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World champion bowler Stewart Anderson says sixth title is 'a dream come true'

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Hamilton bowler Stewart Anderson says it’s a dream come true to win his sixth world title 12 years after losing his first attempt.The 37-year-old partnered Wales’ CeriAnn Glenn to win the World Indoor Mixed Pairs Matchplay at Potters last month, which was his partner’s triumphant return after a 15-year absence.They beat defending champions Alison Merrion MBE of Guernsey and Scotland’s Paul Foster MBE 8-8, 11-2 to take the title.Blantyre BC player Anderson won his first singes title in 2013, and since then has won the pairs in 2016, singles in 2019 and two mixed pairs titles in 20021 and 2023, either side of the open pairs in 2022.

Anderson told the Advertiser : “I started playing bowls when I was 15, so I’ve played for 22 years, and I never dreamed of winning any world title. “To lose my first world title in 2010 and then to say in 12 years’ time I’ve won six is a dream come true, to be honest.“It’s something you dream of every week.“With the mixed I didn’t really know what to expect, because I was playing with somebody I’ve never played with before, and CeriAnn had been out the game for nearly 15 years.“This was her first year coming back, having won the world singles before, but she hadn’t played down there for 15 years or something.”Anderson says everything clicked on the day, but bowls is fickle.He added: “It was a great experience and we won it against Paul and Alison, who I always thought would be difficult to beat.“But I knew if me and CeriAnn turned up and played the way I know we can, we could beat them“I wouldn’t say it was comfortable, but we won the second set quite comfortably.

We hit form at the righttime and everything just clicked. The funny thing about bowls is that I’ve won the mixed pairs world final

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