Bowls:Greechan can cope with final disappointment

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JERSEY'S Lindsey Greechan, who was hoping to win the British Isles women's under 25 singles title for the first time at Llanelli yesterday, had to settle for the runners up spot for the second year running.

But play in the final, which Scotland's Caroline Brown won, 21-16, reached such a high standard that the big crowd were thoroughly entertained - and Lindsey was philosophical about her defeat.'I really wanted to win, but funnily enough I'm not as gutted as you might expect,' Lindsey said when she left the rink.'I was pleased with my game, but Caroline so deserved to win, because she upped her game in the second half.'Lindsey, who lost out to England's Michelle Barlow in the final in Belfast last year, looked on course to beat Brown, the 2002 champion, who is expecting a baby in nine weeks' time.Leading 14-8 after 15 ends, the title seemed in Lindsey's grasp, but Brown scored two trebles on the trot to draw level, and allowed the Channel Islander only two more singles, as she pressed home to a remarkable 21-16 victory.'I was still playing well, but not quite as well as I had been,' Lindsey admitted.

'Once, when Caroline was holding four shots, I drew a dead-length toucher, but even that didn't put her off.'When Caroline won the world under 25 indoor singles title in 2001, she beat Lindsey in the semi finals, but when Lindsey took that title the following year, she turned the tables by defeating the Scot in the final.'Caroline and I go back a long way, and always seem to have great matches,' Lindsey, who is eligible for three more assaults on the title, said.

'I'll just have to buckle down and try to qualify again next year.'

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