Royal exits World Championship at second-round stage

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Mark Royal’s Just Retirement World Indoor Bowls Championship hopes ended after a second-round defeat in the men’s singles to Robert Paxton yesterday.

The Stowmarket bowls ace lost in straight sets (6-4, 6-6) to the third seed at Potters Leisure Resort in Great Yarmouth.

Defending women’s champion Katherine Rednall continues the defence of her title against Victoria Bilson today (2.45pm).

The Stowmarket High School pupil is looking to book a place in tomorrow’s final, having already seen off Marion Purcell in the quarter-finals on Saturday.