David Bolt bowls for glory at double

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SUNDERLAND’s national champion bowler David Bolt will chase success on two fronts next week in the World and National Indoor Championships, writes Graeme Anderson.

The 33-year-old, the country’s National Outdoor Bowls singles champion, is looking to come out on top in regional heats which would see him qualify for the finals of the National Indoor Championship.

But before that, he will travel to Great Yarmouth to take part in the finals of the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines World Indoor Singles Championships, which has a prize fund totalling a record £100,000.

Bolt will be hoping for a decent run, but has been handed a tough draw in the first round against one of the favourites, past winner Greg Harlow, of England.

David, who plays against Harlow on Monday at 7.30pm, said: “It’s great that I’m through to the last 32, but I know how hard the contest against Greg will be.

“It’s a massive event and if I do win, then my next round will be the following week, with the final being held at the end of January.”

By then, the bowler will know exactly how he has fared in the National event.

Next Thursday, he faces either Brett Arkley or Martin Cooper in the last stages of the regional qualifiers and victory there would see him through to the finals of the National Indoor Championships.

“It’s going to be a big week for me,” he told the Echo. “But I’m excited about the challenge.

“I was excited at simply qualifying for the Worlds, so we’ll see how that goes.

“I’d also love to make progress in the national indoors too and reach the finals, which would be an achievement in itself.”