Thomas defends her title well

16 January, 2016

The first match of the day in the Just Retirement World Professional Indoor Ladies World Indoor Matchplay was between Reigning Champion Laura Thomas and International Janice Gower. Into the first set and it was Thomas that got off to a flying start building a 9-0 lead by end 4 with Gower struggling to find a line on the portable. Gower kept fighting and managed to grab a single on end 5 but again it all went against her when she was three down, played a running bowl which connected well and was on target but the jack spun and went back up rink and ended against Thomas’s bowls to give Thomas another 4 leaving Gower 13-1 down going into the 7th end. Gower managed then to hold 3 until Thomas played a superb bowl with her last bowl to take a single - set over 13-2

Into the second set and again it was Thomas that set off early and was 7-2 up at the end of the 5th end. Into end 6 and Gower picked up another single and it looked as if she was going to fight back but again in end 7 Gower played a runner which connected and again the jack spun and ended up within two of Thams’s bowls and at this stage it all looked black for a struggling Gower. End 8 and it was all over as Thomas collected another 3 to take the set and match and continues her defence as Reigning Ladies Matchplay Champion 13-2, 12-3.