guernsey champions were beaten by host country representatives, Le Ber by Shaun Scott in a remarkable game 21-0, 6-5 and Beere by Valerie McEldowney 9-4, 9-8.

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