The biggest titles in indoor bowls are up for grabs as BBC Sport brings full coverage of the final week of the 2014 Just Retirement World Indoor Bowls Championships from Hopton-on-Sea.
The blue rinks of the Potters Leisure Resort will be graced by the world’s finest bowlers as the sport’s biggest names gather at the Norfolk venue for the 16th consecutive year.
With the 2014 edition of world bowls’ premier event already at its halfway stage, the televised action begins on Monday, January 20 and concludes with the showpiece world singles final on Sunday, January 26.
Scotland’s Stuart Anderson is defending the World Singles Title he won in an epic encounter with four-time winner Paul Foster last year.
The opening set was shared 10-10 after third seed Foster came from 10-6 down with two ends to go to level it up.
The second set was equally tense with Anderson 6-1 up after four ends and 9-5 up after eight only for Foster to level it at 9-9 and force a one-end shootout, where it was the ninth seed who held his nerve to emerge victorious 10-9 for his first world title.
Local youngster Rebecca Field will also be defending her Ladies Match Play title and looking to see off the challenge of Australian bowler Karen Murphy, the 2012 Champion and pre-tournament favourite.
The 24-year-old from Norfolk overcame veteran Alison Merrien in a tie break in last year’s final.
It was the third occasion eight-times champion Merrien had lost a final on tiebreak, having been beaten by Debbie Stavrou in 2009 and 2010.
The World Pairs and Mixed Pairs titles will also be at stake in a week of daily televised coverage from Hopton-on-Sea on BBC Two as the bowls’ biggest event returns to the famous Potters Resort.
Brian Potter MBE, chairman of Potters Resort, said: “It continues to be a great honour for Potters to host the only world championship final to be held in East Anglia.
“The World Indoor Bowls Championship attracts the very best players from all over the world for a fortnight of top-quality sport.
“It puts Norfolk on the world map and we are proud that this will be the 16th consecutive year that this event will be held at Potters.”
BBC Sport will provide extensive coverage of the tournament’s concluding week, featuring the four major finals.
Rishi Persad will present more than 25 hours of live afternoon coverage throughout the week from Hopton-on-Sea on BBC Two, as well as nightly highlights shows.
Alongside BBC Two’s programmes, bowls fans can enjoy action from each of morning sessions throughout the week from 10.00am on BBC Red Button and via the BBC Sport website.
David Corkill leads the commentary team alongside former world champions John Price, Greg Harlow and Andy Thompson.
Each session will also be simulcast on the BBC Sport website and all BBC Two shows will be available to watch on-demand via BBC iPlayer for up to seven days after transmission.
For more information on the 2014 World Indoor Championships, visit the official World Bowls Tour website.
Monday 20th January World Pairs Final / World Singles 1st Round LIVE: 10.00am-12.00pm BBC Red Button / 1.00pm-5.15pm BBC Two Highlights: 12.20am-1.20am BBC Two Tuesday 21st January Mixed Pairs Final / World Singles 2nd Round LIVE: 10.00am-12.00pm BBC Red Button / 1.00pm-5.15pm BBC Two Highlights: 12.20am-1.20am BBC Two Wednesday 22nd January Ladies Singles Semi Finals / World Singles 2nd Round LIVE: 10.00am-12.00pm BBC Red Button / 1.10pm-5.10pm BBC Two Highlights: 12.20am-1.20am BBC Two Thursday 23rd January Ladies Singles Final / World Singles 2nd Round LIVE: 10.00am-12.00pm BBC Red Button / 1.00pm-5.15pm BBC Two Highlights: 12.20am-1.20am BBC Two Friday 24th January World Singles Quarter Finals LIVE: 10.00am-12.00pm BBC Red Button / 1.00pm-5.15pm BBC Two Highlights: 12.05am-1.05am BBC Two Saturday 25th January World Singles Semi Finals LIVE: 2.30pm-4.30pm BBC Two Highlights: 11.55pm-12.55am BBC Two Sunday 26th January World Singles Final LIVE: 2.30pm-5.15pm BBC Two