Lincoln's Billy Jackson saw his singles hopes come to an abrupt halt at the Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines World Indoor Bowls Championship, as he bowed out at the first-round stage to Welshman Jason Greenslade at Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton-on-Sea.
The 2009 world champion got off to a great start against last year's runner-up, scorching to a 9-4 win in the first set as he played bowls reminiscent of his famous victory four years ago.
But the wheels completely fell off after that, with Jackson picking up just a solitary shot in the next set, losing it 10-1, and then succumbing 2-0 in the three-end tie-break, with 14th seed Greenslade setting up a second-round meeting with tournament favourite Paul Foster.
"I was very disappointed and could not find the big bowl when I needed it," admitted Jackson, who was a wildcard for the event in which he suffered his third successive first-round defeat.
"Although I won the first set, Jason picked up a notch in the second, but I did not manage to step up and in the tie-break it was Jason that found the big bowl at the right time."