Katherine Rednall misses out on Ladies Singles history at World Indoor Bowls Championships
Stowmarket-raised Katherine Rednall was unable to write her name into the Just World Indoor Bowls Championships Ladies Singles history books this afternoon.
Like Carol Ashby and Ellen Falkner, the 25-year-old headed into the final against Laura Daniels at Potters Resort as a three-time winner of the event.
However, the former Stowmarket High School pupil, who is seven months pregnant, came up short in her bid to stand alone at the summit with four triumphs to her name following today's tie-break defeat.
The match up was actually a repeat of the 2015 final, which Daniels won to become Wales' first ever women's world champion.
And she repeated that trick six years on, battling back from a heavy first-set loss to win 2-1 (2-14, 11-4, 2-0). Rednall was in imperious form during the opening set, losing just a single end in a one-sided affair.
But the dynamics changed early on in the second set as Daniels stepped things up, while Rednall started to leave several bowls short of the jack. It went to a tie-break, which Daniels clinched in relatively straightforward fashion.
"I got off to a flyer in the first set but then Laura came right back at me in the second set," said Rednall.
"I scratched around the first few ends (of the second set) but Laura was all over it and then in the tie-break she did exactly what you want to do. She nailed it and you can't do much else."
On a more positive note earlier this afternoon, Rednall did manage to secure a piece of history when she became the first woman to reach the quarter-finals of the Open Singles.
A 1½ - ½ (7-5, 5-5) victory over Scotland's Alex Marshall did the job in the last 16, and set up a meeting tomorrow evening with either David Gourlay or Jason Greenslade (playing tonight) for a place in the semi-finals.