Ilkeston bowler Simon Skelton plays through pain barrier to advance at Professional World Indoor Bowls Championship

WEST Lindsey Indoor Bowls Club round-up.
WEST Lindsey Indoor Bowls Club round-up.

Ilkeston bowler Simon Skelton won his first Singles match for four years at the Just Retirement Professional World Indoor Bowls Championships on Wednesday night, despite needing the aid of a wheelchair after suffering a leg injury.

The 43-year-old management accountant, now ranked 18 in the world, overcame the ignominy of being trundled around between ends like a hospital patient and obvious discomfort, to fight back from a set down to beat 14th seed John Price on a tie-break at Potters Leisure Resort.

Despite playing through the pain barrier, Skelton started the match well and carved out an early lead, although this was wiped out by a Price full house.

The Welshman then took control of the match as the Ilkeston outdoor ace struggled to find his line and length, with Price taking the first set 10-5.

It seemed a formality that Price, the 1990 world champion, would duly go on and put his opponent out of his misery, but Skelton had other ideas.

He raced into a 5-0 lead after two ends of the second set, increasing his advantage to seven by end seven, which helped him send the match into a best-of-three end tie-break.

He never looked in any danger of losing the match as Price lost his way completely, and clinched victory by taking the first two ends of the lottery, to set up a meeting with giant-killing Lincolnshire ace Matthew Orrey – who earlier knocked out tournament favourite Paul Foster – on Tuesday afternoon.