Newman makes the most of second chance

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 December, 2010, 12:00am

England's Robert Newman lifted the men's singles crown at the Hong Kong International Bowls Classic yesterday, eight years after losing in the first round of the same tournament at his only other appearance at the Kowloon Bowling Green Club.

Newman, who operates a retail bowls shop in Berkshire, Reading, overcame the stiff challenge of New Zealand's Andrew Kelly 11/2-1 (7-7, 11-5) to win the prestigious title and end the southern hemisphere's two-year singles domination.

'It feels fantastic to win,' said the 35-year-old, the first Englishman to win the Classic since Mark Walton in 2008. 'I didn't come to Hong Kong in previous years because I didn't get the invite and it went to other players, but it's great to come back here again and win this title. We are only coming off the indoor season so we only had a day to adjust to the new surface.'

Meanwhile, Nor Hashimah Ismail defeated Siti Zarina Ahmad 2-1 in an all-Malaysian final to win the women's singles competition.