Day 3 World Indoor Bowls Championships


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Welcome to highlight of the World Indoor Bowls Championships at

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Potters. Tonight, we are bringing your action from the ladies said --

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semifinals. We start with a fascinating clash between Nicky

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Brett and 71-year-old Charlie Bence. Amazingly, he survived a heart

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attack seven years ago and is now on the biggest stage in balls, up

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against the number one seed and top-ranked player in the world, 29

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years younger, Nicky Brett. We will start the action at the start of the

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match with our commentators. Nicky Brett has played a lot of

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matches. Is going to be a fairly nervous day

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for Charles. He prefers to be called Charlie. Only his mother called him

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Charles. As you say, Nicky Brett has played quite a number of games

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already. He has got to make sure he starts well, has Charlie. Doesn't

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what Nicky to get away. -- doesn't want.

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Nick is very much one of the players who will give Charlie full respect.

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I think most of them anyway, to be truthful. This is a match where you

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can put your name down into the next round. He will be looking to play a

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good game. Charlie beat Matt in the previous round.

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A little bit of both. Nick will be delighted with this start. Happy

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with the three bowls in the head. Charlie got one round the back.

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Maybe have a go at this, trying to remove something. Looks like he is

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sticking to the draw. A wise choice from Charlie.

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Final delivery, perfect trail. Well played it Charlie Bence, on the

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board already. He will be delighted to get out. That is the key. You

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want to get that one shot on the board. Then you can relax a little

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bit. He has been playing it good. He was telling me a young players

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call him Chi-go. We will call him Charles. He started the second

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extremely well. The perfect bowl. Stuart Anderson was playing, I saw

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it. I shouldn't believe everything I read on the profile. Fanclub as

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Charlie. Absolutely. I got a few messages about it. The moral of the

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story is don't believe everything you read. He has been there a few

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years now, has Stuart. To great opening bowls from Charlie.

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Two touchers. Great strike. He tends to hit the target often.

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Just have to wait a second or two while they sort out the Bence in the

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ditch. Charlie was on the mat, ready to go. He was saying, come on, get a

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move on, I want to get started. Charlie is sticking to the forehand,

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playing across the rink, most people would stick to the backhand but it

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is his choice. I'm sure he has practised this. This one will sweep

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away very early. Only need to be crossing the middle line about three

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or four metres before the jack. Unusual for most players. That last

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bowl has probably forced Nicky onto the forehand side. Nicky's line will

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be different. It will just dip across now, three

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metres before. Charlie never sighted now. It has a

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chance to pick up the jack he's a bit heavy. Pickup the jack. He is

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looking at this one. He is drunk to encourage it forward. I tell you

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what, he is not far away. Yes. What a shot. Great stuff!

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Well, Nicky's attacking this. Looks to be on the high side. Ran the ball

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in the ditch. -- bowl. There are many people feeling quite

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happy about it Charlie being here. Not least Andy, of course. I'm

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waiting for the next sentence to come out. It's always good to know

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your not the oldest in the tournament, isn't it? I thought you

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might have made some reference to that. It's nice that somebody else

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is older than me. Those qualifiers are not easy. I'm

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trying to think actually where he qualified from, David. Easy enough

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to check it. People travel around different qualifiers don't necessary

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have to, but we try to keep them within their own countries.

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APPLAUSE Charlie will certainly not be

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wanting to leave it to his last bowl again.

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Little white dot on Nicky Brett's ball, it indicates a Dutcher. If it

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goes in the ditch, it stays there, it stays live. For all our

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non-bowler viewers. It goes into the ditch without touching, it's taken

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away, forms no further part in the end.

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APPLAUSE He's picked the pace up really well,

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right away, Nicky, into his groove. Looks to be lacking the pace. Once

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again, going to have to play a big last ball. There's a certain amount

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of good bowls in the locker, but you don't want to be dipping into it at

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every end. No, because you're going to fail eventually. He's going to be

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two or three down here, it looks a bit heavy.

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He's having a wee trot after this one. Yes. Must like it. Oh, he's

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drawn it again, his last bowl. Not only that, it's well hidden on the

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backhand. APPLAUSE

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Mark Dawes sitting at home thinking, "Well, Nick, welcome to my world."

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It's the last ball. Australia you said, David, it's tucked away there,

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it's difficult for Nick to get at. Little runner down the forehand to

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get into the Jack and move it. Not easy. He's in the area. Has he got

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enough?! Good try. Really good effort.

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APPLAUSE Another single, another last bowl.

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He's enjoying this - Charlie. He certainly is! LAUGHS

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I'm not sure how long it's going to be before I call him Charles Dance,

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it's only a matter of time, it really is. If he does win, it will

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be a jiggle. Certainly will be. Never mind a mind. I'm sure all the

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people back in Blantar will be enjoying every minute of this. Great

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start. Once again, Nick putting good balls

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in. APPLAUSE

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Yes. Steady. Be very much aware of the fact that's what he'll keep

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doing until there's a mistake somewhere. Trouble is - that's not

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always guaranteed. I don't think Nick will be pressing the panic

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button quiet. -- quite yet. He's aware he's in the game here. This is

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close. Good effort from Charlie. It's a shot well played. He's waving

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it in. APPLAUSE

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Good again. Wants the jack this time. He's good. Well played.

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APPLAUSE Played very few balls, Les Gillett,

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just up on the green seats. Applauding that bowl from Nicky

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Brett. Let the door open there for you, Andy. LAUGHS well, Charlie,

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running after this one, you must like it. Well, he's in the area

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again, but it should just sleep under. Good try. What a tough

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audience. (LAUGHTER)

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How far away is that. Less than a foot. About eight inches away and he

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barely got a murmur. They're hard today. Oh! Expectations are high.

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Nicky Brett is good again. APPLAUSE

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Yep. Squeezed in through the gap. Not sure if it's a No. 2, but we'll

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find out shortly. Two it is. That's Fletcher just letting us know. Yes,

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definitely 2. Well, Charlie, you're going to have to be reaching through

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this one, but again no guarantee if he's going to hit this target he's

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going to score. But he's two-down, so he can't be probably any worse

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off. It probably just means it's a draw. Got the bowl away with five

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seconds to spare. This has to pull back quick. I tell you what - if

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he's up to own bowl, he's got a chance. He can promote this one.

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That's what he's looking for. Oh! Done it again!

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APPLAUSE This is ridiculous! Nicky Brett is

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smiling! So many shots taken off him already in this match. It was the

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last bowl. Charlie looked up at the commentary box there. I think he's

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absolutely loving this! (LAUGHTER)

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Still smiling saying, "What on earth?" Nicky Brett has been a good

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end and he's still down. Good end again. Close. He's going to get

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something this time. There he goes. He's going to pick a two or three

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up. APPLAUSE

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Really good bowl by Nick. Really, really good bowl.

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APPLAUSE Both enjoying this. It was a very

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good bowl by Nick to push that through. Certainly was. He got it

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absolutely plum. Nick thought he had fairly little wrong. Is Charles

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Bence on course for an upset? He's got a big chance of taking the first

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set as we rejoin the action in the ninth end, Bence leads 6-5.

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6-5 up. The last end in the first set. Great position to be in.

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What would he give for a front toucher now. Not far away. It's a

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good opener. Very good opener. APPLAUSE

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Charlie was telling his buddies, he was just enthused about what he had

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been doing over the years, his apprenticeship, a coach trimmer for

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five years and then coach building and many other things he managed to

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do over his life span. Fascinating. Line is very good. Just your pace,

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Charlie. Nick needs another one in. Certainly pushed this one out. Bit

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of work to do to get back inside the green one. Here it comes! Nick is

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waving at it. Yeah, caught on the green bowl. I think it's just a one.

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UMPIRE: One red. Once again, I think Charlie has

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picked a good line. He's running after this. I think he likes this. I

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tell you what, Andy, he's very close to the shot. Really close. Goodness

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me, that is a beauty! APPLAUSE

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That's not easy to do either. Even on the front one on the hit... Yeah,

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exactly, an as you said, the plant actually pushes the ball on to the

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jack. At that angle, it's quite possible to go for a respot

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position. So - he's not going to draw this is he? I don't think the

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drive is the - he's getting a good result with the drive, he's playing

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the backhand. I think he's playing the draw. Got to draw within seven

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or eight inches. I thought he myotaken the risk just to open it

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up, given him the last bowl. He's close. He's played it. What a bowl.

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Brilliant bowl. Brilliant bowl - Nicky Brett. All the pressure in the

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world for that one. Absolutely sclsmt

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APPLAUSE We talked about the plant, he touch

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it is red ball on to the green ball, the jack will move and Charlie will

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beline the set. He's walking down and just smiling at everyone.

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Time-out as well. Now the concentration comes in. He know this

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is is important. If he gets this, well, it's monumental. We'll see the

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plant in a moment. Yes, weighing himself up for the big one here.

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He's close! He's got it. He's got it! Well played Charlie. What a

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shot! Oh. This is the best. Clean as an absolute whistle and Paul Foster

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is sitting there thinking, "What is going on here?" That was brilliant.

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I tell you what, that went down well. Fantastic drive. Nicky, you

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have to repeat exactly the same ball as your third bowl or you're losing

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the opening set. What pressure on this bowl. I don't fancy this, Nick

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is using a time-out, he doesn't use that very often. Last bowl on this

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one. Charlie, he's going to have to wait another 15 or 20 seconds to see

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if he wins the opening set. He's in the happy with that. It looks heavy

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to me. It's too heavy - opening set to

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Charles Bence! APPLAUSE

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What a story! So against the odds, Charles Bence

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taking the first set against Nicky Brett but the defending champion

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roared back to take the second set 10-4, meaning we were into a

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potentially nervy tie-break. Both have been playing very well in

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the match. Slightly different tactic from Charlie. He's brought the mat

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out on the green. Can't narrow it though. Not quite sure why he

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didn't. He's actually been playing a longish length quite well. He's

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narrowed the line. When shortening the jack, that's quite often the

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case - normal club bowls but it's not the case in the portable rink,

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you still have to push the ball out wide, let it come back. So Nick

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taking advantage. Still not that close, but... Good starter.

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He's made adjustments with this one. Yes, he's got chances here. Has he

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got the gap? Unlucky. Well, give it a chance. Tie-break, three ends,

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doesn't matter, just win the end. APPLAUSE

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Charlie, if I were you, I would try to run the jack into the ditch. As

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you say, David, it doesn't matter if it's one, two, three, or four, just

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go to the back here with the backhand. Close! Yep. Oh, he's

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lucky. Goodness me, that was close! An inch or two away, Nicky Brett

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will be tapping his chest on that one. That was close that drive. He

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certainly got that one away better, and very accurate. You see the drive

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- that's very close. Just nick it is ball. Trouble is, Nicky Brett needs

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another one in here because that bowl could disappear. At the same

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time, back bowl would be useful. You can't cover everything. Very narrow.

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He's slapping his thighs because he think it's not going to do anything.

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Unless he blocks Charlie out. I don't think so. That's a nervy one,

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isn't it? Yes, it was. Anything behind was useful. Well, same bowl

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again, Charlie. Jack has got to go into the ditch with the bowl. Mmm,

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the angle is good for it. Because he'll crunch a jack and then

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Charlie's bowl will hit the other bowl and follow it in. So the angle

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is perfect. He's making sure he's getting a lot of oxygen in, isn't

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he? Taking his time. Well, he's just right. If he gets this right, he'll

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end up in the ditch and will be very close to it. I think he's under.

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Unless he's fortunate. Not this time.

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APPLAUSE Nicky had to have a side-toucher to

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win that end. But tactically Charlie played it exactly right. Yes, wasn't

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far away, especially with a third bowl, that was the close one. Final

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delivery just slightly pulled the bowl across the body, but still in

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with a chance here, Charlie. 1-0 down, just needs to win the last two

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ends. This is the indoor bowls hub at the

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Potters Leisure Resort, and Crown Green has got the Waterloo. This is

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the biggest occasion we have got, David, for an indoor sport and long

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may it continue. Outdoor many years ago, used to be Worthing. Yes, and

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Elementington for the finals. Northfield, Scotland, and of course

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coming over to the outdoor Belmont. Northern Ireland this summer. Trying

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again. Just needs to stay in front. Well, he'll still done a lot of dam

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-- damage. Yes, he's split it well. He needs one good bowl here. The

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line is good. How is the pace, Charlie?

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Nick, looking to get behind the jack with this one. Not even attempting

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to try to pull it around the corner. He's just going deep.

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APPLAUSE Yeah, fair call, but I think just a

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draw for Charlie, really. I don't he should be running at this jack. Just

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a draw. The thing is - he's playing his backhand so well, you fully

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expect him to draw with one of the two bowls. Yes, I would say this one

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looks closest. This looks very close to drawing a draw here. He's drawn

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it! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Charlie! Just what we thought would happen. He's just played his

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backhand too well to leave it. Nick is in trouble again. Goodness me!

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And we thought the pairs were exciting!

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UMPIRE: Nick has three time-outs remaining. He has to reach it, no

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choice. Yes, backhand. Try to draw this, I think the backhand draw is

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quite a difficult shot. Not many people tend to get this. No. Is that

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up? He's under. He's definitely under with this one. Something in

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the right about it. Nick knows it. Yep, that's 1-1. It didn't look

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right out of the hand. He was short and now Charles Bence has taken the

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world No. 1 and depending champion all the way to the third end and

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tie-break. And again he's doing it with good bowls. Yes, he has. I

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mean, Nick left him to leaf the draw in the backhand and he played it.

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I'm not sure if I would have, to be honest with you. You know, it is

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just drawing too well. Yes, he is. Well, Charlie, you brought it the

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last time. The fuller line is where I think you played the better bowls.

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I think he's gone probably 27, 28m with this one. That's where you're

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playing better. UMPIRE: 27.5m.

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Well, we got a good view here, David. Everyone is gathering around.

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We got the press people, everyone here is waiting for the biggest

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story that we have had in many years. What we call this? The

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vultures' Net. Yes, they're all gathering. They're all gathering to

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see what happens. Every single person is watching this at the

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moment. Do we have the biggest story in a long time. -- time?

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APPLAUSE Once again, Nick is doing everything

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right. He's played very well today. Nick has played well. Charlie has

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been - he's done so much damage with one bowl in particular, but on a few

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occasions it's been more of that. Nick is aware of that. He needs one

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very good bowl here, Charlie, to get himself into the quarterfinal. This

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needs to stop. 10 singles Charlie scored in this match, and one

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double. One bowl. You can understand that bowl. The rules change again in

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the third end of the tie-break. They can destroy the end but you have to

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nominate it first. APPLAUSE

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Nominate as often as you wish, but you can only destroy it once and

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it's replayed in the same direction. Nick is shaking his head there. He

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knows that's just not close enough. Just wund erd if Charlie is thinking

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about - couldn't be thinking about running the bowls here? Not, got to

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be drawing. And he likes it. He's signalled to the audience - this is

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the shot. That's confidence for you! Is he getting back? He is. He's

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drawn the shot! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Oh, my goodness me! He signalled to the audience, "I have drawn the

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shot." Did he really signal that, and yeah? He did. You're looking out

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the windows, but I'm watching the monitors. Well done, Charlie. Close,

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but still shot to Nicky Brett. He needs to be up! He really needs to

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be up! APPLAUSE

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Well, two red, but it's actually in a good place. Charlie has been doing

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a lot of damage in the backhand too. It's just... Shaking his head, I

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can't blame him. He's just shaking his head. Going for it. Oh, he's

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under. He's under. He's under. It's gone. Unlucky. Oh, Charles Bence,

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what an effort. What an effort and look at that, he walks down, big

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smile on his face, clapping his hands. Nicky Brett has been tested

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right to the last bowl in this match.

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APPLAUSE But what a man, what a player, and a

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stand ovation for the 71-year-old, and so it should be. Absolutely.

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Started the day absolutely well Charles Bence but full credit to

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Nicky Brett. That was hard and he dug deep. There good game, good win.

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They're able to share a laugh after that fantastic match which had the

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audience on their feet and rightly so. We're going to talk to and no

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offence, Nicky, but the star of the day.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE (LAUGHTER)

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Charles Bence - 71 years old, can I ask what you're feeling right now?

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Um, amazing great to play against the No. 1. I'd do it again. It's the

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best. You had him on the ropes, you got very close. Most importantly,

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you played brilliantly today. Yeah. It's the best I have played for a

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while. APPLAUSE

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I played well. I had to put Nicky under pressure. The atmosphere

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between the two of you, the sportsmanship between the two of you

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was always fantastic. APPLAUSE

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. Charlie was fantastic. Right on the green, I learnt some new words

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as well, gurling or whatever that is!

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(LAUGHTER) . Unbelievable. He was killing me

:35:10.:35:14.

every end, on the green as well. Wonderful moments between the two of

:35:15.:35:18.

you. What was happening here? I just had my eyes tested and he's telling

:35:19.:35:22.

me I needed to do it again! (LAUGHTER)

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Did you feel nervous playing against Charlie today? I wish I could swear!

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(LAUGHTER) Very terrified to be honest. He

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played fantastic. I played some good bowls early on, and he was killing

:35:37.:35:41.

me. I was like, three, four nil down, both sets, what am I going to

:35:42.:35:47.

do here. Unbelievable. It's lot of pressure for me. Every time I found

:35:48.:35:51.

a good one, he beat it! (LAUGHTER)

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Quite simply one of the most remarkable matches we have ever seen

:35:54.:35:56.

here at Potters. But the defending champion Nicky Brett safely through

:35:57.:36:00.

to the quarterfinals where he'll play the winner of our next match

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between Stewart Anderson and Graham McKee. Only one year separate these

:36:04.:36:08.

two but the gulf and experience was much greater. Graham McKee making

:36:09.:36:11.

his first appearance in the second round of Potters against 31-year-old

:36:12.:36:15.

Anderson, the champion in 2013. Anderson got off to a fast start.

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This runner the first end gave him a triple as he raced into the early

:36:21.:36:24.

lead taking the first four ends to build-up a seven shot advantage.

:36:25.:36:29.

McKee got on the board with wins in the next three but still trailed by

:36:30.:36:33.

four shots. He was unable to conjure a mayorcle with his last leaving

:36:34.:36:38.

Anderson to secure the first set 11-4. The qualifier has seen off

:36:39.:36:46.

another world champion Thompson in the first round. McKee fail to

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register another end and Anderson sealed a comfortable win in the

:36:51.:36:56.

seven with a three-shotter. So this is how the quarterfinal

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line-up looks after the moment. Nicky Brett through to play Stewart

:37:01.:37:04.

Anderson, clash of former champions. Meanwhile Greg Harlow safely he's

:37:05.:37:11.

booked his place in the last eight. He'll play the winner.

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Now we switch our attention to the ladies' competition and the

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semifinals. First up Ellen Falkner who won the title for an amazing

:37:27.:37:32.

third time last year up against Janice Gower appearing at the

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semifinals for the first time at Potters. Falkner won the first set

:37:36.:37:39.

6-5 but Gower was fighting back in the second and she leads 6-5 as we

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join the action at end eight. Karen Murphy is in the commentary box

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along with David Corkill. Off to a good start is Janice Gower

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on this end. She'll be well happy with that one.

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APPLAUSE Good reply.

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APPLAUSE Janice just looking for a bowl

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similar to her first one. Something to sort of fatten up the target.

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Just short. Thinking about the last end there

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with her second last bowl. At least it's valuable back there. Good

:39:20.:39:20.

position bowl. There's a chance. Really needs to

:39:21.:39:49.

get this in. Next end is the last end. Wants to be carrying a bit of a

:39:50.:39:54.

lead into it. Needs another close bowl - Ellen Falkner. Touching the

:39:55.:40:01.

jack actually wouldn't do her any harm. I think she's just been a

:40:02.:40:09.

little bit unlucky and round off it. Difficult one here for Janice Gower.

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She has to decide what to do. Hasn't made Janice's task any easier,

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Corky. No, it hasn't. If anything there may be a gap between the jack

:40:22.:40:25.

and the bowl now. If she touches on the outside of the red ball, it will

:40:26.:40:29.

string across to two, she has to get it really on the inside edge. You

:40:30.:40:34.

get that, you're likely to hit the jack. That's close enough to make no

:40:35.:40:39.

difference, if you hit that bowl, it's going to spinge. That's why

:40:40.:40:42.

she's playing the backhand. This is a chance for Ellen Falkner. She must

:40:43.:40:48.

make up her mind what to do, but it's a good positive draw, rest the

:40:49.:40:52.

green ball out. Just touch the outside of the edge of her own bowl

:40:53.:40:57.

and she'll make three. But she doesn't want to go in with a one-end

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shoot out. Will this get back? Needs to bend and bend quickly.

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APPLAUSE Looks good for three. That's exactly

:41:09.:41:14.

what she had to play. And that was a big bowl and she played it very,

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very well. Perfect weight. Well, there's been a few

:41:17.:41:38.

opportunities for Ellen in this match, certainly in the second set.

:41:39.:41:42.

That's the first one she's really grasped. Good timing to do it. Just

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a matter of winning in the end. All about taking those opportunities

:41:45.:42:03.

when they arise. Nothing between these two players in the second set.

:42:04.:42:08.

They have both played well. Yes, I think it's when you make mistakes

:42:09.:42:12.

the odd time and sort of gifts shots away that it really hurts. And then

:42:13.:42:16.

you reflect on that, and Ellen's mentally very strong, so she

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wouldn't have been thinking too much about it, but you're always

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conscious of that fact, that's all. APPLAUSE

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Janice looking just a touch or just past the jack here, nothing for

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short. Left it short! It's a good bowl, good bowl in the head.

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It's a good start really for both players but Ellen just seemed to

:43:10.:43:16.

have upped her game in the last few ends. That's a very good bowl. When

:43:17.:43:25.

you... When you're chasing shots, like Janice, she cannot afford to be

:43:26.:43:32.

short here. Just a confident draw down on the back-end.

:43:33.:43:43.

Very good. It's sa very good bowl, but it's actually not what she want.

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No. It really isn't. She needed to be probably 2ft heavier than that.

:43:55.:43:58.

She just drew it and really you have to be through it. If you're looking

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for three shots... You need to give yourself some room to draw another

:44:03.:44:05.

couple. Have to give yourself a chance with the last bowl to trail

:44:06.:44:09.

something or turn a bowl out, something to make a difference,

:44:10.:44:16.

that's all. It's a hard shot available to turn the jack for the

:44:17.:44:21.

green, but I find if I was Ellen here, I'd be ternted to play to it.

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If Ellen crunches the jack against a green, it's more or less over. Only

:44:27.:44:33.

danger is, she doesn't want to bring it out in the open, that's the only

:44:34.:44:37.

thing, really doesn't. So high-line draw would be useful.

:44:38.:44:45.

I like my high-line drift shots. Get them out there. Here it comes now.

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Let it drift right in again. She's calling it.

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APPLAUSE It's not ideal because it gives a

:45:05.:45:08.

shoulder a chance to play through it, but if she knows if she plays it

:45:09.:45:14.

now and misses, that's it. It's more or less over. No way of getting a

:45:15.:45:19.

three. I think she has to try it. Yeah, definitely the inside of the

:45:20.:45:24.

red bowl, one bowl on to the other to stay. It's the only - only thing

:45:25.:45:26.

she's got on. So good arriving draw this, to use

:45:27.:45:47.

the shoulder, take the red ball out, give herself a chance with the last

:45:48.:45:49.

one. Good effort. It's in the head and

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it's a good effort. Probably lacking a fraction of weight, I think. Yeah,

:46:07.:46:12.

just needed 2ft more. If it had of been 2ft more, wouldn't have got

:46:13.:46:13.

back. UMPIRE: time-out call. Ellen has no

:46:14.:46:28.

time-outs remaining. Still choices and still chances. Ball on to ball,.

:46:29.:46:38.

Interesting to see if she decides to go deep with this over to the side

:46:39.:46:47.

or just try to drop in on that gap. Drops it in the gap, it's all over.

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That would be a fantastic bowl. If she gets any movement on her bowl on

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the way in there is also a good result for Ellen Falkner. Just

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slipping past. I can't blame her. APPLAUSE

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Well, the shot is definitely there. There's no doubt about it. You get

:47:10.:47:15.

on the inside of that, get into the bowl, you get a half-bowl, it goes

:47:16.:47:20.

out, you try to get off the angle on to the red bowl, and that would

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really kill it. That's the other target bowl. So can't say it's not

:47:25.:47:38.

possible. It is. Not the easiest of chances but probably better than

:47:39.:47:40.

what she might have expected. Doesn't really want any jack

:47:41.:47:43.

movement, can't afford any jack movement there. No. The angle there

:47:44.:47:53.

is to take the two reds out and stay. She'll have to have it push

:47:54.:47:57.

through it with four or five yards running. She's certainly given it a

:47:58.:48:06.

chance. Yeah, good effort. APPLAUSE

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Just the one shot. Ellen Falkner, champion still in the mix. Makes her

:48:16.:48:19.

way into the final. Good game but Ellen just had too much in the tank

:48:20.:48:25.

in the end. Every semifinal is always hard

:48:26.:48:31.

fought. Ellen, you had to fight hard to overcome an opponent. The

:48:32.:48:35.

standard of the game was pretty good all the way through. It was a real

:48:36.:48:40.

tight and close encounter. I'm asking you about getting through the

:48:41.:48:46.

is final. You stand on the verge of history. You could win it a fourth

:48:47.:48:50.

time. Is that the sort of thing that even comes into your mind when you

:48:51.:48:56.

arrived here or is it the old cliche game by game. It's game by game.

:48:57.:49:00.

It's all about focusing on the game and, yeah, I'm just over the moon

:49:01.:49:04.

and looking forward to tomorrow. Ellen Falkner is through to the

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final as she bids to win the title for a record fourth time but who

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will she face? Well the other semifinal is between Amy Stanton and

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former champion Katherine Rednall. Here is what happened in that clash.

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Can't play your natural game if you're chasing five shots. Nice

:49:36.:49:44.

start from Katherine Rednall again. First bowl has been very good. The

:49:45.:49:50.

last few ends. Yeah. Definitely stepped-up a little bit on that

:49:51.:49:51.

particular discipline. Probably fair to say, Amy Stanton's

:49:52.:50:29.

running shots haven't been that effective in this game, Corky,

:50:30.:50:34.

although her heads have been difficult to play to. Being jenly in

:50:35.:50:42.

the area or on target, but the problem is that way she hit them,

:50:43.:50:48.

she wasn't going to be any better off. It's hard to really make the

:50:49.:50:54.

conversions, that's the thing, you know, the damage was been done

:50:55.:50:58.

really before that, before the drive, you know. That's right. You

:50:59.:51:01.

have to use the second and third bowl in a more aggressive way. You

:51:02.:51:05.

want to be careful here, Katherine, you do not want that jack. Well,

:51:06.:51:09.

that's OK, but it's taken it away from the front one and it's opened

:51:10.:51:13.

it a little bit towards the red bowl. One of those shots where

:51:14.:51:15.

you're better missing it. Quite few of those running shots

:51:16.:51:25.

where Katherine forced her into having to play it. Yep. Crowded the

:51:26.:51:28.

head with bowls. She's been asked to play the hard

:51:29.:51:45.

shots, isn't she? So Katherine will have a little think about this. She

:51:46.:51:50.

could take that wing bowl away, it would be absolutely perfect, drop

:51:51.:51:55.

that down, protect the jack going through, because really I would have

:51:56.:52:05.

thought Amy would have played it the other side.

:52:06.:52:12.

Wants to stay on the high. Yep, that's it. Just round to the red.

:52:13.:52:21.

That was the second option if she missed her own bowl, it's a good

:52:22.:52:27.

option to come. Well, this is a big bowl in the gameframe - Amy Stanton.

:52:28.:52:35.

So much play in the portable ring is about giving yourself opportunities

:52:36.:52:38.

to get something. Every bowl has to have a value.

:52:39.:52:42.

This is the shot that I thought she would have played with her third

:52:43.:52:53.

bowl. She's given it a chance. Very close. Wants an edge. Got the edge.

:52:54.:52:59.

And in for the shot by the looks of it. Needed the edge to get there. It

:53:00.:53:01.

was very, very close. APPLAUSE

:53:02.:53:09.

And this is very important as to whose line this. It's close to two

:53:10.:53:12.

here. Measure for shot. Thought you had

:53:13.:53:25.

seen something there that I hadn't seen. The angle of the red bowl it

:53:26.:53:29.

looked like it was close. It's deceiving.

:53:30.:53:36.

And the context of the game, this is a massive result. Well, the red is

:53:37.:53:50.

well in. That changes things. Two shots behind. It's very doable, when

:53:51.:53:53.

you need three. Four behind and needing five was

:53:54.:54:05.

almost all over. So a good result, a good bowl was in the area, got the

:54:06.:54:09.

edge and then it's just a matter of if you're going to be fortunate

:54:10.:54:12.

enough to fall in. Not sure about this jack. I think

:54:13.:54:21.

she's safe enough. She's well back from the minimum distance with the

:54:22.:54:26.

mat. It's all the way out to the tee.

:54:27.:54:40.

Got a little colourful light sabers there.

:54:41.:54:51.

Just need a little kick. Almost see it there - kicked out slightly.

:54:52.:55:24.

Straightened up. On this occasion it helped her because it got her around

:55:25.:55:29.

the red bowl. But a couple of little things in the rink that are - if you

:55:30.:55:33.

know they're there you can make them work for you. Change of hand for

:55:34.:55:35.

Amy. Change of hand and that dropped

:55:36.:56:21.

dramatically. Favours probably red. There's no favour, he's got a good

:56:22.:56:23.

eye. That's well inside. One point, I

:56:24.:56:34.

thought, he was playing a lot of weight. It was a lot of weight and

:56:35.:56:38.

this is not going to help her. Well, the jack has moved through

:56:39.:56:42.

sufficiently that it's not going to make a dramatic difference. It's a

:56:43.:56:46.

measure for shot and pushing that in is very unlucky, but it's well away

:56:47.:56:52.

from the target. That can happen, but there's space to draw. So the

:56:53.:56:56.

different is she's probably going to have three shots against her. That's

:56:57.:57:06.

going to be a match lie. Yep. This isn't easy, Karen, because there's

:57:07.:57:10.

spaces and gaps and holes. Tough shot. You have to drive it through

:57:11.:57:16.

for the jack. She's going for the drive. Let's see what happens. Yep,

:57:17.:57:22.

everything moved but not enough. I think there's two green there and

:57:23.:57:26.

they'll be shaking hands at the end of this. Well, that little bit of

:57:27.:57:35.

bad luck in the last end there for Amy Stanton is very unfortunate. Put

:57:36.:57:39.

her in a lot of trouble but I have to give Katherine Rednall a lot of

:57:40.:57:43.

credit. She played well. Scored didn't reflect the match, much

:57:44.:57:46.

tighter than that. Well down to Katherine Rednall.

:57:47.:57:51.

Confirmation she is back in a lady's single final. She will face the

:57:52.:57:57.

defending champion Ellen Falkner. A reminder we're back on the Red

:57:58.:58:01.

Button at 10:00am as David Gourlay takes on Neil Furman and then on BBC

:58:02.:58:08.

Two at 1:00pm for the Ladies singles final and Les Gillett versus Alex

:58:09.:58:12.

Marshall in the last open singles. What a day we had here at Potters

:58:13.:58:19.

Leisure Resort. The hero of the day undoubtedly was 71-year-old Charles

:58:20.:58:22.

Bence. From all of us here at Potters, bye, bye.

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Highlights from the World Indoor Bowls Championships in Norfolk, presented by Rishi Persad.

Second-round matches in the open singles and semi-finals in the ladies' singles took centre stage on the rink at the Potters Leisure Centre in Hopton-On-Sea on Wednesday.

Former Irish champion David Corkill provides commentary.