Day 2 - Highlights Bowls: Scottish International Open


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Day 2 - Highlights

Dougie Vipond presents highlights from the first round of the 2017 Scottish Open, at Dewars Centre in Perth. Commentary is by David Corkill and Paul Mitchell.


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Hello and a warm welcome. Unless you

watched our live coverage earlier,

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we will show you something I bet you

have never seen before. More on that

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later plus we have highlights of

four amazing matches coming up.

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This is the way the draw looked at

the start of play.

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Let's go to the one eagerly

anticipated, two very good friends

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of the ring, but fierce competitors

on it. It is Greg Harlow against

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Mervyn King. Mervyn King is the

master of the draw game but recent

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seasons have been barren by his

standards. A drop in the rankings

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reflect that drop in form. Greg

Harlow, he is the current Scottish

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International open champion and

world number one. Mervyn King took

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the first two ends to build a two

shot lead. But Greg Harlow had

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fought back and when we join the

action he's leading 5-4 going into

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the seventh.

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APPLAUSE

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COMMENTATOR: A lot of players would

have changed on to the forehand. Can

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see an edge of the jack and can get

the shot but from Mervyn, it is more

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of I will stick with the hand I know

I get a good second shot. Just not

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reaching. That is exactly what would

be going through his mind.

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Just the one, 15 inch gap.

Time to

move now because any touch brings

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the black into play. Gentle, gentle

to get back from there.

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Greg Harlow senses an opportunity.

One shot up. Great opening bowl, if

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you can add to the pressure.

Any

touch on the forehand on the jack

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will bring it to that bowl. Mervyn

is going to try and use it as a

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shoulder to drop off. Not even,

going for the weight. This is a

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difficult shot. Holding on.

Tell you

what, he wasn't far away from

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getting what he wanted, but that

movements of the jack is a major

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bonus for him.

Also an inch or two

from disaster. If it touched the red

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bowl, it was three against him. He

can look to the heavens, but I think

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it has been kinder than he realised.

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Just missed the line slightly, the

wait was bad.

It is one and a

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measure. Maybe time-out is about to

come.

The forehand draw, the back

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and play, risky. Three different

chances.

I would fancy two from the

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indication of the rings.

If it is

two, I would contemplate playing

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through it. It might just stop on

the green bowl. It is a hard effort

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to draw, this. Going for it again.

Not surprised. Just needs to drop

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down on the inside. Run-through and

it touched the jack, this might make

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the double. Goodness me.

He held his

hand up an apology, not sure he had

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to. He played the shot, got a

fortunate result to a certain

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extent, but he was online to make

something happen.

I am with him on

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the apology. Any run-through bowl is

very, very hard to judge. It really

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is. It's normally a bit of luck on a

run-through bowl. He was just a

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quarter bowl of target. If he came

of it and ran onto the jack, it was

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a perfect shot. He just cannot gauge

run-through 's. They are lovely when

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they work for you, but they do hurt.

That looks like it is a clear road.

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It is a big two.

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It is two, what a turnaround that

is.

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STUDIO: With the lead retained,

Mervyn King didn't look back as he

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took the next two ends and the first

set. In the second set, rejoin it

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with Greg Harlow leading 3-1, going

into the fourth end.

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COMMENTATOR: Strong, opening bowl.

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It is a good start, but in a match

of this quality, you almost expect

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Greg to beat it.

Making sure he was

arriving. Didn't want to take any

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chances on that dropping short.

He

wasn't hanging back with that one.

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He doesn't like it, it represents a

target that might not come into play

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immediately. Greg isn't hanging

around. He's underneath. Just how

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much underneath with his own bowl.

That is the one I was looking at, at

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the back. Goodness me.

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Greg's first two bowls, off the

rink. Mervyn, dropping in for

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another. Doesn't want to leave a

target, but he would love to turn

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that jack around the corner. He's

not going to. That has made the

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target so much wider. Could end up

with the jack in the ditch.

Mervyn

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want that back, fair to say.

Did he

pull it again?

He has come under.

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You have just witnessed something

very rare. Wayward weight shots from

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Greg Harlow on the forearm.

You

would lose money all day long

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betting on that one. He did seem to

go a little bit faster than normal.

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Greg is very dangers on that very

controlled weight shots. I don't

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think he has a lot of choice, he may

have to go again. Take the risk.

He

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doesn't have a bowl on the rink.

This is his final delivery and he

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will go for it.

He is on the front

inside edge of the matter. Which

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means he's going for it.

He likes

it.

Didn't matter in some respects

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because unless he touched the jack,

but bowl was taken.

Three. Three

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shots, Mervyn King.

Indeed he did.

His bowl, not touching, is lifted

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out. He uses the end and he loses

the lead.

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STUDIO: Be traded singles in the

next two ends.

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APPLAUSE

He has tidied up his opening bowl,

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Greg Harlow, after a few loose one.

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That is a better one again.

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That's not a very pretty target for

Greg Harlow. Great picture from what

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he can see, effectively, from the

mats. Single bowl target.

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That will not help Mervyn.

Your

bowl, there is an inch gap. You are

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about inches short of jack high.

Interesting way to describe that.

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The closest edge to Mervyn is about

six inches short. But the distance

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is only an inch. That is obviously

enough for Mervyn.

He liked what he

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heard. Beautifully played.

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This target is a horrible one. He

has no choice. He doesn't want to

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lose it two or three. He has got to

go for it. I think he knew that

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actually from a couple of yards away

from Amat, the look on Greg's face

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was enough to tell me he realised he

was getting half of his own. This is

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really difficult now because I don't

think he can get the two bowls

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without the jack going.

Both Greg

Harlow's bowls have gone off the

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rink. The one you can see is the

only one he has on the rink.

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That is a great place to put it.

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He doesn't even have the advantage

of the last bowl, Greg Harlow. It is

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a horrible situation he finds

himself in.

It certainly is.

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Time-out called. He only has one

bowl, if he takes that out he will

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be looking at losing four. What he

is trying to work out is where he

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can put to help things. He's putting

his foot around the jack for this

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sort of area. But if the jack goes

into this area, he's going to lose

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three shots. I think he is in so

much trouble here. He is a minimum

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two down. The third could be close.

The best would be to draw the bowl

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of and lie in, but goodness me, that

is hard.

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It is all about connections on the

outside of the bowl, that is what he

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is looking for. If he wasn't going

to make a connection, that is the

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best he can do. Guaranteed to take

the back bowl out. He will be

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thinking if Mervyn makes a slip, I

will only use two.

Every chance he

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will be four down with two to play

in a setting must win can Mervyn

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deliver here?

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This could change the whole

complexion.

He's playing wide just

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to try and get in jack high.

Beautiful.

He plays it so well

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whenever he has to go wide for a

jack high bowl. Wide, drifting shots

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work because you don't have to get

to the jack, you just have to get

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closer to the nearest one than the

opposition. People become to jack

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focused and Mervyn is an expert in

avoiding that.

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STUDIO: After that there was no way

back for the two-time defending

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champion and with the writing on the

wall in the last end, Greg Harlow

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conceded the match.

Congratulations, that was some

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lovely stuff.

Obviously I am

delighted to win. I think we both

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could have played a bit better, but

in and out, brilliant shots. But

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glad to get over the line yes.

You

seem to be struggling a bit for your

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line and length to be consistent?

To

be honest, I didn't get into my

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rhythm today, I didn't get going.

Mervyn played well and he is a

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worthy winner, I hope he goes on to

win the title, it will be nice. Some

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scrappy stuff but he played the

better bowls, tight bowls on that

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was the difference. I couldn't find

any answers to his close touches.

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The most important thing, if you can

get your first bowl in, you will

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always put pressure on your opponent

and you were doing that regularly?

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Yes, it is key to get your first

bowl then, I did it most of the

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time.

We know you as the master of

the drawer shot, but you are playing

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with weight, and this is the second

end of the first set, hugely

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important in turning things around?

I play with more weight than I have

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done in the last 24 years. I wasn't

drawing as well and thought I would

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just go for a few shots. I won one

of, got one and I thought I would

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keep trying.

Hard to sit and watch

that, but he did well with them?

I

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have played him hundreds of times

and plays that shot all day long.

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But the some reason on the world

Bowls tour, he has not played as

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many shots. But I am know he's

capable of it so I wasn't surprised

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seeing them coming down.

Quarterfinal Mervyn. You must be

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feeling pretty confident now?

Reasonable, take each game as it

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comes and go out there and play as

well as that, I have a chance.

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Congratulations. Commiserations,

Greg, always great to see you here.

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I'm sure you will be back picking up

trophies on the tour.

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Mervyn King, through to the

quarterfinals. Next up we have a

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firm favourite, Andy Thomson, the

Anglo Scot, he was up against young

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Jamie Chestney. 30-year-old chess

knee up against Thompson. Jamie

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Chestney one his first ranking event

at the International open in

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Blackpool and it was the younger man

who took the first set here. The key

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moment coming in the seventh end

when the slightly fortunate weighted

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shot gave Jamie Chestney trouble to

put him in control. It is 20 years

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since Andy won this event. His luck

was going against him this year.

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This squeeze through and a possible

gap to help Jamie Chestney get the

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advantage.

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There would be no way back that Andy

Thomson in this match, by now Jamie

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Chestney was turning the screw. Andy

Thomson couldn't respond to it, and

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Jamie Chestney into the quarters. He

is a really impressive player, Jamie

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Chestney, I wonder how far he will

go. Next we have a match covering

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Paul Foster against Mark Dawes.

The bowler from Blackpool earned a

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place in the top 16 in 2016 and has

moved up to 12th in the last couple

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of years. You are something special

when your list of achievements

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spreads across three pages. Paul

Foster has picked up trophies and

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gold medals across the globe. We

join the action in the fourth end

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with Paul Foster leading 2-1. You

have your commentators of Paul

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Mitchell and fresh from his match

earlier in the day, Andy Thomson.

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COMMENTATOR: There is a big gap

forcing yourself into the top eight.

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You have got to be the Paul Foster

of this tournament to get into the

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top eight.

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Paul Foster, former world number

one. Currently at number four.

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He has found his line, Paul Foster.

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I think Mark is contemplating

running bowl. Easy, wide target, I

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think he likes it.

He is unlucky. He

was asking if the two bowls for

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touching?

Yes, I think you probably

thought if he could take one, he

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could take them both out. Unlucky

result, he hit the target again. If

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he caught the other bowl, he could

have removed two of them. As it is,

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there is room to draw another.

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Looks like he will put it back in.

Exactly where it was.

Will it be

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deja vu, knowing your opponent has

right to reply. Mark will be

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feeling, what happens if I strike

this? I cannot see him getting a bad

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result. I don't think any of Paul's

bowls are touches. Looks like he is

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shaping up for the drawer. Playing

the same bowl.

Looked tight out of

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the hand. Held up with the weight.

He was underneath, so he is still

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two down. You expect him to draw

another.

You expect him to put it on

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top, not just get it close.

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Number three. Brilliant bowls.

Perfectly done. For bowls within a

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couple of inches, effectively. He

had one lifted out.

Three shots,

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Paul Foster.

Final bowl coming in

here. Plenty of room for Paul

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Foster, perfect start, great

bowling. Paul Foster, bringing with

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him, appeared to Perth this year.

It

is the fashion these days. Your

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co-commentator has also got one,

what do you think of that one?

It is

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a nice shade of grey! Looking very

smart.

He suits the beard, I

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wouldn't admit that to him, but it

does suit him. I did sport a beard

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for a little while, it was quickly

removed after instructions from my

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good lady. To be fair, I also looked

ridiculous.

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Good reply.

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Keeping a close eye on this one,

Paul Foster. Has arguably improve

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things for his opponent.

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Beautifully played. Tempting target

for Paul Foster. Good back and

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running here, wouldn't be surprised

to see this one. Bowl or jack.

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It was out the side and that will go

on the restart. Paul Foster's is a

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touch. It will turn into basically a

drawing contest.

Mark has the

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advantage, two bowls to Paul's one.

I don't think any of these bowls

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will count, so I don't think it

really matters.

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Judge to perfection.

Better from

Paul. Too much room for Mark to draw

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another.

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Suddenly a wider line. It is, a lot

wider than Mark.

-- certainly.

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You've not draw it, have you?!

That

is outrageous!

Give us a chance!

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That is brilliant. Mark will be

thinking, what's going on here. We

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thought he was too wide.

He was

right on the very edge of the ditch.

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But he knows his bowls and that is a

work of art.

It's brilliant.

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Time-out called. That is the first

for Mark.

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I think Mark has probably got to

take a chance on the backhand and

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try to run Paul's bowl off but the

danger is removing your own but he

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has to take a chance and try to

score.

It is getting to that point

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in the set, four down, you don't

really want to be five or six down.

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He is playing backhand across the

head here. The line looks fair. He's

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having a look.

He's given it every

chance.

Great bowl.

No wonder he

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goes up the rink. That brings out

the best in some players and we have

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just seen -- seen three exceptional

bowls. STUDIO: Dawes was still

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trailing by two shots as we rejoin

it for the last end of the first

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set.

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The percentage success rate of Paul

Foster's opening bowl is

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astronomical.

Yes, very good. Making

it hard for Mark to score. Two is

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always gettable, though. You can't

fault that, it might give him a

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chance later on.

The ideal bowl for

Paul Foster here is a foot or two

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behind.

He has his hand to his face,

he knew it wasn't a good one.

It

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might act as a protector somewhere

along the line.

He is not happy with

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that.

With every reason.

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Do you gamble and try to go for the

jack?

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He is round it and again it might

not be the shot but it is a useful

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bowl.

Mark has to be careful. He has

good position.

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He gathers the information and

processes it.

Trying to split the

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two red bowls, that will be the

target. I don't think he will be

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happy with that, not at all. It

gives Mark still a big chance here.

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Any movement of the jack, Paul

realises this has given him a

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chance. He could be lying to all

three.

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-- two or three. He is positive.

It

is a little under and a bad result

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from that point of view. He will

have to try to find a drive.

This is

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an awkward head for Paul. He cannot

cover everything. Mark has three

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deep bowls.

The bowl to the right of

the picture is still in.

Yes.

And

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that is going to be awkward for him.

He has called a time-out and you can

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see the position on the right-hand

side. Paul Foster, it is difficult,

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because he will work out where he

thinks it is likely to go.

This will

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certainly be through but there might

be a chance for Mark Dawes to score

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at least two. I think if he slices

that jack on the other angle the

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score is two or three I think. The

dot on the right-hand side of the

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screen, if he slices the jack into

the area he will certainly score two

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and possibly three.

Paul Foster

watches his opponent. He has missed

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it.

He doesn't like it. He never

gave it a chance and Paul Foster

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will take the opening set.

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STUDIO: Foster continued with his

brilliant bowls into the second set

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and we picked it up with him leading

far one -- 5-1 after four ends.

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COMMENTATOR: Winner twice of this

tournament, in 2009 against Ian Ward

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and Nicky Brett in 2012.

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He is hanging in.

It is so difficult

because look where Paul Foster is

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and he pulls out a great bowl.

He is

not far away and he starts to build

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the dangerous position. Mark Dawes

has played exceptionally well no

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matter what happens but he needs to

take that next level and the next

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few ends will be interesting.

Stating the obvious but he has to

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score in this end.

He has given

himself an exceptional chance.

Great

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bowl and we might see a drive from

Paul. Two down, he has to hit this.

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He has not brought out the weight

too often.

Playing the running bowl

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as opposed to the very fast drive.

Got it.

50% happy with that, it

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takes one away.

If he had nudged

that jack out, his two green bowls

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were in good receiving positions and

you're talking millimetres.

It was

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only that. Mark will be trying to

replace the last bowl. Trying to get

0:37:570:38:03

a bit of pressure on Paul's final

delivery.

0:38:030:38:14

Paul is only one down, this will be

back to the draw.

0:38:180:38:30

A rare bowl not reaching from Paul

Foster. Shall we be critical of

0:38:420:38:47

him?!

He knows where to find us! But

he obviously didn't intend it. That

0:38:470:38:52

is David Gourlay. He will be

involved with Scotland for the

0:38:520:38:59

Commonwealth games which we were

talking about earlier.

He will be

0:38:590:39:05

happy that his player, Paul Foster,

is playing well. A chance for Mark

0:39:050:39:11

to score a double, this looks good

and very well played by Mark Dawes.

0:39:110:39:17

It is superb stuff.

0:39:170:39:20

And having lost three straight ends,

it gives him a chance to set the

0:39:230:39:29

mat, although it is causing some

discomfort at the moment!

He is very

0:39:290:39:34

undecided, really. Where do I put

this to put him off?

0:39:340:39:48

Always good when you change the

length to get the opening bowl close

0:40:010:40:06

but Mark probably realises that

isn't going to be close enough.

It

0:40:060:40:10

does not look bad from that

particular angle but you get the

0:40:100:40:13

feeling it is just not good enough.

0:40:130:40:24

It just puts added pressure on to

your next bowl.

0:40:250:40:33

And there is the improvement.

0:40:360:40:47

He has turned his back already on

that one. He missed the line.

He

0:40:510:41:00

knew it immediately.

0:41:000:41:06

He is going to come the other way.

Mark Dawes playing his fourth

0:41:090:41:16

Scottish International Open having

made his debut in 2014.

Nudging the

0:41:160:41:22

ball back, that is number two. This

might force Paul into weight here.

0:41:220:41:31

He doesn't hang about.

Close. He

likes it. Not a particularly kind

0:41:350:41:44

result for him but it does open

things up. And he still has a bowl

0:41:440:41:48

to play.

He hits the target. Two of

the bowls stay in but still two down

0:41:480:41:57

and Mark should draw a third shot

here.

0:41:570:42:00

In a way, he may be doesn't want

this want to go to close because it

0:42:080:42:15

gives him a target so interesting to

see where it finishes.

Very good.

0:42:150:42:23

That's the way to do it. Paul Foster

did have the best back bowl so if he

0:42:230:42:30

had left it either side it might

have been a tempting target.

Paul is

0:42:300:42:34

looking at a runner here, I think it

is still a backhand draw. Difficult

0:42:340:42:40

to get a shot but he should be able

to get a second. The forehand,

0:42:400:42:46

playing the drive. It is

full-blooded.

The jack has broken!

I

0:42:460:42:53

have never seen that before!

That is

coming out of his paycheque!

What is

0:42:530:42:59

the ruling?

I don't think I have

ever seen that! Part of the jack

0:42:590:43:05

remained on the rink and another

part of it is off the rink.

That

0:43:050:43:10

jack surely must go off and on to

the spot.

That is superb. He treated

0:43:100:43:18

it like Play-Doh. That's

unbelievable. I would have thought

0:43:180:43:26

that the bigger half would have

counted.

Surely that goes on to the

0:43:260:43:32

crease but I would think.

Absolutely.

-- onto the re-spot.

0:43:320:43:41

They are going to put it on the

re-spot and then it is going to have

0:43:410:43:46

to be a measure.

I think Paul will

score two here on the re-spot.

They

0:43:460:43:52

are checking here.

Paul is not happy

with that. That's not right, surely?

0:43:520:44:00

It is not a dead end.

I think he is

appealing it.

I would agree. That

0:44:000:44:07

jack was going off, surely it can't

be...

It is a conference of the

0:44:070:44:13

officials here and they are going to

have to I think consult the rule

0:44:130:44:18

book as to what happens.

He is

arguing and he is right to argue as

0:44:180:44:25

well that the jack was going off. I

agree with that. It has to be the

0:44:250:44:32

re-spot. He was not happy and right

to not be happy.

Two shots, Paul

0:44:320:44:42

Foster.

Paul Foster knows his bowls.

And to be fair, the markers and

0:44:420:44:51

umpires here are first class and

they were happy to listen.

That see

0:44:510:44:54

this strike again.

This is

brilliant.

It was definitely going

0:44:540:44:59

off.

And to meet the majority is in

the ditch and therefore it has to go

0:44:590:45:06

on the re-spot. STUDIO:

Unprecedented scenes leaving foster

0:45:060:45:10

with what was to prove an

unassailable lead and he went on to

0:45:100:45:13

win the second set for the victory

which takes him safely into the

0:45:130:45:18

quarterfinals.

0:45:180:45:20

which takes him safely into the

quarterfinals. Without doubt that

0:45:200:45:23

was the best matchwinner seen here

all week. Congratulations, well

0:45:230:45:26

played.

Once again, delighted with

how I played but all credit to Mark

0:45:260:45:33

Connolly stuck in there and I

couldn't really played much better

0:45:330:45:35

in the first set but it shows how

good he is. I'm just delighted.

It

0:45:350:45:41

was incredible because you did play

a wonderful match and many other

0:45:410:45:45

players would be out and you would

be standing next to me looking ahead

0:45:450:45:48

to the quarterfinal.

I'm a little

disappointed to be honest, the first

0:45:480:45:54

bowl, when Paul missed which was not

often, I did not get in and you know

0:45:540:45:58

he will play well. While I am

reasonably happy, I know I can play

0:45:580:46:02

better and you have do to beat Paul.

He does put so much pressure on

0:46:020:46:06

particularly with the first bowl.

That was key and the two times the

0:46:060:46:11

missed, it is like 18 inch and a

foot off and he puts three inside

0:46:110:46:16

and you can't leave that much.

You

certainly can't. Amazing stuff and

0:46:160:46:20

we should talk about the

controversial moment and the talking

0:46:200:46:24

point which was this split jack. We

will show you it but talk us through

0:46:240:46:30

it.

I knew I could run at it. I had

a chance of getting it but I was not

0:46:300:46:38

expecting the jack to crack! I was

trying to take a couple out and I

0:46:380:46:43

knew his bolt was in the ditch and I

would count two but it's not often

0:46:430:46:47

you see that.

I think the first call

was for the end to be played again

0:46:470:46:52

but you agreed that was wrong?

I

genuinely don't know what the rule

0:46:520:46:56

is and to be there to pull the jack

looked like it was going out of this

0:46:560:47:00

side. I was more disappointed that I

was good to get back in the set and

0:47:000:47:05

he hit the target and I was two

down. I did not know the rule and I

0:47:050:47:09

was happy to go with the umpire.

Have you experienced that before?

0:47:090:47:13

I've never seen it, I've never done

it. I know that our a lot of hard

0:47:130:47:18

hitters on the tour but you don't

expect the jack to crack like that.

0:47:180:47:20

I said I would never cheat in bowls

with the jack was only going one

0:47:200:47:25

way. You saw the look on my face, we

are talking a turning point in the

0:47:250:47:31

match. I know Mark is lane three but

the re-spot and I get two and I

0:47:310:47:35

think everybody thought it was going

that way and I think it is only

0:47:350:47:39

fair.

And you agreed?

Yes, it was

going that way is up I genuinely

0:47:390:47:44

didn't know the rule and it was fair

enough. I probably would have said,

0:47:440:47:48

if the rule is not clarified and we

have to go with that, I would have

0:47:480:47:54

said to Paul, you have the two.

Have

you ever seen a split jack?

0:47:540:48:01

Unbelievable. Let's deal with the

last match today which was Perry

0:48:010:48:05

Martin against Michael Stepney. The

joiner from Elgin is no stranger to

0:48:050:48:11

this portable rink in that having

played in the Champion of champions

0:48:110:48:15

final on two separate occasions. It

may have needed a tie-break but

0:48:150:48:19

Perry Martin's victory over Jonathan

Ross in the first round was

0:48:190:48:23

extremely impressive. It was a cagey

0:48:230:48:26

Ross in the first round was

extremely impressive. It was a cagey

0:48:260:48:27

start to this match with neither

player able to exert control and we

0:48:270:48:30

picked it up on the seventh end with

Michael Stepney leaving 4-3.

0:48:300:48:36

COMMENTATOR: Hopefully this jack

will stay the distance in this

0:48:380:48:42

match! Michael Stepney going for one

of his big drives, we might see

0:48:420:48:47

something happening to it.

It's not

often you see the jack... I have

0:48:470:48:53

seen them split in half sometimes

but not having the top sliced off

0:48:530:48:57

like a boiled egg.

I have seen them

almost disintegrate believe it or

0:48:570:49:01

not. But that would have been a much

harder as Ishant to make, the fact

0:49:010:49:08

that the jack was going off the rink

at that angle made it an easy

0:49:080:49:12

decision. The Paul Foster match with

Mark Dawes... But we have plenty of

0:49:120:49:19

jacks.

Michael Stepney likes that

one. And the jack split, it was

0:49:190:49:34

probably one quarter and three

quarters and the three quarters

0:49:340:49:37

smashed its way into the side.

It

was definitely going in that

0:49:370:49:41

direction but fortunately it was

covered by television and we were

0:49:410:49:44

able to analyse it. Good bowl,

really good correction. The

0:49:440:49:49

integrity of the jack is absolutely

key when you think how much of a

0:49:490:49:55

battering they take. They did try to

drill them at one stage and put a

0:49:550:50:02

camera into it but it wasn't really

a bright idea! For lots of reasons.

0:50:020:50:07

The fact that they lost a lot of

cameras when the jacks were

0:50:070:50:13

destroyed did not help but nobody

had actually worked out that if you

0:50:130:50:18

hit the jack the camera goes into

the carpet. You're not going to get

0:50:180:50:21

much out of that.

And it needs to be

in an almost perfect position, it's

0:50:210:50:27

not always going to be facing front

but worth a try. Here comes Perry

0:50:270:50:34

Martin again. A little touch on

that.

Even better. He got around it

0:50:340:50:41

nice and clean. I think he will look

at this and say it has to be worth

0:50:410:50:45

coming into, two down, seventh end.

No waste of time with this one. It

0:50:450:50:53

looks under. And the follow-through

and shot draw. You were saying with

0:50:530:51:01

the follow-through is before, you

just can't gauge them but he put his

0:51:010:51:04

hand up right away.

We have seen a

couple this week, the unexpected,

0:51:040:51:11

seeing it stunned and then coming

once more.

That her! He played two

0:51:110:51:20

beautiful bowls and got it on a

fluke. Trying hard with this one.

0:51:200:51:31

Very close to the jack. Just needed

anything past that and he was there.

0:51:310:51:43

So close. Past it and he was drawing

the shot. Michael Stepney has given

0:51:440:51:52

one away with the last bowl. He will

have to be canny here.

He will not

0:51:520:52:01

give this work the way, I can tell

you. Seventh end is a key end.

0:52:010:52:11

STUDIO: Stepney went on to take the

first set 8-3 and we will pick it up

0:52:220:52:28

again in the fifth end of the second

set with the Scot leading 5-2.

0:52:280:52:34

COMMENTATOR: Full length jack.

0:52:440:52:49

Perry Martin has talked about

becoming less uptight on the rink.

0:52:570:53:01

It is the complete opposite for

Michael Stepney, is reputation is as

0:53:010:53:06

laid-back as they come.

Unfortunately, so is this bowl.

0:53:060:53:16

I have seen Michael animated at

international level, I know he knows

0:53:220:53:26

how to get excited if he tries that

singles is different.

0:53:260:53:39

This one is struggling a little bit

as well.

It looked lazy and it is

0:53:500:53:55

lazier.

Not a time to go walkabout,

not at 5-2 with five ends to go.

0:53:550:54:09

He has a chance with this. It should

come right into the jack.

0:54:110:54:23

Two short bowls, you have to be a

little bit careful not to over

0:54:370:54:40

correct but this has to run all the

way to the jack. He has got it. A

0:54:400:54:46

big recovery bowl.

He has played

quite a few of those in the match to

0:54:460:54:53

great effect. That was two, possibly

three against him and now the

0:54:530:55:02

pressure goes back on his opponent.

He will play down the forehand and

0:55:020:55:09

just try to move the red bowl in.

This is a hard shot he is trying. I

0:55:090:55:15

am surprised he played with that

weight, I thought he would have

0:55:150:55:18

played with a bit less. He was

aiming for the right side that occur

0:55:180:55:22

outside edge of the bowl but it

would have been hard to have stayed

0:55:220:55:27

in for any more than one with that

sort of weight.

0:55:270:55:31

Forehand runners, you are always

conscious if you go wide that you

0:55:330:55:38

are just go to hold off.

The value

of Michael Stepney's third bowl, it

0:55:380:55:50

could have been 5-5 but instead he

is looking to go 6-2 ahead and

0:55:500:55:53

possibly more.

I don't think there

is enough room for that. It needed

0:55:530:56:00

to go past it. Still a big recovery.

0:56:000:56:05

STUDIO: And a double the next end

meant the writing was on the wall

0:56:080:56:13

for Perry Martin. It Michael Stepney

who went through to the

0:56:130:56:16

quarterfinals with a comfortable

8-3, 8-4 victory.

0:56:160:56:22

very happy with how you played. I

think David Corkill said that any

0:56:230:56:28

aggressive play from your opponent

and you have the answer.

I was

0:56:280:56:30

really happy, Perry had a very good

start in the first set and I thought

0:56:300:56:35

I had to stick in and I got one

lucky result early on. It spurred me

0:56:350:56:40

on to keep on sticking in and

getting better.

And I guess this

0:56:400:56:46

portable rink is different from what

you're used to but you are getting

0:56:460:56:50

experience of playing on it on the

World Bowls Tour.

Definitely it is a

0:56:500:56:54

lot different, I struggled on the

pace massively in the second set, a

0:56:540:56:58

lot of short bowls and Michael

played really well. The first set,

0:56:580:57:03

two ends stick out where I could

have scored seven shots and ended up

0:57:030:57:07

dropping two but that's how it goes

and he played really well and had

0:57:070:57:11

the answer to everything.

We have

completed half of the quarterfinal

0:57:110:57:15

draw and we know that Jamie Chestney

will be there with Mervyn King Paul

0:57:150:57:20

Foster and Michael Stepney. We will

deal with the bottom half tomorrow.

0:57:200:57:25

It has been a great day, no doubt,

but Corky saw some wonderful shots

0:57:250:57:30

but which did he think was the best?

0:57:300:57:33

My shot of the day comes from the

match between Mark Dawes and Paul

0:57:360:57:41

Foster, a brilliant game. Paul

Foster had been fantastic in the

0:57:410:57:47

first set, restricting Mark Dawes to

three singles and in the second set

0:57:470:57:51

and suddenly Mark Dawes is playing

so much better. Foster is 5-3 in

0:57:510:57:56

front but three down on the rink and

the next shot is really important.

0:57:560:58:00

Forehand drive, the jack split and

it goes across, which is very rare

0:58:040:58:10

but the important thing was that at

that moment Paul Foster had to

0:58:100:58:14

change the head and he was going to

be one shot down at 6-5 if he did

0:58:140:58:20

not strike but he did and got it

perfect with the front bowl. Reece

0:58:200:58:25

Burke position, picks up two and

goes into a 3-7 positive position

0:58:250:58:30

and cruise on to win the set and

match -- re-spot position.

That is

0:58:300:58:36

almost it from us but our live

coverage gets back under way

0:58:360:58:39

tomorrow at 1pm on BBC Two Scotland.

It had been a fantastic day here at

0:58:390:58:45

the Dewars Centre in Perth, please

join us tomorrow, it's going to be

0:58:450:58:49

another cracker but from all of us

here, goodbye for now.

0:58:490:58:52

Dougie Vipond presents highlights from the second round at Dewars Centre in Perth. Scotland's current world champion Paul Foster, and Greg Harlow, winner here for the last two years, are both likely to feature.

Former British indoor champion David Corkill and Paul Mitchell provide commentary.