Bond title on tie-break

Ian Bond, the world No 8, turned the seedings of The Co-operative Funeralcare World Matchplay Championship on their head by winning the prestigious World Bowls Tour title at Ponds Forge in his maiden appearance in the event for the world's top eight players.

The 37-year-old from Devon recovered from a dramatic fightback by Welshman Jason Greenslade, the sixth seed, to win 9-5, 5-6, 2-0 and take the 8,000 first prize.

Bond began his maiden World Matchplay campaign by beating defending champion Mervyn King in the first round, an encounter judged by many to the best game of the tournament.

He overcame Mark Royal, the world No 3, 9-3, 8-4, in the semi-final to set up the clash with Greenslade who beat Simon Skelton 8-3, 6-5, in his semi.

After a lacklustre set and half, the match came alive in the seventh end of the second set. A set and 4-2 down, Greenslade delivered a wonder bowl to tie the end and the 40-year-old Welshman then conjured up an incredible full house four shots in the final end to win the set 6-5. This meant a best-of-three-ends tie-break but Bond maintained his composure and clinched the first two ends for a popular 9-5, 5-6, 2-0 title victory.

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