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Hello, everyone. Welcome to highlights from the World Indoor
Bowls Championships at Potters. Tonight, we start with action from
the final of the mixed pairs. Nick Brett and Claire Johnston were up
against Paul Foster and Rebecca Field. This is how both pairs got
through to the final. Foster and Field defeat the:
It was Brett and Johnston who took the first set before Foster and
Field hit back to take the second set 9-7. That momentum continued
into the first end of the tie-break. What was to follow, though, was one
of the most dramatic finishes to a final ever seen at Potters.
The game has now pushed well into its second hour. I had a feeling
that was probably going to be the case. It's been close to a 2.5-hour
game if it goes to another end. It's been good. It's been interesting all
the way through really. I haven't noticed the time actually. It's been
flying through. I've enjoyed this one.
Nicky's comment there - "That'll keep." I think Claire was making
sure she was behind... Yes, yes, rightly so.
APPLAUSE She's asking that ball to stop but
it's just moved away to it's still a reasonable target. Two good bowls.
I think Claire's been positive with this line. Very.
Just needs to drop down, though and the extra weight might hold off.
Good effort. Actually, the weight was very good. Yes, it was. I
thought it was a yard heavier than that. So did I. I thought she was
more aggressive, but not far away. Well, Rebecca will really be looking
to try to seal this head, try to tuck the jack away.
Paul looks interested. Oh, well played. Great bowl. That's
better. Great bowl. That's a real good bowl there. That's going to
create all sorts of havoc. Just looked to rest in somewhere,
turn something, flatten it out a bit. Nicky is resisting the
temptation to try and go at this. I think he'll be running at it
shortly. Those shots are hard when you're not used to them when you're
playing jaw shots the whole time. Trying to get down to your own to
provide a shoulder but still heavy. There it goes. Nick's going to be
forced into playing something very, very special here.
Well, Paul, at the moment, speaking to Rebecca, just basically trying to
find out where the jack will go. I think losing the shot on the spot -
I think it's a fair call to cover a spot.
I think you have to cover there. You know, it's... It's a hard shot to
beat, Andy. Exactly. You can't really improve on
the head. Yeah. If you can't improve the head, you've got to go for
position bowl. Well, he's tried to cover a spot on
this side, rightly so. Certainly wide enough.
I think they'll be going for the spot on the other side shortly.
Well, that's one Good enough.
Nick really will do well to get this out of the first bowl. I don't know
if he's slightly pulled that one. That's over. He's no choice. It's
the only shot he has available. The problem now is that he's going to
have to waste another one to get at it. Correct. It will be the other
spot now. Both the spots will be covered so this is looking difficult
for Nicky Brett. Yeah. Certainly wide enough again.
To be honest with you, the combination of Field and Foster have
one hand on the trophy. You feel Nicky must do something here, must
disturb the head. Close. Great strike. Brilliant
strike. That's a hard shot, really hard
shot. I'm not sure if the crowd realise how difficult that was.
There wasn't much applause. It was a brilliant bowl.
On the respot, Paul has covered it but there is a space. He'll try and
get a lot closer with this one. Paul's bowl, looking at this, about
18 or 19 inches short. Nicky's given himself a chance here.
He has. It all depends on how close Paul can
get. He's already played one bowl there so he knows exactly what to
do. The problem for Nicky is that he has
to have - he has to have room to get to it.
How close is this one going to get? He's closer. Let's put it that way.
He's definitely closer. Well, I think there's a draw for
Nicky now. Not easy. Game against you. Game against.
Four inches would draw it. It could drive two bowls but there's too much
of a gap between them. It's just not worth it. After a running bowl,
Andy, it's going to be hard to get back, two running bowls.
Yeah. Backhand draw. One hand on the trophy and the other hand ready to
grab it. You know what? He's very close here.
Yeah, he's very close. Has he got enough? Oh, he has! What
a bowl! Oh, Nicky! What a shot from Nick Brett to save the match. What a
shot! Yes, well done Paul Foster. Paul said that bowl was halfway up -
I heard him say to, "Be -- say to Becs, I don't like it. That's what
we like to see. Sporting from Paul Foster there,
congratulating him. Well played. Yes. Absolutely. Absolutely. Both
players have been here before. They know what it's like.
The Opposition plays a bomb on it. What a beautiful bowl that was.
Four inches, David - wow. That's tight, Claire. Push it out.
That's one thing you cannot afford to do. It's like the first-end half
in this direction the last time. Just calm yourself down a bit,
Claire. That's T it's hard. I know it is. It's difficult. But...
That was brilliant from Nick Brett to hit that and then draw within
four inches. Yes! Oh! To get out of that was fantastic, you know? World
class, absolutely world class. Now, Claire, angle your body a
little bit and just let this bowl flow out onto the line.
It looks high. It looks heavy too. Yeah, that's... Nicky says, "One in
the middle the next time." Yeah! The line was pretty good. I think that
reaction says there's something not right about this. She said, "Oh,
dear." I think one of the ends as well - none of these bowls at the
moment are going to count. But I think both the chaps would just mind
something within six inches. Be the right weight now. Be the
right weight, Claire! I bet he's hoping it is. I bet he's hoping it
is. It's not bad. Well played, Claire. Well played.
There'll be a big smile on Claire Johnston's face at some stage if
that stays there. Look at that. "What was I doing with the first
two?" I'm not sure if she's enjoying this or not, David.
It is testing, there's no doubt. I know that we are. Oh, it's great!
Great. Well, Rebecca drop shot, possibly
blocked Paul foster's favoured hand, the backhand, so Paul will have to
draw it on the fore. Big shoulders. Yeah, that's given
Paul room now. "Big shoulder" he said, which meant it would be
running through. He needs another one in, Paul Foster is sticking to
the backhand. It's his favourite side. It is. He prefers the
backhand. He has so much confidence in his only ability to come around
things. He's very close. Passes the short one. Oh... Well, probably
needed another foot or so, Andy. Well, he's blocked out now. He
cannot play the backhand now. Well, again, you almost feel as
though the shot is not yet on the green.
Oh! Let it go again. Tension from the boys here really. Well, he knew
that was out of the hand and he's absolutely right. He's let it go
again. Goodness me. Chance after chance here. It's got to be forehand
draw for Paul. Rebecca's looking at this. Will it
bend? He's got a big pull on the ball but it's not going to make it.
LAUGHTER This is going to go down to the last
bowl on the land end of a World Mixed Pairs Final. I'm glad they're
on the green and not me. Ha! You love it! Sure, there's nothing
better than getting the pressure of the last bowl.
No change in the shot, Nicky. Still trying to draw the closest bowl.
I tell you what, Andy, there's three or four players in the world that
you'd like to be out there with the last bowl and two of them are on the
green. Correct. Paul and Nicky had a great... Have you corrected, Nicky?
Come on, Nick. Still looks high. Yeah, he's going to frame it.
Get in! Get in! Yeah, he's going to frame it. It's two shots but he's
framed it. The back position favours the green.
I think Paul might nominate to destroy this end. This is the only
time in the match when you can actually destroy it and have it
replayed. He has to nominate it, but there's a chance even for the two
bowls at that angle. I'd agree, David. This is awkward. There's not
a perfect draw. The other option is just to play a
heavy shot and hope that he kicks up the jack and attaches itself to one
of the red ones. Yeah, he's nominated to kill. Yeah, I think I'd
agree. Nicky has to play it. Yeah, there's all sorts of chances
there. All sorts of chances. He has to be really from the outside green
one - that's the absolute limit he can go wide.
He's going for the jack here, trying to put the jack out of the rank.
The reason being he's two shots down. We could go through this all
again. I think Nick's bowl unfortunately framing it has decided
what Paul would play. He probably would have tried to draw it. This
one will come down fast. Settling himself down. The
concentration of Paul Foster. Oh, brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!
What a strike! Oh, great! We're going to have to play this again!
That's about as heavy as it gets when it comes to Paul Foster. You
have to take the bowls back. That's the ruling that you take the bowls
back. Brilliant strike. Absolutely fantastic strike. No messing about.
Full concentration just got the half edge on the inside. Didn't really
want it full to be fair, Andy, because full would have been in the
ditch and that would have been against him. Yes, absolutely plum.
Could not have played that any -- plumb. Could not have played that
any better. No. On the first replay end of the third end in the
tie-break, now that's all they're allowed to do. They're only allowed
to kill it once as a team. I think both Claire and Rebecca will
be saying, "Oh! We've got to go through this again!" Absolutely.
Nick Brett of course can nominate to destroy the end so we could actually
end up playing it another time. Yes, we could.
I believe one of the rules we just heard the other day is the leads
cannot kill the end. I really can't understand that to be truthful. But
I did have a look at it. Is it true? It is. Absolutely, yes. Right. So
it's in the rules. I did read it. That was a new one to everyone, I
think. Mm-hm. It says clearly in the third end of
a match tie-breaker only each skip will be entitled to burn the end
once and they must clearly declare the nomination.
I think that's a new one on all the players, that. Claire, that's not
where you wanted to be, in front. You wanted to give Nicky the option
to drive at it. Need to be in with the next one.
Claire and Nicky had one hand on the trophy in the last end. Indeed they
did. We don't see Paul going that weight too often. When he strikes
the forehand, he goes fast. Run! Run, run! Run harder!
APPLAUSE There's only one bowl to go, Claire.
Don't worry! If anybody thinks bowls is boring,
they should look at this. Team games have been good this year, really.
They've been superb. Great singles games, great team games. Now, this
is slightly different. Not hearing much from Nick. Well,
Paul Foster has already applauded the ball. Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Well,
played! It looked slightly different on the
way down. Still open on the backhand.
But that's a very good bowl. Well, Paul said you could still draw
it. Grease a gap between the bowl and the jack, probably three or four
inches. It's very much there.
It depends on the weight she's playing here. I don't think she's
that far away. Holding out slightly. Or will she run? I didn't think she
was that far away. That's blocked a path for the draw. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.
He knows that. You can almost tell Rebecca's heart
is going mad there. You're looking at her and thinking, "Oh, please be
over." Let's see if Paul Foster tries to
promote the red one or push the green out. Yeah. Difficult shot. It
is a hard shot. You have to hit it absolutely perfect. He's got a
difficult backhand shot, David, hasn't he? Trying to promote the red
is difficult. And it's a half bowl he's looking for. It's a half bowl
on the wide side to push it in at the angle, um, the forehand - it's
bowl on the jack and open it up. Possibly bowl out clean if he gets
it on the timer. Well, he's been playing his runners under. He's
going to disturb the head. Certainly is.
Actually that is a lot better for Paul Foster. Yes, he'll be happy.
That's a good result, actually. Two bowls could go, the jack could go.
That's - Paul will not be disappointed in any way with that.
Needs to come back in. Claire's calling it.
Good bowl. Great bowl.
Well, he does not have the option to kill it.
Very close. Oh! What a result! Oh, that is a fantastic result! Oh,
dear, and the bowl stayed on. I thought the bowl had to go with
it. That is an amazing result.
Look at that now. Just the angle, yeah. That's it.
He hit it on the high side, jack went back and the green bowl went to
the side. That is not easy to hit. He's got three or four feet. He's
taking his time here and quite right, Nicky. Take your time.
Get yourself composed. This is last bowl. Last bowl of the game for
Nicky. I think this is very difficult.
Well, he played a few big bowls like this against Alex Marshall in the
semifinal. Can he play another big one? Is he up? He's definitely up.
How close to the ditch? That's brilliant. Oh, that's brilliant.
Well, to be fair, Paul Foster tapped his leg with that when it was only
halfway up. Fantastic, Nicky Brett. He's down at the business end. He
could tell, but there's no doubt about it, this has been glad
tourial, I think. Oh -- gladiatorial, I think. The two leads
have had a great game but the two skips have been knocking nine bells
out of each other. Sensational. Well, this is difficulty - the red
bowl that they could see nearest the green is blocking the path. It is.
I think he can time it around because it's close to the ditch. If
he tries to draw it on the backhand he has to get within a foot. That's
what we live for. Wow. I've enjoyed this, to be fair.
I think it's fair to say, Nick, that the three-bowl mixed pairs - or
should I say the three-bowl mixed pairs is it. It looks like it's here
to stay. That's what you're saying? Yes, yes.
What do you do, Paul? This is... Oh, this is fantastic stuff. It really
is. What can Paul do here? Do you think he'll draw? I think he'll try
to push the bowl out on the forehand. Yeah, the timing shot is
available. Now, he's going to the back... If he
draws this, this will be shot of the week. Oh, he's trying to draw. He's
trying to draw. What a bowl this would be. Paul Foster. He's one of
the few players in the world that would even attempt to play. This The
line is good. Paul, don't tell me you've drawn this. Has he? Has he?
Oh! What an effort! Well, he was right to try and draw it because he
had so much confidence in his own ability but it just dropped in with
six inches of weight and I have to say that's one of the best pairs
games I've ever seen. Unbelievable. Fantastic. All four players - full
credit. Wonderful game. Anyone could have won it but well done to Claire
and Nicky. Congratulations to Rebecca Field and Paul Foster. They
contributed to one of the best games here at Potters Leisure Resort that
we've ever enjoyed but it's Claire Johnston from Scotland and Nick
Brett, the world number one, who take the mixed pairs world indoor.
One of the most amazing things was watching your facial expressions
One of the most amazing things was watching your facial expressions all
the way, Claire. There were moments of exasperation and moments of
relief. Give us an idea of what emotions you went through? I think I
went through every emotion. My heart was in my mouth half the time. I
just had to try and dig deep. I'm not used to playing in the portable
rink at this level and these guys are. I just had to try and hold
myself together and give Nick something, but it's just been an
honour for me to come here this week and play with Nick. It's been an
absolute joy and I'll treasure the moment.
Quite simply that was one offer the best finals we have ever seen at pet
pet. We're switching our attention now to the singles competition, this
is how the draw now to the singles competition, this
is how the draw looked at the start of Tuesday. Nick Brett is through to
play Charles Bence. He's on the course to defend his title. Stewart
Anderson against Graham McKee. David Gourlay against Neil Furman. Jamie
Rippey versus Greg Harlow. Robert Paxton against Jamie Chestney.
Debbie Wilford against the four-time champion Paul Foster. Darren Burnett
versus Mervyn King and Les Gillett against the six-time winner Alex
Marshall. The first match that we're going to show you is between the
2010 champion Greg Harlow and Jamie Rippey on his second Potters'
appearance and it was Harlow who easily took the first set 9-3 and is
in control of the second set as we join the action once again with Andy
and David. Very deliberate from Greg. Just
means if he's in trouble, he can play a short jack and head his way
out of it. He can also ditch the jack. Greg will try to close this
end out. He'll be happy to just drop a one.
APPLAUSE Goods start from James. When you
think about it, it's first set, Greg has had a lot of big last balls.
This set, he's picked up two fours. It's hard to beat someone when they
pick two fours up. Yes, I think I'm sure both players will reflect on
quite a lot actually after this game - where the best position is. If
Greg is to be successful, he'll be thinking quite hard and probably
having a look at this game again and thinking where does he want to go
for the next one. I think it's fair to say a lot of players will be
watching this game as well and thinking, "The jack is awkward here
or the jack is better here." I think there's a lot of thinking to be done
still. That was a chance for James to get a bit of pressure on. Wanted
that one to count. He missed a number of second balls, just to
consolidate the position. APPLAUSE
Ball held up. Yes, indeed. Needs to fall away give Jame as shot. Alex
sitting there thinking, "Daddy is coming home." There you go. Come on
"I'm trying son, I'm trying. I'm doing my best"! I'm trying for you,
I'm trying! He's close with this one. Seeing his son has inspired him
to play this ball. He's got it out, has he? Oh, it's dropped back but I
think it might have given him the shot. There you go! Well done,
daddy! Not quite sure actually who's line is here? Very close. It's one
red, closer to the second, makes a difference. Yes, it does. Good solid
connection but the ball just dropped back.
Greg is using another time-out. I think it will be the backhand draw.
Will he bend in time? Looks close, this looks perfect. Absolutely
perfect. Ball first drop-in. He's really keeping his concentration,
isn't he, Greg. Yes, that was a perfect ball. Well, quite simply
James has got to have more inspiration from his son here. But
he's probably has to put the ball on to the jack. There's the trophy
they're all playing for. The ranking points and of course a rather large
cheque. Well, ball on to jack here. Has to play it. Hasn't been
desperately successful with the running balls, so this is a tough
one. He's playing a controlled one. Looks under to me. Might get a
result here. Oh! Yes! I think he has. He might have got a fortunate
result and he did. That was the ball he was trying to promote, but not in
that way, but he's got the one. He was tight, moves the red ball out,
takes the one. Still in the game. He did acknowledge it to Greg when he
arrived up at the head. The fortunate result, Greg just put his
finger up, one shot, move on. Yes. Didn't dwell on the fact he was
lying the match. Greg is still in a very strong position. James need to
score three here to force it into the tie-break.
Once again, it's 28.5m and he's on the forehand. Hasn't put a really
good ball down on this forehand. For quite a while. For a long time. Yes.
One good last end. This looks better. I think Alex has spurred him
on. Yes, I think he has. You can take the credit, Alex. Yep! Come on
daddy, you can play better than that. He did!
LAUGHS I think he said, "Why haven't I be
doing this for the last two or three ends." Absolutely. Good reply. Yes,
Greg won't be allowing this. Good reply. Perfectly. It indicates a
toucher. Got another good one. Just needs to
rest the green. It's good, very good.
APPLAUSE It's definitely the best first two
balls he's played for a while. Greg turning the jack around the
corner - that's what he's thinking about.
Is this running? Well, James, this is a difficult one to be fair. He
has to get three. I think he just got to play the same ball, David,
and then try to do something with your final delivery. I wouldn't go
chasing it just yet. Try to draw another shot. That, or rest out the
green one. The backhands are a hard shot to play. He's playing it early.
He might be thinking, Andy, I need two goes at this. Possibly.
Trying to call it. Needs to hurry to get it absolutely solid!
APPLAUSE It's a good try. Well he might have
made a double. He's definitely given himself a chance. That was very
close to getting it absolutely rock-solid. He's got two. So he's
given himself a chance. Greg looking to close this end down.
One good ball makes it difficult for James. He's struggling for weight.
Well, it's a good an opportunity as you're going to get. Quite simply,
yes. Draw another shot, as simple as that. Glad you said it was simple!
(LAUGHTER) It's a simple shot... No, it's...
Yep. Nothing difficult, it's just a draw. And the pressures are there.
There you go! Daddy is having a real go here, and James can play a good
draw shot. He's putting Greg under pressure.
I think his line is good. He's trying to encourage it. It's nod
bad. It's not bad! APPLAUSE
He really needs it. Yep, that's - oh, wow! He hasn't turned it too
far. I don't think he has. He's definitely got three. Maybe four.
He's been a little bit unlucky in that he's brought the jack out into
the open and that favours the running ball for Greg. Greg's under
pressure. He didn't want to play this final delivery. You never do.
He looks under but he's in the area. Oh my goodness me! Has that made a
difference? No. He's got three. That's three shots. Wow!
APPLAUSE That's a bit of inspiration there.
So a great fightback from Jamie Rippey and into the tie-break, the
first two ends of which were shared. We rejoin the action at the start of
the decider. Well, this is what it's all about.
This is the bit where the players play balls for. The nitty-gritty at
the end. Yes, I mean, it's fantastic. Always good when it goes
to tie-breaks. Because everybody is aware that this - the players go out
of their way. It's a good opener for James. Something tells me had to get
it at the last end. Possibly. Greg's actually - he's got the last ball,
that might just count for the lot here. But I think we'll see
aggression from either player here. There's a case now for James to run
at it. It's not his game. That's what I would have thought he drawn
in the last ball in the previous end because he hasn't hit very well.
More confident on the draw shots, especially on his backhand. This one
needs to run. Not there. And that's a front ball which is in the good
either. Yeah, he knows it. It puts a lot of pressure on the
third delivery. The previous ball from James might be an awkward ball
for both players, whoever get it is shot.
It's another one in. Yep. Still a draw available. Still the backhand
draw available. And James put one ball on the top of the jack here,
and it's advantage Rippey. Don't overcorrect, that's really the
message going through. 2ft short. I think's picked a line with both of
these deliveries, just to add 2ft of weight. Have to say the line is
good. Not sure about the weight on this one. The weight, it's perfect.
APPLAUSE He's played it and played it well.
He didn't overcorrect and family Rippey are getting excited. Great
ball. That delivery from Jamie Rippey move it is jack, lies 2, lies
game. And it's a toucher. Yeah, enjoyed that one. Did he ever!
Played well. Now, Greg has got the runner on the forehand if he wants
it. He's nominated to try and kill the end and that's the only time
you're allowed to do it - is on the third end of a tie-break when you
can nominate as often as you wish. I don't think it will kill. The way
the head is sitting, the danger for Greg here is the green ball on to
the red might put the jack in the ditch. It's just anth at an angle,
and he might be able to get both. But it's on his favoured forehand
runner, and the Scottish Masters he played a lot of big balls on his
forehand. Close. As expected. Oh, just got the short one. Actually,
the jack was off-centre. That actually sort of made it a little
bit different. Yes, probably that. So what does he do, Jamie Rippey?
Does he go for the absolute perfect ball or does he just leave it? I
don't think I'd be going near this. No, I don't think so. If Greg draws
a shot, well he draws the shot. I think he will draw with this one. I
think he has to. Yeah, can't see Greg getting a good result with the
runner. No, he has to draw the shot. He's really no runner on, he had to
open it up with the third ball but let's see what James is doing with
this one. He's going deep, rightly so. Staying away. Yep, not too much,
but again the blocker was available to stop Greg playing the draw and
force him into the runner, but the two reds could have disappeared and
that would have been just awful. So, yep, the nomation again. Well,
always plan forward. So he must be playing the runner, no guarantees is
going to get the shot here but hitting the head. But he's game
down. Has he corrected? I think it's too high, I think. Oh, he's got it!
I don't believe it! APPLAUSE
What a result! Oh! What a result out of that. A great ball. What a
result! Greg Harlow is the first man through
to the quarterfinals. Next up, though, is the match between last
year's runner-up, Robert Paxton and the 14 seed Jamie Chestney. And it
was Chestney who struck first. Things are closer at 4-4 when we
join the action at the eightth end in the second. Lots of things going
through the players' minds at these times. Probably easier for Rob, he
needs to score. Yes, and probably be thinking to himself, "I have to
score double." APPLAUSE
Can't really tell much from Jamie's reaction whether he likes it. He's
kicking the turf a bit. This is one of these tough matches
that you just have to dig and dig and dig, scratch out a win. This
looks better. Not anything pretty about it. Had some really good ends
and some that have been a bit on the scrappy side. He's certainly wider
with this one. Coming back strong now. Close.
APPLAUSE He looked happier with the line on
that one. Urging this forward! He's not bad
with it but needs another foot or so to be absolutely perfect. Just
dropped away. But is it enough? See if Jamie repeats his second
bowl, he'll only score the one. Not getting too excited about it but
he's getting ever closer. He's definitely in but it's just where
he's going to move the jack to. Perfect bowl. Absolutely perfect.
One of his time-outs here, I would imagine, having a look at all the
angles. Does that plant green on to red, take it on to the shot? I think
it takes it under the shot. But then what happens, yep? That's where the
problem lies. If it's one, he's still in with a shot with the last
end but if he has something go wrong, he could be go down. Perhaps
just the play the crunching draw. Yep. Just squeeze it over to his own
red ball. It's difficult, literally a foot of running. Didn't feel right
in the hand, so he's wiping his fingers again.
Tell you what - he's given it a shot, hasn't he? He certainly has. I
thought he had more width with that to be truthful with you. If Jimmy
scores two here, I think Robert Paxton is going to be in a heap of
trouble the next end. He needs to score three. A very difficult
opportunity, though. Looks to be a reasonable amount of room on the
screen, but I can tell you down here on the rink, it's not too many
inches to squeeze another one in. In fact, Jamie is playing it safe. He's
playing it off the backhand side. He didn't want to crunch the jack
himself. Just looking to float round the front red to score another. Just
the one by the looks of it. He said it was close with regards to the
other one earlier in the end. Wow! Francis Fletcher said he favoured
the red but very slightly. But no guarantees. That's only an opinion
of course. There's chalk on Jamie's bowls so he touched the jack,
whether he moved it nearer the red or nearer the green, not really
sure. It didn't look like it barely touched it, did it? This is very
important. Yes, I was going to say threes are difficult, but I managed
to drop a three in my last end, my match earlier to take it to the
tie-break. Best keep quiet, I think. I think it's when you going on the
last end, you're thinking two shots, it's possible. Especially when you
got last ball. Close. It is very close. Very close!
Almost equal distance. Two shots Jamie Chestney. That makes a
difference, that's massive. That's probably another reason why he
played the backhand, a safer hand. Didn't want to topple the jack over.
Yeah, all to do for Robert Paxton. World No. 3 is in so much trouble
here. He really is. Three shots - wow! That's - he's gone to the 25.5m
and Jimmy is a good striker as well. So he's sensible. What team does he
play for? LAUGHS
Boom, boom. He doesn't need the strike, you lot are all kitted for.
Good opening bowl. Good reply. Needs to pick it up.
Yep, very good. Jimmy just looking to get something close again, trying
to crowd the head with three balls, if heck. A bit surprised he's still
playing the forehand, I thought he might have changed the back. Well,
now, this is interesting. Opportunity is here definitely. I
don't think Rob - he's going to stick to the forehand. From our
commentary position here, it looks like a backhand draw, but obviously
just played a really good forehand, looking to do the same. Maybe just
touch his own red down. He's on the right side but he can afford to come
around it. Yeah, that's just a very - that's a very useful ball.
APPLAUSE Sticking with it. Definitely a more
positive draw this time. Can he get to his own? That helps. Oh, well,
another turn would have been probably match over, but still got a
chance. Not to promote his own ball under the jack. Take the green one
out clean. One or the other. As you say, one more roll on the green, one
would have been behind the jack and game over. An opportunity here.
Is he going to draw the jack round or is he going to play the takeout.
He's on a narrow line, so he's gone for the takeout. He's very
interested in it. Pushing it forward! He's got something. It's a
good bowl. Green ball just dropped back, though. So it's one, a very
close look for the second. Whether it's one or two, he's actually set
himself ahead to score the three. Yep. That's the important bill.
Jimmy might be tempted here just to come into this, not convinced it's
the right shot to play because touch a ball in with a jack probably still
put him two down and give Robert a lot more room. I think backhand draw
is the call. Yeah. Draw is a good one, it's game over. If he doesn't,
Robert has still got to play a great bowl to remove the green to score
the three. Jamie doesn't want to run at this and he could get a back
connection and almost gift Robert the three he needs. Yep. In the
backhand on the draw. Big back swing, Jamie Chestney. Good line. Is
he over the weight? Yep, just over the weight. It's where the problem
was. Now, Robert... This is not easy, but... He's got two choices
here - can either play red on to green, or looks like a good angle to
take the two green bowls out with a drive and leave the three.
Either/or. Tran Trans Tough one. World No. 3 in a heap of trouble.
One ball to snai the world professional singles. It's an early
exit for Paxton if he doesn't get this. Going for the two balls. He
like it is it. He likes it! Oh... He's been unlucky. Very unlucky.
Very unlucky! One shot. APPLAUSE
That's not enough. World No. 3 bite it is dust and the world No. 14
makes his way through to the quarterfinals.
Well done to Jamie Chestney and he will play the winner in tonight's
final show. That was between Debbie Wilford of New Zealand and Paul
Foster. Robert Paxton is now in the commentary box alongside Corky.
He'd be quite happy to try to put this game to bed in the sand. He
turns back on this one but it doesn't look too far away for me.
He'll settle for that. He's just come away with a Scottish
Indoor Sinles title a couple of weeks ago.
We got a good first bowl. Trying to follow that up, drop inside it.
Good effort. That sets up a decent chance.
This bowl almost clears the end off this moment. Ball on to ball, take
the two of them out, is really the only hope. She needs three shots, it
has to be played. Nothing there in the forehand that's going to create
a three. Have to be aggressive to it.
Disturbance there, so they stopped the clock. 12 seconds.
Certainly playing to it, just needs to get back down again. It's a
decent effort I have to say. It's the hard weight, though. Yeah, I
think she had to keep the bowl on just to give herself with a chance
possibly. There's other options. Paul just going over to the respot
position, deep and kiss the green ball and goes on to the jack. The
thing has pretty well covered, has to play the backhand again. Ball on
to ball and stay herself, give her three. So plenty of time. Take your
time. Just get this absolutely right. You get three and if you dent
get it right, but get the two balls, then there's a good chance that just
looking to see down - it looks good. The way I'm sitting, that will take
that, that ball is definitely going out, the other green one will
disappear from here. She almost needs a front bowl solid, that's the
only... Two shots brings her into the last end. So...
Quicker. Definitely quicker. No doubt about that. Just under, I
think. Just on the inside. Right through the gap too.
APPLAUSE Paul Foster get as three and a two
in the last two ends. Seven and eight ends, and eases his way into
the quarterfinal. 11-3, 10-3. So Paul Foster seals his spot in the
quarterfinals where he'll face Jamie Chestney. The only other player
through to the last eight so far is Greg Harlow but lots of big names
still lurking in the last 16, the likes of Nick Brett, Stewart
Anderson and of course Alex Marshall. A reminder we are back on
the red button from 10:00am for the next instalment of the singles as
Stewart Anderson playing Graham McKee and back on BBC Two for action
for both of the open singles and lady's singles. Nick Brett and
Claire Johnston are the mixed pair champions. From all here at Potters,
bye, bye. Should've seen Hillary's face.
She was stood there with Bill. Because she's going to an
event to celebrate