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Hello and a very warm welcome to
Perth, the backdrop for the Scottish
International Open. Where the best
of the best are now in the
quarterfinals. In our first game
England's Les Gillett, the slayer of
six time world champion Alex
Marshall, would do battle with
Scotland's Commonwealth champion
Darren Burnett. There's lots of
familiar faces in the final eight
but there's new blood too. Jamie
Chestney has got the reigning world
champion Paul Foster in his wake.
Others will be looking to capture
former glory. Mervyn King knows a
thing or two about winning. It's
been awhile since he picked up any
titles. Michael Stepney is willing
to start his collection for his
trophy cabinet. It's all to play for
as we knocked up a gear in the race
to become Scottish International
Open champion 2017. The crowds here
at the Dewar's Centre are
anticipating a wonderful afternoon
of bowls. This is the line-up. David
Gourlay up against Nick Brett.
It's going to be wonderful, there's
no doubt about it. The best players
in the world playing the best bowls
of their lives. We are looking
forward to a wonderful afternoon.
There was a match on this morning
and it was Nick Brett who formally
won this competition against David
Gourlay. These two had met each
other nine times previously and well
timed events with Brett edging
head-to-head 5-4. Gourlay took a
tight first set. He grabbed singles
in the last two ends for an 8-6
margin. The bug number two came out
firing in the second set -- world
number two. It gave him an
advantage. Brett is a two-time
winner, first taking the title in
2013 and again the following year.
Gourlay's best result was back in
2006. Gourlay kept in touch with
this in the sixth end for the
crucial single. Six of the previous
eight meetings between these two had
gone to three sets and by now Brett
was full of confidence. In the
seventh end he took on this straw
with his final shot. Bagging a full
house and taking the match into a
tie-break. Gourlay took the first
end and with his last at the next he
played this runner, barely skimming
the jack but moving it enough to
have match live. It left Brett
needing something special with this
needing something special with this
final bowls. But it wasn't to be.
When the jack was re-spotted,
Gourlay had the shot and with it a
place in the semifinal. The furthest
he's made it since 2010. A very good
win of the David Gourlay but we've
been watching that and when Gourlay
through that last bowl and moved the
jack millimetres, he thought it
missed it, I thought it missed it
and you did as well.
importantly Nick Brett thought it
missed it as well. The
importantly Nick Brett thought it
missed it as well. The jack solid
would have been perfect. The bowl
out would have been dead. It left
Nick in a lot of trouble.
the David Stockdale absolutely.
David played some big bowls. Nick
was lying multiples and would easily
have cruised through but David came
up with the goods and that's what
makes the big champions. Darren
Burnett is a big champion coming up
as well but he's facing Les Gillett.
You could argue ever so slightly
that Darren was a bit fortunate in
the first end of the tie-break in
the last round.
Well, you have to be
in the area to give it a chance now.
He got the bowl, got it half in the
inside. He was looking to come off
it and clean the jack through. If
you're not in the area to get that
result then you're not going to make
it. Darren very rarely misses those
sort of shots. He's always in the
area to get a result.
It was a good
shot. Let's talk about Les Gillett.
He's up against Darren today in the
first match, knocking out Alex
Marshall was an impressive thing to
Yes, and he played very well. He
came out with the big bowls when the
opportunities were there. Alex met
someone who had that ability to
bring up the big bowl when required.
It wasn't his favour on this
We're going to be in the
commentary box for the next five
hours. I'm sure you're looking
forward to it. In the meantime we
turn our attention to the first live
game. When you knock the six time
world champion out of the
competition you know you're doing
something right. Les Gillett kept
himself in a match against Alex
Marshall and delivered. Ladies and
gentlemen, please give a very warm
welcome to the current world pairs
champion, Les Gillett!
One of the most consistent and
successful bowlers in the world
inside and out, Darren Burnett has
been growing in confidence all week.
Deadly with the draw but equally
incisive when weight is required,
Darren definitely has the game to go
all the way. Ladies and gentlemen
please give a very warm welcome from
Arbroath beat Commonwealth singles
champion, Darren Burnett!
MUSIC: "We Will Rock You".
COMMENTATOR: Joining David Corkhill
in the commentary box it's Paul
Mitchell. Good afternoon everyone, a
real sense of excitement around the
Dewar's Centre for these
quarterfinal matches. Full house
here in Perth for the first match of
the afternoon. Les Gillett the
Englishman, Darren Burnett the Scot.
Jack length, 26.5 metres.
Gillett has already popped out a
couple of popular Scotsman, can he
add Darren Burnett to that list?
Les one of the few left-handers in
the sport. Going early...
the angles look virtually impossible
and that one did.
At that sort of
weight it did. When you're running
bowl like that it's very narrow to
get through. The difficulty he has
with this third bowl, he'll have to
be very committed to go again. He
really should be drawing for second
Back to the draw. Needs to run a
bit, get past the green one... Just
Two and a half feet.
Last bowl is ten inches short of
jack hi. -- high.
You miss the dry shot with the
second bowl and suddenly you're
restricted to playing the draws but
he's very close with this. The touch
was enough. As soon as he got the
edge it brought him straight onto
the jack. Even without that it would
have been very close to the shot. At
that angle he was coming into the
other green bowl. Very, very good
Doesn't look too good Darren
If he can get the outside
edge of his own bowl it will popped
across the jack. Once again, he's in
the area. What a response. Didn't
even need the edge of the bowl.
Didn't think there was a gap there
are big enough!
Don't go anywhere,
this could be a cracker this
afternoon, as evidenced by Les
Gillett's bowl and the reply by
Jack Lynx, 28.5 metres.
Burnett has travelled back down this
morning, Arbroath to Perth.
it's very good when you have a hand
tournament -- home tournament where
you can stay with your family, just
makes it so much more comfortable.
If he's late he can always get a bit
of help, I'm sure.
I'm sure he'll
get a couple about riders. -- of
Quite a number of players only play
indoors nowadays. But Darren Burnett
equally proficient on the grass as
he is indoors, as is Alex Marshall
and Paul Foster. Makes it very hard
for other people to get into the
Well played. Just drew up... I
thought it was going to sneak in
front of the green one. It drew up
very, very quickly. Les Gillett was
surprised at that as well.
Hmm.. The first one within a foot or
so, the next two short. It is
Looking well, the tables
are all crowded, on quarter finals
day, it's always brilliant on
At the start of the
match, suggesting they went for a
good tussle. As he added the
weight... It comes. Just!
have liked to have got to a green
ball, dropping it out for a double.
Only just making that.
A little bit
of sustenance! The last thing you
want to be doing is eating your
lunch before playing a match, so...
It's always useful to have something
there to nibble on.
Just added a little too much...
A good chance.
Just struggling. Les
would have thought he was on the
jack with that. He made it, but...
Two players who are just chatting
2-1 after two ends.
Gillett picks up a double.
Jack Lang, 28.5 metres.
Did not like it immediately, let's
see where it lands because that will
tell us the problem.
Outside of the
line. All slightly outside of the
line. Still a useful ball, a good
It's another good ball.
Your ball? Back bowl? The gap is
Loads here, just cutting across.
is a small target, a single ball
target with about an inch of a jack.
A quarter inch gap.
Just on the
Going again, watching it this
time... A similar ball. The green
ball is there on his third shot, for
ball is there on his third shot, for
Les, the two go out, but the jack to
move and go into a re-spot position.
You could pop another ball on the
re-spot and say, if you hit this,
you will still lose two, drop
another in, and if Darren Mrs, he
will lose three. Length
It is very
rare that you see Darren Miss three
running balls with an end. He has
got a clever ball.
Third time lucky... Slightly wider
line... Unfortunately, it's the same
result all on the inside... They
were all delivered perfectly, and
all with good speed.
5-1 after three
If you had with that one,
could lose two.
A good start for Les Gillett. The
fifth time he's reached the Scottish
international quarterfinal stages
come he has never progressed. This
could be a really good start for
him, and he will take a lot from it.
Playing well this week.
points that are vital for players
like Les Gillett, he has been
consistent, managing to break back
into the top 16. Always looking to
add and add, at number 11 at the
moment. He wants to get into the top
eight. That gives you the
opportunity to have maybe one per
year and still survive.
Happy enough to change over and play
a very good bowl... No problem
Weight off the legalese. -- off the
backhand he goes.
A quarter inch, does not matter, the
jack touches the green ball. Back to
the forehand again. If he sticks
with this, he's going to have to be
very, very careful. He really is.
The crowd may well club it but it
actually isn't a very good ball. He
will never make another shot at that
angle but he gave stirring the
opportunity to use that one, if you
want to on the weight shot cum
inside the front read. Yes, that is
what he is going for.
-- on the shot inside of the front
Missing it altogether, once he
put it where he did, that is why he
shouldn't be playing beforehand. He
was clearly missing the short ball.
Potential insurance, having seen Les
Play in Les Gillett's
mind for a moment or two, you have
to be very aware of the danger, it
isn't at the shot level but beside
it. It is all about the weight here.
If it's heavy, he's got to get back
to the jack... Might just have
helped... But I'm not sure.
looks like green from here.
got two, Darren.
In the state,
that's not like Les
got two, Darren.
In the state,
that's not like Les, he is a good
thinker in the game. Three at the
last end, Darren Burnett's chance to
cancel it out. Struggling, very much
so. Oh, dear.
I think Les would be
wise to measure. A spare short
5-3 after four ends.
will be happy, in the end it was
only two. Darren Burnett were they
few drives, almost identical in the
way that they finished.
That is the
backhand as well, you go early and
you missed that. Go again and it
still looks like he's on the narrow
side by a bit of a distance.
third one looked like he caught it a
He only missed that one
by a whisker. On the next hand, he
goes tighter but Les offered that
shoulder to come off.
avoid running a further three times,
he will want something in here.
This is good, this one...
gap... Going at it.
Take out shot
will be available later in the end,
if he needs it. Goodness me, he has
really put this on. A lot of work to
do on the backhand. Yes. On the
forehand, there was a chance of that
12 inches short of
jack Hyde. 12 inches.
A traditional delivery but he always
puts his head down, that jerk on his
hand, you are never quite sure
whether he likes it or not.
Disappointment is hard to gauge.
Around he comes... He's got one of
these deliveries. Almost like a
baseball bat where he goes through
the rituals of the gloves, the bat
and everything, you see it a a lot
in baseball. He has all of that
about him, he gets ready and he
That is what I was talking
about, he went right through the
gap! Clearing everything else. Now
he has got himself in a pretty good
position, as it turns out. Goodness
me, going through that gap. Anything
could have happened.
That would have
moved across to the red, but he
would be happy that he's got a ball
at the back of the rink as well.
Wants to throw a second shot here
but not to leave both bowls together
so they can be taken out.
Might be tempted to go again with
just the one in it because even if
he hits the front green he's got a
deep back red bowl right on the edge
of the ridge. That might come into
play. Very unlucky to take his own
Going back to the draw,
the harder the two shots.
Give it a
chance... Might just get held up by
I thought he might have
another pop at that. He was very
close with the first one.
5-4, 6-3, I know which one I would
have wanted. The percentages were in
The way up the danger
and you see what the options are on
that occasion. He decided the draw
shot was the better option.
This time Darren just walking off to
the rink after the delivery. Needs a
clear road. APPLAUSE
You don't follow it up the green
unless you're sure you're good. He
knew that was good.
Look at this.
What a reply that was!
This is great stuff.
This is a hard
one. What a shot, just come in...
think he just got a touch of the
green bowl before he got the jack.
If it got the jack clean he'd be the
Darren Burnett walks up to
have a look saying he'd use the
first of five time-outs that he's
allowed. It's a tricky one. He can
come inside to his own again, if he
decides to do that. It's up to him
really. He can come into that bowl,
try and secure it through the red
one. But if he's not terribly
comfortable with it he can just pop
it round to here and see what Les
does. To me that would be the better
He's down a narrow line into his own
He wasn't playing that. He
wouldn't have been looking to
deliberately push that particular
bowl. I think he'd have wanted a
short bowl, coming round it. It's
in... It's very handy. A tricky shot
the Les. He has to get back down
into the head, carrying that little
bit of weight. That's a hard shot.
But he's gone deep enough to give
himself a chance with the next one.
You want to see what your opponent
is going to do because you don't
want to do it for him.
If he is one shot on this,
Les, just play a careful draw. If he
get this wrong he could lose
three... If he can get to the back
green bowl, if you can get to that
he can drop back on the jack.
Struggling for weight with this.
Had another look at it too.
shots, Darren Burnett.
A change in the set score.
play, one between them. Darren
Burnett watching the jack going up,
Jack length 26.5 metres.
We are getting to the business end
now and Darren has dropped that one
short. An opportunity for Les to put
a bit of pressure on against the
lead bowl. Doesn't look right
Second chance the Darren Burnett
here. He watches this one up... It
Well, this one is looking dangerous.
Nicely in behind it.
Shot bowl gap,
three inches. Six inches.
This is great... Really is great
stuff. Les just waiting for the bowl
to drop away but standing up at the
Burnett doesn't hit this... Les will
not play his last bowl.
Well, he's playing a very delicate
shot. Obviously felt there was no
benefit coming in in the forehand.
That was always going to be hard.
Too much traffic, needed to come
round the other side.
The other side
offered a slight touch for the jack.
But I think Les will walk away.
1-shot, Les Gillett.
He lost three
straight ends, just wanted to get
back on the card.
Two ends to play, nothing to choose
between the players. Potential of
course for a typeset. Les Gillett
has been involved in two of them --
potential for a tied set. First set
Neither player will be wanting to
take too many risks in this end.
Having said that, a jack high bowl,
it's tempting to Ron the bowl or run
the jack. He's watching it, he must
be close. Very nearly the maximum.
Toucher in the ditch, that will be
marked. That will stay live. Jack
will go on the re-spot.
that's fairly inconsequential.
Interesting choice Darren to come
A lot of players have
played the opposite side.
I do think
Les will because he's playing his
backhand. It's a slightly longer
length but he can play across his
body slightly, and hold the bowl up
for a long time before the bias
Watching this before he starts to
break. It's only breaking now.
Secured the shot.
Looks a lot wider. I think it is
there to say that one came out the
wrong way... Didn't like it from the
second matter left his hand... He
does have the advantage of still
having a bow to play.
-- the second that it left his hand.
A simple draw, for two. Even wider
this time. Now it is going to break.
Good weight in behind the jack, a
perfect ball. That's really good. He
has a chance with two balls going
out. And a gap as well. He's got a
double shot available here but what
he is ready looking for, yeah, just
as he was putting his foot down,
he's obviously thinking, and that is
always a good sign! It comes onto
the ball. Taking it out and you end
up in a situation where this ball
here will come into play and also
won the other side as well. Over
here, that will come into play. He's
got a chance of getting two shots
out of it.
The angle is good,
It's very much a Darren Burnett kind
of shot. He watches it all the way
and wants to get the ball on to
that... What a result!
He was on the
wrong side of the bowl. Oh dear!
crowd might be clapping, but...
From his opponent's point of view,
just one shot you go with in the
Yes, but the thing is, when you
are lying two and you've got those,
you have a cushioning going into the
last end and now there is no cushion
and you've got to win. But Darren
Burnett will realise my goodness me,
that there was more than a bit of
luck there which got the result.
It's all to play for in this part of
the quarterfinal. As always, the
opening bowls set the tone and
dictate the tactics.
is looking heavenward, he doesn't
think that ball is heavenly.
he got a bit of that last time. You
cannot go there all the time.
angel on the shoulder, took a break
for a moment! Les Gillett doesn't
like this one, either.
over, still. But better there.
These players have such high
expectations of themselves, they
know what they are capable of.
Almost two feet
past jack high.
It looks like he has
half covered the jack.
Playing so well, nothing will faze
him. And why should it?
shot, no doubt of that. Sitting on
the edge in terms of the backhand,
Darren can get to it. Just need to
solve it on the drop so that Darren
will be aiming for that.
He is watching this. He knows he is
close. It touched...
You almost feel
that it would not be a bad result to
draw in this set, they both really
contributed to a super game and
played great stuff. It would be
unfortunate if one of them lost it,
after all of their efforts.
Well, it still
looks difficult. Les would be doing
well to get back to jack high, maybe
two feet away. The time-out taken.
Weighing up his options. Going wide.
Rightly so... Still has a ball to
It's always useful to have one
there. I cannot imagine Darren going
heavy at this. I think he will try
and draw it. He might try and slide
the ball across the rink, about one
inch or so. Maybe enough.
I do not
know about the heroics involved, he
could get that set away. On the
forehand, it didn't really matter
which side. Which shot to play.
Going to fall short.
situation for Les, it's very
dangerous, if he wants to add
another. Convincing the pair not to
go for it, that's how dangerous it
Three singles, to finish. Tying
Darren Burnett, the opening set is
shared between these two fine
players. The next set to come.
in the player's balcony with David
Goodwillie, he will play the winner
of the match and it could not be
It's a fair reflection,
there is nothing separating these
guys. They would both be happy that
it is a tight set.
Amazing bowls and
great conversion shots.
players are some of the best in the
world. I think that Les has a game
plan and he will attack everything.
He's playing Darren at his own game.
He beat Alex Marshall yesterday, he
played a fantastic game to beat
Alex, he's obviously very confident.
If his confidence is high, he's
really difficult to beat. We've got
to get a good start against him.
is going to win it?
I would go for
Darren. Not the tie-break, but
Who do you fancy playing
tomorrow, Darren or Les?
equally as good. It will be tough.
Headlines if the Scottish
coach had not picked a Scotsman, to
be perfectly honest!
Yes, ask him
who is going to win! He is in
Scotland, a Scottish coach has just
picked Darren Burnett for the
Commonwealth Games, he's a gold
medal winner and you'd think yes,
go, go for Les!
It's not going to
happen...! Les Gillett involved in
the third tight set that he has
played in in this competition. They
are read that he is collecting them
at the moment.
Interesting to see
that David Gourlay agreed with what
we were talking about, that there's
nothing between these players and
their tight set. He would try and
get another shot, had there been
more ring but he thought it was too
dangerous to go for it! -- more
Almost three feet...
Left hand, backhand, see what lying
he can get in here.
from two or three yards away, they
have picked up the pace.
The last bowl, the gap is ten
That is one, certainly...
Possibly just one now...
How far is
15 inches from jack
On the forehand, he's got to
push over his own ball, they are
running out of time. Four seconds.
I'm a little surprised he is playing
it here. The other side was
absolutely safe. He has to be
careful of the green ball.
given Darren and shoulder to come
off, all it is doing is widening the
target. Darren will have looked at
the other side to see if the plant
takes three Red balls out of the
head but I do not think it is. Hard
to tell from this position but we
will see what he plays. Going for
the forehand, slightly inside of the
line. A chance to use Les's ball.
The jack inside would be good.
Better paced... There is the
borrower. Twice left to shoulder
that forehand and twice that Darren
has used it. If we watch it, he was
missing that green ball.
Such fine margins, you don't go to
leap shoulders and things. But they
are being exploited at the moment by
Darren Burnett. The margin of error
is a little bit greater. You just do
not do it. That's all there is to
it. Les will come back, he does
think about these games. The
backhand, for Les, and his forehand,
planting the turnover to make a
double. There was no danger there,
whatsoever. He will be kicking
himself for that one.
Just enough pace, it ran on. A
couple of feet short.
I think he's
It needs to fall back...
Well, didn't make it but very close.
Gap on yours two inches, Gap and
Darren's three inches.
Once again, has to be careful.
Doesn't want to get his own bowl.
But if he can split the two of them,
it would be perfect. Goodness me.
think he was a bit concerned there
that that bowl would have dropped
out. Darren Burnett might be tempted
with a runner here.
If he's trying to draw, might just
be the single. Obviously didn't see
the benefit of running at it.
enough just to concede one.
again, Les Gillett for the second
time in three ends hasn't played his
I think it was a good call.
Jack length 28 metres.
In little puzzle as to why it didn't
bend back in. Played it outside the
Just a half bowl probably.
Players generally know when they are
on the right line. He felt that was
Dropped the wait.
He made a mistake with that one. I
guess there's too many chances the
Can he find the line here, just
thread inside where he's previously
been? Certainly looks better.
Might drop away, but the moment...
Just too many chances. The third
bowl is the key one there, just to
close the head one down. And fourth
Darren to try and play something. By
missing it they left him just draw
ring. The fourth bowl becomes the
rescue bowl. -- drawing.
come inside the green bowl.
he's inside it OK... That was the
problem. He was probably pretty good
or solid. He got a half of both.
Darren has got to decide here if
it's worth playing his final bowl.
He was a bit unlucky there, to be
He might have to take time out
of he's going to play it. He's
watching. Now, is it worth coming
in? That's what he's looking at.
This wouldn't be unusual to Darren
Burnett to play this sort of shot.
He's an attacking player, and he'll
look at the options and see what the
dangerous. But they get into there
and move the jack... If he's able to
move the jack back to this position,
his own bowl will follow through.
He's got a chance of picking up
three. But he has to be absolutely
sure he's lying the shot. If he's
absolutely sure he's lying the shot,
he might decide I'm not going to be
too anxious about it. He's obviously
not that keen on it so he's just
going to try a delicate draw and
keeping it out on the white side.
It's all a matter of getting back
now. -- wide side. A good effort. I
think later in the set if he was in
a position of needing shots he would
have played that, otherwise take the
Darren Burnett who won in 2001 and
was the runner-up the following
year. He's been in the quarterfinals
in the following years.
goodness. Kelvin Hall, where this
event was held. Darren beat me in
the second round. Nasty man!
years ago, but you've moved on!
There's always a list of
the ones that got away.
hurt that much at the time, I have
to say. APPLAUSE
I always remember the once you lose,
never remember the ones you won --
you always remember the ones you
lose, you never remember the ones
Good opening bowl from
Darren Burnett. I've not seen too
many of his openers ride on the
This is close as well.
In many ways, though, it just proves
the longevity of some of these
players. Darren winning back in two
dozen and one, he'd already been
around a long time. -- winning back
in 2001. To have the ability to win
back there. Les Gillett won the
International Open in 1997, 20 years
ago. And he's still about.
playing top-class bowls. He fell out
of the top 16, found his way back
in. What amazes me sometimes is the
hunger of these players, keeping it
up over such a long period of time.
Absolutely. Right on a fine line to
hold that... Should go underneath.
There it is now... Not much, just a
hairs breadth on the inside. Nice
weight to tap the red one, the green
Les, is that jack moving? If it does
and you've got a slight problem, if
it's a clean bowl past the jack then
it's just sitting perfect. Have you
got the weight this time, because
you're going to start to dive pretty
quickly. Lack of weight. I think the
line was better.
Kept it on a wide line.
Darren what doesn't want to hit his
own bowl too hard. The jack will
come out into the open.
probably made one more shot but if
he's going to hit that he wanted to
hit it just a little bit further.
He's offered up a target now and Les
will come right at it.
wanted a bit firmer to tap it right
across to leave the behind the two
green bowls. -- leave the jack
behind the two green bowls. That
just wasn't hard enough, and Les
will definitely come into this. He
really just can't... I do think he
can take his own bowl out without
taking others. Pick your hand, pick
The odds are on the backhand.
Goodness me, that went fast! Wow!
Hard to believe he missed the
If it caught the edge it
could have been an awful lot worse.
He was definitely done the wrong
side there. He wanted to be on the
high side. Look at the benefits on
the other side there, Paul. You had
that shot coming across to move the
jack on the plant.
That would have
been really beneficial. All one from
Les with that one. Every player in
the world, no matter what sport it
is, will miss a shot occasionally.
He's frustrated by that but he'll
let it go. It's been a good start to
the second set for the Scotsman. A
couple of quarterfinals last season
in the world and the International
Open. Negotiating his way past the
quarterfinal here. Starting to build
a tidy lead. APPLAUSE
Once again, another handy reply.
Within a foot.
Frothing short. -- dropping short.
Your bowl? 16 inches from jack high.
Just needed to run...
It's one green. Darren Burnett's
backhands are out of action now,
having to change the forehand. At
least if he comes the Red Bull
beforehand, it will hit the green
ball. -- Red ball.
ball. -- Red ball. No danger there.
Les has to play inside of the line
to pluck out the green ball, and if
he can, get it off his own ball yes.
Inside the line. Now, he has to use
his own ball, will he get it back in
time? I doubt it. A hard shot to
play, even for the top players.
Really difficult. The right shot to
play but it is just difficult.
change for Darren Burnett, coming
off beforehand. -- the forehand.
A chance with this... Going down...
It looks like it. He's going to play
the same thing, again. And hopes
that he will get that connection.
Coming into the perfect place, well
hidden on the blindside.
time-out is called.
Still down as a
forehand but a bit stronger this
time. Can ill afford to be 7-1 down.
He definitely needs the help of the
outside ball, going stronger...
Inside of the line, not much, a
ball. That was all. The last two
ends have been...
hardly needed to get past the green
on that one come onto his own.
Starting to get very difficult for
the Englishman. Semifinals of the
world back in January, he has
appeared at many of those events.
Jack length, 29.5 metres.
not let it go, he is a dogged
competitor. Dix really deep, he's
one of the best at that, around the
circuit. -- digging really deep.
Against Alex Marshall, he came back.
Tying the opening set.
7-2 behind, looking to level it.
feet, past jack high.
information gives what Darren what
he needs to know. He can come around
the short ball.
Just Quartet. When you need to be up
here, you get hold of this jack. It
must win this end. I do not think he
will get back at all.
A snap of the fingers from Darren
Burnett. Not closing it down, that
will concern him.
Just needing to slip onto the green
one. He's got a chance with the
shot. Dropped, it will be close.
Fairly close for these shots.
are very close as well. The clock is
round and there, that was good from
Darren Burnett. Able to concede his
He has used his time which
quite a lot. Sitting close for the
shot, trying to draw it in and close
the head down.
If he's got the running, he has got
good line. Looked short, didn't he?
He made centreline, that is where
the problem was. Protecting Les's
front ball. Cannot really hit that
in so easily... Les playing the safe
way round, on his forehand, that
will dip hard.
Fighting its way
around. That is the shot drawn.
Exactly what he needed to do when,
in the end, it was one or two.
out. Should ask for the umpire.
Darren MacManus will come on... Yes,
we have the Dan team today!
McManus was undergoing training last
night for the final parts of his
exams. Under the watchful eyes of
technical officers. Shouldn't really
be a problem going to the world
level. They are very proficient.
Darren Burnett in the driving seat.
But nothing is safe just yet.
He turned his back very early. A
glimmer of light for Les Gillett
We are looking at two shots
here at this stage. One will keep
him in the hunt. Two would really
put him in with a chance.
Off the backhand, has he given it
enough? Ooh... Maybe just? My
goodness me! A little touch, Les has
to come to his own ball, the jack.
He comes across to the other side of
the match, almost to guarantee the
bend back in with the left-hand. He
will normally haul out just a little
bit. He didn't push through it,
that's the problem. He got the line
The gap is ten inches.
needed that want to be right up to
his own ball. And now he is in
trouble. Desperately seeking these
shots. Past jack height. It is a
It is, no doubt about that, it gives
less the opportunity to reach in
this time. -- it gets Les the
opportunity. Doesn't have to go too
heavy, at least make sure you are up
to the jack.
Now, will he get back
with the extra weight? Just over the
line. This is going to be very
If he draws in here,
Les Gillett, nobody is going to take
back to back fours off Darren
The set has gone. 9-2, two
ends to go. Four and a three, Darren
doesn't lose those kinds of shots.
Not at this level.
Drawing for a
three. They begin to applaud... He
knew that it was there.
He was in the driving seat before.
That effectively throws Les out of
Technically, they have
to keep going well there is still a
chance of Les gaining a draw in the
set. But the match should be over at
Need to have a final total at the
end, just to see what the shots are,
important for other reasons. But the
outcome of the match is pretty much
So this could really be classed as
Les Gillett does the right thing.
Pops one in the ditch. APPLAUSE
All credit to Leslie doing that. He
knew there was no chance of getting
24s. He also knew he had to finish
the end. All credit to him to doing
that. Very sportsmanlike.
wins the Darren, he played very
well. Darren Burnett finds himself
in the semifinal, having defeated a
very difficult opponent in Les
Gillett. Very tight first set but
Darren Burnett got away in the
second and he wins by 1.5- 0.5. The
expectations were high in this game,
as they are for all the
quarterfinals today. My goodness me,
they did not disappoint. Fantastic
bowls. Les had drawn the shot with a
previous bowl and Darren took it
away from him. Big crowd in here at
the Dewar's Centre and they were
seeing everything, including Darren
Burnett just missing the third time
in that end on the drive shots. But
this time he gets the target and he
gets a very good result. Les wasn't
to be outdone. He just kept plugging
away, keeping the pressure on. But
ultimately, it came down to the fact
of the first set which was always
going to be very, very tight. It was
a 7-7 draw. Darren Burnett just
pushed the jack out into the open.
Les missed it and lost a double.
That was followed up in the last
end. Les played his last bowl, came
over, well done Darren Burnett.
Played really well.
Such a tight
first set. But really 18 shots to
nine because of that second set.
Darren Burnett really taking it in
the end. They both played a similar
jack length but Darren Burnett is
the semifinalist in the Scottish
is the root of the last four of the
Scottish International Open.
Congratulations, some great plague.
The first set was a bit scratchy
Congratulations, some great plague.
The first set was a bit scratchy
iPod. A draw was probably a fair
result. Kept us both in the match.
Just did enough in the second set I
It was quite a game because
in that first set in particular you
were both playing some great shots
and then both you and the macro
losing your way a bit but it was
exciting to watch.
could have gone either way. He made
it pretty impossible for me so I run
away and got a tie. In hindsight
should I have gone for a two? Maybe,
but hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Darren put me under a lot of
pressure. I tended to use the green
about a yard short every end, I
don't know why but Darren punished
me. All credit to him, the best man
won on the day.
When you get into
the second set, if you've got the
first bowl, if you stick it on the
jack, your opponent is always going
to be in trouble.
disappointed me in the first set.
Staked it up in the second and
that's probably the only pleasing
thing I can take out of the game.
Into the second set you through your
final bowl into the ditch, it was
very sporting as we expect from a
fellow like yourself.
scored two shots all games so I
wasn't going to score eight in two
ends! It's wasting Darren's time,
wasting the crowd's time. I was
never going to score two fours. Like
I said, Darren was really good and I
wish all the best.
semifinal for you. You must be
fancying your chances because you've
been getting better better.
swapping colours today makes it
difficult. I might go read now, I'm
not sure. It's always going to be
tough, semifinal is going to be
really hard. Everyone is probably
playing at their best now so just
got to hope tomorrow is my day.
You're playing David Gallie, the
Scotland international coach. You'll
be coaching you at the Commonwealth
Games. What if he beats you
tomorrow, how is the coach player
relationship going to work?
he selected his five before we play.
He's a class act.
It's going to be a
fantastic match. Thank you so much
once again for your performances
this week and your great
sportsmanship. Darren Burnett is
through to the semifinal. APPLAUSE
Let's have a look and see what the
semifinals look like. David Gourlay
got through against Nick Brett this
morning so he will face Darren
Burnett. And all Scotland affair in
the semifinal tomorrow.
Now it's time for a very tenuous
link. If you follow your football,
you may know that the local club
here in Perth is called St
Johnstone. You may or may not know
that they be any club in the
Scottish or the English Football
League with the J in the name. Still
got that? One of the boffins at the
Scottish International Open realised
unnoticed that Jamie Chestney is the
only player left with a J in his
name. We took him a across to where
St Johnstone play their football.
Playing up here in Perth, to be
honest the crowds are really fair.
So when you're actually on the rink
playing it doesn't feel like an
England Scotland battle. We have
matches all the time against each
other. Perhaps when we play the
national series you find it a bit
more one-sided or the other but to
be fed the crowd are always really
fair. It's nice to be able to play
in front of a good crowd. I've only
got in the top 16 a couple of years
ago so the last couple of years I've
only made the second round. This is
the furthest I've been in the
Scottish Open so far. Playing
against Paul Foster, both beat each
other in the past. I know it's
something that I can do, obviously.
I don't need to tell everyone how
good a player Paul is, everyone
knows that already. I'm just going
to have to be at the top of my form.
If I do that... I'm expecting Paul
will put close bowls so I'll have to
play a lot of converting shots
myself. Hopefully on the day. It's a
really nice venue to be at, to be
myself. Hopefully on the day. It's a
really nice venue to be at, to be
honest. We can stand up on the
balcony and watch the other games
and go through and watch the curling
next door, then think that looks
easy and in reality I can't imagine
I'd even be able to stand up on
there. It's a nice arena to be
around, always what's happening. The
longer you can stay there the
Jamie Chesney is now a St Johnstone
fan. I'm dying to get the players
onto the rink here so let's do it,
it's Paul Foster against Jamie
Chestney. From the outside looking
in Jamie Chestney winning the
International Open with something of
a surprise. For those in the know it
was anything but. He's been a hugely
successful player on the
international circuit and his
inclusion in the pro tour is richly
deserved. Ladies and gentlemen,
please give a very warm welcome to
the International Open champion,
Jamie Chestney! MUSIC
While picking up trophies is
something Paul Foster does with
alarming regularity. 16 times he's
won on the world Bowls tour. When
you at the outdoor success including
multiple Commonwealth goals you have
the complete package. Please give a
very warm welcome to reigning
five-time world champion, Paul
MUSIC: "Eye of the Tiger".
COMMENTATOR: So Jamie Chestney,
walking and, facing a Scottish crowd
and a Scottish legend in Paul
Foster. As you rightly said, he has
beaten him before, so he can go for
this. He is facing Paul Foster who
has arguably over rounds one and two
being the best player in the
He is a quietly determined type of
player. Jamie Chestney has made his
way up the rankings. He's a big
improvements in the outdoor game as
well. He's got a super career there
too. All-round player, indoor and
outdoor. The early stages of his
world career, and a lot of people
think he's going to be about for a
Come through break
these matches without dropping a set
so far. -- has come through both of
these matches without dropping a set
That mark on the bowl
indicates it's a toucher. If the
bowl goes in the ditch it stays
alive. Whereas if it goes in the
ditch without touching the jack it's
taken away. It has no further part
in the end.
Early attacking shot by Paul. Now
he's certainly got something. One
out. Damage limitation.
to get something with your first
The thing about
something like that is it says to
your opponent, you put another one
in and leave the target, I'm going
to go again. If you don't go deep,
I'll go again. So that's where the
risk is. Well, he's left a big gap.
That's a good bowl, that's a clever
bowl. It counts but it's not going
to be lifted out. Here comes Paul
Foster, he's missed it, he thinks,
and he's absolutely right. We knew
that was through the gap.
shots, Jamie Chestney.
You don't get
too many better start than that
against Paul Foster. Folks returning
to their seats after the last match.
They do so very quickly, which is
Jack length 27 metres.
don't want to miss too much of this
These are two players who don't hang
around on the mat. Yes, shot clock's
not going to be too much trouble to
Big backswing, very rarely you see
that in the indoor rinks, on the
fast indoor carpets.
Good line, just dropping in behind.
Hardly any backward movement of the
In a good place...
Jamie, your front
ball has now fallen over.
Watching this one come down...
Wondering if he overcooked it
slightly... He has.
Paul's chance to
get a three back...
Very slow on the way back, isn't it?
It didn't come... It might have
fallen down... It has.
He has made
it. He made the double, he wanted to
get to the jack and make three with
a little touch. Settling for two.
3-2 after two ends.
Plenty of singles picked up so far
today. A three and a two all ready
to open this game.
Well, a protector in there. It will
not make Jamie's life any easier. He
is going to play through this now.
An interesting one from the point of
view of moving the front ball and
getting the jack through.
that... Initially felt Paul Foster's
ball, and the way he was lying, that
was the answer. But he does disrupt.
Taking the jack for on. Nestling in
beside him. He got the split.
Rolling into the ditch, effectively.
An interesting choice to go that
side, peeling away from the jack on
the backhand, coming in towards the
jack on the other side. You can see
from the last shot how far away the
ball in the ditch is.
Just needs to
sneak past the green.
It looked like
it was struggling but it's got
there. Both players with one to
Two shots at the moment, if it
is, Chestney may be going looking
for Paul Foster's ball, if he draws
it. He is in with this one... Is it
I think you can see it on
It certainly looks
like it can be picked out. Just a
question. Might just be one second
shot before it is going to be the
There is something
not right about this one. -- too
risky. I thought there was something
not right because he was so narrow
but he has actually drawn the short,
it is unbelievable.
It looks like it
might get killed on the front one.
That looked so narrow in comparison
to his previous delivery.
It will be
the strings that come out, they go
up and down so easily.
see the ball getting past the front
two but it sneaked in. This has to
be very accurate, looking at a
straight line to the ball. Draw the
string in. Get a firm contact on
It's going to be red. That measure
is used, so it is up and over the
edge of the rink. The shot was
One short, Jamie Chestney.
At a real push you could use a box
measure. It's better to play the
These players have met several times
on the single since 2010. Jamie
Chestney leading 2-1. Paul Foster
was the winner of the most recent
meeting, back on the Worlds in 2017.
Paul Foster was always hard to beat
at the world singles, he loves the
Well played again. Paul Foster will
run this, he does not like it, he
turned his back on it. Takes one
outcome he knew he was missing what
he wanted. -- takes one out. Such
high standards that both of these
players have. In case that one was
going to be hit, back it comes.
Back to the draw.
Almost nonchalant, how he walks up
and down, Jamie Chestney, it gives
you the impression of not a care in
the world. He's very serious about
the sport, kicked it up and down if
you time is. He was not happy with
the ball -- a few times. Paul
Foster, touching the ball away.
has got the deepest ball, cannot
imagine playing that. Too much
danger. He is playing that. Trying
to use the ball on the jack, using
the green one to come into play.
Jamie Chestney, an indication of how
hard the forehand is to play.
start for the Englishman. 30 years
old and from Exeter. Part of the
Jamie Chestney's family are appeal.
His mum, Tracy, and his stepfather.
He is married to Natalie no more, as
she was, and the winner of a
Commonwealth Games gold medal. See
what the team is going to be for the
Gold Coast. Monday is due, but
Natalie, it's hard to go past her.
Such a talent, others are there in
the hunt. For places.
A medallist in
Sometimes all are seen within an
hour of each other. A wonderful
venue. Of course, great memories
from Glasgow as well.
Tempted to run
these balls. Deciding to draw, one
ball in the head, didn't want to
take it out. Got a chance with this,
surpassing its own, that little
touch. He may have managed to get to
the red ball... Jamie Chestney
started to go up the rink and
decided to look at the television, a
couple that are available. Just to
see how it is. Without the touch,
that shop ball would have been very
close. -- shot ball. A wise move. A
little tap on your own ball or a
runner on the forehand, to disturb
things. A little tap...
Watching the nudge on... And he has
got it! The edge of the jack. As he
made the shot. I think it is one
down. He made it.
I don't think
Jamie was expecting that is the ball
was tapped down. Jamie was running
away, down the rink.
It will be very difficult to tell.
But we cannot tell from that.
Beautifully scented, interestingly
said, that was hard. I would be
inclined to go with the player here.
They are just so good. They really
are. In looking at things...
see the funny side of it later. It
was so funny to see him stop in his
tracks and turn back because they
definitely thought that he was
Now they don't want either
player to touch it. We want to know!
We want the measure! LAUGHTER
Just hear what Jamie is saying
I'm not saying you're wrong,
but I think I'm right...!
It's just like their married!
We don't want any movement because
we want to see how this is going to
Both players give their bowl a
chance. Maybe Paul isn't sure
either. He is very good, very good
at looking at measures.
wandered away, Jamie Chestney.
he was right, measure her shot.
There are enough, it is a measure.
Didn't commit either way.
All we can
do is sit back and watch...
difference, 6-2. That's big.
also be declared a no shot as well
if the bowls are Ecuador distant. --
It's always the one
that is a favourite bowl.
credit to ban McManus, he called it.
Darren is walking down with a stride
and a bounce. He got that one right.
But he was absolutely right, it was
a measure. Although Balk -- Paul's
last bowl was reaching a head.
a difference. 6-2 it could have
been, 5-3 it is.
Another one in. That's the pressure
Jamie might have a
little pop at this. The two bowls
will go. Wait shots.
going to make it interesting.
opens things up, doesn't it? Both
players will see a mark as to where
the jack is and that's where you
have to then go. Nice wide line.
Coming back, needs to stay on... A
What a shot from Paul
Jamie Chestney has got no choice but
to try and draw with this one. Can't
afford to try and rest that one.
There is another green bowl down the
rink. You can see it now. That's two
shots, that's been disposed of.
not making it. Just a couple of
yards from where he wants to be.
It's such a hard shot, playing right
to the edge of the ditch.
marginally protected the green bowl.
This one really does look like it's
Paul Foster needs to tap the
And he has. Oh! Wow!
permits himself a little smile. That
is so difficult to do but that's a
man at the top of his form. He's
going to play them off, if he can.
It's a hard shot. Doesn't want a
lift his own out.
That's always the
problem, he's going to give Paul
Foster another shot.
It's going to
be a third shot because the green
bowl you see in your picture there
will count. Paul Foster hits three
shots and gets the lead in the set.
Credit to Jamie Chestney for
striking, putting the jack in the
ditch. Paul Foster, wonderful.
tempted to say Paul Foster is one of
the best that drawing to the edge of
the jack but you really don't want
to say that!
Until he does it.
he is very good at it.
The first one
was impressive but the second one...
He was showing off here.
one was important because he was
saying to Jamie, you can take my two
off and you'll score a single. But
hit your own bowl, I'm getting
three. He leapfrogs in front. That's
why it was so important to put
another one in.
Short length jack.
Really enjoyable game. Quality
all-rounder, as we expected.
Always a great feeling around the
Dewar's Centre and quarterfinal day.
The standard usually exceptional. No
tempted by this. He's going for it.
Coming across... Well played.
it really well.
Well, he knows before anyone else,
Most of the time.
Usually he does know and that one
wasn't going to be any good to him.
Jamie, what do you have coming
Just the one... The thing
with this football is, and what is
tempting him, is the fact that two
bowls out is whether the count but
there's still another bowl to come.
So I almost think he should draw it
in on the backhand. He's got his own
bowl to come. You can use the edge
of that, ten that side of it, turn
onto the jack. There a variety of
percentages available. He's got to
get awfully close to his own bowl.
That could be highly dangerous.
the jack squirts out to the side
there's a red bowl waiting to
So many things that
could go wrong. He's actually
drawing on the forehand but it
doesn't really matter which side.
He's trying to get a close bowl and
position here because he doesn't
want Jamie to take the jack through.
A clever bowl by Paul because there
was a chance of Jamie running the
jack through the four on that side
of the rink. He's taken that away.
So he's more or less said I'm happy
to lose a single.
I'm not sure I
would trust the fact Jamie won't add
at least one more. Fighting to get
back, just drifting through it to
come on the other side of the green
Players really dislike having to
leave the opposition with a shot,
but didn't really have a lot of
Two ends to play. It's hard to pick
a winner of this set given the way
they are both playing.
I'm just thinking back to the last
end web Paul put a position bowl in,
he knows exactly the way Jamie
plays. He knew he would go for that,
even though it was dangerous, he
would still go for that. Trail shot
through the three or four. So he
covered it and was prepared to lose
one, maybe even two.
It's excellent again. Just widens
the target which might make Paul
Foster have a go.
Well, it's two
bowls wide but it's a distance away.
Two bowls will go, jack will go
anywhere. It's worth moving into it
now. A lot of drives have been
Paul Foster knew
when that was halfway down that that
wasn't going to do what he wanted.
lot of drives missed and a lot of
controlled weights missed, more than
I'd ever seen before. Some have been
off target and managed to get
results but... It's hard enough to
play that shot. Always committing
going under again.
Well, Jamie is weighing this up. But
the logical shot would suggest he
comes and covers the green bowls
just in case.
I think you're going
re-spot, I really do. He can cover
green and the re-spot at the same
time. It's just whether he wants to
play it or not. He's certainly
wider. He's more or less putting the
bowl back again. Will he stop in
time? Three shots, he's not even
covering anything, really. He's
drawn another shot.
Barely covering the
re-spot. He's taken a risk in saying
you get it, you get it. This will be
Well, that's as fast as we
seen this week. Scatter is
absolutely everything, there's not a
bowl on the rink.
Now, I can't remember that, I really
cannot remember that in all the
events where everything has gone.
Absolutely unique once more from
Paul Foster. He splits jacks, he
knocks things off rinks. That's the
first no score in that I can
remember. Both players smile but
what a shot for Paul Foster.
when he decides to drive on his
forehand he does go quick.
this, look at them all go. That
extra little not actually cost in
the shot. If it missed his green
bowl he was going to get one.
double touch on the green bowl. He
knew there were no touchers. But
that was as good as Paul Foster
could possibly have hoped for. Three
Well, he saved the set.
There's no doubt about it, he saved
He does manage to create some very
interesting situations, Paul Foster.
Well played by Jamie Chestney. A
great opening ball.
A big end for both players. The set
is at stake. It will be played like
a tie-break end. That is basically
saying "Hit me".
It definitely is.
Jamie Chestney has put Paul Foster
under considerable pressure in the
Fabulous, here is Paul Foster,
watching. He likes it, still
watching. It just went the wrong
He's kept his own ball on the
rink, which is fine. He knows that
it is a 1-shot situation. So it does
not matter if he loses two or three
The trouble with someone like Paul
Foster is that he plays this shot, I
do not think he will because he has
got the last ball...
I think he
needs a bit more space, he wants to
open it up. He is very firm, he has
got something. It is stuck to the
ball. He has opened it up, that is
beatable on the draw.
That is what
he wanted to do, give himself a
chance with this last ball and he
has done so. Jamming the red ball
This has been a great match.
Jamie is aware of the fact that he
needs a closer ball. He needs to
run... It is a bit closer. Trying to
draw this clean. Five balls in his
last seven. This is for the set. And
the crowd may well tell you first,
if he gets it...
Certainly out wide
enough. He has got good weight, if
he does, he will come back...
for the site... -- set, a stunning
set of balls Alex Mack with a
a draw. Paul Foster with the
narrowest of margins. Putting it out
beautifully and judging the weight,
taking the first set in this
Well, that was special. The key ball
in the set was Paul Foster's. The
previous end, the last ball on the
eighth end, losing three, the set
was gone. Clearing every single ball
off the rink for a low scoring end.
That was special.
In order for Paul Foster to play all
of these wonderful shots is the fact
that he has won it at the top of his
Some brilliant balls in that
first set... An indication of both
players, playing great shots. Jack
was in the ditch, Jamie has been
playing good runners as well as
drawing. Very even.
The reply on that one...
Just over it. When you change onto
the other side and try and get to
the green ball...
Just need to hurry on the line to
get to the jack, not quite there.
Just over two feet.
Around it comes again. On the gap...
About one yard away, at the gap. It
was going to come into play that the
touching jack would have been enough
to hide it away. Jamie with a chance
to remove the green ball. Not sure
if he is going to hold this line, is
Just looked out of the hand...
It isn't easy for Paul. They add
another. We would be thinking about
On the backhand... It drifted in.
Not going to run out, though.
shot, Paul Foster.
started the tournament in the same
way as heeded in 2016, getting past
Chris Gayle and then Mark Dawes.
Different quarterfinal opponents.
Leading a much tighter game against
Thompson. It's understandable,
coming from Bell draws, the first
set he was really finding his way. A
lot more competitive in the second
set. Sometimes these players make
the surface looks so easy. But it is
far from it. Lightning fast. Compare
to many surfaces. -- compared to
It's almost an expectation that
every ball will be on the jack. As
much as these players are playing
exceptional stuff, they do put the
odd 18 a few inches away. -- the odd
one a few inches away. Paul has a
looking the same hand.
Giving the shoulder.
It looked under.
It is a nasty place
for Paul Foster. Forcing him onto
the other side. His line is so good
here. At every chance, he comes...
No drop. Won't be walking too close
to that one.
Drawn, Jamie Caven play
in or tap it on the backhand. Either
way, he is available. -- JB could
play it in. He doesn't want the
jack. He has got the ball, he does
not want the jack... Ooh! That was a
well executed shot.
The green ball
was always the target, did not want
to move the jack. That would have
brought other balls into contention.
Done enough. Another good end of
balls. Still not picking out a win
on this one.
length, 27.5 metres.
home of the Perth Saints, in Saint
Johnstone. He loves his football and
his rugby. The Exeter Chiefs.
Currently second in the English
premiership. A couple of points off
Exactly jack high, Paul.
edge, jack high. Otherwise it is a
ball short. Depends on how you
interpret that. The rules have
changed over the terminology of jack
high, and other bits and pieces...
Ten seconds on the shot clock,
plenty of time.
You've got to come
into it, that is why he is taking
his time. A narrow target...
Striking the front green ball.
hard shot to play, that forehand
runner. It really is.
Really wanted to lift that onto the
shot bowl, perhaps move the jack.
The reason why he's so disappointed
is the shot has left himself so
Mmm, well, he's opened the jack a
bit. There's two shots to green but
he's opened the jack a little bit
for the draw. Prior to that, I'm not
sure if the draw was just the best
shot for Jamie. So hard to get to
the jack but as soon as you do that
it's opened adopted three or four
inches and Paul knows that that's
exactly what he didn't want to do.
Not an easy shot.
By Jamie Chestney.
Very close, can he make the running?
Well, I don't know for sure. Paul is
going to have a look.
He certainly had the run in to make
it, a clean road. But we don't move
ashore. -- but we don't know for
sure. Big wide arc for Paul Foster
because he has to make it past the
Just didn't run out. One
shot to Paul Foster.
A four just to
be cautious. He suspected that was
Singles all the way again.
29.5 metres. -- jack links 29.5
Again, a little touch.
It was exactly
Normally run this off.
Firm, controlled weights. Likes it.
Goodness me, without a touch he was
taking one away. I can't believe the
touch putting through the gap! I
thought it had to get to the jack.
He's found his way through some
Trying to reach up to
the jack and disturb it by trailing
it through. Touch it through to the
green one would be better.
bigger target. But he does have the
touchers, and that could be
important. The bowl to the left is a
toucher and double coming in is also
If he's after the jack,
he's going to have to go forehand.
He's not far away, as it turns out.
He's got a result out of it.
There was a noise as he
just went to bowl which didn't help
him. Toucher in the ditch.
almost like somebody was calling out
just as he was about to deliver,
they weren't watching the player on
the mat. There are hundreds and
hundreds of bowls delivered in the
week and very few get disrupted. The
jack has stayed just inside the
It actually turned out to be
Yes, turned out to be a decent
It's going to be hard to beat.
No matter where Paul puts it, Jamie
will have a chance to beat it with a
He didn't like it.
didn't like it it must be heavy.
That's a mistake and he knows it.
Really just to beat the two green
Didn't even get close to the
ditch. Two yards away will do for a
Oh my goodness me...
Surely that's in? If it's not in
that's a terrible mistake!
short and he'll be so relieved about
that. So much space to draw in.
Almost too much space to draw it.
Paul played three very good bowls,
two of them touches. And in the end
lost a double. -- two of them
Jack length 28 metres.
necessarily the problem when you're
playing bowls, it's when it's silent
and you just get one noise. That's
what can catch you.
are very noisy and you certainly
don't have, at any stage, silence.
You just get used to it. There's
been some talk about playing with
background music and stuff so that
small noises don't disturb the
For some, background music is more
irritating than noise. It depends on
Absolutely. You're not
going to keep everyone happy with
that. Although we do have one or two
experts that are very good.
I don't think anybody would be
rushing to lift my playlist to play
in the background of anything.
round the back would be better. Yes,
Just wants to come to the green
bowl, drop inside. It's all about
getting back there with an extra
couple of feet of run in. Not the
gap. He has found three or four gaps
in this match and they've actually
been quite costly.
Similar from Paul Foster.
well. Played it well. Jamie might go
more forceful now. Rather than just
relying on coming through. Jack in
the ditch is good. The difficulty he
has is he doesn't want his own bowl,
he takes that away he's in a heap of
In it comes. Jack. Solid.
That's not getting beaten. Paul
Foster shouldn't bother playing this
It depends if it looks
like it's just one.
If it's too...
If it is to then he has to play it
past. On that angle it's two.
must be otherwise he wouldn't bother
playing it. Just try and draw it
That was a good drive.
Absolutely middle it.
This is looking good.
there will do.
For the second time of the match he
wins back-to-back ends.
Jack length 27.5 metres.
He's played all his shots. He is
matching Paul Foster all the way.
Just coming through.
Changes hand just to come across
that green bowl.
He's close again.
Note that where he stops -- no
matter where he stops. Not bad, it's
That looked better. Just the weight
holding it out.
I'm not sure he meant that. His best
back bowl. But...
I think the target
was without doubt a green bowl
because that's the one Paul will be
trying to move the jack to. Just
overplayed the weight. Just needs to
sneak past the front red...
damage is done.
started to sneak away in this second
set. A set he has to win. Three ends
to play, three shots to the good.
The typesetters enough for Paul
Foster to see him through, having
taken the first 7-6 -- the tide set.
A game that almost deserves a
Both attacking players,
we want to see some spectacular
stuff... Paul will be hoping to
dispense with that... Paul Foster.
He is responding here. 11 ends in
his first two matches, he lost seven
singles from four doubles in the
opening set. He had lost three, and
since then, all singles bar a number
for, as he replaces Jamie Chestney.
Looking to follow Paul Foster down
the forehand, using the green ball
to come inside.
The weight is the
problem, the line is good. Yes,
centreline each time. He is in a
heap of trouble here. No back
Just a little further through them
he wanted. Still two. Jamie Chestney
lost three at the sixth end in the
opening set which has caused him a
big problem. Two against here.
certainly reaching with this one,
will it get back in time?
weight to turn it over! He drops it
in well. Now Paul Foster has a
chance to play the shot.
He is going
to attack here. It is a narrow
target but he has two attack.
the ball out would be good. The
green ball onto the jack would be so
much better. Yes, see what he
gets... He is in the area. A strange
I think he would have been happy to
get his front green ball, that is
what he was looking for. Encouraging
it forward to get the jack. Back to
quarterfinal day, the Scottish
International Open. A real buzz
around the place. Some fabulous
Both players are desperate to score
at this end. Ramifications for the
final end, if Paul Foster can pick
something up. He can afford a tide
Ooh... Just tucked it in around the
corner a little bit. Still a good
ball. Just making it a bit harder.
Changing it onto the backhand. The
red ball, effectively, the jack.
Once again, he is in the area. Can
he pick up the jack this time? He
has. Goodness me. That is a great
ball, it really is. Four balls at
this stage in the match, to play
them like that, that is hot stuff.
It really is, from both players.
Timing it beautifully, got the
contact that he wanted.
He might have
to play down at this, the danger
with a front plant is that it's a
The front plant has a touch of air,
he cannot afford to play too much to
He is watching this one. He needs
the back ball first. Get the back
ball, and then the jack. No! Not the
Dear oh dear! This is
fantastic. Very unlucky. Very, very
Still has a ball to play.
The falling back caused the problem.
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.
Goodness me, that is a very tight
head. Just looking to get two green
balls, if he can. And drop back...
Just over it. That was very good.
Perfect, in fact. Now, I don't know
if Paul Foster would play this or
not but if he wants to play it, it
is very much available. Green ball
on the red. The jack should move but
it will come to him. That is a
sweetie, in the way that it is
Can he get the nudge that
He is playing for it, no
doubt about that.
keeping a close eye... He has done
What a bore! -- what a ball. He
watched it all the way, we knew that
he would get a result. What a
result, when it came. Nipping out
the red. Well played.
You could see
it a mile off, but in the context of
the match it was incredibly
important. The time-out called by
Jamie Chestney. He's got to think
about it. He has the best back
The firm on the forehand.
Ball on the jack. Just got the
edge... What an effort! It is a key
three again. It happened in the
first set and has happened again. A
key three, taking Paul Foster 6-5
ahead. Jamie Chestney has two score
two at the final in to get a
tie-break. Two better. Paul Foster,
accumulating his own short of the
day show real. -- shot of the day.
My fingers are getting tired writing
them down. He has played some good
balls but Paul Foster has so many! I
keep putting one in and changing it,
and changing it! And we still got
another match to go...
So far it has
The quarterfinal is being played at
the standard of a final. The problem
for Jamie Chestney is that he needs
a double. A good start, not leaving
anything short. Give yourself a
chance... The way that he's played
today, it takes a world champion to
be an absolutely brilliant form to
stay with him. It is close again. He
just needs to run over the line...
Fighting it on the weight. He needs
to pick up the jack. He cannot
afford to draw this cold. He needs
more than one. Perfect for the job.
Paul Foster does not like this. A
little bump of the fest. The best
back ball, the problem being, he was
not looking for that. It is
This match whizzes
through, it is such high quality. A
little tap of the back foot. It
normally means that he is close.
Just getting down off the high line.
That is the problem. Yes, again, the
weight is perfect for what he wants.
And he knows that he cannot afford
to nip the line, it will dive
across. But it is a match lie at the
Paul Foster has the back
position covered. If both sides are
no good, we look first of all at the
re-spot positions. It doesn't really
work for Jamie. Neither does that.
So what does Paul Foster do? The
perfect shot, this is the perfect
shot for Paul Foster. To draw on his
forehand, and try and drop into
here, if he can. That way, any Trail
on the jack and he could get a shot.
He could play on the backhand as
well. Available on both sides. But
he wants something to dropping
behind the jack and stop that Trail.
-- drop in. He is very close to
it... It starts to come back now...
It is in a very useful place. Either
side of the red ball was going to be
very handy, in front that would have
been perfect, but... We've got to
see what Jamie has available here.
Nothing on the forehand. Taking his
own out. The jack re-spot position,
It's hard to tell.
Trail of the backhand.
It is hard,
though. The trouble is playing over
the weight, if you are coming into
there, what you really want to do is
get the jack over here but if it
goes over the re-spot with more
weight, those two reds may come into
Either way, it has to be a slightly
overweighted shot on the backhand.
It looks like he's going strong.
What could be shot itself, not
enough. He needs two to force the
tie-break, Jamie Chestney. Something
put him off, so they'll stop the
clock. Only for a few seconds, but
they just need to sort it.
it with weight, see what he can get,
coming down... It's not enough. What
an effort. From Jamie Chestney. But
unable to defeat the world champion,
who gave it his absolute all.
Consolation, hand on the shoulder
from Paul Foster but it's Paul
Foster who goes through to the
Jamie Chestney will play matches
where he's nowhere near on the same
form as he was today, and he will
get through. He might even win
tournaments playing as well as that.
But today against Paul Foster, it
was a tough ask and he just couldn't
make it. Paul was putting him under
pressure on a number of ends. Having
said that, Paul Foster had to play
the big bowls and get out of trouble
time after time. There, he played
the perfect bowl, the sixth end. Oh,
dropped it in, picked up three, and
look at this. This is just special.
The eighth end, everything cleared
off. Very rare that that happens for
a good Paul Foster, bang on target.
Jamie Chestney was trying everything
he could, and that was one of the
rare occasions when the drive and go
through a gap but, goodness me, he
played some great stuff. Look at
that bowl from Paul Foster, perfect.
Fozzie through to the semifinals.
12 of the 18 ends, one shot or next.
It was a cracking match that Paul
Foster did enough in to find himself
in the semifinal at the Scottish
International Open for 2017.
Paul Foster through to the last four
of this competition, and what a
match it was. Some incredible shots
from both players. You must be happy
to get through.
When we shook hands,
I said to Jamie I think I stole it
pulled Jamie -- I stole it. Jamie
out drew me most of the game. I
didn't play as well as I have in the
last few days but he always tried
his best and luckily managed to get
over the line. Wood our commentators
said that, on another day, if you
play that well, you wouldn't only
beat Paul Foster but you'd win
tournaments, but you are against a
guy doing conversion shots, and
things were going for him, but he
played so well.
Yeah, I'm gutted, in
all honesty. I didn't feel like I
could play the last couple of ends
of the first set any better, but
that's no disrespect to Paul,
because he took great bowls with the
drive and the draw. I didn't feel as
though you stole it. He played great
as well for the Yukon to be
disappointed. -- he played great as
well. I can't be disappointed.
thing that you do that nobody else
does, and I am sure that Jamie was
gutted when you were able to do this
in the eighth end of the first set,
and my goodness, what a shot.
thought that Jamie's was still in.
But it was incredible for the try
that 100 times and you wouldn't get
that result, but happy to hit my
target, trying to get a couple away,
and ending up with a no shot.
Advantage to me, and that was level
at the end of the first set.
was it, when you see something
happens like that? Zane Grothe, like
Paul said. It probably made a big
difference to the end of the set,
-- it was tough, like
On the second set, the
eighth end, you had to do a big
conversion shots, but I guess you
are able to play those shots with
great confidence because you had
that set in the bag.
I was quite
confident going down playing the
shot. I just wanted it to dip inside
to one bowl into Jamie's. It was a
fraction under his last bowl.
you are also saying you are not
disappointed about the way you
played, the experience you got this
week, and you are the holder of the
international Open and in the top 16
you are doing damage. You've got to
be pleased with that.
with that, but I probably won't be
like that on the drive home! But I'm
pleased to be having a chance on
every tournament and hopefully I
don't run into Paul playing like
If you keep playing like
that this week, not a lot of guys in
the world can live with you when you
A lot of guys play top-class
bowls, including Jamie. They can all
do it. But you go out there and you
hope you can bring your a game to
the match you are playing. The first
two games, I thought I slackened a
bit. But that was down to the wave
that Jamie played, putting me under
pressure in the first two bowls.
Yes, I won the game but Jamie played
Paul Foster is through
into the last four.
Let's have a look at the semifinal
draw as it is at the moment. We know
that it will be Stepney or King up
against Paul Foster. Paul is the
fourth seed and current world
champion. It's an old Scotland
affair, Darren Burnett against David
Gourlay. That will be live on BBC
Scotland tomorrow. These join us for
that if you can. In the meantime,
stick around here because, if that
last match is anything to go by,
this final match will be brilliant.
If you are sitting at home and
wondering how you get to be as good
as these guys, we are going to help
you. Corky will show you.
masterclass, I've selected a match
between Ian Bond and Andrew where,
and the first set, Ian Bond is 9-7
down, but he holds three shots and
Andrew Ware has his last shot.
Forehand drive, move the two bowls,
it's good, but Ian Bond has another
bowl to come, so he will draw it.
Backhand drive, same situation, a
chance of coming inside to get the
bowl, but difficult, and you have to
be fortunate. Whereas the forehand
with a bit
of, it pushes the bowl
the jack guarantees the set. But
anything with two feet of running is
hard to play. What he decides to do
is to play the perfect bowl. A lot
of risk, but he plays the forehand,
the bowl drops back in behind the
jack, really good, second shot, Ian
Bond, virtually no shot to play
other than a draw, and has to be
perfect to get something, so that
Ware guarantees winning the set 9-8.
He makes it look so easy, doesn't
he? Let's get to the final game. We
know all about Marvin King, he
knocked out Greg Harlow. He's up
against Michael Stepney. Let's hear
I've never played a singles game
against him. I've played quite a bit
in another series, and he is a
dogged competitor. He's always there
or thereabouts at the business end
of tournaments. I know it's going be
a really hard game against him. It's
a bonus for me to be here anyway, so
every game, it is take one game at a
time. I doesn't mean -- it doesn't
mean too much was the further on it
gets, semis and final, it will
probably mean a bit more, but just
go out and do the things I've been
That is what Michael Stepney
is thinking about, but let's get
them onto the rink at Dewars Centre
in Perth. Mervyn King up against the
man from Elgin, Michael Stepney.
Former winner of the British Isles
singles title, Michael has
represented his country on the
international stage 27 times.
Impressive performances against
Stuart Anderson and Perry Martin in
the previous rounds but Michael in
the quarterfinals on merit. Ladies
and gentlemen, please give a warm
welcome to the bowler from Elgin,
MUSIC: Walking On Sunshine
The last time Mervyn King won a
singles tour on the pro tour was in
2010, but don't let that U. Mervyn
is the master of the draw game and
knocking Greg Harlow out shows how
deadly he can be. Ladies and
gentlemen, please welcome the former
winner of the Scottish International
Open, Mervyn King!
MUSIC: The Good,
The Bad And The Ugly
I hope Paul and Corky have got their
breath back after that last match.
They will take you through the final
one this afternoon.
It was something
special, that's for sure, and the
phrase hard act to follow springs to
mind. What it a tough one, it always
is when you get a match like that.
One of the best matches I've ever
seen in terms of quality bowl of
double. -- bowl after bowl. He is
always a bit hard on himself but,
goodness, you have to play the big
bowls at the right time. That's what
he managed to do. And Jamie was
superb in that game, he really was.
It will be a long drive when you
lose like that.
Lots to think about
but lots to be positive about as
well. These two gentlemen, Mervyn
King and Michael Stepney, fighting
for the unenviable task of playing
Paul Foster in the semifinal.
they'll take it, for lots of
Michael Stepney, who is really
looking for the ranking points.
Mervyn King, the Norfolk man.
I would ask you where Michael
Stepney's from. What do I know
exactly where he's from. --
exactly where he's from. Michael
Stepney, who lists on his form that
he's from Elgin. Perhaps not quite
as accurate as some of the maps that
No, his hometown is
Elgin. Let's put it that way. It's
probably the nearest town, Elgin.
He's always played out Elgin club,
irrespective of one or two people
who like to keep things right. He is
from Elgin, as far as we are
concerned. Just hanging on to the
shot, just. Hole in one.
His good friend, Andrew Barker, is
watching this, and he will tell us
as well but he's from Elgin. I hope
Plenty of fine places close to
Elgin, of course. Including Milton
Duff. If you from there, nearest
town is Elgin.
Well, he's not from
No, he's not. Birkhead.
That's where he lives, nine miles
Four short bowls.
I don't think
Michael can take advantage of it.
Doesn't look to be a very good way
through. The draw shot round, tries
to touch the jack. He'll be happy if
he can get on the card.
He will do well to get another with
this one. It wasn't an easy one.
The other difficulty in a match like
this is that they have to take their
time, because there are a lot of
people coming in to take their seats
again, after a long session this
There will be a bit of
noise in the background as people
That will not stop Michael
Stepney, I can assure you. He does
not get disturbed too much.
Another good opener.
Again, two good opening bowls from
Sensible stuff. Going deep. Two
bowls in there. Mervyn King,
sticking with the draw. A lot of
players would have attacked that
I think he will with the next one.
Well, this is worth arriving into.
Solid jack would be good for Mervyn,
but there is a plant also, green
ball onto jack, which is pushing it
over towards the red ball. Two or
three chances. Inside line,
controlled weight. Just a matter of
getting back from a wide target. He
was after the plant. So hard to get
Didn't miss by much, but
that's all it takes. A good start
for the Scotsman. Small margins
indeed, but it was the right shot to
Preferring the shorter length of
jack. 24.5 metres. The third world
Bowls tour singles event from
Michael Stepney, but he has won the
Scottish Champion of champions on
this very carpet. The last time was
2015, against his good friend and
clubmate, Andrew Parker.
He has had
plenty of time on the portable. He
made his way to the world final as
well. The world pairs final.
It's close the shot. -- it is close
Almost very well played again. Just
holding up. He is questioning
himself, Mervyn King, a lot of the
bowls short. Not by much, but
The players only had an
opportunity to play two trial ends.
Just like competition is back up
their own club.
I slightly favour
your front bowl. 15 inches short of
Mervyn would almost
expect to come around the outside
bowl. That is what he will be
Just over the weight. Back to centre
rink nicely, though. Slightly off
it, but enough. There is a shot for
Michael if he wants to come inside.
Oh, he has played one! Well played!
Good bowling, good drawing.
Beautifully done. Judged perfectly.
Just took it round the corner. I
would always be hopeful of getting
that kind of support when I am
playing. It certainly won't happen
Mervyn King just wanted to
play into his own.
follow-through, nearly made it. Nice
weight again from Mervyn. The shot
bowl is there to be removed. What he
was probably looking for was his own
red one, rather than the green. It
nearly worked for him. The opening
three ends the way of the Scotsman.
Jack length, 24 metres.
Just short of jack high.
I am still surprised he is playing
this. It is so hard to play over the
Good bowl. Didn't take advantage of
the shot that was available on the
backhand. Might be enough to draw
Mervyn, trying to take away the
danger by playing through it.
Well, that will give him the shot.
It just snuck across. Both players
have a bowl to come.
Just as well he
has another one to come, because
that red bowl is looking quite
lonely in there.
That is asking a lot, at this
length. It was fighting. That
length, he pushed it out very wide
and it had got really good weight.
This will be a cheap double on the
The question is, is he running?
Dropped away. That might hurt, and
that really is a missed chance. That
should have been two.
It was a mess.
That was a chance for the extra
shot. But he is on the card.
he missed a week trick there. -- a
wee trick. At 4-0 down, you need to
make those, and Mervyn is usually
very good at them.
Going to the longer jack length,
The change of lengths, you've missed
with your first one, you want to get
the correction with this. It looks a
Well, it's all about
weight. He hasn't done enough to get
past the front red.
A good day for the Scots.
having a look back. Cannot
remember... I think this is the 11th
year that I've done this, and I
can't remember that there has ever
been all four Scots making up a
semifinal line-up. It's been English
This is where it struggles to get
back. You make the correction on
weight and you just fade off the
high side. This is a very loose end,
by Michael Stepney. He's going to
have to pluck something out with his
Holes and gaps. But it's very
drawable. Michael will not want to
go through the gap. Choices here. He
can still try and draw it, or he can
play heavy. Sticking with the draw.
The draw is to get the number one
shot, the heavy shop, which is
damage limitation. This needs to
run. -- the heavy shot. He's taken
two off, I think.
With four against,
to flip two off would be a result.
A strange end from Michael.
It was just little things that were
wrong, a bit offline, a bit of
dropped weight, not bringing
yourself through because you don't
want to be short, and all of a
sudden your opponent is lying three,
and then Mervyn King draws a four.
To short bowls almost certainly end
up -- inevitably end up with an over
correction. Having said that, he
managed to get in and take two off
for the last. So a good recovery.
Surprise again that Mervyn King has
taken it long.
A better first bowl.
It makes the
The gap is four inches.
First bowl, gap is 15 inches.
Well, this time, it's Mervyn
dropping short of the first two
bowls, and a chance for Michael.
Just didn't have the weight. The
other problem with Mervyn King's
bowls is because they are directly
in the line. If Michael Stepney had
put that one just behind, hard to
Slightly favour yours, Michael, but
it's very close. Last bowl is
slightly Ali half an inch past, jack
high. -- last bowl is half an inch
Well, that will be enough. That's
probably moved it an inch.
Definitely one green now.
across the carpet.
With no doubt.
Struggling for weight again. Just
one bowl has managed to make it up.
Michael not playing his last bowl.
I'm surprised at that.
Hmm, oh well. I
thought he might have reached that
with the bowl and put it out for
Michael is indicating that he
wondered if that all would fall and
ticket shop. -- if that all would
fall. I thought, there is a great
shot on for three, but the fear was,
if he missed it and the bowl fell
down, he wouldn't actually get the
He is closer to the action,
that wise man. Bird in the hand, and
all that stuff.
Now, that could be
It's going to be very close,
because the mat is up a metre. Look
Yes, it is a veto.
distance is 23 metres from the front
edge of the mat to the closest edge
of the jack it will be interesting
At this level, they use this
long tape. At my club, this is what
they use to measure my shots.
these ones, they are mega shots.
They are spring-loaded. You have to
be very careful with them, because
they are metal. They could take the
edge of a finger off very easily. A
lot of club ones about the wind-up
cloth -- a lot of club ones have got
the wind-up cloth. They take longer
to wind up but are very safe.
knew all 11. -- all along.
If it had
dropped in, Michael would have
managed to get his shot length.
makes all the distance in the world,
28.5 against 29.
A decent looking
start, isn't it?
Yeah. He'll take
it, that's for sure. Good opening.
Last bowl, four inches short.
He's going to have a little go at
Not getting his own bowl.
That's a typical aggressive shot
from Michael Stepney. But not sure
if it was really the right time to
do it. Well, it's just a forehand
draw, he could rest the bowl off,
return the jack.
Does that make it any more tempting?
Well, two in it, a B. Might go
again. Still a good shot to come off
his own for the jack.
Both bowls off the rink.
That dropped down on the jack.
Michael might be tempted to go
again, because he... Losing one
more. Needs the two bowls. Well,
he's got them. In terms of the jack
going through, that jack looks like
it might still be in play, and the
toucher is in the ditch. That's not
going to be easy to beat. Yeah, well
in play. He'll move the mat and the
three bowls off the rink.
angle, that, right down the rink,
and you can see what Mervyn King has
He's going to have to play
across it. The only danger he really
has is actually going off the edge
of the rink, rather than the ditch
side, just drawing too much. I think
he's safe enough.
And he's drawn a
He played that well. It
It was a mistake from Michael
Stepney to concede the jack. He then
found himself under pressure, three
weighted shots, Toulouse just a
single in the end. He'll be happy
enough. --. Two to play.
Back-to-back Scottish International
Open quarterfinals for Mervyn King
last season full stop he lost it to
Mervyn King, series 14. Michael
Stepney, unseeded, wild card entry
into the tournament.
based on his previous performances.
Obviously, being a local man helps,
too. But he is more than justified
the wild card selection. When he was
playing Stewart Anderson, I was
thinking, that's a very tough draw
for Stewart on a wild card. Well
played, still one red.
Anderson with a tie-break in round
one. A fellow giant killer. Perry
Martin in round two, to set up this
Michael played one of the best bowls
of the event to win that match.
Forehand off the centre of the rink,
taking Stewart Anderson's bowls out
clean as a whistle.
Top quality, this, no doubt about
it. Some very good bowling.
That dropped in probably about 12,
maybe 13 inches behind the jack, and
not a murmur.
Expectations are high, I think it's
fair to say.
Mervyn running for cover.
Choices here for Michael. He needs
another tall tap on the bowl on the
backhand, to move the jack. A tap on
the jack on the forehand to rest the
bowl off for a double. Can't afford
to be too heavy, otherwise it will
scamper through. Played it just over
the weight. He was tapping his leg
on the way down the rink. Such a
difficult shot to play.
have one still to play. He does not
want to disturb it. But nor does he
want to leave it to chance that his
opponent won't play.
Mervyn has four time-outs remaining.
First time out taken by Mervyn King.
What he is worried about is this
area. The re-spot position, which is
over here, is not really a concern
at the moment. But the jack could
end up there if he goes heavy at it.
He wants to split into that area of
three green bowls.
That's not bad. He's come across a
little bit too far, in my opinion.
He really wanted to be about a foot
wider than that. Michael is looking
at the re-spot.
The drive, well, if he drives that,
and that jack goes out... The
problem for the drive for Michael is
that if he hits into this bowl, his
own two green balls will disappear,
the jack will go on the re-spot and
he could easily be a couple down.
And at the moment he is only one. So
he has to think about this. One is
not a disaster.
Well, he went for it.
He got a good
result. The plant might be
It looks like a shot.
Could be two. It is two. What a shot
Good shot. Well, he called
it, knew exactly what he wanted to
do. Wanted to drive it off without
damaging his own bowls.
two reds to hit, and he got the
inside one, the perfect one. He
really did not want the shot bowl,
so he took a big risk and it paid
off. Well played, Michael Stepney.
little look at the scoreboard behind
him. What he will see will make him
You get your first bowl in, you feel
so much better, put the pressure on
your opponent. Neatly behind.
That is an excellent bowl, it really
is. When your opponent is looking
It's going to be tough now. Michael,
looking to come around into position
on the blindside, so that Mervyn
can't see it. That is good, that's
really good, actually. That's going
to make it very difficult.
It shows even the difference that
extra shot made at the last end, to
be 7-4. Mervyn, way under there.
Well, that's the thing, 7-4, or 5-5.
Totally different situation,
Even 6-4 is different,
chasing two, not three.
three is hard, it really is.
He has split the red.
Tactically, just a very good and
from Michael. He has left Mervyn
with virtually nothing to play.
Just a practice shot.
That's all it
is. There was no way he was getting
It's the first set of the
competition that Mervyn King has
dropped. He drops it to Michael
Stepney. The Scot takes the opening
set. He started the set well, and
ended the set well.
Last season and unseeded player got
through to the quarterfinals. He
could not find his way to the final,
losing in that quarter. Michael
Stepney has given himself a fabulous
Again, short bowls from Mervyn King,
That has been his
Achilles' heel in this match. Just
too many short balls, leaving him
out of position. Well, it is all a
bit wayward, this end. So there is a
chance to drop another one in.
I don't think he had the weight
anyway. A shake of the head. I can't
Especially when you are
thinking you are putting the weight
Mervyn is usually so very
accurate. Michael deciding to play
the backhand. The shot bowl is on
the backhand, so he might as well.
If he drops inside and moves the
jack, it is worth three. Yes, he is
therefore the shot anyway.
Last bowl, the gap is ten inches.
He stays down the same side, looking
It is the over
Yes, it is. A
loose end from both, but only one
Mervyn will be
thinking, I got away with that. A
shocking end. Michael Stepney wasn't
an awful lot better, to be fair. He
scored the single. The two players
will be glad to kick those bowls
away. Not too much damage done.
Uncharacteristically loose from
both. The first set, full of
There have been fewer tie-breaks in
the Scottish International open this
year than in previous years. Mervyn
King needs a set to force one.
but there have been some great
matches, and quite long matches,
considering the shot clock spare.
People have been taking their time,
and others have been very fast, but
super to watch.
The entertainment level has been
high, and it will continue for the
semifinals tomorrow. Mervyn King, a
It is touching the
jack, and it is four inches short of
My goodness me.
Just caught the edge on the way
underneath. Take it all while you
can. Mervyn is after him.
lifts him out. Beautifully played. A
unruffled, Mervyn King.
You will not
ruffle Mervyn King too much. This is
a man that runs about with a 12 bore
most of the time in the back of his
car, the back of the Land Rover.
are wise not to ruffle him, to be
honest. He is a laid-back character.
Involved in hosting a lot of shoots
and various other activities, like
doorman, Mervyn King.
McKee fields, 4x4, dogs, gun, happy
man. -- messy fields.
There was space left, as Mervyn
didn't make anything with his third.
And that allows Stepney to come in.
Like the last end, really, a bit
loose. One red ball in, and Michael
beats it with his last. Can Mervyn
make a change this time?
Down the inside track, try and pluck
the bowl out. Gets the edge and runs
through the gap. There he goes, he
played it very well. Good
conversion, one down to two up.
Nicked it out cleanly.
out the angles. Played it
Jack length, 29 metres.
Oh, just fell back.
That's more like the Mervyn King
that we are used to.
Best two opening bowls to an end for
Mervyn King today. It's a very
Surprised he decided
to play it forehand. The jack was a
bit more open in the backhand. It's
almost impossible to wing his own
bowl out without taking the reds.
Won't be surprised if Mervyn pops
another one in.
He's got that sort of memory,
Mervyn. If he does it with one, he
can do it with three.
It's not a toucher, no.
two bowls left. I think he has to go
for it again, try and disturb it.
Mervyn King's last wasn't a toucher.
As close as you are likely to get.
Look at that!
All three! Dear, oh
dear! Good strike, but a maximum
result. He sort of waved over at
Mervyn on the way past there. I'll
take that all day! A breed strike,
but he got all three of the red
bowls. -- a brilliant strike. One of
them went up the rink.
If you are
going to get past a player like
Mervyn King, you've got to get a
break or two.
He'll be fully expecting to draw
this. Needs to break. -- break. It's
just falls back. I think he's OK.
Having a look at it.
Michael. I'd say it's the red bowl,
but it's close.
From 25 yards away,
I can see it. It's not going to
change Michael's shot. Just need to
draw it. Although he looks pretty
quick as well. Oh, dear, oh, dear,
that's a massive chance missed, it
Struggling slightly at
that full length. The two players
will have a look
it's far enough
away to get the measure out. The
referee will sort it out for us.
only hope was that the green bowl
would touch the red bowl and break.
Green bowl checked first.
admit, if we'd put money on both
players being within a foot or so of
the jack. -- I would have put money
on both players.
Yes, it's red.
Well, I knew that!
There you go.
Even from the commentary position, I
could see that was red.
Well, it's not tremendous damage,
bearing in mind that Michael had
three against him when he hit the
head, and in the end he's lost one.
Good recovery. Take a positive out
Michael Stepney struggling a bit at
length, and Mervyn certainly keeping
Slightly past, half an inch past.
Goes back to centre rink and again
is the issue. -- and again weight is
Just signs of Mervyn in this set
coming into much better form than he
showed in the first set.
He ends in a good place, but it was
Wanted it to run out. Just refusing
to do so.
A change now. That short
bowl is just in the way. Forehand is
OK at this length, and it should
pull back nicely. Again, it's all
down to weight. Just eight had
heavy. -- just the had heavy.
I'm just wondering whether Michael
will be tempted with this as a
backhand down the runner, because
he's got all sorts of bowls to come
off. Otherwise, it's a perfect draw.
The jack isn't open on beforehand
any more. And he's got all of the
bowls at the back as well. It's what
he's going for. Needs to come off
something. Oh, heavens. No worse
Still the two. Thought he was
going to get a better result than
that, because he was in the area to
get the jack off a bowl. Probably
needed the front red one. It's going
to be two shots.
Mervyn King just starting to move
away a little.
Starting to slip,
Just short of a full length jack, 29
metres. A fairly quick rink, in
terms of speed. A bit of a push to
get up to their still.
It's the improvement he was looking
for. Still not by the jack though.
That's better. Just getting in.
At some point, Michael Stepney is
going to take the jack through when
Mervyn has had all of these short
bowls, and it's going to have a big
count at some point.
Waiting for it
to happen, but he's added another
here, by the looks of it. Hasn't
hurt Mervyn too much in this set.
5-1 in front. Need another big bowl.
Let's see what he's got.
I tell you what, this one's
struggling. Two, maybe three, maybe
four coming up.
Well, you can draw
any touch of significance, it will
be a four. This is a chance to wipe
out debt lead that Mervyn King has
scrapped for. -- that lead.
it's on his own jack length as well.
That will hurt even more. Can he get
back in time? He looks just over the
line a little bit to trail the jack.
He needs to stop and drop. Oh, I
think he's made it for free. That's
a great bowl. Well done!
Yes, it is
All of a sudden, back in the set.
One down, four to play.
didn't even attempt to try the trial
shot there. Just decided to draw it,
take the three, one behind, first
set in the back pocket. -- the trail
Fair to say that Michael
Stepney is enjoying himself in Perth
Jack Lenox more medium. -- jack
length is more medium. It suits
That was a good bowl. Just came up
to meet it.
Again, still a useful bowl. Very
close. The unfortunate thing for
Michael Stepney is its almost half
locked, the red bowl into the head.
So he won't be able to pop it out
too easily. That actually changes
things, makes it a lot easier. He
could go for the two of them now.
You can see Mervyn's reaction. He
was almost safe as houses before and
now two bowls can disappear. A
little bit surprised Michael is
staying to the draw on this, because
a positive shot was well worth it.
That's a surprise. It looked like
Mervyn had shot himself in the foot,
so to speak, in leaving that. You
weren't going to take your own two
out, because of where they were.
can hear people saying, yes, it's
easy up there.
Well, we can only say
what we see.
I think the reaction of
Mervyn was enough to confirm. The
execution of the shot is different,
but identification of it, well...
Well, that's not going to help
Michael, because it creates a slight
problem for him.
One red. If Michael
goes for this now, he can get that,
no doubt about it. But if he comes
into that bowl, the Green bowl
disappears and all of a sudden
Mervyn has a shot to take his back
green one out for three or four. So
in a way, he has to be a bit careful
here. He even commits to the plant,
to take the two bowls out, or he
Decided on the draw, aware that the
red bowl is very dangerous at the
front. Needed to hurry. Good effort.
That is not actually bad.
Mervyn King lying one.
for Mervyn to pick up a multiple. He
would be doing well to get two out
of this. Just a little draw shot.
He is a draw shot master. What can
He shouted up, taking
the one. A funny old head, really. A
wise move on half of Mervyn. Three
to play, in a set Mervyn King has to
win to force the tie-break. Michael
Stepney, still very much in this
The last time coming towards the
commentary box, Mervyn four short
balls, lost a three on a full-length
He is pushing this jack
Rodwell up as well. 29 metres it was
the last time. Let's see what it is
this time. Even further.
Full-length, 29.5. Interesting.
He has made the adjustment.
Last bowl, the gap is five inches.
29.5 metres. That is good shooting,
it really years.
Last bowl two
inches short of jack Hite.
inches short. He can come off that
either way, for hand or backhand,
and use it to stay in the head.
Popped it through. That's OK. That
That's the edge I was thinking of,
for Michael on the backhand. Mervyn
used it. This is hard now. If he
gets the outside red ball, his own
pops out of the head, so he has to
be very careful if he is going to
Run it he does. Looking
for a big result here. And got it.
Big result, big bowl. He is good at
the runners. The re-spot, and a bowl
each still to play. He has been
pretty reliable with them.
A bit of debris around the place.
Get that all sorted. 12 green at the
moment. -- one shot two green at the
Mervyn, again playing across the
green, across the rink, to try and
get to the jack. I will tell you
what, he has to pick this up,
because he is travelling. He has
gone through. I don't think that is
even getting in the shot.
quite believe it. The referee having
a look, as Mervyn King looks down
Michael is not asking, so
we can't really say, simply because
it won't make any difference to
Michael's shot. He just has to try
and draw. I am surprised Mervyn was
not playing the forehand and letting
it drop in.
That is in, comfortably.
But it is going to be close for the
He took full advantage of
the space afforded to him.
a big recovery from Michael. But
really at the hands of Mervyn,
because it was a good hit by
Michael, but Mervyn missing that
draw shot... Make them measure it!
There are lots of people here to
If in doubt, measure. Just the
In the end, Mervyn did draw the
shot, but he left an awful lot of
room. It is a funny old game, it
really years. It has had some
brilliant bowls, and some very
strange ones, too.
will be the change in jack length.
Just need to make sure he's up. That
Well, if Michael gets one shot here,
it will be a one end shoot out for
the set, for Mervyn, and for the
match for Michael.
He would love to get a double,
That is a good ball, that.
Your bowl, 18 inches.
Well, that is not where you want to
be, because you might be thinking
about running bowl. You can see by
Mervyn's face, oh, no, that is not
going to help if I have to attack
it. And at the moment, that is quite
That's another good shot. The
pressure is well and truly on now.
And even someone with the skill of
Mervyn King, to try and draw his way
out of trouble this time is going to
be very hard, it really is. The
trouble is, a running ball, with his
front one, doesn't help either.
Hence why he is playing just to try
and draw it. He thinks that front
ball is just too difficult.
Desperately tried to come round.
That just locks Michael's ball in
even more. I'm not sure if Michael
can do an awful lot with this. He
has to make a decision whether he
wants to play it again. He is lying
three. Mervyn would need a three in
the next end. Well, maybe he will
try and draw another one.
There's only one thing important, to
make centre rink. He does not want
to leave an edge. Oh, what has he
done? He has left a shoulder. Well,
it is not bad because it is just
behind the jack, but it is not where
he wanted it. And that is why always
think, and we have seen this in
other matches as well, be very
careful about being greedy about
things. Because that just makes it
so much better for Mervyn.
it, too. He doesn't want to watch,
but he will. Mervyn King, a big
recovery bowl required.
line, looking to use the shoulder.
Here it comes. Oh, he has taken his
own closest away.
It is four shots.
So close to getting that right, but
Michael played the bowls to put him
in trouble. I think he got away with
that last one.
He has, because
Mervyn King did not strike it as he
The Scottish train keeps
He's gone from knocking on the door
of the semifinal to almost battering
We all knew that Michael
Stepney was a very, very dangerous
player. Everybody knew that. Apart
from the bookies, who had him at
11-2 on the first match. Can you
For a player of his
I think there were a few
50ps going on in.
Mervyn King just
lost a four. He needs a four to stay
in the tournament.
I should say that
was Michael Stepney's supporters
that found that out. He only told me
during the tournament. And defended
the position he's in now, super
stuff. What McHugh --
of being laid back and relaxed, but
you can probably tell... You can see
it, the nerves out there now. This
is massive for him. Mervyn King has
to somehow conjure up four shots. He
isn't short. That is the first thing
he needs to know. The last unseeded
player to make it to the semifinal
of the Scottish International Open
was Robert Paxton in 2010.
wasn't as if Robert was unknown to
us by then. Another half decent one
here. The first one was very good.
That's half decent, that one. Mervyn
just trying to build something at
Cannot afford to be short. Needs to
come through. That's good again.
He's played a good bowl anyway.
green bowls have a hard position to
A bit heavy with this one. A wee bit
of adrenaline in there, I think.
Mervyn can't afford to drive this.
So he must try and trail the jack
two feet. Bowl to the side of the
jack by half a yard would be very
useful. If Mervyn is after the jack,
he's not far away from it.
great effort this is.
the end of it now. Might as well
shake hands, I think, and Mervyn
knows it. He didn't want the bowl,
he wanted the jack.
There's going to
be no way to dig out a four there.
Not going to happen. That green bowl
is buried in there. No chance.
yourself a moment.
Just about two
feet behind jack high, half a yard
on the wide side, on the high side,
that's what he's after. Oh, he's
very good here. What did I say? Half
a yard, two feet. Mervyn King
clapped that bowl because he
realised that was the only position
he had a chance of picking up four,
and that was a clever bowl by
Michael Stepney. Couldn't have
walked down and put it there any
Mervyn King takes a
time-out. But you look and you look,
there is just nothing.
Well, I don't
think the greatest magicians in the
world would be able to get something
out of this. He's shaking his head.
He knows there's nothing there. He's
just going to try and draw this
through, I think. Nothing he can do
about this. Everything covered.
Through he comes. It's all over and
Michael Stepney has taken the scale
of Mervyn King. -- the scalp. The
wild card has found his way into the
semifinal with a very impressive
performance over the number 14,
winning it by two sets to zero.
You think of Michael Stepney as a
wild card but, for the people who
really know him, he is a top-class
international bowler. He started the
week off with a win over Stuart
Anderson, and the signs and signals
were there that he was going to do
damage, and that's exactly what he
did in the next round. The
quarterfinal was always going to be
a test against the perfection of
Mervyn King, but Michael Stepney was
well up for it, playing good running
bowls and working out the results.
But the first set was crucial, and
Mervyn plucks a green bowl out to
show that he's still got the class
to be at this level. Michael
Stepney, well, he was in no mood to
start giving anything away. That was
a three on the fifth end of the
second set. More importantly, that
was a four on the eighth end of the
second set. It put him into an
unassailable lead, as it turned out,
and Mervyn King decided just to
Michael Stepney took
six of the nine ends in the first
set. He was 5-1 down and conjured up
nine shots in the last five ends to
become the first unseeded player to
make it to the semifinal of the
Scottish International Open in seven
A fantastic performance and a
fantastic win for Michael Stepney,
the wild card who was knocked out
some big names, including Mervyn
King, despite valiant efforts.
Thank you. I'm
delighted. So happy. I played even
better today than I played in the
other two games, and I knew I had to
get my bowls closer, the first two
bowls in, and I did that quite a
I guess that's the thing, on
this portable rink, early bowls and
putting pressure is important.
Definitely, Michael deserved to win,
he played better than me food he
took me off when I got my game to
Becker. Good luck to him. -- when I
got my game together.
shops is hugely important. Drawing
well is important, but having
conversion shots as well. You seem
to do that comfortably.
say it was comfortable, but I
managed to get them in. Mervyn got a
lot of good bowls in and luckily
enough I got some of them out.
performance. I know you played him
in international matches in the
pairs and the fours, so you know his
game outside and in full do you
think he can go all the way?
playing like that, can he all the
way? -- of course he can. Michael is
capable of it. You never know with
You have not had a couple of
seeds, Stuart Anderson out in the
first round and now Mervyn King, and
there are a couple of seeds left in
the competition, but no reason why
we couldn't be here on Saturday
afternoon picking up that trophy.
Here's hoping! Two big games and I
just have to think about the next
one first, and against Paul, that
will be harder, the way he's playing
this week. I'll have to give it a
It will be interesting. Mervyn,
thank you for entertaining us this
week. Commiserations but, Michael
Stepney, you are through to the
semifinals, well done.
What a performance from Michael, but
just time to you a match that took
place this morning, Nick Brett, who
had won here a couple of times
previously, against David Gourlay.
A little touch on the green bowl.
These players very familiar with
each other. They've met eight times
in the last three years.
A perfect line. Just needed another
foot or so.
He's in a lot of trouble
here. If Brett draws a third,
potentially 10-4 up.
Well, the set
is over. In a game like this,
there's no way that they're going to
score that many shots in the last
couple of ends. David really needs
to win this end. Well down again.
A lot shots, two, three, two, and he
is lying another three this time.
A little tap on the bowl might be
He'll call a time-out, David
Gourlay. Right on cue, he does.
little touch would do.
If he gets onto the bowl, which is
what he's looking for, the jack will
bounce to his back one. But it's not
Just a touch of weight.
overplayed it. I don't think Nick
will play this on the backhand. He
doesn't want to touch it. He knows
he is lying three. More than enough
at this stage. Doesn't want to make
Well, he is playing it. He'll be
very careful with this, really
The target isn't the jack, it's the
back green bowl, because if he could
come inside that, it would lie. He
was being careful, but that was...
In some respects, quite surprised.
He's feeling really good to draw
that short bowl. If you get that
with six inches of weight, he was
giving the shot away. Fantastic, it
really was. Brilliant bowling.
Top-class from Nick Brett. In this
competition a couple of times,
reached the quarterfinal on his
debut in 2007. Playing here for the
tenth consecutive season. He's in
control, and it's going to go to a
That really was a confident shot.
It's interesting, you thought
beforehand, I thought he'd played to
the back green bowl, but he was
confident enough just to draw in. --
you thought the forehand.
Interesting that all the players
have done in this second set is take
it in turns to win an end. David
Gourlay's been winning away from the
But only with
singles and one double, whereas Nick
has been getting the multiples of a
three and a four.
Just be playing this end out.
Well, actually, that's not too bad.
A touch on the red would move the
green ball over. He needs a three
here, David Gourlay, to force the
final end to be played. This looks
good. One green.
Nick will be quite
happy with that. He does not care
who is lying the shot.
The gap is
It is not a matter of who
is lying the shot, it is a matter of
whether you can get the bowl out or
not. That is why he is running at
it. The jack has moved, but the
difficulty is his own two bowls have
come away from the head. Probably
the best he can do here is get a
single, at the most two, and that's
just not enough. Nick is running for
David not even bothering. He knew he
couldn't do anything with it, just
the way it was sitting. A practice
Not a bad practice shot
either. Just going to slip a little
First and tie-break.
David won the toss and has given the
jack to Nick.
Nick Brett wins by 12-
for. Dominated. And now to the
tie-break. What might work in Nick
Brett's favour in the tie-break is
that two of the ends will be played
in the direction in which he has won
the last four ends.
direction. That can be enough,
actually. It's quite surprising.
No great surprise, perhaps, that it
has gone to a tie-break. Six of the
last eight meetings of David Gourlay
and Nick Brett have been settled on
Concentration on the face.
willing the bowl back. That is not a
bad place but he wanted inside the
That is a target. It may be hard to
You have to go for this.
Off the bowl, on the re-spot. It
should be on the re-spot. That is a
toucher in the ditch, that stays
Two green, but that is fairly
academic. In the tie-break, it does
not matter the number of shots you
pick up, you can only score one.
This is a shoot out to the re-spot.
You can't argue with that.
problem for Nick is that he knows
even if he wings the ball off, David
has the last delivery. If he is
going to play this, he has to think,
I don't think the toucher is going
to help either. He is just going to
try and magic and stay in its place.
-- nudge it and stay in its place.
What a great effort.
A rueful smile on his face. David
Gourlay takes the opening end of the
Yes. I could understand
why, because it David Gourlay had
finished right in front of the jack
there was a direct drive with Nick's
ball in the ditch, and that would
have been a really good position.
Because he had drifted across an
inch or two, it left Nick with
virtually no shot.
This is their fourth meeting in the
Scottish International Open. David
Gourlay has one just one of those.
As always, the opening ball sets the
Just not running it out.
Nick Brett is a very popular player
in Perth. The home crowd want the
home player. Dipping under there.
Another chance for David. His own
bowl is not really in the way.
He will have to do it with his last
Nick wants something closer
I was surprised he moved. I
thought the forehand was still
available. A bit heavy, he might
have picked up the jack. On the
backhand, if you pick up the jack it
is going towards the green bowl.
That might stop things. I would
expect him back onto the forehand
again. He has a choice. He can run
the bowl if he wants to. He has the
forehand runner. Time out called.
That is the trouble with an end like
this, there are holes and gaps
everywhere. Sometimes it is easier
just to drive a bowl out.
He is taking his time here, quite
rightly, too. I think he's going for
He was not sure about it.
I think he has got the
shot. He only moved to the jack
about two inches but I think it is
one to read.
It was a tickle and
Nick Brett didn't find it funny. It
was almost the wind which moved it
Even the crowd were not
sure. Probably the same shot for
Nick, backhand runner. David played
the forehand, but it is available
for Nick on the forehand to take the
bowl out. The alternative is the
David Gourlay had the
insurance of winning the opening end
of the tie-break. Nick Brett has no
He went for the
forehand drive. Well, if that is on
the re-spot, think it is one to
It is the Scotsman who triumphs, and
David Gourlay will move into the
semifinal. Two former winners of
this competition, and Nick Brett's
Scottish International Open comes to
an end, losing on the tie-break to
That was recorded earlier today, but
confirmation of the quarterfinal
So we now know the semifinal line-up
and we also know it is an all
It's going to be very interesting
indeed. In the commentary box today,
tomorrow and Saturday for the final,
David Corkill. My goodness, some
David Corkill. My goodness, some
games today were unbelievable.
were superb. And not only that, but
we were able to see so many
different kinds of shots. Draws, the
odd conversion, big hits, some luck
here and there but underpinned by
Every match today,
because of the draw, was Scotland
against England, for the first time
ever here in Perth. The last four
men standing are all Scots.
the value of this competition in
Scotland. It is like a national
sport. You win a lot of titles here
and you have some of the best
players in the world.
One of the
best players and current world
champion is Paul Foster. Jamie
Chestney played brilliantly but
Foster had to do some magic stuff,
and he always seems to do things
nobody else does.
He does, and we
keep referring to it, but it is
because he manages to do the strange
and wonderful, from splitting jacks,
to taking bowls off
and wonderful, from splitting jacks,
to taking bowls off the rink. There
is so much that he does.
I had never
seen anything like this. It was
pinball wizard. Unbelievable. A bit
fortunate, we have to say.
pinball wizard. Unbelievable. A bit
fortunate, we have to say.
only be fortunate if he was in a
situation of saying, I am going to
do this. He was not trying to do
that. He was trying to remove the
bowls, but not all of them. He did
it very well.
This was a big conversion shot. He
needed something special and
converted 43. Genius.
controlled weight, so difficult on
the portable rink. And he did not
get an edge, he got it solid. We
called it, and he knew it, but that
probably was a bowl to win the
He is playing Michael
Stepney, who he knows well. Do you
think that Stepney has the game to
beat faster and get to the final?
depends on the draw shots, in many
ways. Paul can be prolific and
Michael will have to chase the game.
If Michael can get to Paul Earley,
he has a chance.
It is live on BBC
Two Scotland tomorrow. If you missed
any of the action today, you can see
It truly has been a great day. Thank
you so much for your company.
Goodbye for now.
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.