Dougie Vipond presents continued 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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The flags of St George and St
Andrews brought together by an act
of union in 1707. Today in Perth the
matches might not be so unified
because we have representatives from
both nations, best of friends off
the rink, but best of enemiesen to.
Hello. A warm welcome to the Dewar's
Centre in Perth. The draw has worked
out with all the match this is
afternoon live here on BBC Two
Scotland, are England against
Scotland. How do you like that? It's
going to be wonderful. The players
are brilliant. They've been
wonderful the way they've got so far
to the second round and the matches
will be brilliant. No doubt about
it. Earlier this morning we had a
match here and it was an all-England
affair. Let's tell you what happened
in that one. Danny Dennison against
Nicky Brett. Dennison had already
got through the first round but
Brett was in no mood to allow
another upset. The winner of
back-to-back titles in 2014 and 15
in Perth Brett took the first set
and got off to a great start in the
second with singles in the first two
ends followed by a double in the
third with this nice draw.
An English international with 35
caps to his name, Dennison won his
tour card at the European Masters in
May this year. He got off the mark
in the next end before putting
himself in pole position in the
fifth with this finely judged shot.
Brett produced a better response to
convert another single and retain
the advantage with four ends left to
And although Dennison grabbed a
double in the next, it wasn't enough
to turn the tide. With Brett taking
the next two ends, with that the
Final score, 8-7, 8-3.
So just confirmation of that result.
David Corkhill has joined us, he
will be in the commentary box this
afternoon. Before the live action
let's talk about something that
happened yesterday. It was
unprecedented scenes, a smashed
jack. It was a result of Paul Foster
playing in his match. Interesting.
Let's talk through this.
The decision and how they came to
It was clear where the jack was
going, it was going to the left into
the side ditch. It would have been
on the respot. Paul was to score
two. Finally the decision was made
to do that because really Mark had
already said, and made it clear,
Paul was going to get two. Different
sets of rules but the reality is
world bowls tour have their own set
of rules as well. They don't
necessarily go to the crystal mark
set and the spirit of the game was
very much in evidence and two shots
was awarded to Paul Foster.
Mark did say in the next end he
would have given two to Paul anyway
to save that happening.
would have looked a real farce to do
that. But the truth is the guys
handled it and handled it very well,
as did officials. The game moved on.
To be truthful, I think it's time to
put it to bed.
I agree. We had to
chat about it because it's been a
big controversy because it's never
happened before. Let's hope it
doesn't happen this afternoon. We
have some fantastic games.
Particularly the next one. The six
time world champion Alex Marshall
against Les Gillet.
Alex always keen
to do well here but Les is a fierce
competitor and left-hander. His
lines to the jack are slightly
different. I wouldn't be surprised
if it goes down to a tie-break.
all Scotland and England this
afternoon as well which adds extra
It always does, let's be
truthful about it! More importantly,
for me, it's not just that England
and Scotland, it's the quality of
the players. We really have some
David, thank you, we
will let you get back to the
commentary box as we turn our
attention to the first live match.
Alex Marshall and Les Gillet. 2002
was the last time Les picked up a
singles tournament win on the world
bowls tour. A few months ago along
with Jason Greenslede he won the
pairs trophy. He is here in top
form. Ladies and gentlemen, please
give a warm welcome to Les Gillet!
His good friend Paul Foster may be
getting closer but in terms of world
indoors singles title no one can
live with Alex Marshall. Six times
he has won it. Who knows how many
more he will pick up over the coming
years with his ability? Will this be
the year he picks up the Scottish
Open title for the first time?
Ladies and gentlemen, please give a
huge Perth welcome to Alex Marshall!
Should be a wonderful match. Joining
David in the commentary box is Paul
Thank you, Dougie. Good afternoon
everyone. This should and cracker to
get us under way.
Les Gillet gets ready with the jack.
He will turn 47 later this month. A
familiar figure here at the Scottish
International Open. Been in this
competition for the 14th time.
Yes, a fresh looking Les Gillet,
certainly has lost a bit of weight
and looking quite fit. He is a very
talented player. He really is. He is
a great drawer to the jack. He can
play the weight shots, he is good at
them. A lot depends, if Alex
Marshall gets out of the blocks
A feature of Les game, he steadies
himself, he is not quick. He slow it
is down. We noticed this about 12
months ago. He has slowed down his
time on the mat before he delivers
The gap is two-and-a-half inches.
He is not hanging about.
A little bit of pace.
choice of shot that. I didn't expect
that to be honest.
Not with bowl
Thought he might have
trickled in for a good second to
develop something. Les is just
taking his time, gets to about 22
seconds before he starts to get into
his movement, his delivery.
Alex might be tempted to draw this
Looks like he is going again, yeah,
he is indeed. That's a surprise.
Certainly better with this one. Got
the jack. Yeah. Good contact as
well. Really solid and off to the
side of the rink.
aggression at the start of this
match. I can't remember seeing Alex
Marshall start a first end, all the
years, all the matches, that I have
worked on with Alex Marshall playing
and I can't remember him starting
He played that end almost like a
He wasn't hanging
Setting the stall out. He is
going to be prepared to attack
to hold the bowl up, there is a hold
just inside the hoardings. And he
has used it well.
Really good delivery where it's
Alex has a couple of
choices, but safety first perhaps
and first things first, don't lose a
A draw for second.
Has given that an excellent go. Just
going to fall in exactly the same
An interesting opening end.
A couple of unusual things from Alex
Marshall in this tournament, the
time out before the first bowl
yesterday, or Monday. That was of
interest. And there, going with
Well, two weighted
shots, then he was able to play the
perfect draw. If Les' bowl hadn't
been there that would have been on
the jack, so he is obviously feeling
in good form. Again this 1.00 match
is ideal for the players. They've
got that half hour before to
practise and the rink doesn't change
within five minutes. Just as we come
on air and the players are
introduced. So they're well in
Alex knows he will get around
that, three-and-a-half feet.
Take a metre off. Even if he drops
in jack-high, just to secure the
shot. He is still going a little
Goodness me. This is very odd.
Wouldn't be surprised if Les is
going to change to the other side
here. I think he let the second one
go and thought he was closer. A
change of hand.
No change of result, though.
Well, they're not very far
away. But there's still plenty of
18 inches is always handy to have,
but at this level they're very
beatable. This looks better.
Too many chances.
He has to see - what side he wants
to come around.
If he taps his own
bowl down that will be enough. He
can't afford to play anything over
the draw. The jack goes back, and he
is in a heap of trouble. He has
given this a go.
Oh! He needed a clear road. He
definitely had the weight to make
Beautifully done. Two shots.
No mistake on the spare there. I
think when you get chances like that
in a match that's going to be so
tight you have to take them.
pick-up by the Scot.
Interesting to see the first
delivery of Les gillet, having had
four bowls short of the head.
About a quarter of an inch gap.
Yes, three inches short.
perfect, he can use his own bowl to
come off the right angle. Bowl or
jack would be good. Oh! Wow, missed
the line there and it punishes you.
Even Alex Marshall can do that.
That's interesting. Alex Marshall
going up to have a look. Very
different approach from Alex this
I think he is aware if he goes a
bowl wider, might struggle to get
back into the head. So he might
decide to go quicker at this.
Sticking with the draw for now. Got
away very gentle. But it's looking
good. A touch should be enough.
Goodness me! Any touch on that and
the jack was moving.
The red bowl
was ready. Les made a mistake with
his last bowl falling short. Doesn't
want to repeat that.
Not a lot of choice, he
had to go deep. Split the red bowls.
No change to the shot for Alex
This is on the inside. The margins
are so small at that length for that
type of shot. When do you ever see
Alex lose two bowls like that?
were identical bowls, so the line
must have been the wrong side and no
more, but see how you are punished
Almost like a shelf there, a
bowl wider he would have been
perfect, but you have to go
searching for it, it's not an easy
It's a really good effort.
drops he has a chance.
So one shot out.
Yeah, I think that touch was just
enough to straighten and pass it
before it fell.
Two each in the opening set.
A tight start to the match that we
Both these players will be using
strong bias bowls. Stronger the
bias, the better.
In it comes.
Two inches. Your short gap is four
It's all very precise, four
inches, two-and-a-half. But these
That's what they work to.
Les will know if he play as similar
bowl, just that little bit extra
weight, he can drop back on the
The gap is four inches.
the bowl is five inches wide. So he
is conscious of the fact that he
could give the shot away on the
backhand by dropping back on the
jack. So, playing through on the
forehand, hoping to miss the green
bowl. Interesting. Well, it's a good
There are a few benefits to be
gained on that hand. Perhaps the
unintended one, but it has worked
and Les is having to give it some
thought. Forces him to the other
It's not there.
Back to the backhand.
It's not carrying either.
Les has to be very precise. That's
the problem he has. Alex just has to
be very careful.
Certainly is reaching this one.
Yeah, another good effort, just over
Alex won't want to use up a time
out. It's a low percentage shot to
add another one. He will try it on
the high side. Try and drop around.
It's coming around. He is giving it
every chance. Going to slip by.
good effort. But again it wasn't a
spare shot opportunity.
He gave it a go.
He also played it
in such a way he wasn't going to
risk giving it away.
A shorter length favoured. Alex
Lovely smooth action of Alex
Marshall, it's never changed.
Around it comes.
The gap is seven inches.
Les that any touch on his own bowl
would be enough to get the shot back
again. Another player with a
beautifully smooth delivery.
Giving this every chance. Just will
With that weight he had
to get his own bowl, if he touched
the jack it would have tucked it
into the red and that would have
been really difficult.
Alex keeping his hand.
He dropped it underneath again.
Seven bowls in this direction, a
shorter jack length, and that's
three that have gone wayward. That's
really not like him. Not an easy
But it's not
like him to see them go across so
much. Some light refreshment.
Giving it a chance again, does not
want to touch the Jack the Ripper.
Straight across to Marine again.
Alex aware of the two green bowl's
at the back.
That's very wise. The
problem for Leslie is he has tried
that little touch down and shot
twice, just missed it. Will he go
stronger this time and take the
chance at the two reds you could go
out, which he could, the way they
are sitting at the moment.
Definitely playing it with more
weight, on the inside line, that
will kick away very quickly.
shot, Alex Marshall.
Surprised to did not play with more
It's a very tempting shot because
you want to move the jack just a
yard or so but occasionally you have
to be more positive and take a
chance on the two reds going out
instead of going for the perfect
shot. The green bowl onto the jack.
The 17th Scottish International
Open. 12 years since he was in the
Alex Marshall was absolutely
unbelievable the way he was playing
that year his opponent got through
to the final and asked why is he
turning up? He is playing so well, I
will turn up and give him again if I
can. As it turned out, Alex's form
went down slightly, Ian's came up
and he took the title.
Not hanging around this time. We'll
be re-spotted. Stays intact. I think
we are OK with this one. At that
weight there was no chance that
wasn't happening to it. Good strike,
bang on target. Les does play the
shot is very well. He's a very good
shot player and more than bubble --
of wrapping things up.
Some of the
bowling to the re-spot has been
Once again more
evidence of how close these guys can
get to it.
Just letting the arm flow a little
before he delivers the bowl.
Trying to keep it up as long as
possible before it starts to bend,
playing across his body a little
bit. Just doesn't have the power to
make it, the wine was good. -- the
line was good.
Both players with a bowl to play.
Slightly wider line. Coming back.
Side touch as opposed to coming
behind it and bringing the jack
towards the green bowl. Les cannot
afford to drive this because no
guarantee they will not bring in the
That was good, because
it gave himself the option to get
the back ball and reduce it to a
Well played from Les
Winning ends, Alex Marshall, but not
getting away. Three up, three to
play in the opening set.
I think he
would have been very happy to take
this at the start of the match. By
the way, Alex, what do you fancy
going out there, six ends played and
you are three up? I think he would
say I will take that every time.
would take it.
It's a hard game to
score shots, no doubt about that.
Both players playing very well.
Conversely, Les will not be happy.
You are never happy if you're behind
but losing singles, not been a
threat a massive counted so far.
Keeping a keen eye on this. Again,
it's the weight that is in question.
Slightly longer jack length is
guaranteed to push the ball out of
Underline again is what he is
Laid-back he knew it immediately. I
cannot remember Alex missing a line,
he's a very good line player. He
usually just throws them out and let
them get back in. The margins must
be very tight on this side, if you
get it wrong you are punished. I
think the ways is inside it.
Struggling going away from the
commentary box at the moment. Better
Yeah but he dropped it short.
This is a big bowl for a Les Gillett
in the state of the match.
stronger weight, going underneath, a
lot of bowls been lost on the inside
on this side of the road. Something
is not right because the players are
frightened to go outside the line.
That is a fair point. It is not like
they are risking pushing it further
out, playing that tide line.
are searching for a hold which is
thusly available by the margins are
very tight and they know if they go
outside and they will not get back.
Which is unusual I have to say.
Technically two ends of the set to
play, but if Alex Marshall
just watching Les Gillett to see if
the movement before each bowl is
identical, little touch on the back,
little touch on the shirt.
very deliberate, he steadied himself
and get himself ready for the
concentration of the delivery.
Watching David Gurley, he tucks up
the legs of his trousers, always the
same way. It's habitual.
Trying to encourage this one
Just a quick look at Alex's bowl, he
does not want to tap it. If he
touches the jack it makes a double.
Well played, Les
touches the jack it makes a double.
Well played, Les.
He is puzzled.
We might find out
after the match but there certainly
has been a few things out there
which have been difficult, things
are changing, as they can do, very
quickly. Little touch to make three,
that guarantees it. Good end for Les
and an important time to do it. This
is tricky now. Because he has one
ball relatively close, knows he can
take out two green.
He will have to
take time out here. A problem he has
got is if he hits onto his own bowl,
where the jack is going, back down
to this position, if he wants to
play it that way, the green bowl and
take two out, it is damaged
limitation and gives strong position
going into the last end. But there
is nothing easy about it which is
Looks like he's got a bit of extra
weight on the draw.
I understand why he played it. A
really good would have taken his own
bowl out. The running shot was not
very attractive. Big chance now for
Les Gillett. It will be 7-5 as it
stands. He has taken a time-out.
knows how important this is.
Looks under. That is a mistake. If
you had offered him three shots
before this end he have taken it.
But he had to be greedy.
It was a
definite spear shot opportunity. Now
he is looking to get something out
of the set where as if he had scored
format he might have been looking to
win the set. Now a draw would be a
fantastic result for him. That's the
difference one bowl can make.
Has been involved in the only tight
set so far in the tournament.
The thing about 9-9 in the second
set is quite often you don't even
play your last bowl in that
situation. You are happy enough to
play for the tide set. He was not
going for it. I quite like tight
sets in the first set because then
you have a one sector shoot out.
Winner takes all.
Looking at this, he doesn't like how
that bowl stopped there. You're
already Dara Khosrowshahi always
taught by the open hand but these
guys are so good they can get past
anything, but he is going with the
Two short bowls when you are looking
to pick up the double.
He has found
playing away from the commentary box
problematic in terms of short bowls.
It is still there but no chance of
winning the set.
Needs a really good
bowl year to set up the chance for
getting a draw.
Cannot afford to be behind the red.
Does just enough.
Absolutely. A fine
Might have taken time out here,
because it's an important bowl.
Trotting down after it. Doesn't
fully happen unless he thinks he's
very close, and he is. Goodness me.
Just did not get enough to take it
with him. Still going to take pretty
good draw here.
Somethings not right. Having said
that... He knew he was slightly
overweight but it might be in two.
Came back better than he thought.
It was the weight more
than anything else, knew he was out
on a wide line but I bet he thought
he was half a yard through.
will take a time-out.
If he plays the way Chuckie might
get the outside green one if he
stands up a little bit and that
would be enough to secure the set.
The other option is to draw the shot
and that's not easy.
Going to disturb something, he needs
a hit. Things tied as things stand,
has he got the green ball out? He
Thought he was a bit low
wide on the delivery and he will be
so disappointed. Wow. Explain that
To pick up three and then
two, all credit to the Englishman
for the fight back. It is a tide set
and disappointment for Alex
Alex Blair did exactly the
right way, slightly on the high
side, getting back. Just held off
enough to get the outside of the
green and not the inside. Small
Winner takes all second set.
Can really see how wide Leslie is
pushing the ball out from that
watch it and you see the tide lines
of the southern hemisphere, going
down with more than maybe two or
three feet of width, Alex once again
going early. Nice.
I'll was thought there is more art
to the wide arcs.
Bowls is a game of
being able to push the bowl out it
come back in a wide arc. A lot of
people's opinion, not just mine, but
a lot of people do not like the
Brilliant from Les
Controversial! No, I must
agree, I really do not like them,
and the fact that these guys play
with big, wide bowls proves the
point. Alex looking from across the
ring, enough weight to punch and
stay or get the jack clean, how
close is he?
Got it! Applauded by
his opponent for that as well.
Les just hours to appreciate it,
nothing you can do about that!
Excellent stuff really good bowling.
So close. People might think you
should not allow the bowl to go into
the ditch like that but it made no
difference because the jack is
gripped in the ditch by plastic
prongs, that is the marker, you
cannot beat it on the draw but the
touch could have gone in. The jack
just cannot come out of the prongs
once it is in there. In a lot of
normal clubs if you let a bowl go
into the ditch and hit a jack it can
For the encore Alex Marshall
trying to draw to the edge of the
He has done enough with the
Pretty good effort to.
My goods in, very steady at that
distance. -- my goodness.
like he has fallen out with his
bowl, the way he parted from it,
straight to the other side!
And around it comes.
Left-hander, of course, you really
can't follow his line.
He is probably thinking to himself,
I made that look easy! It's anything
but to get the right line. Les has
to be careful here. A draw to the
red one, doesn't want to move the
That might influence Alex Marshall's
Interesting to see if he goes for
this because if he plays another
bowl the same as the last he will
draw it for two, but the forehand
offers up a chance of touching the
jack for four.
That's where he's gone.
He is very
close. He has made the double. Inner
edge and he had the jack.
May just have to be the perfect
draw. He is having a look. Will have
to spend a time out.
Well, the danger is the jack
movement. I think that's where the
problem is. He doesn't want to move
He might have to try to draw this.
Yeah, sticking to the draw. Trying
get an edge off his own bowl to come
between the two reds. Needs an edge!
Oh! That's close. Thinner edge would
have guaranteed it but he is close
to the shot anyway.
One shot Alex Marshall.
Interesting end that one.
an interesting battle. Another
single for Alex Marshall.
Lost the first set in the opening
round of the competition. Took the
second and won the tie-break. Some
good bowls in both sets there.
Again he is trying to encourage it
forward but just dropped away.
Les is looking... Two shots here.
But if he can get a touch on the
jack. Alex knows where the danger
Looking for it to come back. Is he
going to make it? Oh, just. Goodness
me, I thought it was going to drop
the other way.
Certainly could have
caused problems for him.
Needs to run. The line was good
enough for what he wanted.
lacked the energy there.
Gives Alex Marshall a chance to plug
that little gap there.
Off the backhand this time. Will
come around it.
Just didn't make it back. Still a
chance for Les. Anything on his last
bowl to get the shot, any movement
on the jack he makes two, maybe
Not even bothering. Going for the
runner. Solid bowl. He looked to be
very, very close to the front plant
that he was probably after.
It's down to just the one.
Definitely after that front plant he
will move the jack back, but it was
a good effort. It's really, that's
not like Les. Normally he would try
and draw that and turn the jack for
the treble. A good effort, though.
A good start to this second set for
Alex Marshall. Three singles. Lost
four ends of the 12. The first set
tied. He needs the second.
Semifinalist in this event last
season. Trying to find a way into
the quarter-finals. Another good
Has been a quarter-finalist on four
occasions in Scotland, never gone
further than that.
Such a dangerous player.
Just slipped away. Two more inches
would have been enough to hold it
Red bowl definitely shot.
Les will take a time out here.
He is looking to see what way he can
make an adjustment here. Well, his
backhand could come in there. The
front red one, chances are the other
one will go out. Not a lot Back On
Top the backhand for him, ex-- sorry
his forehand. Being a perfect draw.
But I can't see anything else. Only
good thing is he is doing it with
his third bowl. He has one after
this, so if it goes wrong and he
hits it he has a recovery bowl. The
forehand, well, this has to be
He is still watching it. He likes
it. Around it comes. He has a
Well, even if he gets a shot at this
he's been a little unlucky.
Any touch on the jack and he made
three with that one.
Three. Time out
called. Alex has two remaining.
asked how many time outs he had, he
was going to take one anyway.
Doesn't matter, I will take it! Five
seconds or something. Again it's a
really difficult shot for Alex.
It's got to be the backhand draw.
Nothing really else there. You know,
the danger is if he holds out and
leaves a catch.
What do we know!
The backhand doesn't offer anything
so he is actually going for the
blocker... Or if he is not he is
trying to draw it on the forehand.
Oh! That would have been outrageous.
Would have been outrageously good! I
thought he was going for the
blocker. I really did.
Also tells us
a lot about the backhand, that he
didn't fancy it there. The hand he
started off on.
That's why I thought
he was going to go for the blocker
because of the drive. He has got the
shot out of it.
Looks like it. The
bowl to the side. It's guarded by
three red bowls.
A bit of fortune
about it, no doubt. I reckon he
believed he could take all three
bowls out with that runner. That's
why I thought Alex was blocking it.
Just felt Les would drive it.
Nor good end of
bowls. Lots to talk about, lots to
debate. Interesting to see how the
players are reacting.
Your bowl is ten inches past jack
high. Alex's bowl is just sat down.
Still one down.
The view not much to
look at when you see two bowls in
line. There is that width of the
bowl as it comes back in, you can
see it bending. Here it comes. Just
over the weight.
On that side ten inches past
Enough room between the two bowls to
draw it, no doubt about that. If you
are a little bit heavy, and I think
Alex will make sure he is reaching,
you will get a good position bowl.
That's handy there.
Les very co-ordinated today. The
shoes have green bottoms on them, to
go with the green shirt!
everything. Substance too, in it
comes. It's going to drop a little
bit short. Yeah, there it goes.
the seem of the carpet as well.
Needed a tad more to take him over.
Again the forehand, ideally, for
This is going to be slightly
overcooked as well.
He is still surprised those bowls
didn't get back so he uses a big
bias bowl. An interesting choice
here for Les, he has the front plant
if he wants to play weight. Yeah,
going for it. He is in the area for
the plant. Oh, just enough. A little
bit unlucky to take his own bowl on
the way through. Solid bowl is worth
a lot more.
Enough to get the single. But solid
bowl was definitely a lot more
profitable. He could run the jack
through here for four. That's what
he is going for. Jack through for
four. Now will he get back to it
nicely? The jack... Where did the
bend come from?
One shot Les Gillet.
He actually could have clipped that
off to the side, rather than taking
it. Might not have been advantageous
The two players are talking
about that, it got extra whip on it,
it surprised me.
Five ends played,
five shots, all singles all the way,
after a tied first set.
So little to choose between these
two players. The next four ends will
be very, very interesting.
Easy relaxed action of Les Gillet.
Same line, additional weight. Gives
Alex the chance.
That one kicked out as well. Alex
will be bemused to say the least.
Wondering at what point does he
abandon that hand? It's the one most
players have been favouring. But
today it seems to be misbehaving.
Les thinking he can get back better
on this side. It's making centre
rink OK, just over the weight,
Does he change to the forehand?
Certainly would be safer. You can
see the trouble with the backhand,
second bowl didn't make any real
move back. But first bowl was pretty
decent. And this certainly looks a
A shot coming in.
Well, that was a bowl that stopped
the jack going back at the angle
that Les was looking for. He might
decide to try to get the two red
Les has one time out
It's available to him.
Don't get me wrong, it's not easy,
but if he gets into there he could
take into the other red bowl and
push that one, get into the shot red
bowl. The jack on the respot is good
for red, as well. If he gets the
He is playing with a lot less weight
here. This is... Well this is a
really hard shot he is trying to
play. He is trying to play just
inside the red bowl to move the
jack. Didn't have enough weight.
Second shot... Yeah, a shake of the
head. He wanted to be reaching that.
Some conversation between both
players, they know each other well.
Met in the World Championships in
round two in January.
Settling for the one.
One shot Alex Marshall.
The singles theme continues.
Both players are chatting, Paul.
That's the thing, obviously they're
discussing the rink and the
difficulties about playing certain
types of shots. Les would have been
probably punching into that earlier
in the set, but it's such a tight
game. If he was looking for second
shot on a draw, he certainly
wouldn't have been playing that
shot. A few strange things going on
Six years since these players met in
this tournament. Les Gillet, 2011,
dropped the first set, won the
second and won the tie-break. Put
out Alex Marshall in a round one
A little bonus dropping back on the
jack, brings the front bowl into
The gap on the shot bowl, four
This is massive, this end. 7th end
of nine. The player behind on the
score card really needs to score in
this one. Otherwise, he will be
chasing the last two ends. When you
are chasing looking for shots, you
He is going to run it. That's what
Alex thought would happen.
Got it too. Good hit. It'ser in good
Bang on target but the re-spot was
never going to be in his favour
either side. He has got the last
bowl of the end. Would expect Alex
to get pretty close, the pressure is
Years stalking it. Staring at it.
Satisfied by it.
They can be very
happy with that. Going to have to
try to draw this.
14 seconds on the shot clock, does
not want to waste his final
time-out. Get this away comfortably
Boosted wide, although starting to
bend now. Very close. Really close.
What a ball from Les Gillett.
Terrific set this has been. It's
been intriguing and entertaining.
That is high-quality.
If Les wins
the set and the match that was a key
bowl. Appreciated by Alex Marshall.
Would not have wanted to see it
No... The guys have been
really good out there, appreciating
each other's bowls.
The opening set
tide, winner take all second set.
The only way to guarantee there
won't be a tie-breaker is if
Marshall drops a shot and it goes to
4-4. Then it would be a shoot out,
winner takes all.
That will change Les. Hardly any
point even asking. He asked but I
don't think there was any point,
always going to have to change. He
will move over onto his forehand.
Looks a very good line, doesn't have
the width to carry it?
Oh dear. Not
going to help Alex's shot but...
Alex will use a time-out here.
down to the event as much as
Is this worth a run?
There is a shot
on the back and for the jack, if he
comes slightly inside he gets his
own bowl or the green one. It's the
sort of shot that can win you
matches, no doubt about that. Cannot
see an awful lot to go wrong. Same
shot on the forehand that he wants
to play it but either way they are
attacking and the alternative is to
draw an top Gear own dome. Two or
three opportunities here, different
options available. If he gets onto
his own bowl arrests the green at
absolute perfect. Just holding off,
got a good back bowl and that is
If you're Les Gillett do you cover
the back? Because one or two you're
going to the end.
That is where the dangers are. That
is what he was trying to play.
again will be looking does he want
to get into that bowl, but if you
cannot he will get into the jack.
The other alternative would be to
get round to the green but the jack,
ideally, if he can get the jack back
there he guarantees a double.
Interesting, he will not have a
time-out on the ninth end.
complications to this even the
backhand runner, the forehand run
are not guaranteed either.
Controlled weight on the forehand,
big percentages. Controlled weight.
Keeping anionic. The result coming?
There were so many things she
could've gotten by hitting that
bowl, he just turned his back on it
and thought, goodness me. Any edge
of the jack, bowl on to anything. He
hit what he was looking for.
went straight through.
Lets see the
reaction, goodness me. Put that down
five times you'll probably get
something four times.
Alex Marshall needs to win the end,
it really is that simple. Single for
Alex Marshall and we are looking at
the almost unprecedented two typeset
and the tie-breaker.
It has happened
before but it is such a rare
occasion which is why I think it's
more of a one end shoot out in many
ways. Les really will go for this.
Opening bowl to set the tone.
His wife might be watching, three
girls, I imagine the school, but
they will see their dad playing some
very good bowls again up in Perth.
Very much a family man, Les Gillett.
Very small gap, Alex.
to run this.
When you get such a good opening
Closing his eyes and trying
to refocus on what he needs to do.
Coming around for the re-spot, you
can see the white dot on your
screen. Very close to it.
to have one go.
Really good effort and in a good
place. That's going to be hard to
cover because Les has to get very
close to own bowl.
Turning the jack for two. That's
where the problem is her Les, he
knows he cannot really get that
close to cover the red bowl nothing
he can do if Alex plays this
perfectly. Certainly not the man I
would want to be out there against.
Very close. Want to disturb the
Obviously thought he was right on
This is where the problem really
is for Les, he's got things covered.
He really wants to be in this
position, but he wants his bowl to
be. The jack on a re-spot, that's
not a particular problem. The other
spots covered as well. Again that is
covered, he knows Alex is going to
play in on the forehand, he changes
to Alex Lees bowl, he will try to
draw in here and move the jack if he
possibly can enter this position.
Let's see what Les Gillett does.
Match in his hands at the moment.
Still only need one shot to get the
It is all are
He's trying to get to the
red bowls but trying also, no,
You'll like the angle is just not
right. Alex Marshall, over to you.
He has the reputation, quite rightly
so. Six time world champion, can he
find his way out of the hole? He is
watching this one closely.
up after it and its holding. It's
just not getting back, almost the
same bowl again. Great effort but
It is not to be for Alex
Marshall and Les Gillett takes the
scalp of the Scotsman in what was a
cracking match. Alex Marshall and
Les Gillett share the first set, Les
Gillett took the second 6-4, Les
We expected a tight game and that is
what we got, Alex Marshall sitting
at his game early with his attacking
shots. Able to follow up with
perfect draws as well. Moved nicely
into a 7-2 lead with just two ends
to go and then Les suddenly came
alive, picked up the three. Then
two. Got a drop, 7-7 and onto the
second and Alex Marshall played the
most brilliant bowl in the first end
to put the jack in the ditch. The
standard very high, appreciation
from both players during this match
for their opponents ability and Alex
kept it tight all the way. Once
again getting to a 4-4, just two
ends to go. Les Gillett the perfect
draw. After a drive as well. Once
again he was keeping the pressure on
Alex all the way. In the end the
very difficult shot could not be
played, I think it was maybe
impossible to play that shot, Alex
Marshall is out.
What a tight game
Enough for the Englishman to take
his place in the Scottish
International Open quarterfinal.
STUDIO: First blood to England this
International Open quarterfinal.
STUDIO: First blood to England this
afternoon, Les Gillett through to
the quarterfinals, great game, well
Yes it was fantastic, me and
Alex always seem to have epic
encounters and I would not say we
both bowled to our full potential,
it was a bit tough at times with
some of the hands but you do what
you can and we got a good
You certainly did, Alex
it was a great match to watch. Quite
hard for both of you, both seeing
you are struggling with line and
length and the carpet?
but quite a few loose ones as well,
kicking myself in that first set for
losing it from being where I was.
Two very loose ends but credit
delays he played two very good ends.
I was in control of the second set.
Let's talk about the first set, you
must have been thinking let's get
this over and done with and get off
the second but great to get the
I had consoled myself losing
the first set and relaxed because of
that probably. Just about snuck into
it. I had to bowl some fantastic
stuff just to get the tie out of it,
where it came from I don't know.
thing we will show you is the start
of the second set, we thought this
of the second set, we thought this
was how it was going to go, the jack
had been moved and you drew to the
bowl, fantastic shot, you must have
thought this was a cracker?
two good first good bowls, put it in
a great place, I said to Alex it was
a lovely spot Andrea fantastic bowl.
I almost thought perhaps he will
miss one but it wasn't to be, an
absolutely fantastic bowl, could not
have bowled it any better and I
shook his hand because it was so
It was a cracker, did what
you had to do.
It was a cracker, did what
you had to do.
It was fantastic but
it was the only way I could get the
shot, sit and stay run the jack into
the ditch. Great shot to keep me in
Another one you mentioned
the seventh end of the second set
when you put the jack out to the
side and you were sitting
when you put the jack out to the
side and you were sitting short and
it required a fantastic shot from
Les and that would you delivered.
think Alex played two really good
first bowls, all I have is a draw
and I always back myself to get too
close and I could not have got any
And a round of applause for
you as well, the match was
And a round of applause for
you as well, the match was played in
It was a fantastic
shot, you have to applaud your
opponent when they do that but the
next again and was a killer, I
thought my last bowl was perfect to
get the result but I took my own
bullet. But the breaks will go
Commiserations but Les,
through to the finals, you must be
It's a great achievement
to beat Alex, one game at a time.
Top opponent next, either Darren or
Rob, I will have a good nights
sleep, I checked out this morning
because I did not have much hope of
staying so I will have to sort that
out as well!
Great to see you both
here playing so well, Les Gillett
through to the quarterfinals!
Let's see what that does to the
Darren Burnett and Robert Paxton up
Let's turn our attention to the next
match, Darren Burnett against Robert
First-round is always difficult,
first event of the year makes it
extra difficult so I was pleased in
the first round, played well.
coming up here, always do well, I
broke up here. Gives you confidence
and it's nice coming up to be a
Scottish player here.
Last two years
he's quite the rankings and rightly
so so I will have to play well to
beat him. We have played each other
a couple of times and it's 50-50 so
I look forward to it.
the first game which isn't great,
performance wasn't great but win is
win so that's fine. Just got to
bring the game today.
playing for themselves and there
will always be a bit of that, it's
bout focused on playing your
To win any title is
fantastic, so many players about
that can win titles on tour. It's a
game at the time. If you look that
far ahead generally you are in the
car on the way home.
I must say I am
looking forward to this, great
Without a shadow of a
doubt, they are coming up after a
great match as well and that's not
Absolutely not, that the fact
lies and Alex put that great game,
they will not have known, they will
have been sitting at the back
waiting to do their practice ends,
what a great finish to the last
It was super, and I think
Alex will be sitting up there
thinking that forehand, my goodness,
three times, probably thinking to
himself and not sure this is
possible but he had to play it. I
noticed that the NT said sometimes I
will get a break and he's right,
because quite often he plays against
a player just pulls out the
brilliant bowl to get over the line.
Let's see what happens next, we'll
let you get up to the commentary box
as we turn our attention to the live
match. Nothing but not consistent
recently, an extraordinary four
quarterfinal finishes last season.
The policeman from our boy winning
the single title in 2014. The type
of game which could do serious
damage here this week. Ladies and
gentlemen, please give a very warm
welcome to the current Commonwealth
singles champion, Darren Burnett!
Robert Paxton is fond of Perth, the
venue of his first singles title on
tour and he got to the semifinal
here last year. He has all the shots
in his locker and is always a very
tough opponent. Ladies and gentlemen
please give a very warm welcome to
the former Scottish International
Open champion, Robert Paxton!
COMMENTATOR: Always going to be a
tight game, you know these players
very well, we have to put you on the
line, who's going to win?
question. I'm going to sit on the
fence! Both of these are world-class
players. Darren one of the best
runners of the game, the draw is
tidy under pressure. I am probably
going to just sneak... Tie-break,
2-1 but I don't know the winner!
That was like getting blood out of a
stone! But I am with you on it, I
really am. I am unsure who's going
to win this match but having said
that I think you're right. Paxton is
a great draw, good hitter and a
great draw and was Darren doesn't
have the big drive he does have the
conversions shot which does a lot of
Lots of damage on all the
Very small gap, Darren.
Darrin, first bowl. Front touch.
Definitely a great start, you would
take it first time.
They have only
had two practice ends.
Gap of three and half
inches, Rob is a gap of just over
four inches, your side bowl is a gap
of two inches.
That's a lot of
A lot more than I used to!
No need to come down and look at it
when you get that sort of
information thrown at you. That's a
Might go early year,
Paxton. He might indeed, he has the
last bowl of the end.
In the area for something. Jack well
through. Red carries through, going
to rely on a couple.
Paxton will be
pleased with the result, to be fair.
Darren would have liked the red one
to roll another yard.
That's not going to be easy to beat
and cannot really afford to try and
beat it either.
Rob will just be
looking to hit a good second I
think. Certainly will not want to
protect in. -- to put it in.
Per I thought he might have gone a
bit closer than that.
He did take
away the two silly ones.
Is a good
start for the man from Arbroath.
got a result out of his first two
bowls there. A world-class start.
Rob gave himself a chance but wasn't
able to take advantage with the last
Any short bowl starters, you know
you're going to be in trouble.
would have liked to have been a
touch closer with this end.
sure with this one, but we will see.
There have been a few players who
have been very unsure about their
bowls and they haven't been too bad.
He knew that wasn't up, but he is
still two feet away. We have seen it
around this week, I don't know why.
But... People thinking they are
maybe half a yard away and in the
end they are close. This looks
Yes, all the way back...
He's really watching this one, so it
must be close.
Always down the right
line, it is.
Very hard, from what we can see, to
get off the line with anything more
than a foot.
Anything over pace, it
does not come back.
It seems to be
different this year, I don't know
why, just holding a little bit.
Everybody is using very strong
bowls. I imagine that is what Robert
is doing, the maximum bias.
believe he's using his XPs. He has
finished a foot under the line but
not come back to jack I before.
can rest the read out, turn the
Once again, just not making back.
A good solid start for Darren. He'll
be more than happy with 3-0.
It is an interesting time for a lot
of Scottish bowlers, who are trying
to get representation all around the
world and they are up against
Foster, Marshall, Burnett, the key
three in many ways. You can add to
my players to that and you have a
plethora of high-quality Scottish
players to come in two major events,
Stuart Anderson etc. But it must be
very hard when you have those three
players that are ever present.
Scotland are at this point blessed
with probably a dozen players that
could represent them if they played
-- and if they played for another
country, would probably all be
playing in the Commonwealth Games.
Including the manager.
Yes, certainly, David Gourlay is a
high-performance coach. I think he
makes sure they are fully prepared
for everything that they have to
I think he takes care of what
they need, and makes sure they are
prepared right in their own way.
Absolutely. Now, can he sneak round
this Green ball? A little touch on
the jack would be a bonus. That is
He seems to like this one.
has every right to. It is not that
far away. Second shot.
It's a tough audience out there,
isn't it? Is not a lot of clapping
going on. It started like a house on
fire and no one has really made a
Seven inches away from
the jack and...
That engrossed, I
They probably are, but you go
to some other tournaments, and they
are almost taking the rafters off
with bowls of this quality.
probably right - probably a tough
audience. They are used to bowl macs
on the jack -- balls on the jack all
I'm surprised he still went up
I thought he made have played
beforehand to touch the red ball
down and cover things up a little
bit, but he obviously feels
confident on the backhand, and
that's the reason why.
They liked that one.
That is a very
good effort. I suppose, with a good
pace, he wasn't going to turn
Robert's in, so...
Robert just looking to try and
shuffle things around a bit. Bang on
target, and gets a result.
Yes, perfect result.
Well, he couldn't have hit it
better. That bowl was always coming
in. After spinning around a bit,
you're not really sure where it's
going to go, but having said that,
he couldn't have played it any
No, just hit the target when
he wanted to. This spinner didn't
get too much of the jack. It's been
a good start.
A predictable change of length from
Yes, and he's right on the
outside edge of the mat to help his
very strong bias bowls get back.
It's certainly not the easiest on
this length to find a good one. But
that is certainly a good starter.
Yes, right at the centre line.
That's a great reply as well. That's
I think they've both
come out with the mentality that
they've both got to play well.
Which, at this stage, you would
expect, but it doesn't always
No, it's all on the day, but
we love to see two players on top
form, because it makes it a
REFEREE: The gap
at the back is five inches, the gap
at the front is seven inches.
At the centre line again, but
anything just over the weight, you
just don't get back.
pace or nothing, I think, today.
He's down again.
Just got back on
his pace being good enough.
good bowl. A confident call. Green.
I won't be surprised if Darren has a
pop at this.
Looks like he's lining
up for the forehand runner. Right on
Short jack length, didn't
give it time to move. Surely Robert
will go deep now.
You would think
so. I don't think there is a contact
that gets rid of all three greens
without moving the jack.
Well, both re-spots covered by this
back bowl. It is damage limitation.
His own two could disappear, I
suppose. That would be very unlucky.
He nearly followed for the spot.
Looking to see if his own bowl is
going to follow.
That may not be too
far away. It's close, from what we
That would be an
better than it was.
Bang on target,
but you can't really have
anticipated the follow-through.
he was just going for a damage
limitation, and he certainly done
It was his own bowl...
The umpire, Mike Davies, just
getting out the marker. That is well
in. A big result, a good hit, as you
Robert will certainly...
think Darren would be happy to come
out second in that particular
situation. A turnover of four shots
there, that's big.
It wasn't too
much luck because he had exactly
what he wanted. But Robert, he would
think he was all covered there.
UMPIRE: Jack length 29.5 metres.
think this is going to be a game of
two different lengths.
It sometimes happens that way -
players come on with maybe a slight
game plan, but that is adaptable as
the match develops. Robert
definitely going for the short jack
length at the moment.
And played a
good end, but you can't stop
Darren's last bowl, can you?
A remarkable career, Darren Burnett,
when you look through it. I have
numerous times. So many titles in
there, it's scary stuff.
much he hasn't won, is there?
little. British Isles, on the
domestic front, which a lot of
professional players haven't. He has
won the British singles a couple of
times, I think. I certainly remember
at least once.
I was on the
wrong side of it, that's why I
remember. Commonwealth Games, World
Championships... The world indoor
Council for times. Scary stuff. --
He has definitely got
most of the things on his CV that
you would want.
Well, that's actually not bad,
because there are holes and gaps.
Robert's not got much. Perfect draw,
and he has got to fill in a gap for
his last one.
Robert's dropping short. He's going
to leave himself absolutely nothing
to play. Surely he won't risk having
a drive at it.
It could be dangerous
if he gets a bowl onto the jack and
one of his doesn't follow. Unless
Darren tucks it round the corner,
then he might have no option.
Oh, dear! He turned his back. I
wonder why. The line doesn't look
too bad. Yeah, he knew out of the
I don't know whether he got
disturbed or something. He knew
virtually from the hand.
trying to make a connection on the
draw shot. Must be careful not to
over correct. He's on the wrong of
He certainly was making up for
the ones he was short with.
Is probably not the front Green,
bossed the first to bowls on his
length. That's leaving Robert in
trouble at the moment.
differences, if Darren got out of
trouble -- Darren got out of trouble
in the last end, and Robert hasn't
been able to, this end. It makes a
tremendous difference to the match.
6-1 down, if he had got the shot, it
would have been 4-2, and all of a
sudden, 4-2 is nothing in a match
like this. When it is this close,
7-1, a long way back.
is. Darren has a good runner, so if
you give him a five shot cushion,
you will only get a one when you
have played a really good end.
UMPIRE: Two shots, Darren Burnett.
It might only have been one before
Robert's last bowl.
is very difficult to have a career
and play top-level bowls, indoor and
out door. You know all about it. It
is a difficult mix. And with family
there as well. I know your family
are involved in bowls, but it is
Yes, it is very time if
you're going to hold a standard.
Darren's shifts as well would have
been even harder.
He's a policeman,
of course. No 9-5 there.
With Scotland's commitments in World
Championships, Commonwealth Games,
Yes, it's very
tough, no doubt about that. A lot of
other sports, at this level, you can
make a very comfortable living.
Sadly, not in the sport of bowls.
Anyway, I think he likes being a
I hope so - he's been
doing it a while.
He has. The only
police man in Scotland to get
special leave during the Glasgow
What can I say?
Everyone else was on duty, and he
was winning a gold medal.
But he did
but he was there to do.
Well, Robert really needs to get
hold of this jack and change the
He's still got time, but...
He can't afford to lose any more
shots. Five behind is doable, but...
Any more than that, the games
start to run away.
This is one of
those that these to be added. I'm
sure Darren won't get that gap next
time round. -- that needs to be
It's a clear one, and he's
got it. Good stuff, good bowl. We
may see a heavy shot coming out
here. Darren Burnett's trotting
He's looking forward to this
Two bowls will go. The jack, if
he gets it all the way through, he
will definitely get a shot.
the angles are set, all the bounces
go that way as well.
Looking at two
bowls now. Onto the re-spot. Very
As we said at the top
of the game, he's got one of the
best runners in the game. Two of the
three times it has been on show, he
has hit pretty much exactly where he
wanted to. Just enough to hold a
nice line and gets it away.
He's looking for this just to stop.
It's running a shade. Well... Is it
dropped back. It might just make it,
but it's very close.
Took one away. That's not counting,
so measure for shot. Once again,
it's an important measure.
Though, this is close. Equi distant.
That would just such fine.
tighter than it looks, to be fair.
Oh, the red bowl. That would have to
go down as a badness at this level.
Definitely, I would be disappointed
with that. -- Robert would be
disappointed with that. Certainly,
as the scores stand, 6-2 and 7-1 is
a huge difference between those with
only three to play.
length 29.5 metres.
Once again, he
is facing the longer jack length
that Darren prefers.
first bowl has been going pretty
good. And he hasn't let us down
he's definitely nailed the line
Obviously, the early start
this morning suits him.
He would normally do a shift of work
and then come down.
That's what he
Doesn't look so good, this one.
might help Robert -- it won't help
Robert, ferrets finished.
UMPIRE: Last bowl, 15 inches
short of jack. -- where it's
Can he hang around?
Opened the door.
Kept his own bowl on the rink, which
He certainly changed it. He
would've been hoping for a bit more
positive contact on the jack,.
He should be able to get inside
that. I know it is a longer jack
length, but we are seeing a lot of
players being able to hold the bowl
That spot is still accessible,
I want to see where it
finishes, because Robert might well
be forced to change onto the
I would say that would
force him onto the backhand.
It would be an unusual spot to
finish. I don't imagine many players
would practice a re-spot under the
On the thin side. Certainly not
coming across in the wider arc.
Well, certainly a better line with
this. Is chucking through a good
weight as well.
UMPIRE: 15 inches. 15 inches.
choice but to just draw away.
had a siteer with his first one, if
he can get this a bit wide, and it
doesn't look like it is going much
He is underwritten now. Once
you go under, you have no chance of
staying in. It is this set is
sliding away rapidly. Robert's not
playing badly, but he's just that
little bit behind. I think that key
He played a good
length on his own length but that is
the only time he has that chance to
buy it. And Darren has dominated the
Well, a very rare close to a full
That is true but Rob still
needs to get seven in two which is a
Will be trying to play
himself into the next set.
Well, it's not where he wanted it
and Rob has to be careful not to
touch it. But he could start off and
get a double.
He could create a bit
Missed a chance.
he's missed a big chance there.
Seven in two is difficult anyway,
but... In front torture there. All
of a sudden you get a sniff of a
chance of a three -- a front
Too many chances.
He certainly can't
give Darren three chances.
try and squeeze this jack through to
try and get something out of it.
He's going for the runner. Trying to
squeeze the jack against the ball
and bring it back for three. Front
ball didn't help obviously.
far away, but...
Go for cover and
I would suggest Darren
goes the cover. Robert will still
play the same shot, he's got nothing
Aiming for the three green bowls at
He's trying to encourage
it forward. He may have
inadvertently covered it by stopping
Yes, I think so. That's probably
about pre-feet away -- 3-4 feet away
from where he wanted it.
That's going to make the scoreline
I don't think there's
any doubt that Darren deserved to
win the set.
Probably by, maybe
three or four shots, I would have
said. That scoreline is going to
look really odd at 11-1. Good value,
Darren. One key bowl made all the
Certainly did and he
powered and from there. I think the
first bowl was from knocker -- a
front knocker. He's not let Robert
settle. Every time Rob has played a
good one, he's almost beaten it next
Yes, it's the confidence also of
having the first set in your back
pocket. Guaranteed a three end
tie-break. It's always a nice
It's one of those way you
don't want to relax too much and let
your opponent back in. If you can
win 2-0 it's easier than playing the
tie-breaks because they can
literally go either way.
It was a tight battle this morning.
To be fair, Danny probably deserved
to win the first set. Somehow, and
I'm not sure how, removed all three
bowls without removing the jack. He
managed to get it tight, which
managed as to sneak over the line.
good bowl from Robert but again,
he's dropping short. Any movement on
the jack is good here. UMPIRE: Your
bowl is 11 inches past jack high.
COMMENTATOR: Rob is going to be in
big trouble if there's one good bowl
from Darren here. He's just out
there, about good spot.
building up. He needs another one
It's almost worth giving this
one a chance if it finishes past.
Yes, there is a perfect gap there,
if you can make that onto the red.
Once again just holding off. Still,
It's not too bad a spot.
Darren will be looking for a
straightener off the shot bowl, just
to get him back to the jack.
Darren, have you pushed this enough?
Yes. Enough for the shot.
think he had.
He probably thought
that was a bit shorter. A wry smile
which probably gives you the...
Yeah. He got a bit more out of it
than everybody expected.
Now, Rob, can you get back into
Doesn't look too bad.
matter of stopping on the back bowl.
That should be enough. It's going to
be very close. A little clap from
Darren on his leg, but... He's
asking for the measure. He's pretty
good on these, actually.
It was a
good bowl live from Robert though.
It was a case for do that with his
third bowl really, which would have
put him in the ascendancy.
In the context of the game
this is a big measure, for Robert to
try a different jack length.
about the opportunity of casting the
jack to your length. He really needs
to get this.
The old adage of the
umpires go to the one they think is
the nearest first.
That's what they
Always worries me when
it's not mine they measure first!
LAUGHTER They go to the opposition
bowl and you go, oh, that's that.
Although, it might be green.
shot, Robert Paxton.
changed their MO.
Just to confuse us
of course because we automatically
think the other way.
It's not a big
surprise. This is almost identical
to where he played the end before.
Jack length 25.5 metres.
It's just what he
expected, playing down into his own
It shows what the difference
between some length than others but
players prefer. That goes for all of
us. We've all got lengths like that.
Well, he was about to change... The
anything with playing the back
candidacy has to be a little bit
He certainly doesn't want
to get his own. You do all the hard
work for Darren after getting the
He was trying to encourage
that one forward. He knew he was
just a bit on the edge.
To be fair,
you need to be. Because if you're
heavy, it doesn't get back.
That will have moved it an inch or
so... Has to play beforehand. -- the
I'm not sure he's all the way up, is
Well, it's not an
absolute protector but it will help.
A little tap on the ball to spring
the jack across... Depending on what
Darren does, there's a shot for the
red bowl but he's got another one
before then. He doesn't seem to like
Well, he's not that far away, I
don't think. Well, there we go.
Found out why. I think he was just
lacking a foot to carry him past it.
He's left himself in an ugly spot
here. If Robert can add another one
in somehow without giving Darren
Mutch, there's not much to hit
A clear road would be better... That
might have been second back again.
Yes, still close on the screen,
Darren has given it a good
And Darren has still got the
draw to touch the green for one.
It's what he is prepared to do. Is
he prepared to take a risk of
getting his own bowl onto the
backhand on the green and losing
Top red gets rid of both reds,
doesn't it? And that this second
end? Tap the bowl, try and get the
shot. But he'd probably look the
other way and try and get the three
LAUGHTER I wouldn't be at
all surprised. He does things
sometimes a bit different, but it's
early days. There we go. He's going
for what we think is the right shot.
Definitely. It's a lot safer, if you
play a good one you can win the end.
Just didn't push it enough.
Guaranteed to second. Good bowl.
There wasn't much set that
guaranteed him a good result. But
that could have got a bad result.
Everything seemed to be splitting
away from staff.
I'm sure in days
before we've all played shots like
that. But most of them have gone
against, I would say. Certainly I
know I have.
I think when you get
into the position where you have to
He had choices there.
1-0 isn't a disaster.
Well, that's interesting. A long way
Different hand, different
I wonder whether Darren will go
early for this, or just keep drawing
They're holes and gaps, but
take one away, jack through, he is
so confident and his weight shots.
He certainly doesn't miss many.
In the ditch, and it's going to stay
alive in there.
That's finished in
an awkward spot as well. Right in
Will probably play across this. He's
gone down the narrow side.
got to beat the centre bowl to start
There's nothing easy about it,
Definitely not. That's
nearly as good as you can do. Unless
you dare go a bowl wider.
He knows that's going to be very
beat. The closer you get to
it the more you bend.
going the other side. If he runs the
length, he's got a chance. We'll
wait for confirmation.
It is a secret, we aren't
With the angle it
probably is one red.
Keeping us all guessing at the
there. Certainly looks like the
shot. But again, not a lot of
Would Darren go for the
two bowls here?
It's so hard for him
to draw that...
He's only two feet
from the ditch with his first. Any
tighter he's into the front green.
We'll see. Looks like he's running
at it. It's close... Clean as a
One shot, Darren
That was a great bowl.
certainly got the one he wanted.
But once again, Robert Paxton got an
opportunity to go on his jackknife
and Darren Burnett has got the shot,
albeit with a great bowl. Now we go
back to the long jack length.
has got to compete and Darren's
length, that's the key. If Darren
misses with the first, Robert has
got to get in.
Well, I don't think he's going to
make the link. It's a good bowl,
though. -- make the length.
an OK start. It'll give you
something to work with, no matter
what your opponent does.
You must be
a tough skip to play with!
would say yes!
LAUGHTER You put one
within ten inches of the jack and
you say that's said OK start!
the next one up!
He's not playing too many loose at
this length, is he?
not. Right from the start he was on
it, right from the word go, wasn't
It's OK, only moved it a little bit.
It's a good bowl.
Your nearest bowl
has a gap of four inches. Five
He's just trying to work out
what the he wants to play with an
extra bit of weight here. Put the
bowl onto the green bowl?
playing the hard shot but there's
more reward if you can get it.
it is difficult. If he misses a
green one he'll get positioned. He
may not be too unhappy with that.
Rob is in a tricky position here.
It's definitely not easy to add
another. Almost certain Darren is
going to run at the outside red with
the last what.
Run for cover. Has to
There's the cover bowl. Darren
It's a good bowl
from rock to be fair.
looking at that sort of shot, there
is always a good chance if he gets
the jack down to there.
he'll be a bit quicker this time.
Always a chance of picking the green
one off on the edge as well. He's in
Oh dear, didn't quite see
Robert was always in
a difficult position there. There
were loads of contacts, and he's
jammed it in difficult as well. His
back bowl has come into play for a
A bit of reaction
there but not much. He was bang on
target in terms of getting
something, it's just where the bowls
finished and blocked ten is the bit
that hurt more than anything else.
It wasn't a fluke.
Robert into the difficult... That's
hard to get back, really hard to get
back from there. Nine out of ten
Miss White, I'm afraid.
It's still anybody's
at the moment.
Quite often I would
say about the shot that gets a
fortunate result, it's not really
the result if you've got a bowl to
come. It's where the bowl finishes
is the key. Off you're left with
If he falls down,
completely different shot.
Absolutely, and you would expect him
to get it.
He was back on that very early.
Again, not too bad.
About a foot
Compared to the standard he
set its probably further away than
he's been but I'd be happy with that
It's a very good start. Any
touch on it will bring it closer.
Here comes the touch...
You've got a ten inch gap.
gap, he wasn't happy. He's a tough
That's probably how you get to
This is where Rob needs to get in.
Yes, good. Good with that.
One inch past.
his own bowl to go there and turn
the green one out as well. We really
want to see this as being a
It must be wide because
he certainly got enough weight.
really want to see this being a
top-notch game, every end getting
in. Conversion shots, everything
happening. It has quality written
all over it. The first set scoreline
doesn't show that. The quality was
certainly Darren's in the first set.
His first two dominated, a couple of
good runners and the scoreline
probably didn't quite suggest...
This has been a rare occasion that
Robert has dominated and Darren's
But Darren has
still got the backhand runner coming
He has. Backhand runner take
something away. He's got the back
bowl waiting for it. It's not a
toucher so the green bowl can go in
the ditch. Goodness me, I'm
I'd have lost a bet
He has gone into his own bowl. I'm
surprised at that.
I would have put
money on him playing the backhand
runner, but he personally felt that
he was in good enough touch to just
get over it.
He's also opened it up
to give Robert a chance for Ray
Another six or eight inches
to get into. -- for a three.
No mistake. The best end for Robert
Paxton, I would say.
Robert will be looking for a good
Once again, another good start. He
hasn't been able to capitalise in
terms of scoring with these short
Not as yet.
A slight protector, but he was
actually after the red bowl.
position, depending on whether
Darren can find the winner. And he's
Waiting for the green bowl
to fall, but at the moment, it's
hanging on. It must move, now,
It will force Robert to
It has two.
air of, I must just be passed.
see what he's worried about. He will
take a time-out here. He gets the
green bowl, that green one could
come out into the open. It's
understandable. He gets any
connection onto there, the jack
could easily just bounce out into
this sort of position, then you're
in trouble, because then, you're
looking at a trail shot to the red
Ideally, he would love to miss
the green, just sit passed, in
between the jack and the back red
bowl. Being greedy, he'd like it to
count as well.
That's why he will be
playing that. The forehand is just
full of danger.
Can he miss... ?
No, that's a
brilliant shot, that really is.
Yeah, played it very well.
He had to
get so close to the front red bowl.
He missed it by a fraction.
have been quietly concerned from
hand, because it wasn't quite as
wide as he would have liked.
he was quietly concerned. Forcing
Darren into playing the green bowl
onto the jack. That's very
difficult, although he is coming
probably to a very good place. He
will have to cover that.
doubt. Again, Darren has got the
He still needs to stretch it a
little bit. That's good, split the
He has covered the touch
but he is still down on the spot. He
could do both, I suppose.
# He couldn't do both, I suppose.
The front green is bad for Darren.
still think he has to play it. -- he
couldn't do both, I suppose. Now,
what happens with the green bowl
going through? Yeah, stayed on. Good
strike, not easy.
Yes, hit it well.
Unfortunately for Darren, the green
bowl went with it. On another day,
he would have locked it on his own
red and it would probably have been
Interesting set of - 6-2, three ends
to go, and it is still anybody's.
Yes, either of them...
Goes without saying, that's the best
He's almost like a different
player at the short length.
Oh! Sat it out.
What a shot!
Interesting that he changed hands,
because the red one past the jack,
that he just played.
It looks like
the jack is coming into the red won
by playing the backhand. He really
wanted to be deeper than that. It is
a bit of a wasted bowl in many
It's not going to be the
ideal spot for him.
The pace of this
game is really quite slow now in
comparison to some other matches,
yours included, Nick, of course. You
were one of the faster players.
Everyone has got their own pace,
haven't they? Mind's quick. Not as
quick as Jamie, but still pretty
quick. -- mine is quick. It is one
of those games where you don't want
to do something wrong because it's
going to make a difference from now
on, isn't it?
I don't know whether Robert's just
trying to set something up rather
than just play something.
He had to
He had to be passed with one
Now he has two options - he
can push one out or push the green
bowl onto the jack. At least he's
set something up for himself. That
is where the second bowl hurt a
Darren's sort of staying
out the way, I think.
He is more or
less saying, go ahead and play it.
If it goes wrong for you, I'm
Yeah. He got a clap
for it, anyway!
Happy to play them
there all day and get a clap. Well,
now, Rob, I can't see what you're
after here, apart from to drop back
on the jack.
I just don't think he'll
play the shot that he would play. If
he needed two shots, to win the
match, he might be tempted to play
the bowl on the jack. Other than
that, it's not worth it, really.
looks like he might, you know.
that's an interesting one.
He didn't at all. He
could have flicked his own out and
lost three there. Probably forced
him slightly on the inside, to be
Rob almost sort of gave in,
didn't he? He didn't play up the
forehand where he had the option to.
Almost happy to take the one down.
Darren said, I am happy to drop a
foul-mac here, or get a two.
would have been over and into a
tie-break, effectively. -- dropped a
foul-mac here. -- four.
Well, Darren's got another chance to
get one in tight. The body language
would say it's not the best.
think? ! He's not bad. He's just
over it. He knew he was three or
four feet heavy.
A chance with this one.
It needs to
It looked good all the
Body language would suggest that
he's not where he wanted to be.
even further this time. What do you
Do you put another one in order
you cover the back? -- do you put
another one in, or do you cover the
back? I think he is going for the
cover. Or is he?
Needs to hurry a
bit if he's going to add another.
Well, the crowd are clapping it, but
it looks like two.
It is probably
nailed on the backhand runner now.
think so. He might as well play it,
hope to get the connection right.
Oh! Whether he's got a shot or not,
he will be very disappointed with
That is a bad result.
The jack in the ditch was perfect. I
think it's pretty close. Jack in the
ditch, he was lying four shots. Wow.
He'll certainly be very disappointed
Really good strike, bang
on target, and got a horrible
result. Robert, you want to draw
this but you don't want to touch the
Well, that's number one, obviously.
UMPIRE: Match tie-break.
suggest it might pay a tie-break at
It had that sort of look
about it. 8-3 doesn't really show
what sort of set it was. It was a
closer set than the score suggests.
The three down there when Darren
sort of refused a backhand runner,
if you want, and played hard shot,
if he puts that in the ditch, you
are still almost level.
Interesting to see who one might be
UMPIRE: Jack length 24.5
metres. -- who won the toss.
thing about the short length is that
Darren's ability to play the
conversion shots is so good, he's
probably quite happy to go with a
short jack length and have the last
He will certainly like that
just there, because it has made a
target pretty big. Even though I
believe he will draw with this one.
He's looking at it. Surely he's not
thinking about it from that
distance. Well, he's on the
backhand. Just a draw, though.
It's not the widest line.
Robert will look to hide round the
back of that is, nibbled the jack
round his own green.
Eight curled in -- a
Is he arriving? Well, it's another
chance here, isn't it? And Robert
will know he's got to beat that last
red, because if you lead that
sitting like that, he has got two Mo
goes at it, I know, but...
get plucked out.
Yes. -- two more
goes at it.
He's going to push it on, isn't he?
He's not up but he's just enough. Ho
Ho Ho... There is still that little
stunning shot, but lots of
difficulties with it. We have seen
many players try to play that inside
backhand line and just whip across.
I had a go earlier, very
This one's going.
Yeah. It is the same with Alex in
his game, he played a number of
roles backhand down the inside line.
The margin of error must be so
It is a difficult shot to
play on this surface, as a rule, but
that hand in particular, there is
about an inch line where you are
wide or tight.
Now, Robert, this
looks like you're going deep. He
only needs one green. It's a
tie-break. He just needs to score
and win the end, doesn't matter how
many shots. That looks like it
covers both. It does cover both
re-spots. This is a problem for
He could hit either of his
reds and do some damage, or he could
still draw the shop. There is ample
room. A different length, I know,
but he was doing it in the first
set. Either red bowl solid would be
Yeah. This is a tough
one, and you can tell how difficult
it is, because Darren Burnett, like
all the top players, can work these
things out very quickly. There's
nothing pretty about this.
he was hoping for a better result
with his third bowl, but he didn't
make it very good at all.
Goodness me! He got a result. Well,
he was on target, but I think it's
fair to say it was rather fortuitous
when it bounces off a bowl like
that. He took so long about working
out what to do. You hit a bowl like
that and then you squeeze it against
another, and it happens to finish
beside your own.
No matter where
Robert had covered, he wasn't going
to cover that side of the red one.
Definitely not, but in the area, got
the result. Takes the single.
will be pretty disappointed with
that. He can't do any more, to be
honest. Personally, if I was going
to play the runner, I would probably
have played up the other hand onto
my two reds.
It would help to
shuffle things around when the jack
moved. He wanted to get the bowl
onto the jack, and that's what he
played. From that perspective, it
was a very good bowl.
hit the angle he wanted to.
But it's a tremendous help to get
that first end, because you can bank
that away knowing that you can take
a risk on the next end.
And you know
you've got two chances.
That's a good start.
Darren is trotting up after this, so
he must think he's close.
look like it is past his red. It may
have been enough to sneak him in if
he had missed.
He will have worked
out that even at this early stage,
the green one has been taken out.
You can see it.
Robert will be
dreading any runner after the last
Very much so. He needs to hurry
with this, though. He needs to take
away that plant. It blocks up the
jack, maybe, but it doesn't stop the
plant shop. It still looks like it
can be drawn, though.
If he can find
six engines on his last, he will be
close. -- six inches on his last. He
thinks he's quick.
He's trying to
bring it back. He's not far away
from the bowl, though. Got it.
because that bowl was sitting out on
the side, and that is a match live.
Robert Paxton has two bowls to
recover the situation. Still the
forehand draw for him.
Just hanging off, is it? Is it good
enough? Yes, it is. Good bowl.
is a good end of bowls for this
stage. They will both be pretty
That is good stuff, really
is. Hard to draw in that situation,
but I think Darren has that forehand
runner and he has to play.
said, he has won the first end, so
to a degree, it doesn't matter. If
he gets to the green one clean,...
Always harder to draw the shop the
second time. And it's sitting off to
the side, which means that if he
gets a little hold off the
There is not much
danger being tight, either, I don't
Forehand drive. He's watching it.
UMPIRE: Second end, Robert Paxton.
It is a 2-1 tie-break.
And Robert was just about to give
the jack, I think, to Darren.
don't think he'll be doing that.
Darren likes to have the last bowl.
Robert just watching that jack go up
to see if it gets to where he needed
to be. It may be a yard more...
has found a bit of adrenaline there.
Is just a yard more than what he
Not a bad one.
A good start-up.
Dropped over onto Darren's favourite
Oh, he's close with this.
The rules change, of course, and at
the end of tie-break, you can
nominate to destroy the end and play
it over again in the same direction.
That's the place you didn't want to
That's position a for you didn't
want to leave it.
No drive shot to
get a trouble, then. -- treble.
A bit quicker?
Yes, I think he
wanted to get to the green ball.
Just wanted to drop on it, secure
it. A bit further than what he
wanted to be. Still, better there.
Interesting to see what Robert plays
with this because he really has to
I think he will still try
and draw but reach.
You know what
He's having a
look at it. You just don't know if
it's going to get back. As soon as
you put the extra weight on... There
you go. Looks good for so long, and
It's definitely the hardest
shot. He's got two or three seconds
depending on what Darren does.
Probably tighten it up and go a bit
Darren drawn the green
bowl, try and block the red bowl if
he can. Definitely needs another one
in. I do think he can afford just to
leave that. He has the last bowl
He has two to come.
Nearly a blocker.
He's going to be
trying to get to the front of this
green one anyway. Dropped it. As you
say, it wasn't meant to be a
Big decision here.
Had to move
Narrow it down and go
quicker, you can't afford to just
drift past it.
Tanner calls. -- time
It's harder the less
amount of pace you use.
He's sticking to the draw. Goodness
me, this is brave. Really brave.
some shot if he gets up.
the last one, but is he reaching? I
do think so. He's dropped it. He
went for the perfect draw, didn't
quite make it. Darren Burnett holds
a single. Wins the match 2-1. A very
good game and it was well worth the
crowd staying on to see it.
Definitely. Darren was outstanding
in the first set, first to bowls but
Robert just got over the line.
Well, always expected a tough game
between these two players. That was
exactly what we were getting. He got
out of the blocks very quickly and
everything Robert Paxton put in
front of him, he was able to get out
of. Robert forced into playing
weight shots. Everything was going
right to Darren. Jack out the side,
his own bowl runs through and gets
it on a measure. And once again,
Jack out to side, and he's loving
the shot. Absolutely perfect. His
weight shots were so good. Robert
coming back strong, making the
treble on the fifth end in the
second set. Yet again drops in for a
double. Darren gets a boost on the
first end of the tie-break. Robert
draws the shot. He levels things as
we go into the last leg of the
tie-break and Robert couldn't make
it on the draw. Darren Burnett is
through to the quarterfinals. Well,
the stats were always going to look
a bit hard with regards to 11-1 in
that first set. The big story was
the long Jack Cummings against the
short Jack Link. Darren Burnett just
gets over the line -- the long jack
length over the short Jack length. A
fine win but my goodness you had to
work hard for that, Darren.
Absolutely, you always have to work
hard against Robert. I started
really well and then for some reason
I went off a bit.
In that second set
in particular you started to really
nailed the Jack in the first and
First set down, first
to bowls were inaccurate throughout.
I just had to begin in the second
set which I did. Tie-breaks, it's a
toss of the coin really.
It was a
real battle because you lost a bit
of your weight but that was all done
to the pressure he was putting you
Absolutely. I played really
well first set but within myself
didn't feel I was 100% knowing where
we were going. That seems a strange
thing to say but I knew Robert would
come back into it.
You must be
pretty pleased with the way you
played and you were able to get back
in into that second set.
Yes, I was
disappointed with the result
obviously but I was pleased with the
way I played in the second set.
Forcing the tie-break in the second
set was good.
Let's talk about the
tie-break. It's fair to say in the
first end of the tie-break, you had
a bit of a break.
I had a dead rod.
I needed a bit of luck and I
certainly got that. The Jack could
have gone anywhere to be honest. You
get some of these and you take them
and run what we thinking at that
I was hoping for a backhand
draw to be honest. There's loads of
options and it jammed nicely fit
Darren. He was on target, it was
just a great result for him.
Quarterfinals for you. What are you
It was good to get a run
here. It's our home tournament,
always good to get a run. It's going
to be tough. I've got to take my
form and maybe take it a level
further because it's going to get
harder and harder.
Thank you very
much Robert Paxton. Commiserations
to you. Darren Burnett through to
the quarterfinals, well done. So,
let's have a look and see what that
does to the second round results.
Darren Burnett needed some fortune
in the tie-break to knock out the
number six seed Robert Paxton. What
a game that was. Absolutely
wonderful stuff here in Perth. We're
hoping the next one will be the
same. Mark Royal is up against a
fellow who so technically gifted and
works as a coach for Scotland as
well, David Gourlay.
I'm happy to be
back here in Perth. This is an
amazing venue for the Scottish
International open. The crowds are
beginning to pick up, the atmosphere
is picking up. In the first round I
beat Damian Dublin. He's qualified
many times and he knows the rink.
That was a potential banana skin. Up
next, Mark Royal. Market can be as
good as anybody on the tour. To be
honest I think he's any good place
at the moment. He's enjoying his
work and enjoying life and that all
helps. He is playing really well.
I've had a few bottles with Mark and
I expect this one to be no
different. I'm currently ranked
number five in the world and I still
think it is possible to win one of
these events. Each year it gets more
difficult. You're maybe not as sharp
as you used to be. The opposition is
getting better. I think the last two
or three years I've got to the
semifinal on three occasions. If
things go right on the day you've
got a bit of luck and a break up the
right time then I think I still have
the potential to win. Having other
commitments within the sport can
make playing the game challenging.
Being the head coach with Bowl
Scotland can be quite difficult and
challenging, balancing it with
playing at this level. You're trying
to put as much commitment and time
and effort into the job that
sometimes you sacrifice your own
playing ability. I love the role
I've got, I love the job I do. I
practice as much as I can so it's a
fine balancing act.
David Gourlay at
the River Tay in Perth. He's about
to come out onto the rink at the
Dewars Centre but who is he going to
face this afternoon? It's Mark
Royal. The list and a drop in form
has forced Mark Royal down to 13 in
the world rankings but now he feels
like he's back in the groove at
Ladies and gentlemen, please give a
warm welcome to the former winner of
the Welsh international open, Mark
It's an extraordinary achievement
that David Gourlay joined the pro
tour 23 years ago and has been in
the top 16 ever since. Technically
gifted and fiercely competitive,
David is a very tough nut to crack
on the rink. Ladies and gentlemen,
please give a very warm welcome to
the former world singles champion,
David Gourlay! APPLAUSE
David Corkhill and Paul Mitchell in
the commentary box. COMMENTATOR:
It's been a great afternoon so far
in terms of exciting bowls and looks
set to continue as well as Mark
Royal and David Gourlay go
Mark Royal has opted for the beard
It's all the rage,
somebody told me!
A year ago I would
have said that this match was very
much in favour of David Gourlay.
Mark Royal hadn't been well for a
while and just managed to keep
playing. But he's back to full
fitness. That makes him a very, very
dangerous opponent. Especially on
the draw shots. He can play the
weight shots but he's a master draw
of a ball.
David was very impressive in his
first game. I thought he played
particularly well. Damian Dublin is
a very good player, one of the
younger players who has come through
on the tour and trying to make his
way up through the rankings. He's a
talented guy. Good scoring for
Getting off to a very good start,
See it coming in but it's almost an
This isn't the first
end that David Gourlay wanted.
Royal simply wants to draw another
The problem is the front bowl
blocking their way in from the
running bowl. He has to try and rest
the bowl here and drop in. He's
certainly wide enough. That's the
problem with short bowls. You tried
over correct and it through.
done so. As you mentioned, the
second and third bowls being short
really set the David Gourlay.
you've been waiting all afternoon
and you get two ends, this is
probably the most difficult match of
the whole day. Simply because you
would have practised this morning
and really that was a long time ago.
The rink will have changed and the
crowd coming in and out after the
other matches, there's nothing easy
about this particular draw. Mark
Royal, left-hander. One of the few
about the place. Another well-known
one is Les will it. -- Les Gillett.
Used to tell me it was cutting edge.
Better from David Gourlay.
Forehand runner. That is get out of
jail card shot, no doubt about that.
The first end he couldn't play it
because of his own bowls.
The left-hander will be able to hold
his bowl up for a long time before
it breaks. Here it comes now.
Look at this for a reply.
Draw it or try and pick it out?
He'll certainly have enough weight
to do it. The danger is picking his
own bowl. He'll have to be a little
bit careful. Very close to it.
on a good line. There it goes.
little bit unlucky to get a contact
with the jack.
Really good bowl.
He's certainly pushed this one wide.
It's a perfect track. His weight is
looking decent as well.
A fine bowl.
Top-class stuff from both players.
If you want to get quickly on the
card... He's done so.
It's not that bad in the end. Trying
to push it.
Identical bowl from Mark Royal.
He's got a good line.
taking the hard way in. It's a
difficult draw. I think he might
have been tempted to drive the two
bowls out. Whereas now he's in a bit
Wants to get round. He has done so.
No matter what way you look at this,
it's damage limitation. He has to
run into them.
Mark, this is so
Well, if he draws it well
He believes he can do it.
He's certainly a lot closer.
falls back it would help...
Definitely one, two might be a
The rule is 30 seconds
after the ball has had forward
movement. You wait 30 seconds to see
if the bowl actually drops.
It was a good bowl by Mark.
More of an indication of his
confidence in the draw shot but
three bowl coulds a yard behind.
He decided the higher risk and
potential high reward wasn't worth
it Amat occasion. But -- on that
Just running all the way out.
Held up for a while but it's going
to bend across.
Well, this time Mark going for the
weight shot. Drop inside, try and
get the two Reds. The jack will do
as well. Well, took one out and
moved the green one. Probably the
second shot. He has, it's not too
David Gourlay back to the matter
quickly. Plenty of time on the
clock. -- the mat quickly.
To read and a very narrow target.
The difficulty is he's got his own
bowl there. If he edges that, it's
going to cost him another shot.
Losing a couple is fine but you
don't want to give your opponent a
gift one. If he can get into that
bowl, now that will take the other
green bowl out. Sorry, the other red
bowl out. The difficulty there is
that will be removed. The any
difficulty is if he gets his own
bowl pro, the back red one will
score. It looks like he might be
playing it. He's going for it.
jack may go out to the right...
Careful of his own bowl. Well, he's
got his own bowl robot managed to
take one of the Reds out at the same
time. In the end it didn't matter
but it was always a risk.
green bowl pro didn't hang around.
-- the second green bowl didn't hang
around. David Gourlay with a couple
of singles and a double to find
himself level once more.
Into rhythm with his first bowl,
David Gourlay. Mark Royal had a poor
season by his standards last season.
Round two of the International open.
Spell that bit on the negative side,
drug-taking a few short bowls and
creating problems for himself. --
just taking a few short bowls.
It looks unappealing from the mat,
Here he comes.
Just made it, by the
looks of it. Certainly very close.
David's back position here and the
front plant is also available if he
wants to play slightly over the
Going strong. Here's the plant, and
there is a green bowl gone, but I'm
not sure it's going to work out. His
own bowl has managed to travel
through, but he has probably cut the
shot out of it.
It was certainly
close there, Mark. A check on the
re-spot. One to come for.
-- one to
come for green.
It was the striking
bowl following through. Watch
this... One coming all the way
through towards the spot. The marker
just favours the red.
He sort of try to hold that back a
little bit, and his arm went under a
It needs to apply the
brakes now. And it hasn't done so.
It has run out. And he knew that as
soon as it left his hand. It was a
little bit on the quick side.
will call on the umpire to measure.
The one red against the two greens.
The box measure has been around for
a long time in different forms, but
they have never managed to find any
more brakething more accurate or
easy-to-use. -- they have never
managed to find anything more
accurate or easy-to-use. They want
to check all the measurements and
make sure it hasn't moved.
bowl at the front.
Mark will be
Evil stick with it. The
final bowl, just lying and no more.
-- key will stick with it. He will
be glad to get back on the card,
having lost the last three games.
Increased jack length from Mark
Royal. It hasn't helped his opening
Once again, as I was saying
about Mark's short bowls, they are
putting him under pressure to play a
really big bowl with his third and
A change of plan.
He is able to take
a slightly different angle to the
jack, being a left-hander. He has
made it work for himself.
It's just going to slip past.
He's down again. He hit it well.
Recovered after the short one.
UMPIRE: Four inches short of jack
It is not a very appealing
target, the green bowl at the front
serving as a guard.
If it is going
to be anywhere, David would prefer
the forehand, no doubt. It will be
hard to draw it. He could time it a
bit more if he wanted, just past the
front one. If he gets into that
bowl, the jack could go out the side
if he gets the outside edge, and the
re-spot position is over here, so
that could work for him.
This, his third bowl, so he still
has one to clean up any problems.
That's the green bowl.
There is that
followed through again. We have seen
that so many times. I can't remember
ever seeing so many follow-through
bowls being damaged like that. My
goodness me! It is all in favour of
David Gourlay now.
Mark Royal may
have to ban the time-out that he
He puts a hand up. David knows
about these things, as all the top
players do. Follow-throughs and very
rarely be judged. -- can very rarely
be judged. Sometimes, it's hard to
judge what is going to happen when
you hit a head. But this is a
difficult one for Mark. That's not
going to stop David playing the shop
he wants to. A number of options
available for stop the forehand
runner again, if he wants to play
yet. -- the shot he wants to. If he
gets the two bowls, the jack on the
re-spot, he's probably good for a
couple. That's what he's going for.
Is he narrow?
He cut right across,
he knew it early.
That's a rare
He hooked on the arm
He is usually very
reliable on his forehand. So, Mark
Royal is relieved, because that
could have been an awful lot worse.
UMPIRE: Jack length 26.5 metres.
It is Mark Royal who came through
against the home qualifier -- the
Hong Kong qualifier.
Needed that ball solid. -- bowl.
Well, Mark chasing this one up.
Looks a little bit on the quick
UMPIRE: A seven inch gap.
Beautiful on the draw. They backhand
is also available, but the jack is
coming into the green bowls, hence
he is staying away from it. Will he
Came back well.
good bowl to make, that one.
wide, pulled right across.
It's chucking through again. David
would love to get rid of the green
bowl, but that might just be too
risky. A shake of the head from Mark
Royal. It was heavy the second it
left his hand, and he knew it.
problem for David is, to draw
another shot, he has to get very
close to the front green bowl.
It is now 21 years since he won the
Confirmed as one. He has been ever
present in that top ranking, David
Gourlay, testament to his ability.
He has played consistently good
bowls. A good tournament player,
One of these guys who gets
better as he goes along. In 2010
coming he fell to number 13 in the
world. -- in 2010, he fell to number
13 in the world.
He kept making
finals and was getting worried
because he was losing them all, but
he was getting there. A tremendous
A few problems in Scotland
in the last few years.
He's not sure if he's going to reach
the jack, but it's not that far
away. I don't think he was too sure
about that one.
A forehand shot.
Depending on where this lands, it
might change the shot.
He has got no chance on that inside
line. You can see, he almost tried
to steer that bowl in towards the
Struggling to get back in time,
Choices... He can run the
bowl or the jack, with a back
position to do that. He can play the
delicate shot, which is so hard. He
would be desperately unlucky to take
his own bowl out.
I'm sure he liked
the two red bowls sitting behind. He
is trying to adjust.
He didn't fancy
that shot, really. It was just a
draw on the end, a low percentage
shot come about no damage. 6-6 after
All to play for in the
final end. Six apiece after the
initial format. Mark Royal scored in
just to make ends since. -- four.
Not too much difference in the jack
lengths both players have been going
It did look a little quick, but
again, it's the kind of bowl that
might come in handy.
They are almost
playing this like a tie-break end.
It doesn't matter how many shots
they score, you just want to win it.
He doesn't want to be short and in
the way to run the jack. A good
effort. Not much. About a foot would
have carried that.
He will go now, I would suggest,
he'll go heavy at it. Well, I'm
surprised that this bowl, and the
only reason why is, there's been so
many bowls tried down that hand. The
only advantages he has got the
left-hand, and that might help.
Still a good line but just not the
weight to carry round. That's messy.
He's good the running bowl, and
there's no reason why he didn't
plough into that, because two of the
reds could have disappeared, the
jack could have gone through, and
now he has the last bowl of the end
and has left himself in a bit of a
messier. He is looking at that - is
the jack going through that plant?
-- left himself in a bit of a mess
here. Well the jack clear with the
front bowls, or will it be hit in?
Typically is, he's OK, but if it
gets an edge of the jack, he will
have to go out wide. -- if it
clears, he's OK.
The recent opposition -- the re-spot
position is now clear. He must think
he has a chance of getting a nibble
at that jack. He doesn't really have
a position to draw this now.
It is getting there too quick. I
think he played that all wrong. He
should have been after that with the
If he had gone with his
third, he had the final one. But not
to be. It is a little bit of second
guessing might be going on in Mark
Royal's head at the moment.
move on. He is very experienced, he
really is, Mark Royal. He doesn't
have to worry. It's the first set. I
know he is a good converting player
head-to-head six times in the last
ten years in the world Bowls tour.
It's nice that you catch it you go
with it just round the corner.
That's a wonderful position, it
Many years ago, Mark Royal was
struggling to get onto the England
international team and there was a
lot of talk about it at the time, no
one could understand why, because he
was playing really good stuff. I
asked him, and he said he went to a
trial and played absolute rubbish.
And that was it. Fair enough!
think I would have taken a chance on
But he was very honest
A great pressure to
perform in these matches.
One or two back associations have
been looking at different types of
measurement for players, not just
trial matches. Skills tests,
throwing to a jack, different
lengths, different hands. They are
either to be applauded for trying
you need it.
The truest test of a bowler is a
I think they are
useful things to enhance skills, but
I am not convinced they are a good
thing to assess skills. David,
looking on his forehand again. That
looks slightly inside it. He gets a
little bit of help. It all depends
if this is off, because if it is on
the re-spot... If that had stayed in
the ditch, he was probably three or
four shots down. Just the one.
looks disappointed for the moment,
but watch where jack goes. If that
had stayed within the confines, the
chances are, he was going to lose
three. As it was, it went off at the
side on the re-spot, and just one.
In the end, no damage done.
got the short bowl onto it.
Fortuitous. He knows that.
wary of it hanging?
The forehand, to
be honest, coming this way, the
forehand does hang off a little bit.
David is more than skilled enough to
reduce the weight on the shot.
That's another good starter.
Mark Royal, his last world Bowls
tour, a victory. He won in Wales in
2011, with David Gourlay as his
He likes Wales. He has
done very well done there over the
years. The Welsh Grand Prix... The
Selwyn Samuel is Centre was the one
he liked most. Well-known to many
Bowls players. -- the Selwyn Samuels
I have travelled all over Europe,
and in the UK, I've never been to
Really? You don't know what
place, I'm very fond of it.
my list. I would have visited sooner
if they had a baseball team.
There's David Gourlay...
Still looking for the perfect bowl.
That red one is vulnerable.
Oh, under it.
Looked way lazy.
that out of hand, forget about that
one. He has to be a little bit
careful. It's not easy to add
another one without moving the jack.
He gave that a good go. He's not far
away, either. Mark indicated one,
David didn't even look, he just
lifted the jack and away.
A more even start to this second
set, Mark Royal having taken four to
open the first set could only add
two singles to his tally.
say, quarterfinal day it's
magnificent, but look at the matches
we've got. It's a fantastic line-up
for quarterfinals day.
here will play Nick Brett, so the
pick of the bunch. He's looking at
Les Gillett against Darren Burnett,
Jamie Chestney against Paul Foster,
Mervyn King against Michael Stepney,
the only unseeded player to make it
to the last eight. It's all rather
It's all rather England
against Scotland as well.
It is. It
would be a four out of four if David
Gourlay wins here.
All finding centre rink, but just
not the right weight the moment. --
at the moment.
Welcomer David is going to draw the
shot. Still a bit of space. And he
Forehand from Mark Royal. Digging it
right with this one, but it looks
like it's going to cut away as well.
Centre line. Weight wasn't too bad.
A funny old end, this one, but they
are dangerous, the ones like this.
You can lose two or three in
somewhat of a cheap way. Obviously
hasn't really had to work hard to
pick up a multiple.
Three against Mark Royal here.
It's a shoulder, and Mark needs to
be a bit wider than his last bowl,
an extra foot or so of.
reaching. He's going to be very
close with this. -- an extra foot or
so of weight. E-mail it with the
last one. -- he nailed it.
A great adjustment, and a good role.
Three against him. And a set that he
has to win.
Big recovery, but it is
also a confidence inspiring
recovery, because you know you can
still do that with the last bowl,
but there are only so many lost
bowls that you want to be dipping
into. You want to be getting those
first two bowls going.
Mark Royal, one of three runners-up
who played in the tournament this
week, who'd never won it, Stuart
Anderson exited in round one, Alex
Marshall exited earlier on today.
Mark, a finalist in 2007.
He needs an edge. Gets it, just
enough to hold them in.
It's been a tough game to get shots,
no doubt, from Mark Royal's first
end, where he picked up the full
house of four. Nothing more than a
double after that.
I slightly favour yours, but it is
The drive, and catches his own.
Well, that makes it very difficult.
He's got a back bowl, David Gourlay,
but only one close to the head.
He'll probably go up and have a look
at it after this delivery. If it's
two against him, he'll go again but
if it is only one, he might think
about a type of shot. -- a different
type of shot. Well, he's lifted his
bowl, and that's not going to help.
But it exposes the short bowl on the
forehand, he could run that off.
Actually, it almost protects his own
bowl. Yeah, he's gone to run-off the
line's shot if he can. It looks
under. Oh, not another run through.
Well, I think he's guaranteed second
I think that would have
needed more than a hand gesture
apology. I think that would have
required a written note. Oh, that's
nearly just lent back on the green
These little run through shots...
Terrific entertainment this week.
Mark Royal, singles all the way.
Mark Royal, who won the Welsh open
in 2011. He is back to full health
and fitness and looking to make a
push. That's a good opener.
We know he's a better player than
13. Just a matter of getting a
couple of good tournaments behind
Looking to drift inside the red
bowl. He's done so. He'll borrow it
nicely. That's a tempting target.
Try and draw into it just now.
Well, jack high bowls, both sides
hole-esque, gaps, two greens to take
out. I don't get the impression that
David Gourlay's next bowl will be a
runner. Mark Royal agrees with me.
Well, he's trying to slip past.
Doesn't want to get caught though.
Oh, that's handy. Must go for them
now, he has to. Clean jack is what
he is after, of course. He has
pulled the last few on the inside.
He widened it deliberately this
time, and took one of the bowls
away, and a little nudge on the back
ones that put it into a good place.
But Mark Royal, aware of the fact
now, one bowl ahead, he needs
another. One gone, but a nudge of
the other, that's fine.
Doesn't want the outside. That might
be enough to help his third shot.
That changes things a bit. David has
to be careful of his own bowl. It
has to be a mixture. This is on the
wide side. He doesn't want his own
bowl on the inside. Well played,
He hit the target he
wanted for the
even if he had come
off onto the jack, he was getting it
on the re-spots. Just missed the
jack by a fraction, but it wouldn't
have mattered, it still have got the
Good stuff. Continues to be ones all
the way. Very hard in a game like
this to score Malta. A lot of good
conversion shots. -- to score
multiples. A player playing a damage
limitation shot from threes lead to
Very little to choose between
them. David Gourlay has the
advantage, winning the opening set.
But it's not inconceivable that we
could get a tide set here.
Two of the last 12 sets between
these two players have ended tied.
In fact, all three of Mark Royal's
wins against David Gourlay have
What can he do here?
He just needs
to get in. The line he's got is
perfect, but it's another really
good head. Its quality stuff, isn't
It reinforces your point, hard
to even get a double.
Have you got the weight to plunge
into the green bowl and move the
jack? Good stuff, but the shot is
against him. Still in command of the
head, and it's a nightmare for Mark
I think Mark Royal is going
to try and sneak around the back,
keep it as close to the red bowls as
he can so, if David moves it a bit
That's what he's
playing. David is really looking for
the red bowl onto green bowl.
Doesn't have to hit it hard, just
needs to play it with a couple of
feet of running, but the difficulty
with that that it holds. -- it holds
off. It's available on the forehand
between the green and red bowls, but
that's really hard.
This is well worth taking time over.
That's what he is looking at, that
plant. Is it going to hit the jack?
If it does, he could end up two
I think there is some
confusion over the time-out. Well,
it's now called with about three
seconds left on the clock. I thought
David Gourlay had already asked for
40 seconds left on the shot clock,
plenty of time.
If it doesn't change, viz, Mark
Royal will not be playing his last
Run for the hills? He's in the
area. It's all a matter of
connections now. Can he get the
green bowl? Oh, he's made it for
one, I think.
A great shot from David Gourlay, but
I'm afraid that brings us to the end
of our coverage on BBC Two Scotland.
If you'd like to know the outcome of
this match between Mark Royal and
David Gourlay, join us tonight for
highlights at 11:15pm on BBC Two
Scotland. We are back with live
action from the quarterfinals at 1pm
tomorrow. Bye-bye for now.
More second-round action from Dewars Centre in Perth. This afternoon should see Scottish bowls legend Alex Marshall on the rink. 'Tatty' has claimed a record six world indoor titles, but the Scottish crown has so far eluded him.
Presented by Dougie Vipond, with commentary by Paul Mitchell and David Corkill.