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Day 3 - Live

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

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of union in 1707. Today in Perth the

matches might not be so unified

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because we have representatives from

both nations, best of friends off

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the rink, but best of enemiesen to.

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Hello. A warm welcome to the Dewar's

Centre in Perth. The draw has worked

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out with all the match this is

afternoon live here on BBC Two

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Scotland, are England against

Scotland. How do you like that? It's

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going to be wonderful. The players

are brilliant. They've been

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wonderful the way they've got so far

to the second round and the matches

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will be brilliant. No doubt about

it. Earlier this morning we had a

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match here and it was an all-England

affair. Let's tell you what happened

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in that one. Danny Dennison against

Nicky Brett. Dennison had already

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got through the first round but

Brett was in no mood to allow

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another upset. The winner of

back-to-back titles in 2014 and 15

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in Perth Brett took the first set

and got off to a great start in the

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second with singles in the first two

ends followed by a double in the

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third with this nice draw.

An English international with 35

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caps to his name, Dennison won his

tour card at the European Masters in

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May this year. He got off the mark

in the next end before putting

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himself in pole position in the

fifth with this finely judged shot.

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Brett produced a better response to

convert another single and retain

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the advantage with four ends left to

play.

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And although Dennison grabbed a

double in the next, it wasn't enough

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to turn the tide. With Brett taking

the next two ends, with that the

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match.

Final score, 8-7, 8-3.

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So just confirmation of that result.

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David Corkhill has joined us, he

will be in the commentary box this

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afternoon. Before the live action

let's talk about something that

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happened yesterday. It was

unprecedented scenes, a smashed

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jack. It was a result of Paul Foster

playing in his match. Interesting.

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Let's talk through this.

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The decision and how they came to

it.

It was clear where the jack was

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going, it was going to the left into

the side ditch. It would have been

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on the respot. Paul was to score

two. Finally the decision was made

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to do that because really Mark had

already said, and made it clear,

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Paul was going to get two. Different

sets of rules but the reality is

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world bowls tour have their own set

of rules as well. They don't

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necessarily go to the crystal mark

set and the spirit of the game was

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very much in evidence and two shots

was awarded to Paul Foster.

Because

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Mark did say in the next end he

would have given two to Paul anyway

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to save that happening.

Exactly. It

would have looked a real farce to do

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that. But the truth is the guys

handled it and handled it very well,

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as did officials. The game moved on.

To be truthful, I think it's time to

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put it to bed.

I agree. We had to

chat about it because it's been a

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big controversy because it's never

happened before. Let's hope it

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doesn't happen this afternoon. We

have some fantastic games.

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Particularly the next one. The six

time world champion Alex Marshall

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against Les Gillet.

Alex always keen

to do well here but Les is a fierce

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competitor and left-hander. His

lines to the jack are slightly

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different. I wouldn't be surprised

if it goes down to a tie-break.

It's

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all Scotland and England this

afternoon as well which adds extra

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spice.

It always does, let's be

truthful about it! More importantly,

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for me, it's not just that England

and Scotland, it's the quality of

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the players. We really have some

great talent.

David, thank you, we

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will let you get back to the

commentary box as we turn our

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attention to the first live match.

Alex Marshall and Les Gillet. 2002

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was the last time Les picked up a

singles tournament win on the world

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bowls tour. A few months ago along

with Jason Greenslede he won the

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pairs trophy. He is here in top

form. Ladies and gentlemen, please

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give a warm welcome to Les Gillet!

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APPLAUSE

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His good friend Paul Foster may be

getting closer but in terms of world

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indoors singles title no one can

live with Alex Marshall. Six times

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he has won it. Who knows how many

more he will pick up over the coming

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years with his ability? Will this be

the year he picks up the Scottish

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Open title for the first time?

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a

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huge Perth welcome to Alex Marshall!

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APPLAUSE

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Should be a wonderful match. Joining

David in the commentary box is Paul

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Mitchell.

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Thank you, Dougie. Good afternoon

everyone. This should and cracker to

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get us under way.

Les Gillet gets ready with the jack.

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He will turn 47 later this month. A

familiar figure here at the Scottish

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International Open. Been in this

competition for the 14th time.

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Yes, a fresh looking Les Gillet,

certainly has lost a bit of weight

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and looking quite fit. He is a very

talented player. He really is. He is

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a great drawer to the jack. He can

play the weight shots, he is good at

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them. A lot depends, if Alex

Marshall gets out of the blocks

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quickly.

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A feature of Les game, he steadies

himself, he is not quick. He slow it

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is down. We noticed this about 12

months ago. He has slowed down his

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time on the mat before he delivers

the bowl.

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The gap is two-and-a-half inches.

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He is not hanging about.

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A little bit of pace.

Interesting

choice of shot that. I didn't expect

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that to be honest.

Not with bowl

number two.

Thought he might have

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trickled in for a good second to

develop something. Les is just

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taking his time, gets to about 22

seconds before he starts to get into

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his movement, his delivery.

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Alex might be tempted to draw this

one.

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Looks like he is going again, yeah,

he is indeed. That's a surprise.

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Certainly better with this one. Got

the jack. Yeah. Good contact as

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well. Really solid and off to the

side of the rink.

Some controlled

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aggression at the start of this

match. I can't remember seeing Alex

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Marshall start a first end, all the

years, all the matches, that I have

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worked on with Alex Marshall playing

and I can't remember him starting

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like

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He played that end almost like a

tie-break end.

He wasn't hanging

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around.

Setting the stall out. He is

going to be prepared to attack

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early.

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Left-hander's forehand.

It's harder

to hold the bowl up, there is a hold

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just inside the hoardings. And he

has used it well.

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Really good delivery where it's

finished.

Alex has a couple of

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choices, but safety first perhaps

and first things first, don't lose a

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three.

A draw for second.

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Has given that an excellent go. Just

going to fall in exactly the same

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line.

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An interesting opening end.

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A couple of unusual things from Alex

Marshall in this tournament, the

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time out before the first bowl

yesterday, or Monday. That was of

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interest. And there, going with

weighted shots.

Well, two weighted

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shots, then he was able to play the

perfect draw. If Les' bowl hadn't

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been there that would have been on

the jack, so he is obviously feeling

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in good form. Again this 1.00 match

is ideal for the players. They've

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got that half hour before to

practise and the rink doesn't change

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within five minutes. Just as we come

on air and the players are

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introduced. So they're well in

touch.

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No connection.

Three-and-a-half

feet.

Alex knows he will get around

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that, three-and-a-half feet.

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Take a metre off. Even if he drops

in jack-high, just to secure the

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shot. He is still going a little

bit.

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Goodness me. This is very odd.

Two

green.

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Wouldn't be surprised if Les is

going to change to the other side

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here. I think he let the second one

go and thought he was closer. A

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change of hand.

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No change of result, though.

Three

green.

Well, they're not very far

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away. But there's still plenty of

room.

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18 inches is always handy to have,

but at this level they're very

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beatable. This looks better.

APPLAUSE

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One red.

Too many chances.

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He has to see - what side he wants

to come around.

If he taps his own

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bowl down that will be enough. He

can't afford to play anything over

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the draw. The jack goes back, and he

is in a heap of trouble. He has

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given this a go.

Oh! He needed a clear road. He

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definitely had the weight to make

it.

One red.

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Backhand draw.

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Beautifully done. Two shots.

APPLAUSE

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No mistake on the spare there. I

think when you get chances like that

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in a match that's going to be so

tight you have to take them.

A good

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pick-up by the Scot.

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Interesting to see the first

delivery of Les gillet, having had

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four bowls short of the head.

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Well played.

APPLAUSE

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About a quarter of an inch gap.

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Yes, three inches short.

That's

perfect, he can use his own bowl to

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come off the right angle. Bowl or

jack would be good. Oh! Wow, missed

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the line there and it punishes you.

Even Alex Marshall can do that.

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That's interesting. Alex Marshall

going up to have a look. Very

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different approach from Alex this

time.

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I think he is aware if he goes a

bowl wider, might struggle to get

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back into the head. So he might

decide to go quicker at this.

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Sticking with the draw for now. Got

away very gentle. But it's looking

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good. A touch should be enough.

Goodness me! Any touch on that and

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the jack was moving.

The red bowl

was ready. Les made a mistake with

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his last bowl falling short. Doesn't

want to repeat that.

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Wide line.

Not a lot of choice, he

had to go deep. Split the red bowls.

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No change to the shot for Alex

Marshall.

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This is on the inside. The margins

are so small at that length for that

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type of shot. When do you ever see

Alex lose two bowls like that?

They

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were identical bowls, so the line

must have been the wrong side and no

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more, but see how you are punished

for it.

Almost like a shelf there, a

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bowl wider he would have been

perfect, but you have to go

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searching for it, it's not an easy

shot.

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It's a really good effort.

If he

drops he has a chance.

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So one shot out.

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Yeah, I think that touch was just

enough to straighten and pass it

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before it fell.

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Two each in the opening set.

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A tight start to the match that we

expected.

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APPLAUSE

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Both these players will be using

strong bias bowls. Stronger the

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bias, the better.

In it comes.

APPLAUSE

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Two inches. Your short gap is four

inches.

It's all very precise, four

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inches, two-and-a-half. But these

players...

That's what they work to.

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Les will know if he play as similar

bowl, just that little bit extra

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weight, he can drop back on the

jack.

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Just through.

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The gap is four inches.

Alex knows

the bowl is five inches wide. So he

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is conscious of the fact that he

could give the shot away on the

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backhand by dropping back on the

jack. So, playing through on the

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forehand, hoping to miss the green

bowl. Interesting. Well, it's a good

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protector.

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There are a few benefits to be

gained on that hand. Perhaps the

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unintended one, but it has worked

and Les is having to give it some

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thought. Forces him to the other

side.

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It's not there.

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Back to the backhand.

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It's not carrying either.

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Les has to be very precise. That's

the problem he has. Alex just has to

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be very careful.

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Certainly is reaching this one.

Yeah, another good effort, just over

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it.

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Alex won't want to use up a time

out. It's a low percentage shot to

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add another one. He will try it on

the high side. Try and drop around.

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It's coming around. He is giving it

every chance. Going to slip by.

Very

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good effort. But again it wasn't a

spare shot opportunity.

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APPLAUSE

He gave it a go.

He also played it

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in such a way he wasn't going to

risk giving it away.

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A shorter length favoured. Alex

Marshall.

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APPLAUSE

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Lovely smooth action of Alex

Marshall, it's never changed.

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APPLAUSE

Around it comes.

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The gap is seven inches.

That tells

Les that any touch on his own bowl

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would be enough to get the shot back

again. Another player with a

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beautifully smooth delivery.

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Giving this every chance. Just will

slide past.

With that weight he had

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to get his own bowl, if he touched

the jack it would have tucked it

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into the red and that would have

been really difficult.

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Alex keeping his hand.

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He dropped it underneath again.

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Seven bowls in this direction, a

shorter jack length, and that's

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three that have gone wayward. That's

really not like him. Not an easy

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situation, obviously.

But it's not

like him to see them go across so

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much. Some light refreshment.

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Giving it a chance again, does not

want to touch the Jack the Ripper.

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Straight across to Marine again.

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Alex aware of the two green bowl's

at the back.

That's very wise. The

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problem for Leslie is he has tried

that little touch down and shot

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twice, just missed it. Will he go

stronger this time and take the

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chance at the two reds you could go

out, which he could, the way they

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are sitting at the moment.

Definitely playing it with more

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weight, on the inside line, that

will kick away very quickly.

One

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shot, Alex Marshall.

APPLAUSE

Surprised to did not play with more

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weight.

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It's a very tempting shot because

you want to move the jack just a

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yard or so but occasionally you have

to be more positive and take a

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chance on the two reds going out

instead of going for the perfect

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shot. The green bowl onto the jack.

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The 17th Scottish International

Open. 12 years since he was in the

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final.

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Alex Marshall was absolutely

unbelievable the way he was playing

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that year his opponent got through

to the final and asked why is he

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turning up? He is playing so well, I

will turn up and give him again if I

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can. As it turned out, Alex's form

went down slightly, Ian's came up

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and he took the title.

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Not hanging around this time. We'll

be re-spotted. Stays intact. I think

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we are OK with this one. At that

weight there was no chance that

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wasn't happening to it. Good strike,

bang on target. Les does play the

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shot is very well. He's a very good

shot player and more than bubble --

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of wrapping things up.

Some of the

bowling to the re-spot has been

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unbelievable.

Once again more

evidence of how close these guys can

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get to it.

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Just letting the arm flow a little

before he delivers the bowl.

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Trying to keep it up as long as

possible before it starts to bend,

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playing across his body a little

bit. Just doesn't have the power to

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make it, the wine was good. -- the

line was good.

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Both players with a bowl to play.

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Slightly wider line. Coming back.

APPLAUSE

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Perfect.

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Side touch as opposed to coming

behind it and bringing the jack

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towards the green bowl. Les cannot

afford to drive this because no

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guarantee they will not bring in the

short red.

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Safety shot.

That was good, because

it gave himself the option to get

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the back ball and reduce it to a

single.

Well played from Les

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Gillett.

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Winning ends, Alex Marshall, but not

getting away. Three up, three to

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play in the opening set.

I think he

would have been very happy to take

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this at the start of the match. By

the way, Alex, what do you fancy

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going out there, six ends played and

you are three up? I think he would

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say I will take that every time.

He

would take it.

It's a hard game to

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score shots, no doubt about that.

Both players playing very well.

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Conversely, Les will not be happy.

You are never happy if you're behind

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but losing singles, not been a

threat a massive counted so far.

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Keeping a keen eye on this. Again,

it's the weight that is in question.

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Slightly longer jack length is

guaranteed to push the ball out of

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it wider.

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Underline again is what he is

indicating.

Commentators curse.

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Laid-back he knew it immediately. I

cannot remember Alex missing a line,

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he's a very good line player. He

usually just throws them out and let

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them get back in. The margins must

be very tight on this side, if you

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get it wrong you are punished. I

think the ways is inside it.

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Struggling going away from the

commentary box at the moment. Better

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line.

Yeah but he dropped it short.

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This is a big bowl for a Les Gillett

in the state of the match.

Slightly

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stronger weight, going underneath, a

lot of bowls been lost on the inside

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on this side of the road. Something

is not right because the players are

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frightened to go outside the line.

That is a fair point. It is not like

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they are risking pushing it further

out, playing that tide line.

They

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are searching for a hold which is

thusly available by the margins are

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very tight and they know if they go

outside and they will not get back.

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Which is unusual I have to say.

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Technically two ends of the set to

play, but if Alex Marshall

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just watching Les Gillett to see if

the movement before each bowl is

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identical, little touch on the back,

little touch on the shirt.

It's all

0:42:460:42:52

very deliberate, he steadied himself

and get himself ready for the

0:42:520:42:56

concentration of the delivery.

Watching David Gurley, he tucks up

0:42:560:43:04

the legs of his trousers, always the

same way. It's habitual.

0:43:040:43:13

Trying to encourage this one

forward.

0:43:170:43:23

Just a quick look at Alex's bowl, he

does not want to tap it. If he

0:43:370:43:47

touches the jack it makes a double.

Well played, Les

0:43:470:43:58

touches the jack it makes a double.

Well played, Les.

0:43:580:44:07

He is puzzled.

We might find out

after the match but there certainly

0:44:370:44:45

has been a few things out there

which have been difficult, things

0:44:450:44:51

are changing, as they can do, very

quickly. Little touch to make three,

0:44:510:45:05

that guarantees it. Good end for Les

and an important time to do it. This

0:45:050:45:12

is tricky now. Because he has one

ball relatively close, knows he can

0:45:120:45:22

take out two green.

He will have to

take time out here. A problem he has

0:45:220:45:38

got is if he hits onto his own bowl,

where the jack is going, back down

0:45:380:45:45

to this position, if he wants to

play it that way, the green bowl and

0:45:450:45:56

take two out, it is damaged

limitation and gives strong position

0:45:560:46:01

going into the last end. But there

is nothing easy about it which is

0:46:010:46:06

the problem.

0:46:060:46:16

Looks like he's got a bit of extra

weight on the draw.

0:46:190:46:31

I understand why he played it. A

really good would have taken his own

0:46:330:46:41

bowl out. The running shot was not

very attractive. Big chance now for

0:46:410:46:52

Les Gillett. It will be 7-5 as it

stands. He has taken a time-out.

He

0:46:520:46:59

knows how important this is.

0:46:590:47:10

Looks under. That is a mistake. If

you had offered him three shots

0:47:150:47:29

before this end he have taken it.

But he had to be greedy.

It was a

0:47:290:47:37

definite spear shot opportunity. Now

he is looking to get something out

0:47:370:47:41

of the set where as if he had scored

format he might have been looking to

0:47:410:47:46

win the set. Now a draw would be a

fantastic result for him. That's the

0:47:460:47:52

difference one bowl can make.

0:47:520:48:01

Has been involved in the only tight

set so far in the tournament.

0:48:060:48:15

The thing about 9-9 in the second

set is quite often you don't even

0:48:180:48:22

play your last bowl in that

situation. You are happy enough to

0:48:220:48:26

play for the tide set. He was not

going for it. I quite like tight

0:48:260:48:33

sets in the first set because then

you have a one sector shoot out.

0:48:330:48:37

Winner takes all.

0:48:370:48:45

Looking at this, he doesn't like how

that bowl stopped there. You're

0:48:490:48:57

already Dara Khosrowshahi always

taught by the open hand but these

0:48:570:48:59

guys are so good they can get past

anything, but he is going with the

0:48:590:49:04

open hand.

0:49:040:49:05

Two short bowls when you are looking

to pick up the double.

He has found

0:49:460:49:54

playing away from the commentary box

problematic in terms of short bowls.

0:49:540:50:09

It is still there but no chance of

winning the set.

Needs a really good

0:50:120:50:20

bowl year to set up the chance for

getting a draw.

0:50:200:50:32

Cannot afford to be behind the red.

Does just enough.

Absolutely. A fine

0:50:340:50:42

effort.

0:50:420:50:52

Might have taken time out here,

because it's an important bowl.

0:50:570:51:08

Trotting down after it. Doesn't

fully happen unless he thinks he's

0:51:080:51:15

very close, and he is. Goodness me.

0:51:150:51:25

Just did not get enough to take it

with him. Still going to take pretty

0:51:320:51:36

good draw here.

0:51:360:51:47

Somethings not right. Having said

that... He knew he was slightly

0:51:490:52:05

overweight but it might be in two.

Came back better than he thought.

0:52:050:52:16

Two green.

It was the weight more

than anything else, knew he was out

0:52:160:52:21

on a wide line but I bet he thought

he was half a yard through.

Alex

0:52:210:52:29

will take a time-out.

0:52:290:52:39

If he plays the way Chuckie might

get the outside green one if he

0:52:430:52:46

stands up a little bit and that

would be enough to secure the set.

0:52:460:52:55

The other option is to draw the shot

and that's not easy.

0:52:550:53:08

Going to disturb something, he needs

a hit. Things tied as things stand,

0:53:080:53:14

has he got the green ball out? He

hasn't.

Thought he was a bit low

0:53:140:53:21

wide on the delivery and he will be

so disappointed. Wow. Explain that

0:53:210:53:30

to me.

To pick up three and then

two, all credit to the Englishman

0:53:300:53:39

for the fight back. It is a tide set

and disappointment for Alex

0:53:390:53:44

Marshall.

Alex Blair did exactly the

right way, slightly on the high

0:53:440:53:47

side, getting back. Just held off

enough to get the outside of the

0:53:470:53:54

green and not the inside. Small

margins.

0:53:540:54:06

Winner takes all second set.

0:54:160:54:27

Can really see how wide Leslie is

pushing the ball out from that

0:55:260:55:29

angle.

0:55:290:55:31

APPLAUSE

The gap?

Three inches.

Sometimes you

0:55:350:55:50

watch it and you see the tide lines

of the southern hemisphere, going

0:55:500:55:53

down with more than maybe two or

three feet of width, Alex once again

0:55:530:55:58

going early. Nice.

0:55:580:56:10

I'll was thought there is more art

to the wide arcs.

Bowls is a game of

0:56:240:56:31

being able to push the bowl out it

come back in a wide arc. A lot of

0:56:310:56:36

people's opinion, not just mine, but

a lot of people do not like the

0:56:360:56:43

straight bowls.

Brilliant from Les

Gillett.

Controversial! No, I must

0:56:430:57:00

agree, I really do not like them,

and the fact that these guys play

0:57:000:57:04

with big, wide bowls proves the

point. Alex looking from across the

0:57:040:57:09

ring, enough weight to punch and

stay or get the jack clean, how

0:57:090:57:14

close is he?

Got it! Applauded by

his opponent for that as well.

That

0:57:140:57:26

was brilliant.

0:57:260:57:32

Les just hours to appreciate it,

nothing you can do about that!

0:57:400:57:42

Excellent stuff really good bowling.

0:57:420:57:54

So close. People might think you

should not allow the bowl to go into

0:57:540:58:02

the ditch like that but it made no

difference because the jack is

0:58:020:58:05

gripped in the ditch by plastic

prongs, that is the marker, you

0:58:050:58:12

cannot beat it on the draw but the

touch could have gone in. The jack

0:58:120:58:18

just cannot come out of the prongs

once it is in there. In a lot of

0:58:180:58:24

normal clubs if you let a bowl go

into the ditch and hit a jack it can

0:58:240:58:32

move.

For the encore Alex Marshall

trying to draw to the edge of the

0:58:320:58:37

ditch.

He has done enough with the

previous one.

Pretty good effort to.

0:58:370:58:46

APPLAUSE

0:59:440:59:47

My goods in, very steady at that

distance. -- my goodness.

It looks

1:00:431:00:51

like he has fallen out with his

bowl, the way he parted from it,

1:00:511:00:55

straight to the other side!

And around it comes.

1:00:551:01:02

APPLAUSE

Left-hander, of course, you really

1:01:021:01:12

can't follow his line.

1:01:121:01:17

It's better.

APPLAUSE

1:01:331:01:41

He is probably thinking to himself,

I made that look easy! It's anything

1:01:411:01:49

but to get the right line. Les has

to be careful here. A draw to the

1:01:491:01:56

red one, doesn't want to move the

jack.

1:01:561:02:02

That might influence Alex Marshall's

thinking.

1:02:131:02:21

Interesting to see if he goes for

this because if he plays another

1:02:241:02:27

bowl the same as the last he will

draw it for two, but the forehand

1:02:271:02:32

offers up a chance of touching the

jack for four.

1:02:321:02:41

That's where he's gone.

He is very

close. He has made the double. Inner

1:02:471:02:53

edge and he had the jack.

Two red.

1:02:531:03:01

May just have to be the perfect

draw. He is having a look. Will have

1:03:041:03:11

to spend a time out.

Time out

called.

Well, the danger is the jack

1:03:111:03:17

movement. I think that's where the

problem is. He doesn't want to move

1:03:171:03:26

the jack...

1:03:261:03:30

He might have to try to draw this.

1:03:341:03:40

Yeah, sticking to the draw. Trying

get an edge off his own bowl to come

1:03:481:03:54

between the two reds. Needs an edge!

Oh! That's close. Thinner edge would

1:03:541:04:03

have guaranteed it but he is close

to the shot anyway.

1:04:031:04:14

One shot Alex Marshall.

APPLAUSE

1:04:221:04:24

Interesting end that one.

It's been

an interesting battle. Another

1:04:241:04:32

single for Alex Marshall.

1:04:321:04:37

Lost the first set in the opening

round of the competition. Took the

1:04:411:04:46

second and won the tie-break. Some

good bowls in both sets there.

1:04:461:05:06

APPLAUSE

1:05:201:05:29

APPLAUSE

1:05:541:05:58

Again he is trying to encourage it

forward but just dropped away.

1:06:141:06:24

Les is looking... Two shots here.

But if he can get a touch on the

1:07:041:07:09

jack. Alex knows where the danger

is.

1:07:091:07:18

Looking for it to come back. Is he

going to make it? Oh, just. Goodness

1:07:221:07:27

me, I thought it was going to drop

the other way.

Certainly could have

1:07:271:07:33

caused problems for him.

1:07:331:07:43

Needs to run. The line was good

enough for what he wanted.

Just

1:08:011:08:08

lacked the energy there.

1:08:081:08:13

Gives Alex Marshall a chance to plug

that little gap there.

1:08:151:08:25

Off the backhand this time. Will

come around it.

1:08:421:08:52

Just didn't make it back. Still a

chance for Les. Anything on his last

1:08:531:08:58

bowl to get the shot, any movement

on the jack he makes two, maybe

1:08:581:09:03

three.

1:09:031:09:08

Not even bothering. Going for the

runner. Solid bowl. He looked to be

1:09:111:09:21

very, very close to the front plant

that he was probably after.

1:09:211:09:28

It's down to just the one.

Definitely after that front plant he

1:09:301:09:36

will move the jack back, but it was

a good effort. It's really, that's

1:09:361:09:40

not like Les. Normally he would try

and draw that and turn the jack for

1:09:401:09:44

the treble. A good effort, though.

1:09:441:09:52

A good start to this second set for

Alex Marshall. Three singles. Lost

1:09:561:10:08

four ends of the 12. The first set

tied. He needs the second.

1:10:081:10:16

Semifinalist in this event last

season. Trying to find a way into

1:10:201:10:28

the quarter-finals. Another good

opening bowl.

1:10:281:10:32

APPLAUSE

1:10:321:10:40

Has been a quarter-finalist on four

occasions in Scotland, never gone

1:10:551:10:59

further than that.

Such a dangerous player.

1:10:591:11:11

Just slipped away. Two more inches

would have been enough to hold it

1:11:571:12:02

up.

1:12:021:12:05

Red bowl definitely shot.

1:12:121:12:16

Les will take a time out here.

1:12:341:12:41

He is looking to see what way he can

make an adjustment here. Well, his

1:12:431:12:51

backhand could come in there. The

front red one, chances are the other

1:12:511:12:55

one will go out. Not a lot Back On

Top the backhand for him, ex-- sorry

1:12:551:13:03

his forehand. Being a perfect draw.

But I can't see anything else. Only

1:13:031:13:09

good thing is he is doing it with

his third bowl. He has one after

1:13:091:13:13

this, so if it goes wrong and he

hits it he has a recovery bowl. The

1:13:131:13:19

forehand, well, this has to be

absolutely inch-perfect.

1:13:191:13:29

He is still watching it. He likes

it. Around it comes. He has a

1:13:301:13:41

chance.

APPLAUSE

1:13:411:13:44

Well, even if he gets a shot at this

he's been a little unlucky.

1:13:441:13:54

Any touch on the jack and he made

three with that one.

Three. Time out

1:13:571:14:04

called. Alex has two remaining.

He

asked how many time outs he had, he

1:14:041:14:10

was going to take one anyway.

Doesn't matter, I will take it! Five

1:14:101:14:16

seconds or something. Again it's a

really difficult shot for Alex.

1:14:161:14:27

It's got to be the backhand draw.

Nothing really else there. You know,

1:14:301:14:35

the danger is if he holds out and

leaves a catch.

What do we know!

1:14:351:14:47

This is

1:14:471:14:47

The backhand doesn't offer anything

so he is actually going for the

1:14:511:14:54

blocker... Or if he is not he is

trying to draw it on the forehand.

1:14:541:14:58

Oh! That would have been outrageous.

Would have been outrageously good! I

1:14:581:15:04

thought he was going for the

blocker. I really did.

Also tells us

1:15:041:15:09

a lot about the backhand, that he

didn't fancy it there. The hand he

1:15:091:15:16

started off on.

That's why I thought

he was going to go for the blocker

1:15:161:15:22

because of the drive. He has got the

shot out of it.

Looks like it. The

1:15:221:15:27

bowl to the side. It's guarded by

three red bowls.

A bit of fortune

1:15:271:15:39

about it, no doubt. I reckon he

believed he could take all three

1:15:391:15:44

bowls out with that runner. That's

why I thought Alex was blocking it.

1:15:441:15:52

Just felt Les would drive it.

Entertaining stuff.

Nor good end of

1:15:521:15:58

bowls. Lots to talk about, lots to

debate. Interesting to see how the

1:15:581:16:04

players are reacting.

1:16:041:16:15

APPLAUSE

1:16:541:17:00

Your bowl is ten inches past jack

high. Alex's bowl is just sat down.

1:17:261:17:34

Still one down.

The view not much to

look at when you see two bowls in

1:17:341:17:45

line. There is that width of the

bowl as it comes back in, you can

1:17:451:17:51

see it bending. Here it comes. Just

over the weight.

1:17:511:17:59

On that side ten inches past

jack-high. Ten.

1:18:031:18:10

Enough room between the two bowls to

draw it, no doubt about that. If you

1:18:121:18:17

are a little bit heavy, and I think

Alex will make sure he is reaching,

1:18:171:18:23

you will get a good position bowl.

1:18:231:18:28

That's handy there.

1:18:341:18:38

Les very co-ordinated today. The

shoes have green bottoms on them, to

1:18:501:18:56

go with the green shirt!

Style is

everything. Substance too, in it

1:18:561:19:03

comes. It's going to drop a little

bit short. Yeah, there it goes.

Hit

1:19:031:19:10

the seem of the carpet as well.

Needed a tad more to take him over.

1:19:101:19:24

Again the forehand, ideally, for

Alex Marshall.

1:19:341:19:41

This is going to be slightly

overcooked as well.

1:19:421:19:49

He is still surprised those bowls

didn't get back so he uses a big

1:19:491:19:57

bias bowl. An interesting choice

here for Les, he has the front plant

1:19:571:20:02

if he wants to play weight. Yeah,

going for it. He is in the area for

1:20:021:20:09

the plant. Oh, just enough. A little

bit unlucky to take his own bowl on

1:20:091:20:16

the way through. Solid bowl is worth

a lot more.

One green.

1:20:161:20:28

Enough to get the single. But solid

bowl was definitely a lot more

1:20:311:20:36

profitable. He could run the jack

through here for four. That's what

1:20:361:20:47

he is going for. Jack through for

four. Now will he get back to it

1:20:471:20:55

nicely? The jack... Where did the

bend come from?

One shot Les Gillet.

1:20:551:21:05

He actually could have clipped that

off to the side, rather than taking

1:21:051:21:10

it. Might not have been advantageous

either.

The two players are talking

1:21:101:21:14

about that, it got extra whip on it,

it surprised me.

Five ends played,

1:21:141:21:23

five shots, all singles all the way,

after a tied first set.

1:21:231:21:30

So little to choose between these

two players. The next four ends will

1:21:351:21:42

be very, very interesting.

1:21:421:21:49

Easy relaxed action of Les Gillet.

APPLAUSE

1:22:161:22:33

APPLAUSE

1:22:501:22:54

Very close.

1:22:591:23:06

Same line, additional weight. Gives

Alex the chance.

1:23:241:23:34

That one kicked out as well. Alex

will be bemused to say the least.

1:23:431:23:52

Wondering at what point does he

abandon that hand? It's the one most

1:23:521:23:55

players have been favouring. But

today it seems to be misbehaving.

1:23:551:24:08

Les thinking he can get back better

on this side. It's making centre

1:24:231:24:29

rink OK, just over the weight,

that's all.

1:24:291:24:35

Does he change to the forehand?

Certainly would be safer. You can

1:24:391:24:46

see the trouble with the backhand,

second bowl didn't make any real

1:24:461:24:51

move back. But first bowl was pretty

decent. And this certainly looks a

1:24:511:24:59

lot better.

A shot coming in.

APPLAUSE

1:24:591:25:19

Well, that was a bowl that stopped

the jack going back at the angle

1:25:231:25:27

that Les was looking for. He might

decide to try to get the two red

1:25:271:25:32

ones here.

Les has one time out

remaining.

It's available to him.

1:25:321:25:38

Don't get me wrong, it's not easy,

but if he gets into there he could

1:25:381:25:41

take into the other red bowl and

push that one, get into the shot red

1:25:411:25:49

bowl. The jack on the respot is good

for red, as well. If he gets the

1:25:491:25:58

jack over.

1:25:581:26:02

He is playing with a lot less weight

here. This is... Well this is a

1:26:081:26:14

really hard shot he is trying to

play. He is trying to play just

1:26:141:26:19

inside the red bowl to move the

jack. Didn't have enough weight.

1:26:191:26:29

Second shot... Yeah, a shake of the

head. He wanted to be reaching that.

1:26:291:26:39

Some conversation between both

players, they know each other well.

1:26:431:26:49

Met in the World Championships in

round two in January.

1:26:491:27:01

Settling for the one.

1:27:121:27:15

One shot Alex Marshall.

APPLAUSE

1:27:161:27:25

The singles theme continues.

1:27:251:27:29

Both players are chatting, Paul.

That's the thing, obviously they're

1:27:351:27:38

discussing the rink and the

difficulties about playing certain

1:27:381:27:42

types of shots. Les would have been

probably punching into that earlier

1:27:421:27:47

in the set, but it's such a tight

game. If he was looking for second

1:27:471:27:50

shot on a draw, he certainly

wouldn't have been playing that

1:27:501:27:55

shot. A few strange things going on

out there.

1:27:551:28:07

Six years since these players met in

this tournament. Les Gillet, 2011,

1:28:391:28:45

dropped the first set, won the

second and won the tie-break. Put

1:28:451:28:51

out Alex Marshall in a round one

match.

1:28:511:28:59

APPLAUSE

1:29:161:29:20

A little bonus dropping back on the

jack, brings the front bowl into

1:29:221:29:28

play.

The gap on the shot bowl, four

inches.

1:29:281:29:37

This is massive, this end. 7th end

of nine. The player behind on the

1:30:101:30:15

score card really needs to score in

this one. Otherwise, he will be

1:30:151:30:20

chasing the last two ends. When you

are chasing looking for shots, you

1:30:201:30:28

make mistakes.

1:30:281:30:34

He is going to run it. That's what

Alex thought would happen.

1:30:481:30:54

Got it too. Good hit. It'ser in good

1:30:541:31:08

Bang on target but the re-spot was

never going to be in his favour

1:31:081:31:11

either side. He has got the last

bowl of the end. Would expect Alex

1:31:111:31:22

to get pretty close, the pressure is

on.

1:31:221:31:25

Years stalking it. Staring at it.

Satisfied by it.

They can be very

1:31:411:31:53

happy with that. Going to have to

try to draw this.

1:31:531:32:03

14 seconds on the shot clock, does

not want to waste his final

1:32:091:32:12

time-out. Get this away comfortably

enough.

1:32:121:32:16

Boosted wide, although starting to

bend now. Very close. Really close.

1:32:221:32:32

Super shot.

APPLAUSE

What a ball from Les Gillett.

1:32:321:32:40

Terrific set this has been. It's

been intriguing and entertaining.

1:32:441:32:47

That is high-quality.

If Les wins

the set and the match that was a key

1:32:471:32:56

bowl. Appreciated by Alex Marshall.

1:32:561:33:01

Would not have wanted to see it

but...

No... The guys have been

1:33:051:33:11

really good out there, appreciating

each other's bowls.

The opening set

1:33:111:33:24

tide, winner take all second set.

1:33:241:33:27

The only way to guarantee there

won't be a tie-breaker is if

1:33:471:33:53

Marshall drops a shot and it goes to

4-4. Then it would be a shoot out,

1:33:531:33:59

winner takes all.

1:33:591:34:09

That will change Les. Hardly any

point even asking. He asked but I

1:34:241:34:37

don't think there was any point,

always going to have to change. He

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will move over onto his forehand.

1:34:451:34:52

Looks a very good line, doesn't have

the width to carry it?

Oh dear. Not

1:35:591:36:05

going to help Alex's shot but...

Alex will use a time-out here.

Got

1:36:051:36:25

down to the event as much as

possible.

1:36:251:36:30

Is this worth a run?

There is a shot

on the back and for the jack, if he

1:36:451:36:52

comes slightly inside he gets his

own bowl or the green one. It's the

1:36:521:36:56

sort of shot that can win you

matches, no doubt about that. Cannot

1:36:561:37:00

see an awful lot to go wrong. Same

shot on the forehand that he wants

1:37:001:37:05

to play it but either way they are

attacking and the alternative is to

1:37:051:37:09

draw an top Gear own dome. Two or

three opportunities here, different

1:37:091:37:13

options available. If he gets onto

his own bowl arrests the green at

1:37:131:37:21

absolute perfect. Just holding off,

got a good back bowl and that is

1:37:211:37:26

handy.

1:37:261:37:27

If you're Les Gillett do you cover

the back? Because one or two you're

1:37:321:37:38

going to the end.

1:37:381:37:50

That is where the dangers are. That

is what he was trying to play.

Alex

1:37:561:38:15

again will be looking does he want

to get into that bowl, but if you

1:38:151:38:19

cannot he will get into the jack.

The other alternative would be to

1:38:191:38:22

get round to the green but the jack,

ideally, if he can get the jack back

1:38:221:38:28

there he guarantees a double.

Interesting, he will not have a

1:38:281:38:39

time-out on the ninth end.

So many

complications to this even the

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backhand runner, the forehand run

are not guaranteed either.

1:38:481:39:00

Controlled weight on the forehand,

big percentages. Controlled weight.

1:39:001:39:10

Keeping anionic. The result coming?

No.

There were so many things she

1:39:101:39:19

could've gotten by hitting that

bowl, he just turned his back on it

1:39:191:39:24

and thought, goodness me. Any edge

of the jack, bowl on to anything. He

1:39:241:39:31

hit what he was looking for.

Just

went straight through.

Lets see the

1:39:311:39:41

reaction, goodness me. Put that down

five times you'll probably get

1:39:411:39:48

something four times.

1:39:481:39:55

Alex Marshall needs to win the end,

it really is that simple. Single for

1:40:031:40:14

Alex Marshall and we are looking at

the almost unprecedented two typeset

1:40:141:40:21

and the tie-breaker.

It has happened

before but it is such a rare

1:40:211:40:25

occasion which is why I think it's

more of a one end shoot out in many

1:40:251:40:29

ways. Les really will go for this.

1:40:291:40:44

Opening bowl to set the tone.

1:40:451:40:56

His wife might be watching, three

girls, I imagine the school, but

1:40:571:41:04

they will see their dad playing some

very good bowls again up in Perth.

1:41:041:41:10

Very much a family man, Les Gillett.

1:41:101:41:16

Very small gap, Alex.

Make decided

to run this.

1:41:201:41:33

When you get such a good opening

bowl...

Closing his eyes and trying

1:41:411:41:52

to refocus on what he needs to do.

Coming around for the re-spot, you

1:41:521:42:04

can see the white dot on your

screen. Very close to it.

Prepared

1:42:041:42:17

to have one go.

1:42:171:42:28

Really good effort and in a good

place. That's going to be hard to

1:42:281:42:34

cover because Les has to get very

close to own bowl.

1:42:341:42:47

Turning the jack for two. That's

where the problem is her Les, he

1:43:051:43:14

knows he cannot really get that

close to cover the red bowl nothing

1:43:141:43:20

he can do if Alex plays this

perfectly. Certainly not the man I

1:43:201:43:31

would want to be out there against.

Very close. Want to disturb the

1:43:311:43:41

jack.

1:43:411:43:51

Obviously thought he was right on

it.

This is where the problem really

1:43:531:44:02

is for Les, he's got things covered.

He really wants to be in this

1:44:021:44:10

position, but he wants his bowl to

be. The jack on a re-spot, that's

1:44:101:44:17

not a particular problem. The other

spots covered as well. Again that is

1:44:171:44:26

covered, he knows Alex is going to

play in on the forehand, he changes

1:44:261:44:29

to Alex Lees bowl, he will try to

draw in here and move the jack if he

1:44:291:44:36

possibly can enter this position.

Let's see what Les Gillett does.

1:44:361:44:48

Match in his hands at the moment.

1:44:481:44:59

Still only need one shot to get the

tie-break bowl.

It is all are

1:44:591:45:06

nothing.

He's trying to get to the

red bowls but trying also, no,

1:45:061:45:15

almost there.

1:45:151:45:24

You'll like the angle is just not

right. Alex Marshall, over to you.

1:45:241:45:34

He has the reputation, quite rightly

so. Six time world champion, can he

1:45:341:45:39

find his way out of the hole? He is

watching this one closely.

Trotting

1:45:391:45:48

up after it and its holding. It's

just not getting back, almost the

1:45:481:45:53

same bowl again. Great effort but

not there.

It is not to be for Alex

1:45:531:46:06

Marshall and Les Gillett takes the

scalp of the Scotsman in what was a

1:46:061:46:09

cracking match. Alex Marshall and

Les Gillett share the first set, Les

1:46:091:46:17

Gillett took the second 6-4, Les

Gillett progresses.

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STUDIO:

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We expected a tight game and that is

what we got, Alex Marshall sitting

1:46:281:46:32

at his game early with his attacking

shots. Able to follow up with

1:46:321:46:40

perfect draws as well. Moved nicely

into a 7-2 lead with just two ends

1:46:401:46:48

to go and then Les suddenly came

alive, picked up the three. Then

1:46:481:46:56

two. Got a drop, 7-7 and onto the

second and Alex Marshall played the

1:46:561:47:10

most brilliant bowl in the first end

to put the jack in the ditch. The

1:47:101:47:16

standard very high, appreciation

from both players during this match

1:47:161:47:19

for their opponents ability and Alex

kept it tight all the way. Once

1:47:191:47:24

again getting to a 4-4, just two

ends to go. Les Gillett the perfect

1:47:241:47:30

draw. After a drive as well. Once

again he was keeping the pressure on

1:47:301:47:41

Alex all the way. In the end the

very difficult shot could not be

1:47:411:47:48

played, I think it was maybe

impossible to play that shot, Alex

1:47:481:47:51

Marshall is out.

What a tight game

it was.

1:47:511:47:58

Enough for the Englishman to take

his place in the Scottish

1:48:071:48:09

International Open quarterfinal.

STUDIO: First blood to England this

1:48:091:48:16

International Open quarterfinal.

STUDIO: First blood to England this

1:48:161:48:16

afternoon, Les Gillett through to

the quarterfinals, great game, well

1:48:161:48:19

played.

Yes it was fantastic, me and

Alex always seem to have epic

1:48:191:48:27

encounters and I would not say we

both bowled to our full potential,

1:48:271:48:31

it was a bit tough at times with

some of the hands but you do what

1:48:311:48:34

you can and we got a good

performance.

You certainly did, Alex

1:48:341:48:39

it was a great match to watch. Quite

hard for both of you, both seeing

1:48:391:48:44

you are struggling with line and

length and the carpet?

Fantastic end

1:48:441:48:48

but quite a few loose ones as well,

kicking myself in that first set for

1:48:481:48:53

losing it from being where I was.

Two very loose ends but credit

1:48:531:48:57

delays he played two very good ends.

I was in control of the second set.

1:48:571:49:08

Let's talk about the first set, you

must have been thinking let's get

1:49:081:49:13

this over and done with and get off

the second but great to get the

1:49:131:49:20

half?

I had consoled myself losing

the first set and relaxed because of

1:49:201:49:25

that probably. Just about snuck into

it. I had to bowl some fantastic

1:49:251:49:30

stuff just to get the tie out of it,

where it came from I don't know.

One

1:49:301:49:35

thing we will show you is the start

of the second set, we thought this

1:49:351:49:39

was how

1:49:391:49:39

of the second set, we thought this

was how it was going to go, the jack

1:49:391:49:41

had been moved and you drew to the

bowl, fantastic shot, you must have

1:49:411:49:46

thought this was a cracker?

I played

two good first good bowls, put it in

1:49:461:49:55

a great place, I said to Alex it was

a lovely spot Andrea fantastic bowl.

1:49:551:49:59

I almost thought perhaps he will

miss one but it wasn't to be, an

1:49:591:50:07

absolutely fantastic bowl, could not

have bowled it any better and I

1:50:071:50:10

shook his hand because it was so

great.

It was a cracker, did what

1:50:101:50:14

you had to do.

1:50:141:50:14

great.

It was a cracker, did what

you had to do.

It was fantastic but

1:50:141:50:17

it was the only way I could get the

shot, sit and stay run the jack into

1:50:171:50:22

the ditch. Great shot to keep me in

the game.

Another one you mentioned

1:50:221:50:26

the seventh end of the second set

when you put the jack out to the

1:50:261:50:30

side and you were sitting

1:50:301:50:31

when you put the jack out to the

side and you were sitting short and

1:50:311:50:32

it required a fantastic shot from

Les and that would you delivered.

I

1:50:321:50:38

think Alex played two really good

first bowls, all I have is a draw

1:50:381:50:47

and I always back myself to get too

close and I could not have got any

1:50:471:50:51

better.

And a round of applause for

you as well, the match was

1:50:511:50:57

better.

And a round of applause for

you as well, the match was played in

1:50:571:50:57

terrific spirit.

It was a fantastic

shot, you have to applaud your

1:50:571:51:02

opponent when they do that but the

next again and was a killer, I

1:51:021:51:05

thought my last bowl was perfect to

get the result but I took my own

1:51:051:51:09

bullet. But the breaks will go

sometime.

Commiserations but Les,

1:51:091:51:15

through to the finals, you must be

confident?

It's a great achievement

1:51:151:51:21

to beat Alex, one game at a time.

Top opponent next, either Darren or

1:51:211:51:26

Rob, I will have a good nights

sleep, I checked out this morning

1:51:261:51:32

because I did not have much hope of

staying so I will have to sort that

1:51:321:51:36

out as well!

Great to see you both

here playing so well, Les Gillett

1:51:361:51:41

through to the quarterfinals!

APPLAUSE

1:51:411:51:47

Let's see what that does to the

quarterfinal line-up.

1:51:471:51:52

Darren Burnett and Robert Paxton up

next.

1:52:001:52:11

Let's turn our attention to the next

match, Darren Burnett against Robert

1:52:141:52:18

Paxton.

1:52:181:52:19

First-round is always difficult,

first event of the year makes it

1:52:301:52:33

extra difficult so I was pleased in

the first round, played well.

I love

1:52:331:52:38

coming up here, always do well, I

broke up here. Gives you confidence

1:52:381:52:44

and it's nice coming up to be a

Scottish player here.

Last two years

1:52:441:52:49

he's quite the rankings and rightly

so so I will have to play well to

1:52:491:52:52

beat him. We have played each other

a couple of times and it's 50-50 so

1:52:521:52:56

I look forward to it.

Got through

the first game which isn't great,

1:52:561:53:01

performance wasn't great but win is

win so that's fine. Just got to

1:53:011:53:06

bring the game today.

Everyone is

playing for themselves and there

1:53:061:53:11

will always be a bit of that, it's

bout focused on playing your

1:53:111:53:16

opponent.

To win any title is

fantastic, so many players about

1:53:161:53:20

that can win titles on tour. It's a

game at the time. If you look that

1:53:201:53:26

far ahead generally you are in the

car on the way home.

I must say I am

1:53:261:53:30

looking forward to this, great

players.

Without a shadow of a

1:53:301:53:35

doubt, they are coming up after a

great match as well and that's not

1:53:351:53:38

easy.

Absolutely not, that the fact

lies and Alex put that great game,

1:53:381:53:45

they will not have known, they will

have been sitting at the back

1:53:451:53:50

waiting to do their practice ends,

what a great finish to the last

1:53:501:53:53

match.

It was super, and I think

Alex will be sitting up there

1:53:531:53:58

thinking that forehand, my goodness,

three times, probably thinking to

1:53:581:54:03

himself and not sure this is

possible but he had to play it. I

1:54:031:54:07

noticed that the NT said sometimes I

will get a break and he's right,

1:54:071:54:10

because quite often he plays against

a player just pulls out the

1:54:101:54:14

brilliant bowl to get over the line.

Let's see what happens next, we'll

1:54:141:54:24

let you get up to the commentary box

as we turn our attention to the live

1:54:241:54:28

match. Nothing but not consistent

recently, an extraordinary four

1:54:281:54:33

quarterfinal finishes last season.

The policeman from our boy winning

1:54:331:54:37

the single title in 2014. The type

of game which could do serious

1:54:371:54:42

damage here this week. Ladies and

gentlemen, please give a very warm

1:54:421:54:47

welcome to the current Commonwealth

singles champion, Darren Burnett!

1:54:471:54:53

APPLAUSE

1:54:531:55:02

Robert Paxton is fond of Perth, the

venue of his first singles title on

1:55:101:55:16

tour and he got to the semifinal

here last year. He has all the shots

1:55:161:55:20

in his locker and is always a very

tough opponent. Ladies and gentlemen

1:55:201:55:24

please give a very warm welcome to

the former Scottish International

1:55:241:55:29

Open champion, Robert Paxton!

APPLAUSE

1:55:291:55:41

And

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COMMENTATOR: Always going to be a

tight game, you know these players

1:55:541:56:01

very well, we have to put you on the

line, who's going to win?

Good first

1:56:011:56:06

question. I'm going to sit on the

fence! Both of these are world-class

1:56:061:56:12

players. Darren one of the best

runners of the game, the draw is

1:56:121:56:19

tidy under pressure. I am probably

going to just sneak... Tie-break,

1:56:191:56:29

2-1 but I don't know the winner!

CHUCKLES

1:56:291:56:33

That was like getting blood out of a

stone! But I am with you on it, I

1:56:331:56:37

really am. I am unsure who's going

to win this match but having said

1:56:371:56:42

that I think you're right. Paxton is

a great draw, good hitter and a

1:56:421:56:47

great draw and was Darren doesn't

have the big drive he does have the

1:56:471:56:53

conversions shot which does a lot of

damage.

Lots of damage on all the

1:56:531:56:57

stages.

1:56:571:56:58

Very small gap, Darren.

1:57:041:57:08

Darrin, first bowl. Front touch.

Definitely a great start, you would

1:57:251:57:36

take it first time.

They have only

had two practice ends.

1:57:361:57:53

Decent reply.

Gap of three and half

inches, Rob is a gap of just over

1:57:551:58:08

four inches, your side bowl is a gap

of two inches.

That's a lot of

1:58:081:58:15

inches!

A lot more than I used to!

1:58:151:58:26

No need to come down and look at it

when you get that sort of

1:58:281:58:31

information thrown at you. That's a

handy bowl.

Might go early year,

1:58:311:58:42

Paxton. He might indeed, he has the

last bowl of the end.

1:58:421:58:57

In the area for something. Jack well

through. Red carries through, going

1:59:021:59:08

to rely on a couple.

Paxton will be

pleased with the result, to be fair.

1:59:081:59:18

Darren would have liked the red one

to roll another yard.

1:59:181:59:30

That's not going to be easy to beat

and cannot really afford to try and

1:59:491:59:53

beat it either.

Rob will just be

looking to hit a good second I

1:59:531:59:57

think. Certainly will not want to

protect in. -- to put it in.

1:59:572:00:06

Per I thought he might have gone a

bit closer than that.

He did take

2:00:172:00:22

away the two silly ones.

Is a good

start for the man from Arbroath.

He

2:00:222:00:33

got a result out of his first two

bowls there. A world-class start.

2:00:332:00:40

Rob gave himself a chance but wasn't

able to take advantage with the last

2:00:402:00:44

one.

2:00:442:00:46

Any short bowl starters, you know

you're going to be in trouble.

Both

2:01:382:01:43

would have liked to have been a

touch closer with this end.

He's not

2:01:432:01:48

sure with this one, but we will see.

There have been a few players who

2:01:482:01:53

have been very unsure about their

bowls and they haven't been too bad.

2:01:532:01:58

He knew that wasn't up, but he is

still two feet away. We have seen it

2:01:582:02:06

around this week, I don't know why.

But... People thinking they are

2:02:062:02:12

maybe half a yard away and in the

end they are close. This looks

2:02:122:02:15

better.

Yes, all the way back...

APPLAUSE

2:02:152:02:28

He's really watching this one, so it

must be close.

Always down the right

2:02:402:02:46

line, it is.

Automatic changeover

now.

2:02:462:02:55

Very hard, from what we can see, to

get off the line with anything more

2:03:132:03:23

than a foot.

Anything over pace, it

does not come back.

It seems to be

2:03:232:03:27

different this year, I don't know

why, just holding a little bit.

2:03:272:03:31

Everybody is using very strong

bowls. I imagine that is what Robert

2:03:312:03:35

is doing, the maximum bias.

I

believe he's using his XPs. He has

2:03:352:03:46

finished a foot under the line but

not come back to jack I before.

He

2:03:462:03:58

can rest the read out, turn the

jack.

2:03:582:04:03

Once again, just not making back.

2:04:162:04:21

A good solid start for Darren. He'll

be more than happy with 3-0.

2:04:362:04:43

It is an interesting time for a lot

of Scottish bowlers, who are trying

2:05:212:05:26

to get representation all around the

world and they are up against

2:05:262:05:31

Foster, Marshall, Burnett, the key

three in many ways. You can add to

2:05:312:05:35

my players to that and you have a

plethora of high-quality Scottish

2:05:352:05:39

players to come in two major events,

Stuart Anderson etc. But it must be

2:05:392:05:45

very hard when you have those three

players that are ever present.

2:05:452:05:51

Scotland are at this point blessed

with probably a dozen players that

2:05:512:05:57

could represent them if they played

-- and if they played for another

2:05:572:06:03

country, would probably all be

playing in the Commonwealth Games.

I

2:06:032:06:07

think so.

Including the manager.

Yes, certainly, David Gourlay is a

2:06:072:06:15

high-performance coach. I think he

makes sure they are fully prepared

2:06:152:06:25

for everything that they have to

face.

I think he takes care of what

2:06:252:06:31

they need, and makes sure they are

prepared right in their own way.

2:06:312:06:39

Absolutely. Now, can he sneak round

this Green ball? A little touch on

2:06:392:06:44

the jack would be a bonus. That is

good.

2:06:442:06:55

He seems to like this one.

Well, he

has every right to. It is not that

2:07:062:07:12

far away. Second shot.

2:07:122:07:23

It's a tough audience out there,

isn't it? Is not a lot of clapping

2:07:252:07:31

going on. It started like a house on

fire and no one has really made a

2:07:312:07:35

murmur yet.

Seven inches away from

the jack and...

That engrossed, I

2:07:352:07:44

think.

They probably are, but you go

to some other tournaments, and they

2:07:442:07:50

are almost taking the rafters off

with bowls of this quality.

You are

2:07:502:07:55

probably right - probably a tough

audience. They are used to bowl macs

2:07:552:08:01

on the jack -- balls on the jack all

the time.

2:08:012:08:08

I'm surprised he still went up

again.

I thought he made have played

2:08:232:08:28

beforehand to touch the red ball

down and cover things up a little

2:08:282:08:31

bit, but he obviously feels

confident on the backhand, and

2:08:312:08:35

that's the reason why.

APPLAUSE

2:08:352:08:38

They liked that one.

That is a very

good effort. I suppose, with a good

2:08:382:08:53

pace, he wasn't going to turn

Robert's in, so...

2:08:532:08:58

Robert just looking to try and

shuffle things around a bit. Bang on

2:09:052:09:12

target, and gets a result.

APPLAUSE

2:09:122:09:16

Yes, perfect result.

2:09:162:09:22

Well, he couldn't have hit it

better. That bowl was always coming

2:09:292:09:34

in. After spinning around a bit,

you're not really sure where it's

2:09:342:09:38

going to go, but having said that,

he couldn't have played it any

2:09:382:09:42

better.

No, just hit the target when

he wanted to. This spinner didn't

2:09:422:09:47

get too much of the jack. It's been

a good start.

2:09:472:09:53

A predictable change of length from

Robert.

Yes, and he's right on the

2:10:062:10:15

outside edge of the mat to help his

very strong bias bowls get back.

2:10:152:10:21

It's certainly not the easiest on

this length to find a good one. But

2:10:212:10:28

that is certainly a good starter.

Yes, right at the centre line.

2:10:282:10:34

That's a great reply as well. That's

good stuff.

I think they've both

2:10:512:10:57

come out with the mentality that

they've both got to play well.

2:10:572:11:02

Which, at this stage, you would

expect, but it doesn't always

2:11:022:11:06

happen.

No, it's all on the day, but

we love to see two players on top

2:11:062:11:14

form, because it makes it a

monumental battle.

REFEREE: The gap

2:11:142:11:26

at the back is five inches, the gap

at the front is seven inches.

2:11:262:11:32

At the centre line again, but

anything just over the weight, you

2:11:452:11:48

just don't get back.

No, perfect

pace or nothing, I think, today.

2:11:482:11:55

He's down again.

Just got back on

his pace being good enough.

It's a

2:12:052:12:14

good bowl. A confident call. Green.

I won't be surprised if Darren has a

2:12:142:12:27

pop at this.

Looks like he's lining

up for the forehand runner. Right on

2:12:272:12:33

cue...

Short jack length, didn't

give it time to move. Surely Robert

2:12:332:12:47

will go deep now.

You would think

so. I don't think there is a contact

2:12:472:12:52

that gets rid of all three greens

without moving the jack.

2:12:522:12:58

Well, both re-spots covered by this

back bowl. It is damage limitation.

2:13:232:13:42

His own two could disappear, I

suppose. That would be very unlucky.

2:13:422:13:48

He nearly followed for the spot.

Looking to see if his own bowl is

2:13:482:13:55

going to follow.

That may not be too

far away. It's close, from what we

2:13:552:13:59

can see.

That would be an

unbelievable result.

It's certainly

2:13:592:14:05

better than it was.

Bang on target,

but you can't really have

2:14:052:14:17

anticipated the follow-through.

No,

he was just going for a damage

2:14:172:14:21

limitation, and he certainly done

that.

It was his own bowl...

2:14:212:14:35

The umpire, Mike Davies, just

getting out the marker. That is well

2:14:462:14:54

in. A big result, a good hit, as you

say.

Robert will certainly...

I

2:14:542:15:07

think Darren would be happy to come

out second in that particular

2:15:072:15:11

situation. A turnover of four shots

there, that's big.

It wasn't too

2:15:112:15:16

much luck because he had exactly

what he wanted. But Robert, he would

2:15:162:15:21

think he was all covered there.

2:15:212:15:24

UMPIRE: Jack length 29.5 metres.

I

think this is going to be a game of

2:15:342:15:49

two different lengths.

I think

you're right.

2:15:492:15:57

It sometimes happens that way -

players come on with maybe a slight

2:16:032:16:08

game plan, but that is adaptable as

the match develops. Robert

2:16:082:16:14

definitely going for the short jack

length at the moment.

And played a

2:16:142:16:20

good end, but you can't stop

Darren's last bowl, can you?

2:16:202:16:24

A remarkable career, Darren Burnett,

when you look through it. I have

2:16:302:16:34

numerous times. So many titles in

there, it's scary stuff.

There isn't

2:16:342:16:41

much he hasn't won, is there?

Very

little. British Isles, on the

2:16:412:16:48

domestic front, which a lot of

professional players haven't. He has

2:16:482:16:56

won the British singles a couple of

times, I think. I certainly remember

2:16:562:17:02

at least once.

Yes.

I was on the

wrong side of it, that's why I

2:17:022:17:06

remember. Commonwealth Games, World

Championships... The world indoor

2:17:062:17:18

Council for times. Scary stuff. --

four times.

He has definitely got

2:17:182:17:26

most of the things on his CV that

you would want.

Absolutely.

2:17:262:17:30

Well, that's actually not bad,

because there are holes and gaps.

2:17:442:17:50

Robert's not got much. Perfect draw,

and he has got to fill in a gap for

2:17:502:17:55

his last one.

2:17:552:17:57

Robert's dropping short. He's going

to leave himself absolutely nothing

2:18:112:18:14

to play. Surely he won't risk having

a drive at it.

It could be dangerous

2:18:142:18:23

if he gets a bowl onto the jack and

one of his doesn't follow. Unless

2:18:232:18:29

Darren tucks it round the corner,

then he might have no option.

2:18:292:18:33

Oh, dear! He turned his back. I

wonder why. The line doesn't look

2:18:412:18:45

too bad. Yeah, he knew out of the

hand.

I don't know whether he got

2:18:452:19:00

disturbed or something. He knew

virtually from the hand.

Robert,

2:19:002:19:09

trying to make a connection on the

draw shot. Must be careful not to

2:19:092:19:16

over correct. He's on the wrong of

it.

He certainly was making up for

2:19:162:19:21

the ones he was short with.

2:19:212:19:26

Is probably not the front Green,

that's interesting.

Darren certainly

2:19:322:19:41

bossed the first to bowls on his

length. That's leaving Robert in

2:19:412:19:46

trouble at the moment.

The

differences, if Darren got out of

2:19:462:19:54

trouble -- Darren got out of trouble

in the last end, and Robert hasn't

2:19:542:19:59

been able to, this end. It makes a

tremendous difference to the match.

2:19:592:20:02

6-1 down, if he had got the shot, it

would have been 4-2, and all of a

2:20:022:20:08

sudden, 4-2 is nothing in a match

like this. When it is this close,

2:20:082:20:16

7-1, a long way back.

It certainly

is. Darren has a good runner, so if

2:20:162:20:21

you give him a five shot cushion,

you will only get a one when you

2:20:212:20:28

have played a really good end.

UMPIRE: Two shots, Darren Burnett.

2:20:282:20:39

It might only have been one before

Robert's last bowl.

2:20:392:20:49

is very difficult to have a career

and play top-level bowls, indoor and

2:20:562:21:01

out door. You know all about it. It

is a difficult mix. And with family

2:21:012:21:08

there as well. I know your family

are involved in bowls, but it is

2:21:082:21:13

still tough.

Yes, it is very time if

you're going to hold a standard.

2:21:132:21:19

Darren's shifts as well would have

been even harder.

He's a policeman,

2:21:192:21:23

of course. No 9-5 there.

2:21:232:21:30

With Scotland's commitments in World

Championships, Commonwealth Games,

2:21:352:21:40

Test matches...

Yes, it's very

tough, no doubt about that. A lot of

2:21:402:21:51

other sports, at this level, you can

make a very comfortable living.

2:21:512:21:56

Sadly, not in the sport of bowls.

2:21:562:22:02

Anyway, I think he likes being a

policeman.

I hope so - he's been

2:22:112:22:18

doing it a while.

He has. The only

police man in Scotland to get

2:22:182:22:29

special leave during the Glasgow

Commonwealth Games.

What can I say?

2:22:292:22:36

Everyone else was on duty, and he

was winning a gold medal.

But he did

2:22:362:22:42

but he was there to do.

Absolutely.

APPLAUSE

2:22:422:22:53

Well, Robert really needs to get

hold of this jack and change the

2:22:532:22:57

length.

He's still got time, but...

He can't afford to lose any more

2:22:572:23:08

shots. Five behind is doable, but...

O.

Any more than that, the games

2:23:082:23:16

start to run away.

This is one of

those that these to be added. I'm

2:23:162:23:24

sure Darren won't get that gap next

time round. -- that needs to be

2:23:242:23:34

added.

It's a clear one, and he's

got it. Good stuff, good bowl. We

2:23:342:23:44

may see a heavy shot coming out

here. Darren Burnett's trotting

2:23:442:23:51

back.

He's looking forward to this

one.

Two bowls will go. The jack, if

2:23:512:24:01

he gets it all the way through, he

will definitely get a shot.

The way

2:24:012:24:06

the angles are set, all the bounces

go that way as well.

Looking at two

2:24:062:24:12

bowls now. Onto the re-spot. Very

predictable.

As we said at the top

2:24:122:24:23

of the game, he's got one of the

best runners in the game. Two of the

2:24:232:24:29

three times it has been on show, he

has hit pretty much exactly where he

2:24:292:24:33

wanted to. Just enough to hold a

nice line and gets it away.

2:24:332:24:41

He's looking for this just to stop.

It's running a shade. Well... Is it

2:24:562:25:06

dropped back. It might just make it,

but it's very close.

2:25:062:25:19

Took one away. That's not counting,

so measure for shot. Once again,

2:25:232:25:31

it's an important measure.

2:25:312:25:37

Though, this is close. Equi distant.

That would just such fine.

It is

2:25:442:25:52

tighter than it looks, to be fair.

Oh, the red bowl. That would have to

2:25:522:26:05

go down as a badness at this level.

Definitely, I would be disappointed

2:26:052:26:09

with that. -- Robert would be

disappointed with that. Certainly,

2:26:092:26:14

as the scores stand, 6-2 and 7-1 is

a huge difference between those with

2:26:142:26:19

only three to play.

UMPIRE: Jack

length 29.5 metres.

Once again, he

2:26:192:26:30

is facing the longer jack length

that Darren prefers.

And Darren's

2:26:302:26:34

first bowl has been going pretty

good. And he hasn't let us down

2:26:342:26:45

again.

APPLAUSE

2:26:452:26:51

he's definitely nailed the line

length.

Obviously, the early start

2:26:512:26:58

this morning suits him.

2:26:582:27:02

He would normally do a shift of work

and then come down.

That's what he

2:27:122:27:16

did today.

2:27:162:27:17

Doesn't look so good, this one.

It

might help Robert -- it won't help

2:27:272:27:40

Robert, ferrets finished.

Certainly

not.

UMPIRE: Last bowl, 15 inches

2:27:402:27:49

short of jack. -- where it's

finished.

2:27:492:27:58

Can he hang around?

Opened the door.

Kept his own bowl on the rink, which

2:28:042:28:16

is good.

He certainly changed it. He

would've been hoping for a bit more

2:28:162:28:23

positive contact on the jack,.

2:28:232:28:28

He should be able to get inside

that. I know it is a longer jack

2:28:332:28:38

length, but we are seeing a lot of

players being able to hold the bowl

2:28:382:28:42

up.

That spot is still accessible,

but...

I want to see where it

2:28:422:28:50

finishes, because Robert might well

be forced to change onto the

2:28:502:28:53

backhand.

I would say that would

force him onto the backhand.

2:28:532:29:00

It would be an unusual spot to

finish. I don't imagine many players

2:29:072:29:15

would practice a re-spot under the

line.

2:29:152:29:20

APPLAUSE

On the thin side. Certainly not

2:29:202:29:27

coming across in the wider arc.

2:29:272:29:30

Well, certainly a better line with

this. Is chucking through a good

2:29:362:29:46

weight as well.

2:29:462:29:48

UMPIRE: 15 inches. 15 inches.

No

choice but to just draw away.

He has

2:29:542:30:09

had a siteer with his first one, if

he can get this a bit wide, and it

2:30:092:30:14

doesn't look like it is going much

wide.

He is underwritten now. Once

2:30:142:30:21

you go under, you have no chance of

staying in. It is this set is

2:30:212:30:27

sliding away rapidly. Robert's not

playing badly, but he's just that

2:30:272:30:37

little bit behind. I think that key

drive earlier...

He played a good

2:30:372:30:44

length on his own length but that is

the only time he has that chance to

2:30:442:30:48

buy it. And Darren has dominated the

first bowl.

2:30:482:31:00

Well, a very rare close to a full

links.

That is true but Rob still

2:31:212:31:33

needs to get seven in two which is a

big ask.

Will be trying to play

2:31:332:31:38

himself into the next set.

2:31:382:31:46

Well, it's not where he wanted it

and Rob has to be careful not to

2:32:062:32:09

touch it. But he could start off and

get a double.

He could create a bit

2:32:092:32:19

of pressure.

Missed a chance.

Yes,

he's missed a big chance there.

2:32:192:32:31

Seven in two is difficult anyway,

but... In front torture there. All

2:32:312:32:38

of a sudden you get a sniff of a

chance of a three -- a front

2:32:382:32:45

toucher.

2:32:452:32:49

Too many chances.

He certainly can't

give Darren three chances.

Has to

2:32:532:33:10

try and squeeze this jack through to

try and get something out of it.

2:33:102:33:14

He's going for the runner. Trying to

squeeze the jack against the ball

2:33:142:33:19

and bring it back for three. Front

ball didn't help obviously.

Wasn't

2:33:192:33:26

far away, but...

Go for cover and

leave it.

I would suggest Darren

2:33:262:33:37

goes the cover. Robert will still

play the same shot, he's got nothing

2:33:372:33:41

else, really.

2:33:412:33:49

Aiming for the three green bowls at

the back.

He's trying to encourage

2:33:552:34:06

it forward. He may have

inadvertently covered it by stopping

2:34:062:34:11

it.

Yes, I think so. That's probably

about pre-feet away -- 3-4 feet away

2:34:112:34:21

from where he wanted it.

2:34:212:34:30

That's going to make the scoreline

look, well...!

I don't think there's

2:34:452:34:54

any doubt that Darren deserved to

win the set.

Probably by, maybe

2:34:542:34:59

three or four shots, I would have

said. That scoreline is going to

2:34:592:35:03

look really odd at 11-1. Good value,

Darren. One key bowl made all the

2:35:032:35:14

difference.

Certainly did and he

powered and from there. I think the

2:35:142:35:18

first bowl was from knocker -- a

front knocker. He's not let Robert

2:35:182:35:31

settle. Every time Rob has played a

good one, he's almost beaten it next

2:35:312:35:35

bowl.

2:35:352:35:43

Yes, it's the confidence also of

having the first set in your back

2:35:572:36:00

pocket. Guaranteed a three end

tie-break. It's always a nice

2:36:002:36:07

feeling.

It's one of those way you

don't want to relax too much and let

2:36:072:36:11

your opponent back in. If you can

win 2-0 it's easier than playing the

2:36:112:36:20

tie-breaks because they can

literally go either way.

2:36:202:36:31

It was a tight battle this morning.

To be fair, Danny probably deserved

2:36:322:36:39

to win the first set. Somehow, and

I'm not sure how, removed all three

2:36:392:36:46

bowls without removing the jack. He

managed to get it tight, which

2:36:462:37:02

managed as to sneak over the line.

A

good bowl from Robert but again,

2:37:022:37:09

he's dropping short. Any movement on

the jack is good here. UMPIRE: Your

2:37:092:37:18

bowl is 11 inches past jack high.

2:37:182:37:30

COMMENTATOR: Rob is going to be in

big trouble if there's one good bowl

2:37:302:37:36

from Darren here. He's just out

there, about good spot.

That's

2:37:362:37:42

building up. He needs another one

in.

It's almost worth giving this

2:37:422:37:51

one a chance if it finishes past.

Yes, there is a perfect gap there,

2:37:512:37:58

if you can make that onto the red.

Once again just holding off. Still,

2:37:582:38:04

useful.

It's not too bad a spot.

2:38:042:38:10

Darren will be looking for a

straightener off the shot bowl, just

2:38:142:38:19

to get him back to the jack.

2:38:192:38:26

Darren, have you pushed this enough?

Yes. Enough for the shot.

He didn't

2:38:372:38:47

think he had.

He probably thought

that was a bit shorter. A wry smile

2:38:472:38:53

which probably gives you the...

Yeah. He got a bit more out of it

2:38:532:39:00

than everybody expected.

2:39:002:39:06

Now, Rob, can you get back into

this?

Doesn't look too bad.

Just a

2:39:202:39:25

matter of stopping on the back bowl.

That should be enough. It's going to

2:39:252:39:31

be very close. A little clap from

Darren on his leg, but... He's

2:39:312:39:38

asking for the measure. He's pretty

good on these, actually.

It was a

2:39:382:39:45

good bowl live from Robert though.

It was a case for do that with his

2:39:452:39:50

third bowl really, which would have

put him in the ascendancy.

Measure

2:39:502:40:00

the shot.

In the context of the game

this is a big measure, for Robert to

2:40:002:40:08

try a different jack length.

It's

about the opportunity of casting the

2:40:082:40:13

jack to your length. He really needs

to get this.

The old adage of the

2:40:132:40:21

umpires go to the one they think is

the nearest first.

That's what they

2:40:212:40:24

normally do.

Always worries me when

it's not mine they measure first!

2:40:242:40:31

LAUGHTER They go to the opposition

bowl and you go, oh, that's that.

2:40:312:40:39

Although, it might be green.

One

shot, Robert Paxton.

Maybe they've

2:40:392:40:48

changed their MO.

Just to confuse us

of course because we automatically

2:40:482:41:00

think the other way.

It's not a big

surprise. This is almost identical

2:41:002:41:10

to where he played the end before.

Jack length 25.5 metres.

2:41:102:41:23

Great start.

It's just what he

expected, playing down into his own

2:41:432:41:50

length.

It shows what the difference

between some length than others but

2:41:502:41:57

players prefer. That goes for all of

us. We've all got lengths like that.

2:41:572:42:02

Absolutely.

2:42:022:42:07

Well, he was about to change... The

anything with playing the back

2:42:192:42:22

candidacy has to be a little bit

careful.

He certainly doesn't want

2:42:222:42:26

to get his own. You do all the hard

work for Darren after getting the

2:42:262:42:31

first.

He was trying to encourage

that one forward. He knew he was

2:42:312:42:39

just a bit on the edge.

To be fair,

you need to be. Because if you're

2:42:392:42:46

heavy, it doesn't get back.

2:42:462:42:50

That will have moved it an inch or

so... Has to play beforehand. -- the

2:43:032:43:18

forehand.

2:43:182:43:23

I'm not sure he's all the way up, is

he?

Struggling.

Well, it's not an

2:43:262:43:36

absolute protector but it will help.

A little tap on the ball to spring

2:43:362:43:44

the jack across... Depending on what

Darren does, there's a shot for the

2:43:442:43:48

red bowl but he's got another one

before then. He doesn't seem to like

2:43:482:43:57

it.

Well, he's not that far away, I

don't think. Well, there we go.

2:43:572:44:07

Found out why. I think he was just

lacking a foot to carry him past it.

2:44:072:44:17

He's left himself in an ugly spot

here. If Robert can add another one

2:44:172:44:23

in somehow without giving Darren

Mutch, there's not much to hit

2:44:232:44:25

there.

2:44:252:44:32

A clear road would be better... That

might have been second back again.

2:44:432:44:50

Yes, still close on the screen,

but...

Darren has given it a good

2:44:502:44:58

look.

And Darren has still got the

draw to touch the green for one.

2:44:582:45:11

It's what he is prepared to do. Is

he prepared to take a risk of

2:45:112:45:15

getting his own bowl onto the

backhand on the green and losing

2:45:152:45:21

one?

Top red gets rid of both reds,

doesn't it? And that this second

2:45:212:45:27

end? Tap the bowl, try and get the

shot. But he'd probably look the

2:45:272:45:34

other way and try and get the three

greens!

LAUGHTER I wouldn't be at

2:45:342:45:39

all surprised. He does things

sometimes a bit different, but it's

2:45:392:45:43

early days. There we go. He's going

for what we think is the right shot.

2:45:432:45:52

Definitely. It's a lot safer, if you

play a good one you can win the end.

2:45:522:45:59

Just didn't push it enough.

Guaranteed to second. Good bowl.

2:45:592:46:12

There wasn't much set that

guaranteed him a good result. But

2:46:122:46:20

that could have got a bad result.

Everything seemed to be splitting

2:46:202:46:26

away from staff.

I'm sure in days

before we've all played shots like

2:46:262:46:31

that. But most of them have gone

against, I would say. Certainly I

2:46:312:46:36

know I have.

I think when you get

into the position where you have to

2:46:362:46:44

play them...

He had choices there.

1-0 isn't a disaster.

2:46:442:46:52

Well, that's interesting. A long way

away.

Different hand, different

2:47:332:47:37

length.

2:47:372:47:45

I wonder whether Darren will go

early for this, or just keep drawing

2:48:002:48:04

away.

They're holes and gaps, but

take one away, jack through, he is

2:48:042:48:11

so confident and his weight shots.

He certainly doesn't miss many.

2:48:112:48:22

In the ditch, and it's going to stay

alive in there.

That's finished in

2:48:282:48:32

an awkward spot as well. Right in

the corner.

2:48:322:48:45

Will probably play across this. He's

gone down the narrow side.

He's only

2:48:502:48:58

got to beat the centre bowl to start

with.

There's nothing easy about it,

2:48:582:49:08

though.

Definitely not. That's

nearly as good as you can do. Unless

2:49:082:49:16

you dare go a bowl wider.

Five feet.

He knows that's going to be very

2:49:162:49:26

hard to

beat. The closer you get to

it the more you bend.

Hence he's

2:49:262:49:39

going the other side. If he runs the

length, he's got a chance. We'll

2:49:392:49:57

wait for confirmation.

It's a

secret.

It is a secret, we aren't

2:49:572:50:03

being told.

With the angle it

probably is one red.

2:50:032:50:14

Keeping us all guessing at the

moment.

Only just...

Well, it's

2:50:192:50:35

there. Certainly looks like the

shot. But again, not a lot of

2:50:352:50:40

reaction.

Would Darren go for the

two bowls here?

It's so hard for him

2:50:402:50:48

to draw that...

He's only two feet

from the ditch with his first. Any

2:50:482:50:54

tighter he's into the front green.

We'll see. Looks like he's running

2:50:542:51:00

at it. It's close... Clean as a

whistle. Wow.

One shot, Darren

2:51:002:51:20

Burnett.

That was a great bowl.

He

certainly got the one he wanted.

2:51:202:51:28

But once again, Robert Paxton got an

opportunity to go on his jackknife

2:51:362:51:41

and Darren Burnett has got the shot,

albeit with a great bowl. Now we go

2:51:412:51:46

back to the long jack length.

Robert

has got to compete and Darren's

2:51:462:51:51

length, that's the key. If Darren

misses with the first, Robert has

2:51:512:51:59

got to get in.

Yeah.

2:51:592:52:06

Well, I don't think he's going to

make the link. It's a good bowl,

2:52:142:52:18

though. -- make the length.

That's

an OK start. It'll give you

2:52:182:52:26

something to work with, no matter

what your opponent does.

You must be

2:52:262:52:30

a tough skip to play with!

Some

would say yes!

LAUGHTER You put one

2:52:302:52:37

within ten inches of the jack and

you say that's said OK start!

Get

2:52:372:52:42

the next one up!

2:52:422:52:49

He's not playing too many loose at

this length, is he?

He's certainly

2:53:362:53:41

not. Right from the start he was on

it, right from the word go, wasn't

2:53:412:53:46

he?

2:53:462:53:51

It's OK, only moved it a little bit.

It's a good bowl.

Your nearest bowl

2:54:002:54:13

has a gap of four inches. Five

inches.

He's just trying to work out

2:54:132:54:23

what the he wants to play with an

extra bit of weight here. Put the

2:54:232:54:29

bowl onto the green bowl?

He's

playing the hard shot but there's

2:54:292:54:34

more reward if you can get it.

But

it is difficult. If he misses a

2:54:342:54:39

green one he'll get positioned. He

may not be too unhappy with that.

2:54:392:54:46

Rob is in a tricky position here.

It's definitely not easy to add

2:54:462:54:52

another. Almost certain Darren is

going to run at the outside red with

2:54:522:54:55

the last what.

Run for cover. Has to

go cover.

2:54:552:55:08

There's the cover bowl. Darren

Burnett, well...

It's a good bowl

2:55:162:55:24

from rock to be fair.

If he's

looking at that sort of shot, there

2:55:242:55:28

is always a good chance if he gets

the jack down to there.

I think

2:55:282:55:37

he'll be a bit quicker this time.

Always a chance of picking the green

2:55:372:55:46

one off on the edge as well. He's in

the area.

Oh dear, didn't quite see

2:55:462:55:55

that happening!

Robert was always in

a difficult position there. There

2:55:552:56:03

were loads of contacts, and he's

jammed it in difficult as well. His

2:56:032:56:12

back bowl has come into play for a

different reasons.

A bit of reaction

2:56:122:56:16

there but not much. He was bang on

target in terms of getting

2:56:162:56:21

something, it's just where the bowls

finished and blocked ten is the bit

2:56:212:56:24

that hurt more than anything else.

It wasn't a fluke.

He's forced

2:56:242:56:33

Robert into the difficult... That's

hard to get back, really hard to get

2:56:332:56:40

back from there. Nine out of ten

Miss White, I'm afraid.

Only one

2:56:402:56:52

shot involved.

It's still anybody's

at the moment.

Quite often I would

2:56:522:57:06

say about the shot that gets a

fortunate result, it's not really

2:57:062:57:09

the result if you've got a bowl to

come. It's where the bowl finishes

2:57:092:57:15

is the key. Off you're left with

nothing.

If he falls down,

2:57:152:57:20

completely different shot.

Absolutely, and you would expect him

2:57:202:57:23

to get it.

2:57:232:57:29

He was back on that very early.

Again, not too bad.

About a foot

2:57:482:57:57

away!

Compared to the standard he

set its probably further away than

2:57:572:58:00

he's been but I'd be happy with that

start.

It's a very good start. Any

2:58:002:58:05

touch on it will bring it closer.

Here comes the touch...

Not quite.

2:58:052:58:15

You've got a ten inch gap.

Ten inch

gap, he wasn't happy. He's a tough

2:58:152:58:21

man.

That's probably how you get to

his level.

2:58:212:58:32

This is where Rob needs to get in.

Yes, good. Good with that.

A good

2:58:492:59:06

bowl, that.

One inch past.

He's got

his own bowl to go there and turn

2:59:062:59:16

the green one out as well. We really

want to see this as being a

2:59:162:59:20

top-notch...

It must be wide because

he certainly got enough weight.

We

2:59:202:59:29

really want to see this being a

top-notch game, every end getting

2:59:292:59:35

in. Conversion shots, everything

happening. It has quality written

2:59:352:59:41

all over it. The first set scoreline

doesn't show that. The quality was

2:59:412:59:47

certainly Darren's in the first set.

His first two dominated, a couple of

2:59:472:59:53

good runners and the scoreline

probably didn't quite suggest...

2:59:533:00:01

This has been a rare occasion that

Robert has dominated and Darren's

3:00:013:00:05

favourite length.

But Darren has

still got the backhand runner coming

3:00:053:00:11

up.

He has. Backhand runner take

something away. He's got the back

3:00:113:00:17

bowl waiting for it. It's not a

toucher so the green bowl can go in

3:00:173:00:22

the ditch. Goodness me, I'm

surprised.

I'd have lost a bet

3:00:223:00:32

there.

3:00:323:00:42

He has gone into his own bowl. I'm

surprised at that.

I would have put

3:00:423:00:54

money on him playing the backhand

runner, but he personally felt that

3:00:543:00:56

he was in good enough touch to just

get over it.

He's also opened it up

3:00:563:01:02

to give Robert a chance for Ray

three.

Another six or eight inches

3:01:023:01:07

to get into. -- for a three.

3:01:073:01:23

No mistake. The best end for Robert

Paxton, I would say.

3:01:233:01:41

Robert will be looking for a good

first bowl.

3:01:593:02:03

Once again, another good start. He

hasn't been able to capitalise in

3:02:273:02:36

terms of scoring with these short

jack lengths.

Not as yet.

3:02:363:02:45

A slight protector, but he was

actually after the red bowl.

Not bad

3:03:193:03:30

position, depending on whether

Darren can find the winner. And he's

3:03:303:03:34

not far.

Waiting for the green bowl

to fall, but at the moment, it's

3:03:343:03:45

hanging on. It must move, now,

surely.

It will force Robert to

3:03:453:03:54

change hands.

It has two.

With an

air of, I must just be passed.

I can

3:03:543:04:03

see what he's worried about. He will

take a time-out here. He gets the

3:04:033:04:07

green bowl, that green one could

come out into the open. It's

3:04:073:04:16

understandable. He gets any

connection onto there, the jack

3:04:163:04:22

could easily just bounce out into

this sort of position, then you're

3:04:223:04:26

in trouble, because then, you're

looking at a trail shot to the red

3:04:263:04:30

bowl.

Ideally, he would love to miss

the green, just sit passed, in

3:04:303:04:35

between the jack and the back red

bowl. Being greedy, he'd like it to

3:04:353:04:40

count as well.

That's why he will be

playing that. The forehand is just

3:04:403:04:47

full of danger.

3:04:473:04:50

Can he miss... ?

No, that's a

brilliant shot, that really is.

3:04:533:05:06

Yeah, played it very well.

He had to

get so close to the front red bowl.

3:05:063:05:13

He missed it by a fraction.

He would

have been quietly concerned from

3:05:133:05:21

hand, because it wasn't quite as

wide as he would have liked.

I bet

3:05:213:05:25

he was quietly concerned. Forcing

Darren into playing the green bowl

3:05:253:05:33

onto the jack. That's very

difficult, although he is coming

3:05:333:05:37

probably to a very good place. He

will have to cover that.

Without a

3:05:373:05:42

doubt. Again, Darren has got the

runner.

3:05:423:05:48

He still needs to stretch it a

little bit. That's good, split the

3:06:153:06:19

red ones.

He has covered the touch

but he is still down on the spot. He

3:06:193:06:23

could do both, I suppose.

# He couldn't do both, I suppose.

3:06:233:06:29

The front green is bad for Darren.

I

still think he has to play it. -- he

3:06:293:06:40

couldn't do both, I suppose. Now,

what happens with the green bowl

3:06:403:06:45

going through? Yeah, stayed on. Good

strike, not easy.

Yes, hit it well.

3:06:453:06:57

Unfortunately for Darren, the green

bowl went with it. On another day,

3:06:573:07:01

he would have locked it on his own

red and it would probably have been

3:07:013:07:06

two reds.

3:07:063:07:16

Interesting set of - 6-2, three ends

to go, and it is still anybody's.

3:07:193:07:24

Yes, either of them...

3:07:243:07:29

Goes without saying, that's the best

start.

He's almost like a different

3:07:583:08:05

player at the short length.

3:08:053:08:16

Oh! Sat it out.

What a shot!

3:08:183:08:23

Interesting that he changed hands,

because the red one past the jack,

3:08:353:08:40

that he just played.

It looks like

the jack is coming into the red won

3:08:403:08:45

by playing the backhand. He really

wanted to be deeper than that. It is

3:08:453:08:48

a bit of a wasted bowl in many

respects.

It's not going to be the

3:08:483:08:54

ideal spot for him.

The pace of this

game is really quite slow now in

3:08:543:09:07

comparison to some other matches,

yours included, Nick, of course. You

3:09:073:09:10

were one of the faster players.

Everyone has got their own pace,

3:09:103:09:16

haven't they? Mind's quick. Not as

quick as Jamie, but still pretty

3:09:163:09:22

quick. -- mine is quick. It is one

of those games where you don't want

3:09:223:09:33

to do something wrong because it's

going to make a difference from now

3:09:333:09:36

on, isn't it?

3:09:363:09:38

I don't know whether Robert's just

trying to set something up rather

3:09:493:09:52

than just play something.

He had to

do...

He had to be passed with one

3:09:523:09:58

of them.

Now he has two options - he

can push one out or push the green

3:09:583:10:04

bowl onto the jack. At least he's

set something up for himself. That

3:10:043:10:08

is where the second bowl hurt a

little bit.

Darren's sort of staying

3:10:083:10:20

out the way, I think.

He is more or

less saying, go ahead and play it.

3:10:203:10:25

If it goes wrong for you, I'm

sitting waiting.

Yeah. He got a clap

3:10:253:10:33

for it, anyway!

Happy to play them

there all day and get a clap. Well,

3:10:333:10:45

now, Rob, I can't see what you're

after here, apart from to drop back

3:10:453:10:50

on the jack.

Certainly unusual

tactics.

I just don't think he'll

3:10:503:10:55

play the shot that he would play. If

he needed two shots, to win the

3:10:553:11:01

match, he might be tempted to play

the bowl on the jack. Other than

3:11:013:11:04

that, it's not worth it, really.

He

looks like he might, you know.

Wow,

3:11:043:11:13

that's an interesting one.

He didn't

hold back!

He didn't at all. He

3:11:133:11:27

could have flicked his own out and

lost three there. Probably forced

3:11:273:11:32

him slightly on the inside, to be

fair.

Rob almost sort of gave in,

3:11:323:11:39

didn't he? He didn't play up the

forehand where he had the option to.

3:11:393:11:45

Almost happy to take the one down.

Darren said, I am happy to drop a

3:11:453:11:50

foul-mac here, or get a two.

The set

would have been over and into a

3:11:503:11:58

tie-break, effectively. -- dropped a

foul-mac here. -- four.

3:11:583:12:20

Well, Darren's got another chance to

get one in tight. The body language

3:13:043:13:14

would say it's not the best.

Do you

think? ! He's not bad. He's just

3:13:143:13:21

over it. He knew he was three or

four feet heavy.

3:13:213:13:34

A chance with this one.

It needs to

stand up.

It looked good all the

3:13:453:13:55

way.

3:13:553:13:57

Body language would suggest that

he's not where he wanted to be.

He's

3:14:143:14:18

even further this time. What do you

do?

Do you put another one in order

3:14:183:14:27

you cover the back? -- do you put

another one in, or do you cover the

3:14:273:14:36

back? I think he is going for the

cover. Or is he?

Needs to hurry a

3:14:363:14:50

bit if he's going to add another.

Well, the crowd are clapping it, but

3:14:503:14:56

it looks like two.

It is probably

nailed on the backhand runner now.

I

3:14:563:15:06

think so. He might as well play it,

hope to get the connection right.

3:15:063:15:15

Oh! Whether he's got a shot or not,

he will be very disappointed with

3:15:313:15:34

that result.

That is a bad result.

The jack in the ditch was perfect. I

3:15:343:15:45

think it's pretty close. Jack in the

ditch, he was lying four shots. Wow.

3:15:453:15:59

He'll certainly be very disappointed

with that.

Really good strike, bang

3:15:593:16:08

on target, and got a horrible

result. Robert, you want to draw

3:16:083:16:15

this but you don't want to touch the

jack.

3:16:153:16:17

APPLAUSE

Well, that's number one, obviously.

3:16:173:16:28

UMPIRE: Match tie-break.

We did

suggest it might pay a tie-break at

3:16:283:16:38

the start.

It had that sort of look

about it. 8-3 doesn't really show

3:16:383:16:43

what sort of set it was. It was a

closer set than the score suggests.

3:16:433:16:49

The three down there when Darren

sort of refused a backhand runner,

3:16:493:16:52

if you want, and played hard shot,

if he puts that in the ditch, you

3:16:523:17:01

are still almost level.

3:17:013:17:03

Interesting to see who one might be

toss.

UMPIRE: Jack length 24.5

3:17:113:17:17

metres. -- who won the toss.

The

thing about the short length is that

3:17:173:17:32

Darren's ability to play the

conversion shots is so good, he's

3:17:323:17:38

probably quite happy to go with a

short jack length and have the last

3:17:383:17:42

bowl.

He will certainly like that

just there, because it has made a

3:17:423:17:49

target pretty big. Even though I

believe he will draw with this one.

3:17:493:17:56

He's looking at it. Surely he's not

thinking about it from that

3:17:563:18:01

distance. Well, he's on the

backhand. Just a draw, though.

3:18:013:18:06

It's not the widest line.

3:18:123:18:23

Robert will look to hide round the

back of that is, nibbled the jack

3:18:253:18:31

round his own green.

3:18:313:18:34

Only just...

Eight curled in -- a

curl in.

3:18:523:19:04

Is he arriving? Well, it's another

chance here, isn't it? And Robert

3:19:103:19:22

will know he's got to beat that last

red, because if you lead that

3:19:223:19:25

sitting like that, he has got two Mo

goes at it, I know, but...

He could

3:19:253:19:31

get plucked out.

Yes. -- two more

goes at it.

3:19:313:19:42

He's going to push it on, isn't he?

He's not up but he's just enough. Ho

3:19:493:20:03

Ho Ho... There is still that little

stunning shot, but lots of

3:20:033:20:11

difficulties with it. We have seen

many players try to play that inside

3:20:113:20:18

backhand line and just whip across.

I had a go earlier, very

3:20:183:20:23

unsuccessfully.

This one's going.

Yeah. It is the same with Alex in

3:20:233:20:36

his game, he played a number of

roles backhand down the inside line.

3:20:363:20:40

The margin of error must be so

small.

It is a difficult shot to

3:20:403:20:53

play on this surface, as a rule, but

that hand in particular, there is

3:20:533:21:02

about an inch line where you are

wide or tight.

Now, Robert, this

3:21:023:21:09

looks like you're going deep. He

only needs one green. It's a

3:21:093:21:17

tie-break. He just needs to score

and win the end, doesn't matter how

3:21:173:21:20

many shots. That looks like it

covers both. It does cover both

3:21:203:21:30

re-spots. This is a problem for

Darren.

He could hit either of his

3:21:303:21:35

reds and do some damage, or he could

still draw the shop. There is ample

3:21:353:21:39

room. A different length, I know,

but he was doing it in the first

3:21:393:21:44

set. Either red bowl solid would be

dangerous.

Yeah. This is a tough

3:21:443:21:56

one, and you can tell how difficult

it is, because Darren Burnett, like

3:21:563:22:01

all the top players, can work these

things out very quickly. There's

3:22:013:22:07

nothing pretty about this.

I think

he was hoping for a better result

3:22:073:22:11

with his third bowl, but he didn't

make it very good at all.

On the

3:22:113:22:17

backhand.

3:22:173:22:19

Goodness me! He got a result. Well,

he was on target, but I think it's

3:22:303:22:38

fair to say it was rather fortuitous

when it bounces off a bowl like

3:22:383:22:43

that. He took so long about working

out what to do. You hit a bowl like

3:22:433:22:50

that and then you squeeze it against

another, and it happens to finish

3:22:503:22:54

beside your own.

No matter where

Robert had covered, he wasn't going

3:22:543:23:00

to cover that side of the red one.

Definitely not, but in the area, got

3:23:003:23:06

the result. Takes the single.

Rob

will be pretty disappointed with

3:23:063:23:11

that. He can't do any more, to be

honest. Personally, if I was going

3:23:113:23:24

to play the runner, I would probably

have played up the other hand onto

3:23:243:23:28

my two reds.

It would help to

shuffle things around when the jack

3:23:283:23:33

moved. He wanted to get the bowl

onto the jack, and that's what he

3:23:333:23:40

played. From that perspective, it

was a very good bowl.

He probably

3:23:403:23:46

hit the angle he wanted to.

3:23:463:23:48

But it's a tremendous help to get

that first end, because you can bank

3:23:573:24:01

that away knowing that you can take

a risk on the next end.

And you know

3:24:013:24:07

you've got two chances.

3:24:073:24:11

That's a good start.

3:24:293:24:39

Darren is trotting up after this, so

he must think he's close.

It doesn't

3:24:523:24:58

look like it is past his red. It may

have been enough to sneak him in if

3:24:583:25:02

he had missed.

He will have worked

out that even at this early stage,

3:25:023:25:14

the green one has been taken out.

You can see it.

Robert will be

3:25:143:25:23

dreading any runner after the last

one.

Very much so. He needs to hurry

3:25:233:25:28

with this, though. He needs to take

away that plant. It blocks up the

3:25:283:25:36

jack, maybe, but it doesn't stop the

plant shop. It still looks like it

3:25:363:25:44

can be drawn, though.

If he can find

six engines on his last, he will be

3:25:443:25:48

close. -- six inches on his last. He

thinks he's quick.

He's trying to

3:25:483:26:05

bring it back. He's not far away

from the bowl, though. Got it.

3:26:053:26:11

Dropped in.

Good enough.

Only

because that bowl was sitting out on

3:26:113:26:17

the side, and that is a match live.

Robert Paxton has two bowls to

3:26:173:26:24

recover the situation. Still the

forehand draw for him.

3:26:243:26:32

Just hanging off, is it? Is it good

enough? Yes, it is. Good bowl.

That

3:26:513:27:01

is a good end of bowls for this

stage. They will both be pretty

3:27:013:27:06

tense.

That is good stuff, really

is. Hard to draw in that situation,

3:27:063:27:12

but I think Darren has that forehand

runner and he has to play.

Like I

3:27:123:27:17

said, he has won the first end, so

to a degree, it doesn't matter. If

3:27:173:27:22

he gets to the green one clean,...

Always harder to draw the shop the

3:27:223:27:32

second time. And it's sitting off to

the side, which means that if he

3:27:323:27:38

gets a little hold off the

centreline...

There is not much

3:27:383:27:42

danger being tight, either, I don't

think.

3:27:423:27:48

Forehand drive. He's watching it.

UMPIRE: Second end, Robert Paxton.

3:27:593:28:09

It is a 2-1 tie-break.

Absolutely.

And Robert was just about to give

3:28:093:28:19

the jack, I think, to Darren.

I

don't think he'll be doing that.

No,

3:28:193:28:26

Darren likes to have the last bowl.

3:28:263:28:32

Robert just watching that jack go up

to see if it gets to where he needed

3:28:533:28:56

to be. It may be a yard more...

He

has found a bit of adrenaline there.

3:28:563:29:03

Is just a yard more than what he

wanted.

3:29:033:29:12

Not a bad one.

A good start-up.

Dropped over onto Darren's favourite

3:29:233:29:32

backhand.

3:29:323:29:38

Oh, he's close with this.

3:29:493:29:55

The rules change, of course, and at

the end of tie-break, you can

3:29:593:30:06

nominate to destroy the end and play

it over again in the same direction.

3:30:063:30:10

That's the place you didn't want to

be.

That's position a for you didn't

3:30:173:30:22

want to leave it.

No drive shot to

get a trouble, then. -- treble.

3:30:223:30:36

A bit quicker?

Yes, I think he

wanted to get to the green ball.

3:30:443:30:48

Just wanted to drop on it, secure

it. A bit further than what he

3:30:483:30:53

wanted to be. Still, better there.

Interesting to see what Robert plays

3:30:533:31:05

with this because he really has to

be there.

I think he will still try

3:31:053:31:10

and draw but reach.

You know what

that means...

Not bad.

He's having a

3:31:103:31:20

look at it. You just don't know if

it's going to get back. As soon as

3:31:203:31:23

you put the extra weight on... There

you go. Looks good for so long, and

3:31:233:31:31

then...

It's definitely the hardest

shot. He's got two or three seconds

3:31:313:31:38

depending on what Darren does.

Probably tighten it up and go a bit

3:31:383:31:41

quicker.

Darren drawn the green

bowl, try and block the red bowl if

3:31:413:31:53

he can. Definitely needs another one

in. I do think he can afford just to

3:31:533:31:59

leave that. He has the last bowl

anyway.

He has two to come.

3:31:593:32:11

Nearly a blocker.

He's going to be

trying to get to the front of this

3:32:173:32:25

green one anyway. Dropped it. As you

say, it wasn't meant to be a

3:32:253:32:29

blocker.

Good track.

Perfect line.

Big decision here.

Had to move

3:32:293:32:36

quicker.

Narrow it down and go

quicker, you can't afford to just

3:32:363:32:42

drift past it.

Tanner calls. -- time

out called.

It's harder the less

3:32:423:32:53

amount of pace you use.

3:32:533:32:59

He's sticking to the draw. Goodness

me, this is brave. Really brave.

It

3:33:023:33:10

some shot if he gets up.

He liked

the last one, but is he reaching? I

3:33:103:33:16

do think so. He's dropped it. He

went for the perfect draw, didn't

3:33:163:33:23

quite make it. Darren Burnett holds

a single. Wins the match 2-1. A very

3:33:233:33:30

good game and it was well worth the

crowd staying on to see it.

3:33:303:33:34

Definitely. Darren was outstanding

in the first set, first to bowls but

3:33:343:33:42

Robert just got over the line.

3:33:423:33:49

Well, always expected a tough game

between these two players. That was

3:33:513:33:55

exactly what we were getting. He got

out of the blocks very quickly and

3:33:553:34:02

everything Robert Paxton put in

front of him, he was able to get out

3:34:023:34:06

of. Robert forced into playing

weight shots. Everything was going

3:34:063:34:12

right to Darren. Jack out the side,

his own bowl runs through and gets

3:34:123:34:20

it on a measure. And once again,

Jack out to side, and he's loving

3:34:203:34:25

the shot. Absolutely perfect. His

weight shots were so good. Robert

3:34:253:34:36

coming back strong, making the

treble on the fifth end in the

3:34:363:34:41

second set. Yet again drops in for a

double. Darren gets a boost on the

3:34:413:34:54

first end of the tie-break. Robert

draws the shot. He levels things as

3:34:543:35:04

we go into the last leg of the

tie-break and Robert couldn't make

3:35:043:35:07

it on the draw. Darren Burnett is

through to the quarterfinals. Well,

3:35:073:35:14

the stats were always going to look

a bit hard with regards to 11-1 in

3:35:143:35:18

that first set. The big story was

the long Jack Cummings against the

3:35:183:35:29

short Jack Link. Darren Burnett just

gets over the line -- the long jack

3:35:293:35:36

length over the short Jack length. A

fine win but my goodness you had to

3:35:363:35:40

work hard for that, Darren.

Absolutely, you always have to work

3:35:403:35:44

hard against Robert. I started

really well and then for some reason

3:35:443:35:48

I went off a bit.

In that second set

in particular you started to really

3:35:483:35:52

nailed the Jack in the first and

second bowl.

First set down, first

3:35:523:35:58

to bowls were inaccurate throughout.

I just had to begin in the second

3:35:583:36:03

set which I did. Tie-breaks, it's a

toss of the coin really.

It was a

3:36:033:36:08

real battle because you lost a bit

of your weight but that was all done

3:36:083:36:12

to the pressure he was putting you

under.

Absolutely. I played really

3:36:123:36:15

well first set but within myself

didn't feel I was 100% knowing where

3:36:153:36:21

we were going. That seems a strange

thing to say but I knew Robert would

3:36:213:36:25

come back into it.

You must be

pretty pleased with the way you

3:36:253:36:29

played and you were able to get back

in into that second set.

Yes, I was

3:36:293:36:33

disappointed with the result

obviously but I was pleased with the

3:36:333:36:36

way I played in the second set.

Forcing the tie-break in the second

3:36:363:36:41

set was good.

Let's talk about the

tie-break. It's fair to say in the

3:36:413:36:45

first end of the tie-break, you had

a bit of a break.

I had a dead rod.

3:36:453:36:51

I needed a bit of luck and I

certainly got that. The Jack could

3:36:513:36:55

have gone anywhere to be honest. You

get some of these and you take them

3:36:553:37:02

and run what we thinking at that

point?

I was hoping for a backhand

3:37:023:37:07

draw to be honest. There's loads of

options and it jammed nicely fit

3:37:073:37:12

Darren. He was on target, it was

just a great result for him.

3:37:123:37:19

Quarterfinals for you. What are you

thinking?

It was good to get a run

3:37:193:37:25

here. It's our home tournament,

always good to get a run. It's going

3:37:253:37:28

to be tough. I've got to take my

form and maybe take it a level

3:37:283:37:33

further because it's going to get

harder and harder.

Thank you very

3:37:333:37:39

much Robert Paxton. Commiserations

to you. Darren Burnett through to

3:37:393:37:46

the quarterfinals, well done. So,

let's have a look and see what that

3:37:463:37:49

does to the second round results.

3:37:493:37:57

Darren Burnett needed some fortune

in the tie-break to knock out the

3:38:073:38:11

number six seed Robert Paxton. What

a game that was. Absolutely

3:38:113:38:17

wonderful stuff here in Perth. We're

hoping the next one will be the

3:38:173:38:20

same. Mark Royal is up against a

fellow who so technically gifted and

3:38:203:38:26

works as a coach for Scotland as

well, David Gourlay.

I'm happy to be

3:38:263:38:39

back here in Perth. This is an

amazing venue for the Scottish

3:38:393:38:43

International open. The crowds are

beginning to pick up, the atmosphere

3:38:433:38:46

is picking up. In the first round I

beat Damian Dublin. He's qualified

3:38:463:38:50

many times and he knows the rink.

That was a potential banana skin. Up

3:38:503:39:04

next, Mark Royal. Market can be as

good as anybody on the tour. To be

3:39:043:39:09

honest I think he's any good place

at the moment. He's enjoying his

3:39:093:39:14

work and enjoying life and that all

helps. He is playing really well.

3:39:143:39:18

I've had a few bottles with Mark and

I expect this one to be no

3:39:183:39:21

different. I'm currently ranked

number five in the world and I still

3:39:213:39:26

think it is possible to win one of

these events. Each year it gets more

3:39:263:39:31

difficult. You're maybe not as sharp

as you used to be. The opposition is

3:39:313:39:35

getting better. I think the last two

or three years I've got to the

3:39:353:39:39

semifinal on three occasions. If

things go right on the day you've

3:39:393:39:45

got a bit of luck and a break up the

right time then I think I still have

3:39:453:39:49

the potential to win. Having other

commitments within the sport can

3:39:493:39:53

make playing the game challenging.

Being the head coach with Bowl

3:39:533:40:01

Scotland can be quite difficult and

challenging, balancing it with

3:40:013:40:05

playing at this level. You're trying

to put as much commitment and time

3:40:053:40:09

and effort into the job that

sometimes you sacrifice your own

3:40:093:40:12

playing ability. I love the role

I've got, I love the job I do. I

3:40:123:40:17

practice as much as I can so it's a

fine balancing act.

David Gourlay at

3:40:173:40:27

the River Tay in Perth. He's about

to come out onto the rink at the

3:40:273:40:31

Dewars Centre but who is he going to

face this afternoon? It's Mark

3:40:313:40:35

Royal. The list and a drop in form

has forced Mark Royal down to 13 in

3:40:353:40:40

the world rankings but now he feels

like he's back in the groove at

3:40:403:40:43

Perth.

3:40:433:40:47

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a

warm welcome to the former winner of

3:40:513:40:55

the Welsh international open, Mark

Royal!

3:40:553:41:02

MUSIC

3:41:033:41:12

It's an extraordinary achievement

that David Gourlay joined the pro

3:41:173:41:20

tour 23 years ago and has been in

the top 16 ever since. Technically

3:41:203:41:27

gifted and fiercely competitive,

David is a very tough nut to crack

3:41:273:41:30

on the rink. Ladies and gentlemen,

please give a very warm welcome to

3:41:303:41:36

the former world singles champion,

David Gourlay! APPLAUSE

3:41:363:41:39

MUSIC

3:41:393:41:49

David Corkhill and Paul Mitchell in

the commentary box. COMMENTATOR:

3:41:593:42:03

It's been a great afternoon so far

in terms of exciting bowls and looks

3:42:033:42:09

set to continue as well as Mark

Royal and David Gourlay go

3:42:093:42:13

head-to-head.

3:42:133:42:19

Mark Royal has opted for the beard

this year.

It's all the rage,

3:42:233:42:32

somebody told me!

A year ago I would

have said that this match was very

3:42:323:42:43

much in favour of David Gourlay.

Mark Royal hadn't been well for a

3:42:433:42:49

while and just managed to keep

playing. But he's back to full

3:42:493:42:54

fitness. That makes him a very, very

dangerous opponent. Especially on

3:42:543:43:04

the draw shots. He can play the

weight shots but he's a master draw

3:43:043:43:08

of a ball.

3:43:083:43:14

David was very impressive in his

first game. I thought he played

3:43:203:43:25

particularly well. Damian Dublin is

a very good player, one of the

3:43:253:43:38

younger players who has come through

on the tour and trying to make his

3:43:383:43:41

way up through the rankings. He's a

talented guy. Good scoring for

3:43:413:43:48

David.

3:43:483:43:58

Getting off to a very good start,

Mark Royal.

3:44:233:44:35

See it coming in but it's almost an

identical bowl.

This isn't the first

3:44:583:45:05

end that David Gourlay wanted.

Mark

Royal simply wants to draw another

3:45:053:45:18

one here.

3:45:183:45:24

The problem is the front bowl

blocking their way in from the

3:45:313:45:38

running bowl. He has to try and rest

the bowl here and drop in. He's

3:45:383:45:47

certainly wide enough. That's the

problem with short bowls. You tried

3:45:473:46:01

over correct and it through.

It has

done so. As you mentioned, the

3:46:013:46:12

second and third bowls being short

really set the David Gourlay.

After

3:46:123:46:20

you've been waiting all afternoon

and you get two ends, this is

3:46:203:46:24

probably the most difficult match of

the whole day. Simply because you

3:46:243:46:28

would have practised this morning

and really that was a long time ago.

3:46:283:46:33

The rink will have changed and the

crowd coming in and out after the

3:46:333:46:38

other matches, there's nothing easy

about this particular draw. Mark

3:46:383:46:52

Royal, left-hander. One of the few

about the place. Another well-known

3:46:523:47:01

one is Les will it. -- Les Gillett.

Used to tell me it was cutting edge.

3:47:013:47:23

Better from David Gourlay.

3:47:323:47:39

Beautifully done.

3:47:483:47:55

Forehand runner. That is get out of

jail card shot, no doubt about that.

3:48:043:48:14

The first end he couldn't play it

because of his own bowls.

3:48:143:48:27

The left-hander will be able to hold

his bowl up for a long time before

3:48:353:48:39

it breaks. Here it comes now.

3:48:393:48:50

Look at this for a reply.

3:49:043:49:11

Draw it or try and pick it out?

He'll certainly have enough weight

3:49:223:49:26

to do it. The danger is picking his

own bowl. He'll have to be a little

3:49:263:49:30

bit careful. Very close to it.

He's

on a good line. There it goes.

A

3:49:303:49:39

little bit unlucky to get a contact

with the jack.

Really good bowl.

3:49:393:49:50

He's certainly pushed this one wide.

It's a perfect track. His weight is

3:50:023:50:12

looking decent as well.

A fine bowl.

Top-class stuff from both players.

3:50:123:50:31

If you want to get quickly on the

card... He's done so.

3:50:503:51:01

It's not that bad in the end. Trying

to push it.

3:51:093:51:17

Identical bowl from Mark Royal.

3:52:193:52:30

He's got a good line.

Certainly

taking the hard way in. It's a

3:52:503:52:54

difficult draw. I think he might

have been tempted to drive the two

3:52:543:53:04

bowls out. Whereas now he's in a bit

of bother.

3:53:043:53:16

Wants to get round. He has done so.

No matter what way you look at this,

3:53:283:53:34

it's damage limitation. He has to

run into them.

Mark, this is so

3:53:343:53:43

difficult.

Well, if he draws it well

and good.

He believes he can do it.

3:53:433:53:54

He's certainly a lot closer.

If it

falls back it would help...

3:53:543:54:07

Definitely one, two might be a

possibility.

The rule is 30 seconds

3:54:073:54:11

after the ball has had forward

movement. You wait 30 seconds to see

3:54:113:54:16

if the bowl actually drops.

Just the

single.

It was a good bowl by Mark.

3:54:163:54:30

More of an indication of his

confidence in the draw shot but

3:54:303:54:34

three bowl coulds a yard behind.

3:54:343:54:42

He decided the higher risk and

potential high reward wasn't worth

3:54:433:54:49

it Amat occasion. But -- on that

occasion.

3:54:493:55:00

Just running all the way out.

3:55:583:56:08

Held up for a while but it's going

to bend across.

3:56:223:56:33

Well, this time Mark going for the

weight shot. Drop inside, try and

3:57:033:57:08

get the two Reds. The jack will do

as well. Well, took one out and

3:57:083:57:14

moved the green one. Probably the

second shot. He has, it's not too

3:57:143:57:18

bad.

3:57:183:57:28

David Gourlay back to the matter

quickly. Plenty of time on the

3:57:313:57:35

clock. -- the mat quickly.

3:57:353:57:42

To read and a very narrow target.

The difficulty is he's got his own

3:57:573:58:07

bowl there. If he edges that, it's

going to cost him another shot.

3:58:073:58:14

Losing a couple is fine but you

don't want to give your opponent a

3:58:143:58:18

gift one. If he can get into that

bowl, now that will take the other

3:58:183:58:30

green bowl out. Sorry, the other red

bowl out. The difficulty there is

3:58:303:58:37

that will be removed. The any

difficulty is if he gets his own

3:58:373:58:43

bowl pro, the back red one will

score. It looks like he might be

3:58:433:58:48

playing it. He's going for it.

The

jack may go out to the right...

3:58:483:58:58

Careful of his own bowl. Well, he's

got his own bowl robot managed to

3:58:583:59:05

take one of the Reds out at the same

time. In the end it didn't matter

3:59:053:59:09

but it was always a risk.

The second

green bowl pro didn't hang around.

3:59:093:59:20

-- the second green bowl didn't hang

around. David Gourlay with a couple

3:59:203:59:28

of singles and a double to find

himself level once more.

3:59:283:59:39

Into rhythm with his first bowl,

David Gourlay. Mark Royal had a poor

4:00:004:00:10

season by his standards last season.

Round two of the International open.

4:00:104:00:27

Spell that bit on the negative side,

drug-taking a few short bowls and

4:01:044:01:09

creating problems for himself. --

just taking a few short bowls.

4:01:094:01:34

It looks unappealing from the mat,

the head.

4:01:354:01:40

Here he comes.

Just made it, by the

looks of it. Certainly very close.

4:01:554:02:07

David's back position here and the

front plant is also available if he

4:02:074:02:12

wants to play slightly over the

weight.

4:02:124:02:16

Going strong. Here's the plant, and

there is a green bowl gone, but I'm

4:02:244:02:29

not sure it's going to work out. His

own bowl has managed to travel

4:02:294:02:34

through, but he has probably cut the

shot out of it.

It was certainly

4:02:344:02:40

close there, Mark. A check on the

re-spot. One to come for.

-- one to

4:02:404:02:50

come for green.

It was the striking

bowl following through. Watch

4:02:504:02:54

this... One coming all the way

through towards the spot. The marker

4:02:544:03:03

just favours the red.

4:03:034:03:06

He sort of try to hold that back a

little bit, and his arm went under a

4:03:124:03:18

bit quick.

It needs to apply the

brakes now. And it hasn't done so.

4:03:184:03:28

It has run out. And he knew that as

soon as it left his hand. It was a

4:03:284:03:32

little bit on the quick side.

They

will call on the umpire to measure.

4:03:324:03:53

The one red against the two greens.

The box measure has been around for

4:03:554:04:02

a long time in different forms, but

they have never managed to find any

4:04:024:04:13

more brakething more accurate or

easy-to-use. -- they have never

4:04:134:04:20

managed to find anything more

accurate or easy-to-use. They want

4:04:204:04:23

to check all the measurements and

make sure it hasn't moved.

Green

4:04:234:04:29

bowl at the front.

Mark will be

relieved.

Evil stick with it. The

4:04:294:04:37

final bowl, just lying and no more.

-- key will stick with it. He will

4:04:374:04:47

be glad to get back on the card,

having lost the last three games.

4:04:474:04:55

Increased jack length from Mark

Royal. It hasn't helped his opening

4:05:234:05:31

bowl.

Once again, as I was saying

about Mark's short bowls, they are

4:05:314:05:44

putting him under pressure to play a

really big bowl with his third and

4:05:444:05:48

fourth.

APPLAUSE

4:05:484:05:57

A change of plan.

He is able to take

a slightly different angle to the

4:06:074:06:16

jack, being a left-hander. He has

made it work for himself.

4:06:164:06:23

It's just going to slip past.

4:06:424:06:53

He's down again. He hit it well.

Recovered after the short one.

4:07:114:07:20

UMPIRE: Four inches short of jack

high.

It is not a very appealing

4:07:204:07:28

target, the green bowl at the front

serving as a guard.

If it is going

4:07:284:07:35

to be anywhere, David would prefer

the forehand, no doubt. It will be

4:07:354:07:40

hard to draw it. He could time it a

bit more if he wanted, just past the

4:07:404:07:45

front one. If he gets into that

bowl, the jack could go out the side

4:07:454:07:49

if he gets the outside edge, and the

re-spot position is over here, so

4:07:494:07:53

that could work for him.

4:07:534:07:56

This, his third bowl, so he still

has one to clean up any problems.

4:08:054:08:15

That's the green bowl.

There is that

followed through again. We have seen

4:08:154:08:21

that so many times. I can't remember

ever seeing so many follow-through

4:08:214:08:26

bowls being damaged like that. My

goodness me! It is all in favour of

4:08:264:08:32

David Gourlay now.

Mark Royal may

have to ban the time-out that he

4:08:324:08:43

has.

He puts a hand up. David knows

about these things, as all the top

4:08:434:08:56

players do. Follow-throughs and very

rarely be judged. -- can very rarely

4:08:564:09:04

be judged. Sometimes, it's hard to

judge what is going to happen when

4:09:044:09:11

you hit a head. But this is a

difficult one for Mark. That's not

4:09:114:09:23

going to stop David playing the shop

he wants to. A number of options

4:09:234:09:30

available for stop the forehand

runner again, if he wants to play

4:09:304:09:32

yet. -- the shot he wants to. If he

gets the two bowls, the jack on the

4:09:324:09:40

re-spot, he's probably good for a

couple. That's what he's going for.

4:09:404:09:45

Is he narrow?

He cut right across,

he knew it early.

That's a rare

4:09:454:09:53

occurrence.

He hooked on the arm

right across.

He is usually very

4:09:534:09:58

reliable on his forehand. So, Mark

Royal is relieved, because that

4:09:584:10:07

could have been an awful lot worse.

4:10:074:10:10

UMPIRE: Jack length 26.5 metres.

4:10:354:10:42

It is Mark Royal who came through

against the home qualifier -- the

4:10:504:11:00

Hong Kong qualifier.

4:11:004:11:03

APPLAUSE

4:11:444:11:54

Needed that ball solid. -- bowl.

4:12:064:12:15

Well, Mark chasing this one up.

Looks a little bit on the quick

4:12:224:12:26

side.

UMPIRE: A seven inch gap.

Beautiful on the draw. They backhand

4:12:264:12:41

is also available, but the jack is

coming into the green bowls, hence

4:12:414:12:45

he is staying away from it. Will he

get back?

Came back well.

That's a

4:12:454:13:06

good bowl to make, that one.

Very

wide, pulled right across.

4:13:064:13:16

It's chucking through again. David

would love to get rid of the green

4:13:374:13:44

bowl, but that might just be too

risky. A shake of the head from Mark

4:13:444:13:51

Royal. It was heavy the second it

left his hand, and he knew it.

The

4:13:514:13:56

problem for David is, to draw

another shot, he has to get very

4:13:564:14:00

close to the front green bowl.

4:14:004:14:02

It is now 21 years since he won the

world singles.

4:14:094:14:15

Confirmed as one. He has been ever

present in that top ranking, David

4:14:254:14:34

Gourlay, testament to his ability.

He has played consistently good

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bowls. A good tournament player,

David.

One of these guys who gets

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better as he goes along. In 2010

coming he fell to number 13 in the

4:14:474:14:53

world. -- in 2010, he fell to number

13 in the world.

He kept making

4:14:534:15:09

finals and was getting worried

because he was losing them all, but

4:15:094:15:14

he was getting there. A tremendous

record.

A few problems in Scotland

4:15:144:15:23

in the last few years.

4:15:234:15:25

He's not sure if he's going to reach

the jack, but it's not that far

4:15:524:15:55

away. I don't think he was too sure

about that one.

4:15:554:16:01

A forehand shot.

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Depending on where this lands, it

might change the shot.

4:16:454:16:57

He has got no chance on that inside

line. You can see, he almost tried

4:17:074:17:12

to steer that bowl in towards the

jack.

4:17:124:17:17

Struggling to get back in time,

yeah...

Choices... He can run the

4:17:284:17:37

bowl or the jack, with a back

position to do that. He can play the

4:17:374:17:41

delicate shot, which is so hard. He

would be desperately unlucky to take

4:17:414:17:48

his own bowl out.

I'm sure he liked

the two red bowls sitting behind. He

4:17:484:17:58

is trying to adjust.

He didn't fancy

that shot, really. It was just a

4:17:584:18:05

draw on the end, a low percentage

shot come about no damage. 6-6 after

4:18:054:18:11

eight ends.

All to play for in the

final end. Six apiece after the

4:18:114:18:20

initial format. Mark Royal scored in

just to make ends since. -- four.

4:18:204:18:32

Not too much difference in the jack

lengths both players have been going

4:18:524:18:56

for.

4:18:564:19:00

It did look a little quick, but

again, it's the kind of bowl that

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might come in handy.

They are almost

playing this like a tie-break end.

4:19:264:19:33

It doesn't matter how many shots

they score, you just want to win it.

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He doesn't want to be short and in

the way to run the jack. A good

4:19:594:20:05

effort. Not much. About a foot would

have carried that.

4:20:054:20:12

He will go now, I would suggest,

he'll go heavy at it. Well, I'm

4:20:334:20:44

surprised that this bowl, and the

only reason why is, there's been so

4:20:444:20:48

many bowls tried down that hand. The

only advantages he has got the

4:20:484:20:53

left-hand, and that might help.

Still a good line but just not the

4:20:534:20:59

weight to carry round. That's messy.

He's good the running bowl, and

4:20:594:21:07

there's no reason why he didn't

plough into that, because two of the

4:21:074:21:11

reds could have disappeared, the

jack could have gone through, and

4:21:114:21:14

now he has the last bowl of the end

and has left himself in a bit of a

4:21:144:21:18

messier. He is looking at that - is

the jack going through that plant?

4:21:184:21:30

-- left himself in a bit of a mess

here. Well the jack clear with the

4:21:304:21:39

front bowls, or will it be hit in?

Typically is, he's OK, but if it

4:21:394:21:45

gets an edge of the jack, he will

have to go out wide. -- if it

4:21:454:21:53

clears, he's OK.

4:21:534:21:57

The recent opposition -- the re-spot

position is now clear. He must think

4:22:024:22:10

he has a chance of getting a nibble

at that jack. He doesn't really have

4:22:104:22:16

a position to draw this now.

4:22:164:22:24

It is getting there too quick. I

think he played that all wrong. He

4:22:314:22:37

should have been after that with the

third bowl.

If he had gone with his

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third, he had the final one. But not

to be. It is a little bit of second

4:22:434:22:50

guessing might be going on in Mark

Royal's head at the moment.

He will

4:22:504:22:57

move on. He is very experienced, he

really is, Mark Royal. He doesn't

4:22:574:23:02

have to worry. It's the first set. I

know he is a good converting player

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with weight.

They've gone

head-to-head six times in the last

4:23:094:23:16

ten years in the world Bowls tour.

4:23:164:23:25

It's nice that you catch it you go

with it just round the corner.

4:24:164:24:21

That's a wonderful position, it

really is.

4:24:404:24:42

Many years ago, Mark Royal was

struggling to get onto the England

4:25:074:25:11

international team and there was a

lot of talk about it at the time, no

4:25:114:25:14

one could understand why, because he

was playing really good stuff. I

4:25:144:25:19

asked him, and he said he went to a

trial and played absolute rubbish.

4:25:194:25:23

And that was it. Fair enough!

I

think I would have taken a chance on

4:25:234:25:34

him anyway.

But he was very honest

about it.

A great pressure to

4:25:344:25:42

perform in these matches.

4:25:424:25:44

One or two back associations have

been looking at different types of

4:25:534:25:56

measurement for players, not just

trial matches. Skills tests,

4:25:564:26:04

throwing to a jack, different

lengths, different hands. They are

4:26:044:26:10

either to be applauded for trying

something different...

Certainly if

4:26:104:26:14

you need it.

4:26:144:26:25

The truest test of a bowler is a

match situation.

I think they are

4:26:254:26:32

useful things to enhance skills, but

I am not convinced they are a good

4:26:324:26:40

thing to assess skills. David,

looking on his forehand again. That

4:26:404:26:44

looks slightly inside it. He gets a

little bit of help. It all depends

4:26:444:26:50

if this is off, because if it is on

the re-spot... If that had stayed in

4:26:504:26:57

the ditch, he was probably three or

four shots down. Just the one.

He

4:26:574:27:07

looks disappointed for the moment,

but watch where jack goes. If that

4:27:074:27:11

had stayed within the confines, the

chances are, he was going to lose

4:27:114:27:14

three. As it was, it went off at the

side on the re-spot, and just one.

4:27:144:27:23

In the end, no damage done.

He has

got the short bowl onto it.

4:27:234:27:35

Fortuitous. He knows that.

Is he

wary of it hanging?

The forehand, to

4:27:354:27:45

be honest, coming this way, the

forehand does hang off a little bit.

4:27:454:27:51

David is more than skilled enough to

reduce the weight on the shot.

4:27:514:28:00

That's another good starter.

4:28:004:28:05

Mark Royal, his last world Bowls

tour, a victory. He won in Wales in

4:28:284:28:38

2011, with David Gourlay as his

opponent.

He likes Wales. He has

4:28:384:28:42

done very well done there over the

years. The Welsh Grand Prix... The

4:28:424:28:56

Selwyn Samuel is Centre was the one

he liked most. Well-known to many

4:28:564:29:13

Bowls players. -- the Selwyn Samuels

Centre.

4:29:134:29:17

I have travelled all over Europe,

and in the UK, I've never been to

4:29:274:29:32

Wales.

Really? You don't know what

you're missing.

Bazaar.

A wonderful

4:29:324:29:39

place, I'm very fond of it.

It's on

my list. I would have visited sooner

4:29:394:29:48

if they had a baseball team.

There

you go.

There's David Gourlay...

4:29:484:29:59

Still looking for the perfect bowl.

That red one is vulnerable.

4:29:594:30:05

Oh, under it.

Looked way lazy.

Knew

that out of hand, forget about that

4:30:184:30:24

one. He has to be a little bit

careful. It's not easy to add

4:30:244:30:33

another one without moving the jack.

4:30:334:30:36

He gave that a good go. He's not far

away, either. Mark indicated one,

4:30:414:30:54

David didn't even look, he just

lifted the jack and away.

4:30:544:30:59

A more even start to this second

set, Mark Royal having taken four to

4:31:094:31:15

open the first set could only add

two singles to his tally.

We always

4:31:154:31:25

say, quarterfinal day it's

magnificent, but look at the matches

4:31:254:31:29

we've got. It's a fantastic line-up

for quarterfinals day.

The winner

4:31:294:31:34

here will play Nick Brett, so the

pick of the bunch. He's looking at

4:31:344:31:42

Les Gillett against Darren Burnett,

Jamie Chestney against Paul Foster,

4:31:424:31:49

Mervyn King against Michael Stepney,

the only unseeded player to make it

4:31:494:31:51

to the last eight. It's all rather

tasty.

It's all rather England

4:31:514:32:02

against Scotland as well.

It is. It

would be a four out of four if David

4:32:024:32:07

Gourlay wins here.

4:32:074:32:09

All finding centre rink, but just

not the right weight the moment. --

4:32:364:32:44

at the moment.

4:32:444:32:49

Welcomer David is going to draw the

shot. Still a bit of space. And he

4:33:094:33:14

knows it.

4:33:144:33:17

Forehand from Mark Royal. Digging it

right with this one, but it looks

4:33:264:33:32

like it's going to cut away as well.

Centre line. Weight wasn't too bad.

4:33:324:33:40

A funny old end, this one, but they

are dangerous, the ones like this.

4:33:404:33:45

You can lose two or three in

somewhat of a cheap way. Obviously

4:33:454:33:50

hasn't really had to work hard to

pick up a multiple.

4:33:504:33:55

Three against Mark Royal here.

4:34:164:34:18

It's a shoulder, and Mark needs to

be a bit wider than his last bowl,

4:34:244:34:29

an extra foot or so of.

He's

reaching. He's going to be very

4:34:294:34:33

close with this. -- an extra foot or

so of weight. E-mail it with the

4:34:334:34:38

last one. -- he nailed it.

4:34:384:34:43

A great adjustment, and a good role.

Three against him. And a set that he

4:34:494:34:56

has to win.

Big recovery, but it is

also a confidence inspiring

4:34:564:35:08

recovery, because you know you can

still do that with the last bowl,

4:35:084:35:14

but there are only so many lost

bowls that you want to be dipping

4:35:144:35:18

into. You want to be getting those

first two bowls going.

4:35:184:35:26

Mark Royal, one of three runners-up

who played in the tournament this

4:35:354:35:42

week, who'd never won it, Stuart

Anderson exited in round one, Alex

4:35:424:35:49

Marshall exited earlier on today.

Mark, a finalist in 2007.

4:35:494:36:02

He needs an edge. Gets it, just

enough to hold them in.

4:37:014:37:07

It's been a tough game to get shots,

no doubt, from Mark Royal's first

4:37:174:37:22

end, where he picked up the full

house of four. Nothing more than a

4:37:224:37:27

double after that.

4:37:274:37:29

Well played.

4:37:354:37:39

I slightly favour yours, but it is

close.

4:37:464:37:49

The drive, and catches his own.

Well, that makes it very difficult.

4:38:024:38:09

He's got a back bowl, David Gourlay,

but only one close to the head.

4:38:094:38:14

He'll probably go up and have a look

at it after this delivery. If it's

4:38:144:38:20

two against him, he'll go again but

if it is only one, he might think

4:38:204:38:24

about a type of shot. -- a different

type of shot. Well, he's lifted his

4:38:244:38:34

bowl, and that's not going to help.

But it exposes the short bowl on the

4:38:344:38:42

forehand, he could run that off.

Actually, it almost protects his own

4:38:424:38:45

bowl. Yeah, he's gone to run-off the

line's shot if he can. It looks

4:38:454:38:54

under. Oh, not another run through.

Well, I think he's guaranteed second

4:38:544:39:03

anyway!

I think that would have

needed more than a hand gesture

4:39:034:39:07

apology. I think that would have

required a written note. Oh, that's

4:39:074:39:11

nearly just lent back on the green

one.

4:39:114:39:14

These little run through shots...

Terrific entertainment this week.

4:39:224:39:28

Mark Royal, singles all the way.

4:39:374:39:40

Mark Royal, who won the Welsh open

in 2011. He is back to full health

4:40:064:40:15

and fitness and looking to make a

push. That's a good opener.

4:40:154:40:22

We know he's a better player than

13. Just a matter of getting a

4:40:274:40:33

couple of good tournaments behind

him.

4:40:334:40:36

Looking to drift inside the red

bowl. He's done so. He'll borrow it

4:41:144:41:17

nicely. That's a tempting target.

4:41:174:41:22

Try and draw into it just now.

4:41:284:41:31

Well, jack high bowls, both sides

hole-esque, gaps, two greens to take

4:41:474:41:53

out. I don't get the impression that

David Gourlay's next bowl will be a

4:41:534:41:58

runner. Mark Royal agrees with me.

Well, he's trying to slip past.

4:41:584:42:07

Doesn't want to get caught though.

Oh, that's handy. Must go for them

4:42:074:42:15

now, he has to. Clean jack is what

he is after, of course. He has

4:42:154:42:22

pulled the last few on the inside.

He widened it deliberately this

4:42:224:42:27

time, and took one of the bowls

away, and a little nudge on the back

4:42:274:42:33

ones that put it into a good place.

But Mark Royal, aware of the fact

4:42:334:42:38

now, one bowl ahead, he needs

another. One gone, but a nudge of

4:42:384:42:43

the other, that's fine.

4:42:434:42:45

Doesn't want the outside. That might

be enough to help his third shot.

4:43:124:43:17

That changes things a bit. David has

to be careful of his own bowl. It

4:43:244:43:28

has to be a mixture. This is on the

wide side. He doesn't want his own

4:43:284:43:35

bowl on the inside. Well played,

wasn't it?

He hit the target he

4:43:354:43:42

wanted for the

even if he had come

off onto the jack, he was getting it

4:43:424:43:48

on the re-spots. Just missed the

jack by a fraction, but it wouldn't

4:43:484:43:53

have mattered, it still have got the

shot.

4:43:534:43:59

Good stuff. Continues to be ones all

the way. Very hard in a game like

4:44:014:44:12

this to score Malta. A lot of good

conversion shots. -- to score

4:44:124:44:18

multiples. A player playing a damage

limitation shot from threes lead to

4:44:184:44:23

ones.

Very little to choose between

them. David Gourlay has the

4:44:234:44:33

advantage, winning the opening set.

But it's not inconceivable that we

4:44:334:44:37

could get a tide set here.

4:44:374:44:39

Two of the last 12 sets between

these two players have ended tied.

4:44:454:44:53

In fact, all three of Mark Royal's

wins against David Gourlay have

4:44:534:44:57

required tie-breaks.

4:44:574:44:58

Short there.

4:45:024:45:03

What can he do here?

He just needs

to get in. The line he's got is

4:45:524:45:57

perfect, but it's another really

good head. Its quality stuff, isn't

4:45:574:46:04

it?

It reinforces your point, hard

to even get a double.

4:46:044:46:08

Have you got the weight to plunge

into the green bowl and move the

4:46:144:46:20

jack? Good stuff, but the shot is

against him. Still in command of the

4:46:204:46:29

head, and it's a nightmare for Mark

Royal.

I think Mark Royal is going

4:46:294:46:40

to try and sneak around the back,

keep it as close to the red bowls as

4:46:404:46:44

he can so, if David moves it a bit

too hard...

That's what he's

4:46:444:46:52

playing. David is really looking for

the red bowl onto green bowl.

4:46:524:46:57

Doesn't have to hit it hard, just

needs to play it with a couple of

4:46:574:47:01

feet of running, but the difficulty

with that that it holds. -- it holds

4:47:014:47:07

off. It's available on the forehand

between the green and red bowls, but

4:47:074:47:16

that's really hard.

Time-out called.

This is well worth taking time over.

4:47:164:47:24

That's what he is looking at, that

plant. Is it going to hit the jack?

4:47:304:47:35

If it does, he could end up two

down.

I think there is some

4:47:354:47:40

confusion over the time-out. Well,

it's now called with about three

4:47:404:47:47

seconds left on the clock. I thought

David Gourlay had already asked for

4:47:474:47:50

it.

4:47:504:47:52

40 seconds left on the shot clock,

plenty of time.

4:48:024:48:06

If it doesn't change, viz, Mark

Royal will not be playing his last

4:48:164:48:18

bowl.

Run for the hills? He's in the

area. It's all a matter of

4:48:184:48:27

connections now. Can he get the

green bowl? Oh, he's made it for

4:48:274:48:31

one, I think.

4:48:314:48:33

A great shot from David Gourlay, but

I'm afraid that brings us to the end

4:48:404:48:44

of our coverage on BBC Two Scotland.

If you'd like to know the outcome of

4:48:444:48:48

this match between Mark Royal and

David Gourlay, join us tonight for

4:48:484:48:52

highlights at 11:15pm on BBC Two

Scotland. We are back with live

4:48:524:48:57

action from the quarterfinals at 1pm

tomorrow. Bye-bye for now.

4:48:574:49:01

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.