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Bowls:Title-hunting Greechan's early chance to test champion

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THE under-25 world bowling singles championships roll off at the Jersey Indoor Bowling Stadium on Wednesday.

Jersey's former world champion Lindsey Greechan will be out to regain her title while fellow Islanders John Lowery and Jamie MacDonald have their sights set on overall success for the first time.

Greechan has been drawn in the same group as champion Claire Spreadbury, from England, together with 2001 champion Caroline Brown, from Scotland, and competitors from Ireland, Wales, Canada and Malaysia.

With the top two in each group qualifying for the semi-finals, competition is likely to be fierce, but Greechan, who is 23, is determined to regain the title before time runs out on her.

Lowery, who bowled brilliantly to beat England's Dion Auckland in the Rossborough Test match in Jersey earlier this month, faces a hard time against Ryan Bester, who skipped his Canadian team-mate to the world outdoor pairs title in Ayr in July, and the defending champion Simon Jones.

Also in the same section are Welsh hope Andrew Hopkins and entrants from Guernsey, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

Macdonald faces Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Safuan Said, from Malaysia, and fourteen-year-old Garry Kelly, the British Isles junior champion, from Ireland, as well as bowlers from England, Israel, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

In the brand new mixed pairs event, Greechan has been drawn to play with Bester, while Lowery partners women's World Bowls gold medallist Amy Monkhouse.

Macdonald partners Irish star Claire Kelly.

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