Rowland revels in the limelight

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SUDBURY player Lee Rowland tasted the big time in bowls this week and despite losing as expected to the world number one relishes the chance to enjoy being in the limelight again.

Rowland, 32, lost 12-3, 10-5 to home favourite Paul Poster in the first round of the Scottish International Open in Perth on Monday, but said: “I was well pleased.”

His match was broadcast on televison and via the Internet and brought him congratulations texts and Facebook messages from family, friends and even from Ireland where he had won his final qualifying match in Belfast.

Qualifying for a second World Bowls Tour event will again be the biggest hurdle he will have to face, accepts Rowland, a garden centre manager.

He is spending a few days in Scotland with his mother Joy before returning to represent Suffolk against Warwickshire in a national cup match at a neutral venue in St Neots.

His father Graham missed Lee’s match of a lifetime – he was playing for Suffolk against Norfolk on Monday and will have to make do with watching TV highlights.