Darren aims for clean sweep at world Champs

Arbroath’s world-class bowler, Darren Burnett, is on track for a clean sweep of this year’s Just Retirement World Indoor Bowls Championships at Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk.

It started on Monday when Darren and fellow Scot Stewart Anderson scooped the World Pairs title.

Both are former World Bowling Singles Champions, and they made a formidable duo.

It was an all-Scottish final, as Messrs Burnett and Anderson defeated compatriots Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker 10-7 10-6. The first set could have gone either way in its early stages, but the winning pair kept a tight grip on the second.

Darren said afterwards that he and Stewart are great friends, and their first victory in the pairs was a dream come true.

Then on Tuesday Darren made his contribution to winning the World Mixed Pairs Title, having reached the final with England’s Katherine Rednall. Their opponents were Scottish duo Alex Marshall and Julie Forrest. Victory was easier than many had predicted, coming in straight sets, 11-5 and 14-9.

And in the singles, 2013 winner Darren had progressed to the second round when we went to press, having defeated fellow Scot Colin Walker. Walker had gone 7-2 up by the sixth end but Darren collected the next three ends to win the set, 8-7. Despite Walker’s considerable efforts Darren took the second set 7-2.

He was scheduled to play England’s Greg Harlow in the third round last night, after the Herald had gone to press.