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Quarter-finals - Highlights

Dougie Vipond presents the best of the day's quarter-final action from the 2017 Scottish Open, at Dewars Centre in Perth. Commentary is by David Corkill and Paul Mitchell.


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Hello, a warm welcome to Perth, the

backdrop for the Scottish

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International Open where the best of

the best are now in the

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quarterfinals. In our first game,

England's Les Gillett, the slayer of

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six time world champion Alex

Marshall does battle with Darren

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Burnett. Familiar faces in the final

eight, but new blood, also. Jamie

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Chestney will seek to claim his

first Scottish title and he has the

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reigning world champion Paul Foster

in his way. Others will look to

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capture former glory. Mervyn King

knows about winning. It has been

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awhile since he picked up any

titles. Michael Stepney is aiming to

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start his collection for his trophy

cabinet. It is all to play for as we

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notch up a gear in the race to

become Scottish International Open

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champion, 2017. This is the way the

quarterfinals lined up at the start

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of play. David Gourlay facing Nick

Brett and Les Gillett against Darren

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Burnett. Jamie Chestney had to face

Paul Foster King up against the

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qualifier Michael Stepney. What are

the added spices? You probably

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noticed every single one was

Scotland against England. Let's go

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to the first one, Darren Burnett

against Les Gillett. When you knock

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the six time world champion out of

the competition you know you want

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doing something right as Les Gillett

did to Alex Marshall yesterday. One

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of the most consistent bowlers in

the world, Darren Burnett has grown

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in confidence all week. Deadly with

the draw and equally incisive when

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weight is required. We will join the

match in the eighth

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weight is required. We will join the

match in the eighth end in the first

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set.

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APPLAUSE

COMMENTATOR: Neither will want to

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take too many risks in this end and

having said that the jack highball,

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tempting to run the bowl, or the

jack. -- high bowl. He is watching

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it, it must be close. Oh, very

nearly the maximum. Toucher in the

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ditch, that will be marked, it will

stay alive. The jack will go on the

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re-spot.

Two red is fairly

inconsequential.

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Interesting choice for Darren to

come across it. A lot of players

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have played the opposite side.

He is

playing here is backhand. It is a

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longer length. He can play across

his body slightly and hold the bowl

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up a long time before the bias takes

effect.

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It is only breaking now.

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Yes, he secured the shot.

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That looks a lot wider.

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I think it is fair to say it came

out the wrong way. He did not like

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it from the second it left his hand.

He has the advantage of having a

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bowl to play.

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If that had been his last it would

be a simple draw in for two.

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He is even wider and now it breaks.

Good weight in behind the jack is

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the perfect bowl. I think Darren

will go for this. We has a chance of

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the two going out. And a gap, as

well.

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He has a double shot available. What

he is really looking for, just as he

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was putting his foot down, I was

going there. He is obviously

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thinking the way I am and that is

always a good sign. Take the two out

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and you end up in a situation where

this bowl here will come into play

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and also, the one over here, that

will come into play. If he plays it

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right, he has a chance of getting

two shots out of it and the angle is

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good.

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This is very much a Darren Burnett

type of shot.

Firm weight, watches

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it all the way.

What a result. He

was on the wrong side of the bowl.

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Dear, oh dear. The crowd may be

clapping, but, well...

From his

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opponent's point of view, it is the

one shot. Always the opening bowls

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set the tone.

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I think he got a bit of that last

end. Yes. You cannot go there all

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the time.

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Les Gillett does not like this

either.

Just a little bit over.

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Still, better there.

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These players have such high

expectations of themselves, they

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know what they are capable of.

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A correction made. Almost two feet

past jack high.

Looks like he has

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covered the jack.

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He has been playing so well, nothing

will faze him. And why should it? A

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super shot, no doubt. Sitting on the

edge in terms of the backhand.

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Darren can get to it. It just

sneaked itself down. On the drop.

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Darren will be aiming for that.

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He is watching this. He knows he is

close. A touch on his own. One red.

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You almost feel it would not be a

bad result to draw on this set

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because they have both contributed

to a super game and played great

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stuff. It would be unfortunate if

one of them lost it with all their

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efforts.

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Time-out called.

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It still looks difficult. Les will

do well to get to jack high, maybe

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two feet away. Certainly do not want

to be any closer.

Time-out taken. He

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is very wide. Rightly so.

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Still has a bowl to come.

Always

useful to have one, just in case. I

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cannot imagine Darren going to heavy

at this because he has no position.

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He might try and slide his own bowl

across the rink an inch or so, that

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might be enough.

No heroics involved

or he could give the set away.

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Drawn the forehand. It did not

really matter which side.

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It is going to fall short. An

intriguing situation here for Les,

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because it is very dangerous, if he

wants to try to add another. Well,

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there you go. That is interesting.

Prepared not to go for it. That is

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how dangerous it was.

The opening

set is shared between these two fine

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players.

STUDIO: Into the second set. Burnett

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needs as we return for the fourth

end.

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-- Burnett leads.

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A good opening bowl from Darren

Burnett. Not seen too many of his

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openers right on the jack.

This is

close, as well.

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In many ways it proves the longevity

of some of these players. Darren

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winning in 2001. He has been around

a long time. To have the ability to

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win back then. Les Gillett won the

International Open in 1997. 20 years

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ago. He is still about.

Still

playing top class bowls. He fell out

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of the top 16, found his way back

in. What amazes me sometimes is not

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the players have to keep it up such

a long period of.

Absolutely. Les,

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red on a fine line to holes that. --

to hold it. Not much.

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Is that jack moving? If you touch

your own bowl. If it does, you have

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a slight problem. If it is a clean

bowl passed the jack, then it is

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just sitting perfect.

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Have you got the weight this time? A

lack of weight.

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Wide line. Again, Darren does not

want to hit his own bowl too hard.

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The jack will come out into the

open. He has probably made one more

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shot. He wanted to hit it just a

little bit further. He has offered

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up a target Les will come right at

it.

He wanted it to be firmer to lay

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the jack behind the two green bowls.

I was more concerned about him

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hitting it four feet away, not too

hard, but that was not hard enough

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and Les will definitely come into

this. I do not think he can take his

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own bowl out without taking others.

So pick your hand, pick your weight.

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The odds are on the backhand.

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Bending very quickly. That went

fast. Wow. Hard to believe you

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missed the target.

If you caught the

edge, it could have been worse.

He

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was definitely down the wrong side.

He wanted to be on the high side.

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STUDIO: Burnett continued to turn

the screw, picking up five more

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shots for a 10-2 lead with two to

play and in a hopeless position

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Gillett elected to put his bowl into

the ditch and concede the match.

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Congratulations. Some great play.

The first set was scratchy. I think

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the draw was a fair result and kept

as both in the match. I just did

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enough in the second set.

It was

quite a game because in the first

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set you were both playing great

shots and both losing your way a bit

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but exciting to watch.

Like Darren

said, it could have gone either way.

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I hope to for two on the last end in

the first set. In hindsight, should

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I have gone for two? May be. He put

me under pressure and I tended to

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use the green a yard short. I do not

know why.

Darren punish me and all

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credit to him. If you have the first

bowl, stick it on the jack, your

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opponent will always be in trouble.

That disappointed me first set. The

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only pleasing thing I can take out

of the game is I need to get the

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first two bowls working.

Who else

would go through? Nicky Brett, a

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former winner here, faced off

against David Gourlay. They had met

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each other nine times previously

with Brett heading head-to-head 5-4.

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Gourlay took a tight first set. The

world number two came out firing in

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the second set. Three dice draws on

the third gave him an early

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advantage. Brett is a two-time

winner of the tournament, first

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taking it in 2013 and again the

following year while Gourlay's best

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result was runner-up in 2006.

Gourlay kept in touch for a crucial

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single. Six of the previous eight

meetings have gone to three sets and

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by now Brett was full of confidence

and the seventh end, he took on this

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draw with his final shot, taking the

match into a tie-break. Gourlay took

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the first end and with his last of

the next he played this runner,

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barely skimming the jack, but moving

it enough to have match lie. It left

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Brett needing something special with

this final bowl.

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But it was not to be and the jack

was re-spotted and Gourlay have the

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shot and a place in the semifinal,

the furthest he has made it in this

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competition since 2010. David

Gourlay will play Darren Burnett in

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one of the semifinals, but who will

play in the other? Paul Foster and

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Jamie Chestney went toe to toe. From

the outside looking in, Jamie

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Chestney winning the International

Open was something of a surprise but

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for those in the know, anything but.

Picking up trophies is something

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Paul Foster does with alarming

regularity, 16 times winning on the

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World Bowls Tour. We join this in

the six end of the first set. The

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score, 5-3.

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COMMENTATOR: Another one in, that is

the pressure.

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Jamie might have a pop at this. The

two bowls will go.

Yes, weight shot.

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That is going to make it

interesting.

It opens things up.

To

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the edge of the ditch.

Both players

will see a mark as to where the jack

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is and that is where you have to

then go.

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A nice wide line. Coming back, it

needs to stay on. A perfect bowl.

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What a shot from Paul Foster. Jamie

Chestney has no choice but to try to

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draw with this one. He cannot afford

to rest it off because there is

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another green bowl down the rink.

That is two shots, so that has been

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disposed of.

It is such a hard shot,

playing right to the edge of the

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ditch.

He has also marginally

protected the green bowl. This

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really looks like it is there. Paul

Foster needing to tap the break. And

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he has. Wow. He permits himself a

little smile. That is so difficult

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to do, but that is a man at the top

of his form.

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He is going to play them off if he

can. It is a hard shot, he did not

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want to lift his own out.

That was

the problem, he will give Paul

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Foster another shot.

It will be a

third shot because the green bowl in

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the picture will count. Paul Foster

gets three shots and the lead.

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STUDIO: Jamie Chestney took a single

to make it 6-6 with two to play.

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COMMENTATOR: It is hard to pick a

winner of this set, given the way

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they are both playing.

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Just thinking back to the last end

when Paul Foster put a position bowl

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in and he knows exactly the way

Jamie blaze. He knew he would go for

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that, even though it was dangerous.

-- Jamie plays. He was prepared to

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lose one, maybe even two.

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That is excellent again. It widens

the target, which might make Paul

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Foster have a go.

Well, it is two

bowls wide. Two bowls will go. The

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jack can go anywhere but it is worth

moving into it now. A lot of drives

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have been missed.

Another one. Paul

Foster knew when that was down it

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would not what he wanted.

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A lot of drives miss and controlled

weight s missed. Some have been off

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target and managed to get results.

It is hard enough to play that shot.

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He is committing himself.

Trusting

himself. He is going under again.

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Well, Jamie is weighing this up. The

logical shop would suggest he comes

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and covers the green bowls, just in

case. -- the logical shot.

He can

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cover green and the re-spot at the

same time. It is just whether he

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wants to play it or not. He is

certainly wider.

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He is more or less putting the bowl

back again. That is three shots. He

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is not even covering anything

really, he has just drawn another

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shot.

Interesting.

He is taking a

risk and saying, Paul, if you get

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it, you get it. This will be quick.

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That is as fast as we have seen this

week, and scatters absolutely

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everything. There is not a bowl on

the rink. I can't remember that, I

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really cannot remember that in all

the events where everything has gone

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off.

Absolutely unique, once more,

from Paul Foster. Well, he splits

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jacks, knocks things off the rink.

That is the first no score end I can

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remember, and both players smile.

What a shot from Paul Foster.

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He does manage to create some very

interesting situations, Paul Foster.

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Well played, Jamie Chestney. Great

opening bowl.

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This is now a big end for both

players. The set at stake. This will

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be played like a tie-break end. And

that is basically saying, hit me.

It

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definitely is.

Jamie Chestney has

put Paul Foster under considerable

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pressure in this set.

It has been

fabulous. He liked that. It just

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went the wrong side.

He has kept his

own bowl on the rink, which is fine.

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But he knows that it's a 1-shot

situation. So it doesn't matter if

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he loses two, three, or four.

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You just try to see what will give

you the best chance of success.

If

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you are lying two, you go deep just

in case he goes again. The trouble

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with Paul Foster is that he could

just play this draw the shot. I

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don't think he will, because he the

last bowl. I think he needs a bit

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more space, so he wants to open it

up.

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Oh, it stuck to the bowl. But he has

opened it up and that is very

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beatable on the draw.

That was what

he wanted, to give himself a chance

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with his last bowl, and he has done

so. Jammed the red bowl across.

This

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has been a great match.

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Jamie is aware of the fact that he

needs a close-up bowl. Well, it is a

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bit closer. Paul will try to draw

this clean.

He has played five heavy

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bowls in his last seven. This, for

the set.

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He is certainly wide enough. If he

has good weight, he will come back.

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Paul Foster, for the set. There is a

reason why he is world champion, and

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that is the reason. A stunning set

of bowls, ended with a drive and the

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draw. And Paul Foster, the narrowest

of margins. Put it out beautifully,

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judged the weight, and takes the

first set of his quarterfinal tie.

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STUDIO: The high-quality bowls

continued into the second set. We

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head back for the eighth end.

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COMMENTATOR: Both players desperate

to score at this end, with

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ramifications for the final end.

Paul Foster can afford a tide set.

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Just tucked it around the corner

little bit. Still a good bowl. Just

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may get that little bit harder.

Paul

has changed to the backhand.

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Once again, he is in the area. He

has picked up the jack. Goodness me!

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That is a great bowl, that really

years. Four bowls, at this stage in

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the match, to play them like that,

it is just hot stuff from both

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players.

Played it beautifully, got

the contact he wanted.

He might have

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to play down at this, front plant.

The danger is that it is a toucher.

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That front plant has a toucher, so

he can't afford to play too much to

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it.

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Oh, no! Not the jack!

Dear, oh dear!

This is fantastic! Very unlucky.

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Very, very unlucky. But he still has

a bowl to play. It was the falling

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back that caused the problem.

REFEREE:

Thank you, ladies and in

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common, quiet please. -- ladies and

gentlemen.

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Goodness me, this is a very tight

head. Just looking to get to the two

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green bowls and drop back. Just

over. The weight was very good,

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perfect in fact. I wonder whether

Paul Foster will play this or not.

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If he wants to play it, it is very

much available. Green bowl on to

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read, the jack should move but it

will come to him. That is sweet, the

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wait is sitting. -- the way it is

sitting. He is playing for it.

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He has got it.

What a bowl. He

watched it all the way and he knew

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it was going to get a result, but

what a result. Connection on the

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front green to nip out the red. Well

played.

You could see at a mile off,

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but in the context of the match that

was incredibly important.

Time-out

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called by Jamie Chestney. He has to

think about this. He has the best

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back position.

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He just got the edge. What an

effort!

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This has been outstanding.

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It has been a quarterfinal being

played at the standard of a final.

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The problem for Jamie Chestney is he

needs a double.

Good start, don't

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leave anything short, give yourself

the chance.

The way he has played

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today, it has taken the world

champion to be in absolutely

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brilliant form to stay with him.

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Nearly there.

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He needed to pick up the jack. He

can't afford to draw this cold,

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because he needs more than one. That

weight is perfect for the job.

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Foster does not like this.

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Well, it is best back bowl, the only

problem being, he was not looking

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for best back bowl. Well, it is

engrossing.

This match has whizzed

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through. It has been such high

quality.

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The little tap of the back foot

usually means he is close.

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Again, the wait is perfect for what

he once. He knows he can't afford to

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nip that line, it will dive across.

But it is a match lie against, at

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the moment.

Paul Foster's got the

back position covered. And both

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sides are no good. If we look at the

recent pop position, that really

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doesn't work for Jamie. Nor does

that. So what does Paul Foster do?

0:41:190:41:26

The perfect shot, the absolute

perfect shot for Paul Foster, would

0:41:260:41:31

be to draw on the forehand, his

forehand, and drop in here, if he

0:41:310:41:36

can. That way, any Trail of the

jack, he could get the shot. He

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could play it on the backhand as

well. It is available both sides. He

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is on his favourite backhand for it.

He wants something to drop behind

0:41:460:41:53

the jack and stop that Trail. He is

very close.

That is in a very, very

0:41:530:42:05

useful place.

Either side of that

red bowl was going to be very, very

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handy. In front of it would have

been perfect. What has Jamie got

0:42:110:42:21

available? Nothing on the forehand.

The jack, re-spot position? Hard to

0:42:210:42:30

tell.

Little Trail of the backhand

and bring your second one out. It is

0:42:300:42:37

hard, though.

The trouble is,

playing with the weight ball, coming

0:42:370:42:41

into there, what you want to do is

get the jack over here. If it goes

0:42:410:42:45

over to re-spot, with more weight,

those two red bowls might come into

0:42:450:42:50

play. Either way, it has to be a

slightly overweight shot on the

0:42:500:42:54

backhand. He looks like he's going

strong.

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Something put him off, so they will

stop the clock.

It's only for a few

0:43:110:43:20

seconds, but they need to get their

breath.

0:43:200:43:22

It's not enough. What an effort. But

Jamie Chestney is unable to defeat

0:43:310:43:42

the world champion. He gave it his

absolute all. Consolation, hand on

0:43:420:43:50

the shoulder from Paul Foster. But

it is Paul Foster who goes through

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to the semifinal.

What a match that

was, incredible shots from both

0:43:530:43:59

players. You must be happy to get

through.

To be honest, I said when

0:43:590:44:04

we shook hands, I think I stole it.

He out drew me most of the game, his

0:44:040:44:11

runners were good and mine were

struggling. I had a lot of good ends

0:44:110:44:14

but I did not play as well as I have

in the last couple of days. Luckily

0:44:140:44:19

enough, I managed to get over the

line.

I think our commentators said

0:44:190:44:23

that on another day, if you played

as well as that you would not only

0:44:230:44:27

beat Paul Foster, you might win a

tournament. But you were up against

0:44:270:44:31

a guy today who was doing the

conversion shots. But you played so

0:44:310:44:35

well.

I feel gutted, in all honesty.

I did not feel I could play the last

0:44:350:44:41

couple of ends of the first set any

better. But that is no disrespect to

0:44:410:44:46

Paul, because he played two great

bowls with the drive and then the

0:44:460:44:51

draw. I don't feel he stole it, he

played great as well. I can't be

0:44:510:44:57

disappointed with my disappoint --

with my performance, but that is how

0:44:570:45:00

it goes.

You have to feel for him.

Paul Foster was just that little bit

0:45:000:45:06

better. But who will he face in the

semifinal? Mervyn King or Michael

0:45:060:45:10

Stepney? A former winner of the

British Isles singles title, Michael

0:45:100:45:18

Stepney has represented his country

on the international stage 27 times.

0:45:180:45:22

The last time Mervyn King took a

singles title on the pro tour was

0:45:220:45:26

here in Perth in 2010, but don't let

that gap for you, he is a master of

0:45:260:45:31

the draw game. As we join the first

set, Stepney has a 5- for lead,

0:45:310:45:37

going into the eighth end.

0:45:370:45:40

Michael Stepney, unseeded wild card

entry into the tournament. He

that

0:45:520:46:00

is based on previous performances.

Obviously, the local man helps, too.

0:46:000:46:10

But he is more than justified for

the wild card selection. We noticed

0:46:100:46:17

him play against Andersen and I was

thinking, that is a very tough draw

0:46:170:46:21

for Stewart Anderson, on a wild

card.

0:46:210:46:24

Stewart Anderson on the tie-break in

round one.

0:46:310:46:38

Michael played one of the best bowls

of the event to win that match,

0:46:500:46:57

forehand of the centre of the rink

in towards the re-spot position,

0:46:570:47:02

took out Stewart Anderson's bowls

clean as a whistle. It is

0:47:020:47:12

top-quality, this, no doubt about

it. Some very good bowling.

0:47:120:47:15

That dropped in probably about 12,

maybe 13 inches behind the jack, and

0:47:300:47:38

not a murmur.

Tough crowd!

Expectations are high, it is fair to

0:47:380:47:47

say.

0:47:470:47:48

Mervyn, running for cover.

0:48:050:48:08

Choices here. He needs a little tap

on the bowl on the backhand to move

0:48:130:48:22

the jack. A tap on the jack on the

forehand, or rest the bowl off for a

0:48:220:48:27

double. Can't afford to be too

heavy, or it will scamper through.

0:48:270:48:42

Just over the wait. He was tapping

his leg on the way down the rink.

0:48:420:48:47

Such a difficult shot to play.

Both

players have one still to play.

0:48:470:48:55

Mervyn King does not want to disturb

it. Nor does he want to leave it to

0:48:550:49:01

chance that his opponent won't play.

The first time out taken by Mervyn

0:49:010:49:11

King.

What he is worried about is

this area. The re-spot position,

0:49:110:49:20

which is over here, is not really a

concern at the moment. But the jack

0:49:200:49:24

could end up that way if Michael

goes heavy at it. He wants to split

0:49:240:49:29

into that area of three green bowls.

0:49:290:49:32

That's not bad. He's come across a

little too far in my opinion. He

0:49:460:49:52

really wanted to be about a foot

wider than that, because Michael is

0:49:520:49:56

looking at the re-spots.

0:49:560:50:02

The drives, well, if he drives that

and the jack goes out, I think the

0:50:080:50:13

problem for the drive for Michael is

that if he hits into this bowl, his

0:50:130:50:20

own two green bowls will disappear,

the jack will go on the re-spot and

0:50:200:50:24

he could easily be a couple down. At

the moment, he is only one, so he

0:50:240:50:29

has to think about this. One is not

a disaster.

0:50:290:50:33

Well, he went for it. He has got a

good result. He got the plant. He

0:50:400:50:48

did not want the bowl on the inside,

because it would have taken his two

0:50:480:50:52

out, but the plant might be

profitable. It looks like a shot.

It

0:50:520:50:58

could be two.

It is two.

Good shot.

STUDIO: Stepney went on to take the

0:50:580:51:12

first set. When we rejoin it in the

second set, he is trailing 6-5 going

0:51:120:51:17

into the eighth end.

0:51:170:51:20

Well, Michael, if it is one shot

here, it will be a one end shoot out

0:52:020:52:07

for the set, for Mervyn, and for the

match for Michael.

0:52:070:52:13

He would love to get a double,

though. That's a good bowl.

0:52:170:52:24

REFEREE:

Your bowl, 18 inches.

0:52:310:52:34

Well, that is not where you want to

be because you might be thinking

0:52:500:52:55

about a running bowl. You can see by

Mervyn's face. Oh, no, that is not

0:52:550:53:00

going to help if I had to attack it.

And at the moment, that is quite

0:53:000:53:04

likely.

0:53:040:53:05

That's another good shot. The

pressure is well and truly on now.

0:53:150:53:20

And even someone with the skill of

Mervyn King, to try and draw his way

0:53:200:53:26

out of trouble this time is going to

be very hard. It really is. The

0:53:260:53:32

trouble is, a running bowl, with his

front one, does not help either.

0:53:320:53:40

Hence why he is playing to try and

draw it.

0:53:400:53:44

Desperately trying to come round.

That just locks Michael's bowl in

0:53:510:53:58

even more. I'm not sure Michael can

do an awful lot with this. He has to

0:53:580:54:03

make a decision whether he wants to

play it again. He is lying three.

0:54:030:54:09

Mervyn would need a three in the

next end. Maybe he will try and draw

0:54:090:54:13

another one.

0:54:130:54:14

There's only one thing important, to

make centre rink. He does not want

0:54:240:54:29

to leave and hedge. Oh, he has left

a shoulder. Well, it is not bad

0:54:290:54:34

because it is just behind the jack,

but it is not where he wanted it.

0:54:340:54:40

That is why I always think, and we

have seen this before in other

0:54:400:54:44

matches, be very careful about being

greedy about things, because that

0:54:440:54:47

just makes it so much better for

Mervyn.

He knows it, too. He does

0:54:470:54:53

not want to watch, but he will.

Mervyn King, a big recovery bowl

0:54:530:54:59

required.

Inside the line, looking

to use the shoulder. He has taken

0:54:590:55:06

his own closest away. It is for

macro shots. So close to getting it

0:55:060:55:11

right. But Michael played the bowls

to put him in trouble. I think he

0:55:110:55:19

got away with that last one.

He has,

because Mervyn King did not strike

0:55:190:55:26

it the way he wanted.

The Scottish

train keeps moving forwards.

A

0:55:260:55:34

turnaround for Stepney, and he went

on to seal the set 10-6 in the final

0:55:340:55:38

end, the first unseeded player to

make the semis since Robert Paxton

0:55:380:55:41

seven years ago.

A fantastic performance from Michael

0:55:410:55:48

Stepney, the wild card, who has

knocked out big names along the way,

0:55:480:55:52

including Mervyn King, despite

valiant efforts. Congratulations.

0:55:520:55:55

Thank you. I thought I played even

better today than in the other

0:55:550:56:02

games, and I knew I had to get the

bowls pretty close. I did that quite

0:56:020:56:07

a lot in the game against Mervyn.

I

guess that is the thing on the

0:56:070:56:11

portable rink, Mervyn, the early

bowls and putting pressure on is so

0:56:110:56:16

important.

Definitely. He deserved

to win. We played better than me.

0:56:160:56:21

When I did get my game together, he

just took me off. Can't do nothing

0:56:210:56:25

about that. Good luck to him.

Having

all the shots is important. Drawing

0:56:250:56:32

well is important, but having

conversion shots as well, and you

0:56:320:56:36

seemed to be able to do that

comfortably today.

I wouldn't say

0:56:360:56:40

was comfortable but I managed to get

them. Mervyn got a lot of good bowls

0:56:400:56:45

in, and luckily I got some of them

out.

You have never played him a

0:56:450:56:51

singles before but you have played

in international matches in the

0:56:510:56:54

pairs and the fours. You know his

game outside and in. Do you think he

0:56:540:56:58

can do all the way?

Of course, if he

plays like that. If he can play

0:56:580:57:04

those shots like today, it is

anybody's game, and he is capable of

0:57:040:57:07

doing that. You never know with

bowls.

0:57:070:57:12

For the first time since the

Scottish International Open came to

0:57:120:57:15

Perth, four Scots in the final -- --

four Scots in the semifinals.

0:57:150:57:27

Some truly incredible shots here

today, but which is the best? Corky

0:57:270:57:31

has a tough choice.

My shop of the

day comes from the match with Jamie

0:57:310:57:41

Chestney and Paul Foster. I had a

whole list from this match. In the

0:57:410:57:45

first set, Paul Foster got over the

line 7-6, but in the second, Jamie

0:57:450:57:49

Chestney turned it on and was

guiding his way towards winning it.

0:57:490:57:53

In the eighth end, he was lying one,

already one up on the end and

0:57:530:57:58

thinking, I could pick up two or

three. Until Paul Foster played this

0:57:580:58:02

shot. It is perfect. Controlled

weight on the backhand. This is so

0:58:020:58:10

difficult to play on the portable

rink. He needed the ball, single

0:58:100:58:15

target onto the red, taking the

other one out. Jamie Chestney had

0:58:150:58:19

another bowl to come but could do

nothing about it. If Paul had

0:58:190:58:23

missed, Jamie could have turned the

jack around the corner for three,

0:58:230:58:27

but that gave him absolutely nothing

to play with his last bowl. It was a

0:58:270:58:32

beautifully executed shot, total

perfection, total control, and put

0:58:320:58:36

him in the position of winning that

set and the match.

0:58:360:58:41

Paul Foster was fantastic today but

what will he be like tomorrow? You

0:58:410:58:45

can find out.

It truly has been a great day.

0:58:450:58:54

Please join us for the semifinals.

They will be wonderful. From all of

0:58:540:58:59

us here, thank you for your company.

Goodbye for now.

0:58:590:59:02

The best moments from all four quarter-finals at Dewars Centre in Perth.

Introduced by Dougie Vipond, with commentary by Paul Mitchell and David Corkill.