BBC Sport will have full coverage of the final week of the 2013 Fred Olsen Cruise Lines World Indoor Bowls Championships from Hopton-on-Sea in Norfolk.
The world’s best bowlers from across the globe descend on the blue rinks of Potters Leisure Resort for the 15th consecutive year as the televised stages of the 2013 tournament begin on Monday, January 21 and conclude with the world singles final on Sunday, January 27.
Andy Thomson (pictured) returns to defend the blue riband singles title after he became world indoor champion for the third time in 2012 – 17 years after he won his second – after the 56-year-old Scottish-born Londoner beat Welshman Jason Greenslade in last year’s final.
England’s captain and most-capped bowler collected a giant glass trophy and the £40,000 prize – the biggest and richest prize in the sport.
To enlighten the viewing experience for spectators and fans this year’s tournament features the introduction of a shot clock, giving players 30 seconds to make a shot before a hooter sounds and their bowl is removed.
Players can use four time-outs in a match, each lasting 60 seconds, and an extra time-out is given to each player in the event of a tie-break.
This innovation has been used in Australia and was trialled at the recent televised Scotland International Open, but it will make its debut at the World Indoor Championships at Potters this year.
The move is aimed at speeding up the game and making it more appealing to television audiences.
BBC Sport will provide extensive coverage of the tournament’s final week.
Rishi Persad presents BBC Two’s coverage throughout the week from Hopton-on-Sea which includes more than 25 hours of live afternoon coverage, an significant increase on previous years, plus nightly highlights shows.
Highlights on the first day of live televised coverage include the world pairs final, which will be an all Scottish affair as Alex Marshall and Paul Foster take on Stewart Anderson and Darren Burnett, plus 2012 singles champion Andy Thompson begins the defence of his world singles crown against New Zealand qualifier Phil Bennett.
Day two includes the world mixed pairs final and Scotland’s Jonathan Ross taking on English qualifier Pat Briscoe in the first round of the world singles competition, with day three featuring ladies’ semi-finals and men’s second round singles matches, including an appearance by four times World Champion Paul Foster.
The ladies’ match play final and men’s second round singles matches will take place on Thursday, January 24.
Then from Friday the action focuses solely on the world singles, kicking off with the quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals and final over the weekend.
There will be more hours of live coverage on BBC Two this year as a result of the recent cutbacks to the channel’s daytime programming budget, with the recent BDO World Darts Championship and Masters snooker tournament benefiting from increased afternoon coverage.
As well as more BBC Two coverage than ever before, BBC Red Button will broadcast the morning sessions throughout the week from 10am.
David Corkill leads the commentary team alongside John Price, with world champions Greg Harlow and Andy Thompson joining them on selected matches.
Each session will also be simulcast on the BBC Sport website and will be available to watch on-demand via BBC iPlayer for up to seven days after transmission.
Tournament Schedule / Draws Monday 21st January World Pairs Final / World Singles 1st Round LIVE: 10.00am-12.00am – BBC Red Button LIVE: 1.00pm-5.15pm – BBC Two Highlights: 1.20am-2.20am – BBC Two Tuesday 22nd January World Mixed Pairs Final / World Singles 1st Round LIVE: 10.00am-12.00am – BBC Red Button LIVE: 1.00pm-5.15pm – BBC Two Highlights: 12.20am-1.20am – BBC Two Wednesday 23rd January Ladies Singles Semi Finals / World Singles 2nd Round LIVE: 10.00am-12.00am – BBC Red Button LIVE: 1.10pm-5.10pm – BBC Two Highlights: 12.20am-1.20am – BBC Two Thursday 24th January Ladies Singles Final / World Singles 2nd Round LIVE: 10.00am-12.00am – BBC Red Button LIVE: 1.00pm-5.15pm – BBC Two Highlights: 12.20am-1.20am – BBC Two Friday 25th January World Singles Quarter Finals LIVE: 10.00am-12.00am – BBC Red Button LIVE: 1.00pm-5.15pm – BBC Two Highlights: 1.10am-2.10am – BBC Two Saturday 26th January World Singles Semi Finals LIVE: 2.25pm-4.30pm – BBC Two Highlights: 12.45am-1.45am – BBC Two Sunday 27th January World Singles Final LIVE: 2.30pm-5.15pm – BBC Two .. .