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Quarter-finals - Live

Dougie Vipond presents live quarter-final coverage from the 2017 Scottish Open, at the Dewar's Centre in Perth. Commentary is by David Corkill and Paul Mitchell.


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APPLAUSE

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Hello and a very 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, would do battle with

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Scotland's Commonwealth champion

Darren Burnett. There's lots of

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familiar faces in the final eight

but there's new blood too. Jamie

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Chestney has got the reigning world

champion Paul Foster in his wake.

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Others will be looking to capture

former glory. Mervyn King knows a

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thing or two about winning. It's

been awhile since he picked up any

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titles. Michael Stepney is willing

to start his collection for his

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trophy cabinet. It's all to play for

as we knocked up a gear in the race

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to become Scottish International

Open champion 2017. The crowds here

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at the Dewar's Centre are

anticipating a wonderful afternoon

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of bowls. This is the line-up. David

Gourlay up against Nick Brett.

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It's going to be wonderful, there's

no doubt about it. The best players

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in the world playing the best bowls

of their lives. We are looking

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forward to a wonderful afternoon.

There was a match on this morning

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and it was Nick Brett who formally

won this competition against David

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Gourlay. These two had met each

other nine times previously and well

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timed events with Brett edging

head-to-head 5-4. Gourlay took a

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tight first set. He grabbed singles

in the last two ends for an 8-6

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margin. The bug number two came out

firing in the second set -- world

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number two. It gave him an

advantage. Brett is a two-time

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winner, first taking the title in

2013 and again the following year.

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Gourlay's best result was back in

2006. Gourlay kept in touch with

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this in the sixth end for the

crucial single. Six of the previous

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eight meetings between these two had

gone to three sets and by now Brett

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was full of confidence. In the

seventh end he took on this straw

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with his final shot. Bagging a full

house and taking the match into a

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tie-break. Gourlay took the first

end and with his last at the next he

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played this runner, barely skimming

the jack but moving it enough to

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have match live. It left Brett

needing something special with this

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final bowls.

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needing something special with this

final bowls. But it wasn't to be.

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When the jack was re-spotted,

Gourlay had the shot and with it a

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place in the semifinal. The furthest

he's made it since 2010. A very good

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win of the David Gourlay but we've

been watching that and when Gourlay

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through that last bowl and moved the

jack millimetres, he thought it

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missed it, I thought it missed it

and you did as well.

Most

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importantly Nick Brett thought it

missed it as well. The

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importantly Nick Brett thought it

missed it as well. The jack solid

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would have been perfect. The bowl

out would have been dead. It left

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Nick in a lot of trouble.

Good win

the David Stockdale absolutely.

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David played some big bowls. Nick

was lying multiples and would easily

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have cruised through but David came

up with the goods and that's what

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makes the big champions. Darren

Burnett is a big champion coming up

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as well but he's facing Les Gillett.

You could argue ever so slightly

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that Darren was a bit fortunate in

the first end of the tie-break in

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the last round.

Well, you have to be

in the area to give it a chance now.

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He got the bowl, got it half in the

inside. He was looking to come off

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it and clean the jack through. If

you're not in the area to get that

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result then you're not going to make

it. Darren very rarely misses those

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sort of shots. He's always in the

area to get a result.

It was a good

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shot. Let's talk about Les Gillett.

He's up against Darren today in the

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first match, knocking out Alex

Marshall was an impressive thing to

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do.

Yes, and he played very well. He

came out with the big bowls when the

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opportunities were there. Alex met

someone who had that ability to

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bring up the big bowl when required.

It wasn't his favour on this

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occasion.

We're going to be in the

commentary box for the next five

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hours. I'm sure you're looking

forward to it. In the meantime we

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turn our attention to the first live

game. When you knock the six time

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world champion out of the

competition you know you're doing

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something right. Les Gillett kept

himself in a match against Alex

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Marshall and delivered. Ladies and

gentlemen, please give a very warm

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welcome to the current world pairs

champion, Les Gillett!

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MUSIC.

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One of the most consistent and

successful bowlers in the world

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inside and out, Darren Burnett has

been growing in confidence all week.

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Deadly with the draw but equally

incisive when weight is required,

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Darren definitely has the game to go

all the way. Ladies and gentlemen

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please give a very warm welcome from

Arbroath beat Commonwealth singles

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champion, Darren Burnett!

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MUSIC: "We Will Rock You".

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COMMENTATOR: Joining David Corkhill

in the commentary box it's Paul

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Mitchell. Good afternoon everyone, a

real sense of excitement around the

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Dewar's Centre for these

quarterfinal matches. Full house

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here in Perth for the first match of

the afternoon. Les Gillett the

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Englishman, Darren Burnett the Scot.

Jack length, 26.5 metres.

Les

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Gillett has already popped out a

couple of popular Scotsman, can he

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add Darren Burnett to that list?

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APPLAUSE

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Les one of the few left-handers in

the sport. Going early...

Sometimes

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the angles look virtually impossible

and that one did.

At that sort of

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weight it did. When you're running

bowl like that it's very narrow to

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get through. The difficulty he has

with this third bowl, he'll have to

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be very committed to go again. He

really should be drawing for second

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now.

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Back to the draw. Needs to run a

bit, get past the green one... Just

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enough.

Two and a half feet.

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Last bowl is ten inches short of

jack hi. -- high.

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You miss the dry shot with the

second bowl and suddenly you're

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restricted to playing the draws but

he's very close with this. The touch

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was enough. As soon as he got the

edge it brought him straight onto

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the jack. Even without that it would

have been very close to the shot. At

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that angle he was coming into the

other green bowl. Very, very good

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delivery.

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Doesn't look too good Darren

Burnett.

If he can get the outside

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edge of his own bowl it will popped

across the jack. Once again, he's in

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the area. What a response. Didn't

even need the edge of the bowl.

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Goodness me.

APPLAUSE

Didn't think there was a gap there

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are big enough!

Don't go anywhere,

this could be a cracker this

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afternoon, as evidenced by Les

Gillett's bowl and the reply by

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Darren Burnett.

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Jack Lynx, 28.5 metres.

Darren

Burnett has travelled back down this

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morning, Arbroath to Perth.

Yes,

it's very good when you have a hand

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tournament -- home tournament where

you can stay with your family, just

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makes it so much more comfortable.

If he's late he can always get a bit

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of help, I'm sure.

I'm sure he'll

get a couple about riders. -- of

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outriders.

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Quite a number of players only play

indoors nowadays. But Darren Burnett

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equally proficient on the grass as

he is indoors, as is Alex Marshall

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and Paul Foster. Makes it very hard

for other people to get into the

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major events.

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Well played. Just drew up... I

thought it was going to sneak in

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front of the green one. It drew up

very, very quickly. Les Gillett was

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surprised at that as well.

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Hmm.. The first one within a foot or

so, the next two short. It is

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unusual.

Looking well, the tables

are all crowded, on quarter finals

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day, it's always brilliant on

quarter day.

At the start of the

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match, suggesting they went for a

good tussle. As he added the

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weight... It comes. Just!

He would

have liked to have got to a green

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ball, dropping it out for a double.

Only just making that.

A little bit

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of sustenance! The last thing you

want to be doing is eating your

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lunch before playing a match, so...

It's always useful to have something

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there to nibble on.

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Just added a little too much...

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A good chance.

Just struggling. Les

would have thought he was on the

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jack with that. He made it, but...

Two players who are just chatting

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about it!

2-1 after two ends.

Les

Gillett picks up a double.

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Jack Lang, 28.5 metres.

-- jack

length.

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Did not like it immediately, let's

see where it lands because that will

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tell us the problem.

Outside of the

line. All slightly outside of the

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line. Still a useful ball, a good

first ball.

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It's another good ball.

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Your ball? Back bowl? The gap is

four inches.

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Loads here, just cutting across.

It

is a small target, a single ball

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target with about an inch of a jack.

A quarter inch gap.

Just on the

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monitor there.

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Going again, watching it this

time... A similar ball. The green

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ball is there on his third shot, for

Les

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ball is there on his third shot, for

Les, the two go out, but the jack to

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move and go into a re-spot position.

You could pop another ball on the

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re-spot and say, if you hit this,

you will still lose two, drop

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another in, and if Darren Mrs, he

will lose three. Length

It is very

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rare that you see Darren Miss three

running balls with an end. He has

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got a clever ball.

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Third time lucky... Slightly wider

line... Unfortunately, it's the same

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result all on the inside... They

were all delivered perfectly, and

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all with good speed.

5-1 after three

ends.

If you had with that one,

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could lose two.

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A good start for Les Gillett. The

fifth time he's reached the Scottish

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international quarterfinal stages

come he has never progressed. This

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could be a really good start for

him, and he will take a lot from it.

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Playing well this week.

Ranking

points that are vital for players

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like Les Gillett, he has been

consistent, managing to break back

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into the top 16. Always looking to

add and add, at number 11 at the

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moment. He wants to get into the top

eight. That gives you the

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opportunity to have maybe one per

year and still survive.

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Happy enough to change over and play

a very good bowl... No problem

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whatsoever.

Short.

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Weight off the legalese. -- off the

backhand he goes.

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A quarter inch, does not matter, the

jack touches the green ball. Back to

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the forehand again. If he sticks

with this, he's going to have to be

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very, very careful. He really is.

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The crowd may well club it but it

actually isn't a very good ball. He

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will never make another shot at that

angle but he gave stirring the

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opportunity to use that one, if you

want to on the weight shot cum

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inside the front read. Yes, that is

what he is going for.

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-- on the shot inside of the front

read.

Missing it altogether, once he

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put it where he did, that is why he

shouldn't be playing beforehand. He

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was clearly missing the short ball.

Potential insurance, having seen Les

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play that.

Play in Les Gillett's

mind for a moment or two, you have

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to be very aware of the danger, it

isn't at the shot level but beside

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it. It is all about the weight here.

If it's heavy, he's got to get back

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to the jack... Might just have

helped... But I'm not sure.

It still

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looks like green from here.

Still

got two, Darren.

In the state,

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that's not like Les

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got two, Darren.

In the state,

that's not like Les, he is a good

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thinker in the game. Three at the

last end, Darren Burnett's chance to

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cancel it out. Struggling, very much

so. Oh, dear.

I think Les would be

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wise to measure. A spare short

opportunity.

5-3 after four ends.

He

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will be happy, in the end it was

only two. Darren Burnett were they

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few drives, almost identical in the

way that they finished.

That is the

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backhand as well, you go early and

you missed that. Go again and it

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still looks like he's on the narrow

side by a bit of a distance.

The

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third one looked like he caught it a

little more.

He only missed that one

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by a whisker. On the next hand, he

goes tighter but Les offered that

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shoulder to come off.

Having to

avoid running a further three times,

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he will want something in here.

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This is good, this one...

18 inch

gap... Going at it.

Take out shot

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will be available later in the end,

if he needs it. Goodness me, he has

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really put this on. A lot of work to

do on the backhand. Yes. On the

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forehand, there was a chance of that

kicking back.

12 inches short of

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jack Hyde. 12 inches.

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A traditional delivery but he always

puts his head down, that jerk on his

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hand, you are never quite sure

whether he likes it or not.

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Disappointment is hard to gauge.

Around he comes... He's got one of

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these deliveries. Almost like a

baseball bat where he goes through

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the rituals of the gloves, the bat

and everything, you see it a a lot

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in baseball. He has all of that

about him, he gets ready and he

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goes...

That is what I was talking

about, he went right through the

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gap! Clearing everything else. Now

he has got himself in a pretty good

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position, as it turns out. Goodness

me, going through that gap. Anything

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could have happened.

That would have

moved across to the red, but he

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would be happy that he's got a ball

at the back of the rink as well.

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Wants to throw a second shot here

but not to leave both bowls together

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so they can be taken out.

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Might be tempted to go again with

just the one in it because even if

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he hits the front green he's got a

deep back red bowl right on the edge

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of the ridge. That might come into

play. Very unlucky to take his own

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bowl out.

Going back to the draw,

the harder the two shots.

Give it a

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chance... Might just get held up by

his own.

I thought he might have

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another pop at that. He was very

close with the first one.

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5-4, 6-3, I know which one I would

have wanted. The percentages were in

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his favour.

The way up the danger

and you see what the options are on

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that occasion. He decided the draw

shot was the better option.

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This time Darren just walking off to

the rink after the delivery. Needs a

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clear road. APPLAUSE

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You don't follow it up the green

unless you're sure you're good. He

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knew that was good.

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Look at this.

What a reply that was!

This is great stuff.

This is a hard

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one. What a shot, just come in...

I

think he just got a touch of the

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green bowl before he got the jack.

If it got the jack clean he'd be the

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shot.

Darren Burnett walks up to

have a look saying he'd use the

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first of five time-outs that he's

allowed. It's a tricky one. He can

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come inside to his own again, if he

decides to do that. It's up to him

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really. He can come into that bowl,

try and secure it through the red

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one. But if he's not terribly

comfortable with it he can just pop

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it round to here and see what Les

does. To me that would be the better

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shot.

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He's down a narrow line into his own

bowl.

Actually...

That's pretty

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good!

He wasn't playing that. He

wouldn't have been looking to

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deliberately push that particular

bowl. I think he'd have wanted a

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short bowl, coming round it. It's

in... It's very handy. A tricky shot

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the Les. He has to get back down

into the head, carrying that little

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bit of weight. That's a hard shot.

But he's gone deep enough to give

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himself a chance with the next one.

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You want to see what your opponent

is going to do because you don't

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want to do it for him.

Just kept

that out.

If he is one shot on this,

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Les, just play a careful draw. If he

get this wrong he could lose

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three... If he can get to the back

green bowl, if you can get to that

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he can drop back on the jack.

Struggling for weight with this.

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Short.

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Had another look at it too.

Two

shots, Darren Burnett.

APPLAUSE

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A change in the set score.

Three to

play, one between them. Darren

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Burnett watching the jack going up,

mid-length.

Jack length 26.5 metres.

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We are getting to the business end

now and Darren has dropped that one

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short. An opportunity for Les to put

a bit of pressure on against the

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lead bowl. Doesn't look right

either.

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Second chance the Darren Burnett

here. He watches this one up... It

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looks better.

APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE

Short drawn.

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Well, this one is looking dangerous.

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Nicely in behind it.

Shot bowl gap,

three inches. Six inches.

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This is great... Really is great

stuff. Les just waiting for the bowl

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to drop away but standing up at the

moment.

Front toucher.

If Darren

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Burnett doesn't hit this... Les will

not play his last bowl.

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Well, he's playing a very delicate

shot. Obviously felt there was no

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benefit coming in in the forehand.

That was always going to be hard.

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Too much traffic, needed to come

round the other side.

The other side

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offered a slight touch for the jack.

But I think Les will walk away.

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1-shot, Les Gillett.

He lost three

straight ends, just wanted to get

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back on the card.

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Two ends to play, nothing to choose

between the players. Potential of

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course for a typeset. Les Gillett

has been involved in two of them --

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potential for a tied set. First set

finished 7-7.

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APPLAUSE

Neither player will be wanting to

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take too many risks in this end.

Having said that, a jack high bowl,

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it's tempting to Ron the bowl or run

the jack. He's watching it, he must

0:43:220:43:36

be close. Very nearly the maximum.

Toucher in the ditch, that will be

0:43:360:43:47

marked. That will stay live. Jack

will go on the re-spot.

Two red,

0:43:470:44:01

that's fairly inconsequential.

0:44:010:44:11

Interesting choice Darren to come

across it.

A lot of players have

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played the opposite side.

I do think

Les will because he's playing his

0:44:190:44:25

backhand. It's a slightly longer

length but he can play across his

0:44:250:44:30

body slightly, and hold the bowl up

for a long time before the bias

0:44:300:44:34

takes effect.

0:44:340:44:44

Watching this before he starts to

break. It's only breaking now.

0:44:450:44:52

Secured the shot.

0:44:520:44:58

Looks a lot wider. I think it is

there to say that one came out the

0:45:110:45:18

wrong way... Didn't like it from the

second matter left his hand... He

0:45:180:45:25

does have the advantage of still

having a bow to play.

0:45:250:45:35

-- the second that it left his hand.

A simple draw, for two. Even wider

0:45:350:45:48

this time. Now it is going to break.

Good weight in behind the jack, a

0:45:480:45:53

perfect ball. That's really good. He

has a chance with two balls going

0:45:530:46:02

out. And a gap as well. He's got a

double shot available here but what

0:46:020:46:17

he is ready looking for, yeah, just

as he was putting his foot down,

0:46:170:46:23

he's obviously thinking, and that is

always a good sign! It comes onto

0:46:230:46:27

the ball. Taking it out and you end

up in a situation where this ball

0:46:270:46:34

here will come into play and also

won the other side as well. Over

0:46:340:46:39

here, that will come into play. He's

got a chance of getting two shots

0:46:390:46:48

out of it.

The angle is good,

though.

0:46:480:47:00

It's very much a Darren Burnett kind

of shot. He watches it all the way

0:47:000:47:09

and wants to get the ball on to

that... What a result!

He was on the

0:47:090:47:15

wrong side of the bowl. Oh dear!

The

crowd might be clapping, but...

0:47:150:47:31

From his opponent's point of view,

just one shot you go with in the

0:47:330:47:38

end.

Yes, but the thing is, when you

are lying two and you've got those,

0:47:380:47:47

you have a cushioning going into the

last end and now there is no cushion

0:47:470:47:54

and you've got to win. But Darren

Burnett will realise my goodness me,

0:47:540:47:58

that there was more than a bit of

luck there which got the result.

0:47:580:48:07

It's all to play for in this part of

the quarterfinal. As always, the

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opening bowls set the tone and

dictate the tactics.

Darren Burnett

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is looking heavenward, he doesn't

think that ball is heavenly.

I think

0:48:300:48:37

he got a bit of that last time. You

cannot go there all the time.

The

0:48:370:48:46

angel on the shoulder, took a break

for a moment! Les Gillett doesn't

0:48:460:48:54

like this one, either.

A little

over, still. But better there.

0:48:540:49:11

These players have such high

expectations of themselves, they

0:49:140:49:17

know what they are capable of.

0:49:170:49:28

Correction made...

Almost two feet

past jack high.

It looks like he has

0:49:370:49:47

half covered the jack.

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Playing so well, nothing will faze

him. And why should it?

A super

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shot, no doubt of that. Sitting on

the edge in terms of the backhand,

0:50:120:50:18

Darren can get to it. Just need to

solve it on the drop so that Darren

0:50:180:50:26

will be aiming for that.

0:50:260:50:36

He is watching this. He knows he is

close. It touched...

You almost feel

0:50:410:50:54

that it would not be a bad result to

draw in this set, they both really

0:50:540:51:00

contributed to a super game and

played great stuff. It would be

0:51:000:51:06

unfortunate if one of them lost it,

after all of their efforts.

Four

0:51:060:51:18

time-outs remaining.

Well, it still

looks difficult. Les would be doing

0:51:180:51:31

well to get back to jack high, maybe

two feet away. The time-out taken.

0:51:310:51:44

Weighing up his options. Going wide.

Rightly so... Still has a ball to

0:51:440:51:54

come.

It's always useful to have one

there. I cannot imagine Darren going

0:51:540:52:00

heavy at this. I think he will try

and draw it. He might try and slide

0:52:000:52:05

the ball across the rink, about one

inch or so. Maybe enough.

I do not

0:52:050:52:14

know about the heroics involved, he

could get that set away. On the

0:52:140:52:24

forehand, it didn't really matter

which side. Which shot to play.

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Going to fall short.

An intriguing

situation for Les, it's very

0:52:360:52:45

dangerous, if he wants to add

another. Convincing the pair not to

0:52:450:52:53

go for it, that's how dangerous it

was.

Three singles, to finish. Tying

0:52:530:53:03

Darren Burnett, the opening set is

shared between these two fine

0:53:030:53:07

players. The next set to come.

I'm

in the player's balcony with David

0:53:070:53:13

Goodwillie, he will play the winner

of the match and it could not be

0:53:130:53:16

tighter.

It's a fair reflection,

there is nothing separating these

0:53:160:53:22

guys. They would both be happy that

it is a tight set.

Amazing bowls and

0:53:220:53:28

great conversion shots.

These two

players are some of the best in the

0:53:280:53:36

world. I think that Les has a game

plan and he will attack everything.

0:53:360:53:41

He's playing Darren at his own game.

He beat Alex Marshall yesterday, he

0:53:410:53:47

played a fantastic game to beat

Alex, he's obviously very confident.

0:53:470:53:55

If his confidence is high, he's

really difficult to beat. We've got

0:53:550:53:58

to get a good start against him.

Who

is going to win it?

I would go for

0:53:580:54:05

Darren. Not the tie-break, but

Darren.

Who do you fancy playing

0:54:050:54:09

tomorrow, Darren or Les?

They are

equally as good. It will be tough.

0:54:090:54:17

Thank you.

Headlines if the Scottish

coach had not picked a Scotsman, to

0:54:170:54:23

be perfectly honest!

Yes, ask him

who is going to win! He is in

0:54:230:54:30

Scotland, a Scottish coach has just

picked Darren Burnett for the

0:54:300:54:34

Commonwealth Games, he's a gold

medal winner and you'd think yes,

0:54:340:54:38

go, go for Les!

It's not going to

happen...! Les Gillett involved in

0:54:380:54:49

the third tight set that he has

played in in this competition. They

0:54:490:54:53

are read that he is collecting them

at the moment.

Interesting to see

0:54:530:55:04

that David Gourlay agreed with what

we were talking about, that there's

0:55:040:55:07

nothing between these players and

their tight set. He would try and

0:55:070:55:11

get another shot, had there been

more ring but he thought it was too

0:55:110:55:14

dangerous to go for it! -- more

room.

0:55:140:55:27

Almost three feet...

0:55:380:55:48

Left hand, backhand, see what lying

he can get in here.

Clapping that

0:56:000:56:08

from two or three yards away, they

have picked up the pace.

0:56:080:56:21

The last bowl, the gap is ten

inches.

That is one, certainly...

0:56:340:56:42

Possibly just one now...

How far is

that short?

15 inches from jack

0:56:420:56:52

high.

On the forehand, he's got to

push over his own ball, they are

0:56:520:56:57

running out of time. Four seconds.

I'm a little surprised he is playing

0:56:570:57:04

it here. The other side was

absolutely safe. He has to be

0:57:040:57:10

careful of the green ball.

He has

given Darren and shoulder to come

0:57:100:57:20

off, all it is doing is widening the

target. Darren will have looked at

0:57:200:57:25

the other side to see if the plant

takes three Red balls out of the

0:57:250:57:29

head but I do not think it is. Hard

to tell from this position but we

0:57:290:57:35

will see what he plays. Going for

the forehand, slightly inside of the

0:57:350:57:42

line. A chance to use Les's ball.

The jack inside would be good.

0:57:420:57:53

Better paced... There is the

borrower. Twice left to shoulder

0:57:530:58:04

that forehand and twice that Darren

has used it. If we watch it, he was

0:58:040:58:09

missing that green ball.

0:58:090:58:19

Such fine margins, you don't go to

leap shoulders and things. But they

0:58:210:58:25

are being exploited at the moment by

Darren Burnett. The margin of error

0:58:250:58:29

is a little bit greater. You just do

not do it. That's all there is to

0:58:290:58:36

it. Les will come back, he does

think about these games. The

0:58:360:58:45

backhand, for Les, and his forehand,

planting the turnover to make a

0:58:450:58:50

double. There was no danger there,

whatsoever. He will be kicking

0:58:500:58:55

himself for that one.

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APPLAUSE

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Just enough pace, it ran on. A

couple of feet short.

I think he's

1:00:321:00:48

drawn this.

It needs to fall back...

Well, didn't make it but very close.

1:00:481:00:59

Gap on yours two inches, Gap and

Darren's three inches.

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Once again, has to be careful.

Doesn't want to get his own bowl.

1:01:211:01:26

But if he can split the two of them,

it would be perfect. Goodness me.

I

1:01:261:01:35

think he was a bit concerned there

that that bowl would have dropped

1:01:351:01:39

out. Darren Burnett might be tempted

with a runner here.

1:01:391:01:51

If he's trying to draw, might just

be the single. Obviously didn't see

1:02:001:02:11

the benefit of running at it.

Happy

enough just to concede one.

Once

1:02:111:02:26

again, Les Gillett for the second

time in three ends hasn't played his

1:02:261:02:31

last bowl.

1:02:311:02:41

I think it was a good call.

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Jack length 28 metres.

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APPLAUSE

1:03:211:03:24

In little puzzle as to why it didn't

bend back in. Played it outside the

1:03:501:03:55

line.

Just a half bowl probably.

Players generally know when they are

1:03:551:04:00

on the right line. He felt that was

better.

1:04:001:04:09

Mmm, struggling.

Dropped the wait.

He made a mistake with that one. I

1:05:051:05:13

guess there's too many chances the

Darren Burnett.

1:05:131:05:24

Can he find the line here, just

thread inside where he's previously

1:05:261:05:29

been? Certainly looks better.

APPLAUSE

1:05:291:05:39

Might drop away, but the moment...

Just too many chances. The third

1:05:391:05:47

bowl is the key one there, just to

close the head one down. And fourth

1:05:471:05:53

Darren to try and play something. By

missing it they left him just draw

1:05:531:06:03

ring. The fourth bowl becomes the

rescue bowl. -- drawing.

Wants to

1:06:031:06:12

come inside the green bowl.

I think

he's inside it OK... That was the

1:06:121:06:22

problem. He was probably pretty good

or solid. He got a half of both.

1:06:221:06:32

Darren has got to decide here if

it's worth playing his final bowl.

1:06:321:06:36

He was a bit unlucky there, to be

fair.

He might have to take time out

1:06:361:06:43

of he's going to play it. He's

watching. Now, is it worth coming

1:06:431:06:52

in? That's what he's looking at.

This wouldn't be unusual to Darren

1:06:521:06:58

Burnett to play this sort of shot.

He's an attacking player, and he'll

1:06:581:07:03

look at the options and see what the

dangerous. But they get into there

1:07:031:07:07

and move the jack... If he's able to

move the jack back to this position,

1:07:071:07:12

his own bowl will follow through.

He's got a chance of picking up

1:07:121:07:16

three. But he has to be absolutely

sure he's lying the shot. If he's

1:07:161:07:22

absolutely sure he's lying the shot,

he might decide I'm not going to be

1:07:221:07:26

too anxious about it. He's obviously

not that keen on it so he's just

1:07:261:07:38

going to try a delicate draw and

keeping it out on the white side.

1:07:381:07:44

It's all a matter of getting back

now. -- wide side. A good effort. I

1:07:441:07:53

think later in the set if he was in

a position of needing shots he would

1:07:531:07:59

have played that, otherwise take the

one.

1:07:591:08:11

Darren Burnett who won in 2001 and

was the runner-up the following

1:08:121:08:17

year. He's been in the quarterfinals

in the following years.

2001, my

1:08:171:08:22

goodness. Kelvin Hall, where this

event was held. Darren beat me in

1:08:221:08:29

the second round. Nasty man!

16

years ago, but you've moved on!

Yes!

1:08:291:08:42

LAUGHTER

There's always a list of

the ones that got away.

It didn't

1:08:421:08:49

hurt that much at the time, I have

to say. APPLAUSE

1:08:491:09:00

I always remember the once you lose,

never remember the ones you won --

1:09:041:09:11

you always remember the ones you

lose, you never remember the ones

1:09:111:09:15

you won.

Good opening bowl from

Darren Burnett. I've not seen too

1:09:151:09:21

many of his openers ride on the

jack.

This is close as well.

1:09:211:09:31

In many ways, though, it just proves

the longevity of some of these

1:09:371:09:41

players. Darren winning back in two

dozen and one, he'd already been

1:09:411:09:48

around a long time. -- winning back

in 2001. To have the ability to win

1:09:481:09:54

back there. Les Gillett won the

International Open in 1997, 20 years

1:09:541:09:59

ago. And he's still about.

Is still

playing top-class bowls. He fell out

1:09:591:10:06

of the top 16, found his way back

in. What amazes me sometimes is the

1:10:061:10:14

hunger of these players, keeping it

up over such a long period of time.

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Absolutely. Right on a fine line to

hold that... Should go underneath.

1:10:201:10:29

There it is now... Not much, just a

hairs breadth on the inside. Nice

1:10:291:10:39

weight to tap the red one, the green

would disappear.

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Les, is that jack moving? If it does

and you've got a slight problem, if

1:11:181:11:25

it's a clean bowl past the jack then

it's just sitting perfect. Have you

1:11:251:11:37

got the weight this time, because

you're going to start to dive pretty

1:11:371:11:40

quickly. Lack of weight. I think the

line was better.

1:11:401:11:54

Kept it on a wide line.

A game,

Darren what doesn't want to hit his

1:12:181:12:24

own bowl too hard. The jack will

come out into the open.

He's

1:12:241:12:29

probably made one more shot but if

he's going to hit that he wanted to

1:12:291:12:33

hit it just a little bit further.

He's offered up a target now and Les

1:12:331:12:38

will come right at it.

Yeah, he

wanted a bit firmer to tap it right

1:12:381:12:44

across to leave the behind the two

green bowls. -- leave the jack

1:12:441:12:52

behind the two green bowls. That

just wasn't hard enough, and Les

1:12:521:12:57

will definitely come into this. He

really just can't... I do think he

1:12:571:13:03

can take his own bowl out without

taking others. Pick your hand, pick

1:13:031:13:08

your weight.

1:13:081:13:14

The odds are on the backhand.

Goodness me, that went fast! Wow!

1:13:231:13:38

Hard to believe he missed the

target.

If it caught the edge it

1:13:381:13:43

could have been an awful lot worse.

He was definitely done the wrong

1:13:431:13:47

side there. He wanted to be on the

high side. Look at the benefits on

1:13:471:13:53

the other side there, Paul. You had

that shot coming across to move the

1:13:531:13:58

jack on the plant.

That would have

been really beneficial. All one from

1:13:581:14:09

Les with that one. Every player in

the world, no matter what sport it

1:14:091:14:16

is, will miss a shot occasionally.

He's frustrated by that but he'll

1:14:161:14:22

let it go. It's been a good start to

the second set for the Scotsman. A

1:14:221:14:35

couple of quarterfinals last season

in the world and the International

1:14:351:14:40

Open. Negotiating his way past the

quarterfinal here. Starting to build

1:14:401:14:49

a tidy lead. APPLAUSE

1:14:491:15:00

Once again, another handy reply.

Within a foot.

1:15:131:15:32

Frothing short. -- dropping short.

Your bowl? 16 inches from jack high.

1:15:391:15:58

Just needed to run...

1:16:101:16:21

It's one green. Darren Burnett's

backhands are out of action now,

1:16:221:16:26

having to change the forehand. At

least if he comes the Red Bull

1:16:261:16:31

beforehand, it will hit the green

ball. -- Red ball.

1:16:311:16:48

ball. -- Red ball. No danger there.

Les has to play inside of the line

1:16:481:16:55

to pluck out the green ball, and if

he can, get it off his own ball yes.

1:16:551:17:05

Inside the line. Now, he has to use

his own ball, will he get it back in

1:17:051:17:13

time? I doubt it. A hard shot to

play, even for the top players.

1:17:131:17:21

Really difficult. The right shot to

play but it is just difficult.

No

1:17:211:17:28

change for Darren Burnett, coming

off beforehand. -- the forehand.

1:17:281:17:35

A chance with this... Going down...

It looks like it. He's going to play

1:17:551:18:07

the same thing, again. And hopes

that he will get that connection.

1:18:071:18:18

Coming into the perfect place, well

hidden on the blindside.

The

1:18:181:18:23

time-out is called.

Still down as a

forehand but a bit stronger this

1:18:231:18:36

time. Can ill afford to be 7-1 down.

He definitely needs the help of the

1:18:361:18:51

outside ball, going stronger...

Inside of the line, not much, a

1:18:511:19:02

ball. That was all. The last two

ends have been...

Darren Burnett

1:19:021:19:15

hardly needed to get past the green

on that one come onto his own.

1:19:151:19:23

Starting to get very difficult for

the Englishman. Semifinals of the

1:19:231:19:37

world back in January, he has

appeared at many of those events.

1:19:371:19:43

Jack length, 29.5 metres.

Les will

not let it go, he is a dogged

1:19:431:19:55

competitor. Dix really deep, he's

one of the best at that, around the

1:19:551:20:02

circuit. -- digging really deep.

1:20:021:20:13

Against Alex Marshall, he came back.

Tying the opening set.

1:20:161:20:29

7-2 behind, looking to level it.

2.5

feet, past jack high.

That

1:20:321:20:50

information gives what Darren what

he needs to know. He can come around

1:20:501:20:53

the short ball.

1:20:531:21:03

Just Quartet. When you need to be up

here, you get hold of this jack. It

1:21:061:21:12

must win this end. I do not think he

will get back at all.

1:21:121:21:27

Better there.

1:21:331:21:43

A snap of the fingers from Darren

Burnett. Not closing it down, that

1:21:521:22:05

will concern him.

1:22:051:22:16

Just needing to slip onto the green

one. He's got a chance with the

1:22:181:22:23

shot. Dropped, it will be close.

Fairly close for these shots.

They

1:22:231:22:46

are very close as well. The clock is

round and there, that was good from

1:22:461:22:59

Darren Burnett. Able to concede his

ball.

He has used his time which

1:22:591:23:07

quite a lot. Sitting close for the

shot, trying to draw it in and close

1:23:071:23:17

the head down.

1:23:171:23:27

If he's got the running, he has got

good line. Looked short, didn't he?

1:23:371:23:45

He made centreline, that is where

the problem was. Protecting Les's

1:23:451:23:56

front ball. Cannot really hit that

in so easily... Les playing the safe

1:23:561:24:05

way round, on his forehand, that

will dip hard.

Fighting its way

1:24:051:24:12

around. That is the shot drawn.

Exactly what he needed to do when,

1:24:121:24:18

in the end, it was one or two.

One

out. Should ask for the umpire.

1:24:181:24:30

Darren MacManus will come on... Yes,

we have the Dan team today!

Dan

1:24:301:24:48

McManus was undergoing training last

night for the final parts of his

1:24:481:24:52

exams. Under the watchful eyes of

the officials...

The international

1:24:521:25:02

technical officers. Shouldn't really

be a problem going to the world

1:25:021:25:16

level. They are very proficient.

A

single shot.

1:25:161:25:32

Darren Burnett in the driving seat.

But nothing is safe just yet.

1:25:431:25:56

He turned his back very early. A

glimmer of light for Les Gillett

1:26:271:26:35

here.

We are looking at two shots

here at this stage. One will keep

1:26:351:26:55

him in the hunt. Two would really

put him in with a chance.

1:26:551:27:13

Off the backhand, has he given it

enough? Ooh... Maybe just? My

1:27:141:27:20

goodness me! A little touch, Les has

to come to his own ball, the jack.

1:27:201:27:34

He comes across to the other side of

the match, almost to guarantee the

1:27:341:27:38

bend back in with the left-hand. He

will normally haul out just a little

1:27:381:27:43

bit. He didn't push through it,

that's the problem. He got the line

1:27:431:27:49

right.

The gap is ten inches.

He

needed that want to be right up to

1:27:491:27:59

his own ball. And now he is in

trouble. Desperately seeking these

1:27:591:28:04

shots. Past jack height. It is a

good ball.

1:28:041:28:24

It is, no doubt about that, it gives

less the opportunity to reach in

1:28:241:28:29

this time. -- it gets Les the

opportunity. Doesn't have to go too

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heavy, at least make sure you are up

to the jack.

Now, will he get back

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with the extra weight? Just over the

line. This is going to be very

1:28:481:28:55

costly indeed.

If he draws in here,

Les Gillett, nobody is going to take

1:28:551:29:05

back to back fours off Darren

Burnett.

The set has gone. 9-2, two

1:29:051:29:13

ends to go. Four and a three, Darren

doesn't lose those kinds of shots.

1:29:131:29:21

Not at this level.

Drawing for a

three. They begin to applaud... He

1:29:211:29:33

knew that it was there.

APPLAUSE

He was in the driving seat before.

1:29:331:29:46

That effectively throws Les out of

the vehicle.

Technically, they have

1:29:461:29:53

to keep going well there is still a

chance of Les gaining a draw in the

1:29:531:29:59

set. But the match should be over at

this end.

1:29:591:30:12

Need to have a final total at the

end, just to see what the shots are,

1:30:121:30:17

important for other reasons. But the

outcome of the match is pretty much

1:30:171:30:23

secured.

1:30:231:30:33

So this could really be classed as

academic. APPLAUSE

1:30:401:30:46

Les Gillett does the right thing.

Pops one in the ditch. APPLAUSE

1:30:461:30:56

All credit to Leslie doing that. He

knew there was no chance of getting

1:30:561:31:02

24s. He also knew he had to finish

the end. All credit to him to doing

1:31:021:31:08

that. Very sportsmanlike.

A good

wins the Darren, he played very

1:31:081:31:12

well. Darren Burnett finds himself

in the semifinal, having defeated a

1:31:121:31:17

very difficult opponent in Les

Gillett. Very tight first set but

1:31:171:31:22

Darren Burnett got away in the

second and he wins by 1.5- 0.5. The

1:31:221:31:31

expectations were high in this game,

as they are for all the

1:31:311:31:34

quarterfinals today. My goodness me,

they did not disappoint. Fantastic

1:31:341:31:39

bowls. Les had drawn the shot with a

previous bowl and Darren took it

1:31:391:31:44

away from him. Big crowd in here at

the Dewar's Centre and they were

1:31:441:31:50

seeing everything, including Darren

Burnett just missing the third time

1:31:501:31:53

in that end on the drive shots. But

this time he gets the target and he

1:31:531:31:58

gets a very good result. Les wasn't

to be outdone. He just kept plugging

1:31:581:32:06

away, keeping the pressure on. But

ultimately, it came down to the fact

1:32:061:32:13

of the first set which was always

going to be very, very tight. It was

1:32:131:32:19

a 7-7 draw. Darren Burnett just

pushed the jack out into the open.

1:32:191:32:23

Les missed it and lost a double.

That was followed up in the last

1:32:231:32:32

end. Les played his last bowl, came

over, well done Darren Burnett.

1:32:321:32:37

Played really well.

Such a tight

first set. But really 18 shots to

1:32:371:32:46

nine because of that second set.

Darren Burnett really taking it in

1:32:461:32:50

the end. They both played a similar

jack length but Darren Burnett is

1:32:501:32:56

the semifinalist in the Scottish

International Open.

Darren Burnett

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is the root of the last four of the

Scottish International Open.

1:33:001:33:05

Congratulations, some great plague.

The first set was a bit scratchy

1:33:051:33:09

Congratulations, some great plague.

The first set was a bit scratchy

1:33:091:33:09

iPod. A draw was probably a fair

result. Kept us both in the match.

1:33:091:33:15

Just did enough in the second set I

think.

It was quite a game because

1:33:151:33:20

in that first set in particular you

were both playing some great shots

1:33:201:33:23

and then both you and the macro

losing your way a bit but it was

1:33:231:33:27

exciting to watch.

Definitely. It

could have gone either way. He made

1:33:271:33:33

it pretty impossible for me so I run

away and got a tie. In hindsight

1:33:331:33:38

should I have gone for a two? Maybe,

but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

1:33:381:33:43

Darren put me under a lot of

pressure. I tended to use the green

1:33:431:33:48

about a yard short every end, I

don't know why but Darren punished

1:33:481:33:51

me. All credit to him, the best man

won on the day.

When you get into

1:33:511:33:56

the second set, if you've got the

first bowl, if you stick it on the

1:33:561:34:00

jack, your opponent is always going

to be in trouble.

That's what

1:34:001:34:04

disappointed me in the first set.

Staked it up in the second and

1:34:041:34:08

that's probably the only pleasing

thing I can take out of the game.

1:34:081:34:12

Into the second set you through your

final bowl into the ditch, it was

1:34:121:34:17

very sporting as we expect from a

fellow like yourself.

I'd only

1:34:171:34:23

scored two shots all games so I

wasn't going to score eight in two

1:34:231:34:28

ends! It's wasting Darren's time,

wasting the crowd's time. I was

1:34:281:34:32

never going to score two fours. Like

I said, Darren was really good and I

1:34:321:34:40

wish all the best.

Excellent staff,

semifinal for you. You must be

1:34:401:34:45

fancying your chances because you've

been getting better better.

Yes,

1:34:451:34:51

swapping colours today makes it

difficult. I might go read now, I'm

1:34:511:34:55

not sure. It's always going to be

tough, semifinal is going to be

1:34:551:34:59

really hard. Everyone is probably

playing at their best now so just

1:34:591:35:02

got to hope tomorrow is my day.

You're playing David Gallie, the

1:35:021:35:07

Scotland international coach. You'll

be coaching you at the Commonwealth

1:35:071:35:11

Games. What if he beats you

tomorrow, how is the coach player

1:35:111:35:16

relationship going to work?

I'm glad

he selected his five before we play.

1:35:161:35:20

He's a class act.

It's going to be a

fantastic match. Thank you so much

1:35:201:35:27

once again for your performances

this week and your great

1:35:271:35:30

sportsmanship. Darren Burnett is

through to the semifinal. APPLAUSE

1:35:301:35:37

Let's have a look and see what the

semifinals look like. David Gourlay

1:35:371:35:43

got through against Nick Brett this

morning so he will face Darren

1:35:431:35:46

Burnett. And all Scotland affair in

the semifinal tomorrow.

1:35:461:35:53

Now it's time for a very tenuous

link. If you follow your football,

1:35:591:36:03

you may know that the local club

here in Perth is called St

1:36:031:36:07

Johnstone. You may or may not know

that they be any club in the

1:36:071:36:10

Scottish or the English Football

League with the J in the name. Still

1:36:101:36:14

got that? One of the boffins at the

Scottish International Open realised

1:36:141:36:19

unnoticed that Jamie Chestney is the

only player left with a J in his

1:36:191:36:24

name. We took him a across to where

St Johnstone play their football.

1:36:241:36:32

Enjoy! MUSIC

Playing up here in Perth, to be

1:36:321:36:42

honest the crowds are really fair.

So when you're actually on the rink

1:36:421:36:49

playing it doesn't feel like an

England Scotland battle. We have

1:36:491:36:53

matches all the time against each

other. Perhaps when we play the

1:36:531:36:57

national series you find it a bit

more one-sided or the other but to

1:36:571:37:00

be fed the crowd are always really

fair. It's nice to be able to play

1:37:001:37:05

in front of a good crowd. I've only

got in the top 16 a couple of years

1:37:051:37:09

ago so the last couple of years I've

only made the second round. This is

1:37:091:37:12

the furthest I've been in the

Scottish Open so far. Playing

1:37:121:37:17

against Paul Foster, both beat each

other in the past. I know it's

1:37:171:37:21

something that I can do, obviously.

I don't need to tell everyone how

1:37:211:37:27

good a player Paul is, everyone

knows that already. I'm just going

1:37:271:37:31

to have to be at the top of my form.

If I do that... I'm expecting Paul

1:37:311:37:36

will put close bowls so I'll have to

play a lot of converting shots

1:37:361:37:42

myself. Hopefully on the day. It's a

really nice venue to be at, to be

1:37:421:37:48

myself. Hopefully on the day. It's a

really nice venue to be at, to be

1:37:481:37:48

honest. We can stand up on the

balcony and watch the other games

1:37:481:37:52

and go through and watch the curling

next door, then think that looks

1:37:521:37:56

easy and in reality I can't imagine

I'd even be able to stand up on

1:37:561:38:00

there. It's a nice arena to be

around, always what's happening. The

1:38:001:38:05

longer you can stay there the

better.

1:38:051:38:10

Jamie Chesney is now a St Johnstone

fan. I'm dying to get the players

1:38:121:38:19

onto the rink here so let's do it,

it's Paul Foster against Jamie

1:38:191:38:23

Chestney. From the outside looking

in Jamie Chestney winning the

1:38:231:38:26

International Open with something of

a surprise. For those in the know it

1:38:261:38:30

was anything but. He's been a hugely

successful player on the

1:38:301:38:35

international circuit and his

inclusion in the pro tour is richly

1:38:351:38:38

deserved. Ladies and gentlemen,

please give a very warm welcome to

1:38:381:38:43

the International Open champion,

Jamie Chestney! MUSIC

1:38:431:38:57

While picking up trophies is

something Paul Foster does with

1:39:001:39:04

alarming regularity. 16 times he's

won on the world Bowls tour. When

1:39:041:39:09

you at the outdoor success including

multiple Commonwealth goals you have

1:39:091:39:14

the complete package. Please give a

very warm welcome to reigning

1:39:141:39:20

five-time world champion, Paul

Foster!

1:39:201:39:31

MUSIC: "Eye of the Tiger".

1:39:341:39:42

COMMENTATOR: So Jamie Chestney,

walking and, facing a Scottish crowd

1:39:461:39:54

and a Scottish legend in Paul

Foster. As you rightly said, he has

1:39:541:40:00

beaten him before, so he can go for

this. He is facing Paul Foster who

1:40:001:40:05

has arguably over rounds one and two

being the best player in the

1:40:051:40:08

tournament.

1:40:081:40:18

He is a quietly determined type of

player. Jamie Chestney has made his

1:40:221:40:28

way up the rankings. He's a big

improvements in the outdoor game as

1:40:281:40:33

well. He's got a super career there

too. All-round player, indoor and

1:40:331:40:42

outdoor. The early stages of his

world career, and a lot of people

1:40:421:40:51

think he's going to be about for a

long time,...

Come through break

1:40:511:41:05

these matches without dropping a set

so far. -- has come through both of

1:41:051:41:11

these matches without dropping a set

so far.

That mark on the bowl

1:41:111:41:18

indicates it's a toucher. If the

bowl goes in the ditch it stays

1:41:181:41:26

alive. Whereas if it goes in the

ditch without touching the jack it's

1:41:261:41:31

taken away. It has no further part

in the end.

1:41:311:41:41

Early attacking shot by Paul. Now

he's certainly got something. One

1:42:051:42:10

out. Damage limitation.

Always good

to get something with your first

1:42:101:42:23

heavier shots.

The thing about

something like that is it says to

1:42:231:42:31

your opponent, you put another one

in and leave the target, I'm going

1:42:311:42:35

to go again. If you don't go deep,

I'll go again. So that's where the

1:42:351:42:40

risk is. Well, he's left a big gap.

That's a good bowl, that's a clever

1:42:401:42:47

bowl. It counts but it's not going

to be lifted out. Here comes Paul

1:42:471:42:53

Foster, he's missed it, he thinks,

and he's absolutely right. We knew

1:42:531:42:58

that was through the gap.

Three

shots, Jamie Chestney.

You don't get

1:42:581:43:09

too many better start than that

against Paul Foster. Folks returning

1:43:091:43:20

to their seats after the last match.

They do so very quickly, which is

1:43:201:43:24

great.

Jack length 27 metres.

You

don't want to miss too much of this

1:43:241:43:34

one.

1:43:341:43:38

APPLAUSE

1:44:081:44:11

These are two players who don't hang

around on the mat. Yes, shot clock's

1:44:211:44:32

not going to be too much trouble to

these two.

1:44:321:44:44

APPLAUSE

1:44:481:44:51

Big backswing, very rarely you see

that in the indoor rinks, on the

1:44:581:45:02

fast indoor carpets.

1:45:021:45:12

Good line, just dropping in behind.

1:45:131:45:24

Hardly any backward movement of the

arm...

1:45:271:45:38

In a good place...

Jamie, your front

ball has now fallen over.

1:45:401:45:59

Watching this one come down...

Wondering if he overcooked it

1:46:011:46:08

slightly... He has.

Paul's chance to

get a three back...

1:46:081:46:25

Very slow on the way back, isn't it?

It didn't come... It might have

1:46:441:46:51

fallen down... It has.

He has made

it. He made the double, he wanted to

1:46:511:46:57

get to the jack and make three with

a little touch. Settling for two.

1:46:571:47:04

3-2 after two ends.

1:47:041:47:14

Plenty of singles picked up so far

today. A three and a two all ready

1:47:231:47:29

to open this game.

1:47:291:47:40

Well, a protector in there. It will

not make Jamie's life any easier. He

1:48:381:48:47

is going to play through this now.

An interesting one from the point of

1:48:471:48:53

view of moving the front ball and

getting the jack through.

Happy with

1:48:531:48:58

that... Initially felt Paul Foster's

ball, and the way he was lying, that

1:48:581:49:06

was the answer. But he does disrupt.

Taking the jack for on. Nestling in

1:49:061:49:13

beside him. He got the split.

Rolling into the ditch, effectively.

1:49:131:49:29

An interesting choice to go that

side, peeling away from the jack on

1:49:291:49:34

the backhand, coming in towards the

jack on the other side. You can see

1:49:341:49:41

from the last shot how far away the

ball in the ditch is.

Just needs to

1:49:411:49:51

sneak past the green.

It looked like

it was struggling but it's got

1:49:511:49:58

there. Both players with one to

play.

Two shots at the moment, if it

1:49:581:50:05

is, Chestney may be going looking

for Paul Foster's ball, if he draws

1:50:051:50:13

it. He is in with this one... Is it

hidden?

I think you can see it on

1:50:131:50:21

the forehand.

It certainly looks

like it can be picked out. Just a

1:50:211:50:28

question. Might just be one second

shot before it is going to be the

1:50:281:50:39

draw.

Too frisky.

There is something

not right about this one. -- too

1:50:391:50:49

risky. I thought there was something

not right because he was so narrow

1:50:491:50:53

but he has actually drawn the short,

it is unbelievable.

It looks like it

1:50:531:50:58

might get killed on the front one.

That looked so narrow in comparison

1:50:581:51:05

to his previous delivery.

It will be

the strings that come out, they go

1:51:051:51:12

up and down so easily.

I couldn't

see the ball getting past the front

1:51:121:51:17

two but it sneaked in. This has to

be very accurate, looking at a

1:51:171:51:27

straight line to the ball. Draw the

string in. Get a firm contact on

1:51:271:51:34

hold.

1:51:341:51:44

It's going to be red. That measure

is used, so it is up and over the

1:51:491:51:55

edge of the rink. The shot was

dropped.

One short, Jamie Chestney.

1:51:551:52:09

At a real push you could use a box

measure. It's better to play the

1:52:091:52:13

line-out.

1:52:131:52:23

These players have met several times

on the single since 2010. Jamie

1:52:311:52:37

Chestney leading 2-1. Paul Foster

was the winner of the most recent

1:52:371:52:49

meeting, back on the Worlds in 2017.

1:52:491:53:01

Paul Foster was always hard to beat

at the world singles, he loves the

1:53:041:53:06

venue.

1:53:061:53:16

Well played again. Paul Foster will

run this, he does not like it, he

1:53:371:53:49

turned his back on it. Takes one

outcome he knew he was missing what

1:53:491:53:56

he wanted. -- takes one out. Such

high standards that both of these

1:53:561:54:12

players have. In case that one was

going to be hit, back it comes.

1:54:121:54:30

Back to the draw.

1:54:351:54:45

Almost nonchalant, how he walks up

and down, Jamie Chestney, it gives

1:54:571:55:01

you the impression of not a care in

the world. He's very serious about

1:55:011:55:09

the sport, kicked it up and down if

you time is. He was not happy with

1:55:091:55:15

the ball -- a few times. Paul

Foster, touching the ball away.

He

1:55:151:55:27

has got the deepest ball, cannot

imagine playing that. Too much

1:55:271:55:36

danger. He is playing that. Trying

to use the ball on the jack, using

1:55:361:55:41

the green one to come into play.

Jamie Chestney, an indication of how

1:55:411:55:51

hard the forehand is to play.

A good

start for the Englishman. 30 years

1:55:511:55:58

old and from Exeter. Part of the

club there.

1:55:581:56:07

Jamie Chestney's family are appeal.

His mum, Tracy, and his stepfather.

1:56:121:56:22

He is married to Natalie no more, as

she was, and the winner of a

1:56:221:56:28

Commonwealth Games gold medal. See

what the team is going to be for the

1:56:281:56:40

Gold Coast. Monday is due, but

Natalie, it's hard to go past her.

1:56:401:56:52

Such a talent, others are there in

the hunt. For places.

A medallist in

1:56:521:57:05

Glasgow.

1:57:051:57:15

Sometimes all are seen within an

hour of each other. A wonderful

1:57:261:57:30

venue. Of course, great memories

from Glasgow as well.

Tempted to run

1:57:301:57:40

these balls. Deciding to draw, one

ball in the head, didn't want to

1:57:401:57:47

take it out. Got a chance with this,

surpassing its own, that little

1:57:471:57:56

touch. He may have managed to get to

the red ball... Jamie Chestney

1:57:561:58:08

started to go up the rink and

decided to look at the television, a

1:58:081:58:11

couple that are available. Just to

see how it is. Without the touch,

1:58:111:58:24

that shop ball would have been very

close. -- shot ball. A wise move. A

1:58:241:58:45

little tap on your own ball or a

runner on the forehand, to disturb

1:58:451:58:48

things. A little tap...

1:58:481:59:04

Watching the nudge on... And he has

got it! The edge of the jack. As he

1:59:051:59:09

made the shot. I think it is one

down. He made it.

I don't think

1:59:091:59:23

Jamie was expecting that is the ball

was tapped down. Jamie was running

1:59:231:59:27

away, down the rink.

1:59:271:59:38

It will be very difficult to tell.

But we cannot tell from that.

1:59:391:59:48

Beautifully scented, interestingly

said, that was hard. I would be

1:59:481:59:52

inclined to go with the player here.

They are just so good. They really

1:59:521:59:57

are. In looking at things...

He will

see the funny side of it later. It

1:59:572:00:08

was so funny to see him stop in his

tracks and turn back because they

2:00:082:00:13

definitely thought that he was

lying.

Now they don't want either

2:00:132:00:18

player to touch it. We want to know!

We want the measure! LAUGHTER

2:00:182:00:28

Just hear what Jamie is saying

there.

I'm not saying you're wrong,

2:00:282:00:33

but I think I'm right...!

LAUGHTER

It's just like their married!

2:00:332:00:42

We don't want any movement because

we want to see how this is going to

2:00:462:00:50

go.

Both players give their bowl a

chance. Maybe Paul isn't sure

2:00:502:00:54

either. He is very good, very good

at looking at measures.

Well, he

2:00:542:01:00

wandered away, Jamie Chestney.

Well,

he was right, measure her shot.

2:01:002:01:14

There are enough, it is a measure.

Didn't commit either way.

All we can

2:01:142:01:24

do is sit back and watch...

Big

difference, 6-2. That's big.

Can

2:01:242:01:32

also be declared a no shot as well

if the bowls are Ecuador distant. --

2:01:322:01:40

equidistant.

It's always the one

that is a favourite bowl.

Give

2:01:402:01:50

credit to ban McManus, he called it.

Darren is walking down with a stride

2:01:502:01:57

and a bounce. He got that one right.

But he was absolutely right, it was

2:01:572:02:11

a measure. Although Balk -- Paul's

last bowl was reaching a head.

Such

2:02:112:02:22

a difference. 6-2 it could have

been, 5-3 it is.

2:02:222:02:31

Another one in. That's the pressure

going on...

Jamie might have a

2:03:192:03:29

little pop at this. The two bowls

will go. Wait shots.

Now that's

2:03:292:03:41

going to make it interesting.

That

opens things up, doesn't it? Both

2:03:412:03:51

players will see a mark as to where

the jack is and that's where you

2:03:512:03:58

have to then go. Nice wide line.

Coming back, needs to stay on... A

2:03:582:04:12

perfect bowl.

What a shot from Paul

Foster! APPLAUSE

2:04:122:04:20

Jamie Chestney has got no choice but

to try and draw with this one. Can't

2:04:202:04:24

afford to try and rest that one.

There is another green bowl down the

2:04:242:04:29

rink. You can see it now. That's two

shots, that's been disposed of.

He's

2:04:292:04:36

not making it. Just a couple of

yards from where he wants to be.

2:04:362:04:39

It's such a hard shot, playing right

to the edge of the ditch.

He's also

2:04:392:04:47

marginally protected the green bowl.

This one really does look like it's

2:04:472:04:52

there.

Paul Foster needs to tap the

break...

And he has. Oh! Wow!

He

2:04:522:05:06

permits himself a little smile. That

is so difficult to do but that's a

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man at the top of his form. He's

going to play them off, if he can.

2:05:112:05:24

It's a hard shot. Doesn't want a

lift his own out.

That's always the

2:05:242:05:28

problem, he's going to give Paul

Foster another shot.

It's going to

2:05:282:05:33

be a third shot because the green

bowl you see in your picture there

2:05:332:05:36

will count. Paul Foster hits three

shots and gets the lead in the set.

2:05:362:05:49

Credit to Jamie Chestney for

striking, putting the jack in the

2:05:492:05:53

ditch. Paul Foster, wonderful.

I was

tempted to say Paul Foster is one of

2:05:532:05:59

the best that drawing to the edge of

the jack but you really don't want

2:05:592:06:02

to say that!

Until he does it.

But

he is very good at it.

The first one

2:06:022:06:10

was impressive but the second one...

He was showing off here.

The second

2:06:102:06:15

one was important because he was

saying to Jamie, you can take my two

2:06:152:06:22

off and you'll score a single. But

hit your own bowl, I'm getting

2:06:222:06:27

three. He leapfrogs in front. That's

why it was so important to put

2:06:272:06:31

another one in.

Short length jack.

Really enjoyable game. Quality

2:06:312:06:47

all-rounder, as we expected.

2:06:472:06:49

Always a great feeling around the

Dewar's Centre and quarterfinal day.

2:07:152:07:18

The standard usually exceptional. No

different today.

Again, Jamie

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tempted by this. He's going for it.

Coming across... Well played.

Played

2:07:292:07:39

it really well.

2:07:392:07:46

Well, he knows before anyone else,

Paul Foster.

Most of the time.

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Usually he does know and that one

wasn't going to be any good to him.

2:08:182:08:26

Jamie, what do you have coming

round?

Just the one... The thing

2:08:262:08:41

with this football is, and what is

tempting him, is the fact that two

2:08:412:08:46

bowls out is whether the count but

there's still another bowl to come.

2:08:462:08:49

So I almost think he should draw it

in on the backhand. He's got his own

2:08:492:08:58

bowl to come. You can use the edge

of that, ten that side of it, turn

2:08:582:09:02

onto the jack. There a variety of

percentages available. He's got to

2:09:022:09:08

get awfully close to his own bowl.

That could be highly dangerous.

If

2:09:082:09:16

the jack squirts out to the side

there's a red bowl waiting to

2:09:162:09:20

receive it.

So many things that

could go wrong. He's actually

2:09:202:09:24

drawing on the forehand but it

doesn't really matter which side.

2:09:242:09:29

He's trying to get a close bowl and

position here because he doesn't

2:09:292:09:34

want Jamie to take the jack through.

A clever bowl by Paul because there

2:09:342:09:38

was a chance of Jamie running the

jack through the four on that side

2:09:382:09:42

of the rink. He's taken that away.

So he's more or less said I'm happy

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to lose a single.

I'm not sure I

would trust the fact Jamie won't add

2:09:472:09:56

at least one more. Fighting to get

back, just drifting through it to

2:09:562:10:08

come on the other side of the green

bowl. APPLAUSE

2:10:082:10:14

Players really dislike having to

leave the opposition with a shot,

2:10:142:10:21

but didn't really have a lot of

choice there.

2:10:212:10:28

Two ends to play. It's hard to pick

a winner of this set given the way

2:10:422:10:56

they are both playing.

APPLAUSE

2:10:562:11:07

I'm just thinking back to the last

end web Paul put a position bowl in,

2:11:092:11:14

he knows exactly the way Jamie

plays. He knew he would go for that,

2:11:142:11:19

even though it was dangerous, he

would still go for that. Trail shot

2:11:192:11:23

through the three or four. So he

covered it and was prepared to lose

2:11:232:11:27

one, maybe even two.

2:11:272:11:38

It's excellent again. Just widens

the target which might make Paul

2:11:512:11:55

Foster have a go.

Well, it's two

bowls wide but it's a distance away.

2:11:552:12:06

Two bowls will go, jack will go

anywhere. It's worth moving into it

2:12:062:12:10

now. A lot of drives have been

missed, though.

Paul Foster knew

2:12:102:12:21

when that was halfway down that that

wasn't going to do what he wanted.

A

2:12:212:12:32

lot of drives missed and a lot of

controlled weights missed, more than

2:12:322:12:37

I'd ever seen before. Some have been

off target and managed to get

2:12:372:12:44

results but... It's hard enough to

play that shot. Always committing

2:12:442:12:55

himself.

Trusting himself.

He's

going under again.

2:12:552:13:05

Well, Jamie is weighing this up. But

the logical shot would suggest he

2:13:102:13:15

comes and covers the green bowls

just in case.

I think you're going

2:13:152:13:21

re-spot, I really do. He can cover

green and the re-spot at the same

2:13:212:13:24

time. It's just whether he wants to

play it or not. He's certainly

2:13:242:13:33

wider. He's more or less putting the

bowl back again. Will he stop in

2:13:332:13:46

time? Three shots, he's not even

covering anything, really. He's

2:13:462:13:53

drawn another shot.

That's

interesting.

Barely covering the

2:13:532:13:58

re-spot. He's taken a risk in saying

you get it, you get it. This will be

2:13:582:14:03

quick.

Well, that's as fast as we

seen this week. Scatter is

2:14:032:14:12

absolutely everything, there's not a

bowl on the rink.

APPLAUSE

2:14:122:14:22

Now, I can't remember that, I really

cannot remember that in all the

2:14:222:14:27

events where everything has gone.

Absolutely unique once more from

2:14:272:14:31

Paul Foster. He splits jacks, he

knocks things off rinks. That's the

2:14:312:14:39

first no score in that I can

remember. Both players smile but

2:14:392:14:44

what a shot for Paul Foster.

Well,

when he decides to drive on his

2:14:442:14:50

forehand he does go quick.

Watch

this, look at them all go. That

2:14:502:14:59

extra little not actually cost in

the shot. If it missed his green

2:14:592:15:02

bowl he was going to get one.

Got a

double touch on the green bowl. He

2:15:022:15:07

knew there were no touchers. But

that was as good as Paul Foster

2:15:072:15:14

could possibly have hoped for. Three

down.

Well, he saved the set.

2:15:142:15:22

There's no doubt about it, he saved

the set.

2:15:222:15:28

He does manage to create some very

interesting situations, Paul Foster.

2:15:282:15:40

Well played by Jamie Chestney. A

great opening ball.

2:15:402:15:52

A big end for both players. The set

is at stake. It will be played like

2:16:112:16:18

a tie-break end. That is basically

saying "Hit me".

It definitely is.

2:16:182:16:31

Jamie Chestney has put Paul Foster

under considerable pressure in the

2:16:312:16:36

set.

Fabulous, here is Paul Foster,

watching. He likes it, still

2:16:362:16:41

watching. It just went the wrong

side.

He's kept his own ball on the

2:16:412:16:47

rink, which is fine. He knows that

it is a 1-shot situation. So it does

2:16:472:16:56

not matter if he loses two or three

or four.

2:16:562:17:08

The trouble with someone like Paul

Foster is that he plays this shot, I

2:17:182:17:21

do not think he will because he has

got the last ball...

I think he

2:17:212:17:33

needs a bit more space, he wants to

open it up. He is very firm, he has

2:17:332:17:44

got something. It is stuck to the

ball. He has opened it up, that is

2:17:442:17:50

beatable on the draw.

That is what

he wanted to do, give himself a

2:17:502:17:56

chance with this last ball and he

has done so. Jamming the red ball

2:17:562:18:01

across.

This has been a great match.

2:18:012:18:19

Jamie is aware of the fact that he

needs a closer ball. He needs to

2:18:202:18:27

run... It is a bit closer. Trying to

draw this clean. Five balls in his

2:18:272:18:43

last seven. This is for the set. And

the crowd may well tell you first,

2:18:432:18:55

if he gets it...

Certainly out wide

enough. He has got good weight, if

2:18:552:19:02

he does, he will come back...

Foster

for the site... -- set, a stunning

2:19:022:19:13

set of balls Alex Mack with a

2:19:132:19:17

a draw. Paul Foster with the

narrowest of margins. Putting it out

2:19:192:19:24

beautifully and judging the weight,

taking the first set in this

2:19:242:19:28

quarterfinal tie.

2:19:282:19:38

Well, that was special. The key ball

in the set was Paul Foster's. The

2:19:392:19:50

previous end, the last ball on the

eighth end, losing three, the set

2:19:502:19:55

was gone. Clearing every single ball

off the rink for a low scoring end.

2:19:552:20:01

That was special.

2:20:012:20:11

In order for Paul Foster to play all

of these wonderful shots is the fact

2:20:142:20:18

that he has won it at the top of his

game.

Some brilliant balls in that

2:20:182:20:25

first set... An indication of both

players, playing great shots. Jack

2:20:252:20:33

was in the ditch, Jamie has been

playing good runners as well as

2:20:332:20:44

drawing. Very even.

2:20:442:20:54

The reply on that one...

2:21:182:21:28

Just over it. When you change onto

the other side and try and get to

2:21:392:21:48

the green ball...

2:21:482:21:58

Just need to hurry on the line to

get to the jack, not quite there.

2:22:012:22:12

Just over two feet.

2:22:122:22:23

Around it comes again. On the gap...

About one yard away, at the gap. It

2:22:302:22:42

was going to come into play that the

touching jack would have been enough

2:22:422:22:47

to hide it away. Jamie with a chance

to remove the green ball. Not sure

2:22:472:22:56

if he is going to hold this line, is

he?

Just looked out of the hand...

2:22:562:23:10

It isn't easy for Paul. They add

another. We would be thinking about

2:23:102:23:14

it.

2:23:142:23:24

On the backhand... It drifted in.

Not going to run out, though.

One

2:23:352:23:48

shot, Paul Foster.

Paul Foster,

started the tournament in the same

2:23:482:23:58

way as heeded in 2016, getting past

Chris Gayle and then Mark Dawes.

2:23:582:24:08

Different quarterfinal opponents.

Leading a much tighter game against

2:24:082:24:21

Thompson. It's understandable,

coming from Bell draws, the first

2:24:212:24:32

set he was really finding his way. A

lot more competitive in the second

2:24:322:24:38

set. Sometimes these players make

the surface looks so easy. But it is

2:24:382:24:51

far from it. Lightning fast. Compare

to many surfaces. -- compared to

2:24:512:25:07

many surfaces.

2:25:072:25:17

It's almost an expectation that

every ball will be on the jack. As

2:25:232:25:31

much as these players are playing

exceptional stuff, they do put the

2:25:312:25:38

odd 18 a few inches away. -- the odd

one a few inches away. Paul has a

2:25:382:25:50

looking the same hand.

2:25:502:25:57

Giving the shoulder.

2:26:082:26:11

It looked under.

It is a nasty place

for Paul Foster. Forcing him onto

2:26:242:26:36

the other side. His line is so good

here. At every chance, he comes...

2:26:362:26:51

No drop. Won't be walking too close

to that one.

Drawn, Jamie Caven play

2:26:512:27:06

in or tap it on the backhand. Either

way, he is available. -- JB could

2:27:062:27:13

play it in. He doesn't want the

jack. He has got the ball, he does

2:27:132:27:22

not want the jack... Ooh! That was a

well executed shot.

The green ball

2:27:222:27:33

was always the target, did not want

to move the jack. That would have

2:27:332:27:37

brought other balls into contention.

Done enough. Another good end of

2:27:372:27:42

balls. Still not picking out a win

on this one.

Certainly not!

Jack

2:27:422:28:04

length, 27.5 metres.

Jamie Chestney,

home of the Perth Saints, in Saint

2:28:042:28:16

Johnstone. He loves his football and

his rugby. The Exeter Chiefs.

2:28:162:28:24

Currently second in the English

premiership. A couple of points off

2:28:242:28:30

Saracens.

2:28:302:28:40

Exactly jack high, Paul.

At the

edge, jack high. Otherwise it is a

2:29:112:29:24

ball short. Depends on how you

interpret that. The rules have

2:29:242:29:28

changed over the terminology of jack

high, and other bits and pieces...

2:29:282:29:45

Ten seconds on the shot clock,

plenty of time.

You've got to come

2:29:582:30:02

into it, that is why he is taking

his time. A narrow target...

2:30:022:30:08

Striking the front green ball.

A

hard shot to play, that forehand

2:30:082:30:13

runner. It really is.

2:30:132:30:19

Really wanted to lift that onto the

shot bowl, perhaps move the jack.

2:30:192:30:27

The reason why he's so disappointed

is the shot has left himself so

2:30:272:30:33

difficult.

2:30:332:30:41

Careful... APPLAUSE

Mmm, well, he's opened the jack a

2:30:442:30:52

bit. There's two shots to green but

he's opened the jack a little bit

2:30:522:30:56

for the draw. Prior to that, I'm not

sure if the draw was just the best

2:30:562:31:01

shot for Jamie. So hard to get to

the jack but as soon as you do that

2:31:012:31:07

it's opened adopted three or four

inches and Paul knows that that's

2:31:072:31:11

exactly what he didn't want to do.

Not an easy shot.

Time-out called.

2:31:112:31:23

By Jamie Chestney.

2:31:232:31:30

Very close, can he make the running?

Well, I don't know for sure. Paul is

2:31:412:31:49

going to have a look.

2:31:492:31:55

He certainly had the run in to make

it, a clean road. But we don't move

2:32:032:32:07

ashore. -- but we don't know for

sure. Big wide arc for Paul Foster

2:32:072:32:18

because he has to make it past the

red one.

Just didn't run out. One

2:32:182:32:28

shot to Paul Foster.

A four just to

be cautious. He suspected that was

2:32:282:32:38

his shot.

2:32:382:32:44

Singles all the way again.

Jack Link

29.5 metres. -- jack links 29.5

2:32:492:33:06

metres.

2:33:062:33:08

APPLAUSE

2:33:192:33:22

APPLAUSE

2:34:032:34:08

Again, a little touch.

Jamie

normally wouldn't...

It was exactly

2:34:082:34:16

jack high.

Normally run this off.

Firm, controlled weights. Likes it.

2:34:162:34:32

Goodness me, without a touch he was

taking one away. I can't believe the

2:34:322:34:36

touch putting through the gap! I

thought it had to get to the jack.

2:34:362:34:44

He's found his way through some

holes today.

Trying to reach up to

2:34:442:34:54

the jack and disturb it by trailing

it through. Touch it through to the

2:34:542:34:58

green one would be better.

It's a

bigger target. But he does have the

2:34:582:35:09

touchers, and that could be

important. The bowl to the left is a

2:35:092:35:13

toucher and double coming in is also

a toucher.

If he's after the jack,

2:35:132:35:19

he's going to have to go forehand.

He's not far away, as it turns out.

2:35:192:35:28

He's got a result out of it.

He'll

take that.

There was a noise as he

2:35:282:35:35

just went to bowl which didn't help

him. Toucher in the ditch.

It was

2:35:352:35:42

almost like somebody was calling out

just as he was about to deliver,

2:35:422:35:48

they weren't watching the player on

the mat. There are hundreds and

2:35:482:35:54

hundreds of bowls delivered in the

week and very few get disrupted. The

2:35:542:35:58

jack has stayed just inside the

marker.

It actually turned out to be

2:35:582:36:04

OK.

Yes, turned out to be a decent

shot.

It's going to be hard to beat.

2:36:042:36:09

No matter where Paul puts it, Jamie

will have a chance to beat it with a

2:36:092:36:13

last one.

He didn't like it.

If he

didn't like it it must be heavy.

2:36:132:36:22

That's a mistake and he knows it.

Really just to beat the two green

2:36:222:36:28

bowls.

Didn't even get close to the

ditch. Two yards away will do for a

2:36:282:36:35

straightforward double.

He's

straining here.

Oh my goodness me...

2:36:352:36:49

Surely that's in? If it's not in

that's a terrible mistake!

It's too

2:36:492:36:59

short and he'll be so relieved about

that. So much space to draw in.

2:36:592:37:07

Almost too much space to draw it.

Paul played three very good bowls,

2:37:072:37:14

two of them touches. And in the end

lost a double. -- two of them

2:37:142:37:22

touchers.

2:37:222:37:27

Jack length 28 metres.

Noise isn't

necessarily the problem when you're

2:37:352:37:42

playing bowls, it's when it's silent

and you just get one noise. That's

2:37:422:37:48

what can catch you.

Internationals

are very noisy and you certainly

2:37:482:37:58

don't have, at any stage, silence.

You just get used to it. There's

2:37:582:38:02

been some talk about playing with

background music and stuff so that

2:38:022:38:07

small noises don't disturb the

players.

2:38:072:38:20

For some, background music is more

irritating than noise. It depends on

2:38:242:38:28

the music.

Absolutely. You're not

going to keep everyone happy with

2:38:282:38:34

that. Although we do have one or two

experts that are very good.

2:38:342:38:42

I don't think anybody would be

rushing to lift my playlist to play

2:38:522:38:56

in the background of anything.

Now,

round the back would be better. Yes,

2:38:562:39:04

that's good.

2:39:042:39:14

Just wants to come to the green

bowl, drop inside. It's all about

2:39:162:39:22

getting back there with an extra

couple of feet of run in. Not the

2:39:222:39:27

gap. He has found three or four gaps

in this match and they've actually

2:39:272:39:33

been quite costly.

2:39:332:39:40

Similar from Paul Foster.

Played it

well. Played it well. Jamie might go

2:39:512:40:05

more forceful now. Rather than just

relying on coming through. Jack in

2:40:052:40:13

the ditch is good. The difficulty he

has is he doesn't want his own bowl,

2:40:132:40:17

he takes that away he's in a heap of

trouble.

In it comes. Jack. Solid.

2:40:172:40:24

That's not getting beaten. Paul

Foster shouldn't bother playing this

2:40:242:40:29

last bowl.

It depends if it looks

like it's just one.

If it's too...

2:40:292:40:37

If it is to then he has to play it

past. On that angle it's two.

It

2:40:372:40:43

must be otherwise he wouldn't bother

playing it. Just try and draw it

2:40:432:40:47

into second.

That was a good drive.

Absolutely middle it.

Tremendous

2:40:472:40:58

shot.

This is looking good.

Anything

there will do.

2:40:582:41:11

For the second time of the match he

wins back-to-back ends.

2:41:122:41:18

Jack length 27.5 metres.

2:41:322:41:47

APPLAUSE

2:42:122:42:22

APPLAUSE

He's played all his shots. He is

2:42:362:42:43

matching Paul Foster all the way.

Just coming through.

2:42:432:43:05

Changes hand just to come across

that green bowl.

He's close again.

2:43:052:43:17

Note that where he stops -- no

matter where he stops. Not bad, it's

2:43:172:43:23

a protector.

2:43:232:43:30

That looked better. Just the weight

holding it out.

2:43:392:43:52

I'm not sure he meant that. His best

back bowl. But...

I think the target

2:44:222:44:32

was without doubt a green bowl

because that's the one Paul will be

2:44:322:44:36

trying to move the jack to. Just

overplayed the weight. Just needs to

2:44:362:44:49

sneak past the front red...

The

damage is done.

Jamie Chestney

2:44:492:45:03

started to sneak away in this second

set. A set he has to win. Three ends

2:45:032:45:11

to play, three shots to the good.

2:45:112:45:19

The typesetters enough for Paul

Foster to see him through, having

2:45:192:45:24

taken the first 7-6 -- the tide set.

A game that almost deserves a

2:45:242:45:33

tie-break.

Both attacking players,

we want to see some spectacular

2:45:332:45:37

stuff... Paul will be hoping to

dispense with that... Paul Foster.

2:45:372:45:51

He is responding here. 11 ends in

his first two matches, he lost seven

2:45:512:45:59

singles from four doubles in the

opening set. He had lost three, and

2:45:592:46:04

since then, all singles bar a number

for, as he replaces Jamie Chestney.

2:46:042:46:20

Looking to follow Paul Foster down

the forehand, using the green ball

2:47:042:47:08

to come inside.

The weight is the

problem, the line is good. Yes,

2:47:082:47:16

centreline each time. He is in a

heap of trouble here. No back

2:47:162:47:24

position.

2:47:242:47:34

Just a little further through them

he wanted. Still two. Jamie Chestney

2:47:472:47:55

lost three at the sixth end in the

opening set which has caused him a

2:47:552:47:59

big problem. Two against here.

He is

certainly reaching with this one,

2:47:592:48:10

will it get back in time?

Enough

weight to turn it over! He drops it

2:48:102:48:19

in well. Now Paul Foster has a

chance to play the shot.

He is going

2:48:192:48:25

to attack here. It is a narrow

target but he has two attack.

Well,

2:48:252:48:29

the ball out would be good. The

green ball onto the jack would be so

2:48:292:48:34

much better. Yes, see what he

gets... He is in the area. A strange

2:48:342:48:55

shuffle there.

2:48:552:49:05

I think he would have been happy to

get his front green ball, that is

2:49:062:49:11

what he was looking for. Encouraging

it forward to get the jack. Back to

2:49:112:49:21

quarterfinal day, the Scottish

International Open. A real buzz

2:49:212:49:25

around the place. Some fabulous

bowling.

2:49:252:49:39

Both players are desperate to score

at this end. Ramifications for the

2:49:432:49:50

final end, if Paul Foster can pick

something up. He can afford a tide

2:49:502:49:54

set.

2:49:542:50:04

Ooh... Just tucked it in around the

corner a little bit. Still a good

2:50:142:50:19

ball. Just making it a bit harder.

Changing it onto the backhand. The

2:50:192:50:29

red ball, effectively, the jack.

2:50:292:50:40

Once again, he is in the area. Can

he pick up the jack this time? He

2:50:572:51:03

has. Goodness me. That is a great

ball, it really is. Four balls at

2:51:032:51:13

this stage in the match, to play

them like that, that is hot stuff.

2:51:132:51:17

It really is, from both players.

Timing it beautifully, got the

2:51:172:51:24

contact that he wanted.

Three

time-outs remaining.

He might have

2:51:242:51:35

to play down at this, the danger

with a front plant is that it's a

2:51:352:51:40

touch.

2:51:402:51:50

The front plant has a touch of air,

he cannot afford to play too much to

2:51:512:51:55

it.

2:51:552:51:56

He is watching this one. He needs

the back ball first. Get the back

2:52:002:52:06

ball, and then the jack. No! Not the

jack...

Dear oh dear! This is

2:52:062:52:14

fantastic. Very unlucky. Very, very

unlucky.

Still has a ball to play.

2:52:142:52:28

The falling back caused the problem.

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.

2:52:282:52:33

Quiet please.

2:52:332:52:43

Goodness me, that is a very tight

head. Just looking to get two green

2:52:462:52:52

balls, if he can. And drop back...

Just over it. That was very good.

2:52:522:52:58

Perfect, in fact. Now, I don't know

if Paul Foster would play this or

2:52:582:53:03

not but if he wants to play it, it

is very much available. Green ball

2:53:032:53:09

on the red. The jack should move but

it will come to him. That is a

2:53:092:53:16

sweetie, in the way that it is

sitting.

Can he get the nudge that

2:53:162:53:24

he needs?

He is playing for it, no

doubt about that.

Watching it,

2:53:242:53:30

keeping a close eye... He has done

it!

What a bore! -- what a ball. He

2:53:302:53:41

watched it all the way, we knew that

he would get a result. What a

2:53:412:53:46

result, when it came. Nipping out

the red. Well played.

You could see

2:53:462:53:54

it a mile off, but in the context of

the match it was incredibly

2:53:542:53:59

important. The time-out called by

Jamie Chestney. He's got to think

2:53:592:54:04

about it. He has the best back

position.

The firm on the forehand.

2:54:042:54:16

Ball on the jack. Just got the

edge... What an effort! It is a key

2:54:162:54:32

three again. It happened in the

first set and has happened again. A

2:54:322:54:40

key three, taking Paul Foster 6-5

ahead. Jamie Chestney has two score

2:54:402:54:45

two at the final in to get a

tie-break. Two better. Paul Foster,

2:54:452:54:58

accumulating his own short of the

day show real. -- shot of the day.

2:54:582:55:05

My fingers are getting tired writing

them down. He has played some good

2:55:052:55:09

balls but Paul Foster has so many! I

keep putting one in and changing it,

2:55:092:55:15

and changing it! And we still got

another match to go...

So far it has

2:55:152:55:26

been outstanding.

2:55:262:55:36

The quarterfinal is being played at

the standard of a final. The problem

2:55:372:55:49

for Jamie Chestney is that he needs

a double. A good start, not leaving

2:55:492:55:54

anything short. Give yourself a

chance... The way that he's played

2:55:542:56:02

today, it takes a world champion to

be an absolutely brilliant form to

2:56:022:56:05

stay with him. It is close again. He

just needs to run over the line...

2:56:052:56:17

Nearly there!

2:56:172:56:27

Fighting it on the weight. He needs

to pick up the jack. He cannot

2:56:392:56:44

afford to draw this cold. He needs

more than one. Perfect for the job.

2:56:442:56:51

Paul Foster does not like this. A

little bump of the fest. The best

2:56:512:57:03

back ball, the problem being, he was

not looking for that. It is

2:57:032:57:11

engrossing.

This match whizzes

through, it is such high quality. A

2:57:112:57:23

little tap of the back foot. It

normally means that he is close.

2:57:232:57:28

Just getting down off the high line.

That is the problem. Yes, again, the

2:57:282:57:36

weight is perfect for what he wants.

And he knows that he cannot afford

2:57:362:57:41

to nip the line, it will dive

across. But it is a match lie at the

2:57:412:57:47

moment.

Paul Foster has the back

position covered. If both sides are

2:57:472:58:01

no good, we look first of all at the

re-spot positions. It doesn't really

2:58:012:58:06

work for Jamie. Neither does that.

So what does Paul Foster do? The

2:58:062:58:12

perfect shot, this is the perfect

shot for Paul Foster. To draw on his

2:58:122:58:18

forehand, and try and drop into

here, if he can. That way, any Trail

2:58:182:58:23

on the jack and he could get a shot.

He could play on the backhand as

2:58:232:58:27

well. Available on both sides. But

he wants something to dropping

2:58:272:58:37

behind the jack and stop that Trail.

-- drop in. He is very close to

2:58:372:58:44

it... It starts to come back now...

It is in a very useful place. Either

2:58:442:58:52

side of the red ball was going to be

very handy, in front that would have

2:58:522:58:58

been perfect, but... We've got to

see what Jamie has available here.

2:58:582:59:08

Nothing on the forehand. Taking his

own out. The jack re-spot position,

2:59:082:59:12

hmm...

It's hard to tell.

A little

Trail of the backhand.

It is hard,

2:59:122:59:22

though. The trouble is playing over

the weight, if you are coming into

2:59:222:59:26

there, what you really want to do is

get the jack over here but if it

2:59:262:59:30

goes over the re-spot with more

weight, those two reds may come into

2:59:302:59:34

play.

2:59:342:59:39

Either way, it has to be a slightly

overweighted shot on the backhand.

2:59:392:59:43

It looks like he's going strong.

What could be shot itself, not

2:59:432:59:52

enough. He needs two to force the

tie-break, Jamie Chestney. Something

2:59:522:59:57

put him off, so they'll stop the

clock. Only for a few seconds, but

2:59:573:00:06

they just need to sort it.

Playing

it with weight, see what he can get,

3:00:063:00:14

coming down... It's not enough. What

an effort. From Jamie Chestney. But

3:00:143:00:24

unable to defeat the world champion,

who gave it his absolute all.

3:00:243:00:33

Consolation, hand on the shoulder

from Paul Foster but it's Paul

3:00:333:00:38

Foster who goes through to the

semifinal.

3:00:383:00:42

Jamie Chestney will play matches

where he's nowhere near on the same

3:00:473:00:54

form as he was today, and he will

get through. He might even win

3:00:543:00:58

tournaments playing as well as that.

But today against Paul Foster, it

3:00:583:01:02

was a tough ask and he just couldn't

make it. Paul was putting him under

3:01:023:01:06

pressure on a number of ends. Having

said that, Paul Foster had to play

3:01:063:01:11

the big bowls and get out of trouble

time after time. There, he played

3:01:113:01:16

the perfect bowl, the sixth end. Oh,

dropped it in, picked up three, and

3:01:163:01:21

look at this. This is just special.

The eighth end, everything cleared

3:01:213:01:27

off. Very rare that that happens for

a good Paul Foster, bang on target.

3:01:273:01:32

Jamie Chestney was trying everything

he could, and that was one of the

3:01:323:01:37

rare occasions when the drive and go

through a gap but, goodness me, he

3:01:373:01:42

played some great stuff. Look at

that bowl from Paul Foster, perfect.

3:01:423:01:49

Fozzie through to the semifinals.

In

12 of the 18 ends, one shot or next.

3:01:493:01:59

It was a cracking match that Paul

Foster did enough in to find himself

3:01:593:02:04

in the semifinal at the Scottish

International Open for 2017.

Yes,

3:02:043:02:11

Paul Foster through to the last four

of this competition, and what a

3:02:113:02:15

match it was. Some incredible shots

from both players. You must be happy

3:02:153:02:19

to get through.

When we shook hands,

I said to Jamie I think I stole it

3:02:193:02:29

pulled Jamie -- I stole it. Jamie

out drew me most of the game. I

3:02:293:02:33

didn't play as well as I have in the

last few days but he always tried

3:02:333:02:37

his best and luckily managed to get

over the line. Wood our commentators

3:02:373:02:42

said that, on another day, if you

play that well, you wouldn't only

3:02:423:02:46

beat Paul Foster but you'd win

tournaments, but you are against a

3:02:463:02:50

guy doing conversion shots, and

things were going for him, but he

3:02:503:02:53

played so well.

Yeah, I'm gutted, in

all honesty. I didn't feel like I

3:02:533:03:00

could play the last couple of ends

of the first set any better, but

3:03:003:03:05

that's no disrespect to Paul,

because he took great bowls with the

3:03:053:03:09

drive and the draw. I didn't feel as

though you stole it. He played great

3:03:093:03:13

as well for the Yukon to be

disappointed. -- he played great as

3:03:133:03:20

well. I can't be disappointed.

One

thing that you do that nobody else

3:03:203:03:24

does, and I am sure that Jamie was

gutted when you were able to do this

3:03:243:03:28

in the eighth end of the first set,

and my goodness, what a shot.

I

3:03:283:03:34

thought that Jamie's was still in.

But it was incredible for the try

3:03:343:03:39

that 100 times and you wouldn't get

that result, but happy to hit my

3:03:393:03:43

target, trying to get a couple away,

and ending up with a no shot.

3:03:433:03:47

Advantage to me, and that was level

at the end of the first set.

Out of

3:03:473:03:52

was it, when you see something

happens like that? Zane Grothe, like

3:03:523:03:57

Paul said. It probably made a big

difference to the end of the set,

3:03:573:04:00

being level.

-- it was tough, like

Paul said.

On the second set, the

3:04:003:04:13

eighth end, you had to do a big

conversion shots, but I guess you

3:04:133:04:17

are able to play those shots with

great confidence because you had

3:04:173:04:21

that set in the bag.

I was quite

confident going down playing the

3:04:213:04:24

shot. I just wanted it to dip inside

to one bowl into Jamie's. It was a

3:04:243:04:32

fraction under his last bowl.

Jamie,

you are also saying you are not

3:04:323:04:39

disappointed about the way you

played, the experience you got this

3:04:393:04:43

week, and you are the holder of the

international Open and in the top 16

3:04:433:04:48

you are doing damage. You've got to

be pleased with that.

Yeah, pleased

3:04:483:04:51

with that, but I probably won't be

like that on the drive home! But I'm

3:04:513:04:57

pleased to be having a chance on

every tournament and hopefully I

3:04:573:05:01

don't run into Paul playing like

that again.

If you keep playing like

3:05:013:05:06

that this week, not a lot of guys in

the world can live with you when you

3:05:063:05:10

are.

A lot of guys play top-class

bowls, including Jamie. They can all

3:05:103:05:14

do it. But you go out there and you

hope you can bring your a game to

3:05:143:05:21

the match you are playing. The first

two games, I thought I slackened a

3:05:213:05:25

bit. But that was down to the wave

that Jamie played, putting me under

3:05:253:05:29

pressure in the first two bowls.

Yes, I won the game but Jamie played

3:05:293:05:33

brilliant.

Paul Foster is through

into the last four.

3:05:333:05:37

APPLAUSE

Let's have a look at the semifinal

3:05:373:05:44

draw as it is at the moment. We know

that it will be Stepney or King up

3:05:443:05:50

against Paul Foster. Paul is the

fourth seed and current world

3:05:503:05:54

champion. It's an old Scotland

affair, Darren Burnett against David

3:05:543:05:58

Gourlay. That will be live on BBC

Scotland tomorrow. These join us for

3:05:583:06:01

that if you can. In the meantime,

stick around here because, if that

3:06:013:06:07

last match is anything to go by,

this final match will be brilliant.

3:06:073:06:11

If you are sitting at home and

wondering how you get to be as good

3:06:113:06:15

as these guys, we are going to help

you. Corky will show you.

For this

3:06:153:06:23

masterclass, I've selected a match

between Ian Bond and Andrew where,

3:06:233:06:26

and the first set, Ian Bond is 9-7

down, but he holds three shots and

3:06:263:06:37

Andrew Ware has his last shot.

Forehand drive, move the two bowls,

3:06:373:06:43

it's good, but Ian Bond has another

bowl to come, so he will draw it.

3:06:433:06:48

Backhand drive, same situation, a

chance of coming inside to get the

3:06:483:06:52

bowl, but difficult, and you have to

be fortunate. Whereas the forehand

3:06:523:06:57

with a bit

of, it pushes the bowl

the jack guarantees the set. But

3:06:573:07:02

anything with two feet of running is

hard to play. What he decides to do

3:07:023:07:06

is to play the perfect bowl. A lot

of risk, but he plays the forehand,

3:07:063:07:12

the bowl drops back in behind the

jack, really good, second shot, Ian

3:07:123:07:17

Bond, virtually no shot to play

other than a draw, and has to be

3:07:173:07:21

perfect to get something, so that

Ware guarantees winning the set 9-8.

3:07:213:07:26

He makes it look so easy, doesn't

he? Let's get to the final game. We

3:07:263:07:34

know all about Marvin King, he

knocked out Greg Harlow. He's up

3:07:343:07:38

against Michael Stepney. Let's hear

from him.

3:07:383:07:41

I've never played a singles game

against him. I've played quite a bit

3:07:463:07:52

in another series, and he is a

dogged competitor. He's always there

3:07:523:07:57

or thereabouts at the business end

of tournaments. I know it's going be

3:07:573:08:00

a really hard game against him. It's

a bonus for me to be here anyway, so

3:08:003:08:06

every game, it is take one game at a

time. I doesn't mean -- it doesn't

3:08:063:08:10

mean too much was the further on it

gets, semis and final, it will

3:08:103:08:14

probably mean a bit more, but just

go out and do the things I've been

3:08:143:08:18

doing.

That is what Michael Stepney

is thinking about, but let's get

3:08:183:08:22

them onto the rink at Dewars Centre

in Perth. Mervyn King up against the

3:08:223:08:28

man from Elgin, Michael Stepney.

Former winner of the British Isles

3:08:283:08:33

singles title, Michael has

represented his country on the

3:08:333:08:37

international stage 27 times.

Impressive performances against

3:08:373:08:40

Stuart Anderson and Perry Martin in

the previous rounds but Michael in

3:08:403:08:44

the quarterfinals on merit. Ladies

and gentlemen, please give a warm

3:08:443:08:50

welcome to the bowler from Elgin,

Michael Stepney!

3:08:503:09:02

MUSIC: Walking On Sunshine

3:09:033:09:09

The last time Mervyn King won a

singles tour on the pro tour was in

3:09:093:09:13

2010, but don't let that U. Mervyn

is the master of the draw game and

3:09:133:09:18

knocking Greg Harlow out shows how

deadly he can be. Ladies and

3:09:183:09:23

gentlemen, please welcome the former

winner of the Scottish International

3:09:233:09:25

Open, Mervyn King!

3:09:253:09:36

MUSIC: The Good,

The Bad And The Ugly

3:09:373:09:39

I hope Paul and Corky have got their

breath back after that last match.

3:09:443:09:48

They will take you through the final

one this afternoon.

It was something

3:09:483:09:53

special, that's for sure, and the

phrase hard act to follow springs to

3:09:533:09:57

mind. What it a tough one, it always

is when you get a match like that.

3:09:573:10:05

One of the best matches I've ever

seen in terms of quality bowl of

3:10:053:10:08

double. -- bowl after bowl. He is

always a bit hard on himself but,

3:10:083:10:18

goodness, you have to play the big

bowls at the right time. That's what

3:10:183:10:21

he managed to do. And Jamie was

superb in that game, he really was.

3:10:213:10:31

It will be a long drive when you

lose like that.

Lots to think about

3:10:313:10:38

but lots to be positive about as

well. These two gentlemen, Mervyn

3:10:383:10:42

King and Michael Stepney, fighting

for the unenviable task of playing

3:10:423:10:48

Paul Foster in the semifinal.

Well,

they'll take it, for lots of

3:10:483:10:56

reasons.

Absolutely.

Especially

Michael Stepney, who is really

3:10:563:11:00

looking for the ranking points.

3:11:003:11:02

Mervyn King, the Norfolk man.

3:11:273:11:30

I would ask you where Michael

Stepney's from. What do I know

3:11:373:11:41

exactly where he's from. --

I know

exactly where he's from. Michael

3:11:413:11:53

Stepney, who lists on his form that

he's from Elgin. Perhaps not quite

3:11:533:11:58

as accurate as some of the maps that

are available.

No, his hometown is

3:11:583:12:04

Elgin. Let's put it that way. It's

probably the nearest town, Elgin.

3:12:043:12:13

He's always played out Elgin club,

irrespective of one or two people

3:12:133:12:19

who like to keep things right. He is

from Elgin, as far as we are

3:12:193:12:23

concerned. Just hanging on to the

shot, just. Hole in one.

3:12:233:12:29

His good friend, Andrew Barker, is

watching this, and he will tell us

3:12:393:12:44

as well but he's from Elgin. I hope

Andrew's well.

3:12:443:12:48

Plenty of fine places close to

Elgin, of course. Including Milton

3:12:593:13:07

Duff. If you from there, nearest

town is Elgin.

Well, he's not from

3:13:073:13:13

there.

No, he's not. Birkhead.

That's where he lives, nine miles

3:13:133:13:21

outside Elgin.

3:13:213:13:24

Four short bowls.

I don't think

Michael can take advantage of it.

3:13:313:13:39

Doesn't look to be a very good way

through. The draw shot round, tries

3:13:393:13:46

to touch the jack. He'll be happy if

he can get on the card.

3:13:463:13:52

He will do well to get another with

this one. It wasn't an easy one.

3:14:023:14:10

The other difficulty in a match like

this is that they have to take their

3:14:183:14:22

time, because there are a lot of

people coming in to take their seats

3:14:223:14:28

again, after a long session this

afternoon.

There will be a bit of

3:14:283:14:34

noise in the background as people

return.

That will not stop Michael

3:14:343:14:43

Stepney, I can assure you. He does

not get disturbed too much.

3:14:433:14:54

Another good opener.

3:15:063:15:08

APPLAUSE

3:15:463:15:48

Again, two good opening bowls from

Michael Stepney.

3:16:143:16:17

Sensible stuff. Going deep. Two

bowls in there. Mervyn King,

3:16:453:16:50

sticking with the draw. A lot of

players would have attacked that

3:16:503:16:53

head.

3:16:533:16:55

I think he will with the next one.

3:17:033:17:06

Well, this is worth arriving into.

Solid jack would be good for Mervyn,

3:17:403:17:50

but there is a plant also, green

ball onto jack, which is pushing it

3:17:503:17:55

over towards the red ball. Two or

three chances. Inside line,

3:17:553:18:01

controlled weight. Just a matter of

getting back from a wide target. He

3:18:013:18:05

was after the plant. So hard to get

back there.

Didn't miss by much, but

3:18:053:18:16

that's all it takes. A good start

for the Scotsman. Small margins

3:18:163:18:30

indeed, but it was the right shot to

play.

3:18:303:18:36

Preferring the shorter length of

jack. 24.5 metres. The third world

3:19:063:19:16

Bowls tour singles event from

Michael Stepney, but he has won the

3:19:163:19:20

Scottish Champion of champions on

this very carpet. The last time was

3:19:203:19:27

2015, against his good friend and

clubmate, Andrew Parker.

He has had

3:19:273:19:35

plenty of time on the portable. He

made his way to the world final as

3:19:353:19:38

well. The world pairs final.

3:19:383:19:42

It's close the shot. -- it is close

for shot.

3:20:093:20:16

Almost very well played again. Just

holding up. He is questioning

3:20:313:20:37

himself, Mervyn King, a lot of the

bowls short. Not by much, but

3:20:373:20:42

enough.

The players only had an

opportunity to play two trial ends.

3:20:423:20:56

Just like competition is back up

their own club.

I slightly favour

3:20:563:21:03

your front bowl. 15 inches short of

jack high.

Mervyn would almost

3:21:033:21:16

expect to come around the outside

bowl. That is what he will be

3:21:163:21:19

trying.

3:21:193:21:21

Just over the weight. Back to centre

rink nicely, though. Slightly off

3:21:273:21:34

it, but enough. There is a shot for

Michael if he wants to come inside.

3:21:343:21:42

Oh, he has played one! Well played!

APPLAUSE

3:21:593:22:06

Good bowling, good drawing.

Beautifully done. Judged perfectly.

3:22:063:22:21

Just took it round the corner. I

would always be hopeful of getting

3:22:213:22:27

that kind of support when I am

playing. It certainly won't happen

3:22:273:22:31

tonight!

Mervyn King just wanted to

play into his own.

The

3:22:313:22:40

follow-through, nearly made it. Nice

weight again from Mervyn. The shot

3:22:403:22:45

bowl is there to be removed. What he

was probably looking for was his own

3:22:453:22:54

red one, rather than the green. It

nearly worked for him. The opening

3:22:543:23:03

three ends the way of the Scotsman.

3:23:033:23:06

Jack length, 24 metres.

3:23:253:23:28

APPLAUSE

3:24:053:24:07

Just short of jack high.

3:24:123:24:15

I am still surprised he is playing

this. It is so hard to play over the

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weight.

3:25:093:25:11

Good bowl. Didn't take advantage of

the shot that was available on the

3:25:183:25:24

backhand. Might be enough to draw

it.

3:25:243:25:30

Mervyn, trying to take away the

danger by playing through it.

3:25:423:25:47

Well, that will give him the shot.

It just snuck across. Both players

3:25:513:26:03

have a bowl to come.

Just as well he

has another one to come, because

3:26:033:26:07

that red bowl is looking quite

lonely in there.

3:26:073:26:12

That is asking a lot, at this

length. It was fighting. That

3:26:253:26:32

length, he pushed it out very wide

and it had got really good weight.

3:26:323:26:38

This will be a cheap double on the

end.

3:26:383:26:42

The question is, is he running?

Dropped away. That might hurt, and

3:27:053:27:13

that really is a missed chance. That

should have been two.

It was a mess.

3:27:133:27:21

That was a chance for the extra

shot. But he is on the card.

I feel

3:27:213:27:28

he missed a week trick there. -- a

wee trick. At 4-0 down, you need to

3:27:283:27:39

make those, and Mervyn is usually

very good at them.

3:27:393:27:43

Going to the longer jack length,

Mervyn King.

3:28:053:28:08

The change of lengths, you've missed

with your first one, you want to get

3:29:013:29:05

the correction with this. It looks a

better line.

Well, it's all about

3:29:053:29:12

weight. He hasn't done enough to get

past the front red.

3:29:123:29:18

A good day for the Scots.

Just

having a look back. Cannot

3:29:313:29:39

remember... I think this is the 11th

year that I've done this, and I

3:29:393:29:42

can't remember that there has ever

been all four Scots making up a

3:29:423:29:50

semifinal line-up. It's been English

dominated before.

3:29:503:29:52

This is where it struggles to get

back. You make the correction on

3:30:023:30:07

weight and you just fade off the

high side. This is a very loose end,

3:30:073:30:12

by Michael Stepney. He's going to

have to pluck something out with his

3:30:123:30:16

last delivery.

3:30:163:30:17

Holes and gaps. But it's very

drawable. Michael will not want to

3:30:353:30:39

go through the gap. Choices here. He

can still try and draw it, or he can

3:30:393:30:45

play heavy. Sticking with the draw.

The draw is to get the number one

3:30:453:30:58

shot, the heavy shop, which is

damage limitation. This needs to

3:30:583:31:01

run. -- the heavy shot. He's taken

two off, I think.

With four against,

3:31:013:31:12

to flip two off would be a result.

3:31:123:31:16

A strange end from Michael.

3:31:213:31:23

It was just little things that were

wrong, a bit offline, a bit of

3:31:293:31:35

dropped weight, not bringing

yourself through because you don't

3:31:353:31:37

want to be short, and all of a

sudden your opponent is lying three,

3:31:373:31:43

and then Mervyn King draws a four.

To short bowls almost certainly end

3:31:433:31:50

up -- inevitably end up with an over

correction. Having said that, he

3:31:503:31:55

managed to get in and take two off

for the last. So a good recovery.

3:31:553:32:00

Surprise again that Mervyn King has

taken it long.

3:32:003:32:05

A better first bowl.

It makes the

difference.

The gap is four inches.

3:32:293:32:43

First bowl, gap is 15 inches.

3:32:433:32:47

Well, this time, it's Mervyn

dropping short of the first two

3:33:013:33:07

bowls, and a chance for Michael.

3:33:073:33:10

Just didn't have the weight. The

other problem with Mervyn King's

3:33:263:33:33

bowls is because they are directly

in the line. If Michael Stepney had

3:33:333:33:37

put that one just behind, hard to

run it.

3:33:373:33:42

That's better.

3:33:483:33:59

Slightly favour yours, Michael, but

it's very close. Last bowl is

3:34:003:34:05

slightly Ali half an inch past, jack

high. -- last bowl is half an inch

3:34:053:34:18

past.

3:34:183:34:20

Well, that will be enough. That's

probably moved it an inch.

3:34:283:34:32

Definitely one green now.

Sliding it

across the carpet.

3:34:323:34:38

With no doubt.

3:34:473:34:48

Struggling for weight again. Just

one bowl has managed to make it up.

3:35:073:35:16

Michael not playing his last bowl.

I'm surprised at that.

One shot,

3:35:163:35:22

Michael Stepney.

Hmm, oh well. I

thought he might have reached that

3:35:223:35:31

with the bowl and put it out for

free.

Michael is indicating that he

3:35:313:35:36

wondered if that all would fall and

ticket shop. -- if that all would

3:35:363:35:41

fall. I thought, there is a great

shot on for three, but the fear was,

3:35:413:35:48

if he missed it and the bowl fell

down, he wouldn't actually get the

3:35:483:35:53

shot.

He is closer to the action,

that wise man. Bird in the hand, and

3:35:533:35:59

all that stuff.

Now, that could be

close.

It's going to be very close,

3:35:593:36:07

because the mat is up a metre. Look

at this.

Yes, it is a veto.

Minimum

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distance is 23 metres from the front

edge of the mat to the closest edge

3:36:223:36:25

of the jack it will be interesting

to see.

At this level, they use this

3:36:253:36:31

long tape. At my club, this is what

they use to measure my shots.

Well,

3:36:313:36:41

these ones, they are mega shots.

They are spring-loaded. You have to

3:36:413:36:47

be very careful with them, because

they are metal. They could take the

3:36:473:36:54

edge of a finger off very easily. A

lot of club ones about the wind-up

3:36:543:37:04

cloth -- a lot of club ones have got

the wind-up cloth. They take longer

3:37:043:37:09

to wind up but are very safe.

He

knew all 11. -- all along.

If it had

3:37:093:37:21

dropped in, Michael would have

managed to get his shot length.

This

3:37:213:37:28

makes all the distance in the world,

28.5 against 29.

A decent looking

3:37:283:37:37

start, isn't it?

Yeah. He'll take

it, that's for sure. Good opening.

3:37:373:37:44

Last bowl, four inches short.

3:38:073:38:10

He's going to have a little go at

this.

Not getting his own bowl.

3:38:183:38:26

That's a typical aggressive shot

from Michael Stepney. But not sure

3:38:263:38:31

if it was really the right time to

do it. Well, it's just a forehand

3:38:313:38:41

draw, he could rest the bowl off,

return the jack.

3:38:413:38:46

Does that make it any more tempting?

Well, two in it, a B. Might go

3:38:523:38:58

again. Still a good shot to come off

his own for the jack.

3:38:583:39:04

Both bowls off the rink.

3:39:133:39:18

That dropped down on the jack.

Michael might be tempted to go

3:39:423:39:47

again, because he... Losing one

more. Needs the two bowls. Well,

3:39:473:39:59

he's got them. In terms of the jack

going through, that jack looks like

3:39:593:40:06

it might still be in play, and the

toucher is in the ditch. That's not

3:40:063:40:09

going to be easy to beat. Yeah, well

in play. He'll move the mat and the

3:40:093:40:18

three bowls off the rink.

A great

angle, that, right down the rink,

3:40:183:40:25

and you can see what Mervyn King has

to do.

He's going to have to play

3:40:253:40:32

across it. The only danger he really

has is actually going off the edge

3:40:323:40:38

of the rink, rather than the ditch

side, just drawing too much. I think

3:40:383:40:46

he's safe enough.

And he's drawn a

good shot.

He played that well. It

3:40:463:40:55

wasn't easy.

3:40:553:40:56

It was a mistake from Michael

Stepney to concede the jack. He then

3:41:043:41:07

found himself under pressure, three

weighted shots, Toulouse just a

3:41:073:41:12

single in the end. He'll be happy

enough. --. Two to play.

3:41:123:41:30

Back-to-back Scottish International

Open quarterfinals for Mervyn King

3:41:303:41:32

last season full stop he lost it to

Robert Paxton.

3:41:323:41:36

Mervyn King, series 14. Michael

Stepney, unseeded, wild card entry

3:41:513:41:57

into the tournament.

That's really

based on his previous performances.

3:41:573:42:10

Obviously, being a local man helps,

too. But he is more than justified

3:42:103:42:13

the wild card selection. When he was

playing Stewart Anderson, I was

3:42:133:42:21

thinking, that's a very tough draw

for Stewart on a wild card. Well

3:42:213:42:28

played, still one red.

Stuart

Anderson with a tie-break in round

3:42:283:42:35

one. A fellow giant killer. Perry

Martin in round two, to set up this

3:42:353:42:45

quarterfinal tie.

3:42:453:42:48

Michael played one of the best bowls

of the event to win that match.

3:42:533:42:59

Forehand off the centre of the rink,

taking Stewart Anderson's bowls out

3:42:593:43:06

clean as a whistle.

3:43:063:43:09

Top quality, this, no doubt about

it. Some very good bowling.

3:43:133:43:18

That dropped in probably about 12,

maybe 13 inches behind the jack, and

3:43:343:43:38

not a murmur.

Tough crowd!

Expectations are high, I think it's

3:43:383:43:49

fair to say.

3:43:493:43:51

Mervyn running for cover.

3:44:073:44:09

Choices here for Michael. He needs

another tall tap on the bowl on the

3:44:203:44:25

backhand, to move the jack. A tap on

the jack on the forehand to rest the

3:44:253:44:30

bowl off for a double. Can't afford

to be too heavy, otherwise it will

3:44:303:44:37

scamper through. Played it just over

the weight. He was tapping his leg

3:44:373:44:48

on the way down the rink. Such a

difficult shot to play.

Both players

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have one still to play. He does not

want to disturb it. But nor does he

3:44:543:45:03

want to leave it to chance that his

opponent won't play.

Time-out.

3:45:033:45:10

Mervyn has four time-outs remaining.

First time out taken by Mervyn King.

3:45:103:45:16

What he is worried about is this

area. The re-spot position, which is

3:45:163:45:20

over here, is not really a concern

at the moment. But the jack could

3:45:203:45:29

end up there if he goes heavy at it.

He wants to split into that area of

3:45:293:45:33

three green bowls.

3:45:333:45:35

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

little bit too far, in my opinion.

3:45:483:45:53

He really wanted to be about a foot

wider than that. Michael is looking

3:45:533:45:58

at the re-spot.

3:45:583:46:02

The drive, well, if he drives that,

and that jack goes out... The

3:46:093:46:15

problem for the drive for Michael is

that if he hits into this bowl, his

3:46:153:46:22

own two green balls will disappear,

the jack will go on the re-spot and

3:46:223:46:25

he could easily be a couple down.

And at the moment he is only one. So

3:46:253:46:30

he has to think about this. One is

not a disaster.

3:46:303:46:35

Well, he went for it.

He got a good

result. The plant might be

3:46:403:46:54

profitable.

It looks like a shot.

Could be two. It is two. What a shot

3:46:543:47:02

that was.

Good shot. Well, he called

it, knew exactly what he wanted to

3:47:023:47:10

do. Wanted to drive it off without

damaging his own bowls.

There were

3:47:103:47:18

two reds to hit, and he got the

inside one, the perfect one. He

3:47:183:47:22

really did not want the shot bowl,

so he took a big risk and it paid

3:47:223:47:26

off. Well played, Michael Stepney.

A

little look at the scoreboard behind

3:47:263:47:35

him. What he will see will make him

very happy.

3:47:353:47:41

You get your first bowl in, you feel

so much better, put the pressure on

3:47:503:47:54

your opponent. Neatly behind.

3:47:543:48:02

That is an excellent bowl, it really

is. When your opponent is looking

3:48:453:48:48

for three.

3:48:483:48:51

It's going to be tough now. Michael,

looking to come around into position

3:49:163:49:27

on the blindside, so that Mervyn

can't see it. That is good, that's

3:49:273:49:35

really good, actually. That's going

to make it very difficult.

3:49:353:49:37

It shows even the difference that

extra shot made at the last end, to

3:49:443:49:49

be 7-4. Mervyn, way under there.

Well, that's the thing, 7-4, or 5-5.

3:49:493:50:02

Totally different situation,

obviously.

Even 6-4 is different,

3:50:023:50:08

chasing two, not three.

Chasing

three is hard, it really is.

3:50:083:50:12

He has split the red.

3:50:253:50:27

Tactically, just a very good and

from Michael. He has left Mervyn

3:50:363:50:41

with virtually nothing to play.

3:50:413:50:45

Just a practice shot.

That's all it

is. There was no way he was getting

3:50:543:51:03

himself three.

3:51:033:51:06

It's the first set of the

competition that Mervyn King has

3:51:153:51:18

dropped. He drops it to Michael

Stepney. The Scot takes the opening

3:51:183:51:22

set. He started the set well, and

ended the set well.

3:51:223:51:31

Last season and unseeded player got

through to the quarterfinals. He

3:51:523:51:58

could not find his way to the final,

losing in that quarter. Michael

3:51:583:52:04

Stepney has given himself a fabulous

chance.

3:52:043:52:10

Again, short bowls from Mervyn King,

not intentional.

That has been his

3:53:233:53:28

Achilles' heel in this match. Just

too many short balls, leaving him

3:53:283:53:33

out of position. Well, it is all a

bit wayward, this end. So there is a

3:53:333:53:44

chance to drop another one in.

3:53:443:53:46

I don't think he had the weight

anyway. A shake of the head. I can't

3:53:593:54:07

blame him.

Especially when you are

thinking you are putting the weight

3:54:073:54:13

on.

Mervyn is usually so very

accurate. Michael deciding to play

3:54:133:54:23

the backhand. The shot bowl is on

the backhand, so he might as well.

3:54:233:54:28

If he drops inside and moves the

jack, it is worth three. Yes, he is

3:54:283:54:32

therefore the shot anyway.

3:54:323:54:38

Last bowl, the gap is ten inches.

3:54:463:54:49

He stays down the same side, looking

for improvement.

It is the over

3:54:543:55:00

correction problem.

Yes, it is. A

loose end from both, but only one

3:55:003:55:09

shot dropped.

Mervyn will be

thinking, I got away with that. A

3:55:093:55:13

shocking end. Michael Stepney wasn't

an awful lot better, to be fair. He

3:55:133:55:19

scored the single. The two players

will be glad to kick those bowls

3:55:193:55:24

away. Not too much damage done.

Uncharacteristically loose from

3:55:243:55:33

both. The first set, full of

entertainment.

3:55:333:55:36

There have been fewer tie-breaks in

the Scottish International open this

3:55:513:55:54

year than in previous years. Mervyn

King needs a set to force one.

Yes,

3:55:543:56:03

but there have been some great

matches, and quite long matches,

3:56:033:56:06

considering the shot clock spare.

People have been taking their time,

3:56:063:56:11

and others have been very fast, but

super to watch.

3:56:113:56:18

The entertainment level has been

high, and it will continue for the

3:56:233:56:27

semifinals tomorrow. Mervyn King, a

better bowl.

It is touching the

3:56:273:56:41

jack, and it is four inches short of

jack high.

3:56:413:56:45

My goodness me.

3:57:023:57:03

Just caught the edge on the way

underneath. Take it all while you

3:57:083:57:15

can. Mervyn is after him.

Very firm,

lifts him out. Beautifully played. A

3:57:153:57:26

unruffled, Mervyn King.

You will not

ruffle Mervyn King too much. This is

3:57:263:57:35

a man that runs about with a 12 bore

most of the time in the back of his

3:57:353:57:39

car, the back of the Land Rover.

You

are wise not to ruffle him, to be

3:57:393:57:45

honest. He is a laid-back character.

Involved in hosting a lot of shoots

3:57:453:57:54

and various other activities, like

doorman, Mervyn King.

3:57:543:57:58

McKee fields, 4x4, dogs, gun, happy

man. -- messy fields.

3:58:043:58:14

There was space left, as Mervyn

didn't make anything with his third.

3:58:383:58:43

And that allows Stepney to come in.

Like the last end, really, a bit

3:58:433:58:49

loose. One red ball in, and Michael

beats it with his last. Can Mervyn

3:58:493:58:56

make a change this time?

3:58:563:58:58

Down the inside track, try and pluck

the bowl out. Gets the edge and runs

3:59:083:59:14

through the gap. There he goes, he

played it very well. Good

3:59:143:59:24

conversion, one down to two up.

Nicked it out cleanly.

Just working

3:59:243:59:31

out the angles. Played it

beautifully.

3:59:313:59:35

Jack length, 29 metres.

Again, going

long.

4:00:034:00:08

Chased him.

Oh, just fell back.

4:00:444:00:49

That's more like the Mervyn King

that we are used to.

4:01:094:01:12

Best two opening bowls to an end for

Mervyn King today. It's a very

4:01:254:01:28

narrow target.

Surprised he decided

to play it forehand. The jack was a

4:01:284:01:36

bit more open in the backhand. It's

almost impossible to wing his own

4:01:364:01:45

bowl out without taking the reds.

Won't be surprised if Mervyn pops

4:01:454:01:53

another one in.

4:01:534:01:55

He's got that sort of memory,

Mervyn. If he does it with one, he

4:01:594:02:03

can do it with three.

4:02:034:02:05

It's not a toucher, no.

Michael has

two bowls left. I think he has to go

4:02:094:02:18

for it again, try and disturb it.

Mervyn King's last wasn't a toucher.

4:02:184:02:25

As close as you are likely to get.

Look at that!

All three! Dear, oh

4:02:254:02:32

dear! Good strike, but a maximum

result. He sort of waved over at

4:02:324:02:40

Mervyn on the way past there. I'll

take that all day! A breed strike,

4:02:404:02:46

but he got all three of the red

bowls. -- a brilliant strike. One of

4:02:464:02:53

them went up the rink.

If you are

going to get past a player like

4:02:534:02:59

Mervyn King, you've got to get a

break or two.

4:02:594:03:02

He'll be fully expecting to draw

this. Needs to break. -- break. It's

4:03:084:03:16

just falls back. I think he's OK.

Having a look at it.

That's close,

4:03:164:03:27

Michael. I'd say it's the red bowl,

but it's close.

From 25 yards away,

4:03:274:03:37

I can see it. It's not going to

change Michael's shot. Just need to

4:03:374:03:43

draw it. Although he looks pretty

quick as well. Oh, dear, oh, dear,

4:03:434:03:51

that's a massive chance missed, it

really is.

Struggling slightly at

4:03:514:03:57

that full length. The two players

will have a look

it's far enough

4:03:574:04:04

away to get the measure out. The

referee will sort it out for us.

His

4:04:044:04:10

only hope was that the green bowl

would touch the red bowl and break.

4:04:104:04:17

Green bowl checked first.

Must

admit, if we'd put money on both

4:04:224:04:31

players being within a foot or so of

the jack. -- I would have put money

4:04:314:04:36

on both players.

Yes, it's red.

Well, I knew that!

There you go.

4:04:364:04:52

Even from the commentary position, I

could see that was red.

4:04:524:04:55

Well, it's not tremendous damage,

bearing in mind that Michael had

4:05:004:05:02

three against him when he hit the

head, and in the end he's lost one.

4:05:024:05:09

Good recovery. Take a positive out

of it.

4:05:094:05:11

Michael Stepney struggling a bit at

length, and Mervyn certainly keeping

4:05:244:05:28

it long.

4:05:284:05:30

Good opener.

4:05:484:05:50

Slightly past, half an inch past.

4:05:554:05:58

Goes back to centre rink and again

is the issue. -- and again weight is

4:06:164:06:26

the issue.

4:06:264:06:32

Just signs of Mervyn in this set

coming into much better form than he

4:06:424:06:48

showed in the first set.

4:06:484:06:50

He ends in a good place, but it was

heavy.

4:07:034:07:07

Wanted it to run out. Just refusing

to do so.

A change now. That short

4:07:254:07:35

bowl is just in the way. Forehand is

OK at this length, and it should

4:07:354:07:42

pull back nicely. Again, it's all

down to weight. Just eight had

4:07:424:07:51

heavy. -- just the had heavy.

4:07:514:07:56

I'm just wondering whether Michael

will be tempted with this as a

4:08:264:08:32

backhand down the runner, because

he's got all sorts of bowls to come

4:08:324:08:38

off. Otherwise, it's a perfect draw.

The jack isn't open on beforehand

4:08:384:08:42

any more. And he's got all of the

bowls at the back as well. It's what

4:08:424:08:49

he's going for. Needs to come off

something. Oh, heavens. No worse

4:08:494:08:57

off.

Still the two. Thought he was

going to get a better result than

4:08:574:09:06

that, because he was in the area to

get the jack off a bowl. Probably

4:09:064:09:10

needed the front red one. It's going

to be two shots.

4:09:104:09:16

Mervyn King just starting to move

away a little.

Starting to slip,

4:09:214:09:25

isn't it?

4:09:254:09:27

Just short of a full length jack, 29

metres. A fairly quick rink, in

4:10:074:10:19

terms of speed. A bit of a push to

get up to their still.

4:10:194:10:26

It's the improvement he was looking

for. Still not by the jack though.

4:10:534:10:58

That's better. Just getting in.

4:11:134:11:19

At some point, Michael Stepney is

going to take the jack through when

4:11:534:11:57

Mervyn has had all of these short

bowls, and it's going to have a big

4:11:574:12:01

count at some point.

Waiting for it

to happen, but he's added another

4:12:014:12:06

here, by the looks of it. Hasn't

hurt Mervyn too much in this set.

4:12:064:12:12

5-1 in front. Need another big bowl.

4:12:124:12:17

Let's see what he's got.

4:12:264:12:29

I tell you what, this one's

struggling. Two, maybe three, maybe

4:12:434:12:53

four coming up.

Well, you can draw

any touch of significance, it will

4:12:534:13:01

be a four. This is a chance to wipe

out debt lead that Mervyn King has

4:13:014:13:08

scrapped for. -- that lead.

Yes, and

it's on his own jack length as well.

4:13:084:13:17

That will hurt even more. Can he get

back in time? He looks just over the

4:13:174:13:22

line a little bit to trail the jack.

He needs to stop and drop. Oh, I

4:13:224:13:27

think he's made it for free. That's

a great bowl. Well done!

Yes, it is

4:13:274:13:35

three.

4:13:354:13:37

All of a sudden, back in the set.

One down, four to play.

Michael

4:13:434:13:52

didn't even attempt to try the trial

shot there. Just decided to draw it,

4:13:524:13:56

take the three, one behind, first

set in the back pocket. -- the trail

4:13:564:14:02

shot.

Fair to say that Michael

Stepney is enjoying himself in Perth

4:14:024:14:09

this week.

4:14:094:14:13

Jack Lenox more medium. -- jack

length is more medium. It suits

4:14:324:14:41

Michael Stepney.

4:14:414:14:44

That was a good bowl. Just came up

to meet it.

4:15:064:15:09

Again, still a useful bowl. Very

close. The unfortunate thing for

4:15:274:15:38

Michael Stepney is its almost half

locked, the red bowl into the head.

4:15:384:15:44

So he won't be able to pop it out

too easily. That actually changes

4:15:444:15:49

things, makes it a lot easier. He

could go for the two of them now.

4:15:494:15:55

You can see Mervyn's reaction. He

was almost safe as houses before and

4:15:554:16:00

now two bowls can disappear. A

little bit surprised Michael is

4:16:004:16:09

staying to the draw on this, because

a positive shot was well worth it.

4:16:094:16:15

That's a surprise. It looked like

Mervyn had shot himself in the foot,

4:16:154:16:21

so to speak, in leaving that. You

weren't going to take your own two

4:16:214:16:27

out, because of where they were.

I

can hear people saying, yes, it's

4:16:274:16:36

easy up there.

Well, we can only say

what we see.

I think the reaction of

4:16:364:16:44

Mervyn was enough to confirm. The

execution of the shot is different,

4:16:444:16:53

but identification of it, well...

Well, that's not going to help

4:16:534:17:01

Michael, because it creates a slight

problem for him.

One red. If Michael

4:17:014:17:14

goes for this now, he can get that,

no doubt about it. But if he comes

4:17:144:17:20

into that bowl, the Green bowl

disappears and all of a sudden

4:17:204:17:25

Mervyn has a shot to take his back

green one out for three or four. So

4:17:254:17:30

in a way, he has to be a bit careful

here. He even commits to the plant,

4:17:304:17:36

to take the two bowls out, or he

draws close.

4:17:364:17:42

Decided on the draw, aware that the

red bowl is very dangerous at the

4:17:484:17:51

front. Needed to hurry. Good effort.

That is not actually bad.

4:17:514:18:05

Mervyn King lying one.

Nothing easy

for Mervyn to pick up a multiple. He

4:18:134:18:17

would be doing well to get two out

of this. Just a little draw shot.

4:18:174:18:22

He is a draw shot master. What can

he do?

4:18:284:18:31

Fall short.

He shouted up, taking

the one. A funny old head, really. A

4:18:364:18:48

wise move on half of Mervyn. Three

to play, in a set Mervyn King has to

4:18:484:18:58

win to force the tie-break. Michael

Stepney, still very much in this

4:18:584:19:01

one.

4:19:014:19:03

The last time coming towards the

commentary box, Mervyn four short

4:19:134:19:18

balls, lost a three on a full-length

jack.

He is pushing this jack

4:19:184:19:24

Rodwell up as well. 29 metres it was

the last time. Let's see what it is

4:19:244:19:30

this time. Even further.

Full-length, 29.5. Interesting.

4:19:304:19:41

He has made the adjustment.

4:19:574:20:01

Last bowl, the gap is five inches.

4:20:314:20:34

29.5 metres. That is good shooting,

it really years.

Last bowl two

4:20:594:21:05

inches short of jack Hite.

Two

inches short. He can come off that

4:21:054:21:10

either way, for hand or backhand,

and use it to stay in the head.

4:21:104:21:18

Popped it through. That's OK. That

will keep.

4:21:244:21:27

That's the edge I was thinking of,

for Michael on the backhand. Mervyn

4:21:514:21:56

used it. This is hard now. If he

gets the outside red ball, his own

4:21:564:22:02

pops out of the head, so he has to

be very careful if he is going to

4:22:024:22:06

run this.

Run it he does. Looking

for a big result here. And got it.

4:22:064:22:16

Big result, big bowl. He is good at

the runners. The re-spot, and a bowl

4:22:164:22:22

each still to play. He has been

pretty reliable with them.

4:22:224:22:29

A bit of debris around the place.

Get that all sorted. 12 green at the

4:22:384:22:46

moment. -- one shot two green at the

moment.

4:22:464:22:52

Mervyn, again playing across the

green, across the rink, to try and

4:22:584:23:02

get to the jack. I will tell you

what, he has to pick this up,

4:23:024:23:06

because he is travelling. He has

gone through. I don't think that is

4:23:064:23:12

even getting in the shot.

He can't

quite believe it. The referee having

4:23:124:23:25

a look, as Mervyn King looks down

the rink.

Michael is not asking, so

4:23:254:23:30

we can't really say, simply because

it won't make any difference to

4:23:304:23:34

Michael's shot. He just has to try

and draw. I am surprised Mervyn was

4:23:344:23:39

not playing the forehand and letting

it drop in.

That is in, comfortably.

4:23:394:23:50

But it is going to be close for the

second.

He took full advantage of

4:23:504:23:55

the space afforded to him.

That was

a big recovery from Michael. But

4:23:554:24:01

really at the hands of Mervyn,

because it was a good hit by

4:24:014:24:06

Michael, but Mervyn missing that

draw shot... Make them measure it!

4:24:064:24:17

There are lots of people here to

help.

If in doubt, measure. Just the

4:24:174:24:21

one.

4:24:214:24:22

In the end, Mervyn did draw the

shot, but he left an awful lot of

4:24:284:24:32

room. It is a funny old game, it

really years. It has had some

4:24:324:24:41

brilliant bowls, and some very

strange ones, too.

The significance

4:24:414:24:48

will be the change in jack length.

Just need to make sure he's up. That

4:24:484:24:55

looks OK.

4:24:554:24:59

APPLAUSE

4:25:184:25:21

Well, if Michael gets one shot here,

it will be a one end shoot out for

4:25:504:25:55

the set, for Mervyn, and for the

match for Michael.

4:25:554:25:59

He would love to get a double,

though.

That is a good ball, that.

4:26:044:26:11

Your bowl, 18 inches.

4:26:184:26:20

Well, that is not where you want to

be, because you might be thinking

4:26:384:26:43

about running bowl. You can see by

Mervyn's face, oh, no, that is not

4:26:434:26:48

going to help if I have to attack

it. And at the moment, that is quite

4:26:484:26:52

likely.

4:26:524:26:53

That's another good shot. The

pressure is well and truly on now.

4:27:014:27:07

And even someone with the skill of

Mervyn King, to try and draw his way

4:27:074:27:15

out of trouble this time is going to

be very hard, it really is. The

4:27:154:27:20

trouble is, a running ball, with his

front one, doesn't help either.

4:27:204:27:28

Hence why he is playing just to try

and draw it. He thinks that front

4:27:284:27:33

ball is just too difficult.

4:27:334:27:36

Desperately tried to come round.

That just locks Michael's ball in

4:27:404:27:46

even more. I'm not sure if Michael

can do an awful lot with this. He

4:27:464:27:50

has to make a decision whether he

wants to play it again. He is lying

4:27:504:27:54

three. Mervyn would need a three in

the next end. Well, maybe he will

4:27:544:28:00

try and draw another one.

4:28:004:28:02

There's only one thing important, to

make centre rink. He does not want

4:28:124:28:17

to leave an edge. Oh, what has he

done? He has left a shoulder. Well,

4:28:174:28:22

it is not bad because it is just

behind the jack, but it is not where

4:28:224:28:26

he wanted it. And that is why always

think, and we have seen this in

4:28:264:28:30

other matches as well, be very

careful about being greedy about

4:28:304:28:35

things. Because that just makes it

so much better for Mervyn.

He knows

4:28:354:28:40

it, too. He doesn't want to watch,

but he will. Mervyn King, a big

4:28:404:28:46

recovery bowl required.

Inside the

line, looking to use the shoulder.

4:28:464:28:50

Here it comes. Oh, he has taken his

own closest away.

It is four shots.

4:28:504:28:59

So close to getting that right, but

Michael played the bowls to put him

4:28:594:29:04

in trouble. I think he got away with

that last one.

He has, because

4:29:044:29:11

Mervyn King did not strike it as he

wanted.

The Scottish train keeps

4:29:114:29:18

moving forwards.

4:29:184:29:24

He's gone from knocking on the door

of the semifinal to almost battering

4:29:244:29:27

it down.

We all knew that Michael

Stepney was a very, very dangerous

4:29:274:29:33

player. Everybody knew that. Apart

from the bookies, who had him at

4:29:334:29:38

11-2 on the first match. Can you

imagine, 11-2?

For a player of his

4:29:384:29:46

quality?

I think there were a few

50ps going on in.

Mervyn King just

4:29:464:29:56

lost a four. He needs a four to stay

in the tournament.

I should say that

4:29:564:30:06

was Michael Stepney's supporters

that found that out. He only told me

4:30:064:30:09

during the tournament. And defended

the position he's in now, super

4:30:094:30:13

stuff. What McHugh --

a reputation

of being laid back and relaxed, but

4:30:134:30:26

you can probably tell... You can see

it, the nerves out there now. This

4:30:264:30:31

is massive for him. Mervyn King has

to somehow conjure up four shots. He

4:30:314:30:43

isn't short. That is the first thing

he needs to know. The last unseeded

4:30:434:30:48

player to make it to the semifinal

of the Scottish International Open

4:30:484:30:51

was Robert Paxton in 2010.

And it

wasn't as if Robert was unknown to

4:30:514:30:59

us by then. Another half decent one

here. The first one was very good.

4:30:594:31:04

That's half decent, that one. Mervyn

just trying to build something at

4:31:044:31:12

the moment.

4:31:124:31:15

Cannot afford to be short. Needs to

come through. That's good again.

4:31:194:31:25

He's played a good bowl anyway.

The

green bowls have a hard position to

4:31:254:31:33

get out.

4:31:334:31:34

A bit heavy with this one. A wee bit

of adrenaline in there, I think.

4:31:394:31:46

Mervyn can't afford to drive this.

So he must try and trail the jack

4:31:464:31:53

two feet. Bowl to the side of the

jack by half a yard would be very

4:31:534:32:02

useful. If Mervyn is after the jack,

he's not far away from it.

What a

4:32:024:32:09

great effort this is.

Well, that's

the end of it now. Might as well

4:32:094:32:16

shake hands, I think, and Mervyn

knows it. He didn't want the bowl,

4:32:164:32:21

he wanted the jack.

There's going to

be no way to dig out a four there.

4:32:214:32:29

Not going to happen. That green bowl

is buried in there. No chance.

Give

4:32:294:32:36

yourself a moment.

Just about two

feet behind jack high, half a yard

4:32:364:32:46

on the wide side, on the high side,

that's what he's after. Oh, he's

4:32:464:32:53

very good here. What did I say? Half

a yard, two feet. Mervyn King

4:32:534:33:04

clapped that bowl because he

realised that was the only position

4:33:044:33:07

he had a chance of picking up four,

and that was a clever bowl by

4:33:074:33:11

Michael Stepney. Couldn't have

walked down and put it there any

4:33:114:33:15

better.

Mervyn King takes a

time-out. But you look and you look,

4:33:154:33:21

there is just nothing.

Well, I don't

think the greatest magicians in the

4:33:214:33:28

world would be able to get something

out of this. He's shaking his head.

4:33:284:33:32

He knows there's nothing there. He's

just going to try and draw this

4:33:324:33:36

through, I think. Nothing he can do

about this. Everything covered.

4:33:364:33:44

Through he comes. It's all over and

Michael Stepney has taken the scale

4:33:444:33:52

of Mervyn King. -- the scalp. The

wild card has found his way into the

4:33:524:34:02

semifinal with a very impressive

performance over the number 14,

4:34:024:34:06

winning it by two sets to zero.

4:34:064:34:10

You think of Michael Stepney as a

wild card but, for the people who

4:34:164:34:19

really know him, he is a top-class

international bowler. He started the

4:34:194:34:24

week off with a win over Stuart

Anderson, and the signs and signals

4:34:244:34:29

were there that he was going to do

damage, and that's exactly what he

4:34:294:34:33

did in the next round. The

quarterfinal was always going to be

4:34:334:34:36

a test against the perfection of

Mervyn King, but Michael Stepney was

4:34:364:34:41

well up for it, playing good running

bowls and working out the results.

4:34:414:34:46

But the first set was crucial, and

Mervyn plucks a green bowl out to

4:34:464:34:51

show that he's still got the class

to be at this level. Michael

4:34:514:34:58

Stepney, well, he was in no mood to

start giving anything away. That was

4:34:584:35:02

a three on the fifth end of the

second set. More importantly, that

4:35:024:35:07

was a four on the eighth end of the

second set. It put him into an

4:35:074:35:12

unassailable lead, as it turned out,

and Mervyn King decided just to

4:35:124:35:16

shake hands.

Michael Stepney took

six of the nine ends in the first

4:35:164:35:23

set. He was 5-1 down and conjured up

nine shots in the last five ends to

4:35:234:35:30

become the first unseeded player to

make it to the semifinal of the

4:35:304:35:32

Scottish International Open in seven

years.

4:35:324:35:38

A fantastic performance and a

fantastic win for Michael Stepney,

4:35:384:35:41

the wild card who was knocked out

some big names, including Mervyn

4:35:414:35:47

King, despite valiant efforts.

Congratulations.

Thank you. I'm

4:35:474:35:48

delighted. So happy. I played even

better today than I played in the

4:35:484:35:55

other two games, and I knew I had to

get my bowls closer, the first two

4:35:554:36:00

bowls in, and I did that quite a

lot.

I guess that's the thing, on

4:36:004:36:05

this portable rink, early bowls and

putting pressure is important.

4:36:054:36:10

Definitely, Michael deserved to win,

he played better than me food he

4:36:104:36:15

took me off when I got my game to

Becker. Good luck to him. -- when I

4:36:154:36:20

got my game together.

Having the

shops is hugely important. Drawing

4:36:204:36:26

well is important, but having

conversion shots as well. You seem

4:36:264:36:30

to do that comfortably.

I wouldn't

say it was comfortable, but I

4:36:304:36:34

managed to get them in. Mervyn got a

lot of good bowls in and luckily

4:36:344:36:38

enough I got some of them out.

Great

performance. I know you played him

4:36:384:36:43

in international matches in the

pairs and the fours, so you know his

4:36:434:36:50

game outside and in full do you

think he can go all the way?

If he's

4:36:504:36:55

playing like that, can he all the

way? -- of course he can. Michael is

4:36:554:37:02

capable of it. You never know with

bowls.

You have not had a couple of

4:37:024:37:07

seeds, Stuart Anderson out in the

first round and now Mervyn King, and

4:37:074:37:11

there are a couple of seeds left in

the competition, but no reason why

4:37:114:37:16

we couldn't be here on Saturday

afternoon picking up that trophy.

4:37:164:37:20

Here's hoping! Two big games and I

just have to think about the next

4:37:204:37:25

one first, and against Paul, that

will be harder, the way he's playing

4:37:254:37:29

this week. I'll have to give it a

go.

It will be interesting. Mervyn,

4:37:294:37:34

thank you for entertaining us this

week. Commiserations but, Michael

4:37:344:37:39

Stepney, you are through to the

semifinals, well done.

4:37:394:37:47

What a performance from Michael, but

just time to you a match that took

4:37:474:37:50

place this morning, Nick Brett, who

had won here a couple of times

4:37:504:37:55

previously, against David Gourlay.

4:37:554:37:58

A little touch on the green bowl.

4:39:024:39:05

These players very familiar with

each other. They've met eight times

4:39:144:39:20

in the last three years.

4:39:204:39:23

A perfect line. Just needed another

foot or so.

He's in a lot of trouble

4:39:544:40:01

here. If Brett draws a third,

potentially 10-4 up.

Well, the set

4:40:014:40:11

is over. In a game like this,

there's no way that they're going to

4:40:114:40:17

score that many shots in the last

couple of ends. David really needs

4:40:174:40:20

to win this end. Well down again.

4:40:204:40:26

A lot shots, two, three, two, and he

is lying another three this time.

4:40:344:40:38

A little tap on the bowl might be

enough.

He'll call a time-out, David

4:40:434:40:50

Gourlay. Right on cue, he does.

A

little touch would do.

4:40:504:40:56

If he gets onto the bowl, which is

what he's looking for, the jack will

4:41:014:41:05

bounce to his back one. But it's not

easy.

4:41:054:41:10

Just a touch of weight.

He's

overplayed it. I don't think Nick

4:41:244:41:30

will play this on the backhand. He

doesn't want to touch it. He knows

4:41:304:41:34

he is lying three. More than enough

at this stage. Doesn't want to make

4:41:344:41:39

a mistake.

4:41:394:41:42

Well, he is playing it. He'll be

very careful with this, really

4:41:474:41:50

careful.

4:41:504:41:51

The target isn't the jack, it's the

back green bowl, because if he could

4:41:584:42:03

come inside that, it would lie. He

was being careful, but that was...

4:42:034:42:08

In some respects, quite surprised.

He's feeling really good to draw

4:42:084:42:17

that short bowl. If you get that

with six inches of weight, he was

4:42:174:42:21

giving the shot away. Fantastic, it

really was. Brilliant bowling.

4:42:214:42:27

Top-class from Nick Brett. In this

competition a couple of times,

4:42:274:42:34

reached the quarterfinal on his

debut in 2007. Playing here for the

4:42:344:42:42

tenth consecutive season. He's in

control, and it's going to go to a

4:42:424:42:48

tie-break.

4:42:484:42:49

That really was a confident shot.

It's interesting, you thought

4:43:064:43:13

beforehand, I thought he'd played to

the back green bowl, but he was

4:43:134:43:18

confident enough just to draw in. --

you thought the forehand.

4:43:184:43:23

Interesting that all the players

have done in this second set is take

4:43:234:43:29

it in turns to win an end. David

Gourlay's been winning away from the

4:43:294:43:39

commentary box.

But only with

singles and one double, whereas Nick

4:43:394:43:47

has been getting the multiples of a

three and a four.

4:43:474:43:52

Just be playing this end out.

4:43:574:43:59

Well, actually, that's not too bad.

A touch on the red would move the

4:44:104:44:16

green ball over. He needs a three

here, David Gourlay, to force the

4:44:164:44:22

final end to be played. This looks

good. One green.

Nick will be quite

4:44:224:44:34

happy with that. He does not care

who is lying the shot.

The gap is

4:44:344:44:41

one inch.

It is not a matter of who

is lying the shot, it is a matter of

4:44:414:44:45

whether you can get the bowl out or

not. That is why he is running at

4:44:454:44:50

it. The jack has moved, but the

difficulty is his own two bowls have

4:44:504:44:57

come away from the head. Probably

the best he can do here is get a

4:44:574:45:04

single, at the most two, and that's

just not enough. Nick is running for

4:45:044:45:09

cover.

4:45:094:45:11

David not even bothering. He knew he

couldn't do anything with it, just

4:45:194:45:22

the way it was sitting. A practice

shot.

Not a bad practice shot

4:45:224:45:35

either. Just going to slip a little

bit through.

First and tie-break.

4:45:354:45:48

David won the toss and has given the

jack to Nick.

Nick Brett wins by 12-

4:45:484:45:53

for. Dominated. And now to the

tie-break. What might work in Nick

4:45:534:46:05

Brett's favour in the tie-break is

that two of the ends will be played

4:46:054:46:09

in the direction in which he has won

the last four ends.

His favourite

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direction. That can be enough,

actually. It's quite surprising.

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No great surprise, perhaps, that it

has gone to a tie-break. Six of the

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last eight meetings of David Gourlay

and Nick Brett have been settled on

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the tie-break.

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Concentration on the face.

Just

willing the bowl back. That is not a

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bad place but he wanted inside the

green, really.

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That is a target. It may be hard to

resist.

You have to go for this.

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Off the bowl, on the re-spot. It

should be on the re-spot. That is a

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toucher in the ditch, that stays

alive.

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Two green, but that is fairly

academic. In the tie-break, it does

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not matter the number of shots you

pick up, you can only score one.

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This is a shoot out to the re-spot.

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You can't argue with that.

The

problem for Nick is that he knows

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even if he wings the ball off, David

has the last delivery. If he is

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going to play this, he has to think,

I don't think the toucher is going

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to help either. He is just going to

try and magic and stay in its place.

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-- nudge it and stay in its place.

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What a great effort.

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A rueful smile on his face. David

Gourlay takes the opening end of the

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tie-break.

Yes. I could understand

why, because it David Gourlay had

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finished right in front of the jack

there was a direct drive with Nick's

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ball in the ditch, and that would

have been a really good position.

4:49:514:49:56

Because he had drifted across an

inch or two, it left Nick with

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virtually no shot.

4:49:594:50:02

This is their fourth meeting in the

Scottish International Open. David

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Gourlay has one just one of those.

As always, the opening ball sets the

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tone.

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Just not running it out.

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Nick Brett is a very popular player

in Perth. The home crowd want the

4:51:514:51:58

home player. Dipping under there.

Another chance for David. His own

4:51:584:52:10

bowl is not really in the way.

4:52:104:52:13

He will have to do it with his last

one.

Nick wants something closer

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here.

I was surprised he moved. I

thought the forehand was still

4:52:474:52:51

available. A bit heavy, he might

have picked up the jack. On the

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backhand, if you pick up the jack it

is going towards the green bowl.

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That might stop things. I would

expect him back onto the forehand

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again. He has a choice. He can run

the bowl if he wants to. He has the

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forehand runner. Time out called.

That is the trouble with an end like

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this, there are holes and gaps

everywhere. Sometimes it is easier

4:53:204:53:24

just to drive a bowl out.

4:53:244:53:29

He is taking his time here, quite

rightly, too. I think he's going for

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the runner.

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He was not sure about it.

That may

be enough.

I think he has got the

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shot. He only moved to the jack

about two inches but I think it is

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one to read.

It was a tickle and

Nick Brett didn't find it funny. It

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was almost the wind which moved it

across.

Even the crowd were not

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sure. Probably the same shot for

Nick, backhand runner. David played

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the forehand, but it is available

for Nick on the forehand to take the

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bowl out. The alternative is the

draw.

David Gourlay had the

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insurance of winning the opening end

of the tie-break. Nick Brett has no

4:54:394:54:43

such luxury.

He went for the

forehand drive. Well, if that is on

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the re-spot, think it is one to

read.

4:54:514:54:55

It is the Scotsman who triumphs, and

David Gourlay will move into the

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semifinal. Two former winners of

this competition, and Nick Brett's

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Scottish International Open comes to

an end, losing on the tie-break to

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David Gourlay.

That was recorded earlier today, but

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confirmation of the quarterfinal

results.

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So we now know the semifinal line-up

and we also know it is an all

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Scottish affair.

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It's going to be very interesting

indeed. In the commentary box today,

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tomorrow and Saturday for the final,

David Corkill. My goodness, some

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games

4:56:134:56:13

David Corkill. My goodness, some

games today were unbelievable.

They

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were superb. And not only that, but

we were able to see so many

4:56:184:56:21

different kinds of shots. Draws, the

odd conversion, big hits, some luck

4:56:214:56:27

here and there but underpinned by

great bowling.

Every match today,

4:56:274:56:32

because of the draw, was Scotland

against England, for the first time

4:56:324:56:35

ever here in Perth. The last four

men standing are all Scots.

It shows

4:56:354:56:42

the value of this competition in

Scotland. It is like a national

4:56:424:56:46

sport. You win a lot of titles here

and you have some of the best

4:56:464:56:50

players in the world.

One of the

best players and current world

4:56:504:56:55

champion is Paul Foster. Jamie

Chestney played brilliantly but

4:56:554:56:57

Foster had to do some magic stuff,

and he always seems to do things

4:56:574:57:01

nobody else does.

He does, and we

keep referring to it, but it is

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because he manages to do the strange

and wonderful, from splitting jacks,

4:57:064:57:11

to taking bowls off

4:57:114:57:12

and wonderful, from splitting jacks,

to taking bowls off the rink. There

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is so much that he does.

I had never

seen anything like this. It was

4:57:124:57:19

pinball wizard. Unbelievable. A bit

fortunate, we have to say.

4:57:194:57:23

pinball wizard. Unbelievable. A bit

fortunate, we have to say.

It would

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only be fortunate if he was in a

situation of saying, I am going to

4:57:254:57:29

do this. He was not trying to do

that. He was trying to remove the

4:57:294:57:33

bowls, but not all of them. He did

it very well.

4:57:334:57:37

This was a big conversion shot. He

needed something special and

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converted 43. Genius.

That was

controlled weight, so difficult on

4:57:484:57:52

the portable rink. And he did not

get an edge, he got it solid. We

4:57:524:57:56

called it, and he knew it, but that

probably was a bowl to win the

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match.

He is playing Michael

Stepney, who he knows well. Do you

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think that Stepney has the game to

beat faster and get to the final?

It

4:58:064:58:10

depends on the draw shots, in many

ways. Paul can be prolific and

4:58:104:58:15

Michael will have to chase the game.

If Michael can get to Paul Earley,

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he has a chance.

It is live on BBC

Two Scotland tomorrow. If you missed

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any of the action today, you can see

highlights tonight.

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It truly has been a great day. Thank

you so much for your company.

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Goodbye for now.

4:58:434:58:44

Dougie Vipond introduces further coverage from Dewars Centre in Perth. It's quarter-final day, with three live matches this afternoon.

Paul Mitchell and David Corkill are in the commentary box for what promises to be a gripping session of top-class bowls.