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
soon there will be doing battle at
the Scottish International Open.
Good to have you with us. The first
match coming up is Greg Harlow
against Mervyn King. Two wonderful
players. That should be a cracker. I
urge you to stick around. The action
got under way at the do -- Dewars
A battle of the generations, Thomson
is more than twice his age. Chesney
won his first event at the
International Open in Blackpool, and
the younger man took the first set.
A key moment in the seventh end,
when this slightly fortunate
weighted shot gave Chesney a triple.
It's ten years since Andy Thomson
won the event, beating Mark Royal in
2007. The luck seemed to be going
against him. This shot squeezed
through an impossible gap and helped
Chesney establish the advantage.
Both players had quite different
first-round matches. Chesney had an
easy first set win, while Thomson
needed a tie-break to see off his
Australian opponent. By now, Chesney
was turning the screw and this
lovely drawer in the eighth end gave
him the match lie. Final score, 8-6,
9-3. Chesney into the quarters.
There is confirmation of the result.
We are just about to see Greg Harlow
against Mervyn King.
In the country box all week, as
ever, David Corkill. Some
interesting games coming up. Let's
talk about this morning. That win
for Jamie Chestney. Andy Thomson out
of the competition?
Yes, to be fair,
the first set was the key bowl where
Jamie got a fortunate result. He
upped his game in the second set,
but almost everything Andy played
did not work for him. Having said
that, Jamie looked like he was
getting better and better.
He is now
in the world top 16. He is looking
to do some damage?
He is. He doesn't
want to be a player just in the top
16, he wants to win events. He
proved he can do that. Everybody
knows how good he is. It is just a
matter of the breaks. He got a
little break this morning. Having
said that, he played very well in
the second set.
Let's talk about the
live matches. Greg Harlow addressed
his good friend Merv the Swerve.
This should be great?
They know each
other very well, but if you look at
the seeding, Greg is first, and
Mervyn is 14. Disregard that, it
will be very close. Greg will of his
game from his previous match, no
doubt about that. Mervyn will do
what he does best by drawing close
all the time.
One thing I must ask
you about, we know that these are
all amazing bowlers and when the
bowl leaves the hand, they think
they know what is going to happen.
There was an amazing moment with
Paul Foster, playing against David
Stock macho I can't remember his
second name, David Bolt.
Talk us through this.
When you get
that reaction coming he knows he's
probably two feet away. Watch where
it ends up. At this point he's
thinking, my goodness me, what on
earth has happened. He draws the
perfect bowl, two shots against. It
was a great moor, but he apologised
to his opponent because he thought
it was so bad. -- it was a great
He is in action today?
is looking good. He usually gets out
of the box pretty quick. Always a
dangerous opponent. He has being a
Sony times and won that.
live action coming up. -- he has
been here so many times.
David Corkill, thank you very much
indeed. Let's look ahead to the
match coming up behind us. It is
Greg Harlow against Mervyn King. He
is the master of the draw game, but
recent seasons have been barren by
his standards. A drop down the
rankings to 14 reflected the drop in
form, with six titles under his
belt, though, Merv is certainly no
joke. Please give a warm welcome to
There is something about Perth that
really suits Greg Harlow. He is the
current Scottish open champion and
world number one. He is good friends
with today's opponent, but that will
be forgotten when the first bowl is
thrown. Please give a warm welcome
to the Scottish International Open
champion Greg Harlow.
To take us through this one, Paul
Mitchell and David Corkill.
This ought to be a cracker, Greg
Harlow looking for a third
consecutive title in Scotland
against Mervyn King.
2010 he won it. Both of the players
have their name engraved on the
trophy and both are seeking a
It will be in Greg's mind to keep
his form from the first set of his
previous match. Goodness me, he is
going to have to up his game from
the second set. He was one bowl away
from going out of the event. Mervyn
King will be a very stern test.
got a bit of a shock, Greg Harlow,
against Neil Furman yesterday. Great
Your bowl is 12 inches sword. --
Greg, forced onto the forehand.
That short jack length, you have to
have a strong biased bowl to make
sure it gets back again. The back
just holds off a little bit.
That is just hanging on to the line.
It looked good for a long, long
Forehand again for Greg Harlow.
It looks a little bit lazy.
First-round match. Playing with red
bowls, having to make the switch.
That certainly looked better on the
Looking like he is arriving at this.
His own bowl to push in. If he makes
the gap coming to trail the jack.
I think he realised that just wasn't
there on delivery. You can almost
see him reacting.
Keeping it well wide, a chance to
come in and push the red bowls in.
That is what he is really good at.
Picking out the line. He left that
flow out on a high line, letting a
drift back. The high line drift
shot. Knowing that he wasn't going
to do any damage to his own bowl and
giving himself a chance to score
Which it did. Well
played, Mervyn King.
That is why we
call him The Swerve.
He has gone for a longer length
Just slightly in front of the jack.
Greg didn't attack very often, he
has to play these ones earlier. I
think that was a problem for him
before. There are the things I think
we will see a lot more of in this
game. I thought he was quite
negative in the first match and
played a draw, draw, draw,
constantly. Sort of let Neil Furman
into the game.
Interesting to see if it was a
deliberate tactic just to get in and
wait, trusting his drawing game to
see him through.
He will know
against Mervyn. It's going to attack
a lot more.
Great clear out all played by Greg
Harlow. Responding with a draw.
That is the benefit of picking up
the jack. Would have been very close
to drawing the shot.
Picking that up
was a real bonus.
Mervyn King has
played three excellent bowls.
A waited shot by Greg Harlow,
engineering the change.
It bit of
work to do to get it back. It needs
the band and it needs to drop. Four
really good bowls by Mervyn King.
He is having a little waited run at
this and why not? No great danger.
He drops a shot.
A good percentage
shot. Bowl on the bowl would have
worked, bowl on the jack would have
worked. Mervyn King but four bowls
within six inches. A damage
limitation on Greg's side.
have worked out even better with a
great fourth bowl from Mervyn King.
Billy Reid against the defending
champion. -- an early lead.
That is interesting from Mervyn
King, he played two really good
bowls off the forehand, last time
going away from the commentary box.
He feels the backhand is the better
hand for him and he starts that out
The jack has lengthened a
couple of metres and the longer you
go with the backhand, the longer it
comes if you're bowls are not very
trendy. Unfortunately, it almost
works the opposite way if you have a
big bending bowl and you go
full-length in that direction, you
have to go out wide and sometimes it
does not make it.
Here it comes again, nothing is safe
That is why Mervyn
King is known as one of the best
draw bowlers there has been for a
very long time.
Again, a weighted
shot. A good result.
Yes, two bowls
on target. Movement of the jack
behind the red. I think the two
bowls Queen would have been really
good but the movement of the jack,
that was very tidy.
A good second
shot, preferably a little bit
behind. In low for Greg Harlow.
He is putting full trust in his
weight here. Certainly, the line is
right. Dropped back, good second.
A little bit too much from Greg
Harlow. Walking up.
One thing is for certain, David,
they have not wasted any time in
finding their form.
The advantage of
a second-round matches, you have
time to practise on the rink. First
rounds always a bit nervous, it does
not matter who you are, you just
want to get the first game over. And
again, the first match in the
afternoon, it you get that half-hour
before and that is really good
because you know first exactly what
time you will be on and you get a
place on the rink. The second and
third match, you only have two
trials and you are not sure how long
the previous match is going to last
season have to hang around a bit. --
so you have to hang around.
Greg Harlow got the Open hand.
This forehand has just been hanging
off slightly. Very accurate with the
line to make the centre of the rink.
A lot of jack hi bowls.
Should not be in the way.
Six inches past jack high.
He might be tempted to run this.
Bowl out, jack in a ditch. He going
for this. Relatively wide targets.
Oh, dear. Yes, well... I don't see
it going off the green that often.
Just those little things that happen
in a match.
You get a slightly good
result from a running bowl and a
slightly poor result even though you
are on target. In a match like this,
those sorts of things could be the
telling points. Greg. Not where he
wanted to put that, I can tell you.
Set up the target, he knows it.
target is there, but he has the
advantage, a bowl in the ditch.
Well, that is just typical Mervyn.
He is drawing weight.
It is hard to
guarantee to get act in this hand,
it really is, he has to have good
weight to slip around. It did not
It certainly cut out any
question of a good shot. Are they
going to put global -- the little
Robert Rock under the bowl? Not much
point, it has been conceded. Greg
Harlow. He see some self level. --
he will see himself level. Mervyn
only had the 16 macro but, at the
same time, most people would have
It was a way to target,
Andy had a bowl in the ditch
Greg but it was a wide
target with his reaction. A little
bit surprised but typical of Mervyn
to try to draw it off but the jack
in the ditch was worth two.
It is about an inch short of jack
And in short, still playable,
he does not really want to move off
his favourite backhand.
A tough audience!
I think they have
got used to what they have seen
already. Not good enough.
It just is
not there! That is just a
They say comedians
don't like to play Glasgow,
sometimes bowlers don't like to play
Perth. And little bit of pace on
this to try and disrupt things.
think that is probably more of a
reaction to the last end when Mervyn
probably thought, I should have just
Perfect again. It does look harder.
It is certainly no easier to draw so
he might go again. That looks down
on the narrow line.
It did hold, it
had the weight to hold it.
just, half inside jack. Yes, he was
moving across and you could see the
centre line marks. That is when you
judge it from. Greg will draw the
shot, no doubt about that.
is on the ditch, there is a mark-up
above it to allow Greg Harlow to see
exactly where he is bowling too.
will not worry too much, only six
inches inside the rink boundary line
so he will try and draw as close as
he can. To tempt Mervyn. Defeated on
the draw or rested on for a double.
The draw is more likely.
It is just
how wide he can go. He really played
that across his body to try to hold
up the bowl as long as possible
before the bend takes effect.
Certainly wider than Greg's. It is
all a matter of stopping. He has
I could see
the way he delivered that bowl. He
really played it across his body. He
was obviously using the mat, just to
hold it up before it started to
bend. Good use of the mat.
Very little between these two
players at the moment. Last time
they met in Scotland was 2008, the
quarterfinal. The opening set of
nine ends featured nine shots.
Mervyn King winning 5-4.
Hard to believe that Mervyn King is
number 14 in terms of the rankings.
He is a much better player than
that. It only takes a couple of
events to go wrong for you and you
start sliding down.
In 2017, he went out in round one of
the International Open. An early
An identical weight to the first
Eight inches past jack high.
deliberate from Greg to come round
the back or a miscalculation?
pushed it through. That's all. With
Mervyn, he knows the forehand just
holds up. He would also like to
arrive at Greg's bowl to take it
out. He played outside the line.
More weight to try to get to the red
bowl. Look at that hold, it didn't
even get close to it. I'm not
surprised that Mervyn is shaking his
head. When he let it go, he probably
thought it might be a shade wide but
I am making contact with the bowl.
By the end, he missed by 15 inches.
It is holding a lot.
A bit of a let off for Greg. Good
chance to add another.
Potential for an four Mervyn King if
he picked up the Red Bull. Instead,
he says that two will go against it.
-- if he picked the red bowl. Loses
the end and the lead in the set.
15 inches all round the jack for
that one. You can see the two
players chatting about it
afterwards. When you know each other
this well, when you have been good
friends for such a long time, you
will chat throughout the game.
That is a little. Has gone longer.
A lot of players would have changed
onto the forehand, because you can
see the edge of the jack can
probably get the shot. Mervyn, it is
more a matter of stick to the hand
you know and try to get ahead a
little bit. Not reaching, but that
is what would be going through his
Just the one, an inch gap. Your
bowl, 15 inch gap.
Time to move. Any
touch on the red bowl and it brings
the jack into play.
Gentle, gentle, to get back from
Greg Harlow senses an opportunity
here. One shot back.
Doesn't want to widen the target,
but does want to come in here. And
he has done so.
That means any touch
on the forehand, on the jack, will
bring it to that bowl. Mervyn is
going to try to use that as a
shoulder to drop off. Well, not even
going for weight. This is a
Well, I tell you what, he wasn't far
away from getting what he wanted.
But that movement of the jack is a
major bonus for him.
He was also an
inshore two from disaster, if that
just stopped. If it touched the red
bowl, there were three against him.
He can look to the heavens, but I
think it has been kinder than he
A lot better than what he
thought when he got to look at it.
I am sure that is in. Just missed
the line slightly. The weight wasn't
One red and a measure.
is about to come.
Well, draw on the forehand or the
backhand, play a risky one down the
runner. Three different chances.
Would fancy two, from the
indications of the rings.
If it is,
I would be inclined to think about
playing through it. Even a front
planned, if it gets onto the jack,
it might be one down. It might just
stop on the green bowl. It is a hard
effort to draw this. Going for it
again. Not surprised. Just needs to
drop down on the inside. Run-through
and a touch of the jack. That might
make the double. Goodness me.
He holds up his hands in apology,
I'm not sure he had to. He got a
fortunate result, to an extent, but
he was online to make something
I'm with him on the apology,
any run-through bowl is hard to
judge. There is normally a bit of
run-through. Just a quarter bowl, I
think. It is just run-through. You
can't gauge a run-through. They are
lovely when they work for you. But
That looks like it's clear. That is
a big two.
What a turnaround that is.
Mervyn's last two bowls, he will be
hoping to keep that going.
Greg Harlow is trailing to Mervyn
King. King leading 6-5. For a man
who prides himself on his draw
shots, he is already at half a dozen
weightier bowls at seven ends, that
is unusual from Mervyn King but he's
getting the results.
Just need to hurry with this,
dropping a little bit short.
Greg Toler layer little bit on the
weight as well. -- toiling a little.
That green bowl, I guess he decides
to attack it.
Still struggling for weight. Any
better? It's been an interesting
choice for Greg. One against,
doesn't want to go into the last end
two down. There is a forehand
attacking shot down, red into green.
That does suit his style of play.
Right on the front left edge, to try
to hold the bowl up as long as
possible on the narrow line. He is
Getting a result, the red one
goes through and out.
horrible. That is a shocking result.
That green bowl would not be moved.
Exactly. It has probably only cost
him one more shot. It has given
Mervyn King an opportunity to get to
the red one.
He would normally play the backhand,
because he prefers it. The trouble
with the forehand is that it does
hold out a little bit. That might
work in his favour. The red bowl is
wide of the jack.
It needs to run.
That did not even
touch the other green one down. Greg
is back to draw hand shot and if he
does lift the jack, he could make
two and he will be on the outside of
the mat. That is it. Left foot off
to try and help the bowl back on the
There it goes. Yes, he has
got the early bend.
This is looking
good. The weight is the problem, not
It depends if it holds,
that is the thing. He has taken one
away. It needed fall over. Greg
Harlow needs two to tie this.
Advantage Mervyn King. It has been
-- he has been a quarterfinalist in
this tournament just once in the
last four years, that was last year.
Full-length jack. Final end of the
Not surprised he is going
long. Well, he reckons he has missed
something here. He must be slightly
over the line because the weight
does not look too bad. Yes, that is
the margins Mervyn works too. He
knew that was outside, a shake of
Greg Harlow stopping for a second.
Not sure what caught his eye. He got
down to play the backhand but maybe
he has had a second thought about
it. That would not be a first, to
have a time-out before you actually
play your first bowl.
It could be.
Sometimes in a tie-break, you would
think it is a possibility because
you going to play a risky shot, but
he stepped off and changed his mind
and moved on to the forehand. And
Mervyn, this is risky. He has to get
very close to that red bowl to make
He has kept it in wide.
Really not a lot better than his
first bowl. I am surprised at that,
I thought he would have played the
It has been played over the weight.
He needs a two, Greg Harlow, the
tide the set.
He is not well set up
at the moment to do so.
Mervyn would have been looking for
something close to the jack on the
forehand, to keep Greg awake. Greg
is thinking to himself, can I get a
draw in the set? Not even trying to
win it. Does he draw the shot? The
way it is sitting, does he run the
That is the alternative, just draw
it in and take a chance on the next.
The other alternative is if you
really want to play it, the two
green bowls. They are sitting here,
you look at those from the mat and
that red doesn't look clever but the
two are better be taken out. I still
think it is a draw shot. -- the two
bear to be taken out.
I think if he is in a position to
pick up two or three shots, the next
bowl, he might go for the two green.
He is down on a narrow line, he
needs a connection.
He played that
quite deliberately. He was
deliberately playing slightly
narrowed to get his own bowl, and if
you missed that, he would get the
jack. He just did not push it.
danger is not over for Mervyn King.
He ideally would like a bowl just
left of the jack. Nothing that can
be taken out with the other two.
backhand shot, split the two red.
And say to Greg, if you run the jack
through, the best you can do is one
shot. If you drag the jack a yard,
you might get two, but that is
harder than driving it. That is a
clever bowl. There is still an over
weight shot. Half a jack, two or
three yards of running, if he wants
to play it. The way he is winning
his arm, that would normally mean
he's going to hit it. Looking for
the two bowls.
That is a hard shot,
what can he get?
Yes, two out, it
was worth two. Did not even attempt
to go for the set win.
Greg Harlow bows down to Mervyn
King. Both players forced into
plenty of weighted shots which made
for great entertainment, and it is
Mervyn King who emerges victorious
in the opening set.
Almost two beat short, the green
He will be in action in a little
while, Paul Foster. Stay with us for
the afternoon, cracking bowl to
It is a tough game at for
Mark Dawes is standing in his
Won a very good international
standard player, making his way up
the rankings. -- Mark Dawes is a
very good international standard
Shot is drawn, two loose bowls from
Greg by his standards in the second
The game, just dropping.
I am a little bit surprised Mervyn
is playing the forehand, he
struggles to get back.
was open for him, as I have said a
couple of times. If you go in the
forehand, Greg can make up his mind
whether he wants to drive them out
or just draw.
It looks better. The shot is drawn.
Greg is thinking there is no point
in taking the two bowls out because
Mervyn will just draw it in.
Backhand. There is a shot here, if
he wants to play better bowl out, he
may aim for two or three. It is hard
to make the line.
He does not want
to promote the right way out.
Macro -- Greg Harlow save that time
by a good final bowl.
Greg Harlow, a set he has two win to
force the tie-break, takes the
opening end. From the delivery of
jack, it looks like he will go
And that is Greg.
He reckons that
Mervyn's bowls not as strong as his.
He is trying to guarantee Centre
rink with his deliveries for Mervyn
to hold off. He got it away too
Interesting switch of hands
as well from Mervyn King. Back to
the backhand which he has been
That is coming back this
He stayed on the mat a long,
long time after he delivered that,
that is not normal for Mervyn. I
think he was searching down a
different line. He banned it, that
is the important bit. -- she found
That looks better, didn't it?
Had it been two, I think Mervyn
would have been searching for it. He
has missed the line. That is what he
was thinking about with his last
bowl. If you go halfway bowl tip,
you are just punished so much. That
is what the short track length does
Greg really should be looking for
cover here. He might think that
Mervyn will try for the jack.
Deep cover bowl.
That is the reason why. Stronger
weight. Got a chance with this one.
That is a horrible result. That just
went all wrong.
Wanted to be on the high side of the
jack and ended up pushing it onto
the low side of it.
Going low, instead of getting the
bowl clean, the jack moved.
No result for Mervyn King there.
It was 3-0.
There have been a couple of those
were, for both players, to be fair,
slightly weighted shots have brought
not just bad results, but
It cost him
another shot. It is the right shot
to play, it is just that they are
hard to get absolutely perfect. You
always look to see what the
positives and negatives are. If it's
going to cost you an extra shot,
sometimes you go for it anyway.
These next couple of bowls from
Mervyn King will be very
You can tell he is not totally
Doing the right thing, leaving the
Certainly an adjustment on weight.
How close is he going to get?
About a foot short of jack high.
Gaye Chance off his own bowl. -- a
Slid past that. Not far away as he
Doesn't change the shot that Mervyn
King was going to play.
Really pushed that one out very
Had won there, didn't need another.
Greg plays this slightly on the
inside, he can ease that bowl out. I
don't blame him, he's having a look
at it. Just need to be half a bowl
outside the normal line. Playing a
forehand, that is interesting.
Close to drawing it.
That is the shot. You would think!
They are absolutely centred.
ring is close, the market who is
closer than we are thinks it is
close. Interesting shot by Greg.
Seemed to be more on the backhand,
with the two red bowls. Just picking
the green bowl out, not with great
force, but enough.
This is good.
Going to get a touch on the jack.
Think it is just the one. Greg will
One shot, Mervyn King.
One it was. A
bit unlucky, didn't get a chance to
An important bowl from Mervyn King.
It is likely he will take it back to
full length, with no messing about.
A five metre difference from the
The gap is four inches.
That is a good starter. But on a
match of this quality, you almost
expect Greg to beat it.
Making sure he was arriving and he
certainly was. Didn't want to take
He wasn't hanging back
with that one. But a chance for
He doesn't like it. It represents a
target that might not come into play
immediately. Greg is not hanging
He is underneath, but it is just how
much underneath of his own bowl.
That is the one I was looking at, at
the back. Goodness me.
Well, Greg's first two bowls off the
rink. Mervyn dropping in for
another. He doesn't want to leave a
target, but he would love to turn
the jack around the corner. He is
not going to.
Greg will go narrow.
That has made the target so much
wider. Going to end with the jack in
Mervyn wants that back,
it is fair to say. Greg, did you
pull that again? He came way under.
You have just witnessed something
very rare, two wayward weight shots
from Greg Harlow.
On the forehand.
You would lose money all day long
betting on that one. He did seem to
go a little bit faster than normal.
Greg is very dangerous, with that
very controlled weight shot. I don't
think he's got an awful lot of
choice. He might have to go again.
Take the risk of losing a four.
Well, he doesn't have a bull on the
He is going for it.
It didn't really matter, in some
respects. Unless he touched the
jack, it was taken off. He is going
to lose three anyway.
Indeed he did. With
Hayes bowl not being a toucher, it
is lifted out. The three on the
right, the green bowl was not a
toucher. He loses the end and he
loses the lead.
Strange end of bowls.
Greg Harlow will have two pop that
out of his mind. The first triple we
have had in that match.
Just dropping back to the unintended
consequence of driving his own bowl
off commitment he had nothing at the
back. If he played a similar shot,
he would have lost one, rather than
Always very dangerous whenever you
roll with the second bowl and take
your own out. To be fair, he
probably thought he couldn't do it
on the shot he was playing, because
he is normally so accurate. Again,
Mervyn is all over the jack. Second
bowl and he is in the cover
Seeking improvement, but not finding
With two to go, Greg will expect to
draw a close.
That is certainly very beatable. A
forehand, just drawing away. A good
I'm surprised. Some at the front
edge I thought, is he going to go
That is eye of the needle
To be fair, it was a bowl
inside it. He was not far off
target. Take a green bowl out. But
again, if you miss, you are in
trouble. Thought he would have drawn
Off the inside edge and he could
have got a good result.
Not far from
it, but far enough.
Well, Mervyn slots another one in.
That certainly stops the doubt. If
Greg wants to go again, it is a much
He could certainly get
a result that time. I tell you what,
he might have to use one of these
time-outs. It is fairly critical for
It is a big shot. That is what
he is looking for. He is putting his
What he wants to hit, really, is
getting into there. The danger with
that is if the jack goes over here,
is he in a position that this bowl
has to stay on the rink? The bowl
he's pushing into my take out the
red one, and that means he is losing
on two or three shots again.
I still think he has to play it. He
is on the front inside edge again.
That usually signals he is playing
with a little bit of weight. Drawing
at this time. Goodness me. This is
In the context of the match, this is
so important. He makes the contact
on the bowl. Well done. I thought he
would have played that with his
third bowl. Well done. Big recovery.
Well rescued, keeping him firmly in
With the third bowl, I understand
why you go in early with the third
one. It goes wrong and you have a
A fascinating contest so far. Mervyn
King with the difference in the
second shot. Not playing any
weighted bowls whatsoever.
Half a metre short of full length,
the jack, the first bowl. As loose
as you will see from Mervyn King.
Always better to reset yourself.
That is what Greg Harlow has done.
Mervyn must think he is right on the
edge for weight because it is
That is a funny old end.
He has had two attempts and here
comes Mervyn King's bird.
line. Close to his own bowl and he
wants to hit its solid. That will
do. Though out the way, but it is
still a shot.
On the backhand. The
preferred route now for Greg Harlow.
That is well played. Yes, number
There is a shot for Mervyn if he
wants to play inside but if he gets
to the jack, it could cost him an
extra shot. It is hard enough for
Greg to add another. This is not
easy. Well, he's going for that
runner, trying to guarantee the bowl
out and if he gets a jack, he is
going to follow with it. Has he got
the whole? He has. Another good
running bowl. Making a gap. Yes.
That is the reaction, unsurprisingly
some. I would love to have see it
hit because I would not be sure it
would make the shot. Greg trying to
wrest the green bowl.
The green bowl to the right. It is
quite well out and working hard to
It was not an easy one by
After six ends played,
5-4, Mervyn King. After the first
set, it was 5-4, Greg Harlow. Greg
Harlow has to come from behind in
this to force a tie-break.
Greg putting a lot of thought into
where to place the mat. He is going
to go short again and pushed the
jack three. The little white marks
are a metre apart. That is what
enables the umpire to work out the
jack length. Just in case people at
home with thinking he just guesses
It would be very accurate if he
Not terribly, located when you
have the white spots there. That
complicated. Use will for us, as
well. -- it is useful for us, as
He has tidied up his opening
bowl, Greg Harlow, after a couple of
That is a better one again.
That is not a pretty target for Greg
Harlow. A great picture of what he
can see, effectively, from the mat.
Single bowl target. That won't help
You what about six inches short of
Interesting way to describe that.
The closest edge to Mervyn is about
six inches short. The jack. But the
distance is only one inch. That is
obviously enough for Mervyn.
he liked what he heard. Beautifully
Now, that target is a horrible one.
He has no choice because he really
does not want to lose the two or
He has to go for it. I think
he knew that, from a couple of yards
away, from the mat, the look on
Greg's -based told me he realised he
was getting half of his own. This is
really difficult now. I don't think
he can get the two bowls without the
Both Greg Harlow's bowls
have gone off the rink. The one you
can see is the only one he has on
the rink. And that is a great place
to put it.
Counting, by the looks of
it. At least, very close to it.
Given that he does not even have the
advantage of last bowl here, Greg
Harlow, it is a horrible situation
he finds himself in. It certainly
Time-out is called. He has only
got one bowl and if he takes that
out, he is looking at losing a four.
He is working out where on Earth he
can but it is to help things. He is
putting his foot round for the jack
around about this sort of area, but
if the jack goes into this area, he
is going to lose three shots. I
think he is in so much trouble here.
He is minimum two down. The third
could be close. The best result
would be to draw the bowl off and to
lying. But goodness me, that is
hard. It is all about connections on
the outside bowl, that is what he is
looking for. Well, if he was not
going to make a connection, that was
the best he could do. Guaranteed to
take that back bowl out. He will be
thinking, if Mervyn makes a slip, I
only lose two.
There is every chance
he is going to be four down, with
two to play, in a set that he must
win. Can Mervyn deliver here?
This could change the complexion.
is playing in wide to try and get
He plays that so
well. It is proof that those in wide
drifting shots work because you
don't have to get to the jack, just
closer than the nearest of the
opposition. People become to jack
focused and Mervyn is an expert at
champion is in a heap of trouble.
Now Mervyn King needs to manage this
Creeks and puddles, the mind,
no doubt about that! A lack of
paddles. He really has to look at a
three and a two.
Mervyn can really take his time, no
shot clock on the first bowl. Every
single bowl now for Mervyn is
A good start.
His win here in 2015, Greg Harlow,
was his first singles win. He
defended last year. Now he is in a
heap of trouble. And he doesn't want
to be short.
A piece of fortune. I tell you what
he needed it.
That could be really
important in the context of this
match. Straightens it right up onto
Mervyn King looks to keep the
pressure on here. There is something
not quite right with this one.
did not look good, it was short.
This gets Greg into a situation
where he can capitalise on that
little bit of fortune and get
another one in. Probably on the
forehand, I would have thought.
It is important that Greg Harlow
gets this one in. He wants to force
Mervyn King. He is going to have to
use it to stop, because he is over
He knows that is a
mistake. Really needed that one in.
That was the pressure bowl.
This is different.
It's not going to drop, is it? It is
trying its best.
Greg is looking at a minimum of two
shots. He has to score two to give
himself a chance in the last end to
get three. One, well you are looking
for a four against Mervyn King.
that is not likely. Mervyn King
knows he is simply defending. Time
out, Greg Harlow, his last one. Does
he follow on the backhand? The green
bowl has fallen. It has just fallen
That is massive. That is a
Not only that, it is very
difficult to get out now.
think he can, unless he takes the
two bowls out clean. He is going for
the drive, trying to get the two
bowls clean and hope he is lying
with the back one.
Well, he might
have managed to get a result out of
A bit of Harlow Magic.
He has got red. Not far off the
It keeps him in touch.
The green bowl sat there for a long
time. You are thinking, I've still
got a chance. It drops down, left
him with virtually no shots. You can
see what he was trying to do. It was
almost hit and hope and see what
Came out with one. A very close to
getting two out clean.
It has been a highly entertaining
game for lots of reasons.
been terrific stuff. Good conversion
shots, good drives and drawers. A
little bit of fortune for both
players. So unfortunate stuff as
One of two gaps that were
found. He knows now.
Four coming his way.
Mervyn has a really bad and.
He's going to put two or three
inside that front bit. Greg is just
sort of looking at him now and
saying, thanks very much for that.
Not very sporting of him.
have left it to the last one. That's
it. Thank you. Very sporting. Mervyn
Very sporting of Greg, he
realised there was no chance. He has
been a professional a long time. 11
consecutive wins in Scotland, two
titles came with them. Today, Mervyn
King has been too much for Greg
Harlow. The defending champion is
out. Mervyn King gets his scalp.
Greg Harlow is out. Mervyn King
through to the quarterfinals.
We knew it was going to be a
sensational game. It turned out that
way. A lot of close stuff going on.
Mervyn King was on fire at times.
Playing some beautiful draw shots.
Keeping the pressure on. It was just
a matter of who was going to get the
run-in towards the end. Greg Harlow,
setting up positions. Mervyn King
was just so good at the end of the
game. One shot, two shots, with his
last three ends, even though Greg
was still fighting harder the middle
of the set. Then things changed. A
little punch and the run-through for
a double, an acknowledgement, a
little bit of luck. And Greg, well,
it just didn't go his way, did it?
The red bowl went in and he started
losing the count. Niven had turned
up the wick. -- Mervyn. We see a
three arriving for Mervyn King,
pushing us all the way through. Very
sporting, realised it was a short
call. Shake hands and move on,
Mervyn King through to the
quarterfinals. Great game.
Harlow won three of the last nine
ends in the opening set. In the
second set, two threes were key for
Mervyn King. The reigning champion
dethroned by the new king. Greg
Harlow is out of the Scottish
The defending champion is out to his
Congratulations, good stuff?
Delighted to get a win. I think we
both could have played better, to be
honest. In and out, some brilliant
shots and some poor. Glad to get
over the line.
In the second set in
particular, you seems to be
struggling a bit for your line and
length to be consistent?
get into my rhythm. I just didn't
get going. Merv played well and was
a worthy winner. I hope he goes on
to win the title, that would be
nice. Scrappy stuff, but he played
by far the better bowls, really
tight bowls. That was the massive
distance delivered a difference.
most important thing if you can get
your first one in, you are always
going to put pressure on your
opponent. Doing a fairly regularly?
That is the key, to try to get your
first bowl as close as you can and
put pressure on the opponent. I did
most of the time, but there were
times when I didn't.
We know you as
the master of the draw shot, but you
are playing with weight, unusually,
the seventh end of the first set
here. Hugely important and turning
I played more weight today than I
have in the past 25 years. I thought
I would go for some shots. I played
one and got one, and I thought I
would try it again.
Quite hard to
sit and watch that, Greg, but he did
I have played him
hundreds of times. He plays this all
day long in club matches, county
matches. For some reason, on the
world tour, he has not played as
many shots. I know he's capable and
I'm not surprised to see it coming
down. He's capable of getting those
Quarterfinal, Mervyn. You
must be feeling pretty confident.
Reasonable, take each game as it
comes. If I play as well as that, I
have got a shout.
Always good to see you here. No
three in a row, but I am sure you
will be back and picking up
trophies. Mervyn King,
congratulations. Through to the
Mervyn through to the quarterfinals.
We also know that Jamie Chestney is
through as well. He knocked out Andy
Thomson earlier this morning. Mark
Dawes and Paul Foster coming up.
Harry Martin and Michael Stepney
coming up as well.
So, let's look ahead to the next
match. They are warming up on the
rink behind me. Mark Dawes against
Obviously to win the title twice is
great. To lose three finals is
disappointing. I can remember all
three finals and I did make
mistakes. But you can't take it away
from Mickey and Greg. I'm always
hungry for more titles and I still
feel I have got something left in
me. I don't see why not.
still see myself as a little bit
trying to win the first round, to
get through that. I've been trying
to tell myself, once you get through
the first round it is about getting
later into the tournaments and
winning the next couple of rounds,
getting through to the
quarterfinals, rather than winning
points just to stay in the top 16.
Here's a fantastic player. You've
got to look at him one day at a
time, any tournament. I think I
played him last year in the last 16.
It might have been a tie-break.
Dangerous player, not a top 16
players for no reason. I've got my
work cut out, but I'm happy and we
will see what happens.
player. If you want to win these
tournaments, you've got to beat
those players. I've got to bring my
a game and, hopefully, Paul might
have a bit of a poor day, and that
gives me a chance to step in and
I am really looking
forward to these ones. We know that
Paul Foster can do marvellous things
on the portable rink. Mark Dawes is
a wily campaigner.
He has been
around a long time. He has moved
down onto the rink and he is a very,
very tough competitor. He will put
Paul Anderson pressure.
What is the
best thing about Mark's game? We all
know about Paul.
His draw game. He
handles the pressure very well. He
also had a good running bowl. He was
a crown green player and they are
very accurate. He has been around at
a long time at international level.
Thank you very much indeed. David,
thank you very much indeed. You are
not going to the commentary box, we
will join you in a couple of
Let's get the players into the rink.
The bowler from Blackpool earned a
place in the top 16 in 2015 and has
steadily moved up to 12 in the last
couple of years. He made it into the
second round after a nail-biting
tie-break victory over Graham McKee.
Give a very warm Perth welcome to
You know you are something special
when your list of achievements
spreads across three pages. Paul
Foster has picked up titles across
the globe. The victory at the world
singles is his fifth, earning him
legendary status in the bowling
world. Please give a very warm
welcome to the current world
champion, Paul Foster!
Up in the commentary box, Andy
Thomson has joined Paul Mitchell.
Interesting talking to Mark Dawes.
In the top 16, but not happy. He has
been there and he wants to start
moving forward and beating better
players. That starts today.
course. He is a quality player and I
would agree. He's good at the first
round, but he has to take the next
stage. The players between eight and
16, that is what they've got to do,
beat the big players like Paul
Foster, and he's got a chance.
will see how Mark does against Paul
He has played him a couple of times
already in his short career. I am
not saying that the novelty has worn
off, but he has played against
better players. He has to think,
after every chance he has, he has to
put any nerves to the side.
leader, he is used to playing
experienced players like Paul. I
don't think you will be overawed.
Some players might be, playing Paul.
I don't think that Mark will be.
Played Chris Gayle and won both
sets. Both within eight ends.
Paul Foster just checking which of
the first bowl is lying first shot.
Well, he kept that quite wide, he
did not want to comment.
think he is counting, but Mark does
not want to face two or three in the
first end so I think it will be the
first backhand draw. That is his
strength, the draw. I think he likes
the look of this one, does it have
Foster asking if it is two or three.
The little nudge on the red might
have left him in danger for the
A click of the fingers
suggests it is heavy. He has pushed
that one through.
One bowl out.
Mark taking his time to make his
mind up and calling for the umpire
is the right thing to do.
Dennis comes out.
Doing a little check. One short.
think Mark Dawes will be quite
relieved. At one stage, it looked
like he could be dropping a three or
a four so he will be quite pleased,
losing a single was never a
Paul Foster on the card
first. He started so well yesterday
and really came out of the game
I was really impressed with
him and I thought he played well, he
never plays below 26. I was see
between 24 and 26 from him all the
time, I think. He plays the shot
The consistency of the opening two
bowls that Chris Gale found hard to
cope with in round one.
That is the
key for Paul, if he gets his first
two in, he is going to be winning
most of these games. Not a bad
opener from Mark.
It is good again, perfect.
If Mark Dawes did not realise that
his A-game required, he will have
done by now.
Yes, he it is going to
have to be a plus here at the
moment, I think.
The temptation is to change hand,
just to come to those two red bowls.
Alternatively please, just dropped
Yes, that is just
perfection, basically! Not much more
you can say, but Mark has to hit
this, it looks to be a backhand
runner. I think he likes it. Oh,
He takes two away, the
third locked in. That is excellent.
Always good when you're first weight
shot hits the mark.
Yes. He played
the backhand runner well. He hit the
target, two bowls out. Paul has to
be careful here, he has only got one
ahead and he also haven't nothing
behind the jack so this is awkward,
Paul cannot cover everything that he
also has nothing behind.
That is the deepest bowl so a chance
for Mark to gamble and try to remove
the Paul Foster shot.
It will be
hard to see how... If he could pick
his own two outcome you would be
exceptionally lucky to spin away.
think he has gone back to the trawl.
-- the draw. He is giving this a
chance and Paul Foster is already
indicating. Paul Foster had said,
well played. He was unlucky.
still looking at the gap to see how
on Earth that escaped through.
Foster was already indicating, well
played, Mark. That is very unlucky.
From Paul Foster's point of view, he
played a couple of great bowls to
start, one off the other hand to lie
three, but only picking up a single.
He will be pleased with himself the
way he has started, he is looking
confident and comfortable. Playing
the rink well.
Some people can have
the wrong association with the word
swagger and can see it in a negative
way. I don't see that in the wrong
way, he has a swagger when he plays,
Paul Foster. He carries himself and
you know he is into the game and
into the groove.
Exactly, he just
looks confident on the green. I have
seen Paul in good and bad times and
sometimes when I have seen him
struggling a little bit, he gets hit
up, but he looks comfortable on the
screen at the moment. A good reply
from Mark Dawes.
He has given that a great chance,
just drawing short.
It was not far away, Andy, but he is
annoyed with himself.
Yes, I think
Mark could have drawn another so
forcing Paul onto the forehand and
not reverting to the weighted shot
yet. He bills confident enough to
draw. He has picked a line, it is
all about his weight. One red, so
difficult for Mark to get any other
bowl to the head here. Both hands
are blocked out! I would be
suggesting a back bowl here.
Difficult to add another. Or else
you are just going to get wrecked.
He has found a gap. Always difficult
to add another.
Either hand for Paul
Foster. He could move his own.
great head for Paul and if he plays
with too much weight, one of the red
bowls could come through so easy --
he is going to have to draw it.
I been a clear run. I
think he had drawn that.
enough and even if he caught it in
the middle of the bowl, it would
have moved the bowl over rather than
just a little clip at the side.
clear run, it was good. Difficult
for Mark to score with this bowl,
but he is on the board.
Trying to keep it wide, but it is
fighting. It doesn't have the
weight. And he will be happy with
Mark Dawes, who spent a couple of
years at number 16, now up to world
number 12,. Out of Blackpool, Newton
A big and popular place. Yes,
we had the International Open there
in March. Mark always enjoys it
there, on your own green. There is a
big gap between forcing himself into
that top eight, you have to beat
players like Paul Foster to get into
the top eight so he needs one or two
Paul Foster himself former
world number one, dropped down a few
places, currently number four. Doing
He has found his line, Paul Foster.
I think Mark is contemplating a
running bowl or sticking to the
draw. Reasonably wide target. I
think he likes it.
Oh, he is
unlucky. He asked if the two were
touching, the significance being?
probably thought if he caught one,
he could take them both out but he
was unlucky, he caught the shot bowl
so unlucky result. He hit the target
at the end. He catches the shot
bowl. If he had got the other bowl,
he could would have removed two, but
Paul has got him to remove another.
I think they have stopped the shot
It looks like he is going to pop it
Exactly, exactly what it
Well, will it be deja vu?
Knowing your opponent has the right
Yes, Mark will be feeling,
what happens if I do strike this? I
can't see him getting a bad result.
I don't think any of Paul's touching
so looks like he is shaping up for
the draw. Playing the run-up,
playing the same bowl.
tight out of the hand, it held up
with the weight.
He was underneath,
so he is still two down. The way
Paul Foster is playing, he has got
14 inches but you expect him to draw
Yes, pop it right on
top, never mind get it close, the
way he has played that hand.
I don't think he has let us down. It
is number three. Brilliant bowls.
Perfectly done. Four bowls.
The final one coming in here. 14
inches to draw. Perfect start. Great
Paul Foster, bringing with him a
beard to Perth this year.
the fashion these days. I noticed
your co-commentator also has one.
What do you think of that one?
going to put you on the spot. It is
a nice shade of grey.
Looking very smart.
suits the beard.
I did sport a beard for a while. It
was quickly removed after
instructions from my good lady. To
be fair, I also looked ridiculous.
think I will steer clear.
Arguably improve things for his
This looks like a tempting target
for Paul Foster. I would not be
surprised to see this one bowl or
That will go on the respot. Paul
Foster, a toucher. It stays on
anyway. It will turn into basically
a drawing contest.
Man has the
advantage, two apps to Paul's one.
He will certainly be in with this
bowl. I don't think any of these
will count. I don't think it really
Judged it to perfection.
A draw from Paul. It will just be a
Certainly a wider line.
is, a lot wider than Mark. Will it
In it comes.
Come on. You
have not drawn it?
That is outrageous.
Come on, give us
That is just brilliant.
Mark will be thinking, what is going
on here? He thought he was too wide?
He was right on the very edge of the
That is a work of art.
Time-out called. That is the first
for Mark Dawes.
Man has to take a chance on the
backhand, trying to run the short
bowl out. The danger is removing
your own short bowl. He has to take
a chance on school.
Just getting to
that point in the set, four down.
You don't really want to be five or
Playing backhand across
The line looks fair. He is having a
Gave it every chance and then
Right to the respot. That brings out
the best in some players. We have
just seen three exceptional bowls.
Rightly so, I think he is taking his
time. It is important he tries to
shake Paul off. I am not sure what
I can understand him taking
What an end that was. David
Corkill's shot of the day, getting
replaced by his new shot of the day.
Gone full-length jack.
Began, good reply. -- again.
The standard at the moment is
Both players playing
Might not be outdone.
Your bowl is eight inches short of
Voice command on his bowls.
Getting quickly back to the mat,
trying not to use a time-out.
That covering bowl.
I wondered if Paul Foster fancied
that shot on giving him some room?
Probably. I think it has been
indicated it is a measure. It
probably does favour.
Sticking to the draw.
That is a miss and he knew it.
the portable rink, you just can't
play that shot. We all think, what
kind of shot should I play? You can
see it looks a nice shot. But the
hand doesn't allow you to play it.
Very frustrating for players at
The weight is better this time.
So we will now have a look. Looking
perfect for Paul Foster.
I think he
fancies he has got a shot.
Three ends to play, Paul Foster. A
three shot lead in the opening set.
17th appearance for Paul Foster. He
has come to Perth looking for his
Shorter length again.
Paul Foster, watching this all the
I think he is reaching.
A chance here. Looking at the
screen, I think it is still the
15 inches short of
jack high. 12 inches short of jack
What do you trust?
I think it is the
right side. Still a path, I think,
inside Paul's last bowl.
Needs to avoid Paul Foster's second
bowl. That is good. Good second
shot, I think.
Sometimes, people get
caught up withdrawing to the jack
all the time. It puts a bit of
pressure on. All might have a go at
Yes, a bit of pressure on
Paul. Quite a wide target. I
wouldn't be surprised if he attacks
Going to be two shuts down. That is
quite a wide target.
Paul would expect to get something
here. Both the drawers are blocked
out by his own bowl smacker. -- both
of the draws are blocked out by his
It is quite a wide target. You could
go into the ditch or remove the red
bowl. So, that is the second-best
Again, some thinking for Mark to do.
Again, he could just continue off
His third delivery,
sorry, second delivery.
Wasn't far getting around that.
Once or twice he said well played,
Mark, and he just missed the gap. I
think Paul could be positive again
on the backhand.
That is a chance, his bowl, jack. As
he played that underneath shot? He
may get a result here yet.
own. He did not hang around.
Big Six macro coming up for Mark
Dawes to be one down with two to
I think Mark would have taken
that, he has kept close to Paul,
that is what is important.
Clear run scores, well played.
doubt about it. Commonly done, he
knew exactly what he wanted to do.
-- it was commonly done. It has been
fantastic between the two of them.
Paul Foster taking a three on the
fourth end is the major difference
Once again, Mark is
very undecided. He is tending to
lose the end in this direction. He
has yet to win consecutive ends.
Mark has always had an answer. Think
you don't want to do is put yourself
That is often the way. Yes, I
think he realises Paul is getting in
first all the time in this
direction. I think that is why you
can understand. That is a little bit
loose from Mark. He knows that that
will probably get punished.
In a really good place. You do feel
the pressure when your opponent is
constantly out bowling due with the
first bowl committee feel you are on
the back football the time.
that is why Mark has been very
undecided as to where he wants the
mark to go. This looks a better
correction. The shot is coming in.
That is the added bonus of looking
the way as well.
Yes, Paul would not
be playing this bowl by choice.
It looks red from up here. Yes, it
That is a good bowl and it keeps
Paul just drawing, I think. It looks
like it protects the jack. Paul
Foster looking to make that little
adjustment in weight.
This needs to
run. Oh. I don't think Paul liked
He mentioned he thinks the
forehand is able little heavy, the
forehand coming towards the
commentary box, the little harder to
Yes, I think so, it is not
his hand by choice, I think he
prefers the backhand and that is why
he was not sure and slightly
indicated he didn't like the bowl.
But a nice finish. Mark might have
to gamble here, it looks like a
running two -- running bowl. No
guarantee he will get the shot but
he is going to have to run at this.
Foster has a bowl to play as well
and he has the runner, he could play
the backhand into his own.
you have called it. He is sticking
to the draw, he just didn't think he
could get a good result. His hand...
I just wondered whether he would
play that off the backhand because
just a little pinch of weight and he
could have turned his own in or
finished between the two green
bowls. The danger is if Paul finds a
way to move that.
Yes, basically, he
would win the first set. I agree,
Mark could have been more positive.
Paul will be looking to move this
bowl to win the opening set.
over, not by much.
He got the weight
he wanted. Yes, that was good. I
have been coming here for many years
and that hand has always been like
that, it has never changed! Such a
beautiful hand. You would think some
years, it might be different. Every
single year is exactly the same.
good end of bowls. Mark Dawes finds
himself needing a two the tie. He
has picked up a couple of doubles
against Paul Foster. So Mark Dawes,
who got past David Gourlay on a
tie-break, a measure on the final
end saw him through and you could
see he fancied himself in the
Always nerve-racking. Yes,
it is and he was something like 8-1
up in the second set. Came back
The percentage success
rate of Paul Foster's opening bowl
Yes, very good.
Making it hard for Mark to score a
two. Two is always achievable. You
cannot fault that and that gives him
a chance may be later on.
The ideal bowl for Paul Foster is a
foot or two behind.
His hand in his
face, he knew that was not a good
If anything, it may act as a
protector later on.
He is not happy
with that. With every reason. Yes.
Do you gamble and try to go for the
He is rounded. And again, it may not
be the shot that is a useful bowl.
He has got a good position here,
Paul has got to be careful, I don't
think Paul will be short with this
The information gathered, he
Trying to split the two red bowls
will be the target. I don't think he
will be happy with that, certainly
not happy with that. Still gives
Mark a big chance here. Any movement
of the jack and Paul realises this
is giving him a chance. If he trails
a jack, he could be lying two or
three. He is positive. It looks
It is a little under and it
is a bad result from that point of
view. He is going to have the find a
This is nervous. He catches
Paul and pushes his own back and
this is an awkward heady for Paul.
You cannot cover everything, Mark
has three deep bowls.
The bowl to
the right is still in. And that is
going to be awkward for him. He has
called a time-out. You see the
position of the bowl on the
right-hand side. Paul Foster. It
looks difficult. Because he will
work out where he thinks it is
likely to go. And I think you just
ignore the bowl on the wing.
will certainly be true but I think
there is going to be a change is
here for Mark Dawes the school at
least two. -- to score. I think if
he slices that jack on the other
angle, he schools two or three. The
dot on the right-hand side of the
screen, if he slices that jack into
that area, he will certainly score
two, possibly three.
watches his opponent.
Oh, he has
Yes, he doesn't like it.
He never gave it a chance and Paul
Foster will take the opening set.
Well, the scorecard tells one story,
the actual story of the match in the
opening set was different. A lot
closer than that would suggest. Paul
Foster takes the opening set by
I am with a very interesting
spectator, Jamie Chestney, you will
play the winner of this match and we
were uncertain what is happening at
Probably the best set of bowls we
have seen all week, both players
playing brilliantly. Paul getting
good bowls in and Mark playing great
conversion shots so you would
probably say Paul just about
deserved to win the first set.
great game. Paul won so many things
around the world but a bit of
pressure at the end and a bit loose
in the final end, is that a fair
Maybe his third bowl he
should have got past the jack. To be
honest, he put his first two in
close and he put Mark under pressure
to play running shots against I
don't think he will be too
disappointed Mark had to hit the
head and get a result, there was no
Paul would be reasonably
happy. What about yourself, you not
Andy Thompson out in our commentary
box this morning, it playing well,
you must be looking forward to the
next round and one of these two
I am, it was a good game this
morning. He told me he should have
won the first set against me but I
am anxious to play better in the
second and go over the line. So
enjoying it, yes, just looking
forward to playing whoever comes
through this match.
I think I know
your answer, which one would you
We are all champion fence
sitters so whoever gets through get
through and it will be a good game
whoever I get through.
It is good to
speak to you and all the best
Jamie Chestney definitely avoiding
answering the question! You could be
a football manager with answers like
that, we don't mind who we get as
long as it is at home.
He told me he
would sit on the fence regardless of
what happens. He already warned me
about that! He plays well, Jamie,
coming into a very good game. If
this man wins, Paul Foster, he and
Jamie Chestney will be a very good
quarterfinal. Paul is not there yet.
A lot of work still to do. Again,
the right way from Mark Dawes.
He seems to have the temperament,
Mark Dawes, that he just gets on
with the game.
Yes. A fairly quiet
character. A very good temperament.
Paul is asking how many time-outs he
has got left so I think he is coming
up here. I think he is going to wait
until the clock runs down. I don't
think he is going to like what he
sees here, this is going to be
difficult to get the result.
The front green ball protects in
some ways. Off the back, perhaps
just knocking the jack. It is almost
a draw. It might just spring the
He still looks interested.
Great bowl. That is so difficult,
Such a hard shot,
and he played it perfectly. The red
That is attacking. He likes it.
Playing into it. Well played.
He is going to end up with one.
superb bowl again. Onto the respot.
One shot gathered.
Well, the lie changed three times
for the final bowls.
already called it the first set, the
best we have seen.
Paul Foster has won all three. He
took the first set 10-4 last season.
A stunning comebacks by Mark Dawes
to win 11-2. Paul Foster over the
line on the tie-break.
Again, a good first bowl.
that is the key to good games. If
both the first bowls, you're getting
those good, you're going to get a
good head. It means we don't get
A perfect example.
Two players, both with good bowl!
It opens up a world of
It gives players the
shots to play and take bowls out.
Will it end? No.
I fancy green.
Urging this bowl up. Looks a perfect
Again, judged to perfection.
He has got a bowl about a foot away
and two against.
beforehand draw. Looks slightly
narrow. I think you have to have a
bit of running to hold this one up.
Not far away.
A safer shot for Paul Foster, the
forehand. To rest the red bowl out.
He favours the backhand. He might
feel he can still draw around his
own shot bowl. I think he favours
this side of the confident. --
Chose how confident he is.
Two shots, Paul Foster.
I am not exactly sure, Paul does not
seem like he has controlled the jack
in this direction too often.
Orde consecutive ends to open the
first set. He then won consecutive
ends to end the set, but nothing in
between. He has not been building
I can't recall him throwing
the jack a lot in this direction. It
seemed like Mark was the one
controlling the jack length. Paul
has gone slightly longer than
normal, I would say.
mid-length, at 27.
Mark has had more success away from
the commentary box.
He has. He
always seems to be in control of the
jack in this direction.
Foster, again, beautifully done.
A well-known fan of Glasgow Rangers.
Mark Dawes is also a football fan. I
asked him who he supported, expected
Manchester United or somebody like
that. Radcliffe FC, he reckons, in
the eighth tier of English football.
I am glad you weren't
going to ask that question. I
thought he might be a Blackpool
supporter, from that area.
his non-league football.
Paul also likes Arsenal, that is his
English team, from what I can
Just dropping a bit short. Protects
it a little bit.
It is common amongst the bowlers,
that they like other sports,
football, a bit of golf.
Featured in the programme yesterday,
playing at Troon, a nifty little
I wasn't sure he played much
Another good head again. Room for
Paul to draw another.
The crowd like that.
You could argue so far the only
loose end that Paul played was the
ninth, the final end of the opening
set, when he left a couple of bowls
short. But apart from that...
with the way he's playing.
Market is playing well, but he's
being forced into shot after shot.
If the weight is good, you will
Paul is still having to put his foot
to the floor.
Yes, one or two from
him and it is going to be hard for
Mark. He will have to score quickly,
Foster, winner in 2017, the Scottish
Indoor Singles, The English Singles.
He has had a terrific year.
sure he is looking forward to the
Commonwealth Games in a few months.
The Gold Coast in Australia awaits.
That sounds very inviting. Are you
Sadly not, not on this
occasion. They are going for
Australian voices more than Scottish
The gap on your bowl was quarter of
an inch, the gap on Mark's is an
inch and a half.
That indicates that
Paul will not be going near this.
Such is the way that Mark Dawes has
been playing, you won't be surprised
if he draws into this.
He needs to
touch Paul's bowl, that would
probably give him the shot. He just
missed his line slightly.
difficult head for Paul. Happy with
the one. Defend the one.
presents the challenge. Players of
your experience, Paul's experience,
it is learning where the likely
movement is to be.
He is happy with
one, he knows that the jack is only
going to go back. He doesn't want to
give mark a bigger target. That is
why he is keeping this deliberately
As we can see, if Mark touches this
shot, he is still going to be down
unless he moves at an inch. This is
not an easy one for Mark.
The way that Paul Foster has played,
increasing the risk should something
On the tight side, that is
where he will get a bad result.
Foster, whereof the shot clock. --
This is a clever bowl. This is
basically a blocking bowl. We don't
see many of these.
That is good. That will certainly
catch the eye. No doubt about that.
I think he is saying, good luck!
I think it is still just a draw from
If he was to hit that hard, it would
only get worse, you suspect.
This looks a better line.
Good try, isn't it? On the right
Arguably, Paul Foster's final bowl
forced him out of that little bit.
Yes. That is what the blocker is
It doesn't need to be
hit. Some people think the blocker
has to be hit. But it is just the
effect it has two movie round.
forces your opponent out.
Foster, started to dominate the
The winner of this tournament twice.
He is hanging in, isn't he? Just.
is so difficult. Look where Paul
Foster is. He pulls out a great
bowl, there. But Paul is not far
away and he begins to build a
dangerous position. No matter what
happens in this game, Mark Dawes has
played exceptionally well. But, as
he says, he needs to take that next
level. The next few ends will be
Stating the obvious, but he has got
the score in this end.
He has given
himself an exceptional chance.
bowl. We knight see a drive from
Paul. He has got to hit this.
hasn't brought the weight out too
Playing a running bowl rather
than the very fast drive, timing it.
50%, happy with that, he takes one
If he had nudged that jack
out, these two green bowls were in
good receiving position.
millimetre. Yes, exactly. Mark will
try to replace the last bowl. Trying
to put a bit of pressure on Paul's
Paul is one down, this will be back
to the draw.
An unusual not reaching bowl from
Yes, shall we be
critical of him for that?
where to find us! He obviously did
not intend to do that. That is David
Gourlay who will be involved in
Scotland's clash with Scotland for
the Commonwealth games as we were
talking about earlier.
Yes, he will
be happy that his player, Paul
Foster, is playing well. A chance
for Mark to score a double, this
looks good. Very well played, Mark
Superb stuff, it keeps him in
touch. He lost three straight ends
and it gives him a chance to set the
mat. That is causing some discomfort
at the moment.
He is very undecided
really. Where do I put this to put
Paul Foster off? I think it will be
long. Jack delivered very gently.
Yes, it is short, really short. That
is a good move, we have not had many
as short as this, if this is up.
Just the bare minimum.
normally like this length. Good idea
from Mark, a good tactical change.
Always good when you change the
length and get that opening bowl
close, but Mark probably realises
that is not going to be close
It doesn't look bad from
that particular angle. But you just
get appealing it is good enough. --
get the feeling.
Put added pressure on to your next
There is the improvement.
He has turned his back already on
that one. It needs to lie. Yes, it
He thinks that is in his draw so he
is going to come the other way, Paul
Foster, in his fourth International.
He made his debut in 2014.
on, it is a two. Well played, good
recovery from Mark and it might
force Paul in two weight. He doesn't
Close. He likes it. A
particularly kind result for him. It
does open things up. And he still
has a bowl to play.
Yes, he hits the
target. Two stay in. Still two down.
Mark should play a third shot here.
In a way, he may be doesn't want
this to go to close because it gives
Paul a target. Interesting to see
where this finishes.
Very good, very
good. That is the way to do it. Paul
Foster did have the best back bowl
so if he had left that either side,
it might have been a tempting
Paul looking at a runner
here, I think still a backhand draw.
Difficult to get a shot, but he
should be able to get a second. He
is going to drive.
Oh, it is
full-blooded. The jack is broken!
have never seen that before!
coming out of his paycheque!
the ruling, Paul? I don't think I
have ever seen that!
Part of the
jack remained on the rink and
another part is off the rink.
jack surely must go off and onto the
Surely! That is superb! He
treated it like Play-Doh. That is
unbelievable! I would have thought
the bigger half would have counted.
Surely that goes onto the respot, I
It has got
to, hasn't it?
Well, they are going
to put the jack onto the respot and
then it is going to be a measure.
think Paul will score two on the
Wayne Davies is checking.
Paul is not happy with that. That is
not right, surely, it is not a
I think he is appealing
I would agree with Paul, that
jack was going off to that side,
surely that cannot be?
of the officials. There will have to
consult the rule book as to what
I think Paul is arguing and
he is right to argue, that jack was
going off. They are going to check.
Yes, I would agree with that, it has
got to be the respot.
right. That is the right call.
was not happy and I think he was
right not to be happy.
knows his bowls. To be fair, the
umpires here first class and they
were happy to listen.
We see this
strike again. That was definitely
To be -- to me, the
majority of the jack is in the ditch
and it has to go on the respot.
100%. I think they have eventually
got it right. At one stage, they
were calling it a dead-end. It
couldn't be a dead-end.
If they are
savvy, they will get Paul Foster to
autograph both parts of that bowl
Ashley Judd macro and auction it
off. -- both parts of that jack and
auction it off.
That is the first
time I have seen that.
I have never
seen that. And it is not like it
split in half. It was like a quarter
of the top came off.
And it wasn't
even a direct hit, it was basically
bowled onto the jack that split the
jack. It has had everything, this
There is always something new.
Yes. They have just got to compose
We will hear from
both players at the conclusion of
the match and I am certain the
conversation will turn its way
towards the split jack.
Paul was not
happy when they were indicating a
replay basically and I think Paul
was right. Because it was going off.
There we see it! It is the top part,
as you say.
To be in the majority --
and so to me, the majority was
there. Great work by the camera crew
here in Perth.
resumed here, Paul Foster on top of
the jack again.
played, Mark! Has the jack stayed
He has poked it into the ditch.
He hasn't even split it in any way!
We hope not!
No, it is...
A great weighted
shot. The last time this pair went
to the respot, it was tremendous.
has done that again.
brilliant! You could put that jack
on pep High Street and Paul Foster
would find that.
I will be
interested to hear in the interview
how well he begs he has played
because I don't think I have seen
him play so well, just fantastic! As
you say, Mark Dawes has played well.
And he's continuing to do so, it
might have slipped by. That is a
Plenty to talk about! That is the
Good idea of yours, the sign
Yes, I think it would be
One from each player,
Yes, get a little display
case, that would be great! Here he
That is good. That is
very, very good. Yes, makes it
awkward for Mark as well, probably
just a draw.
That is a hard bowl to
A time-out call. Not much on
apart from the draw for Mark.
he gets himself back and he gets
ready. The rink is beautifully
level, it is laser level. And Mark
Dawes may field this afternoon he
has been going uphill. He tries it.
Two. Paul Foster is now in full
Well, this could be the final end.
Paul Foster. In great control of
this second set. He dropped the
first end and since then, won six of
He is making it look
Just fantastic, just
fantastic! It has just been great.
Lots of people watching will be
enjoying a display that Paul Foster
has been putting on. Anybody who has
ever played the game, just a couple
of ends at their local club, able
know how difficult it is to be
consistent. Paul Foster is just
repeat, repeat, repeat.
be worth a hit. Yes, Mark will be
conscious he probably cannot afford
to lose his bowl so anything still
gives him a chance. He needs to
score at least three to keep this
game going so it is quite right to
keep the bowl on the green at the
moment. The score is not going to
look good for Mark, but he has
played his part in this game.
-to-very well played.
Very good split. He needs to score a
three though to keep this game
That's way short.
I don't think it
was meant to be there.
You can count
of number of poor balls he's played
on one hand.
Yes, not a lot. A
chance here for Mark. Touches the
green ball. Could score three. Keeps
this game alive.
Trying to push this green ball out.
He came up against a man in stunning
form. Paul Foster looks through into
the quarterfinal. The scoreline
looks harsh but Paul Foster wins it
by 2-0. It was some match for
Foster. Consistent as could be. His
first bowl was terrific. That's what
Mark Dawes was doing. Converting to
a two. Exceptional. Paul Foster
rarely looked hurried. He's drawing
particularly off the backhand either
side and it was top class. Mark
Dawes never gave in. A couple of
poor shots that cut across. Paul
Foster, well, the jack didn't like
this. Watch the split. Absolutely
incredible. Never seen that before.
It was eventually put on the respot.
He got a couple. It was an uphill
struggle for Mark Dawes. Paul
Foster's a man in form. He's going
to be hard to beet in Perth this
week. The set score a little hard on
Mark Dawes. Paul Foster, 11 ends to
6. The touchers. Out-gunned there.
The total shots scored tells the
story. Paul Foster's through to the
semifinal of the Scottish
international Open. Paul Foster's
through. Without doubt, that was the
best match we've seen here all week.
Paul, congratulations. Well played.
Yeah, once again delighted how I
played. All credit to Mark. He got
stuck in. I couldn't have played any
better in the first set. Once again,
I'm delighted how I've been playing.
It was incredible Mark. You played a
wonderful match. Many other players
would be out and you'd abstanding
next to me looking ahead to the
I'm a little
disappointed to be honest. When Paul
missed, it wasn't often. I didn't
get in. Paul will play very well.
I'm reasonably happy with how I
played but I have to play better to
He puts such a lot of
pressure on, particularly with that
The two times
he put through three N you can't
leave them that far away.
certainly can't. We should talk
about the great play. Did the
controversial moment and Fawking
point of the match, Paul Foster, is
the split jack. Talk us through it.
I wasn't going to run on it. There
were no touchers. I drove. Chance of
high ball on to ball. I wasn't
expecting the jack to crack. Just
looking for a couple out. Hit the
jack solid. It is not often you see
The first call was for
the end to be played again. But
that, you agreed that was wrong,
I genuinely don't know what
the rule is. The jack did look as if
it was going out this side. I was
more disappointed I was let a good
three to get back into the set. I
didn't know what the rule was. So
happy with what the umpire said.
Have you ever experienced that about
Never seen it. Never done it.
There are hard hitters. You don't
expect jacks to crack like that. I'd
never cheat anybody in bowls but the
jack was only going one way. When I
say it as a replay, then, you saw
the look on my face, a turning point
in the match. I think everybody in
the auditorium throughout it was
going that way. It was only fair.
You agreed with that?
To be fair, it
was going that way. I genuinely
didn't know what the rule was. Fair
enough for Paul. I would have gone
over and spoke to the umpires and
say, look, if the rule's not
clarified and we have to go with
that, I would have said, Paul, have
you a two. He was on the spot.
man. A fine fallow. Thank you. Paul
Fosster, playing incredibly well.
Now through to the quarterfinals. I
would imagine you're quite pleased
with that the way it's going this
You come here, first
tournament of the season. You want
to play well. Gives you confidence
not just for this event but the
forthcoming events. The World
Championships in Blackpool. My
form's great. Happy and hope to keep
Mark, you played a
wonderful match. Commiserations to
you, but Paul Foster, through to the
quarterfinals. Well done.
This is how the quarterfinal line-up
will look. So far we know Jamie
Chestney is already through. He
knocked Andy Thomson out this
morning. Greg Harlow was knocked out
earlier today by Mervyn King. Mark
Dawes been knocked out by Paul
Foster in an incredible display. The
games in the bottom half of the draw
will be live tomorrow. Now, we turn
our attention to that fourth one in
I don't really know a lot about
Mark. Nev come across him before.
We've played internationals but
never played against him. Saw a bit
of his game against Stewart and he
was very good.
I've seen him when he
won the British aisles, the English
singles. Knew he won that. He's
obviously a great player. He managed
to qualify through the tour card.
You have to play well if you qualify
I think the ring is
different to every rink you play on.
I couldn't believe how different it
was. Even practising the pace it
different. On a sinkle rink. At
home, you're on a six ring rink. The
more you play on it, you'll play it
better. Have you to know it.
forget about any games you've played
before and get on with how you play.
It is down to what you play
yourself. If you know you can play
your good bowls, you'll have a good
I might be a bit loud on
occasions. Roll me eyes, huff and
I'm quite laid back. They
probably won't meet many people as
laid back as me on the bowling
green. That's just me.
The auditorium are getting their
breath back after that match.
Looking ahead to the final match
today. These are two guys we don't
know too much about in terms of the
world bowls tour but they are very
Absolutely. I know
Perry Martin from other games. I've
known Michael for a long time. A
very good performer and
Perry's such a
young guy. Coming through and
showling pretty good form as well?
When you come throat UK qualifier,
you're always a good player. They're
very dangerous. Michael came in as a
wild-card. Took out steward
Anderson. That was an evens game to
me. That that's you highy respected
Michael Stepney is.
This will be a
There's little in it. I
think Michael's experience just
gives him the slight edge. I
wouldn't be surprised if this goes
all the way.
It will be fantastic.
You get back up to the commentary
box. This should be a wonderful
game. First up, the joiner from El
drecks in, no stranger to this
portable rink in Perth having played
in the champions of champions final
on two occasions. Michael his
representedries country 27 times and
won the British Isles singles
champion in 2010. Ladies and
gentlemen, please give a very warm
welcome to our two bowlers this
afternoon. First up, it's Michael
Now t may have needed a tie-break
but Perry Martin's win over Jonathan
Ross in the first round was very
impressive. The 24-year-old won his
tour card this year and is picking
up huge experience against the big
guns on the WBT. Ladies and
gentlemen we can former holder of
the British Isles under-25 singles
title. Perry Martin.
Up in the commentary box, David
Corkhill. What a match the last one
was. Let's see if Perry Martin and
Michael Stepney can continue.
Really, the superb quality that
we've seen. This is big for both
these players. Don't underestimate
this match. Not only is there a
place in the quarterfinals at stake
but there are ranking points at
stake as well. That can mean so much
in the entry route to the top 16.
Perry Martin, the 24-year-old up
against Michael Stepney.
Both these players upsetting seeded
players to get here.
A wee touch of nerves about. There's
a lot at stake.
Michael Stepney, well known around
the qualifying circuit. Comes over
to Belfast a lot for the qualifiers
as well. Always a hard competitor.
Very highly respected player from
And the quality that's around in the
qualifiers at the moment, quite
Well, the talent's there, no
doubt about it. It's also difficult
to go through five matches minimum.
Sometimes six on the one day. By the
time you get to your fourth match
you're starting to feel a bit jaded.
You also don't get much opportunity
to eat or anything else during those
matches. Quite often they're
back-to-back with no breaks. It is a
A little edge more than enough to
bring him in.
Take the little
Yes, one green.
Running through a little here.
That's for Michael Stepney.
A little running shot. Plenty to
hit. That's the short ball that's
Reaction there, a very
Certainly looked like it.
I think it's probably two but it's
Very accurately done. Not
Yeah. Michael Stepney
can't reply. He wants to side red
balls. Beautifully done.
excellent drives. The pretty hot
stuff for the first end.
Always a measure of players, how
confident they are, with their
weight shots. For both of them to
get results from their first weight
shot is excellent. That's a really
good two to pick up for the
Solid, reliable, international
An international player for
That is why I think he is
slight favourite. There is an
element of flamboyant about his game
as well, but the portable rink is
different and it puts an element of
fear and doubt in players who have
not played on it before. What
shocked and shoes? Quite often you
have to pick a shot that is the
better one to get the percentage. It
will be interesting to see how he
goes in this match. Played in the
civil service team as a touring
tame. I know he is a very good
Not a bad effort.
There have been a few familiar faces
around this week. Both these players
are relatively new to the people
watching. It is interesting to watch
the delivery of Martin because he
does not use his left hand at all.
Wasting no time. A big part of his
game is the ability to play accurate
drives. The jack will go on the
Another good weight shot
That is a great effort when you have
to find a new line.
Going back to
Difficult to get your weight down
from playing the drive.
He needed a rest on the bowl. A bit
heavy. A missed chance. Those will
stack up. A spare opportunity and
you have got two feed all around the
jack and it is effectively four feet
to get inside.
It could have been a
Perry Martin beat Willie Jackson to
clinch this card. He will play in
all three WBC singles events.
is key, coming in on a one-off event
is not enough. You need to have the
three opportunities. If you win a
couple of matches, it goes a long
Two from the quarterfinal and you
will not be far away from slipping
in between 16 and 20.
A good opening hole from Michael
Doing its best to get back.
goes to the backhand that will be
interesting. Has to look down
Very well played. What an effort
The shot was available
both sides. I thought he might have
stayed on the forehand.
is half an inch short.
It is hard to
get back of a high line. He does not
want to get to the jack, he wants to
get to the bowl. That red one would
be perfect. Dropping down. That is a
very good bowl. A chance to run the
And an edge would have been much
better. He will be very unlucky to
give this shot away.
Just needs to drop inside, he does
not want to touch it down. He could
have given the shot away now. I
thought he would have played it a
bit stronger, try and take the boat
He has given it away. It just
needed a little bit more.
It used to
be what we used to say arriving at
that head with a guaranteed weight.
That little bump on delivery is
always there, it is constant. This
is a gracious push delivery. He does
not use his left hand for balance,
but a lot of players do not.
Possibly more just how the left arm
does not seem to engage at all.
There is no touch on the leg or
anything like that.
Well, he is
young! There is that. He will get
away with it for a long time until
it comes to the stage where you have
to use the balance of the left hand
to steady up the knee is a little
bit! Michael Stepney is a very quick
player. Others will struggle to keep
up with him.
That is where the strength of Perry
Martin is, no doubt about it. It is
getting in those first two bowls
which will be key to him in this
Weight shot that he has not
connected with. Two good opening
bowls from Perry Martin.
Confident to go again.
he chose to play it on the backhand
because he probably thought his own
Bolt was more protected there. He
nearly took it out anyway. That is
what he was saying to Perry on the
way down! He thought it was safe.
Good connection. No choice, has to
Steady play from Perry Martin. Great
The chances are his own
green one will lock into the bottom
red. There is a bigger risk on the
backhand. Let's see what he does.
Yes, forehand. Good strike. And look
where his bowl has gone on the
re-spot. Oh, my goodness me! A big
A good hit.
A perfect drive,
bang on target. No doubt about that.
There is the difference between 5-2
down and three up.
Michael is not getting that first
bowl. He needs to get in and have a
foot on the jack. Martin is putting
him under pressure.
Once again he will be facing a
He was encouraging that
one up. He's disappointed he's
dropped it so short. The weight
advantage has to come from Michael
Still short but still lying
two. Ultimately, there's always a
danger in terms of trying to
correct. It's certainly a help but
still a distance away
correct. It's certainly a help but
still a distance away.
Just try to come round to the
further forward green ball.
Yep, that's in.
very close. Two red and a
Two and a measure. No
guarantee on the draw here. So far
away, you think, you can draw that
shot, you don't need to try and hit
I say so far away, Paul, I mean a
In context, yes.
It's cloyer. -- closer.
Michael Stepney would fully expect
to draw this shot.
Yeah, needs to
drop back to guarantee. Yep, he's
there. Last bowl heroics.
Over the weight this time.
one shot, Michael Stepney.
set score 2-4 after five
It's been pretty close,
Michael Stepney with the opening
two. But singles there after.
An interesting group. Jimmy
Chestney, Nicky Thomson. All
international players. Andy
Thomson's probably telling Jamie
what he needs to do in the next
I'm sure they'll appreciate
Can't overlook the
silver-haired legend. You really
Michael Stepney playing the Scottish
international Open for the first
time. He has won here in Perth
during international Open week. On
the Scottish indoor bowling
association champion of champions in
2015. His club mate Andrew Barker.
eight inches short.
together as a pair, the two of them.
Played very well in the world pairs
a few years ago.
Down by Marshal and
Foster which is no disgrace.
the feeling! Andrew is a character
from Elgin. He really is. He enjoys
Well, that's not going to help the
Looks like it will cover
Needs to push his own
ball. Get the reds solid. If you
miss it, keep your bowl on the rink.
Down on a track. Looks slightly
inside. Yeah. Now, will the ball
stay? It has. Not a bad place.
to the side of the re-spots.
Being played for cover.
thing really, Michael can't afford
to be too tight and get the red ball
on to the jack. But I think it's
worth playing again. He has a back
position bowl. Yep, trying for it
again. Just slightly wider this
time. Certainly a lot closer.
Didn't have the weight to make the
Need to be a bit more positive with
that one, Paul.
Bit more punch?
a wee bit. The front bowl under the
jack needed to have sufficient to
move it. He barely turned it over
half a turn. That was never going to
It will affect the shot
choice of Perry Martin who, having
seen Michael Stepney give a shot
away at the final end of the last
ball decides to go nowhere near it.
set score 3-4 after six
Six ends played, seven shots
They don't mess about, do
they? Everything's gone so quickly.
They are barely getting lifted at
the other end before the jack's
lifted and the ball's coming towards
jack lent 28. .5 metres. --
Jack length 28.5 metres.
see something happening to it if
Michael gives one of his big drives.
You see jacks split in half
sometimes but not having the top
sliced off like a boiled egg.
seen them almost disintegrate,
believe it or not. That would have
been a much harder decision to make.
The fact the jack was going off the
rink at that angle made it an easy
decision. That was the Paul Foster
match against Mark days. We've
plenty of jacks.
Lots of jacks
just... I don't think Stepney likes
that one. When the jacks split into
a quarter and three quarters, the
three quarters smashed it's way into
It was definitely going
that way. Fortunately, I was covered
by television so we could analyse
it. Good ball. Really good
direction. Well done. Integrity of a
jack is key when you think how much
of a battering they take. Did try
and drill them at one stage and put
a camera into them. It wasn't really
a bright idea. For lots of reasons.
The fact they lost a lot of cameras
whenever the jacks were destroyed
didn't help. But no-one had actually
worked out if you hit the jack, the
camera goes into the carpet.
You're not going to get much out of
Plus it needs to be an almost
perfect position. Not as if it's
always going to be facing front.
Worth a try. Here comes Perry Martin
again. Little touch on that.
better. Even better. Got around it
nice and clean. He'll look at this
sand say this has to be worth coming
into. Two down, seventh end. Yeah.
No waste of time with this one.
Looks under. Follow-through and shot
drawn. What did we say about the
follow-throughs, Paul? You just
can't gauge them. He did put his
hand up right away.
Seen a couple of
them this week. The unexpected. See
it stunned then it came once more.
Wow! That hurt. Played two beautiful
bowls and the fluke has got it.
Trying hard with this one. Very
close to the jack. Just needed to
peak. Anything past that and he was
there. Well, so close.
Got past it.
It was drawing the shot. Michael
Stepney has given one away with the
last bowl. Will have to be canny
He'll not give this one away,
I can tell you. Seventh end, key
one shot, Michael Stepney.
For consecutive singles. A singles
winner in 2009. Strong international
player. Trying to make his
breakthrough in the World Of Bowls
Tour. Two up, two to play.
jack length 16.5 metres.
He's not doing enough with those
first two bowls, Michael Stepney.
Getting there but most of the time,
Perry Martin's getting in first. Now
he's got a chance.
Only just. Must do a fair bit of
travelling, Paul, from Elgin, when
you're playing bowls up there.
Nothing really that close.
of the world, though?
Enjoyed a couple of days in Elgin
before. Beautiful in the sunshine.
Just not enough sunshine sometimes.
We all suffer
from that in the UK.
Yet another chance to get a really
close ball. You don't normally get
three goes at it
A loose end from
both players given the way they've
been playing. Likely two green.
He's calling this one. He knows it's
just on the edge in terms of pace.
Yeah, that will be shifting Michael
on to the other side. But three
short balls. If Michael can pick up
the jack on this on the draw, just
needs to move it a little bit.
He will be in a
very, very strong position.
Try and draw the shot.
It will be a set lie. Not bad with
Needs to save the set.
drive. Well, I don't know if he's
made it. . Definitely two. Will be
looking at the third.
The umpire's been called.
A bit fortuitous. Could have
hit the ball and straight through
the head. Having said that, he was
in the area.
It is a measure for the set
effectively. It looks like he has
managed to save one.
shots, Michael Stepney.
Stepney's good run continues. As
long as he does not concede a
He is doing exactly what all
players hope to do and that is keep
your opponent to single shots and
pick up the odd double and even a
multiple of three and you will not
lose. He has kept Perry Martin, who
has played well, down to three
He is relying on the
correction. He is not getting the
first one in. That will be a feature
that he will have to get sorted for
the second set.
REFEREE: One green.
He can afford to be defensive. Just
make sure no gaps appear that will
allow your opponent to find any
method of getting a four.
Looking for that little runner. He
is not far away even though it is
hard to pick a line out. That was a
hard shot to play.
first set to Michael Stepney.
concedes the shot and the first set
is won by the Scotsman. The first
bowl has been loose from Michael
Stepney, but he has done enough in
terms of the weight shots and
The bowls are still coming
down the rink and Perry has got the
jack away. He does not wait. Let's
get on with it. They are certainly
making sure the game moves along at
a decent pace.
It must be annoying
to the shot clock operator because
he has to hit the button so quickly!
That is a better first one.
REFEREE: One green.
It has been awhile since Michael has
got two shots. Martin is normally a
very strong player when it comes to
weight. Sticking with the draw for
He has got a chance with that.
REFEREE: One red. The red bowl is
eight inches short of jack high and
the gap is six inches.
Nice of you because you get an idea
of the width of the bowls coming
through. He needs a good connection
and he got it. Sweet little bowl
that one. No guesses for this one,
He has to hit, three against
him. He went for it. A big result as
Bang on target. Absolutely
right on it for three bowls. Good
Plenty of pace, it held its
line. It sent one of the red bowls
forward and struck a green bowl.
Plenty of room to draw.
Nicely played as well.
1-shot, Michael Stepney.
both players, converting shots
against you. Michael Stepney takes
the opening end.
REFEREE: Jack length, 24.5 metres.
The first two bowls last time were
I think he realised that first bowl
had to improve.
Perry Martin beat Jonathan Ross and
took the first set against the 15th
seed and lost the second and won the
He did touch on the high side.
green. That does not look too pretty
and the forehand is not great
either. If you were really
confident, you would with the two
bowls out, but he has had two draw
at this stage.
Well, Michael, are you going to get
to the back? If you match it, it is
good. Yes, that is the one he was
after. Damage limitation required.
Well, the angle was there to take
the other bowl out, but
unfortunately for him the green bowl
at the back took his red one out.
It is always an lucky to make out
your own red one.
Sensible cover was needed.
tempting for Perry Martin here. He
really should be drawing this.
The track is pretty good. It is all
down to the pace. That was a bit
unlucky. A good second bowl, though.
He is in a lot of trouble, so just
to drop the single...
A bit unlucky,
it looked good. I think it was the
right shot to play at this stage. It
just keeps him in it.
green and a measure.
From one angle it looks a red, from
the other it looks green.
Just making sure it is right against
the jack. It looks like a double.
REFEREE: Two shots, Michael Stepney.
This could be an important end for
Perry Martin. You do not want to
find yourself four or five behind
and chasing the set.
He has played
well. He has played some great first
and second bowls. And yet he has
only scored at three ends. It just
shows you it is a funny old game,
but Michael Stepney is very good
about getting out of trouble.
I can just imagine Mr Barker and
company at the club watching this
It is five o'clock somewhere
and it is nearly five o'clock in the
UK as well! For refreshment purposes
A chance for Perry to put one right
on it here.
He's missed it. Oh dear. Shouldn't
be too many chances.
It's just going to fall away. A
couple of these ends have dropped in
this direction now. Where the bowl's
been a little bit loose. Dangerous
ends. Don't want to start losing
Big recovery with the last two
bowls. Played them well.
himself up nicely. Short bowls for
Perry Martin. So he only has one at
It will be hard for him
unless he tries to take the two
bowls out. They're available. He can
see them. Close to it. .
Just that edge.
REFEREE: Two shots Michael Stepney.
REFEREE: Set score 0-5 after three
That position all stemmed from the
first two loose balls of Perry
Martin. His third ball was better.
By that stage, Michael Stepney had
already got one in, consolidated
with the fourth one. He's still OK
for an end or so. But he needs to
start getting ones on the card. Even
a couple of singles would help his
cause. Change the length.
to get away from him.
Perry Martin is aiming to be a
little more relaxed, less uptight on
a ring finds himself in a battle
here. First ever player to win the
English Inter Bowling Association
Junior And Senior titles in the same
year. Good pedigree.
excited. He openly admits that.
That's OK in the rinks and team game
and OK in the singles up to a point
as long as it doesn't put you off.
That's all been the sportsmanship of
the sport. It's fine.
REFEREE: Two green.
Funny thing is
The portable rink asks a
lot of hard questions when you're in
trouble. He said that in his
interview. He couldn't believe how
tricky it is.
Top bowlers make it look very
playable and it is very playable but
you have to have the knowledge.
Looks well played again. Quite happy
around there. Doesn't take any time
at all. Perry Martin doesn't even
bother to start the shot clock.
certainly better with this. It is
all about getting back. He has.
Played it very well. It hasn't
dropped. A toucher but it hasn't
dropped. Michael Stepney won't be
too worried about this. He'll just
draw away. He's seen the shots taken
off him. If he can drop on the back
of the red ball a Jack will move
Didn't push it. He gave up on that a
long time before it got up as far as
it managed to get to. Yards away. He
knew it wasn't there.
Can he make it a double? A little
bit too much on it. He's very close.
Close to fall in behind the green
one. He may with have done it.
REFEREE: Two shots Perry Martin.
They've taken to the fourth end but
he's on the card in this second set.
Jack length 28th 5 metres.
Full length jack.
Through a yard or so. Perry Martin's
talked about becoming less uptight
on a ring, it's complete opposite in
Michael Stepney. His reputation is
as laid back as they come.
Unfortunately, so is it ball coming
up the rink. I've seen Michael
animated at international level. I
can assure you he knows how to get
excited if he tries. Singles is
This one's struggling a little bit
Looked lazy and it's
lazier. Not a time to go walk about.
Not at 5-2 with five ends to go.
He has a chance for this. Should
come right into the jack.
After two short bowls have to be
careful you don't overcreaked. But
this needs to run all the way to the
jack. Has to run. Oh, he's got it.
Big recovery bowl.
He's made quite a
few of those in the match to great
affect. Two, possibly three against
him. Now the pressure goes back on
his oh-oh ponent. Tries to move the
red ball in.
It's a hard shot he's
Dipped well under.
he played with that weight. Thought
he would have played with less. He
was aiming at the outside edge of
the red ball to flick it across to
turn the green ball out. It would
have been hard to have stayed in for
any more than one with that sort of
weight. Forehand runners, always
conscious if you go wide that you're
just going to hold off
The value of
Michael Stepney's third ball it
could have been five apiece. Looking
to go 6-2 ahead and possibly more if
he's played it again.
I don't think
there's enough room for that. Just
the one. Needed to go past it.
Still, big recovery bowl.
REFEREE: Set score 2-6 after five
REFEREE: Set score 2-6 after five
Michael Stepney from Elgin.
Not a supporter of Elgin City. An
Aberdeen fan. Has been since his
youth. He's endured the highs and
lows of following the Dons.
Jack leant is 44.5 metres.
Always interesting how people
describe themselves as supporters. I
watched a programme where a man had
lifetime supporting one team and
only missed two matches in all of
his life. He said it was a lifetime
of miss Errie!
He could have picked
the right team!
All credit to him
for supporting his local team.
Nothing funnier than listening to
teams talking about their team in
crisis and not winning anything in
three or four years.
Support a team
your whole life and they've not won
anything for maybe 30 or 40 years,
that's a whole lot different.
Two shots but a bit of a target.
Perry's left armed just sits there.
Doesn't really do anything in terms
of the delivery movement. Doesn't
need it. Oh dear me, just over the
line. Gets punished. Doesn't really
want to play ball at all.
Michael Stepney again, he's starting
to sense the finishing line is
close. This has to be the weighted
A good drive, no doubt about
that. Very powerful and very
accurate drive most of the time.
Plucked one out. Could have been a
better result bearing in mind he was
bang on target. Two greens could go
out but I think he has to go default
here and just go deep
out but I think he has to go default
here and just go deep. More of a
chance of jack going off to the
Rightly playing the backhand.
Secures a deep position. Bit close
to the red one. Just wondering if
that was what he was aiming for? Bug
one, this. Really big bowl this. If
he makes no connection, this could
be over very quickly indeed. He's
going back to the trail shot. Oh, my
goodness me, that's hard. That is
the hardest shot in a portable rink.
And he's missed it. Doesn't
anticipate even stop on its own.
Percentages of getting that shot
right are just so small. That's
where the knowledge of the portable
rink comes in. Very, very few
players, even at the very top in the
world, try to avoid that shot if
He's in control, Michael Stepney.
Looking at a quarterfinal place.
Three ends to play. He's six up. His
opponent needs seven shots. If
Michael Stepney takes a two or more
here and it's all over.
Still a very easy, smooth delivery
That's better. Not a toucher.
forehand draw, just close down the
head, don't worry about it, tried to
sneak one. If you are going to lose
the end, lose it to a single. It is
in the area just behind the jack,
this is good, very good. That's a
cracking goal, it really is. Your
opponent is looking to score twos
and threes and you have 14-macro
inches behind the jack. -- you have
one four inches.
The last bowl is 15 inches short of
That's well played again. Round it
Still one red but he is
closing down the head with every
single bolt also he is more or less
thing to Perry Martin, if you want
to get more than one you have to get
very close to giving the shot away.
Trying hard but just didn't have
That has closed the head
down and out completely. It depends
how anxious Michael wants to be, if
he wants to attack he can play it on
the backhand, but does he really
want to take the risk? There is a
shot, as I say, into there, pushing
the bowl forward into the jack but
if not, just leave it and accept the
fact he is going to lose a single.
He has called his first time out.
could draw two and touch the red
bowl down, that might be enough as
well. Slightly inside line. Looking
for his own bowl. Not sure about
that. Well, he was being careful, I
have to say he really was being
careful with that weight. Fair
enough. He wasn't going to do any
damage with that.
On the verge of
the good final. There was one
non-seeded player who reached that
stage last year, Wayne Willgress.
Michael Stepney is ready close. He
is happy to surrender the one shot.
Just the second end won by Perry
Martin in this second set, a set he
has to win. He has defined six shots
in these next two ends -- he has to
find. You mentioned it, the key has
been the opening two goals from
He certainly played
them better, there have been a few
loose ones but he has managed to
recover with third and fourth bowls
but he has been given the space to
do that, I think Perry has just gone
off a little bit.
The gap is 16 inches.
He thinks he's short.
There was a grimace
again, Perry Martin has done what he
This is not a time to lose
four, it really isn't. He can
survive a two. That would mean the
opponent needing a four in the last
end. He should be just drawing
again, that last bowl is very
He looked to have
pushed it more.
Not much, though. It
looked better for the line all the
way but it just ate up the weight.
You might change his shot next time
and go searching for it. Let's see
where this one goes. A big
difference if it is two or three. Oh
That's a mistake.
If it is
guaranteed only two shots I think he
might just draw this but if it is
three he would hit it. He knows that
he can get past this by a foot or
so, 15 inches, and one shot
guaranteed the match. He has called
the time-out. Good idea, just
concentrate on trying to get this
bowl around your short one with good
I wonder if Perry Martin
would have used the time-out to have
a look at the thought that last one
to give him that bit of extra.
Certainly is in the right line with
If he draws the shot he
wins the match.
This needs to stop.
If it drops back...
Just the one shot. It was enough.
And there was nothing in the end
that Perry Martin could do. The
Scottish success at the Scottish
International Open, the man from
Elgin is through to the quarter
final. A very steady performance and
he takes it 2-0.
We expected a very good game with
these two players. Perry Martin has
come into the international arena,
doing his best to take out the top
players and he showed early doors
what he can do, no doubt about it.
But Michael Stepney, such a good
player and such a very talented
striker as well. He was getting out
of trouble with running bowls as
Perry Martin was putting in a lot of
good bowls and also the odd bit of
luck. And in the end it was all too
good. The eighth end he picked up
the double. He went into the last
end very comfortable four up. Perry
Martin yet again putting pressure
on, picking up the double but
Michael Stepney always appeared to
have the answers. He really was in
control in the match and bear in
mind Perry Martin played so well, he
was better than the three end he won
in the first and in the second but
Michael Stepney proved his quality
and he is through to the quarter
Just half a dozen ens won by
Perry Martin yielding only seven
shots, five singles and a double --
half a dozen ends. Michael Stepney
was more consistent and he is of the
Scottish International Open 2017.
A very fine win for Michael Stepney
indeed. Perry, you must be
disappointed, but Michael, you must
be very happy with how you played.
David Corkill said any kind of
aggressive play from your opponent,
you had the answer.
I was really
happy, Perry had a very good start
in the first set and I had to stick
in and got one lucky result early
on. It kind of spurred me on to keep
on sticking in and to get better.
And this portable rink has been
different to what you're used to but
you are getting more experience
playing on it?
Definitely. It is a
lot different, I've struggled
massively with the pace in the
second set, a lot of short bowls and
Michael played really well and
dominated the second set. The first
set, two ens stick out where I could
have scored seven and ended up
dropping two but that is how it
goes. Michael played well and had
the answer to everything in the
Michael Gunner you have
been here before and played on this
carpet. -- Michael, you're been here
before. Just how different is it?
Night and day?
It is a lot
different, the enclosed single rink,
you're used to people walking down
the sides at your club so it is a
lot different to normal.
just a young guy and it is all about
building experience. What will you
take from this week after your great
win in the first round?
I will take
experience the weight and hopefully
do better at Potters.
quarter finals, not bad?
from being a wild card as well, I'm
If you keep playing
like that, there is no reason you
can't go all the way. Here's hoping,
one game at a time. Commiserations
to you, Perry, but Michael is
through to the quarterfinals,
congratulations. That was a fine win
for Michael. We have just got time
to show you a match that was under
way this morning, Andy Thomson who
is a huge favourite here, the Anglo
Scot who is from St Andrews
originally but please is bowls in
England now and he was up against
Jamie Chestney and in the first set
Jamie Chestney went ahead and we
will join it in the second set, it
is all square in the third end.
COMMENTATOR: He is taking his time
over this and is obviously not short
what lengths to play.
I was checking the shot clock on
Jamie Chestney, one second. Quick
player and the end result is pretty
good as well.
Jamie's last is 14 inches short of
A good second. Jamie will not change
anything, just try to rest his own
short ball and drop it in, open up
the opportunity to give himself a
bit more room to score his second --
his own short bowl. This is looking
on the wide side.
To play that with four feet, you
must have been thinking he'd play
deep. Couldn't be that far away from
the jack. He must be thinking Andy
will attack this.
Certainly looks like a forehand shot
for Andy Thomson.
REFEREE: Time out called. Andy has
two time-outs remaining. The way it
looks for Andy, no reason why he
shouldn't play this on the forehand.
Has the angle to come off with the
red ball if he's a little on the
wide side. Any extension through on
the jack would be good to there.
Backhand, the red ball's still on
the jack and comings to the back red
one. Forehand's the choice really.
In the air yachlt bit wide getting
edge. Oh, he didn't get the edge.
Don't believe that! Oh, dear, owe,
dear. How on earth did he miss that?
The edge would have stunned all the
weight out of it. It would have
trickled on to the jack and made
three. Well, Andy, hard to believe
you were so close and didn't get
something out of it.
Well, an interesting bowl from Jamie
Chestney. He's more or less saying
to Andy, if you go again and take
your own ball out, it will be very
costly, you'll lose three. There's
only one against at the moment. He
could do that with the front edge of
the red ball. He has to be thinking
about maybe a different weight.
Overdraw it this time. If he's on
the backhand, he'd be trying to come
off his own ball. Again, just a
Just needs to hurry. Not there. I
can't blame him. He was slightly
worried about taking his own closest
ball out. Sometimes you have to be
Jack length, 27.5 metres.
In many ways, this is a good time to
play a second round match. You've a
clear half hour before on the rink.
Plenty of time to get your arm into
Of course, you get the opportunity
to take the day off as well before
REFEREE: One green. Made a heck of
an effort to get back at the end.
REFEREE: One red.
Got a chance with this, Andy, clean
jack would be good. Ooh, he's
unlucky. Just the edge. Mumbled to
himself that he's not just getting
the rub of the green as we say in
Andy might think about this and the
backhand. He's trotting down fairly
quickly to the mat. Down the
backhand. Wing the bowl off clean.
If he does get the front of the
bowl, I can't see him getting the
shot. Yep, he's going for it. Just
looking for the thin edge. Bit on
the wide side but no damage done.
Just the one.
REFEREE: One shot, Jamie Chestney.
Jimmy Chestney won the International
Open at Newton Hall. The last of the
season in terms of indoor season
back in March. He played very well.
He's been an up and coming player,
up into the top eight now. Whereas,
Andy Thomson is ever-present. Been
around for so long now, Andy. Ranked
at Number Ten. A very dangerous
REFEREE: 18 inches.
18 inches through the first one but
it's so easy to overcorrect. Drop
too much away. That's not going to
help. Once again, Jimmy Chestney, as
soon as the ball stops, he's on the
mat and away. This is handy. This is
a very handy ball. Yep.
Looked good all the way. Back
position and a third shot. Andy
might be tempted to run these now.
Yeah. Going for them. Oh, once
again, bang on target. But didn't
get the best result because one of
the reds stayed in. Just held up and
that red ball stayed in to score
After the drive, he's going to have
to draw with the last one you'd
expect Jimmy to get close with this.
Well, as expected, on his favourite
backhand, his own bowl's in the
front but it's certainly not in the
way. Portable rink, you just can't
afford to get into the bowl a little
bit. Because, if you do, just
struggle to get back. Now, has he
made it? Needs a drop. That's a
help. Looks like second shot.
REFEREE: One shot, Jamie Chestney.
The ball did struggle to get back.
5-2 after five ends.
weight has to be so good to get back
to centre rink. Another single.
Jimmy Chestney had a very easy first
round match. Daniel from Israel.
Didn't get into his stride until the
second set which isn't unusual.
Doesn't get the chance to play
indoor bowls, of course. Coming over
from Israel, 14-0 the first set.
Second set, 10-5. Bit more
He is finding the bowls, isn't he? A
lot of good bowls down this
forehand. Once again, Andy being
forced to reach this. Controlled
weight. Not happy. He must be
outside the line. Yep. Jamie's
really saying to Andy, I'm going to
set up the targets but the more he
has to play those weight shots, the
more his drawing weight will suffer.
REFEREE: Three red.
He's committed now, so he's going
again. Over to the fore-hand. Needs
to hold. Well, again, he wasn't far
off target. He managed to take one
out. It's actually narrowed the head
even more. On another day, that
would have spun off on to the jack
and moved to three or four feet. But
that's pretty horrible the way it's
sitting at the moment. Jamie will
certainly go deep, I'm sure of that.
Unless he thinks it's so hard a shot
that Andy's going to miss. But at
5-2, I'd be very happy to leave
Just going for the back bowl and
scoring another shot so that is an
interesting situation for Andy
Thomson if he is committed to this
again. If he misses the losers a
three and even if he hits that there
is no guarantee of getting the shot
-- he loses.
He played it on the backhand so if
he was going wide he would take one
away but it is a long run now for
Jamie Chestney of shots, two, three
singles and now another double. This
match is sliding away from Andy
Both players know each other very
well of course from the England
The gap is eight inches.
contrast, Andy Thomson, ever present
for more than 30 years. And Jamie
Chestney, at international level,
just in the last few years so in
many ways both current but the
future of England international
bowls lies in the hands of players
like Jamie Chestney. And the legend
is Andy Thomson.
Now, Andy, he really needs to score
another shot here. Get a double and
there is still an outside chance of
winning the set.
Here's to be careful here, he
doesn't want the jack or he will
give it away and he has. In many
ways that just sums up Andy
Thomson's match really from about
the seventh end of the first set. He
knew he had to arrive at the jack
and give it a chance for the double
but it is bad enough to miss the
shot but to give it away is very
frustrating. And he hasn't made it
any easier to score any multiples
The problem for Andy Thomson, what
on earth is he going to do to get
the shot? If he can get a thin edge
on the jack there is a chance but he
has to play into it on the backhand.
What he would really like to do is
get the jack over to the research
odd position but it has to go over
here and that is the trouble because
it is not really easy, the way it is
sitting. The back bowl which is the
key in many ways is this one. If the
jack goes back, that is the one that
is going to score.
That is what he is coming for,
trying to get the edge of the jack.
Well, he has come out of it with
maybe one shot. Off target,
effulgent result and he knows it
himself -- a fortunate result. He
knows it is not enough. The plant
was always on but it is the jack he
was going for.
The two guys just talking about it
and Jamie was saying that the jack
needed to go the other side and an
absolutely right. The problem for
Andy is he needs two or three or
somehow to conjure up five shots in
the last two ens. -- ends.
Jamie Chestney always very
nonchalant on the rink that he is
fiercely competitive. Almost an
offhand attitude to the game when he
is playing it but he is very, very
serious and very ambitious. APPLAUSE
He really wanted to become a World
Bowls Tour winner of events and he
managed to do that at the
International Open but he said he
didn't just want to be in the top
16, he wanted to make his mark.
And the bowl just dropped, that was
white and the stopped. -- that was
why Andy stopped. A breakdown in
communications there. Andy may have
lived in London since the early 80s
but he has still got that St Andrews
accent. Just a little touch on the
bowl will be enough to move it out.
It has helped and brought it out to
three or four inches and that gives
him a chance. The problem is, he
can't really afford to hit it hard,
he has to keep his own bowls in
It is now a four inch gap.
Andy trying to remove the red bowl
through the gap and get a chance to
develop two or three shots for
himself. If he loses this bowl it is
not going to help. No, still there
at the bottom of the rink.
That is a brilliant bowl and a match
lie. Jamie Chestney was saying, if
you do push the bowl onto the jack,
I have the last delivery and I can
recover easily enough. Now he has
left Andy with a very difficult
shot. The weight on the backhand,
and hope he gets the right
connection. If he is trying to draw
this on the forehand, goodness me,
that is really difficult. Tough one
I didn't fancy it that much.
But all credit to Jamie Chestney. He
played very well in the second set.
Andy Thomson just felt away a little
bit but 9-3 to the Englishman and he
moves to the quarterfinals. STUDIO:
Victory for use over experience,
Jamie Chestney through to the
quarterfinals by beating Andy
Thomson. Earlier on, Greg Harlow,
the defending champion, was knocked
out by his great friend Mervyn King.
Mark Dawes was beaten by Paul Foster
who is on amazing form. An earlier
on, Perry Martin was beaten by
Michael Stepney from Elgin. The Adam
Etches tomorrow are at the other end
of the draw -- the other matches.
That will all be
of the draw -- the other matches.
That will all be on the BBC
tomorrow. Watching all of this is
David Corkill and we have seen some
fantastic stuff but for Andy Thomson
to go out this morning, with such
experience, someone who has appeared
on the scene and is doing some
He is, a very good player
and you have to bear that in mind. A
player on the elite squad for the
Commonwealth Games, not just
somebody who has arrived in the last
six months and years won be last
tour event as well.
And a great
player, do you think he has the game
to go all the way? He won the
International Open last season.
doubt that he can come and he knows
the portable rink. Obviously the
International Open were slightly
different but Andy Thomson certainly
Suddenly Paul Foster
played the best bowls today, the
current world champion and some of
the things he was doing were
incredible -- certainly.
seen it before from Paul and it is
easy to think that he has not amazed
us but he did. He played so well.
And he managed to smash the jack
which was extraordinary, we have
never seen it before.
in a World Bowls Tour event. What
was more important was that not only
was it split but it was going in one
direction and it proved where it was
going but it was actually at a key
moment in the set and that was more
important, he played the right shot
at the right time.
He looks really
confident, could he go all the way?
Hard to beat in that form.
year ago that of years ago that
everything about that Paul Foster
goes to the ten win. It is all about
occasionally getting the odd bit of
fortune when you need it but he
played very well and so did Mervyn
He did, no doubt that it'll be
fantastic but if you missed the
action, we will have skylights
tonight at 11:15pm on Scotland --
highlights. Tomorrow we will
complete the quarter final line-up
with all of the live matches in the
bottom half of the draw from 1pm on
BBC Two Scotland. It has been a
fantastic day here at the Dewars
Centre in Perth, thank you for your
company, goodbye for now.
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.