Skelton beats Scottish Champion to reach Second Round

11 January, 2021

The first match of the ‘Just.’ World Indoor Singles Championship got underway earlier today with Nottingham’s Simon Skelton overcoming Turriff’s Connor Milne 6-6, 10-3.

There wasn’t much to differentiate between both players in the opening set with the scores locked 3-3 with Skelton then adding a single to go 4-3.

However the 26 year old reigning Scottish Singles champion reeled off three singles to hold a 6-4 advantage playing the last and held a set lie in a tightly packed head.

But that all changed in the blink of an eye with Skelton’s last delivery.

He opted to play a back hand weighted shot into the head, connected with the target, flicked the jack to the side of the rink and when the dust had settled found himself holding a double. He was a bit unfortunate not to add a third to take the set, but on a measure missed out by a few centimetres.

That result boosted the 48 year old Management Accountant’s confidence and he dominated the second set. Striding out to a 9-1 lead after six ends and eventually winning 10-3 with an end to spare.

Reflecting, Skelton – a former Commonwealth Games Fours gold medallist from the Manchester Games and a runner up to Stewart Anderson in the 2019 title decider of this event said “In the end I think I was a bit fortunate to get the result to draw the first set.

“ I only needed to be in the area and hope the head broke well for me. It’s quite amazing that I almost scored a three that would have given me that early advantage.

“That certainly lifted me and gave me a bit of confidence. My confidence has been quite low because I couldn’t quite ‘feel my arm’ to connect line and weight – it wasn’t part of my body and I know I’m not match fit. I know it’s the same for everyone, but every game’s a bonus for me and I’m feeling a bit of progress in that direction now!”


“JUST” World Open Singles

Round One

Simon Skelton (Eng) bt Connor Milne (Scot) 6-6, 10-3