Dougie Vipond introduces the best of the second-round action from the 2017 Scottish Open, at Dewars Centre in Perth. Commentary is by David Corkill and Paul Mitchell.
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Hello, a warm welcome to Perth.
Today we had four matches and
completed the quarterfinal line-up
that three of those had extra spice
because they were Scotland against
# Is somebody getting the best of
This is the way the draw looked at
the start of play with Danny
Dennison against Nicky Brett and
Alex Marshall against Les Gillett
and... Let's focus on one match
everybody was looking forward to.
Alex Marshall against Les Gillett.
We have to go back to 2000 to the
last time Les Gillett picked up a
singles win on the
last time Les Gillett picked up a
singles win on the world Tour. A few
months ago he won the indoor pairs
trophy with Jason Greenslade so he
is here in Perth on top form. His
good friend Paul Foster might be
getting closer but in terms of
indoor world titles nobody can live
with Alex Marshall. Les Gillett fell
behind early to find himself 7-2
down with two ends remaining. We
have this chance and narrowly missed
but picked up three shots to go into
the last end trailing by two.
COMMENTATOR: I like a tight set
because then you have a one set
He does not like it, looking at
this, the way that bowl has stop
there. You are told to play the open
hand that they are so good, they can
usually get past anything. He went
with the open hand, not the
favourite side for him.
Well, two short bowls when you
aren't looking to pick up a double.
He has found playing away from the
commentary box, dramatic in terms of
short bowls. -- problematic.
He is still there but there is no
chance now Les Gillett winning the
set. He needs a really good bowl to
set up a chance of getting a draw.
Cannot afford to be behind the red
That is just enough.
Absolutely. A fine effort.
Alex may have taken time out because
this is an important bowl.
Going down after it. Rarely does
that unless he thinks it's very
close. And he is. Close. Goodness
He picked it up half jack and
the set was over. Did not get enough
to take it with him. Still going to
take a pretty good draw.
Final bowl from each player.
Something is not right.
Having said that, we said Paul
Foster during the week... He knew it
was slightly over the weight but it
might be in for two.
It came back
better than he thought. Two green.
It was the weight more than anything
else. I bet he thought he was half a
Alex will take a
If he plays a weight shot he might
get the outside green one if he
stands up a little bit. The front
bowl onto the green ball onto the
jack will also do it. The other
option is to draw the shot and that
is not easy.
He is going to disturb something. He
needs a hit. Currently tied. Has he
got the green bowl out?
He has not.
He will be so disappointed.
You can see how wide he is pushing
that four out.
-- that bowl.
The gap? Three inches.
Sometimes in other countries you see
the tight lines in the southern
hemisphere, going down with no more
than two, three feet of width. Alex
going early. Nice, really nice.
Whether bowl comes out, it did not
touch the jack. Beautifully split.
There is more art to bowling when
the wide arc has to be used. It is a
game of letting the bowl push out
and coming back, the wide arc. It's
a lot of people'sopinion, who do not
like the straight bowls.
I do not
like tight bowls at all.
Controversial. I'm with you. I do
not like them. The fact these guys
play with big wide bowls proves the
point. Alex looking for across the
rink. Enough weight to punch the
bowl and stay or get the jack claim.
He has got it.
-- jack clean. That
Les is to appreciate it. There is
nothing you can do about that!
Excellent stuff. Really good
bowling. Les looking for his own
toucher to try to push it in. So
close. People might think that you
should not allow these bowl to go in
the ditch like that but it made no
difference because the jack is
gripped in the ditch by plastic
prongs. That is the marker for the
bowl and jack. You cannot beat it on
the draw, but toucher could go in
because it is alive. The jack cannot
be taken out of the prongs once it
is in there. A lot of normal clubs,
if you let bowl go into the ditch
and it hits the jack, it can move.
Alex Marshall is going to try to
draw to the edge of the ditch.
has done enough with the previous
one! Pretty good effort. Good end.
STUDIO: Marshall took singles in the
next two ends, but he was able to
claw his way back.
COMMENTATOR: Leslie's wife might be
watching. And the three girls, I
imagine they are at school. But they
will see their dad playing very good
bowls again in Perth. Very much a
family man, Les Gillett.
A very small gap, Alex. He may
decide to run this.
Turned his back on it must be too
He knew immediately. When you
get such a good opening bowl...
He is closing his eyes and trying to
refocus on what he needs to do.
Les is coming round for the respot.
Going back to the draw. Prepare to
have one go, but...
Really good effort and did a very
good place. That will be hard to
cover because Les has to get close
to his own bowl.
Going for cover on the other side.
That is the problem for Les, he
knows he cannot get that close to
cover the red bowl. And there is
nothing he can do is Alex plays this
He is certainly the man I would not
want to be out there against and
relying on him missing.
He is very
close. He wanted to disturb the
jack. Just to the side it goes. He
obviously thought he was right on
This is where the problem really
is for Les. He has got things
covered. The respot is not a
particular issue, but he really
wants to be this position. That is
where he wants is bowl to be, but,
the jack on the respot, he has got
that covered. That is not a
particular problem. The other spot
is not a particular problem. The
other spotters covered, as well. So
again, that is covered. He knows
Alex will play the forehand so we
changed to Alex's bowl and he will
look to draw in here and move the
jack if he can into this position.
Let's see what Les Gillett does. The
match is in his hands at the moment.
Ultimately, Alex needs only one shot
to get the tie-break bowl. It is all
or nothing. It is a match shot. That
is why Les is trying to get to the
red bowls but he is also trying to
Almost there, but not
quite. Pretty good effort. Yes.
angle is not right with the way the
jack is sitting on the shot bowl.
And Alex Marshall, well, over to you
He has the reputation, rightly
so, six time world champion. Can he
find his way out of the hole?
holding. It is not getting back.
Almost the same bowl again. Great
effort, but not there.
It was not to
be for Alex Marshall adds Les
Gillett takes the scalp of the
Scotsman in what was a cracking
STUDIO: First blood to England this
afternoon with Les Gillett through
STUDIO: First blood to England this
afternoon with Les Gillett through
to the quarterfinals. Great game,
It was a fantastic
game. Me and Alex always seem to
have epic encounters. I would not
say we both bowled to the full
potential. It was tough at times but
you do what you can and I hope we
gave a good performance.
You did. It
was great to watch. Quite hard I
think for both of you, struggling
with line and length.
some fantastic ends. But some loose
ones. Kicking myself. I played two
loose ends. But he put some good
ends in. The last end, I drew 18
inches behind the white.
You must of
been thinking, let's get this over
and done with and get the second set
but great to get the half.
Definitely. I consoled myself to
losing the first, and probably
relaxed because of that, and just
about got back into it. But I had to
bowl fantastic stuff just to get a
tie. Where it came from, I don't
know, but it did.
At the start of
the second set, we thought this was
the way it was going to go. The jack
had been moved and you drew to the
bowl, a fantastic shot.
I played two
first good bowls and he smacked it
out of the rink. I said to Alex,
that is a lovely spot and I drew a
fantastic bowl and I thought perhaps
he will miss one. It was not to be.
It was fantastic, he couldn't have
done any better. I shook his hand
after because it was such a great
You did what he had to do? It
was the only way I could get the
shot. Set it and stay or hit the
Beating the six time world
champion. Next, a former winner,
Nicky Brett against Danny Dennison.
Dennison came into the match having
seen off Jason Greenslade but the
world number two Nicky Brett was in
no mood to allow another upset. He
no mood to allow another upset. He
took the first 8-7 and got off to a
great start in the second with
singles in the first two ends
followed by a double in the third
courtesy of this nice draw. An
English international with 35 caps,
Dennison won his Tour card at the
European Masters this year and got
off the mark before putting himself
in pole position in the fifth with
this finely judged shot. But Brett
produced a better response to
convert another single and retain
the advantage with four ends left to
play. Although Dennison grabbed a
double in the next, it was not
enough to turn the tide, with Brett
taking the next two and with that
the match. The 43-year-old from
Peter Brough was into the
quarterfinals. Nicky Brett looking
pretty good. I wonder if he will be
here at the business end of the
tournament. Now another England
versus Scotland affair. Robert
Paxton against Darren Burnett.
Recently he has been nothing if not
consistent, with Darren finishing
four quarterfinal finishes last
season. Robert Paxton is fond of
Perth, the venue of his first
singles title on the world Tour and
he got the semifinals last year.
Darren Burnett took four of the
first five ends.
Your commentators, David Corkill and
COMMENTATOR: Difficult to have a
career and played top-level bowls
indoor and outdoor and you know all
about it, Nick. It is a difficult
mix. The family there, as well.
is very time-consuming, if you are
going to hold a standard. Darren
Byrne shifts, as well, it would be
He is a policeman, of
course. No 9-5 there.
With Scotland's commitments in the
World Championships, Commonwealth
Games, Test matches,...
Yes, it is
very tough, no doubt about that. A
lot of other sports at this level,
you can make a comfortable living.
Sadly, not in the sport of bowls.
Anyway, I think he likes being a
I hope so, he has been
doing it while!
-- he has. The only policeman in
Scotland to get special leave during
the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. What
can I say? Everybody else was on
duty and he was winning a gold
Well, you did what he was
there to do.
Robert needs to get hold of this
jack and change the length.
still got time.
He cannot afford to lose any more
shots. Five behind is doable, but...
Any more than that, the ends start
to run away.
This is one of those
that needs to be added, otherwise, I
am sure Darren won't get that gap
next time around.
He needed a clear one and he got it.
Good stuff. You might see a heavy
shot coming out here.
trotting back. Yes, he is looking
forward to this.
Two bowls will go,
the jack is good, as well. The two
bowls will go out very clean.
way the angles are set, the bounces
go that way, as well.
Looking at two
now. It goes off the rink on the
Very predictable. As we said
at the top of the game, he has one
of the best runners in the game. Two
of the three times it has been on
show, he has hit pretty much where
he wanted to. Just enough to hold a
nice line and he gets it away.
He is looking for this to stop. It
is running a shade. Well. It dropped
back. It might just make it, but it
is very close.
It may be second but
I favour at least one red, and so
Took one way, that is
not counting. It is a measure for
shot. Once again, it is an important
This is close. Equity -- equidistant
would suit fine. Red bowl.
Darren Burnett in control of the
first set which he took 11-1 but
Paxton fought back. When we pick it
up he is leading 5-2.
Once again, another good start. Has
not been able to capitalise in terms
of scoring shots with these.
Well, a slight protector but he was
after the red bowl.
It is not easy.
It is not a bad position, depending
on whether Darren can find the
winner here. And it is not far.
Waiting for the green to fall but at
the moment it is hanging on. It must
move now, surely.
Forcing Robert to
I can see what he is worried about.
People take a time-out here. If he
the green bowl the jack could easily
come out into the open and that is
what he is worried about. It is
understandable. If he gets any
connection, the jack could easily
just bounce out into this sort of
position and then you are in trouble
because then you are looking at a
trail shot to red bowl.
would love to miss the green and sit
passed between the jack and the red
bowl. And, being greedy, he would
like it to count, as well.
forehand is full of danger.
missed? -- miss.
Oh, that is a
brilliant shot. That really is a
brilliant shot. Yes, he played it
very well. He had to get so close.
To the front red bowl. He missed by
He would have been
quietly concerned from hand because
it was not quite as wide as he would
Forced into playing the green bowl
onto the jack, which is very
difficult. He will have to cover
Without a doubt.
Still need to stretch it a bit. That
He has covered the touch,
but he is still down on the spot. He
couldn't do both. The front green is
bad for Darren.
Good strike, and not easy. STUDIO:
So, Paxton went on to take the
second set and forced a tie-break.
In the first end, Burnett had a wee
slice of luck when this drive gave
him an unlikely win. But Paxton took
the neck end, so we join it for a
sudden-death final end.
Not a bad one.
Good starter. Dropped
onto Darren's favourite backhand.
In the third end of a tie-break, you
can nominate to destroy the end and
play it over again in the same
direction. Robert, that is the place
you did not want to be.
his position A of where you would
not want to leave it.
Bit quicker, this one.
Still, better there. It will be
interesting to see what Robert plays
with this, because he really has to
It looks good for so long.
He has two or three seconds,
depending on what Darren does.
Definitely needs another one in. I
don't think he can afford to leave
He has two to come.
It is merely a blocker.
meant to be a blocker. Perfect line.
Big decision here.
Narrow it down
and go quicker. You can't afford to
drift past it.
It is definitely harder, the less
pace you use.
Goodness me, he is brave. He has
dropped it. He went for the perfect
draw. Didn't quite make it. Darren
Burnett wins the match. Very good
game. STUDIO: Yes, a fine win for
Darren Burnett, but you have to work
hard for that, Durham.
work hard against Durham. Started
well in the first set and then
Robert came on the tie-break was
In that second set, you
started to the jack.
first two bowls were immaculate and
didn't give me a chance. You just
have to take it on the chin. Toss of
a coin, really.
It was a real
battle, because you lost your way,
but that was down to the pressure he
was putting you under.
Within myself, I just didn't feel I
was 100%. It is a strange thing to
say because I played well. But I
knew Robert would come back into it.
You must be pleased with the way you
played. You were able to get back
into that second set.
with the result, but pleased with
the way I played the second set. I
Let's talk about the
tie-break. It is fair to say in the
first end of the tie-break, you had
a bit of a break.
Yeah, I had a bit
of luck. The jack could have gone
anywhere. You get some of these and
you take them and run.
were you thinking at that point?
was hoping for a backhand draw, to
be honest. No, there were loads of
options and it jammed nicely for
Darren. It was a great result for
Darren Burnett got through, but
by the skin of his teeth. Now the
last match was former world champion
David Gallie against Mark Royle.
Illness and a drop in form has
forced Mark Royal down, but now he
is back in the running. The match
got off to the worst possible start
for Gourlay as he considered a full
house when Mark Royal capitalised on
some loose play. But the Scot fought
back strongly and went on to take
the first set 8-6. We are going to
pick up the action in end six of the
second set, with Royal leading 3-2.
second set, with Royal leading 3-2.
Very little to choose between them.
It is not inconceivable that we
could get a tide set here. Two of
the last 12 sets played between
these two players have ended tied.
All three of Mark Royal's wins
against David two have required
tie-breaks. -- against David
Just needs a dip in. The line he has
got perfect, but it's another good
head. It is quality stuff.
hard even to get a double.
That is good stuff, but I think the
shot is against him. If it is, he is
still in command of the head. For
Mark Royal, this is a nightmare. I
think Mark Royal is going to try and
sneak around the back, keep as close
to the red bowls as he can. So if
David moves it a little bit too
hard, he will be in the receiving
It is available between the green
bowl and the red bowl, but that is
Time-out called. This
is well worth taking time over.
it going to hit the jack? If it hits
the jack, he could end up two down.
I think there is some confusion...
Well, the time-out is now called
with about three seconds left on the
clock! I thought David Gourlay had
already asked for it.
40 seconds left on the shot clock,
plenty of time.
Oh, no. That is a horrible result.
Dear, oh, dear. There might have
only been the one shot in it, now
there are three. STUDIO: Gourlay had
a single in the next end. We head
back for the eighth end of the
David Gourlay has not passed round
two in the last five years in
Scotland. He is pretty close now.
Mark Royal has to score at this end.
That was a terrific effort.
On the red, but that will not matter
to Mark Royal at this stage. It is
more of a problem for David Gourlay,
because he can't afford to go near
it. David will certainly not want to
lose a single.
The movement from David Gourlay
suggested that he knew that was
Something between the
jack and the green bowl. Mark can
take the red bowl out, there is
nothing David can do about that.
I think he would have preferred it
closer to the green bowl.
Closer and closer.
I think David
will play this a bit different.
is a match lie, and the pressure is
always on the match lie.
Take the time-out, seven seconds to
go. If he is playing on the
forehand, would he be playing a
protector or blocker?
Well, he has
got one in terms of the back
position. But a blocker is very
Well, that is not bad. A foot or so
deeper would have been better.
having a little check. It is a match
lie for David Gourlay, and Mark
Royal will take a time-out to
consider his options.
He is looking at coming down a bit
narrow to make sure he has a chance
to come off the short red bowl.
Don't worry about the three bowls at
the back, just get in to save the
match. That is all he wants to do.
He is trying that slightly inside
line. Got a touch. It was enough.
That was a work of art from Mark
The first couple of balls
will be critical of this end. --
couple of bowls.
The opening bowl is not 1 million
miles away, but not in a
particularly useful place.
All he can do is pop another one in
and see what develops over the next
couple of bowls.
That was well played.
David Gourlay looking for the one
bowl that will secure his place in
That is a problem.
He will face three against him in a
moment, or at least he should do.
Mark Royal thinking to himself, no
Oh, he is heavy. He
need something. That is a mistake.
Mark has got very little he can do
about it. Still a chance of getting
a three, forcing a tie-break. He has
taken the pressure off David Gourlay
to draw this. Goodness, you had the
weight, he just didn't make the gap.
He definitely had the wait to get
It is all over. He can't believe it.
A mistake from Mark Royal at the
end, and David Gourlay finds himself
through into the quarterfinal for
the first time in six years. The set
officially tied. It doesn't matter
to David Gourlay. He did the job in
the first set. David Gourlay is
victorious in round two of the
Scottish International Open,
defeating Mark Royal. 'S STUDIO: The
quarterfinal line-up is complete,
and it looks like this.
Some wonderful shots here at the
Dewars Centre today, and I think I
may know which one will be chosen as
shot of the day.
My shot of the day
comes from the match with Alex
Marshall and Les Gillett. It was
brilliant in the first that, Les
Gillett fighting back to draw at
7-7. Then in the first end, Alex
Marshall played the most perfect
shot you will probably ever see.
Forehand, Les Gillett is only a few
inches away from the jack, right on
the edge of the ditch. He has to
play across the line, something that
no player really practices. The bowl
bends all the way back, picked up
the jack, into the ditch, and that
cannot be beaten. You can see how
much this bowl bends. Beautiful,
controlled weight. Doesn't even
touch the green bowl. Les Gillett
has to clap that bowl. You don't
often see players who can clap
another player's bowls in that way,
but it was such precision that it
have to be my shot of the day.
If you want to see shots like that
or even better, join us for the
quarterfinal coverage on BBC Two
Scotland. In the meantime, from all
of us here at the Dewars Centre in
Perth, it's been a wonderful day.
Dougie Vipond introduces the best of the second-round action from Dewars Centre in Perth. High-quality bowls will be on show with the prize of a place in the last eight.
Paul Mitchell and David Corkill guide us through the action.