Jack Bird's bid for 2021 World Indoor Bowls Championships glory ends as Simon Skelton seals success at Potters

Scarborough bowls star Jack Bird’s bid for world honours ended as he exited the 2021 World Indoor Bowls Championships at Potters at the last 16 stage on Wednesday.

By Daniel Gregory
Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 4:33 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 4:37 pm
Scarborough’s Jack Bird
Scarborough’s Jack Bird

After stunning world champion and huge favourite Robert Paxton in the first round on Monday, the Scarborough 24-year-old ultimately lost out against 16th seed Simon Skelton on Wednesday afternoon.

The 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Skelton battled back to take the first set 8-5 after Bird flew out of the traps into an early lead.

Skelton was on top and then sealed the second set, and with it the match, via an 8-3 scoreline and he will now go on to face Mark Dawes in the quarter-finals of the competition on Friday morning.

The final of the competition takes place on Sunday January 24, getting under way at 2pm.

Bird agonisingly lost out in the semi-finals of the World Indoor Bowls Championships Open Pairs last week.

Bird and his partner Stuart Irwin lost to Mark Dawes and Jamie Chestney in last four of the competition.