World Championship stage is graced by Bassetlaw bowlers

John Heppel, Dianne Burridge, Rob Burridge and Brian Exley
John Heppel, Dianne Burridge, Rob Burridge and Brian Exley

A quartet of local bowlers graced the world stage last month, and did Bassetlaw proud with a fine victory.

The Bassetlaw Indoor Bowls Club members, based at North Notts Community Arena on Eastage, won through to the finals of the Champion of Champions knockout competition, held at Potters Resort in Norfolk in December

And their prize was a weekend break at the finals of the Bowls World Championships, also held at Potters, from 24th to 27th January.

For Brian Exley, playing at lead, Rob Burridge at two, Dian Burridge at three and John Heppel at skip, it was a chance to play on the prestigious portable rink used for the world championships.

Their opponents, from Colchester, were worthy foes and it proved to be a very exciting match, played in front of a crowd of nearly eight hundred spectators.

The two teams went on to provide plenty of drama for the crowd.

With the scores all square at the end of the allotted ends, an extra end had to be played, which Bassetlaw won by just a single shot.

Obviously all four were delighted to win but agreed that the chance to play on the world championship rink in front of so many spectators was an added bonus and a wonderful experience.

There was huge support at Potters for the Professional Bowls Tour World Championships throughout the three weeks they were held, proving that bowls is still a popular sport played by people of all ages.

Anyone wishing to try their hand can do so for free on Sunday 9th February at the North Notts Arena, Eastgate, Worksop between 9am and 6pm.

Bowls equipment and basic coaching will be available.