Highlights from the World Indoor Bowls Championships. Nicky Brett begins his defence of the world title, while Alex Marshall has a tricky first-round match against Robert Chisholm.
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Hello everyone and welcome to highlights from the world's indoors
championship. During the week, there are four trophy ones on the line and
the best players in the world are here for the one tournament that
matters most. The biggest was always the biggest champion was here at
Potters. I still get butterflies. Just as soon as I walk in, I feel so
relaxed. Yes, it's a place I've always loved. I have been very
successful here. I use it as my second home. The crowd appreciate
great bowls, also, it is a surface where you if are not on your game,
it's a very lonely place to be. But it's a wonderful place to play and
you just hope that everything goes right for you when you are out
there. Very close. Got it! (APPLAUSE)
. The world singles here is the biggest title you can win in bowls
to be honest. I watch it every year on the telly, my dad has done it. I
really wanted to be here. The first year to qualify and to win it was
fantastic. We all play bowls for one thing to walk away at Koch. Potters
is the best venue we play at. No chateau of a cloud. We have got the
-- sho shadow of a doubt. The crowd Noah got should. You get boat ends
of the coin, a little bit of interaction is fantastic. The 2016
world indoors single champion, Nikki Brett. The first stpl The first
final of the week comes in the pairs, Jason and les this is how the
pairs got to the final. Less Gillett ---less es Gillett and Danielsome
onhad to over couple Nikki Brett, Jamie and Mark Dows. The first set
of the finals was hard fought and eventually shared. We are going to
join the action in the second set with Greenslade and Gillett. In the
second shot. Big run, JAson, hurry, hurry. I
don't think this is running enough. He popped in for a fourth one. I
think that's what he was looking for. He popped the red ball down and
tapped the target away. He hit the target here. Good chance of getting
a result as well. Oh, is he under? One away. That's just not as good
now as it was. Live in the ditch, go again. It's almost a resignation of
deer owe deer -- dear oh dear things have committed now. He has committed
to playing the attacking shot with three against him. Play it again,
Jays. It could be four. He looks good for four. He has to go for it.
He has to gamble. He has only got one ball in there but he has to
gamble in there four ready would say would probably be enough to get the
guys over the line. Yes, I think it would. He cannot drop a four here.
It's not a big drive, it's quite controlled. We can't see it on the
screen but there is a back toucher in the ditch. Close.
Well, oh, that's good. That's a good result. Very good result. I think he
has got the shot. Great strike. He played that one well. He played it
more aggressively with a little bit more green. He let the ball do the
work. What are you doing? I think he is going to try and draw the closest
ball, I think, David? There is at least five feet. There is, yeah. If
it was closer to the ditch, he may be tempted to run the ball off but I
think he can draw this. Good strike. Very good strike. Courageous bowl.
He was four down. The thing about being four down, it makes your mind
up, doesn't it? Yes, it does. He knew that he had to hit it. He hit
it perfectly. We didn't see the over -- now we can see the overhead shot
of the jack on the screen. Touch it with the red ball is in the ditch.
The umpire has slightly indicated green. Steady, steady. Steady. It
looks pretty good to me. (APPLAUSE) . Great ball from Jason. It didn't
look as if it was heavy. I am not sure whether this is two shots or
not. I wasn't worried. Of course you weren't worried, lads. You were just
shut shouting "Steady." If it's one shot, he will have to drop the
second shot. I think most people have suggested it's only one. So I
think it's probably worth a run, take the ball out. Well, will he
play the courageous shot, Andy? Two yards running. Punch the ball and
stay? I think he would go faster. He will try and take the ball out.
As you can see, he is a quietly determined type of player. You can
see that in his eyes. Too wide. Yep, too wide. It looked wider. It's very
important that this is only one shot for the Welsh pair. One shot against
them. Two shots down with two ends to go is very doable. Oh yes. Three
is hard. There is a little bit of the bowls kit.
It's the angle of the jack coming down. It's not a bad angle. The
ditches aren't really deep. No, they are not too deep, David He will get
that absolutely right and lock it off. Very accurate.
It's not in. It's only, just the one. I think everybody was right. We
hadn't counted on this one. I don't think it's in. No, I don't think so.
One to red. Yep. Which he will be quite relieved about, to be fair to
Jason and les, they don't need it at that end. They dominated the last
two or three ends, haven't they? Absolutely. Those two ends really in
particular. People may be thinking why they haven't got a Sonic measure
there to sort things out when the jack is in the ditch, you can't see
it. That would be useful to have a Sonic measure in that situation. But
we have tried them. They don't work. I was going to say, they have been
discarded quite quickly, haven't they Absolutely. Very rapidly they
were put away. But there is a lot of people who thought they would work.
That's OK. Nothing wrong with that opinion at all. I've got two of them
lying in my store at home. They will be antique some time! Right, Les,
all we need is one good bowl. Favourites of the scoreless end.
(APPLAUSE). Some of us do get a good look at a
umpire's kit. Some of the stuff in there is quite Rye markable. Little
cap pers and other things, ultimately when you really study it,
a lot of the stuff is based on the beginning. Of when they were
developed. Yes, yes. We got it right at the start. Callipers have been
around for a Elong Elong time. -- a long time. The box was invented in
the early 1900s. It hasn't improved anything from the umpires point of
view. So it reverts back to what it was like. Exactly. You will not find
a battery-operated anything in there. There won't be a microchip
insight! He did exactly the same the last end. He played a good bowl.
Give us a chance. He has just won the Leeds battle and that has given
them the control I think you are right, Jason. You
can't improve. Absolutely. I think, Jason is the solution is this:. Just
do what you want. Do what you want to do, Les. I think Jason is right.
Don't worry about me. It is hard work at times. He is entertaining is
Les. He funny at times. He really sis. I think Jason has called it
correctly. They don't need to hold the head up any more. Wow, he sneaks
around the green ball. That's not bad. It's probably more of a reflex,
he doesn't get a word in with the four girls at home. That's what it
is. Damon, this is going to be a good call. What are you going to ask
him to play? He is still asking for the draw. He needs to win this end.
Yes, they do. They can't afford to go chasing. They need to score even
the one. They need to score. 5/0 down, 6-0 up to down. It's just a
problem. He feels it sliding away. All of a sudden, that has made the
head bigger. This may help Damien. I think if I was Jason, I would be
covering the spot. 7-5 down. That's why I said they need to score this
end. Come on, Jays. Come on, lad. Get up.
Come on, Jays. Hurry now. One more go. One more go. One more go. Well
played, mate, They are really going for the win
here, trying to get that double. Yes. Damien was always going to
strike this. Se. They are really going for the win
here, trying to get that double. Yes. Damien was always going to
strike this. He has got the shot. It is not bad. He has gone under the
ditch. A nice shot there, Jase. His own ball has been so far away at the
angle, it doesn't even come into it. He wanted the red but he has opened
it up. He has. He has done well. This will hard to get to though. I
don't think would be easy. Jason is favourite here because of the lie.
Not only the lie, but he also has that little wobble in his balls
which hold up the line a little bit more. Les is... Two yards away.
Normally that would be an easy one to beat Andy. It's not really that
easy. I think he has to throw the ball -- he has to throw the ball
down. Ignore the ball in the way. I hope he finds a clear path. The line
The line looks good. I think it looks got. It is whether there is
too much Jake. Surely not the jack. What a bowl. What a shot. You have
to say - look at the smile. That was perfect. He didn't go in the ditch.
That was the perfect bowl. Absolutely brilliant. (APPLAUSE)
. They are definitely scoring one. Ant didn't he need it. That delivery
of Damien's perfect ball. Wow. Wow. You could say that if you had missed
the jack, the jack probably stopped him going in but you have to give it
a chance. He did. It was brilliant. Les can't believe it.
It's impossible now for Jason to skoll here. -- score here. He will
try and wing it off here or try and edge it off or stay in his place. I
think he is trying to get a good second in, there is at least two
yards for Damien to score a double. He is calling it. No, it's better
than the previous ones. Oh. Same ball again from Damien. Same line,
same weight, he will rest his own for a double. It's not a given of
course but he can afford to be aggressive. Yeah, he can. A touch
will not go very far apart from in the ditch. So... He doesn't want to
drop shot. Certainly out wide. He needs a clear run. Has he caught the
red? I think he has. Did no, just too heavy. That was always the
weight. You can understand. He could afford to reach it but it's a
single. (APPLAUSE) . Well now, talk about a close game.
Last end 7/6. Previous set, 7/7. The chances of the tie break are slim
but maybe I was wrong, David I think the chances are now greater now.
Absolutely. So rare to get two drawn sets but a fair reflex of the game
in many ways because those boys were good for a long part of it but I
have to say, Jason and Les have really come back. The last two ends,
they have been the better pair, Jason and Les. I'm talking about the
Welsh pairs, the qualifiers am You will get a few letters from your
Welsh fans. I love going to Wales, I miss it! A few good years over
there. The very last year and I miss the Welsh masters - Welsh Masters.
It was always a good trip down to Wales.
Daniel, in the area. He needs the ball. Yes. Got the shot. (APPLAUSE)
. Perfect. He will be very happy with that one.
There is trouble there, isn't there? As soon as you can, lad? Sorry. As
close as you can. I don't think that's a good call because really
it's - I would be surprised if that ball stays for the whole of the end.
Yeah, I think eventually there will be a ticking at this -- tucking at
this but Jason is building the head up first. We are at the stage where
he can't lose the match. Jason is happy.
He could do well to play this on the other side. It's resting on the red
ball. If he misses it, it's on his fore ground. If he gets into good
position. Certainly here, he is very close to drawing another here. Well
played. Don't bring it out. Fantastic. That was brilliant. He is
almost none Champions League ant the way he gets the ball a-- nonchalent
the way he brings the ball around. It's a bit early for them but they
will take it. He wants to force Les into playing the wide shot, there is
no point in trying to draw a close one there. None Champions League ant
the way he gets the ball a-- nonchalent the way he brings the
ball around. It's a bit early for them but they will take it. He wants
to force Les into playing the wide shot, there is no point in trying to
draw a close one there. He got that away early? Across the ball here. He
won't be going near this. He will see the positions and see where the
jack has gone, down the inside line. Jase will be right at this. It will
be curious to see what happens? Will they go defensive by putting a short
ball and protecting? Do they go into position? I think they go into
position. I think they will go deep, David The two players coming down
the last end, they are very knowledgeable. He is definitely
trying to come deep. Yes. Not worried about the respot just at the
moment. It's the deep ball covering the ditch. Jason will play. Jason is
quite -- Jason quite simply has to strike this. He is calling it a
drop. He is not too far away. He is too high. He has taken his own ball.
That's a problem, has he lost the two balls? Oh dear. That makes it
harder. That really makes a massive difference by taking that ball off.
He has. He has got three balls at the edge and one ball on the rink. I
don't know how Jason is going to get the shot now? He has to do something
with this delivery, Jason has. If he misses this one, I think it's gone.
So do I. I think it's impossible to score there, despite the perfect
draw. I think it's very wise in that situation. You do not go near. You
just play position and leave it. Right. Right, Jason, this ball has
to do something. He is better, he is much better.
Jack. Well played, Matt. He did well to get the two balls. I thought by
getting the two balls he had to take his own out completely. One down,
Jason will be very happy with that result He certainly will. I thought
the jack must strike. That was a good Jock. -- jack. -- That is a
very good result and a good strike, a pressure roll. A pressure strike.
He is the right man for it, Jase. You would expect Damien to draw
another? Can you imagine the nerves? 27, going down to draw for game. I
bet he wishes he was wishing for game but he will be lying. He has
effectively drawing for game on the rink. Look at this. Look. A little
bit tense. Just a little bit. Right, Damien, how close are you
going to get? Well.. Has he missed it? Has he missed it. He is OK I
think. Just OK. Well, he is in there for two. But it's a long way away.
Jase, yes, quite rightly, he is - he was going up to the head and he has
come back, just composed himself. Just take your time. Take your time.
I think Damien was looking for something win 6 inches there to
grarn tee a drawn set. Yes. Jason couldn't -- guarantee a drawn set.
Jason couldn't get it. With all of his experience, Andy, you have to
say, you will expect him to get it. Normally the player would say
something. Les isn't even looking at the moment. Is he running? I don't
think he is up. Hurry. Hurry, Jase. Hurry, hurry. He is there, my
gdness, he is there. -- goodness. I thought that was dropping short but
he just managed to get there. (APPLAUSE)
. Big hugs all around. Is Les Gillett who have won the world
pairs. Good work. What a great game, Andy. Fantastic game. I must admit.
Jason, when he let that ball go i didn't think he was running. What a
pressure goal. Delighted for the pair of them. Les, you won it 16
years ago, alongside Martin, what is the difference this time around? It
raise Um, I think I've enjoyed it more with Jason to be fair, he has
been quite challenging at times. I am going to have to ask you to
explain that? He is very frustrating. He seems to bowl a few
wayward ones and finds the good ones when it matters. At the end of the
day, he played absolutely a brilliant last end. He has won us
the game, thank you very much, Jase. Did you describe your relationship
as a father-son relationship. Jason does but he is older than me, so...
Yeah, the father has got a bottle of whiskey in his room, we are drinking
that later. Absolutely, you deserve it. Ladies and gentlemen, one more
time, it the 2017 just championship, Less Gillett and Jason. So he has
his hands on the second trophy, 16 years after his first one. Well done
to both of them. We are switching your attention to the singles. This
is how the draw looked in the top half. Nikki Brett still,. Other big
names through to the second round, Stuart Anderson, David guerrilla lay
and -- Gurley. You can see Robert packs dd Paxton. He got through.
Debbie Wilfried from New Zealand defeated another seed, Mark Royal.
We will start our singles coverage, with Les Gillett. And More than 20
years separated these two men, as Tom Warner making his debut in the
world champions. It was the 25-year-old who started the
strongest. A good last in the third end helping Warner build up a 6-2
lead against an opponent who looked a little out of sorts. Gilletts best
result in the finals was making the finals in 16 years ago. He got a
valuable single to reduce the deficit to one shot going into the
last end. He completed a great turn around with this finally judged last
ball. To take the set. A tax advisor, Warner pasted his
accountancy examples last week and he made significant games getting
off to a perfect start with a full house. But Gillett used all his
experience to patiently make his way into the bowls, leading 6-8, he
played a great final bowl to take the match 7-6, 10-6 and secure his
place in the second round. So, it was a good Monday for Les. Up next,
Nikki Brett up against Andrew Kyle. And it was Brett as expected he made
a confident start, but Kyle fought back in the second and leads 8-4 as
we join the action Two fast players. The tie breaker
may slow down just a little bit as they use up their time outs.
I guess Nicky's target here will be a minimum of two.
That's a good opener. Perfect opener. Oh, is it ever, a back
toucher. That's exactly what he needed.
He has played this back hand well, what is it like this time? Slightly
up. The winter of this -- the winner of this match has Charles waiting
for him, he had a fantastic win over Mark Dawes. Yes, he played very
well. Looking forward to seeing him play again. It just shows what the
opportunities are. No matter what age you are, you can still play in
the qualifiers and make your way through to play against the best in
the world. He has been here, he has had a long stay here, practising
hard and playing well. Still looking for a closer second shot here. He is
one down. I think he would be Hany to lose a one on this end. End. --
Hany to lose one on this happy to lose one on this -- Nicky needs to
make it three. He needs a double. It looks on the high line. He has
missed it by a bit of a distance, actually. It's not like him. No, he
has not been deadly today, Nicky. Hany to lose one on this -- Nicky
needs to make it three. He needs a double. It looks on the high line.
He has missed it by a bit of a distance, actually. It's not like
him. No, he has not been deadly today, Nicky. Every ball from Andy
at this end has been better than the previous delivery. This one hasn't.
A chance for Nicky to score a double. This type of game and the
calibre of Nick Brett, you expect him to make this. He has to really
get in to get the double and give himself a chance in the last end. We
are looking for two in the last end, looking for three. That's tough.
Remember, he doesn't have to actually win the set. He just has to
draw it. That will be enough to get him over the line. Better this one.
Will he bend? Yeah, that's good enough. Well played. A good bowl.
Really good bowl. He gives them a bit of a sniff in the last end of...
Getting the double and avoiding the tie break which is somewhere he
doesn't want to be. You feel from Nick's point of view,
he needs a good opener. Just a little bit of extra pressure on
Andy. If he gets this one within a foot, there will be a slight
disturbance. I think there was some movement from the crowd. It's so
easy because it is so quiet out there. We will get some movement
when it gets around about tea time. I think the chap has settled in his
seat now. There we are. You always have -- you don't always have to
have your own seat, Andy. It's booked from last year. Yeah. They
get their tails down there first thing in the morning.
That's a good opener. Exactly what Nicky wanted.
Having a look. Well, played, Andy. Very well played. That's a very good
reply. He doesn't show very much in terms of his body language, Andy, he
is always pretty calm. Yes, hes Nicky is attacking this. Will he
bend in time? I think he has got his own ball. Yeah. That's another
beauty as well. That offers all sorts of opportunities. He doesn't
want Andy's ball to drop down, he wants it to stay up right. I think
Andy has to stay away from this. I think he has to go wide from the
back hand I don't think he is running. He might just do some
damage to nicky, this. He can get around. I think the ball is very
nullenerable. Even if you had crunched it in, it may have been
better because that ball is just sitting there waiting to be removed.
Nick is chasing this. I am not sure if he has the weight though. He
won't get back in time. He is very close now. Great ball. That's a
super shot. Great ball. That's a champion shot beings, that one.
That's why I thought Andy needed another one in, it was just too
vulnerable. He pushes the green out. Live too and lies game. It had to be
played. There is no doubt about that but you don't dismiss Nick Brett
when it comes to a shot like that. So... T A great ball from Nicky. He
will have to attack this. I am trying to see his own front ball
won't help but I think he can make it OK. He had a great short ball.
Slightly in the way. So this is slightly awkward. It's not an easy
drive. He has got to be positive. Yeah, absolutely. Two or three shots
doesn't make any difference if it's three. He may consider the draw.
That's a big call. Is this the running ball with the crazy weight?
No, oh dear. Forehand. That's not the right shot. No, That's the
lowest percentage shot that there is really. That's a one, it has to be
two, doesn't it? I think so. Jugs the way he played. Oh -- just the
way he played. It must be two. I thought he would have played the
forehand to open up the jack just to get a look at it. Not a back hand
runner with about two yards away. That's so difficult.
I think Nicky is blocking the - he has blocked the back hand draw.
That's definitely two shots against him. He must be looking for the
jack. If he gets the jack, the chances are that he Gil through with
it and probably just lose a single. That's probably what he is looking
for. He can see it from the mat so that makes a lot more sense. I think
he under played it, that was all. Most positive. It looks too wide.
That's not going to get back. It's all over. Well, Nicky Brett was
tested all the way in this match. It was fair to say he has picked up a
double there. Which just gets through with two doubles and the
fast two ends. The same ways as he did in the first set by getting two
doubles to win the set. But it's the defending champion who gets over the
line into the second round. He will be a very relieved man. Andy will be
pleased with his performance, just a little bit walk order. Andy Kyle
will be play, Nicky Brett will be delighted to make the second round.
The champion is alongside me. . I was chatting to corky, I was asking
him how difficult this match would be? He expected you to come through
and per Squire through the match. Do you feel like you have done that?
Just about, per Squire is a good way of putting it -- % pyre, that's a
polite way of saying it. - when I did get in, I wasn't getting in with
a second one. He played some good stuff, One of the things people
always talk about how much more difficult it is to come back as a
defending champion. People say it's a lot harder to do that than win the
title the first time. Early thoughts on the pressure that the title
brings as you come back this year to Potters? The first round is always
difficult. When you've won it the year before. Everyone is looking how
you do second time round. Yeah, very difficult, lots more pressure but
you have to find a few more good ones I am aa afraid. More action,
Alex Marshall is up against Robert Chisholm on his third experience
here. Nicky Brett has now moved into the documentary Bock alongside David
to tell us how this unfolded -- commentary box along said David to
tell us how this unfolded 13/1 was the score in the first set for Alex
Marshall. He was relentless in his play and he has continued ever
since. Having a little think about. He brings the mat back another foot
or so. That's a midlength this time. That
length, 26.5 metres. Minimum distance, 23, maximum, 26.5. There
is something not right about this. First delivery, he hasn't pushed it.
Not quite. A couple of feet. He would have known as soon as he let
it go as he did. I was actually watching Robert's delivery with that
ball and he it was one of the rare times that he has actually followed
through after the ball left his hand. He followed through the line.
He has been whipping his hand across on quite on few deliveries. On On
the hole, he has a very nice delivery. Everything is right. I
have noticed a few times he has whipped the hand across. That one
was perfect in every way. Just that little whip at the end. I
haven't noticed that before with Robert. No. The straight follow
through has a tendency to give you the line and it's almost like you
are pushing the ball through on the pendulum. That little whip, well,...
It happens after delivery. It just doesn't look right for him. No. The
straight follow through has a tendency to give you the line and
it's almost like you are pushing the ball through on the pendulum. That
little whip, well,... It happens after delivery. It just doesn't look
right for him. If he can find another good one here,
That looks slightly better coming out of the hand but he is still
struggling for weight. There is something not right there.
Alex Marshall has already had a very super smooth delivery but you can
see the hand just follows all the way through the line before it comes
up. Not far away or just not happening. I don't think the whip is
too bad. It has got to the edge but there's another chance. Not exactly
a an easy spare opportunity but dots do dots the body language was saying
he didn't like it. The body line was better. That was a much previous
effort than his other ones. He certainly gave him a chance. It was
getting to the stage of a must-count.
It's a funny old game when you think about it, Nicky, he is 3 behind,
three ends to go. Two singles and a double. He suddenly is into a tie
break. Yeah, as you said before, total number of shots, he is some
way behind but if he wins all three ends... Four ends. ... Three ends to
go and it's 5-2, but those - no sort of spare a shots, no matter how
difficult they are, you need to be taking them to give yourself a
chance. He needs to win this one. He is just not getting through the ball
for some reasons. We would set and the ball is not getting through the
ball to push it on. Yeah, they look a number of bowls at that distance
or six inches closer than. Alex has just managed to sneak inside with
one of his four. Now is a chance. He must take advantage of this.
Certainly looks better. (APPLAUSE). UMPIRE: Your ball. :
A wider line with this one, a perfect pace needed to come down.
(APPLAUSE). You get a loose end, this may be it.
Got a feeling that Robert needs to get this one in or hide the jack
away. Alex is getting there. Him touching the jack would favour
Robert to make a three. It's the first time that Alex has been under
any sort of pressure in this match. That one, he just seemed to... Pull
his arm back. Yeah, it's just a little hold back. It's as if he has
gone too far and he has. Alex has had a look at the back hand
to see if there is anything worth worthwhile. He is getting closer
with every delivery. If he gets a shot here, it will be very, very
hard. Yeah, Robert - if Alex draws one here, he will need five in two.
Alex encouraging this one forward, not going to make it.
UMPIRE: 1 shot, Robert Chris home. -- Chris only. He has just nudged
his way forward, He is still Changing in there. Is it possible?
Isholm. -- Chisholm. He has just nudged his way forward, He is still
Changing in there. Is it possible? Still needs a double at some stage.
It's a bit like a player coming back in snooker, isn't it? Somewhere
along the line he is looking to get some sort of a snooker against his
opposition. He would like to get the two this time. He wants to go into
the last end. One end shoot out for the set. That's basically what it
means would be. That's - well, that's - I think that's his best
start I think. Well even after losing shots at
short jack lengths, Roberts is still persisting. It is good that he is.
He hasn't allowed himself to put himself off. He has obviously come
in with a game plan and he is going to stick with it. He - whenever he
has had the jack, he has been moving things around a bit. He just needs
to hurry a little bit. Yeah. This set is much more than what we
expected in the first set to be honest. It's certainly a lot closer
which Robert will be very happy about. Absolutely. You lose the
first set, you want to be competitive in the second. He has
been. He is digging deep. He is trying to say to Alex, you have to
win it rather than me give it to you. Like I said earlier on, it was
5-1, he played a good bowl and Alex put four inside it. It was a very,
very third ball. I think Alex may be tempted to run this and take the
danger away. I will be surprised if he doesn't. That's - that sort of
distance, it's a very tempting proposition.
He got something. Oh my goodness, no movement on the jack. That surprised
me. It will surprise Alex as well. He would have thought that any
contact would have got some movement from the jack. Roberts will be
looking to repeat the dose. -- Robert will be looking to repeat the
dose. He has dropped back. I am not sure
that's it. I will be surprised if it is. Well, it's not too far away but
I think it's just the one. They will have a look before they... That
should mean Alex will just draw this. Well, he won't want to drive
the jack in the ditch and his bowl go offer.
This is almost a bowl for match. He would need to score four shots in
the last end. If Alex draws this... What a good line this is. Oh. Great
effort. Oh. He wasn't far away. Rob would have been concerned halfway
down. Fwh all credit to Robert Chris -- all credit to Robert. He threw
the anchor out. He played the shots, he play - that's just one double
right at the start, the first end. That has been very tight. A double
on this end and we are into a tie break. Robert will be looking for
another good start like he did last end.
(APPLAUSE) . That qufs as OK. -- that qualifies
as OK. UMPIRE: 7 inch gap. A 7 inch gap,
that's enough to make it there. I think Alex would have preferred to
be playing the back hand but... This forehand has been holding off a
little bit. Similar again, really. Didn't quite
get back to the centre. It's useful but it wasn't what he
was playing for. It could come in handy later on. If he has to play
that, it will be difficult. Oh, was that enough of that ball, or
has it dropped it out? It has dropped it out. Yeah. On the red,
I'll take. He is still there. A little turn of the jack around the
corner, he will make the double. Draw a good one and hope he just
touches it enough. He has got decent weight for this.
It's a roll off the ball. Not quite but he is setting himself up in a
decent position. Yeah, he has got a couple of opportunities. Back hand
is available as well but I don't think it will change anything for
Alex. He will be drawing on the forehand. He will be looking to get
to the last I would suggest. More of a testing challenge, the
second set. For Alex Marshall and he will be very happy just to get over
the line, after dominating the first set. He is very happy to go over the
line in the first round. He needs a good one. Choices, back
hand, he can get the split, run off the ball. Or a forehand just to
touch the jack? I think forehand just to touch the jack. There is a
shot to punch the ball clean through but it is fraught with less
percentage to be honest. It is really just a similar bowl to his
last and hoping he gets into the jack to make the double. If he can
sneak past Alex's read one. -- red one. He is looking at the back hand
but it's not really the shot to play. Oh my, I'm
Well... Um, he is line two but... Unless Alex falls over. I just
cannot see. There is Marshall -- I cannot see Marshall missing this.
You know, it's... Unless he plays a wrong ball. That's not going to
happen. That distance he can play at either side, forehand or back hand,
it doesn't really matter. The short jack length. Well, it's away. He
hasn't even gone that wide. He knows he doesn't need to go that wide. He
has plenty of time and space. I will tell you what, it is running on a
bit but it still stopped in time. Whoo. They dig up balls about 7 feet
away. It has been enough for Alex Marshall to get over the line. You
can see by his face, he was slight worried there. So, Alex Marshall
with a little bit of a sweat. He gets over the ball, 13-1, 6-4 in the
second set, all crord to Robert Chris whom. He did very well. Alex
Marshall makes it through to the second round. He will play Les
Gillett. Making a total of 8 players who have won the title before
alongside the others. Don't forget, beer whack on the red button from
10:00am on Tuesday with the first second round match with James
Rippey. Then we are on BBC Two for the mixed pairs final of the second
round match. But that's just about it for now. The first trophy of the
week has been claimed. Les Gillett and Jason are the champions. From
all of us here at Potters. Goodbye. Should've seen Hillary's face.
She was stood there with Bill.
Rishi Persad presents highlights from the World Indoor Bowls Championships at the Potters Leisure Resort in Norfolk.
Reigning singles champion Nicky Brett from Cambridgeshire begins his defence of the world title, while Alex Marshall, who has won this tournament a record six times, has a tricky first-round match against Welshman Robert Chisholm.
Plus the best moments from the men's pairs final.