Day 2 - Live Bowls: Scottish International Open


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Day 2 - Live

Dougie Vipond presents live second-round coverage from the 2017 Scottish Open, at Dewars Centre in Perth. Commentary is by David Corkill and Paul Mitchell.


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Two great friends warming up at the

Dewar outback Centre in Perth. But

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soon there will be doing battle at

the Scottish International Open.

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Good to have you with us. The first

match coming up is Greg Harlow

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against Mervyn King. Two wonderful

players. That should be a cracker. I

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urge you to stick around. The action

got under way at the do -- Dewars

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centre yesterday.

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A battle of the generations, Thomson

is more than twice his age. Chesney

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won his first event at the

International Open in Blackpool, and

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the younger man took the first set.

A key moment in the seventh end,

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when this slightly fortunate

weighted shot gave Chesney a triple.

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It's ten years since Andy Thomson

won the event, beating Mark Royal in

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2007. The luck seemed to be going

against him. This shot squeezed

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through an impossible gap and helped

Chesney establish the advantage.

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Both players had quite different

first-round matches. Chesney had an

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easy first set win, while Thomson

needed a tie-break to see off his

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Australian opponent. By now, Chesney

was turning the screw and this

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lovely drawer in the eighth end gave

him the match lie. Final score, 8-6,

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9-3. Chesney into the quarters.

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There is confirmation of the result.

We are just about to see Greg Harlow

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against Mervyn King.

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In the country box all week, as

ever, David Corkill. Some

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interesting games coming up. Let's

talk about this morning. That win

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for Jamie Chestney. Andy Thomson out

of the competition?

Yes, to be fair,

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the first set was the key bowl where

Jamie got a fortunate result. He

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upped his game in the second set,

but almost everything Andy played

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did not work for him. Having said

that, Jamie looked like he was

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getting better and better.

He is now

in the world top 16. He is looking

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to do some damage?

He is. He doesn't

want to be a player just in the top

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16, he wants to win events. He

proved he can do that. Everybody

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knows how good he is. It is just a

matter of the breaks. He got a

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little break this morning. Having

said that, he played very well in

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the second set.

Let's talk about the

live matches. Greg Harlow addressed

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his good friend Merv the Swerve.

This should be great?

They know each

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other very well, but if you look at

the seeding, Greg is first, and

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Mervyn is 14. Disregard that, it

will be very close. Greg will of his

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game from his previous match, no

doubt about that. Mervyn will do

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what he does best by drawing close

all the time.

One thing I must ask

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you about, we know that these are

all amazing bowlers and when the

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bowl leaves the hand, they think

they know what is going to happen.

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There was an amazing moment with

Paul Foster, playing against David

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Stock macho I can't remember his

second name, David Bolt.

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Talk us through this.

When you get

that reaction coming he knows he's

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probably two feet away. Watch where

it ends up. At this point he's

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thinking, my goodness me, what on

earth has happened. He draws the

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perfect bowl, two shots against. It

was a great moor, but he apologised

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to his opponent because he thought

it was so bad. -- it was a great

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bowl.

He is in action today?

Yes, he

is looking good. He usually gets out

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of the box pretty quick. Always a

dangerous opponent. He has being a

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Sony times and won that.

Lots of

live action coming up. -- he has

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been here so many times.

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David Corkill, thank you very much

indeed. Let's look ahead to the

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match coming up behind us. It is

Greg Harlow against Mervyn King. He

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is the master of the draw game, but

recent seasons have been barren by

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his standards. A drop down the

rankings to 14 reflected the drop in

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form, with six titles under his

belt, though, Merv is certainly no

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joke. Please give a warm welcome to

Mervyn King.

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There is something about Perth that

really suits Greg Harlow. He is the

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current Scottish open champion and

world number one. He is good friends

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with today's opponent, but that will

be forgotten when the first bowl is

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thrown. Please give a warm welcome

to the Scottish International Open

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champion Greg Harlow.

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To take us through this one, Paul

Mitchell and David Corkill.

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This ought to be a cracker, Greg

Harlow looking for a third

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consecutive title in Scotland

against Mervyn King.

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2010 he won it. Both of the players

have their name engraved on the

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trophy and both are seeking a

quarterfinal place.

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It will be in Greg's mind to keep

his form from the first set of his

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previous match. Goodness me, he is

going to have to up his game from

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the second set. He was one bowl away

from going out of the event. Mervyn

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King will be a very stern test.

He

got a bit of a shock, Greg Harlow,

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against Neil Furman yesterday. Great

first set.

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Your bowl is 12 inches sword. --

short.

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Greg, forced onto the forehand.

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That short jack length, you have to

have a strong biased bowl to make

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sure it gets back again. The back

just holds off a little bit.

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That is just hanging on to the line.

It looked good for a long, long

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time.

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Forehand again for Greg Harlow.

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It looks a little bit lazy.

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First-round match. Playing with red

bowls, having to make the switch.

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That certainly looked better on the

way in.

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Looking like he is arriving at this.

His own bowl to push in. If he makes

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the gap coming to trail the jack.

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I think he realised that just wasn't

there on delivery. You can almost

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see him reacting.

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Keeping it well wide, a chance to

come in and push the red bowls in.

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That is what he is really good at.

Picking out the line. He left that

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flow out on a high line, letting a

drift back. The high line drift

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shot. Knowing that he wasn't going

to do any damage to his own bowl and

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giving himself a chance to score

jack high.

Which it did. Well

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played, Mervyn King.

That is why we

call him The Swerve.

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He has gone for a longer length

jack.

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APPLAUSE

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Just slightly in front of the jack.

Greg didn't attack very often, he

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has to play these ones earlier. I

think that was a problem for him

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before. There are the things I think

we will see a lot more of in this

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game. I thought he was quite

negative in the first match and

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played a draw, draw, draw,

constantly. Sort of let Neil Furman

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into the game.

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Interesting to see if it was a

deliberate tactic just to get in and

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wait, trusting his drawing game to

see him through.

He will know

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against Mervyn. It's going to attack

a lot more.

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Great clear out all played by Greg

Harlow. Responding with a draw.

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That is the benefit of picking up

the jack. Would have been very close

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to drawing the shot.

Picking that up

was a real bonus.

Mervyn King has

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played three excellent bowls.

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A waited shot by Greg Harlow,

engineering the change.

It bit of

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work to do to get it back. It needs

the band and it needs to drop. Four

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really good bowls by Mervyn King.

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He is having a little waited run at

this and why not? No great danger.

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He drops a shot.

A good percentage

shot. Bowl on the bowl would have

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worked, bowl on the jack would have

worked. Mervyn King but four bowls

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within six inches. A damage

limitation on Greg's side.

Could

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have worked out even better with a

great fourth bowl from Mervyn King.

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Billy Reid against the defending

champion. -- an early lead.

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That is interesting from Mervyn

King, he played two really good

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bowls off the forehand, last time

going away from the commentary box.

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He feels the backhand is the better

hand for him and he starts that out

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first.

The jack has lengthened a

couple of metres and the longer you

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go with the backhand, the longer it

comes if you're bowls are not very

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trendy. Unfortunately, it almost

works the opposite way if you have a

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big bending bowl and you go

full-length in that direction, you

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have to go out wide and sometimes it

does not make it.

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Here it comes again, nothing is safe

this afternoon.

That is why Mervyn

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King is known as one of the best

draw bowlers there has been for a

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very long time.

Again, a weighted

shot. A good result.

Yes, two bowls

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on target. Movement of the jack

behind the red. I think the two

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bowls Queen would have been really

good but the movement of the jack,

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that was very tidy.

A good second

shot, preferably a little bit

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behind. In low for Greg Harlow.

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He is putting full trust in his

weight here. Certainly, the line is

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right. Dropped back, good second.

Cracking effort.

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A little bit too much from Greg

Harlow. Walking up.

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One thing is for certain, David,

they have not wasted any time in

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finding their form.

The advantage of

a second-round matches, you have

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time to practise on the rink. First

rounds always a bit nervous, it does

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not matter who you are, you just

want to get the first game over. And

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again, the first match in the

afternoon, it you get that half-hour

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before and that is really good

because you know first exactly what

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time you will be on and you get a

place on the rink. The second and

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third match, you only have two

trials and you are not sure how long

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the previous match is going to last

season have to hang around a bit. --

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so you have to hang around.

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Greg Harlow got the Open hand.

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This forehand has just been hanging

off slightly. Very accurate with the

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line to make the centre of the rink.

A lot of jack hi bowls.

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Should not be in the way.

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Number one.

Six inches past jack high.

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He might be tempted to run this.

Bowl out, jack in a ditch. He going

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for this. Relatively wide targets.

Oh, dear. Yes, well... I don't see

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it going off the green that often.

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Just those little things that happen

in a match.

You get a slightly good

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result from a running bowl and a

slightly poor result even though you

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are on target. In a match like this,

those sorts of things could be the

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telling points. Greg. Not where he

wanted to put that, I can tell you.

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Set up the target, he knows it.

The

target is there, but he has the

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advantage, a bowl in the ditch.

Well, that is just typical Mervyn.

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He is drawing weight.

It is hard to

guarantee to get act in this hand,

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it really is, he has to have good

weight to slip around. It did not

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drop.

It certainly cut out any

question of a good shot. Are they

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going to put global -- the little

Robert Rock under the bowl? Not much

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point, it has been conceded. Greg

Harlow. He see some self level. --

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he will see himself level. Mervyn

only had the 16 macro but, at the

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same time, most people would have

played it.

It was a way to target,

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Andy had a bowl in the ditch

already.

Greg but it was a wide

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target with his reaction. A little

bit surprised but typical of Mervyn

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to try to draw it off but the jack

in the ditch was worth two.

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It is about an inch short of jack

high.

And in short, still playable,

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he does not really want to move off

his favourite backhand.

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A tough audience!

I think they have

got used to what they have seen

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already. Not good enough.

It just is

not there! That is just a

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rangefinder.

They say comedians

don't like to play Glasgow,

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sometimes bowlers don't like to play

Perth. And little bit of pace on

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this to try and disrupt things.

I

think that is probably more of a

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reaction to the last end when Mervyn

probably thought, I should have just

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hit it.

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Perfect again. It does look harder.

It is certainly no easier to draw so

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he might go again. That looks down

on the narrow line.

It did hold, it

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had the weight to hold it.

Only

just, half inside jack. Yes, he was

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moving across and you could see the

centre line marks. That is when you

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judge it from. Greg will draw the

shot, no doubt about that.

The jack

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is on the ditch, there is a mark-up

above it to allow Greg Harlow to see

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exactly where he is bowling too.

He

will not worry too much, only six

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inches inside the rink boundary line

so he will try and draw as close as

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he can. To tempt Mervyn. Defeated on

the draw or rested on for a double.

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The draw is more likely.

It is just

how wide he can go. He really played

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that across his body to try to hold

up the bowl as long as possible

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before the bend takes effect.

Certainly wider than Greg's. It is

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all a matter of stopping. He has

played it.

Nicely done.

I could see

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the way he delivered that bowl. He

really played it across his body. He

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was obviously using the mat, just to

hold it up before it started to

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bend. Good use of the mat.

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Very little between these two

players at the moment. Last time

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they met in Scotland was 2008, the

quarterfinal. The opening set of

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nine ends featured nine shots.

Mervyn King winning 5-4.

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Hard to believe that Mervyn King is

number 14 in terms of the rankings.

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He is a much better player than

that. It only takes a couple of

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events to go wrong for you and you

start sliding down.

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In 2017, he went out in round one of

the International Open. An early

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exit there.

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An identical weight to the first

one.

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Eight inches past jack high.

Is that

deliberate from Greg to come round

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the back or a miscalculation?

He

pushed it through. That's all. With

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Mervyn, he knows the forehand just

holds up. He would also like to

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arrive at Greg's bowl to take it

out. He played outside the line.

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More weight to try to get to the red

bowl. Look at that hold, it didn't

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even get close to it. I'm not

surprised that Mervyn is shaking his

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head. When he let it go, he probably

thought it might be a shade wide but

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I am making contact with the bowl.

By the end, he missed by 15 inches.

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It is holding a lot.

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A bit of a let off for Greg. Good

chance to add another.

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Potential for an four Mervyn King if

he picked up the Red Bull. Instead,

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he says that two will go against it.

-- if he picked the red bowl. Loses

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the end and the lead in the set.

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15 inches all round the jack for

that one. You can see the two

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players chatting about it

afterwards. When you know each other

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this well, when you have been good

friends for such a long time, you

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will chat throughout the game.

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That is a little. Has gone longer.

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A lot of players would have changed

onto the forehand, because you can

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see the edge of the jack can

probably get the shot. Mervyn, it is

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more a matter of stick to the hand

you know and try to get ahead a

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little bit. Not reaching, but that

is what would be going through his

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mind.

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Just the one, an inch gap. Your

bowl, 15 inch gap.

Time to move. Any

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touch on the red bowl and it brings

the jack into play.

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Gentle, gentle, to get back from

there.

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Greg Harlow senses an opportunity

here. One shot back.

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Doesn't want to widen the target,

but does want to come in here. And

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he has done so.

That means any touch

on the forehand, on the jack, will

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bring it to that bowl. Mervyn is

going to try to use that as a

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shoulder to drop off. Well, not even

going for weight. This is a

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difficult shot.

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Well, I tell you what, he wasn't far

away from getting what he wanted.

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But that movement of the jack is a

major bonus for him.

He was also an

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inshore two from disaster, if that

just stopped. If it touched the red

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bowl, there were three against him.

He can look to the heavens, but I

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think it has been kinder than he

realised.

A lot better than what he

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thought when he got to look at it.

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I am sure that is in. Just missed

the line slightly. The weight wasn't

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bad.

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One red and a measure.

The time-out

is about to come.

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Well, draw on the forehand or the

backhand, play a risky one down the

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runner. Three different chances.

Would fancy two, from the

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indications of the rings.

If it is,

I would be inclined to think about

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playing through it. Even a front

planned, if it gets onto the jack,

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it might be one down. It might just

stop on the green bowl. It is a hard

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effort to draw this. Going for it

again. Not surprised. Just needs to

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drop down on the inside. Run-through

and a touch of the jack. That might

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make the double. Goodness me.

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He holds up his hands in apology,

I'm not sure he had to. He got a

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fortunate result, to an extent, but

he was online to make something

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happen.

I'm with him on the apology,

any run-through bowl is hard to

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judge. There is normally a bit of

run-through. Just a quarter bowl, I

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think. It is just run-through. You

can't gauge a run-through. They are

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lovely when they work for you. But

they hurt.

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That looks like it's clear. That is

a big two.

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What a turnaround that is.

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Mervyn's last two bowls, he will be

hoping to keep that going.

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Greg Harlow is trailing to Mervyn

King. King leading 6-5. For a man

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who prides himself on his draw

shots, he is already at half a dozen

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weightier bowls at seven ends, that

is unusual from Mervyn King but he's

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getting the results.

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APPLAUSE

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Full-length jack.

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Just need to hurry with this,

dropping a little bit short.

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Greg Toler layer little bit on the

weight as well. -- toiling a little.

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That green bowl, I guess he decides

to attack it.

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Still struggling for weight. Any

better? It's been an interesting

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choice for Greg. One against,

doesn't want to go into the last end

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two down. There is a forehand

attacking shot down, red into green.

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That does suit his style of play.

Right on the front left edge, to try

0:43:170:43:23

to hold the bowl up as long as

possible on the narrow line. He is

0:43:230:43:26

close.

Getting a result, the red one

goes through and out.

That is

0:43:260:43:32

horrible. That is a shocking result.

0:43:320:43:37

That green bowl would not be moved.

Exactly. It has probably only cost

0:43:440:43:51

him one more shot. It has given

Mervyn King an opportunity to get to

0:43:510:43:58

the red one.

0:43:580:44:03

Time-out called.

0:44:050:44:08

He would normally play the backhand,

because he prefers it. The trouble

0:44:120:44:17

with the forehand is that it does

hold out a little bit. That might

0:44:170:44:20

work in his favour. The red bowl is

wide of the jack.

0:44:200:44:25

It needs to run.

That did not even

touch the other green one down. Greg

0:44:420:44:51

is back to draw hand shot and if he

does lift the jack, he could make

0:44:510:44:59

two and he will be on the outside of

the mat. That is it. Left foot off

0:44:590:45:06

to try and help the bowl back on the

travel.

There it goes. Yes, he has

0:45:060:45:14

got the early bend.

This is looking

good. The weight is the problem, not

0:45:140:45:21

the line.

It depends if it holds,

that is the thing. He has taken one

0:45:210:45:28

away. It needed fall over. Greg

Harlow needs two to tie this.

0:45:280:45:44

Advantage Mervyn King. It has been

-- he has been a quarterfinalist in

0:45:440:45:51

this tournament just once in the

last four years, that was last year.

0:45:510:46:02

Full-length jack. Final end of the

last set.

Not surprised he is going

0:46:020:46:09

long. Well, he reckons he has missed

something here. He must be slightly

0:46:090:46:21

over the line because the weight

does not look too bad. Yes, that is

0:46:210:46:25

the margins Mervyn works too. He

knew that was outside, a shake of

0:46:250:46:33

the head.

0:46:330:46:43

Greg Harlow stopping for a second.

Not sure what caught his eye. He got

0:46:480:47:02

down to play the backhand but maybe

he has had a second thought about

0:47:020:47:07

it. That would not be a first, to

have a time-out before you actually

0:47:070:47:15

play your first bowl.

It could be.

Sometimes in a tie-break, you would

0:47:150:47:23

think it is a possibility because

you going to play a risky shot, but

0:47:230:47:27

he stepped off and changed his mind

and moved on to the forehand. And

0:47:270:47:36

Mervyn, this is risky. He has to get

very close to that red bowl to make

0:47:360:47:41

the gap.

He has kept it in wide.

Really not a lot better than his

0:47:410:47:53

first bowl. I am surprised at that,

I thought he would have played the

0:47:530:47:56

forehand.

0:47:560:48:06

It has been played over the weight.

He needs a two, Greg Harlow, the

0:48:180:48:25

tide the set.

He is not well set up

at the moment to do so.

0:48:250:48:40

Mervyn would have been looking for

something close to the jack on the

0:48:540:48:57

forehand, to keep Greg awake. Greg

is thinking to himself, can I get a

0:48:570:49:05

draw in the set? Not even trying to

win it. Does he draw the shot? The

0:49:050:49:13

way it is sitting, does he run the

green bowls?

0:49:130:49:19

That is the alternative, just draw

it in and take a chance on the next.

0:49:190:49:22

The other alternative is if you

really want to play it, the two

0:49:220:49:26

green bowls. They are sitting here,

you look at those from the mat and

0:49:260:49:34

that red doesn't look clever but the

two are better be taken out. I still

0:49:340:49:39

think it is a draw shot. -- the two

bear to be taken out.

0:49:390:49:46

I think if he is in a position to

pick up two or three shots, the next

0:49:500:49:57

bowl, he might go for the two green.

He is down on a narrow line, he

0:49:570:50:02

needs a connection.

He played that

quite deliberately. He was

0:50:020:50:09

deliberately playing slightly

narrowed to get his own bowl, and if

0:50:090:50:12

you missed that, he would get the

jack. He just did not push it.

The

0:50:120:50:18

danger is not over for Mervyn King.

He ideally would like a bowl just

0:50:180:50:24

left of the jack. Nothing that can

be taken out with the other two.

The

0:50:240:50:31

backhand shot, split the two red.

And say to Greg, if you run the jack

0:50:310:50:39

through, the best you can do is one

shot. If you drag the jack a yard,

0:50:390:50:45

you might get two, but that is

harder than driving it. That is a

0:50:450:50:50

clever bowl. There is still an over

weight shot. Half a jack, two or

0:50:500:51:00

three yards of running, if he wants

to play it. The way he is winning

0:51:000:51:06

his arm, that would normally mean

he's going to hit it. Looking for

0:51:060:51:13

the two bowls.

That is a hard shot,

what can he get?

Yes, two out, it

0:51:130:51:19

was worth two. Did not even attempt

to go for the set win.

0:51:190:51:34

Greg Harlow bows down to Mervyn

King. Both players forced into

0:51:340:51:45

plenty of weighted shots which made

for great entertainment, and it is

0:51:450:51:48

Mervyn King who emerges victorious

in the opening set.

0:51:480:52:01

Almost two beat short, the green

one.

0:52:540:53:00

He will be in action in a little

while, Paul Foster. Stay with us for

0:53:000:53:07

the afternoon, cracking bowl to

come.

It is a tough game at for

0:53:070:53:12

Paul.

Mark Dawes is standing in his

way.

Won a very good international

0:53:120:53:21

standard player, making his way up

the rankings. -- Mark Dawes is a

0:53:210:53:30

very good international standard

player.

0:53:300:53:32

Shot is drawn, two loose bowls from

Greg by his standards in the second

0:53:490:53:55

set.

0:53:550:53:58

The game, just dropping.

0:54:080:54:11

I am a little bit surprised Mervyn

is playing the forehand, he

0:54:210:54:25

struggles to get back.

The backhand

was open for him, as I have said a

0:54:250:54:32

couple of times. If you go in the

forehand, Greg can make up his mind

0:54:320:54:36

whether he wants to drive them out

or just draw.

0:54:360:54:49

It looks better. The shot is drawn.

0:55:090:55:18

Greg is thinking there is no point

in taking the two bowls out because

0:55:250:55:32

Mervyn will just draw it in.

Backhand. There is a shot here, if

0:55:320:55:37

he wants to play better bowl out, he

may aim for two or three. It is hard

0:55:370:55:43

to make the line.

He does not want

to promote the right way out.

0:55:430:55:59

Macro -- Greg Harlow save that time

by a good final bowl.

0:56:000:56:06

Greg Harlow, a set he has two win to

force the tie-break, takes the

0:56:120:56:17

opening end. From the delivery of

jack, it looks like he will go

0:56:170:56:27

shorter again.

0:56:270:56:30

And that is Greg.

He reckons that

Mervyn's bowls not as strong as his.

0:57:200:57:31

He is trying to guarantee Centre

rink with his deliveries for Mervyn

0:57:310:57:37

to hold off. He got it away too

gentle.

Interesting switch of hands

0:57:370:57:49

as well from Mervyn King. Back to

the backhand which he has been

0:57:490:57:55

favouring.

That is coming back this

time.

He stayed on the mat a long,

0:57:550:58:06

long time after he delivered that,

that is not normal for Mervyn. I

0:58:060:58:13

think he was searching down a

different line. He banned it, that

0:58:130:58:18

is the important bit. -- she found

it.

0:58:180:58:20

That looks better, didn't it?

Spot-on.

0:58:260:58:34

Had it been two, I think Mervyn

would have been searching for it. He

0:58:470:58:50

has missed the line. That is what he

was thinking about with his last

0:58:500:58:53

bowl. If you go halfway bowl tip,

you are just punished so much. That

0:58:530:59:00

is what the short track length does

to you.

0:59:000:59:03

Greg really should be looking for

cover here. He might think that

0:59:070:59:11

Mervyn will try for the jack.

0:59:110:59:15

Deep cover bowl.

0:59:210:59:22

That is the reason why. Stronger

weight. Got a chance with this one.

0:59:360:59:42

That is a horrible result. That just

went all wrong.

0:59:420:59:48

Wanted to be on the high side of the

jack and ended up pushing it onto

0:59:510:59:55

the low side of it.

0:59:550:59:58

Going low, instead of getting the

bowl clean, the jack moved.

0:59:591:00:03

No result for Mervyn King there.

1:00:081:00:11

It was 3-0.

1:00:141:00:16

There have been a couple of those

were, for both players, to be fair,

1:00:261:00:29

slightly weighted shots have brought

not just bad results, but

1:00:291:00:36

unexpectedly bad?

It cost him

another shot. It is the right shot

1:00:361:00:43

to play, it is just that they are

hard to get absolutely perfect. You

1:00:431:00:49

always look to see what the

positives and negatives are. If it's

1:00:491:00:54

going to cost you an extra shot,

sometimes you go for it anyway.

1:00:541:00:58

These next couple of bowls from

Mervyn King will be very

1:01:151:01:18

interesting.

1:01:181:01:19

You can tell he is not totally

comfortable.

1:01:261:01:29

Doing the right thing, leaving the

backhand alone.

1:01:391:01:42

Certainly an adjustment on weight.

How close is he going to get?

1:02:041:02:13

About a foot short of jack high.

1:02:131:02:19

Gaye Chance off his own bowl. -- a

chance.

1:02:301:02:37

Slid past that. Not far away as he

had dropped.

1:02:421:02:48

Doesn't change the shot that Mervyn

King was going to play.

1:02:531:02:56

Really pushed that one out very

wide.

1:03:011:03:05

Had won there, didn't need another.

1:03:081:03:13

Greg plays this slightly on the

inside, he can ease that bowl out. I

1:03:131:03:25

don't blame him, he's having a look

at it. Just need to be half a bowl

1:03:251:03:29

outside the normal line. Playing a

forehand, that is interesting.

1:03:291:03:33

Close to drawing it.

1:03:441:03:47

APPLAUSE

1:03:491:03:51

That is the shot. You would think!

They are absolutely centred.

The

1:03:561:04:09

ring is close, the market who is

closer than we are thinks it is

1:04:091:04:12

close. Interesting shot by Greg.

Seemed to be more on the backhand,

1:04:121:04:20

with the two red bowls. Just picking

the green bowl out, not with great

1:04:201:04:27

force, but enough.

This is good.

1:04:271:04:31

Going to get a touch on the jack.

Think it is just the one. Greg will

1:04:321:04:40

scoot around.

1:04:401:04:43

One shot, Mervyn King.

One it was. A

bit unlucky, didn't get a chance to

1:04:471:04:52

measure.

1:04:521:04:53

An important bowl from Mervyn King.

It is likely he will take it back to

1:05:001:05:04

full length, with no messing about.

1:05:041:05:07

A five metre difference from the

previous end.

1:05:301:05:34

APPLAUSE

1:05:431:05:46

The gap is four inches.

1:05:511:05:54

That is a good starter. But on a

match of this quality, you almost

1:06:021:06:05

expect Greg to beat it.

1:06:051:06:08

Making sure he was arriving and he

certainly was. Didn't want to take

1:06:161:06:20

any chances.

He wasn't hanging back

with that one. But a chance for

1:06:201:06:24

Mervyn King.

1:06:241:06:26

APPLAUSE

1:06:361:06:38

He doesn't like it. It represents a

target that might not come into play

1:06:431:06:46

immediately. Greg is not hanging

around.

1:06:461:06:52

He is underneath, but it is just how

much underneath of his own bowl.

1:06:551:06:59

That is the one I was looking at, at

the back. Goodness me.

1:06:591:07:03

Well, Greg's first two bowls off the

rink. Mervyn dropping in for

1:07:201:07:27

another. He doesn't want to leave a

target, but he would love to turn

1:07:271:07:30

the jack around the corner. He is

not going to.

Greg will go narrow.

1:07:301:07:35

That has made the target so much

wider. Going to end with the jack in

1:07:351:07:41

the ditch.

Mervyn wants that back,

it is fair to say. Greg, did you

1:07:411:07:50

pull that again? He came way under.

You have just witnessed something

1:07:501:07:55

very rare, two wayward weight shots

from Greg Harlow.

On the forehand.

1:07:551:08:03

You would lose money all day long

betting on that one. He did seem to

1:08:031:08:07

go a little bit faster than normal.

1:08:071:08:10

Greg is very dangerous, with that

very controlled weight shot. I don't

1:08:131:08:22

think he's got an awful lot of

choice. He might have to go again.

1:08:221:08:25

Take the risk of losing a four.

1:08:251:08:28

Well, he doesn't have a bull on the

rink.

He is going for it.

1:08:321:08:43

It didn't really matter, in some

respects. Unless he touched the

1:08:501:08:53

jack, it was taken off. He is going

to lose three anyway.

Three shots,

1:08:531:08:59

Mervyn King.

Indeed he did. With

Hayes bowl not being a toucher, it

1:08:591:09:06

is lifted out. The three on the

right, the green bowl was not a

1:09:061:09:12

toucher. He loses the end and he

loses the lead.

1:09:121:09:15

Strange end of bowls.

1:09:211:09:23

Greg Harlow will have two pop that

out of his mind. The first triple we

1:09:271:09:36

have had in that match.

1:09:361:09:38

APPLAUSE

Superb aplomb.

1:09:541:10:00

Just dropping back to the unintended

consequence of driving his own bowl

1:10:041:10:11

off commitment he had nothing at the

back. If he played a similar shot,

1:10:111:10:14

he would have lost one, rather than

three.

1:10:141:10:17

Always very dangerous whenever you

roll with the second bowl and take

1:10:261:10:31

your own out. To be fair, he

probably thought he couldn't do it

1:10:311:10:34

on the shot he was playing, because

he is normally so accurate. Again,

1:10:341:10:38

Mervyn is all over the jack. Second

bowl and he is in the cover

1:10:381:10:43

position.

1:10:431:10:45

Seeking improvement, but not finding

it.

1:11:061:11:10

With two to go, Greg will expect to

draw a close.

1:11:241:11:31

That is certainly very beatable. A

forehand, just drawing away. A good

1:11:351:11:41

second.

1:11:411:11:42

I'm surprised. Some at the front

edge I thought, is he going to go

1:11:541:11:57

again?

That is eye of the needle

stuff.

To be fair, it was a bowl

1:11:571:12:08

inside it. He was not far off

target. Take a green bowl out. But

1:12:081:12:15

again, if you miss, you are in

trouble. Thought he would have drawn

1:12:151:12:19

that off.

1:12:191:12:20

Off the inside edge and he could

have got a good result.

Not far from

1:12:251:12:31

it, but far enough.

1:12:311:12:33

Well, Mervyn slots another one in.

That certainly stops the doubt. If

1:12:451:12:52

Greg wants to go again, it is a much

wider target.

He could certainly get

1:12:521:12:58

a result that time. I tell you what,

he might have to use one of these

1:12:581:13:03

time-outs. It is fairly critical for

him.

It is a big shot. That is what

1:13:031:13:07

he is looking for. He is putting his

foot down.

1:13:071:13:12

What he wants to hit, really, is

getting into there. The danger with

1:13:161:13:20

that is if the jack goes over here,

is he in a position that this bowl

1:13:201:13:26

has to stay on the rink? The bowl

he's pushing into my take out the

1:13:261:13:33

red one, and that means he is losing

on two or three shots again.

1:13:331:13:37

I still think he has to play it. He

is on the front inside edge again.

1:13:401:13:47

That usually signals he is playing

with a little bit of weight. Drawing

1:13:471:13:50

at this time. Goodness me. This is

massive.

1:13:501:13:56

In the context of the match, this is

so important. He makes the contact

1:14:011:14:06

on the bowl. Well done. I thought he

would have played that with his

1:14:061:14:12

third bowl. Well done. Big recovery.

Well rescued, keeping him firmly in

1:14:121:14:18

the match.

1:14:181:14:20

With the third bowl, I understand

why you go in early with the third

1:14:291:14:33

one. It goes wrong and you have a

recovery bowl.

1:14:331:14:35

A fascinating contest so far. Mervyn

King with the difference in the

1:14:411:14:50

second shot. Not playing any

weighted bowls whatsoever.

1:14:501:14:58

Half a metre short of full length,

the jack, the first bowl. As loose

1:15:061:15:15

as you will see from Mervyn King.

1:15:151:15:26

Always better to reset yourself.

That is what Greg Harlow has done.

1:15:361:15:44

Mervyn must think he is right on the

edge for weight because it is

1:16:071:16:12

struggling.

1:16:121:16:16

That is a funny old end.

Funny

peculiar. Yes.

1:16:361:16:43

He has had two attempts and here

comes Mervyn King's bird.

A good

1:16:491:16:55

line. Close to his own bowl and he

wants to hit its solid. That will

1:16:551:17:01

do. Though out the way, but it is

still a shot.

On the backhand. The

1:17:011:17:12

preferred route now for Greg Harlow.

1:17:121:17:18

That is well played. Yes, number

one.

1:17:291:17:34

There is a shot for Mervyn if he

wants to play inside but if he gets

1:17:381:17:45

to the jack, it could cost him an

extra shot. It is hard enough for

1:17:451:17:49

Greg to add another. This is not

easy. Well, he's going for that

1:17:491:18:01

runner, trying to guarantee the bowl

out and if he gets a jack, he is

1:18:011:18:05

going to follow with it. Has he got

the whole? He has. Another good

1:18:051:18:10

running bowl. Making a gap. Yes.

That is the reaction, unsurprisingly

1:18:101:18:27

some. I would love to have see it

hit because I would not be sure it

1:18:271:18:34

would make the shot. Greg trying to

wrest the green bowl.

1:18:341:18:40

The green bowl to the right. It is

quite well out and working hard to

1:18:461:18:55

get back.

It was not an easy one by

any means.

After six ends played,

1:18:551:19:11

5-4, Mervyn King. After the first

set, it was 5-4, Greg Harlow. Greg

1:19:111:19:19

Harlow has to come from behind in

this to force a tie-break.

1:19:191:19:32

Greg putting a lot of thought into

where to place the mat. He is going

1:19:481:19:54

to go short again and pushed the

jack three. The little white marks

1:19:541:20:00

are a metre apart. That is what

enables the umpire to work out the

1:20:001:20:05

jack length. Just in case people at

home with thinking he just guesses

1:20:051:20:12

it!

It would be very accurate if he

did.

Not terribly, located when you

1:20:121:20:23

have the white spots there. That

complicated. Use will for us, as

1:20:231:20:29

well. -- it is useful for us, as

well.

He has tidied up his opening

1:20:291:20:40

bowl, Greg Harlow, after a couple of

loose ones.

1:20:401:20:45

That is a better one again.

1:20:531:21:04

That is not a pretty target for Greg

Harlow. A great picture of what he

1:21:141:21:20

can see, effectively, from the mat.

Single bowl target. That won't help

1:21:201:21:34

Mervyn.

1:21:341:21:35

You what about six inches short of

jack high.

1:21:381:21:43

Interesting way to describe that.

The closest edge to Mervyn is about

1:21:481:21:55

six inches short. The jack. But the

distance is only one inch. That is

1:21:551:22:03

obviously enough for Mervyn.

Well,

he liked what he heard. Beautifully

1:22:031:22:11

played again.

1:22:111:22:21

Now, that target is a horrible one.

He has no choice because he really

1:22:221:22:26

does not want to lose the two or

three.

He has to go for it. I think

1:22:261:22:33

he knew that, from a couple of yards

away, from the mat, the look on

1:22:331:22:41

Greg's -based told me he realised he

was getting half of his own. This is

1:22:411:22:49

really difficult now. I don't think

he can get the two bowls without the

1:22:491:22:58

jack going.

Both Greg Harlow's bowls

have gone off the rink. The one you

1:22:581:23:07

can see is the only one he has on

the rink. And that is a great place

1:23:071:23:19

to put it.

Counting, by the looks of

it. At least, very close to it.

1:23:191:23:35

Given that he does not even have the

advantage of last bowl here, Greg

1:23:351:23:40

Harlow, it is a horrible situation

he finds himself in. It certainly

1:23:401:23:44

is.

Time-out is called. He has only

got one bowl and if he takes that

1:23:441:23:52

out, he is looking at losing a four.

He is working out where on Earth he

1:23:521:23:56

can but it is to help things. He is

putting his foot round for the jack

1:23:561:24:01

around about this sort of area, but

if the jack goes into this area, he

1:24:011:24:08

is going to lose three shots. I

think he is in so much trouble here.

1:24:081:24:19

He is minimum two down. The third

could be close. The best result

1:24:191:24:27

would be to draw the bowl off and to

lying. But goodness me, that is

1:24:271:24:32

hard. It is all about connections on

the outside bowl, that is what he is

1:24:321:24:45

looking for. Well, if he was not

going to make a connection, that was

1:24:451:24:51

the best he could do. Guaranteed to

take that back bowl out. He will be

1:24:511:25:00

thinking, if Mervyn makes a slip, I

only lose two.

There is every chance

1:25:001:25:05

he is going to be four down, with

two to play, in a set that he must

1:25:051:25:11

win. Can Mervyn deliver here?

1:25:111:25:17

This could change the complexion.

He

is playing in wide to try and get

1:25:211:25:29

Cheptai.

Beautiful.

He plays that so

well. It is proof that those in wide

1:25:291:25:41

drifting shots work because you

don't have to get to the jack, just

1:25:411:25:46

closer than the nearest of the

opposition. People become to jack

1:25:461:25:51

focused and Mervyn is an expert at

avoiding that.

The defending

1:25:511:25:56

champion is in a heap of trouble.

Now Mervyn King needs to manage this

1:25:561:26:08

out.

Creeks and puddles, the mind,

no doubt about that! A lack of

1:26:081:26:15

paddles. He really has to look at a

three and a two.

1:26:151:26:28

Mervyn can really take his time, no

shot clock on the first bowl. Every

1:26:291:26:35

single bowl now for Mervyn is

important.

1:26:351:26:49

A good start.

1:26:561:27:06

His win here in 2015, Greg Harlow,

was his first singles win. He

1:27:281:27:33

defended last year. Now he is in a

heap of trouble. And he doesn't want

1:27:331:27:40

to be short.

1:27:401:27:43

A piece of fortune. I tell you what

he needed it.

That could be really

1:28:211:28:30

important in the context of this

match. Straightens it right up onto

1:28:301:28:38

the jack.

1:28:381:28:49

Mervyn King looks to keep the

pressure on here. There is something

1:28:491:28:53

not quite right with this one.

It

did not look good, it was short.

1:28:531:29:00

This gets Greg into a situation

where he can capitalise on that

1:29:001:29:03

little bit of fortune and get

another one in. Probably on the

1:29:031:29:09

forehand, I would have thought.

1:29:091:29:13

It is important that Greg Harlow

gets this one in. He wants to force

1:29:221:29:24

Mervyn King. He is going to have to

use it to stop, because he is over

1:29:241:29:34

the weight.

He knows that is a

mistake. Really needed that one in.

1:29:341:29:42

That was the pressure bowl.

1:29:451:29:47

This is different.

1:30:101:30:12

It's not going to drop, is it? It is

trying its best.

1:30:171:30:20

Greg is looking at a minimum of two

shots. He has to score two to give

1:30:241:30:29

himself a chance in the last end to

get three. One, well you are looking

1:30:291:30:35

for a four against Mervyn King.

Yes,

that is not likely. Mervyn King

1:30:351:30:40

knows he is simply defending. Time

out, Greg Harlow, his last one. Does

1:30:401:30:47

he follow on the backhand? The green

bowl has fallen. It has just fallen

1:30:471:30:52

over.

That is massive. That is a

match lie.

Not only that, it is very

1:30:521:31:00

difficult to get out now.

I don't

think he can, unless he takes the

1:31:001:31:04

two bowls out clean. He is going for

the drive, trying to get the two

1:31:041:31:10

bowls clean and hope he is lying

with the back one.

Well, he might

1:31:101:31:17

have managed to get a result out of

that.

A bit of Harlow Magic.

1:31:171:31:23

Pinball, anyway.

1:31:231:31:25

He has got red. Not far off the

target.

1:31:291:31:32

It keeps him in touch.

1:31:351:31:41

The green bowl sat there for a long

time. You are thinking, I've still

1:31:511:31:56

got a chance. It drops down, left

him with virtually no shots. You can

1:31:561:32:00

see what he was trying to do. It was

almost hit and hope and see what

1:32:001:32:04

happens.

1:32:041:32:05

Came out with one. A very close to

getting two out clean.

1:32:081:32:12

It has been a highly entertaining

game for lots of reasons.

It has

1:32:241:32:28

been terrific stuff. Good conversion

shots, good drives and drawers. A

1:32:281:32:32

little bit of fortune for both

players. So unfortunate stuff as

1:32:321:32:37

well.

One of two gaps that were

found. He knows now.

1:32:371:32:45

Four coming his way.

Not unless

Mervyn has a really bad and.

1:32:521:32:59

He's going to put two or three

inside that front bit. Greg is just

1:32:591:33:05

sort of looking at him now and

saying, thanks very much for that.

1:33:051:33:10

Not very sporting of him.

He could

have left it to the last one. That's

1:33:101:33:14

it. Thank you. Very sporting. Mervyn

King.

Very sporting of Greg, he

1:33:141:33:21

realised there was no chance. He has

been a professional a long time. 11

1:33:211:33:29

consecutive wins in Scotland, two

titles came with them. Today, Mervyn

1:33:291:33:33

King has been too much for Greg

Harlow. The defending champion is

1:33:331:33:38

out. Mervyn King gets his scalp.

Greg Harlow is out. Mervyn King

1:33:381:33:42

through to the quarterfinals.

1:33:421:33:44

We knew it was going to be a

sensational game. It turned out that

1:33:501:33:54

way. A lot of close stuff going on.

Mervyn King was on fire at times.

1:33:541:33:59

Playing some beautiful draw shots.

Keeping the pressure on. It was just

1:33:591:34:03

a matter of who was going to get the

run-in towards the end. Greg Harlow,

1:34:031:34:08

setting up positions. Mervyn King

was just so good at the end of the

1:34:081:34:16

game. One shot, two shots, with his

last three ends, even though Greg

1:34:161:34:21

was still fighting harder the middle

of the set. Then things changed. A

1:34:211:34:27

little punch and the run-through for

a double, an acknowledgement, a

1:34:271:34:31

little bit of luck. And Greg, well,

it just didn't go his way, did it?

1:34:311:34:41

The red bowl went in and he started

losing the count. Niven had turned

1:34:411:34:46

up the wick. -- Mervyn. We see a

three arriving for Mervyn King,

1:34:461:35:00

pushing us all the way through. Very

sporting, realised it was a short

1:35:001:35:04

call. Shake hands and move on,

Mervyn King through to the

1:35:041:35:09

quarterfinals. Great game.

Greg

Harlow won three of the last nine

1:35:091:35:17

ends in the opening set. In the

second set, two threes were key for

1:35:171:35:22

Mervyn King. The reigning champion

dethroned by the new king. Greg

1:35:221:35:26

Harlow is out of the Scottish

international.

1:35:261:35:31

The defending champion is out to his

good friend.

1:35:321:35:35

Congratulations, good stuff?

Delighted to get a win. I think we

1:35:401:35:42

both could have played better, to be

honest. In and out, some brilliant

1:35:421:35:47

shots and some poor. Glad to get

over the line.

In the second set in

1:35:471:35:51

particular, you seems to be

struggling a bit for your line and

1:35:511:35:54

length to be consistent?

I didn't

get into my rhythm. I just didn't

1:35:541:35:59

get going. Merv played well and was

a worthy winner. I hope he goes on

1:35:591:36:05

to win the title, that would be

nice. Scrappy stuff, but he played

1:36:051:36:10

by far the better bowls, really

tight bowls. That was the massive

1:36:101:36:16

distance delivered a difference.

The

most important thing if you can get

1:36:161:36:20

your first one in, you are always

going to put pressure on your

1:36:201:36:23

opponent. Doing a fairly regularly?

That is the key, to try to get your

1:36:231:36:27

first bowl as close as you can and

put pressure on the opponent. I did

1:36:271:36:31

most of the time, but there were

times when I didn't.

We know you as

1:36:311:36:35

the master of the draw shot, but you

are playing with weight, unusually,

1:36:351:36:39

the seventh end of the first set

here. Hugely important and turning

1:36:391:36:43

things around?

1:36:431:36:45

I played more weight today than I

have in the past 25 years. I thought

1:36:481:36:53

I would go for some shots. I played

one and got one, and I thought I

1:36:531:36:58

would try it again.

Quite hard to

sit and watch that, Greg, but he did

1:36:581:37:03

rather well?

I have played him

hundreds of times. He plays this all

1:37:031:37:07

day long in club matches, county

matches. For some reason, on the

1:37:071:37:12

world tour, he has not played as

many shots. I know he's capable and

1:37:121:37:16

I'm not surprised to see it coming

down. He's capable of getting those

1:37:161:37:19

shots.

Quarterfinal, Mervyn. You

must be feeling pretty confident.

1:37:191:37:27

Reasonable, take each game as it

comes. If I play as well as that, I

1:37:271:37:32

have got a shout.

Commiserations.

Always good to see you here. No

1:37:321:37:37

three in a row, but I am sure you

will be back and picking up

1:37:371:37:41

trophies. Mervyn King,

congratulations. Through to the

1:37:411:37:43

quarterfinals.

1:37:431:37:44

APPLAUSE

1:37:451:37:46

Mervyn through to the quarterfinals.

We also know that Jamie Chestney is

1:37:501:37:53

through as well. He knocked out Andy

Thomson earlier this morning. Mark

1:37:531:38:00

Dawes and Paul Foster coming up.

Harry Martin and Michael Stepney

1:38:001:38:03

coming up as well.

1:38:031:38:05

So, let's look ahead to the next

match. They are warming up on the

1:38:161:38:20

rink behind me. Mark Dawes against

Paul Foster.

1:38:201:38:23

Obviously to win the title twice is

great. To lose three finals is

1:38:331:38:36

disappointing. I can remember all

three finals and I did make

1:38:361:38:40

mistakes. But you can't take it away

from Mickey and Greg. I'm always

1:38:401:38:45

hungry for more titles and I still

feel I have got something left in

1:38:451:38:49

me. I don't see why not.

I probably

still see myself as a little bit

1:38:491:38:55

trying to win the first round, to

get through that. I've been trying

1:38:551:38:59

to tell myself, once you get through

the first round it is about getting

1:38:591:39:02

later into the tournaments and

winning the next couple of rounds,

1:39:021:39:05

getting through to the

quarterfinals, rather than winning

1:39:051:39:09

points just to stay in the top 16.

Here's a fantastic player. You've

1:39:091:39:13

got to look at him one day at a

time, any tournament. I think I

1:39:131:39:19

played him last year in the last 16.

It might have been a tie-break.

1:39:191:39:23

Dangerous player, not a top 16

players for no reason. I've got my

1:39:231:39:29

work cut out, but I'm happy and we

will see what happens.

A fantastic

1:39:291:39:34

player. If you want to win these

tournaments, you've got to beat

1:39:341:39:37

those players. I've got to bring my

a game and, hopefully, Paul might

1:39:371:39:42

have a bit of a poor day, and that

gives me a chance to step in and

1:39:421:39:46

take advantage.

I am really looking

forward to these ones. We know that

1:39:461:39:51

Paul Foster can do marvellous things

on the portable rink. Mark Dawes is

1:39:511:39:56

a wily campaigner.

He has been

around a long time. He has moved

1:39:561:40:00

down onto the rink and he is a very,

very tough competitor. He will put

1:40:001:40:04

Paul Anderson pressure.

What is the

best thing about Mark's game? We all

1:40:041:40:09

know about Paul.

His draw game. He

handles the pressure very well. He

1:40:091:40:14

also had a good running bowl. He was

a crown green player and they are

1:40:141:40:18

very accurate. He has been around at

a long time at international level.

1:40:181:40:25

Thank you very much indeed. David,

thank you very much indeed. You are

1:40:251:40:31

not going to the commentary box, we

will join you in a couple of

1:40:311:40:35

minutes.

1:40:351:40:35

Let's get the players into the rink.

The bowler from Blackpool earned a

1:40:361:40:43

place in the top 16 in 2015 and has

steadily moved up to 12 in the last

1:40:431:40:48

couple of years. He made it into the

second round after a nail-biting

1:40:481:40:53

tie-break victory over Graham McKee.

1:40:531:40:55

Give a very warm Perth welcome to

Mark Dawes!

1:40:571:41:03

You know you are something special

when your list of achievements

1:41:191:41:21

spreads across three pages. Paul

Foster has picked up titles across

1:41:211:41:30

the globe. The victory at the world

singles is his fifth, earning him

1:41:301:41:33

legendary status in the bowling

world. Please give a very warm

1:41:331:41:39

welcome to the current world

champion, Paul Foster!

1:41:391:41:42

Up in the commentary box, Andy

Thomson has joined Paul Mitchell.

1:42:051:42:08

Interesting talking to Mark Dawes.

In the top 16, but not happy. He has

1:42:121:42:15

been there and he wants to start

moving forward and beating better

1:42:151:42:18

players. That starts today.

Of

course. He is a quality player and I

1:42:181:42:23

would agree. He's good at the first

round, but he has to take the next

1:42:231:42:27

stage. The players between eight and

16, that is what they've got to do,

1:42:271:42:31

beat the big players like Paul

Foster, and he's got a chance.

We

1:42:311:42:34

will see how Mark does against Paul

Foster.

1:42:341:42:37

He has played him a couple of times

already in his short career. I am

1:43:001:43:04

not saying that the novelty has worn

off, but he has played against

1:43:041:43:08

better players. He has to think,

after every chance he has, he has to

1:43:081:43:12

put any nerves to the side.

Equality

leader, he is used to playing

1:43:121:43:20

experienced players like Paul. I

don't think you will be overawed.

1:43:201:43:23

Some players might be, playing Paul.

I don't think that Mark will be.

1:43:231:43:27

Good start.

1:43:271:43:28

Played Chris Gayle and won both

sets. Both within eight ends.

1:43:421:43:47

Fine form.

1:43:501:43:52

Paul Foster just checking which of

the first bowl is lying first shot.

1:44:451:44:58

Well, he kept that quite wide, he

did not want to comment.

I don't

1:45:011:45:07

think he is counting, but Mark does

not want to face two or three in the

1:45:071:45:14

first end so I think it will be the

first backhand draw. That is his

1:45:141:45:21

strength, the draw. I think he likes

the look of this one, does it have

1:45:211:45:30

the running?

1:45:301:45:40

Foster asking if it is two or three.

The little nudge on the red might

1:45:481:45:57

have left him in danger for the

second shot.

A click of the fingers

1:45:571:46:08

suggests it is heavy. He has pushed

that one through.

One bowl out.

1:46:081:46:22

Mark taking his time to make his

mind up and calling for the umpire

1:46:301:46:36

is the right thing to do.

Yes.

Dennis comes out.

1:46:361:46:50

Doing a little check. One short.

I

think Mark Dawes will be quite

1:47:051:47:20

relieved. At one stage, it looked

like he could be dropping a three or

1:47:201:47:25

a four so he will be quite pleased,

losing a single was never a

1:47:251:47:28

disaster.

Paul Foster on the card

first. He started so well yesterday

1:47:281:47:34

and really came out of the game

well.

I was really impressed with

1:47:341:47:38

him and I thought he played well, he

never plays below 26. I was see

1:47:381:47:45

between 24 and 26 from him all the

time, I think. He plays the shot

1:47:451:47:51

well.

1:47:511:48:01

The consistency of the opening two

bowls that Chris Gale found hard to

1:48:031:48:08

cope with in round one.

That is the

key for Paul, if he gets his first

1:48:081:48:15

two in, he is going to be winning

most of these games. Not a bad

1:48:151:48:22

opener from Mark.

1:48:221:48:32

It is good again, perfect.

1:48:421:48:53

If Mark Dawes did not realise that

his A-game required, he will have

1:48:561:49:00

done by now.

Yes, he it is going to

have to be a plus here at the

1:49:001:49:05

moment, I think.

1:49:051:49:10

The temptation is to change hand,

just to come to those two red bowls.

1:49:181:49:25

Alternatively please, just dropped

another shot.

Yes, that is just

1:49:341:49:40

perfection, basically! Not much more

you can say, but Mark has to hit

1:49:401:49:44

this, it looks to be a backhand

runner. I think he likes it. Oh,

1:49:441:49:48

good strike.

He takes two away, the

third locked in. That is excellent.

1:49:481:49:57

Always good when you're first weight

shot hits the mark.

Yes. He played

1:49:571:50:02

the backhand runner well. He hit the

target, two bowls out. Paul has to

1:50:021:50:11

be careful here, he has only got one

ahead and he also haven't nothing

1:50:111:50:16

behind the jack so this is awkward,

Paul cannot cover everything that he

1:50:161:50:23

also has nothing behind.

1:50:231:50:25

That is the deepest bowl so a chance

for Mark to gamble and try to remove

1:50:281:50:35

the Paul Foster shot.

It will be

hard to see how... If he could pick

1:50:351:50:45

his own two outcome you would be

exceptionally lucky to spin away.

I

1:50:451:50:51

think he has gone back to the trawl.

-- the draw. He is giving this a

1:50:511:51:02

chance and Paul Foster is already

indicating. Paul Foster had said,

1:51:021:51:06

well played. He was unlucky.

Paul

still looking at the gap to see how

1:51:061:51:15

on Earth that escaped through.

Paul

Foster was already indicating, well

1:51:151:51:20

played, Mark. That is very unlucky.

From Paul Foster's point of view, he

1:51:201:51:34

played a couple of great bowls to

start, one off the other hand to lie

1:51:341:51:41

three, but only picking up a single.

He will be pleased with himself the

1:51:411:51:45

way he has started, he is looking

confident and comfortable. Playing

1:51:451:51:51

the rink well.

Some people can have

the wrong association with the word

1:51:511:52:02

swagger and can see it in a negative

way. I don't see that in the wrong

1:52:021:52:07

way, he has a swagger when he plays,

Paul Foster. He carries himself and

1:52:071:52:12

you know he is into the game and

into the groove.

Exactly, he just

1:52:121:52:16

looks confident on the green. I have

seen Paul in good and bad times and

1:52:161:52:21

sometimes when I have seen him

struggling a little bit, he gets hit

1:52:211:52:26

up, but he looks comfortable on the

screen at the moment. A good reply

1:52:261:52:33

from Mark Dawes.

1:52:331:52:36

He has given that a great chance,

just drawing short.

1:52:541:53:06

It was not far away, Andy, but he is

annoyed with himself.

Yes, I think

1:53:231:53:29

Mark could have drawn another so

forcing Paul onto the forehand and

1:53:291:53:35

not reverting to the weighted shot

yet. He bills confident enough to

1:53:351:53:40

draw. He has picked a line, it is

all about his weight. One red, so

1:53:401:53:52

difficult for Mark to get any other

bowl to the head here. Both hands

1:53:521:54:04

are blocked out! I would be

suggesting a back bowl here.

1:54:041:54:10

Difficult to add another. Or else

you are just going to get wrecked.

1:54:101:54:22

He has found a gap. Always difficult

to add another.

Either hand for Paul

1:54:221:54:32

Foster. He could move his own.

Not a

great head for Paul and if he plays

1:54:321:54:42

with too much weight, one of the red

bowls could come through so easy --

1:54:421:54:54

he is going to have to draw it.

1:54:541:54:57

Working hard.

I been a clear run. I

think he had drawn that.

Just not

1:55:001:55:10

enough and even if he caught it in

the middle of the bowl, it would

1:55:101:55:14

have moved the bowl over rather than

just a little clip at the side.

A

1:55:141:55:18

clear run, it was good. Difficult

for Mark to score with this bowl,

1:55:181:55:23

but he is on the board.

1:55:231:55:27

Trying to keep it wide, but it is

fighting. It doesn't have the

1:55:351:55:41

weight. And he will be happy with

that.

1:55:411:55:53

Mark Dawes, who spent a couple of

years at number 16, now up to world

1:55:531:56:03

number 12,. Out of Blackpool, Newton

Hall.

A big and popular place. Yes,

1:56:031:56:17

we had the International Open there

in March. Mark always enjoys it

1:56:171:56:22

there, on your own green. There is a

big gap between forcing himself into

1:56:221:56:27

that top eight, you have to beat

players like Paul Foster to get into

1:56:271:56:33

the top eight so he needs one or two

big wins.

Paul Foster himself former

1:56:331:56:45

world number one, dropped down a few

places, currently number four. Doing

1:56:451:56:57

well again.

1:56:571:56:59

He has found his line, Paul Foster.

1:57:421:57:55

I think Mark is contemplating a

running bowl or sticking to the

1:57:551:58:01

draw. Reasonably wide target. I

think he likes it.

Oh, he is

1:58:011:58:08

unlucky. He asked if the two were

touching, the significance being?

He

1:58:081:58:12

probably thought if he caught one,

he could take them both out but he

1:58:121:58:17

was unlucky, he caught the shot bowl

so unlucky result. He hit the target

1:58:171:58:22

at the end. He catches the shot

bowl. If he had got the other bowl,

1:58:221:58:27

he could would have removed two, but

Paul has got him to remove another.

1:58:271:58:33

I think they have stopped the shot

clock.

1:58:331:58:40

It looks like he is going to pop it

back in.

Exactly, exactly what it

1:58:471:58:53

was.

Well, will it be deja vu?

Knowing your opponent has the right

1:58:531:59:06

of reply.

Yes, Mark will be feeling,

what happens if I do strike this? I

1:59:061:59:12

can't see him getting a bad result.

I don't think any of Paul's touching

1:59:121:59:20

so looks like he is shaping up for

the draw. Playing the run-up,

1:59:201:59:25

playing the same bowl.

It looked

tight out of the hand, it held up

1:59:251:59:29

with the weight.

He was underneath,

so he is still two down. The way

1:59:291:59:39

Paul Foster is playing, he has got

14 inches but you expect him to draw

1:59:391:59:45

another here.

Yes, pop it right on

top, never mind get it close, the

1:59:451:59:49

way he has played that hand.

1:59:491:59:53

I don't think he has let us down. It

is number three. Brilliant bowls.

2:00:042:00:12

Perfectly done. Four bowls.

2:00:122:00:18

The final one coming in here. 14

inches to draw. Perfect start. Great

2:00:222:00:28

ball in.

2:00:282:00:30

Paul Foster, bringing with him a

beard to Perth this year.

That is

2:00:342:00:40

the fashion these days. I noticed

your co-commentator also has one.

2:00:402:00:44

What do you think of that one?

I am

going to put you on the spot. It is

2:00:442:00:50

a nice shade of grey.

2:00:502:00:52

Looking very smart.

He actually

suits the beard.

2:00:552:01:02

I did sport a beard for a while. It

was quickly removed after

2:01:072:01:10

instructions from my good lady. To

be fair, I also looked ridiculous.

I

2:01:102:01:19

think I will steer clear.

2:01:192:01:22

Good reply.

2:01:322:01:34

Arguably improve things for his

opponent.

2:02:012:02:04

This looks like a tempting target

for Paul Foster. I would not be

2:02:262:02:32

surprised to see this one bowl or

jack.

2:02:322:02:36

That will go on the respot. Paul

Foster, a toucher. It stays on

2:02:482:02:55

anyway. It will turn into basically

a drawing contest.

Man has the

2:02:552:03:02

advantage, two apps to Paul's one.

He will certainly be in with this

2:03:022:03:08

bowl. I don't think any of these

will count. I don't think it really

2:03:082:03:13

matters.

2:03:132:03:14

Judged it to perfection.

2:03:262:03:28

A draw from Paul. It will just be a

drop.

2:03:352:03:39

Certainly a wider line.

It certainly

is, a lot wider than Mark. Will it

2:03:502:03:57

get back?

In it comes.

Come on. You

have not drawn it?

2:03:572:04:03

That is outrageous.

Come on, give us

a chance.

That is just brilliant.

2:04:042:04:11

Mark will be thinking, what is going

on here? He thought he was too wide?

2:04:122:04:17

He was right on the very edge of the

ditch.

2:04:172:04:22

That is a work of art.

2:04:222:04:25

Time-out called. That is the first

for Mark Dawes.

2:04:272:04:33

Man has to take a chance on the

backhand, trying to run the short

2:04:422:04:47

bowl out. The danger is removing

your own short bowl. He has to take

2:04:472:04:51

a chance on school.

Just getting to

that point in the set, four down.

2:04:512:04:56

You don't really want to be five or

six down.

Playing backhand across

2:04:562:05:01

the head.

2:05:012:05:03

The line looks fair. He is having a

look.

Gave it every chance and then

2:05:072:05:12

it goes.

2:05:122:05:14

Right to the respot. That brings out

the best in some players. We have

2:05:212:05:24

just seen three exceptional bowls.

Fantastic.

2:05:242:05:28

Rightly so, I think he is taking his

time. It is important he tries to

2:05:322:05:36

shake Paul off. I am not sure what

length.

I can understand him taking

2:05:362:05:43

his time.

2:05:432:05:44

What an end that was. David

Corkill's shot of the day, getting

2:05:482:05:57

replaced by his new shot of the day.

2:05:572:05:59

Gone full-length jack.

2:06:082:06:12

Good effort.

2:06:202:06:21

Began, good reply. -- again.

2:06:422:06:47

APPLAUSE

2:06:582:07:00

The standard at the moment is

incredible.

Both players playing

2:07:052:07:09

well.

2:07:092:07:11

Might not be outdone.

2:07:192:07:20

Your bowl is eight inches short of

jack high.

2:07:432:07:46

Voice command on his bowls.

2:08:032:08:05

Getting quickly back to the mat,

trying not to use a time-out.

2:08:132:08:22

That covering bowl.

2:08:412:08:45

I wondered if Paul Foster fancied

that shot on giving him some room?

2:08:462:08:53

Probably. I think it has been

indicated it is a measure. It

2:08:532:08:56

probably does favour.

2:08:562:09:01

Sticking to the draw.

2:09:082:09:11

That is a miss and he knew it.

On

the portable rink, you just can't

2:09:242:09:32

play that shot. We all think, what

kind of shot should I play? You can

2:09:322:09:38

see it looks a nice shot. But the

hand doesn't allow you to play it.

2:09:382:09:42

Very frustrating for players at

times.

2:09:422:09:44

The weight is better this time.

2:09:542:09:57

So we will now have a look. Looking

perfect for Paul Foster.

I think he

2:10:002:10:07

fancies he has got a shot.

2:10:072:10:10

Spot on.

2:10:112:10:13

Three ends to play, Paul Foster. A

three shot lead in the opening set.

2:10:202:10:26

17th appearance for Paul Foster. He

has come to Perth looking for his

2:10:332:10:39

fourth final.

2:10:392:10:40

Shorter length again.

2:10:432:10:44

APPLAUSE

2:11:012:11:02

Paul Foster, watching this all the

way.

I think he is reaching.

2:11:452:11:49

A chance here. Looking at the

screen, I think it is still the

2:11:522:11:59

backhand draw.

15 inches short of

jack high. 12 inches short of jack

2:11:592:12:03

high.

2:12:032:12:05

What do you trust?

I think it is the

right side. Still a path, I think,

2:12:092:12:15

inside Paul's last bowl.

2:12:152:12:17

Needs to avoid Paul Foster's second

bowl. That is good. Good second

2:12:202:12:28

shot, I think.

Sometimes, people get

caught up withdrawing to the jack

2:12:282:12:33

all the time. It puts a bit of

pressure on. All might have a go at

2:12:332:12:39

this.

Yes, a bit of pressure on

Paul. Quite a wide target. I

2:12:392:12:44

wouldn't be surprised if he attacks

this one.

2:12:442:12:47

Going to be two shuts down. That is

quite a wide target.

2:12:512:12:59

Paul would expect to get something

here. Both the drawers are blocked

2:13:022:13:06

out by his own bowl smacker. -- both

of the draws are blocked out by his

2:13:062:13:14

own bowls.

2:13:142:13:16

It is quite a wide target. You could

go into the ditch or remove the red

2:13:192:13:27

bowl. So, that is the second-best

result.

2:13:272:13:31

Again, some thinking for Mark to do.

Again, he could just continue off

2:13:392:13:46

the backhand.

His third delivery,

sorry, second delivery.

2:13:462:13:51

Wasn't far getting around that.

2:14:142:14:17

Once or twice he said well played,

Mark, and he just missed the gap. I

2:14:212:14:28

think Paul could be positive again

on the backhand.

2:14:282:14:30

That is a chance, his bowl, jack. As

he played that underneath shot? He

2:14:392:14:48

may get a result here yet.

Off his

own. He did not hang around.

2:14:482:15:03

Big Six macro coming up for Mark

Dawes to be one down with two to

2:15:052:15:09

play.

I think Mark would have taken

that, he has kept close to Paul,

2:15:092:15:15

that is what is important.

2:15:152:15:26

Clear run scores, well played.

No

doubt about it. Commonly done, he

2:15:262:15:40

knew exactly what he wanted to do.

-- it was commonly done. It has been

2:15:402:15:47

fantastic between the two of them.

Paul Foster taking a three on the

2:15:472:15:54

fourth end is the major difference

between them.

Once again, Mark is

2:15:542:16:00

very undecided. He is tending to

lose the end in this direction. He

2:16:002:16:14

has yet to win consecutive ends.

Mark has always had an answer. Think

2:16:142:16:28

you don't want to do is put yourself

off.

That is often the way. Yes, I

2:16:282:16:34

think he realises Paul is getting in

first all the time in this

2:16:342:16:38

direction. I think that is why you

can understand. That is a little bit

2:16:382:16:43

loose from Mark. He knows that that

will probably get punished.

2:16:432:16:51

In a really good place. You do feel

the pressure when your opponent is

2:17:012:17:05

constantly out bowling due with the

first bowl committee feel you are on

2:17:052:17:09

the back football the time.

Yes,

that is why Mark has been very

2:17:092:17:15

undecided as to where he wants the

mark to go. This looks a better

2:17:152:17:19

correction. The shot is coming in.

That is the added bonus of looking

2:17:192:17:30

the way as well.

Yes, Paul would not

be playing this bowl by choice.

2:17:302:17:45

It looks red from up here. Yes, it

does.

2:17:522:17:56

That is a good bowl and it keeps

Paul just drawing, I think. It looks

2:18:162:18:22

like it protects the jack. Paul

Foster looking to make that little

2:18:222:18:29

adjustment in weight.

This needs to

run. Oh. I don't think Paul liked

2:18:292:18:47

that one.

He mentioned he thinks the

forehand is able little heavy, the

2:18:472:18:54

forehand coming towards the

commentary box, the little harder to

2:18:542:18:56

gauge.

Yes, I think so, it is not

his hand by choice, I think he

2:18:562:19:01

prefers the backhand and that is why

he was not sure and slightly

2:19:012:19:04

indicated he didn't like the bowl.

But a nice finish. Mark might have

2:19:042:19:15

to gamble here, it looks like a

running two -- running bowl. No

2:19:152:19:22

guarantee he will get the shot but

he is going to have to run at this.

2:19:222:19:29

Foster has a bowl to play as well

and he has the runner, he could play

2:19:292:19:35

the backhand into his own.

I think

you have called it. He is sticking

2:19:352:19:39

to the draw, he just didn't think he

could get a good result. His hand...

2:19:392:19:47

I just wondered whether he would

play that off the backhand because

2:19:562:20:00

just a little pinch of weight and he

could have turned his own in or

2:20:002:20:05

finished between the two green

bowls. The danger is if Paul finds a

2:20:052:20:11

way to move that.

Yes, basically, he

would win the first set. I agree,

2:20:112:20:16

Mark could have been more positive.

Paul will be looking to move this

2:20:162:20:22

bowl to win the opening set.

Just

over, not by much.

He got the weight

2:20:222:20:28

he wanted. Yes, that was good. I

have been coming here for many years

2:20:282:20:32

and that hand has always been like

that, it has never changed! Such a

2:20:322:20:38

beautiful hand. You would think some

years, it might be different. Every

2:20:382:20:41

single year is exactly the same.

A

good end of bowls. Mark Dawes finds

2:20:412:20:51

himself needing a two the tie. He

has picked up a couple of doubles

2:20:512:20:57

against Paul Foster. So Mark Dawes,

who got past David Gourlay on a

2:20:572:21:08

tie-break, a measure on the final

end saw him through and you could

2:21:082:21:14

see he fancied himself in the

measure.

Always nerve-racking. Yes,

2:21:142:21:19

it is and he was something like 8-1

up in the second set. Came back

2:21:192:21:27

really well.

The percentage success

rate of Paul Foster's opening bowl

2:21:272:21:36

is astronomical.

Yes, very good.

Making it hard for Mark to score a

2:21:362:21:41

two. Two is always achievable. You

cannot fault that and that gives him

2:21:412:21:48

a chance may be later on.

2:21:482:21:54

The ideal bowl for Paul Foster is a

foot or two behind.

His hand in his

2:21:572:22:05

face, he knew that was not a good

one.

If anything, it may act as a

2:22:052:22:10

protector later on.

He is not happy

with that. With every reason. Yes.

2:22:102:22:23

Do you gamble and try to go for the

jack?

2:22:232:22:35

He is rounded. And again, it may not

be the shot that is a useful bowl.

2:22:372:22:43

He has got a good position here,

Paul has got to be careful, I don't

2:22:432:22:47

think Paul will be short with this

bowl.

2:22:472:22:55

The information gathered, he

processes it.

2:23:012:23:04

Trying to split the two red bowls

will be the target. I don't think he

2:23:082:23:15

will be happy with that, certainly

not happy with that. Still gives

2:23:152:23:19

Mark a big chance here. Any movement

of the jack and Paul realises this

2:23:192:23:26

is giving him a chance. If he trails

a jack, he could be lying two or

2:23:262:23:34

three. He is positive. It looks

under.

It is a little under and it

2:23:342:23:48

is a bad result from that point of

view. He is going to have the find a

2:23:482:23:53

drive.

This is nervous. He catches

Paul and pushes his own back and

2:23:532:24:04

this is an awkward heady for Paul.

You cannot cover everything, Mark

2:24:042:24:10

has three deep bowls.

The bowl to

the right is still in. And that is

2:24:102:24:21

going to be awkward for him. He has

called a time-out. You see the

2:24:212:24:25

position of the bowl on the

right-hand side. Paul Foster. It

2:24:252:24:29

looks difficult. Because he will

work out where he thinks it is

2:24:292:24:35

likely to go. And I think you just

ignore the bowl on the wing.

This

2:24:352:24:40

will certainly be true but I think

there is going to be a change is

2:24:402:24:44

here for Mark Dawes the school at

least two. -- to score. I think if

2:24:442:24:52

he slices that jack on the other

angle, he schools two or three. The

2:24:522:25:05

dot on the right-hand side of the

screen, if he slices that jack into

2:25:052:25:09

that area, he will certainly score

two, possibly three.

Paul Foster

2:25:092:25:17

watches his opponent.

Oh, he has

missed it.

Yes, he doesn't like it.

2:25:172:25:23

He never gave it a chance and Paul

Foster will take the opening set.

2:25:232:25:33

Well, the scorecard tells one story,

the actual story of the match in the

2:25:332:25:38

opening set was different. A lot

closer than that would suggest. Paul

2:25:382:25:42

Foster takes the opening set by

10-5.

2:25:422:25:51

I am with a very interesting

spectator, Jamie Chestney, you will

2:25:512:25:56

play the winner of this match and we

were uncertain what is happening at

2:25:562:25:59

the end.

2:25:592:26:00

Probably the best set of bowls we

have seen all week, both players

2:26:042:26:09

playing brilliantly. Paul getting

good bowls in and Mark playing great

2:26:092:26:14

conversion shots so you would

probably say Paul just about

2:26:142:26:17

deserved to win the first set.

A

great game. Paul won so many things

2:26:172:26:23

around the world but a bit of

pressure at the end and a bit loose

2:26:232:26:26

in the final end, is that a fair

comment?

Maybe his third bowl he

2:26:262:26:32

should have got past the jack. To be

honest, he put his first two in

2:26:322:26:37

close and he put Mark under pressure

to play running shots against I

2:26:372:26:40

don't think he will be too

disappointed Mark had to hit the

2:26:402:26:44

head and get a result, there was no

guarantee.

Paul would be reasonably

2:26:442:26:50

happy. What about yourself, you not

Andy Thompson out in our commentary

2:26:502:26:54

box this morning, it playing well,

you must be looking forward to the

2:26:542:26:58

next round and one of these two

guys?

I am, it was a good game this

2:26:582:27:02

morning. He told me he should have

won the first set against me but I

2:27:022:27:06

am anxious to play better in the

second and go over the line. So

2:27:062:27:12

enjoying it, yes, just looking

forward to playing whoever comes

2:27:122:27:14

through this match.

I think I know

your answer, which one would you

2:27:142:27:18

prefer?

We are all champion fence

sitters so whoever gets through get

2:27:182:27:25

through and it will be a good game

whoever I get through.

It is good to

2:27:252:27:29

speak to you and all the best

tomorrow.

2:27:292:27:30

Thank you.

2:27:302:27:31

Jamie Chestney definitely avoiding

answering the question! You could be

2:27:382:27:41

a football manager with answers like

that, we don't mind who we get as

2:27:412:27:44

long as it is at home.

He told me he

would sit on the fence regardless of

2:27:442:27:50

what happens. He already warned me

about that! He plays well, Jamie,

2:27:502:27:55

coming into a very good game. If

this man wins, Paul Foster, he and

2:27:552:28:02

Jamie Chestney will be a very good

quarterfinal. Paul is not there yet.

2:28:022:28:11

A lot of work still to do. Again,

the right way from Mark Dawes.

2:28:112:28:22

He seems to have the temperament,

Mark Dawes, that he just gets on

2:28:272:28:31

with the game.

Yes. A fairly quiet

character. A very good temperament.

2:28:312:28:40

Paul is asking how many time-outs he

has got left so I think he is coming

2:28:402:28:45

up here. I think he is going to wait

until the clock runs down. I don't

2:28:452:28:53

think he is going to like what he

sees here, this is going to be

2:28:532:28:56

difficult to get the result.

2:28:562:29:00

The front green ball protects in

some ways. Off the back, perhaps

2:29:002:29:05

just knocking the jack. It is almost

a draw. It might just spring the

2:29:052:29:11

jack through.

2:29:112:29:13

He still looks interested.

2:29:212:29:24

Great bowl. That is so difficult,

that shot.

2:29:292:29:32

Beautifully done.

Such a hard shot,

and he played it perfectly. The red

2:29:382:29:44

COMES THROUGH.

2:29:442:29:45

That is attacking. He likes it.

Playing into it. Well played.

2:29:552:30:03

He is going to end up with one.

A

superb bowl again. Onto the respot.

2:30:052:30:11

One shot gathered.

2:30:112:30:14

Well, the lie changed three times

for the final bowls.

Jamie Chestney

2:30:222:30:27

already called it the first set, the

best we have seen.

2:30:272:30:37

Paul Foster has won all three. He

took the first set 10-4 last season.

2:30:402:30:47

A stunning comebacks by Mark Dawes

to win 11-2. Paul Foster over the

2:30:472:30:54

line on the tie-break.

2:30:542:30:57

Again, a good first bowl.

I think

that is the key to good games. If

2:31:062:31:14

both the first bowls, you're getting

those good, you're going to get a

2:31:142:31:23

good head. It means we don't get

scrappy games.

A perfect example.

2:31:232:31:31

Two players, both with good bowl!

2:31:312:31:33

It opens up a world of

possibilities.

It gives players the

2:31:362:31:40

shots to play and take bowls out.

2:31:402:31:43

Will it end? No.

2:32:272:32:28

I fancy green.

2:32:332:32:36

Urging this bowl up. Looks a perfect

line.

Well played.

2:32:472:32:57

Again, judged to perfection.

2:33:032:33:06

He has got a bowl about a foot away

and two against.

Still just

2:33:122:33:17

beforehand draw. Looks slightly

narrow. I think you have to have a

2:33:172:33:20

bit of running to hold this one up.

2:33:202:33:22

Not far away.

2:33:282:33:30

A safer shot for Paul Foster, the

forehand. To rest the red bowl out.

2:33:362:33:46

He favours the backhand. He might

feel he can still draw around his

2:33:462:33:49

own shot bowl. I think he favours

this side of the confident. --

2:33:492:33:56

carpet.

Chose how confident he is.

2:33:562:33:59

Two shots, Paul Foster.

2:34:132:34:16

APPLAUSE

2:34:162:34:17

I am not exactly sure, Paul does not

seem like he has controlled the jack

2:34:252:34:30

in this direction too often.

Hugh

Orde consecutive ends to open the

2:34:302:34:38

first set. He then won consecutive

ends to end the set, but nothing in

2:34:382:34:42

between. He has not been building

things.

I can't recall him throwing

2:34:422:34:48

the jack a lot in this direction. It

seemed like Mark was the one

2:34:482:34:52

controlling the jack length. Paul

has gone slightly longer than

2:34:522:34:57

normal, I would say.

More

mid-length, at 27.

2:34:572:35:02

Mark has had more success away from

the commentary box.

He has. He

2:35:092:35:14

always seems to be in control of the

jack in this direction.

2:35:142:35:19

Foster, again, beautifully done.

2:35:442:35:46

A well-known fan of Glasgow Rangers.

Mark Dawes is also a football fan. I

2:35:532:35:59

asked him who he supported, expected

Manchester United or somebody like

2:35:592:36:02

that. Radcliffe FC, he reckons, in

the eighth tier of English football.

2:36:022:36:08

Good one!

I am glad you weren't

going to ask that question. I

2:36:082:36:16

thought he might be a Blackpool

supporter, from that area.

He loves

2:36:162:36:20

his non-league football.

2:36:202:36:22

Paul also likes Arsenal, that is his

English team, from what I can

2:36:272:36:30

gather.

2:36:302:36:31

Just dropping a bit short. Protects

it a little bit.

2:36:342:36:38

It is common amongst the bowlers,

that they like other sports,

2:36:472:36:56

football, a bit of golf.

2:36:562:36:59

Featured in the programme yesterday,

playing at Troon, a nifty little

2:37:052:37:11

putt.

I wasn't sure he played much

golf.

2:37:112:37:15

Good effort.

2:37:152:37:17

Another good head again. Room for

Paul to draw another.

2:37:302:37:34

The crowd like that.

2:37:522:37:55

Really good.

2:37:592:38:00

You could argue so far the only

loose end that Paul played was the

2:38:052:38:10

ninth, the final end of the opening

set, when he left a couple of bowls

2:38:102:38:16

short. But apart from that...

Happy

with the way he's playing.

2:38:162:38:23

Market is playing well, but he's

being forced into shot after shot.

2:38:242:38:27

If the weight is good, you will

draw.

2:38:272:38:32

Paul is still having to put his foot

to the floor.

Yes, one or two from

2:38:432:38:49

him and it is going to be hard for

Mark. He will have to score quickly,

2:38:492:38:53

I think.

2:38:532:38:54

Foster, winner in 2017, the Scottish

Indoor Singles, The English Singles.

2:39:092:39:15

He has had a terrific year.

I am

sure he is looking forward to the

2:39:152:39:22

Commonwealth Games in a few months.

2:39:222:39:23

The Gold Coast in Australia awaits.

That sounds very inviting. Are you

2:39:322:39:41

going down?

Sadly not, not on this

occasion. They are going for

2:39:412:39:47

Australian voices more than Scottish

ones, sadly.

2:39:472:39:49

The gap on your bowl was quarter of

an inch, the gap on Mark's is an

2:39:582:40:05

inch and a half.

That indicates that

Paul will not be going near this.

2:40:052:40:12

Good bowl.

2:40:242:40:26

Such is the way that Mark Dawes has

been playing, you won't be surprised

2:40:372:40:41

if he draws into this.

He needs to

touch Paul's bowl, that would

2:40:412:40:46

probably give him the shot. He just

missed his line slightly.

A

2:40:462:40:52

difficult head for Paul. Happy with

the one. Defend the one.

This

2:40:522:41:00

presents the challenge. Players of

your experience, Paul's experience,

2:41:002:41:06

it is learning where the likely

movement is to be.

He is happy with

2:41:062:41:12

one, he knows that the jack is only

going to go back. He doesn't want to

2:41:122:41:16

give mark a bigger target. That is

why he is keeping this deliberately

2:41:162:41:19

wide.

2:41:192:41:20

As we can see, if Mark touches this

shot, he is still going to be down

2:41:242:41:28

unless he moves at an inch. This is

not an easy one for Mark.

2:41:282:41:32

The way that Paul Foster has played,

increasing the risk should something

2:41:382:41:44

go wrong.

On the tight side, that is

where he will get a bad result.

2:41:442:41:51

Foster, whereof the shot clock. --

aware of.

2:42:022:42:09

This is a clever bowl. This is

basically a blocking bowl. We don't

2:42:202:42:25

see many of these.

2:42:252:42:26

That is good. That will certainly

catch the eye. No doubt about that.

2:42:302:42:37

I think he is saying, good luck!

2:42:372:42:43

I think it is still just a draw from

Mark.

2:42:432:42:47

If he was to hit that hard, it would

only get worse, you suspect.

2:42:512:42:55

This looks a better line.

2:42:582:43:01

Good try, isn't it? On the right

side.

2:43:072:43:10

Arguably, Paul Foster's final bowl

forced him out of that little bit.

2:43:132:43:18

Yes. That is what the blocker is

intended for.

It doesn't need to be

2:43:182:43:26

hit. Some people think the blocker

has to be hit. But it is just the

2:43:262:43:32

effect it has two movie round.

It

forces your opponent out.

2:43:322:43:36

Foster, started to dominate the

second set.

2:43:442:43:46

The winner of this tournament twice.

2:43:532:43:56

APPLAUSE

2:44:012:44:03

APPLAUSE

2:44:232:44:26

He is hanging in, isn't he? Just.

It

is so difficult. Look where Paul

2:44:322:44:39

Foster is. He pulls out a great

bowl, there. But Paul is not far

2:44:392:44:45

away and he begins to build a

dangerous position. No matter what

2:44:452:44:49

happens in this game, Mark Dawes has

played exceptionally well. But, as

2:44:492:44:53

he says, he needs to take that next

level. The next few ends will be

2:44:532:44:57

very interesting.

2:44:572:45:01

Stating the obvious, but he has got

the score in this end.

He has given

2:45:012:45:07

himself an exceptional chance.

Great

bowl. We knight see a drive from

2:45:072:45:13

Paul. He has got to hit this.

He

hasn't brought the weight out too

2:45:132:45:19

often.

Playing a running bowl rather

than the very fast drive, timing it.

2:45:192:45:27

50%, happy with that, he takes one

away.

If he had nudged that jack

2:45:272:45:35

out, these two green bowls were in

good receiving position.

Talking a

2:45:352:45:40

millimetre. Yes, exactly. Mark will

try to replace the last bowl. Trying

2:45:402:45:47

to put a bit of pressure on Paul's

final delivery.

2:45:472:46:00

Paul is one down, this will be back

to the draw.

2:46:042:46:09

An unusual not reaching bowl from

Paul Foster.

Yes, shall we be

2:46:272:46:32

critical of him for that?

He knows

where to find us! He obviously did

2:46:322:46:37

not intend to do that. That is David

Gourlay who will be involved in

2:46:372:46:44

Scotland's clash with Scotland for

the Commonwealth games as we were

2:46:442:46:46

talking about earlier.

Yes, he will

be happy that his player, Paul

2:46:462:46:53

Foster, is playing well. A chance

for Mark to score a double, this

2:46:532:46:57

looks good. Very well played, Mark

Dawes.

Superb stuff, it keeps him in

2:46:572:47:03

touch. He lost three straight ends

and it gives him a chance to set the

2:47:032:47:13

mat. That is causing some discomfort

at the moment.

He is very undecided

2:47:132:47:18

really. Where do I put this to put

Paul Foster off? I think it will be

2:47:182:47:28

long. Jack delivered very gently.

Yes, it is short, really short. That

2:47:282:47:42

is a good move, we have not had many

as short as this, if this is up.

2:47:422:47:48

Just the bare minimum.

Paul would

normally like this length. Good idea

2:47:482:47:58

from Mark, a good tactical change.

2:47:582:48:02

Always good when you change the

length and get that opening bowl

2:48:112:48:15

close, but Mark probably realises

that is not going to be close

2:48:152:48:18

enough.

It doesn't look bad from

that particular angle. But you just

2:48:182:48:23

get appealing it is good enough. --

get the feeling.

2:48:232:48:31

Put added pressure on to your next

bowl.

2:48:362:48:40

There is the improvement.

2:48:472:48:58

He has turned his back already on

that one. It needs to lie. Yes, it

2:49:022:49:10

immediately.

2:49:102:49:15

He thinks that is in his draw so he

is going to come the other way, Paul

2:49:202:49:27

Foster, in his fourth International.

He made his debut in 2014.

It falls

2:49:272:49:34

on, it is a two. Well played, good

recovery from Mark and it might

2:49:342:49:40

force Paul in two weight. He doesn't

hang about.

Close. He likes it. A

2:49:402:49:54

particularly kind result for him. It

does open things up. And he still

2:49:542:50:00

has a bowl to play.

Yes, he hits the

target. Two stay in. Still two down.

2:50:002:50:09

Mark should play a third shot here.

2:50:092:50:14

In a way, he may be doesn't want

this to go to close because it gives

2:50:182:50:23

Paul a target. Interesting to see

where this finishes.

Very good, very

2:50:232:50:33

good. That is the way to do it. Paul

Foster did have the best back bowl

2:50:332:50:41

so if he had left that either side,

it might have been a tempting

2:50:412:50:46

target.

Paul looking at a runner

here, I think still a backhand draw.

2:50:462:50:52

Difficult to get a shot, but he

should be able to get a second. He

2:50:522:50:58

is going to drive.

Oh, it is

full-blooded. The jack is broken!

I

2:50:582:51:04

have never seen that before!

That is

coming out of his paycheque!

What is

2:51:042:51:10

the ruling, Paul? I don't think I

have ever seen that!

Part of the

2:51:102:51:17

jack remained on the rink and

another part is off the rink.

That

2:51:172:51:24

jack surely must go off and onto the

spot.

Surely! That is superb! He

2:51:242:51:29

treated it like Play-Doh. That is

unbelievable! I would have thought

2:51:292:51:35

the bigger half would have counted.

Surely that goes onto the respot, I

2:51:352:51:45

would think.

Absolutely.

It has got

to, hasn't it?

Well, they are going

2:51:452:51:53

to put the jack onto the respot and

then it is going to be a measure.

I

2:51:532:52:01

think Paul will score two on the

respot.

Wayne Davies is checking.

2:52:012:52:07

Paul is not happy with that. That is

not right, surely, it is not a

2:52:072:52:13

dead-end.

I think he is appealing

that.

I would agree with Paul, that

2:52:132:52:19

jack was going off to that side,

surely that cannot be?

A conference

2:52:192:52:25

of the officials. There will have to

consult the rule book as to what

2:52:252:52:30

happens.

I think Paul is arguing and

he is right to argue, that jack was

2:52:302:52:36

going off. They are going to check.

Yes, I would agree with that, it has

2:52:362:52:43

got to be the respot.

Yes, quite

right. That is the right call.

Paul

2:52:432:52:49

was not happy and I think he was

right not to be happy.

Paul Foster

2:52:492:52:56

knows his bowls. To be fair, the

umpires here first class and they

2:52:562:53:03

were happy to listen.

We see this

strike again. That was definitely

2:53:032:53:10

going off.

To be -- to me, the

majority of the jack is in the ditch

2:53:102:53:16

and it has to go on the respot.

100%. I think they have eventually

2:53:162:53:22

got it right. At one stage, they

were calling it a dead-end. It

2:53:222:53:26

couldn't be a dead-end.

If they are

savvy, they will get Paul Foster to

2:53:262:53:35

autograph both parts of that bowl

Ashley Judd macro and auction it

2:53:352:53:41

off. -- both parts of that jack and

auction it off.

That is the first

2:53:412:53:50

time I have seen that.

I have never

seen that. And it is not like it

2:53:502:53:54

split in half. It was like a quarter

of the top came off.

And it wasn't

2:53:542:54:00

even a direct hit, it was basically

bowled onto the jack that split the

2:54:002:54:06

jack. It has had everything, this

one!

There is always something new.

2:54:062:54:14

Yes. They have just got to compose

themselves again.

We will hear from

2:54:142:54:22

both players at the conclusion of

the match and I am certain the

2:54:222:54:30

conversation will turn its way

towards the split jack.

Paul was not

2:54:302:54:33

happy when they were indicating a

replay basically and I think Paul

2:54:332:54:39

was right. Because it was going off.

There we see it! It is the top part,

2:54:392:54:44

as you say.

To be in the majority --

and so to me, the majority was

2:54:442:54:51

there. Great work by the camera crew

here in Perth.

Normal service

2:54:512:55:00

resumed here, Paul Foster on top of

the jack again.

Mark Dawes.

Well

2:55:002:55:09

played, Mark! Has the jack stayed

on?!

He has poked it into the ditch.

2:55:092:55:18

He hasn't even split it in any way!

We hope not!

No, it is...

It has

2:55:182:55:28

remained intact!

A great weighted

shot. The last time this pair went

2:55:282:55:39

to the respot, it was tremendous.

He

has done that again.

Brilliant, just

2:55:392:55:52

brilliant! You could put that jack

on pep High Street and Paul Foster

2:55:522:55:57

would find that.

I will be

interested to hear in the interview

2:55:572:56:02

how well he begs he has played

because I don't think I have seen

2:56:022:56:06

him play so well, just fantastic! As

you say, Mark Dawes has played well.

2:56:062:56:11

And he's continuing to do so, it

might have slipped by. That is a

2:56:112:56:16

cracking effort.

2:56:162:56:26

Plenty to talk about! That is the

shore.

Good idea of yours, the sign

2:56:302:56:38

that jack.

Yes, I think it would be

great.

One from each player,

2:56:382:56:43

probably.

Yes, get a little display

case, that would be great! Here he

2:56:432:56:48

comes again.

That is good. That is

very, very good. Yes, makes it

2:56:482:57:01

awkward for Mark as well, probably

just a draw.

That is a hard bowl to

2:57:012:57:07

hit.

A time-out call. Not much on

apart from the draw for Mark.

Well,

2:57:072:57:24

he gets himself back and he gets

ready. The rink is beautifully

2:57:242:57:34

level, it is laser level. And Mark

Dawes may field this afternoon he

2:57:342:57:37

has been going uphill. He tries it.

Two. Paul Foster is now in full

2:57:372:57:45

command.

2:57:452:57:55

Well, this could be the final end.

Paul Foster. In great control of

2:58:022:58:11

this second set. He dropped the

first end and since then, won six of

2:58:112:58:18

the seven.

2:58:182:58:26

Just brilliant!

He is making it look

too easy!

Just fantastic, just

2:58:432:58:48

fantastic! It has just been great.

Lots of people watching will be

2:58:482:58:58

enjoying a display that Paul Foster

has been putting on. Anybody who has

2:58:582:59:04

ever played the game, just a couple

of ends at their local club, able

2:59:042:59:12

know how difficult it is to be

consistent. Paul Foster is just

2:59:122:59:19

repeat, repeat, repeat.

That might

be worth a hit. Yes, Mark will be

2:59:192:59:29

conscious he probably cannot afford

to lose his bowl so anything still

2:59:292:59:34

gives him a chance. He needs to

score at least three to keep this

2:59:342:59:39

game going so it is quite right to

keep the bowl on the green at the

2:59:392:59:42

moment. The score is not going to

look good for Mark, but he has

2:59:422:59:49

played his part in this game.

2:59:492:59:51

-to-very well played.

3:00:113:00:14

Very good split. He needs to score a

three though to keep this game

3:00:213:00:26

going.

3:00:263:00:33

That's way short.

I don't think it

was meant to be there.

You can count

3:00:503:00:57

of number of poor balls he's played

on one hand.

Yes, not a lot. A

3:00:573:01:03

chance here for Mark. Touches the

green ball. Could score three. Keeps

3:01:033:01:07

this game alive.

3:01:073:01:17

Trying to push this green ball out.

Looks high.

Looks high.

3:01:193:01:32

He came up against a man in stunning

form. Paul Foster looks through into

3:01:343:01:45

the quarterfinal. The scoreline

looks harsh but Paul Foster wins it

3:01:453:01:52

by 2-0. It was some match for

Foster. Consistent as could be. His

3:01:523:02:01

first bowl was terrific. That's what

Mark Dawes was doing. Converting to

3:02:013:02:14

a two. Exceptional. Paul Foster

rarely looked hurried. He's drawing

3:02:143:02:22

particularly off the backhand either

side and it was top class. Mark

3:02:223:02:28

Dawes never gave in. A couple of

poor shots that cut across. Paul

3:02:283:02:35

Foster, well, the jack didn't like

this. Watch the split. Absolutely

3:02:353:02:38

incredible. Never seen that before.

It was eventually put on the respot.

3:02:383:02:44

He got a couple. It was an uphill

struggle for Mark Dawes. Paul

3:02:443:02:49

Foster's a man in form. He's going

to be hard to beet in Perth this

3:02:493:02:53

week. The set score a little hard on

Mark Dawes. Paul Foster, 11 ends to

3:02:533:03:01

6. The touchers. Out-gunned there.

The total shots scored tells the

3:03:013:03:06

story. Paul Foster's through to the

semifinal of the Scottish

3:03:063:03:11

international Open. Paul Foster's

through. Without doubt, that was the

3:03:113:03:17

best match we've seen here all week.

Paul, congratulations. Well played.

3:03:173:03:22

Yeah, once again delighted how I

played. All credit to Mark. He got

3:03:223:03:26

stuck in. I couldn't have played any

better in the first set. Once again,

3:03:263:03:32

I'm delighted how I've been playing.

It was incredible Mark. You played a

3:03:323:03:37

wonderful match. Many other players

would be out and you'd abstanding

3:03:373:03:41

next to me looking ahead to the

quarterfinal.

I'm a little

3:03:413:03:47

disappointed to be honest. When Paul

missed, it wasn't often. I didn't

3:03:473:03:51

get in. Paul will play very well.

I'm reasonably happy with how I

3:03:513:03:56

played but I have to play better to

beat Paul.

He puts such a lot of

3:03:563:04:01

pressure on, particularly with that

first bowl.

The two times

I missed

3:04:013:04:09

he put through three N you can't

leave them that far away.

You

3:04:093:04:13

certainly can't. We should talk

about the great play. Did the

3:04:133:04:19

controversial moment and Fawking

point of the match, Paul Foster, is

3:04:193:04:22

the split jack. Talk us through it.

I wasn't going to run on it. There

3:04:223:04:27

were no touchers. I drove. Chance of

high ball on to ball. I wasn't

3:04:273:04:32

expecting the jack to crack. Just

looking for a couple out. Hit the

3:04:323:04:37

jack solid. It is not often you see

that happen.

The first call was for

3:04:373:04:44

the end to be played again. But

that, you agreed that was wrong,

3:04:443:04:47

Mark?

I

I genuinely don't know what

the rule is. The jack did look as if

3:04:473:04:53

it was going out this side. I was

more disappointed I was let a good

3:04:533:05:00

three to get back into the set. I

didn't know what the rule was. So

3:05:003:05:04

happy with what the umpire said.

Have you ever experienced that about

3:05:043:05:09

of?

Never seen it. Never done it.

There are hard hitters. You don't

3:05:093:05:14

expect jacks to crack like that. I'd

never cheat anybody in bowls but the

3:05:143:05:18

jack was only going one way. When I

say it as a replay, then, you saw

3:05:183:05:23

the look on my face, a turning point

in the match. I think everybody in

3:05:233:05:29

the auditorium throughout it was

going that way. It was only fair.

3:05:293:05:33

You agreed with that?

To be fair, it

was going that way. I genuinely

3:05:333:05:38

didn't know what the rule was. Fair

enough for Paul. I would have gone

3:05:383:05:42

over and spoke to the umpires and

say, look, if the rule's not

3:05:423:05:45

clarified and we have to go with

that, I would have said, Paul, have

3:05:453:05:49

you a two. He was on the spot.

Good

man. A fine fallow. Thank you. Paul

3:05:493:05:55

Fosster, playing incredibly well.

Now through to the quarterfinals. I

3:05:553:05:59

would imagine you're quite pleased

with that the way it's going this

3:05:593:06:02

week?

You come here, first

tournament of the season. You want

3:06:023:06:05

to play well. Gives you confidence

not just for this event but the

3:06:053:06:10

forthcoming events. The World

Championships in Blackpool. My

3:06:103:06:14

form's great. Happy and hope to keep

it going.

Mark, you played a

3:06:143:06:18

wonderful match. Commiserations to

you, but Paul Foster, through to the

3:06:183:06:23

quarterfinals. Well done.

APPLAUSE

3:06:233:06:27

This is how the quarterfinal line-up

will look. So far we know Jamie

3:06:273:06:31

Chestney is already through. He

knocked Andy Thomson out this

3:06:313:06:34

morning. Greg Harlow was knocked out

earlier today by Mervyn King. Mark

3:06:343:06:41

Dawes been knocked out by Paul

Foster in an incredible display. The

3:06:413:06:48

games in the bottom half of the draw

will be live tomorrow. Now, we turn

3:06:483:06:52

our attention to that fourth one in

the list.

3:06:523:06:58

I don't really know a lot about

Mark. Nev come across him before.

3:07:053:07:11

We've played internationals but

never played against him. Saw a bit

3:07:113:07:15

of his game against Stewart and he

was very good.

I've seen him when he

3:07:153:07:22

won the British aisles, the English

singles. Knew he won that. He's

3:07:223:07:26

obviously a great player. He managed

to qualify through the tour card.

3:07:263:07:32

You have to play well if you qualify

through there.

I think the ring is

3:07:323:07:37

different to every rink you play on.

I couldn't believe how different it

3:07:373:07:41

was. Even practising the pace it

different. On a sinkle rink. At

3:07:413:07:49

home, you're on a six ring rink. The

more you play on it, you'll play it

3:07:493:07:56

better. Have you to know it.

You

forget about any games you've played

3:07:563:08:00

before and get on with how you play.

It is down to what you play

3:08:003:08:03

yourself. If you know you can play

your good bowls, you'll have a good

3:08:033:08:07

chance.

I might be a bit loud on

occasions. Roll me eyes, huff and

3:08:073:08:13

puff.

I'm quite laid back. They

probably won't meet many people as

3:08:133:08:18

laid back as me on the bowling

green. That's just me.

3:08:183:08:22

The auditorium are getting their

breath back after that match.

3:08:253:08:28

Looking ahead to the final match

today. These are two guys we don't

3:08:283:08:32

know too much about in terms of the

world bowls tour but they are very

3:08:323:08:36

fine players.

Absolutely. I know

Perry Martin from other games. I've

3:08:363:08:45

known Michael for a long time. A

very good performer and

3:08:453:08:49

international bowler.

Perry's such a

young guy. Coming through and

3:08:493:08:53

showling pretty good form as well?

When you come throat UK qualifier,

3:08:533:08:58

you're always a good player. They're

very dangerous. Michael came in as a

3:08:583:09:02

wild-card. Took out steward

Anderson. That was an evens game to

3:09:023:09:07

me. That that's you highy respected

Michael Stepney is.

This will be a

3:09:073:09:13

tough match?

There's little in it. I

think Michael's experience just

3:09:133:09:17

gives him the slight edge. I

wouldn't be surprised if this goes

3:09:173:09:21

all the way.

It will be fantastic.

You get back up to the commentary

3:09:213:09:25

box. This should be a wonderful

game. First up, the joiner from El

3:09:253:09:31

drecks in, no stranger to this

portable rink in Perth having played

3:09:313:09:35

in the champions of champions final

on two occasions. Michael his

3:09:353:09:41

representedries country 27 times and

won the British Isles singles

3:09:413:09:44

champion in 2010. Ladies and

gentlemen, please give a very warm

3:09:443:09:50

welcome to our two bowlers this

afternoon. First up, it's Michael

3:09:503:09:54

Stepney.

3:09:543:09:59

APPLAUSE

3:09:593:10:05

Now t may have needed a tie-break

but Perry Martin's win over Jonathan

3:10:113:10:16

Ross in the first round was very

impressive. The 24-year-old won his

3:10:163:10:19

tour card this year and is picking

up huge experience against the big

3:10:193:10:25

guns on the WBT. Ladies and

gentlemen we can former holder of

3:10:253:10:32

the British Isles under-25 singles

title. Perry Martin.

3:10:323:10:37

APPLAUSE

3:10:443:10:48

Up in the commentary box, David

Corkhill. What a match the last one

3:10:513:10:57

was. Let's see if Perry Martin and

Michael Stepney can continue.

3:10:573:11:06

Really, the superb quality that

we've seen. This is big for both

3:11:063:11:11

these players. Don't underestimate

this match. Not only is there a

3:11:113:11:16

place in the quarterfinals at stake

but there are ranking points at

3:11:163:11:19

stake as well. That can mean so much

in the entry route to the top 16.

3:11:193:11:27

Perry Martin, the 24-year-old up

against Michael Stepney.

3:11:273:11:32

Both these players upsetting seeded

players to get here.

3:11:383:11:43

A wee touch of nerves about. There's

a lot at stake.

3:11:453:11:51

Michael Stepney, well known around

the qualifying circuit. Comes over

3:11:553:11:59

to Belfast a lot for the qualifiers

as well. Always a hard competitor.

3:11:593:12:06

Very highly respected player from

Elgin.

3:12:063:12:12

And the quality that's around in the

qualifiers at the moment, quite

3:12:163:12:19

scary.

Well, the talent's there, no

doubt about it. It's also difficult

3:12:193:12:26

to go through five matches minimum.

Sometimes six on the one day. By the

3:12:263:12:33

time you get to your fourth match

you're starting to feel a bit jaded.

3:12:333:12:37

You also don't get much opportunity

to eat or anything else during those

3:12:373:12:41

matches. Quite often they're

back-to-back with no breaks. It is a

3:12:413:12:46

tough day.

3:12:463:12:50

A little edge more than enough to

bring him in.

Take the little

3:12:543:12:57

borrow.

3:12:573:13:01

Yes, one green.

3:13:293:13:32

Running through a little here.

That's for Michael Stepney.

3:13:483:13:58

A little running shot. Plenty to

hit. That's the short ball that's

3:14:123:14:19

left ahead.

Reaction there, a very

good ball.

Certainly looked like it.

3:14:193:14:32

I think it's probably two but it's

close.

Very accurately done. Not

3:14:423:14:45

easy either.

Yeah. Michael Stepney

can't reply. He wants to side red

3:14:453:14:55

balls. Beautifully done.

Two

excellent drives. The pretty hot

3:14:553:15:05

stuff for the first end.

Excellent.

Always a measure of players, how

3:15:053:15:09

confident they are, with their

weight shots. For both of them to

3:15:093:15:13

get results from their first weight

shot is excellent. That's a really

3:15:133:15:17

good two to pick up for the

Scotsman.

3:15:173:15:25

Solid, reliable, international

player.

An international player for

3:15:303:15:37

17 years.

That is why I think he is

slight favourite. There is an

3:15:373:15:47

element of flamboyant about his game

as well, but the portable rink is

3:15:473:15:52

different and it puts an element of

fear and doubt in players who have

3:15:523:15:56

not played on it before. What

shocked and shoes? Quite often you

3:15:563:16:04

have to pick a shot that is the

better one to get the percentage. It

3:16:043:16:09

will be interesting to see how he

goes in this match. Played in the

3:16:093:16:17

civil service team as a touring

tame. I know he is a very good

3:16:173:16:26

player.

3:16:263:16:29

Not a bad effort.

3:16:563:17:00

There have been a few familiar faces

around this week. Both these players

3:17:093:17:16

are relatively new to the people

watching. It is interesting to watch

3:17:163:17:21

the delivery of Martin because he

does not use his left hand at all.

3:17:213:17:34

Wasting no time. A big part of his

game is the ability to play accurate

3:17:343:17:39

drives. The jack will go on the

re-spot.

Another good weight shot

3:17:393:17:49

played.

3:17:493:17:53

That is a great effort when you have

to find a new line.

Going back to

3:18:233:18:32

the draw.

3:18:323:18:36

Difficult to get your weight down

from playing the drive.

3:18:423:18:46

He needed a rest on the bowl. A bit

heavy. A missed chance. Those will

3:19:073:19:14

stack up. A spare opportunity and

you have got two feed all around the

3:19:143:19:20

jack and it is effectively four feet

to get inside.

It could have been a

3:19:203:19:31

double.

3:19:313:19:33

Perry Martin beat Willie Jackson to

clinch this card. He will play in

3:19:443:19:53

all three WBC singles events.

That

is key, coming in on a one-off event

3:19:533:20:00

is not enough. You need to have the

three opportunities. If you win a

3:20:003:20:06

couple of matches, it goes a long

way.

3:20:063:20:11

Two from the quarterfinal and you

will not be far away from slipping

3:20:203:20:23

in between 16 and 20.

3:20:233:20:26

A good opening hole from Michael

Stepney.

3:20:423:20:46

Doing its best to get back.

If he

goes to the backhand that will be

3:21:283:21:40

interesting. Has to look down

narrower line.

3:21:403:21:48

Very well played. What an effort

that was.

The shot was available

3:21:553:22:06

both sides. I thought he might have

stayed on the forehand.

REFEREE: It

3:22:063:22:11

is half an inch short.

It is hard to

get back of a high line. He does not

3:22:113:22:21

want to get to the jack, he wants to

get to the bowl. That red one would

3:22:213:22:27

be perfect. Dropping down. That is a

very good bowl. A chance to run the

3:22:273:22:36

jack through.

3:22:363:22:38

And an edge would have been much

better. He will be very unlucky to

3:23:043:23:10

give this shot away.

3:23:103:23:13

Just needs to drop inside, he does

not want to touch it down. He could

3:23:333:23:39

have given the shot away now. I

thought he would have played it a

3:23:393:23:43

bit stronger, try and take the boat

out.

He has given it away. It just

3:23:433:23:51

needed a little bit more.

It used to

be what we used to say arriving at

3:23:513:24:01

that head with a guaranteed weight.

That little bump on delivery is

3:24:013:24:08

always there, it is constant. This

is a gracious push delivery. He does

3:24:083:24:15

not use his left hand for balance,

but a lot of players do not.

3:24:153:24:22

Possibly more just how the left arm

does not seem to engage at all.

3:24:223:24:28

There is no touch on the leg or

anything like that.

Well, he is

3:24:283:24:33

young! There is that. He will get

away with it for a long time until

3:24:333:24:41

it comes to the stage where you have

to use the balance of the left hand

3:24:413:24:45

to steady up the knee is a little

bit! Michael Stepney is a very quick

3:24:453:24:54

player. Others will struggle to keep

up with him.

3:24:543:24:59

That is where the strength of Perry

Martin is, no doubt about it. It is

3:25:313:25:37

getting in those first two bowls

which will be key to him in this

3:25:373:25:41

match.

3:25:413:25:43

Weight shot that he has not

connected with. Two good opening

3:25:543:26:05

bowls from Perry Martin.

3:26:053:26:09

Confident to go again.

Interesting

he chose to play it on the backhand

3:26:243:26:33

because he probably thought his own

Bolt was more protected there. He

3:26:333:26:37

nearly took it out anyway. That is

what he was saying to Perry on the

3:26:373:26:41

way down! He thought it was safe.

3:26:413:26:54

Good connection. No choice, has to

go again.

3:27:073:27:12

Steady play from Perry Martin. Great

draw work.

The chances are his own

3:27:173:27:27

green one will lock into the bottom

red. There is a bigger risk on the

3:27:273:27:35

backhand. Let's see what he does.

Yes, forehand. Good strike. And look

3:27:353:27:44

where his bowl has gone on the

re-spot. Oh, my goodness me! A big

3:27:443:27:49

result.

A good hit.

REFEREE: 1-shot,

Michael Stepney.

A perfect drive,

3:27:493:28:05

bang on target. No doubt about that.

3:28:053:28:09

There is the difference between 5-2

down and three up.

3:28:143:28:29

Michael is not getting that first

bowl. He needs to get in and have a

3:29:083:29:15

foot on the jack. Martin is putting

him under pressure.

3:29:153:29:22

Once again he will be facing a

double.

3:29:393:29:41

Funeral Care

He was encouraging that

one up. He's disappointed he's

3:30:053:30:11

dropped it so short. The weight

advantage has to come from Michael

3:30:113:30:14

Stepney.

Still short but still lying

two. Ultimately, there's always a

3:30:143:30:20

danger in terms of trying to

correct. It's certainly a help but

3:30:203:30:29

still a distance away

3:30:293:30:30

correct. It's certainly a help but

still a distance away.

3:30:303:30:34

Just try to come round to the

further forward green ball.

3:30:433:30:48

Yep, that's in.

REFEREE:

very close. Two red and a

3:30:503:30:57

measure.

Two and a measure. No

guarantee on the draw here. So far

3:30:573:31:03

away, you think, you can draw that

shot, you don't need to try and hit

3:31:033:31:06

it.

3:31:063:31:09

I say so far away, Paul, I mean a

foot away.

In context, yes.

3:31:113:31:15

Absolutely.

It's cloyer. -- closer.

Michael Stepney would fully expect

3:31:153:31:24

to draw this shot.

Yeah, needs to

drop back to guarantee. Yep, he's

3:31:243:31:28

there. Last bowl heroics.

3:31:283:31:36

Over the weight this time.

REFEREE:

one shot, Michael Stepney.

3:32:013:32:05

APPLAUSE

3:32:053:32:09

REFEREE:

set score 2-4 after five

ends.

It's been pretty close,

3:32:123:32:19

Michael Stepney with the opening

two. But singles there after.

3:32:193:32:25

An interesting group. Jimmy

Chestney, Nicky Thomson. All

3:32:283:32:35

international players. Andy

Thomson's probably telling Jamie

3:32:353:32:38

what he needs to do in the next

match.

I'm sure they'll appreciate

3:32:383:32:46

the advice.

Can't overlook the

silver-haired legend. You really

3:32:463:32:52

can't.

3:32:523:32:55

Michael Stepney playing the Scottish

international Open for the first

3:33:093:33:12

time. He has won here in Perth

during international Open week. On

3:33:123:33:20

the Scottish indoor bowling

association champion of champions in

3:33:203:33:23

2015. His club mate Andrew Barker.

REFEREE:

eight inches short.

Go well

3:33:233:33:33

together as a pair, the two of them.

Played very well in the world pairs

3:33:333:33:39

a few years ago.

Down by Marshal and

Foster which is no disgrace.

I know

3:33:393:33:49

the feeling! Andrew is a character

from Elgin. He really is. He enjoys

3:33:493:33:59

his bowls.

3:33:593:34:03

Well, that's not going to help the

weigh in.

Looks like it will cover

3:34:223:34:27

the forehand.

Needs to push his own

ball. Get the reds solid. If you

3:34:273:34:34

miss it, keep your bowl on the rink.

Down on a track. Looks slightly

3:34:343:34:41

inside. Yeah. Now, will the ball

stay? It has. Not a bad place.

Just

3:34:413:34:52

to the side of the re-spots.

3:34:523:34:57

Being played for cover.

The only

thing really, Michael can't afford

3:35:073:35:17

to be too tight and get the red ball

on to the jack. But I think it's

3:35:173:35:22

worth playing again. He has a back

position bowl. Yep, trying for it

3:35:223:35:29

again. Just slightly wider this

time. Certainly a lot closer.

3:35:293:35:37

Didn't have the weight to make the

connection.

3:35:423:35:47

Need to be a bit more positive with

that one, Paul.

Bit more punch?

Jess

3:35:503:35:57

a wee bit. The front bowl under the

jack needed to have sufficient to

3:35:573:36:01

move it. He barely turned it over

half a turn. That was never going to

3:36:013:36:06

be enough.

It will affect the shot

choice of Perry Martin who, having

3:36:063:36:16

seen Michael Stepney give a shot

away at the final end of the last

3:36:163:36:22

ball decides to go nowhere near it.

REFEREE:

set score 3-4 after six

3:36:223:36:29

ends.

Six ends played, seven shots

awarded.

They don't mess about, do

3:36:293:36:37

they? Everything's gone so quickly.

They are barely getting lifted at

3:36:373:36:47

the other end before the jack's

lifted and the ball's coming towards

3:36:473:36:53

them.

REFEREE:

jack lent 28. .5 metres. --

3:36:533:37:04

Jack length 28.5 metres.

We might

see something happening to it if

3:37:043:37:11

Michael gives one of his big drives.

You see jacks split in half

3:37:113:37:16

sometimes but not having the top

sliced off like a boiled egg.

I've

3:37:163:37:22

seen them almost disintegrate,

believe it or not. That would have

3:37:223:37:25

been a much harder decision to make.

The fact the jack was going off the

3:37:253:37:29

rink at that angle made it an easy

decision. That was the Paul Foster

3:37:293:37:39

match against Mark days. We've

plenty of jacks.

Lots of jacks

3:37:393:37:44

just... I don't think Stepney likes

that one. When the jacks split into

3:37:443:37:54

a quarter and three quarters, the

three quarters smashed it's way into

3:37:543:37:59

the side.

It was definitely going

that way. Fortunately, I was covered

3:37:593:38:05

by television so we could analyse

it. Good ball. Really good

3:38:053:38:07

direction. Well done. Integrity of a

jack is key when you think how much

3:38:073:38:16

of a battering they take. Did try

and drill them at one stage and put

3:38:163:38:22

a camera into them. It wasn't really

a bright idea. For lots of reasons.

3:38:223:38:29

The fact they lost a lot of cameras

whenever the jacks were destroyed

3:38:293:38:33

didn't help. But no-one had actually

worked out if you hit the jack, the

3:38:333:38:38

camera goes into the carpet.

OK.

You're not going to get much out of

3:38:383:38:43

that.

Plus it needs to be an almost

perfect position. Not as if it's

3:38:433:38:47

always going to be facing front.

Worth a try. Here comes Perry Martin

3:38:473:38:54

again. Little touch on that.

Even

better. Even better. Got around it

3:38:543:39:00

nice and clean. He'll look at this

sand say this has to be worth coming

3:39:003:39:05

into. Two down, seventh end. Yeah.

No waste of time with this one.

3:39:053:39:12

Looks under. Follow-through and shot

drawn. What did we say about the

3:39:123:39:22

follow-throughs, Paul? You just

can't gauge them. He did put his

3:39:223:39:26

hand up right away.

Seen a couple of

them this week. The unexpected. See

3:39:263:39:31

it stunned then it came once more.

Wow! That hurt. Played two beautiful

3:39:313:39:41

bowls and the fluke has got it.

3:39:413:39:46

Trying hard with this one. Very

close to the jack. Just needed to

3:39:493:39:58

peak. Anything past that and he was

there. Well, so close.

Got past it.

3:39:583:40:10

It was drawing the shot. Michael

Stepney has given one away with the

3:40:103:40:16

last bowl. Will have to be canny

here.

He'll not give this one away,

3:40:163:40:22

I can tell you. Seventh end, key

end.

3:40:223:40:34

REFEREE:

one shot, Michael Stepney.

APPLAUSE

3:40:373:40:43

For consecutive singles. A singles

winner in 2009. Strong international

3:40:493:40:55

player. Trying to make his

breakthrough in the World Of Bowls

3:40:553:41:00

Tour. Two up, two to play.

REFEREE:

jack length 16.5 metres.

3:41:003:41:19

He's not doing enough with those

first two bowls, Michael Stepney.

3:41:483:41:53

Getting there but most of the time,

Perry Martin's getting in first. Now

3:41:533:41:58

he's got a chance.

3:41:583:42:03

Only just. Must do a fair bit of

travelling, Paul, from Elgin, when

3:42:213:42:31

you're playing bowls up there.

Nothing really that close.

Nice part

3:42:313:42:35

of the world, though?

Beautiful.

Enjoyed a couple of days in Elgin

3:42:353:42:42

before. Beautiful in the sunshine.

Just not enough sunshine sometimes.

3:42:423:42:47

REFEREE:

one green.

We all suffer

from that in the UK.

3:42:473:42:53

Yet another chance to get a really

close ball. You don't normally get

3:43:003:43:05

three goes at it

A loose end from

both players given the way they've

3:43:053:43:11

been playing. Likely two green.

3:43:113:43:19

He's calling this one. He knows it's

just on the edge in terms of pace.

3:43:313:43:36

Yeah, that will be shifting Michael

on to the other side. But three

3:43:363:43:39

short balls. If Michael can pick up

the jack on this on the draw, just

3:43:393:43:44

needs to move it a little bit.

REFEREE:

two green.

He will be in a

3:43:443:43:50

very, very strong position.

3:43:503:43:56

Try and draw the shot.

3:43:583:44:08

It will be a set lie. Not bad with

this

3:44:093:44:11

APPLAUSE

3:44:113:44:15

REFEREE:

three green.

Lies three.

3:44:183:44:23

Needs to save the set.

Yeah, big

drive. Well, I don't know if he's

3:44:313:44:39

made it. . Definitely two. Will be

looking at the third.

Umpire,

3:44:393:44:54

please.

The umpire's been called.

Just wide.

Off target.

Nicking

3:44:543:45:07

happen.

A bit fortuitous. Could have

hit the ball and straight through

3:45:073:45:13

the head. Having said that, he was

in the area.

3:45:133:45:23

It is a measure for the set

effectively. It looks like he has

3:45:233:45:31

managed to save one.

REFEREE: Two

shots, Michael Stepney.

Michael

3:45:313:45:45

Stepney's good run continues. As

long as he does not concede a

3:45:453:45:55

fourth.

He is doing exactly what all

players hope to do and that is keep

3:45:553:46:04

your opponent to single shots and

pick up the odd double and even a

3:46:043:46:08

multiple of three and you will not

lose. He has kept Perry Martin, who

3:46:083:46:18

has played well, down to three

singles.

3:46:183:46:20

Well played.

He is relying on the

correction. He is not getting the

3:47:173:47:29

first one in. That will be a feature

that he will have to get sorted for

3:47:293:47:33

the second set.

3:47:333:47:35

REFEREE: One green.

3:47:473:47:49

He can afford to be defensive. Just

make sure no gaps appear that will

3:47:563:48:02

allow your opponent to find any

method of getting a four.

3:48:023:48:06

Looking for that little runner. He

is not far away even though it is

3:48:193:48:23

hard to pick a line out. That was a

hard shot to play.

REFEREE: The

3:48:233:48:33

first set to Michael Stepney.

He

concedes the shot and the first set

3:48:333:48:39

is won by the Scotsman. The first

bowl has been loose from Michael

3:48:393:48:49

Stepney, but he has done enough in

terms of the weight shots and

3:48:493:48:53

recovery.

The bowls are still coming

down the rink and Perry has got the

3:48:533:49:07

jack away. He does not wait. Let's

get on with it. They are certainly

3:49:073:49:19

making sure the game moves along at

a decent pace.

It must be annoying

3:49:193:49:27

to the shot clock operator because

he has to hit the button so quickly!

3:49:273:49:34

That is a better first one.

3:49:593:50:05

REFEREE: One green.

3:50:243:50:26

It has been awhile since Michael has

got two shots. Martin is normally a

3:50:463:50:52

very strong player when it comes to

weight. Sticking with the draw for

3:50:523:50:57

now.

3:50:573:50:57

He has got a chance with that.

REFEREE: One red. The red bowl is

3:51:083:51:21

eight inches short of jack high and

the gap is six inches.

3:51:213:51:25

Nice of you because you get an idea

of the width of the bowls coming

3:51:313:51:35

through. He needs a good connection

and he got it. Sweet little bowl

3:51:353:51:48

that one. No guesses for this one,

though.

He has to hit, three against

3:51:483:51:55

him. He went for it. A big result as

well.

Bang on target. Absolutely

3:51:553:52:03

right on it for three bowls. Good

strike.

Plenty of pace, it held its

3:52:033:52:11

line. It sent one of the red bowls

forward and struck a green bowl.

3:52:113:52:21

Plenty of room to draw.

3:52:213:52:23

Nicely played as well.

REFEREE:

1-shot, Michael Stepney.

Again from

3:52:413:52:53

both players, converting shots

against you. Michael Stepney takes

3:52:533:53:04

the opening end.

3:53:043:53:06

REFEREE: Jack length, 24.5 metres.

3:53:253:53:27

The first two bowls last time were

excellent.

3:53:343:53:39

I think he realised that first bowl

had to improve.

3:53:503:53:53

Perry Martin beat Jonathan Ross and

took the first set against the 15th

3:54:003:54:07

seed and lost the second and won the

tie 2-1.

3:54:073:54:13

He did touch on the high side.

Two

green. That does not look too pretty

3:54:313:54:41

and the forehand is not great

either. If you were really

3:54:413:54:49

confident, you would with the two

bowls out, but he has had two draw

3:54:493:54:53

at this stage.

3:54:533:54:55

Well, Michael, are you going to get

to the back? If you match it, it is

3:55:163:55:21

good. Yes, that is the one he was

after. Damage limitation required.

3:55:213:55:28

Well, the angle was there to take

the other bowl out, but

3:55:363:55:40

unfortunately for him the green bowl

at the back took his red one out.

3:55:403:55:47

It is always an lucky to make out

your own red one.

3:55:533:55:57

Sensible cover was needed.

It is

tempting for Perry Martin here. He

3:56:173:56:27

really should be drawing this.

3:56:273:56:32

The track is pretty good. It is all

down to the pace. That was a bit

3:56:413:56:49

unlucky. A good second bowl, though.

He is in a lot of trouble, so just

3:56:493:56:59

to drop the single...

A bit unlucky,

it looked good. I think it was the

3:56:593:57:12

right shot to play at this stage. It

just keeps him in it.

REFEREE: One

3:57:123:57:20

green and a measure.

3:57:203:57:22

From one angle it looks a red, from

the other it looks green.

3:57:273:57:35

Just making sure it is right against

the jack. It looks like a double.

3:57:453:57:52

REFEREE: Two shots, Michael Stepney.

3:57:593:58:01

This could be an important end for

Perry Martin. You do not want to

3:58:133:58:18

find yourself four or five behind

and chasing the set.

He has played

3:58:183:58:23

well. He has played some great first

and second bowls. And yet he has

3:58:233:58:36

only scored at three ends. It just

shows you it is a funny old game,

3:58:363:58:42

but Michael Stepney is very good

about getting out of trouble.

3:58:423:58:47

I can just imagine Mr Barker and

company at the club watching this

3:59:103:59:14

match.

It is five o'clock somewhere

and it is nearly five o'clock in the

3:59:143:59:21

UK as well! For refreshment purposes

only!

3:59:213:59:27

A chance for Perry to put one right

on it here.

3:59:333:59:44

He's missed it. Oh dear. Shouldn't

be too many chances.

3:59:514:00:05

Better.

APPLAUSE

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It's just going to fall away. A

couple of these ends have dropped in

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this direction now. Where the bowl's

been a little bit loose. Dangerous

4:00:474:00:52

ends. Don't want to start losing

cheap doubles.

4:00:524:01:01

Big recovery with the last two

bowls. Played them well.

Sets

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himself up nicely. Short bowls for

Perry Martin. So he only has one at

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the back.

It will be hard for him

unless he tries to take the two

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bowls out. They're available. He can

see them. Close to it. .

Cut it

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inside.

Just that edge.

REFEREE: Two shots Michael Stepney.

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REFEREE: Set score 0-5 after three

ends.

4:01:534:01:58

That position all stemmed from the

first two loose balls of Perry

4:02:024:02:05

Martin. His third ball was better.

By that stage, Michael Stepney had

4:02:054:02:13

already got one in, consolidated

with the fourth one. He's still OK

4:02:134:02:20

for an end or so. But he needs to

start getting ones on the card. Even

4:02:204:02:26

a couple of singles would help his

cause. Change the length.

Starting

4:02:264:02:32

to get away from him.

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APPLAUSE

Perry Martin is aiming to be a

4:02:514:03:00

little more relaxed, less uptight on

a ring finds himself in a battle

4:03:004:03:06

here. First ever player to win the

English Inter Bowling Association

4:03:064:03:15

Junior And Senior titles in the same

year. Good pedigree.

He's gets

4:03:154:03:22

excited. He openly admits that.

That's OK in the rinks and team game

4:03:224:03:27

and OK in the singles up to a point

as long as it doesn't put you off.

4:03:274:03:33

That's all been the sportsmanship of

the sport. It's fine.

4:03:334:03:36

REFEREE: Two green.

Funny thing is

you know.

The portable rink asks a

4:03:364:03:50

lot of hard questions when you're in

trouble. He said that in his

4:03:504:03:53

interview. He couldn't believe how

tricky it is.

4:03:534:03:58

Top bowlers make it look very

playable and it is very playable but

4:04:014:04:05

you have to have the knowledge.

4:04:054:04:09

Looks well played again. Quite happy

around there. Doesn't take any time

4:04:324:04:45

at all. Perry Martin doesn't even

bother to start the shot clock.

He's

4:04:454:04:52

certainly better with this. It is

all about getting back. He has.

4:04:524:04:55

Played it very well. It hasn't

dropped. A toucher but it hasn't

4:04:554:05:00

dropped. Michael Stepney won't be

too worried about this. He'll just

4:05:004:05:05

draw away. He's seen the shots taken

off him. If he can drop on the back

4:05:054:05:12

of the red ball a Jack will move

forward.

4:05:124:05:16

Didn't push it. He gave up on that a

long time before it got up as far as

4:05:254:05:34

it managed to get to. Yards away. He

knew it wasn't there.

4:05:344:05:48

Can he make it a double? A little

bit too much on it. He's very close.

4:05:574:06:10

Close to fall in behind the green

one. He may with have done it.

4:06:104:06:19

REFEREE: Two shots Perry Martin.

They've taken to the fourth end but

4:06:194:06:25

he's on the card in this second set.

4:06:254:06:29

REFEREE:

Jack length 28th 5 metres.

4:06:514:06:55

Full length jack.

4:07:084:07:12

Through a yard or so. Perry Martin's

talked about becoming less uptight

4:07:184:07:24

on a ring, it's complete opposite in

Michael Stepney. His reputation is

4:07:244:07:28

as laid back as they come.

Unfortunately, so is it ball coming

4:07:284:07:36

up the rink. I've seen Michael

animated at international level. I

4:07:364:07:48

can assure you he knows how to get

excited if he tries. Singles is

4:07:484:07:52

different.

APPLAUSE

4:07:524:08:01

This one's struggling a little bit

as well.

Looked lazy and it's

4:08:144:08:18

lazier. Not a time to go walk about.

Not at 5-2 with five ends to go.

4:08:184:08:36

He has a chance for this. Should

come right into the jack.

4:08:374:08:42

APPLAUSE

REFEREE:

Three red.

4:08:424:08:51

After two short bowls have to be

careful you don't overcreaked. But

4:08:594:09:03

this needs to run all the way to the

jack. Has to run. Oh, he's got it.

4:09:034:09:07

APPLAUSE

Big recovery bowl.

He's made quite a

4:09:074:09:14

few of those in the match to great

affect. Two, possibly three against

4:09:144:09:23

him. Now the pressure goes back on

his oh-oh ponent. Tries to move the

4:09:234:09:34

red ball in.

It's a hard shot he's

trying.

Dipped well under.

Surprised

4:09:344:09:39

he played with that weight. Thought

he would have played with less. He

4:09:394:09:43

was aiming at the outside edge of

the red ball to flick it across to

4:09:434:09:47

turn the green ball out. It would

have been hard to have stayed in for

4:09:474:09:51

any more than one with that sort of

weight. Forehand runners, always

4:09:514:09:59

conscious if you go wide that you're

just going to hold off

The value of

4:09:594:10:09

Michael Stepney's third ball it

could have been five apiece. Looking

4:10:094:10:14

to go 6-2 ahead and possibly more if

he's played it again.

I don't think

4:10:144:10:20

there's enough room for that. Just

the one. Needed to go past it.

4:10:204:10:25

Still, big recovery bowl.

4:10:254:10:36

REFEREE: Set score 2-6 after five

ends

4:10:394:10:42

REFEREE: Set score 2-6 after five

ends.

Michael Stepney from Elgin.

4:10:424:10:48

Not a supporter of Elgin City. An

Aberdeen fan. Has been since his

4:10:484:10:53

youth. He's endured the highs and

lows of following the Dons.

4:10:534:11:01

REFEREE:

Jack leant is 44.5 metres.

Always interesting how people

4:11:014:11:09

describe themselves as supporters. I

watched a programme where a man had

4:11:094:11:13

lifetime supporting one team and

only missed two matches in all of

4:11:134:11:15

his life. He said it was a lifetime

of miss Errie!

He could have picked

4:11:154:11:22

the right team!

All credit to him

for supporting his local team.

4:11:224:11:35

Nothing funnier than listening to

teams talking about their team in

4:11:354:11:41

crisis and not winning anything in

three or four years.

Support a team

4:11:414:11:46

your whole life and they've not won

anything for maybe 30 or 40 years,

4:11:464:11:51

that's a whole lot different.

4:11:514:12:01

Two shots but a bit of a target.

Perry's left armed just sits there.

4:12:114:12:16

Doesn't really do anything in terms

of the delivery movement. Doesn't

4:12:164:12:20

need it. Oh dear me, just over the

line. Gets punished. Doesn't really

4:12:204:12:35

want to play ball at all.

4:12:354:12:42

Michael Stepney again, he's starting

to sense the finishing line is

4:12:504:12:52

close. This has to be the weighted

shots.

A good drive, no doubt about

4:12:524:13:08

that. Very powerful and very

accurate drive most of the time.

4:13:084:13:12

Plucked one out. Could have been a

better result bearing in mind he was

4:13:124:13:15

bang on target. Two greens could go

out but I think he has to go default

4:13:154:13:27

here and just go deep

4:13:274:13:28

out but I think he has to go default

here and just go deep. More of a

4:13:284:13:31

chance of jack going off to the

sides.

Rightly playing the backhand.

4:13:314:13:41

Secures a deep position. Bit close

to the red one. Just wondering if

4:13:514:13:56

that was what he was aiming for? Bug

one, this. Really big bowl this. If

4:13:564:14:05

he makes no connection, this could

be over very quickly indeed. He's

4:14:054:14:10

going back to the trail shot. Oh, my

goodness me, that's hard. That is

4:14:104:14:16

the hardest shot in a portable rink.

And he's missed it. Doesn't

4:14:164:14:22

anticipate even stop on its own.

Percentages of getting that shot

4:14:224:14:26

right are just so small. That's

where the knowledge of the portable

4:14:264:14:30

rink comes in. Very, very few

players, even at the very top in the

4:14:304:14:35

world, try to avoid that shot if

they can.

4:14:354:14:40

He's in control, Michael Stepney.

Looking at a quarterfinal place.

4:14:424:14:48

Three ends to play. He's six up. His

opponent needs seven shots. If

4:14:484:15:01

Michael Stepney takes a two or more

here and it's all over.

4:15:014:15:08

Still a very easy, smooth delivery

from Martin.

4:15:364:15:41

APPLAUSE

That's better. Not a toucher.

The

4:15:444:15:58

forehand draw, just close down the

head, don't worry about it, tried to

4:15:584:16:03

sneak one. If you are going to lose

the end, lose it to a single. It is

4:16:034:16:12

in the area just behind the jack,

this is good, very good. That's a

4:16:124:16:20

cracking goal, it really is. Your

opponent is looking to score twos

4:16:204:16:25

and threes and you have 14-macro

inches behind the jack. -- you have

4:16:254:16:36

one four inches.

4:16:364:16:39

The last bowl is 15 inches short of

jack high.

4:16:494:16:54

That's well played again. Round it

comes.

Still one red but he is

4:17:074:17:18

closing down the head with every

single bolt also he is more or less

4:17:184:17:23

thing to Perry Martin, if you want

to get more than one you have to get

4:17:234:17:27

very close to giving the shot away.

4:17:274:17:32

Trying hard but just didn't have

enough.

That has closed the head

4:17:384:17:43

down and out completely. It depends

how anxious Michael wants to be, if

4:17:434:17:48

he wants to attack he can play it on

the backhand, but does he really

4:17:484:17:54

want to take the risk? There is a

shot, as I say, into there, pushing

4:17:544:18:06

the bowl forward into the jack but

if not, just leave it and accept the

4:18:064:18:10

fact he is going to lose a single.

He has called his first time out.

He

4:18:104:18:19

could draw two and touch the red

bowl down, that might be enough as

4:18:194:18:24

well. Slightly inside line. Looking

for his own bowl. Not sure about

4:18:244:18:32

that. Well, he was being careful, I

have to say he really was being

4:18:324:18:41

careful with that weight. Fair

enough. He wasn't going to do any

4:18:414:18:45

damage with that.

On the verge of

the good final. There was one

4:18:454:18:52

non-seeded player who reached that

stage last year, Wayne Willgress.

4:18:524:18:58

Michael Stepney is ready close. He

is happy to surrender the one shot.

4:18:584:19:08

Just the second end won by Perry

Martin in this second set, a set he

4:19:204:19:24

has to win. He has defined six shots

in these next two ends -- he has to

4:19:244:19:31

find. You mentioned it, the key has

been the opening two goals from

4:19:314:19:40

Michael Stepney.

He certainly played

them better, there have been a few

4:19:404:19:47

loose ones but he has managed to

recover with third and fourth bowls

4:19:474:19:50

but he has been given the space to

do that, I think Perry has just gone

4:19:504:19:54

off a little bit.

4:19:544:19:56

The gap is 16 inches.

4:20:054:20:07

He thinks he's short.

4:20:244:20:27

Struggling.

There was a grimace

again, Perry Martin has done what he

4:21:144:21:22

can.

This is not a time to lose

four, it really isn't. He can

4:21:224:21:32

survive a two. That would mean the

opponent needing a four in the last

4:21:324:21:40

end. He should be just drawing

again, that last bowl is very

4:21:404:21:47

beatable.

4:21:474:21:49

Certainly better.

He looked to have

pushed it more.

Not much, though. It

4:21:594:22:08

looked better for the line all the

way but it just ate up the weight.

4:22:084:22:13

You might change his shot next time

and go searching for it. Let's see

4:22:134:22:18

where this one goes. A big

difference if it is two or three. Oh

4:22:184:22:31

dear.

That's a mistake.

If it is

guaranteed only two shots I think he

4:22:314:22:38

might just draw this but if it is

three he would hit it. He knows that

4:22:384:22:46

he can get past this by a foot or

so, 15 inches, and one shot

4:22:464:22:53

guaranteed the match. He has called

the time-out. Good idea, just

4:22:534:23:00

concentrate on trying to get this

bowl around your short one with good

4:23:004:23:05

weight.

I wonder if Perry Martin

would have used the time-out to have

4:23:054:23:09

a look at the thought that last one

to give him that bit of extra.

4:23:094:23:15

Certainly is in the right line with

this bowl.

If he draws the shot he

4:23:154:23:20

wins the match.

This needs to stop.

If it drops back...

4:23:204:23:27

Just the one shot. It was enough.

And there was nothing in the end

4:23:314:23:38

that Perry Martin could do. The

Scottish success at the Scottish

4:23:384:23:44

International Open, the man from

Elgin is through to the quarter

4:23:444:23:48

final. A very steady performance and

he takes it 2-0.

4:23:484:23:52

We expected a very good game with

these two players. Perry Martin has

4:23:564:24:01

come into the international arena,

doing his best to take out the top

4:24:014:24:07

players and he showed early doors

what he can do, no doubt about it.

4:24:074:24:11

But Michael Stepney, such a good

player and such a very talented

4:24:114:24:16

striker as well. He was getting out

of trouble with running bowls as

4:24:164:24:21

Perry Martin was putting in a lot of

good bowls and also the odd bit of

4:24:214:24:24

luck. And in the end it was all too

good. The eighth end he picked up

4:24:244:24:32

the double. He went into the last

end very comfortable four up. Perry

4:24:324:24:42

Martin yet again putting pressure

on, picking up the double but

4:24:424:24:46

Michael Stepney always appeared to

have the answers. He really was in

4:24:464:24:51

control in the match and bear in

mind Perry Martin played so well, he

4:24:514:24:56

was better than the three end he won

in the first and in the second but

4:24:564:25:00

Michael Stepney proved his quality

and he is through to the quarter

4:25:004:25:03

final.

Just half a dozen ens won by

Perry Martin yielding only seven

4:25:034:25:13

shots, five singles and a double --

half a dozen ends. Michael Stepney

4:25:134:25:17

was more consistent and he is of the

Scottish International Open 2017.

4:25:174:25:23

A very fine win for Michael Stepney

indeed. Perry, you must be

4:25:274:25:32

disappointed, but Michael, you must

be very happy with how you played.

4:25:324:25:36

David Corkill said any kind of

aggressive play from your opponent,

4:25:364:25:40

you had the answer.

I was really

happy, Perry had a very good start

4:25:404:25:44

in the first set and I had to stick

in and got one lucky result early

4:25:444:25:49

on. It kind of spurred me on to keep

on sticking in and to get better.

4:25:494:25:56

And this portable rink has been

different to what you're used to but

4:25:564:25:59

you are getting more experience

playing on it?

Definitely. It is a

4:25:594:26:05

lot different, I've struggled

massively with the pace in the

4:26:054:26:07

second set, a lot of short bowls and

Michael played really well and

4:26:074:26:11

dominated the second set. The first

set, two ens stick out where I could

4:26:114:26:16

have scored seven and ended up

dropping two but that is how it

4:26:164:26:20

goes. Michael played well and had

the answer to everything in the

4:26:204:26:24

first set.

Michael Gunner you have

been here before and played on this

4:26:244:26:26

carpet. -- Michael, you're been here

before. Just how different is it?

4:26:264:26:33

Night and day?

It is a lot

different, the enclosed single rink,

4:26:334:26:38

you're used to people walking down

the sides at your club so it is a

4:26:384:26:42

lot different to normal.

You are

just a young guy and it is all about

4:26:424:26:47

building experience. What will you

take from this week after your great

4:26:474:26:50

win in the first round?

I will take

experience the weight and hopefully

4:26:504:26:54

do better at Potters.

And the

quarter finals, not bad?

Delighted,

4:26:544:27:01

from being a wild card as well, I'm

just delighted.

If you keep playing

4:27:014:27:06

like that, there is no reason you

can't go all the way. Here's hoping,

4:27:064:27:10

one game at a time. Commiserations

to you, Perry, but Michael is

4:27:104:27:15

through to the quarterfinals,

congratulations. That was a fine win

4:27:154:27:20

for Michael. We have just got time

to show you a match that was under

4:27:204:27:27

way this morning, Andy Thomson who

is a huge favourite here, the Anglo

4:27:274:27:30

Scot who is from St Andrews

originally but please is bowls in

4:27:304:27:34

England now and he was up against

Jamie Chestney and in the first set

4:27:344:27:40

Jamie Chestney went ahead and we

will join it in the second set, it

4:27:404:27:43

is all square in the third end.

4:27:434:27:46

COMMENTATOR: He is taking his time

over this and is obviously not short

4:27:494:27:54

what lengths to play.

4:27:544:27:58

APPLAUSE

4:28:294:28:31

I was checking the shot clock on

Jamie Chestney, one second. Quick

4:29:044:29:13

player and the end result is pretty

good as well.

4:29:134:29:18

Jamie's last is 14 inches short of

jack high.

4:29:244:29:29

A good second. Jamie will not change

anything, just try to rest his own

4:29:524:30:00

short ball and drop it in, open up

the opportunity to give himself a

4:30:004:30:04

bit more room to score his second --

his own short bowl. This is looking

4:30:044:30:09

on the wide side.

4:30:094:30:10

To play that with four feet, you

must have been thinking he'd play

4:30:144:30:20

deep. Couldn't be that far away from

the jack. He must be thinking Andy

4:30:204:30:26

will attack this.

4:30:264:30:30

Certainly looks like a forehand shot

for Andy Thomson.

4:30:364:30:40

REFEREE: Time out called. Andy has

two time-outs remaining. The way it

4:30:404:30:48

looks for Andy, no reason why he

shouldn't play this on the forehand.

4:30:484:30:52

Has the angle to come off with the

red ball if he's a little on the

4:30:524:30:56

wide side. Any extension through on

the jack would be good to there.

4:30:564:31:04

Backhand, the red ball's still on

the jack and comings to the back red

4:31:044:31:09

one. Forehand's the choice really.

4:31:094:31:13

In the air yachlt bit wide getting

edge. Oh, he didn't get the edge.

4:31:204:31:24

Don't believe that! Oh, dear, owe,

dear. How on earth did he miss that?

4:31:244:31:30

The edge would have stunned all the

weight out of it. It would have

4:31:304:31:35

trickled on to the jack and made

three. Well, Andy, hard to believe

4:31:354:31:44

you were so close and didn't get

something out of it.

4:31:444:31:49

Well, an interesting bowl from Jamie

Chestney. He's more or less saying

4:32:024:32:06

to Andy, if you go again and take

your own ball out, it will be very

4:32:064:32:11

costly, you'll lose three. There's

only one against at the moment. He

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could do that with the front edge of

the red ball. He has to be thinking

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about maybe a different weight.

Overdraw it this time. If he's on

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the backhand, he'd be trying to come

off his own ball. Again, just a

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slight overdraw.

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Just needs to hurry. Not there. I

can't blame him. He was slightly

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worried about taking his own closest

ball out. Sometimes you have to be

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careful.

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REFEREE:

Jack length, 27.5 metres.

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In many ways, this is a good time to

play a second round match. You've a

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clear half hour before on the rink.

Plenty of time to get your arm into

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it.

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Of course, you get the opportunity

to take the day off as well before

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the quarterfinals.

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REFEREE: One green. Made a heck of

an effort to get back at the end.

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Big dip.

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REFEREE: One red.

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Got a chance with this, Andy, clean

jack would be good. Ooh, he's

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unlucky. Just the edge. Mumbled to

himself that he's not just getting

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the rub of the green as we say in

the game.

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Andy might think about this and the

backhand. He's trotting down fairly

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quickly to the mat. Down the

backhand. Wing the bowl off clean.

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If he does get the front of the

bowl, I can't see him getting the

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shot. Yep, he's going for it. Just

looking for the thin edge. Bit on

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the wide side but no damage done.

Just the one.

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REFEREE: One shot, Jamie Chestney.

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Jimmy Chestney won the International

Open at Newton Hall. The last of the

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season in terms of indoor season

back in March. He played very well.

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He's been an up and coming player,

up into the top eight now. Whereas,

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Andy Thomson is ever-present. Been

around for so long now, Andy. Ranked

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at Number Ten. A very dangerous

opponent.

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REFEREE: 18 inches.

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18 inches through the first one but

it's so easy to overcorrect. Drop

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too much away. That's not going to

help. Once again, Jimmy Chestney, as

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soon as the ball stops, he's on the

mat and away. This is handy. This is

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a very handy ball. Yep.

APPLAUSE

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Looked good all the way. Back

position and a third shot. Andy

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might be tempted to run these now.

Yeah. Going for them. Oh, once

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again, bang on target. But didn't

get the best result because one of

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the reds stayed in. Just held up and

that red ball stayed in to score

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double.

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After the drive, he's going to have

to draw with the last one you'd

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expect Jimmy to get close with this.

4:40:024:40:06

Well, as expected, on his favourite

backhand, his own bowl's in the

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front but it's certainly not in the

way. Portable rink, you just can't

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afford to get into the bowl a little

bit. Because, if you do, just

4:40:434:40:48

struggle to get back. Now, has he

made it? Needs a drop. That's a

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help. Looks like second shot.

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REFEREE: One shot, Jamie Chestney.

The ball did struggle to get back.

4:41:064:41:15

REFEREE:

5-2 after five ends.

Your

weight has to be so good to get back

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to centre rink. Another single.

4:41:204:41:33

Jimmy Chestney had a very easy first

round match. Daniel from Israel.

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Didn't get into his stride until the

second set which isn't unusual.

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Doesn't get the chance to play

indoor bowls, of course. Coming over

4:41:454:41:51

from Israel, 14-0 the first set.

Second set, 10-5. Bit more

4:41:514:41:56

competitive.

4:41:564:42:00

APPLAUSE

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He is finding the bowls, isn't he? A

lot of good bowls down this

4:42:484:42:53

forehand. Once again, Andy being

forced to reach this. Controlled

4:42:534:42:57

weight. Not happy. He must be

outside the line. Yep. Jamie's

4:42:574:43:08

really saying to Andy, I'm going to

set up the targets but the more he

4:43:084:43:15

has to play those weight shots, the

more his drawing weight will suffer.

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REFEREE: Three red.

4:43:304:43:33

He's committed now, so he's going

again. Over to the fore-hand. Needs

4:43:384:43:42

to hold. Well, again, he wasn't far

off target. He managed to take one

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out. It's actually narrowed the head

even more. On another day, that

4:43:494:43:55

would have spun off on to the jack

and moved to three or four feet. But

4:43:554:44:00

that's pretty horrible the way it's

sitting at the moment. Jamie will

4:44:004:44:04

certainly go deep, I'm sure of that.

Unless he thinks it's so hard a shot

4:44:044:44:12

that Andy's going to miss. But at

5-2, I'd be very happy to leave

4:44:124:44:22

that.

4:44:224:44:24

Just going for the back bowl and

scoring another shot so that is an

4:44:354:44:42

interesting situation for Andy

Thomson if he is committed to this

4:44:424:44:45

again. If he misses the losers a

three and even if he hits that there

4:44:454:44:50

is no guarantee of getting the shot

-- the

4:44:504:44:54

-- he loses.

4:44:594:45:03

He played it on the backhand so if

he was going wide he would take one

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away but it is a long run now for

Jamie Chestney of shots, two, three

4:45:114:45:17

singles and now another double. This

match is sliding away from Andy

4:45:174:45:23

Thomson.

4:45:234:45:25

APPLAUSE

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Both players know each other very

well of course from the England

4:46:354:46:39

international team.

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The gap is eight inches.

Interesting

contrast, Andy Thomson, ever present

4:46:554:47:04

for more than 30 years. And Jamie

Chestney, at international level,

4:47:044:47:16

just in the last few years so in

many ways both current but the

4:47:164:47:23

future of England international

bowls lies in the hands of players

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like Jamie Chestney. And the legend

is Andy Thomson.

4:47:274:47:34

Now, Andy, he really needs to score

another shot here. Get a double and

4:47:424:47:50

there is still an outside chance of

winning the set.

4:47:504:47:55

Here's to be careful here, he

doesn't want the jack or he will

4:48:024:48:06

give it away and he has. In many

ways that just sums up Andy

4:48:064:48:13

Thomson's match really from about

the seventh end of the first set. He

4:48:134:48:17

knew he had to arrive at the jack

and give it a chance for the double

4:48:174:48:22

but it is bad enough to miss the

shot but to give it away is very

4:48:224:48:26

frustrating. And he hasn't made it

any easier to score any multiples

4:48:264:48:33

either.

4:48:334:48:34

The problem for Andy Thomson, what

on earth is he going to do to get

4:49:094:49:14

the shot? If he can get a thin edge

on the jack there is a chance but he

4:49:144:49:19

has to play into it on the backhand.

What he would really like to do is

4:49:194:49:23

get the jack over to the research

odd position but it has to go over

4:49:234:49:27

here and that is the trouble because

it is not really easy, the way it is

4:49:274:49:32

sitting. The back bowl which is the

key in many ways is this one. If the

4:49:324:49:38

jack goes back, that is the one that

is going to score.

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That is what he is coming for,

trying to get the edge of the jack.

4:50:034:50:10

Well, he has come out of it with

maybe one shot. Off target,

4:50:104:50:16

effulgent result and he knows it

himself -- a fortunate result. He

4:50:164:50:21

knows it is not enough. The plant

was always on but it is the jack he

4:50:214:50:26

was going for.

4:50:264:50:30

The two guys just talking about it

and Jamie was saying that the jack

4:50:364:50:40

needed to go the other side and an

absolutely right. The problem for

4:50:404:50:43

Andy is he needs two or three or

somehow to conjure up five shots in

4:50:434:50:52

the last two ens. -- ends.

4:50:524:50:57

Jamie Chestney always very

nonchalant on the rink that he is

4:51:044:51:09

fiercely competitive. Almost an

offhand attitude to the game when he

4:51:094:51:14

is playing it but he is very, very

serious and very ambitious. APPLAUSE

4:51:144:51:22

He really wanted to become a World

Bowls Tour winner of events and he

4:51:304:51:37

managed to do that at the

International Open but he said he

4:51:374:51:41

didn't just want to be in the top

16, he wanted to make his mark.

4:51:414:51:46

And the bowl just dropped, that was

white and the stopped. -- that was

4:51:594:52:05

why Andy stopped. A breakdown in

communications there. Andy may have

4:52:054:52:16

lived in London since the early 80s

but he has still got that St Andrews

4:52:164:52:20

accent. Just a little touch on the

bowl will be enough to move it out.

4:52:204:52:28

It has helped and brought it out to

three or four inches and that gives

4:52:284:52:34

him a chance. The problem is, he

can't really afford to hit it hard,

4:52:344:52:43

he has to keep his own bowls in

play.

4:52:434:52:47

It is now a four inch gap.

4:52:564:53:00

Andy trying to remove the red bowl

through the gap and get a chance to

4:53:094:53:16

develop two or three shots for

himself. If he loses this bowl it is

4:53:164:53:21

not going to help. No, still there

at the bottom of the rink.

4:53:214:53:28

That is a brilliant bowl and a match

lie. Jamie Chestney was saying, if

4:53:554:54:01

you do push the bowl onto the jack,

I have the last delivery and I can

4:54:014:54:07

recover easily enough. Now he has

left Andy with a very difficult

4:54:074:54:10

shot. The weight on the backhand,

and hope he gets the right

4:54:104:54:19

connection. If he is trying to draw

this on the forehand, goodness me,

4:54:194:54:27

that is really difficult. Tough one

I didn't fancy it that much.

4:54:274:54:37

But all credit to Jamie Chestney. He

played very well in the second set.

4:54:394:54:46

Andy Thomson just felt away a little

bit but 9-3 to the Englishman and he

4:54:464:54:52

moves to the quarterfinals. STUDIO:

Victory for use over experience,

4:54:524:54:59

Jamie Chestney through to the

quarterfinals by beating Andy

4:54:594:55:03

Thomson. Earlier on, Greg Harlow,

the defending champion, was knocked

4:55:034:55:08

out by his great friend Mervyn King.

Mark Dawes was beaten by Paul Foster

4:55:084:55:12

who is on amazing form. An earlier

on, Perry Martin was beaten by

4:55:124:55:19

Michael Stepney from Elgin. The Adam

Etches tomorrow are at the other end

4:55:194:55:25

of the draw -- the other matches.

That will all be

4:55:254:55:27

of the draw -- the other matches.

That will all be on the BBC

4:55:274:55:29

tomorrow. Watching all of this is

David Corkill and we have seen some

4:55:294:55:34

fantastic stuff but for Andy Thomson

to go out this morning, with such

4:55:344:55:37

experience, someone who has appeared

on the scene and is doing some

4:55:374:55:41

damage.

He is, a very good player

and you have to bear that in mind. A

4:55:414:55:46

player on the elite squad for the

Commonwealth Games, not just

4:55:464:55:49

somebody who has arrived in the last

six months and years won be last

4:55:494:55:55

tour event as well.

And a great

player, do you think he has the game

4:55:554:55:58

to go all the way? He won the

International Open last season.

No

4:55:584:56:03

doubt that he can come and he knows

the portable rink. Obviously the

4:56:034:56:09

International Open were slightly

different but Andy Thomson certainly

4:56:094:56:16

tested him.

Suddenly Paul Foster

played the best bowls today, the

4:56:164:56:22

current world champion and some of

the things he was doing were

4:56:224:56:25

incredible -- certainly.

We have

seen it before from Paul and it is

4:56:254:56:30

easy to think that he has not amazed

us but he did. He played so well.

4:56:304:56:37

And he managed to smash the jack

which was extraordinary, we have

4:56:374:56:40

never seen it before.

Certainly not

in a World Bowls Tour event. What

4:56:404:56:45

was more important was that not only

was it split but it was going in one

4:56:454:56:50

direction and it proved where it was

going but it was actually at a key

4:56:504:56:56

moment in the set and that was more

important, he played the right shot

4:56:564:57:01

at the right time.

He looks really

confident, could he go all the way?

4:57:014:57:06

Hard to beat in that form.

I said

year ago that of years ago that

4:57:064:57:15

everything about that Paul Foster

goes to the ten win. It is all about

4:57:154:57:19

occasionally getting the odd bit of

fortune when you need it but he

4:57:194:57:25

played very well and so did Mervyn

King.

He did, no doubt that it'll be

4:57:254:57:30

fantastic but if you missed the

action, we will have skylights

4:57:304:57:36

tonight at 11:15pm on Scotland --

highlights. Tomorrow we will

4:57:364:57:41

complete the quarter final line-up

with all of the live matches in the

4:57:414:57:44

bottom half of the draw from 1pm on

BBC Two Scotland. It has been a

4:57:444:57:51

fantastic day here at the Dewars

Centre in Perth, thank you for your

4:57:514:57:54

company, goodbye for now.

4:57:544:57:56

Second round action begins in Perth, and the form book would suggest that Greg Harlow will be continuing his campaign for three Scottish International Open titles in a row, while reigning World Indoor Bowls Champion Paul Foster should also be in action. However both are likely to face a stern second round test today.

Dougie Vipond presents the programme, while Paul Mitchell and David Corkill provide the commentary.