The most prestigious titles in indoor bowls are up for grabs this January as BBC Sport presents comprehensive coverage of the final week of this year’s 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 all gather at the Norfolk venue for the 17th consecutive year.
With the 2015 edition of world bowls’ premier event already at its halfway stage, the BBC televised action begins on Monday, January 19 and concludes with the showpiece world singles final on Sunday, January 25.
Last year’s tournament became something of an internet sensation on two notable fronts with the action off the rinks proving just as entertaining as the action on it.
The Potters crowd were called into action early in the week as the tournament’s master of ceremonies Richard Bear entertained them by playing out Pharrell William’s number one hit ‘Happy’ during an interval between matches, with BBC Sport presenter Rishi Persad also getting into the spirit of the moment.
While that clip was going viral around the sporting world, it was followed later in the week by Shaun Williamson, best known for playing Barry Evans in EastEnders, singing to entertain the crowd, performing a rendition of ‘(Something Inside) So Strong’ by Labi Siffre before the tense men’s singles final in which Scotland’s Darren Burnett overcame local favourite Mervyn King.
Burnett edged out King 2-1 in a closely fought final, with King having won the opening set 7-5 before Arbroath policeman Burnett took the next two sets 10-8 and 2-1 to triumph.
The Scot, who knocked out 2013 winner Stewart Anderson in the quarter-finals, felt he held his nerve under pressure, while Norfolk’s King, who won the championship in 2006, conceded that Burnett had deserved the title after he fought back.
Both will be back to have another stab at the world title this year, as will last year’s women’s champion Katherine Rednall, who herself made history by becoming the youngest winner of the World Indoor Bowls women’s singles title, after beating Norfolk’s Rebecca Field in two sets.
The 18-year-old, who is the daughter of England international John Rednall, was making her World Indoor debut at Potters and won the first set 14-4, before cruising to victory over the defending champion with an 11-3 win in the second.
The singles title rounded off a hugely successful week for the A-Level student from Stowmarket, who also reached the final in the mixed pairs.
In addition to the prestigious singles crowns, the World Pairs and Mixed Pairs titles will also be at stake in a week of daily televised coverage from Great Yarmouth on BBC Two as the bowls’ biggest event returns to the famous Potters Resort for seven days of closely fought matches.
BBC Sport will provide extensive coverage of the concluding week of the 2015 Just Retirement World Indoor Bowls Championships at Potters Leisure Resort from January 19-25.
Rishi Persad will present more than 25 hours of live afternoon coverage throughout the week from Hopton-on-Sea on BBC Two, featuring the four major finals, 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 BBC commentary team throughout the week at Potters, with co-commentary and expert analysis by John Price, Andy Thomson and Robert Paxton.
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 2015 World Indoor Championships, visit the official World Bowls Tour website.
Monday 19th 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 20th 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 21st January Women’s Singles Semi Finals / World Singles 2nd Round LIVE: 10.00am-12.00pm BBC Red Button / 1.10pm-5.15pm BBC Two Highlights: 12.25am-1.25am BBC Two
Thursday 22nd January Women’s 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 23rd January World Singles Quarter Finals LIVE: 10.00am-12.00pm BBC Red Button / 1.00pm-5.15pm BBC Two Highlights: 12.30am-1.30am BBC Two
Saturday 24th January World Singles Semi Finals LIVE: 2.30pm-4.30pm BBC Two Highlights: 11.35pm-12.35am BBC Two
Sunday 25th January World Singles Final LIVE: 2.30pm-5.15pm BBC Two