TWENTY-ONE time world champion Alex Marshall believes there is another world title in him after his World Indoor Bowls Championship came to an end.

The Tranent bowler lost 7-5, 5-5 to Katherine Rednall in the last 16 last Thursday afternoon in the open singles at the prestigious tournament in Norfolk.

The defeat came after Marshall and partner Paul Foster had lost to Simon Skelton and Michael Stepney in the open pairs event earlier this month.

Marshall, who has barely played over the last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, told Courier Sport he had enjoyed the championships, despite failing to add to his incredible 14 world indoor titles.

Speaking last Friday, he said: “I always still say that I have got another world championships in me.

“I can still play as good as anybody in the world on my day.

“I proved that yesterday with some of the shots I played and it gives you the hunger again.

“But who knows when we will be able to play again?

“The outdoor season, that’s going to take a hit and I cannot see us getting onto greens until June or July possibly and that is not going to be competitive bowls but just club bowls.”

Marshall and Rednall’s match was live on YouTube, with both players praised for their performances.

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Twenty-five-year-old Rednall, who is seven months pregnant, would go on to lose the ladies singles final in a tie-breaker with Laura Daniels just hours later.

Marshall was full of praise for his opponent and said: “Katherine is one of the, if not the, best lady players in the world.

“She has got nerves of steel, nothing fazes her and she is a wonderful player.

“She has all the shots in the book and I am happy with my own form.

“I felt there were a couple of ends where I could have made a difference in the result.

“You cannot put your bowls on the jack on every end – it’s virtually impossible.

“She was a credit to the sport but I enjoyed it and we were smiling and chatting away.”

Marshall spoke to Courier Sport as he was travelling home from the event, which reached its finale on Sunday afternoon.

Any other year, attention would now turn to the outdoor season, with the World Outdoor Bowls Championships, where Marshall has also enjoyed plenty of success, due to take place on Australia’s Gold Coast in September.

However, 53-year-old Marshall was unsure if that event would take place with more than 25 countries expected to take part.

He questioned if vaccines would be in place and said it could even be next year’s World Indoor Bowls Championships before he steps back onto the green.

Marshall said: “Probably the next big thing is the next indoors. That is going to be the next one to look forward to but it is way, way ahead.”