Day 6 World Indoor Bowls Championships


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Day 6

Highlights from both semi-finals in the singles at the World Indoor Bowls Championships in Norfolk. Presented by Rishi Persad with commentary by David Corkill.


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Hello, and welcome to highlights of from the smients of the Open singles

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of the world indoor bowls championships. 4 of the best players

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in the world battling it out for two spots in the final. This was the

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line-up. Paul Foster against Les Gillett, and Stewart Anderson, also

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of Scotland, against England's Greg Harlow. To the first semifinal. Paul

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Foster won the first set, and tleeds 4-3 in the second set, as we join

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the action on the Players have to move a gear up,

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really. It hasn't been as accurate as he has in the previous games.

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Paul knew that was a little bit heavy. He was trying to hold back.

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He was in touch with the bowls at the moment. In touch with the weight

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of the rink. Moto players know when the ball leaves the hand whether

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it's a good or bad one. This is better from Les. He likes this

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length. He likes this Well, shot back... Second delivery.

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Less up to the jack. A little touch on it would make it a double. Must

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be reaching. . Yeah, that's the problem. Don't think he is. One red.

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In all the previous games, Andy, that would have at least drawn the

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shot, and quite likely picked the jack up for two. The second and

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third bowls off Les have not sealed the ends up as they have in the

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previous games. You give this man room, he's going to take advantage.

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He's playing well. Just the one. Just the one. Not sure

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if I agree with that call. But according to the circles, it looks

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like two. Could get this third bowl in here.

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Looks better with Mmm. Beautiful line coming in. But

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he had to be there. Sort of forced him to make sure he was reaching.

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Very close in the second. Well, that certainly indicates two.

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But we won't disagree at the moment. Paul just going deep here. Staying

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away from the head. He knows he certainly has got one, possibly two.

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Les would be attacking. A good shot on for les if he gets a split and a

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run through. . He's been forced into a lot of these shots, sure he'll be

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converting one of them. And I can't see him being worse off than just

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one shot even if the jack does go all the way through. Unless his

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backhand, he could play it on either side. He's got to be positive here.

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Yes, he's playing it in the area. Oh! Well, that's not the best result

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he could have suspected out of that one. Picked up the single. Missing

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the gap with two shots. Foster To be fair to Les, he's played some

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of those width shots, he's been on target. One of Paul's bowls stayed

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in the Well, this is quite simply, Les has

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to score at this end and the next to force it to a tie-break. He has to

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win the set so there has to be a double in there somewhere. If he

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loses this end, certainly going to lose the game. Paul Foster, 3

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singles and a double. Still playing good bowls, Les, still dangerous.

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He's playing good bowls, but in the previous games, he was playing great

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bowls. Just not been at the top of his form today, Les. But that is

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often controlled by your opponent. And Paul Foster has really put him

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under pressure. This is Paul Foster's best match, no doubt about

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it. Well, Paul Foster is lying game. So Les needs to do something here.

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Encouragement for this one. That's a great ball, this. Well played, Les.

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Has he been unlucky? He's tropd back on the jack -- dropped back on the

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jack. Fancy the green shot here. But a bit

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of a wry smile there from Les. He knew it was going down. So it was a

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massive bowl. Well, Paul Foster, any movement jack

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could be a bad result for you. Good try.

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That's a close, close one. Mmm. That's a difficult one to call.

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No-one is giving us a clue. We're going to have to guess here.

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Absolutely. And there's conflicting opinions. We got a whole team out

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there, production team, and they're all saying who is lining the shot?

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Yes, yes. We got quite a lot of opinions in our ears. And a lot of

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advice as well, I have to say! Well, this is very close. Les could change

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this totally. He could be line 3 here. Oh, well played! Has he been

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unlucky getting the jack caught with the green one? I think he has. That

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should've been 3. One green. It could easily have been 3 and tell

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you what, Paul Foster had no shot. Well played Les Gillett. He's such a

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dangerous player. Still just the backhand draw here for Paul. Good

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hit of bowls. Good line. Wrong side. Oh, that's close. Well, Les lined

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his shot. Any movement of the jack could possibly score a four. Well,

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it's a risk one, but to be truthful with you, it's worth it. Same bowl

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as his third. Definitely worth this. Same bowl as the last. What a head

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of bowls! Fantastic. Well, Les likes this one. Does he have enough

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running? No, he doesn't. He had the running, not the right line. He was

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very positive, to be fair. Just going to be the one. That puts him

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in with a shout. So... A double required by Les Gillett on the last

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end to force a tie-break. Paul Foster has put Les under a lot

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of pressure in the seconds set and he's digging deep to be still in it.

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Gets a lot of credit. But without a shadow of a doubt, Fozz has been on

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form. I think this would be the full length.

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Full length, good opener. Make it's an interesting end.

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Just taking his time. Getting set. Needs a good one.

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Game rattling through at a decent pace, just over an hour and a half.

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Yes. Paul is very quick on the mat. That's what Les wanted, really. Game

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down. He needs a big bowl. A bit of movement there, a shot

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clock has been stopped. That's where this discussion comes

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in about having some sort of background music or something, to

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take the edge off the odd little noise here and there. My friends in

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the Crown green think it's quite odd, but believe me, it's disturbing

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for bowls in the indoor. Les, you need to run with this. I don't think

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you are. You're facing a big problem with your final delivery, Les.

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Shaking his head. Going to have match lie against him. Expect Paul

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Foster to draw another here and this will create a large problem to score

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a two. The third bowl has let him down.

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Paul scores the shot here, Les is going to have to do something

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special. Number two coming in, I think. Has he got a clear path? It

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just pulls up. That's the problem. I had this discussion with Paul last

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night, and it's one of the reasons we called on him to play a different

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because that backhand just seems to anchor down. All of a sudden, it

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pushes that bowl in. Les has 3 seconds, Paul mystified by that one.

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Chance here for Les Gillett. I think he has to play the positive shot,

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Andy. He could play the draw, don't get me wrong, but the positive shot,

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even taking the through bowl out is good. I 100% agree with the first

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option. Got to be his backhand. Well, match lie against. Les Gillett

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has been very, very good in this event so far. He has provided an

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awful lot of entertainment for everyone. Is it... It looks under.

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Looks under. Needs to get a big slice of luck here. He's got the run

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through off the short ball! And Paul Foster is through to the final. We

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were just waiting to see if he touched the jack. But Paul Foster

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would be delighted to lose a single. Paul Foster saying, well placed,

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Les, it was a great game, and it was. Full credit to Les Gillett. A

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fantastic week, but Paul Foster deservedly won the game.

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Congratulations then to Paul Foster. Through to the final once again.

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Paul, first set very good. How much harder did you have to work in the

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second set? He to work extremely hard. To be fair, Les has been

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playing great the last 2 weeks. He picked up the title. I saw his match

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last night against Alex and Alex didn't play bad. I knew he to come

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out of the traps very quickly. I was quick, happy with my game. At the

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end of the day, you got to play the right bowls at the right times to

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win matches. And the feeling of making the final once again? It's a

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great feeling. We all come here to get through the first round and get

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the ranking points and take it from there. But as I say, I'm delighted

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with the way that things are going. Paul Foster through to the world

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singles final for the third time. Who will he play? Will he play Greg

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Harlow or Stewart Anderson? Anderson took the first set and is leading in

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the second. He is 6-3 ahead as we join the action in the sixth end.

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APPLAUSE Stewart pushing through and that's

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his only jack there. It's quite a distance away. Very much aware of

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the facts that he still needs to win at least 2 more ends. Yes, he is

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normally very consistent on this length but we'll give him one bowl

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to find it with the second one. Looks heavy again. Jeez, he's heavy

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again. Very little correction made and he's going to have two shots

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against him with the next bowl. A danger now for Stewart is a that

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overcorrection problem. You go 3-4 feet through and you try to take it

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off, and you end up 5 feet short. Greg has put his under pressure.

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It's enough. APPLAUSE

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Beat the bowl but definitely enough. But Stewart will feel confident he

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can draw this. Yes, he's just picking out the line

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there. Just where there bowl is going to make its break, with the

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bias taking effort. I think the line is good with the previous 2. There's

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a slight hold there and I've seen it before at this length. That bowl

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definitely caught it. Not a shadow of a doubt. He thought that was

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close. That would surprise him. Still some movement around the

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place. So Greg just asking for things to settle. Stop the clock.

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Not use it for this bowl. We don't always know what it is but

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sometimes it's enough just to catch the eye. Well, Greg, quite simply,

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trying to add number 3 here. Two good shots. Yep. Important bowl.

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Wants this one to be really close. Has the chance of picking up a big

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one. This looks like he's going to stay in. Still just a draw for

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Stewart. Close but we favour, we favoureded it two. So does the

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umpire. So just a draw here for Stewart. His previous deliveries in

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this direction may have put him off here. , I don't he can afford to

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narrow it. He has to take the chance. His line is good. I don't

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think he's going to bend. He's heavier this time. It wasn't the

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line 3 bowls back there. And Greg's got a great chance for four here. He

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just needs to tap the red bowl down, draw another one. You get a big

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count of four and bounce into the lead. Yeah, Greg will be trying to

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draw it. Not looking at the bowl. Touch the red ball, you'll score

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four. Needs to run. He's there. Not a problem on the third. No jack

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movement. So crowd react to that. They want to see a tie-break.

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Although look at the fourth one. Going to be a measure, I would

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think. Well, umpire Dan Blewitt will sort

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his out. Very experienced. Oh, there's clear. 3 shots, Greg Harlow.

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Well, 3 shots, Greg Harlow. Push the red bowl up. No problem in the end.

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Nope. Normal service resumed. But Stewart would be slightly concerned.

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That's the first time on his favourite length that he just didn't

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find the weight. I don't think it was the line. Just the weight.

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Doesn't play many loose ends like that one.

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So Greg Harlow, first treble of the match. Good indication of how

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difficult this match has been in terms of scoring multiples.

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, well it's a run for home now in the last 3 ends for these players.

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Close to this one. Very good. Picks the jack up. Just diving away a bit.

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Got the shot. APPLAUSE

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Still needs to run to this one. I think he's just under for weight.

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And stopping a little bit short. Heads presenting himself with a nice

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position on the other side, though. ID agree. It's a good forearm shot

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for Stewart. Greg needs another bowl in.

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He's put the red bowl in a nice position. That stops the green one

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going out on the forehand. That could keep Stewart on the backhand.

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His favourite hand would be the backhand. Same bowl as his last,

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backhand draw. He's changing to the forehand! There's a case for it. He

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played his hand well. He needs to get the green bowl through the gap

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though. Can rest on the back red very easily. Just toils a bit,

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trying to get back off that high line. There it is again. Just not

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making back with nice weight. Not sure about that shot. In theory it's

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the right shot, but percentages work against it. Once again, Greg needs

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another bowl in here. Two seconds against.

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Wants the run. Doesn't want the red bowl. He got it but it's safe

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enough. Didn't fall down. That changes things slightly and has

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pushed the red bowl into a very nice position. A really good shot here

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for Stewart Anderson. Forehand runner, lots of chances. He doesn't

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want to flick his own bowl out, so he might have to be very careful

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with this. He has got 2 seconds, he can afford to attack this. Needs to

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hold up. He's got a bad result! I wasn't convinced about that, I

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really wasn't, Andy, because he was only one shot down, 3 ends, 2 ends

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to go after this. Lose one, not a big problem when you won the first

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set. He needed to catch the red bowl. He was one down. Only one more

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down. Wasn't terribly costly but at this

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stage, one shot, he now has to win the last two ends. Yeah, he has.

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Harlow will be looking to... Well, Greg, tactically, quite clever here.

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He put the jack length where Stewart struggled in the last end,

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previously. So good tactics. Trying to get in first.

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Greg wouldn't normally have been going here, but Stewart struggled

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the last time Well, both bowls just a little bit

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shy of the jack. The correction comes in now from Greg.

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He's a local man. He lives close by, works here.

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So popular player is Greg. Stewart just needs to find a couple of feet

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in his last delivery. Has to hurry. Must make the length. Oh, that was a

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break. It was indeed. Not sure if it's the shot. A little touch was

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enough to straighten him up. Gap on the red. 4.5 inches. Still the

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backhand draw for Greg. Only one down.

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It was never going to make the shot. It's probably not bad for Stewart

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Anderson. Keeps his bowl in hair, doubts it? Not easy to make another

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one either. One of these ends here, it doesn't really matter if Stewart

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scores one or two. He still has to win it. He still has to win it and

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still has to win the final end. This will go behind the head. It's a

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sensible bowl. Leaving it up to Greg to tap his own green one. I don't

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think he'll be too adventurous at this. Both layers would have worked

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out the position. It would suggest if Greg misses this, Stewart will

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just walk away. That's a little gamble. If he wants to put red bowl

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to jack. That could secure a 3 but probably not. He'll give this one a

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chance. Make sure he's arriving at it. Nothing for short. Well, they're

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shouting for the bowl to turn but I don't think that one was ever going

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to turn. The best you can do here is two. There's no point in playing it.

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Two would make no difference to the last game. And he is thinking why

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isn't he playing his last ball? Because, mathematically, he still

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has to win the last one. There's only one way this can work against

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him and that's if the two bowls are touching on an equis distant

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measure. Rare to say Tell you what - fiancee Clare and

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dad Billy would have worked it out. They knew - in point in playing the

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last ball. Quite simply, Stewart Anderson scores, he's in the final.

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Greg scores, it's a tie-break. So exciting end coming up.

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Match has been going for an hour and a half now. Still cheery, still

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enjoying the game. It's amazing, isn't it? 14 inches

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short and you feel it's not close enough. Slightly in Greg's path but

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not quite. Still room around the bowl to draw the shot. Looks to be

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slightly under, is he? Nope. He's very close. He's got it perfectly.

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Perfect, the bowl. What a great shot. That really is just in front.

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Four inches is beatable but he can't afford to drop short of this. I

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think that Greg's got a bigger draw in both. That's why Stewart has been

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forced onto the forehand. He needs to draw within four inches. Needs to

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run. Don't think he's coming, don't think he's got enough. He's put it

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in a good place. That will plant the green bowl out if he hits it on the

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high side. He'll have to play a shot to get it. Tense times. I think that

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anything behind will be good. Well, this is quite an easy choice

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of shot here. Quite simply, red ball, plantses out the green bowl.

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That's what he's looking for. Green bowl will pop out. Depending what

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happens with the bowl he hits, the key one 93. Forehand runner. Not

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easy though, it holds en off on this hand. Is he under? He's definitely

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under. How's the connection? Oh, that's horrible. That's a horrible

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result. He has taken his own plant bowl away and made it much more

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difficult. He was under the hair. That's why he got a bad result.

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Difficult for Greg here. Do you want to put another bowl in or do you

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stay away? He's got last bowl. So I'm incliends to play the backhand

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and just try to drop Very much aware of the fact that

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Stewart Anderson can draw that bowl out. Trying to put a better shot in.

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This one's good. Has it stopped in time for second bowl? That's what is

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important here. Well, sturlt is not taking -- Stewart is not taking his

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time over this. That means he'll draw on the forehand. It's only one

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green. Got to be tempting again to go again after the drive. Just try

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to flick it off. Try to draw this, really. Think I'd try to draw it.

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You're a courageous man, Andy. Four inches to draw the shot. I don't

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think he gets a good result with there drive. Very happy to hit half

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bowl, take it out. Playing your choice Less of shot. He's definitely

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under. It's a tie-break. Looked like it was well under. It always looked

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like it could be very, very close. That ball sat in the whole time,

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Andy. Yeah, Greg's Langham glass trophy. Greg has won

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the toss and that's crucial. What is also going to be interesting, where

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Stewart plays the jack. The length of the jack hasn't had such an

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effect on the second set as it did in the first. But the last bowl,

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well, that's one thing you don't want Greg Harlow to have. He's been

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proving in one or two of the rounds before, that last bowl has been

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crucial. Last two he won the match with the last bowl. Well, leading on

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the backhand, I don't think he's led on the backhand in any game I've

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seen him play. Shows you he doesn't like the forehand now.

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Three-entiebreak, the rules change again. Just win the end. One is

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enough. And of course, if it goes to the third end tie-break, we can

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destroy an end but if you have to nominate it. I'll explain that if we

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get that far. Stewart Anderson has played well, but not as dynamic with

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this first two bowls. They played it well throughout the tournament, but

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all of a sudden, it's gone off. Well, looks like the shot, but I

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don't feel that's close enough. Are you running, Greg? Don't think

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you are. Stewart has no choice - he has to go again. He won't want to

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leave a shoulder on the backhand, that's the danger if he plays it.

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The forehand is wide open if he wants to play that. Either way, I've

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a feeling that Greg will attack it with the next one.

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That's a bit pacy. Well, that's so far away, that was quite deliberate.

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But surely it couldn't have been a draw, Andy. I think he lost the pace

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in this direction. Interesting to see what Greg plays. Forehand draw

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is open, or run the bowl out. I would be going forehand draw. He may

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pop this one. That's what he's playing. Looks to be wide from the

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hand. Oh, he's wide. I think that Stewart needs another

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one in. He's got the back position in. He certainly needs another one

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in. Well, coaches are not allowed on the green, but if I was advising

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Stewart, I would advise him to go back to the forehand, try to draw a

:40:37.:40:42.

shot. That's what I thought he could do with the last bowl, because that

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leaves gaps. He doesn't want to put the two bowls together.

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If you're really looking at putting a bowl in a perfect position for

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Stewart Anderson, it has to be round about there, Andy, because anything

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in that area gets a second shot and it's sufficiently far enough away,

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unless of course it's a front tougher. But that's so rare in a

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tie-break now. I think that's what he's looking for. On the forehand as

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well. He doesn't want to do anything. But on the forehand, stay

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away from the backhand into that position. Unless he is feeling

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awfully brave. Yeah. He's a clever player. Yes, I think so. I think it

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was a forehand draw. It's the hand he favours. The hand that will get

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closer. Is he up? If he's reaching, he's got a chance. He's on the right

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line but it needs to get up a bit more. That's very good. His line

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2... This is awkward. That's why. Two was important. I still think

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he'll run the jack though. Coming down to have a look. The respot

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positions, just looking at it. Well, knew his ball was a foot away.

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Seconds ball, 15 inches. Going to respot there, Andy. And the respot

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over there... It's which bowl lies if the jack was off the rink. So he

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may just try and draw this. I can't see how he's going to get a good

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result. The only result by driving is the jack. And lass to stay in the

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ditch and has to follow it. I can't see how you get a great result from

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the drive. It's just a backhand draw. There's enough room to draw

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it. He's on the backhand, but is it a draw or a running bowl? Yes, it's

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the draw. This is the right shot. Definitely the right shot. He pushed

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it out in a decent line. So definitely not narrower. That's very

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close. This is very close! Think he's under! . I think that was the

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right line to have. Yeah, that was the problem. Pick the line, played

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the right shot. Just dropped short. Advantage Anderson. He's got the

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last bowl this time. That was a loosish type of end,

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really. It was a bit of a nerve your one. You can't blame them for that.

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This is big, to get to the world final, we may have another loose

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end. But Greg determined here to get a good opening bowl in, try to take

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control of the end. It's a full 32-field, plus some

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pre-qualifiers. You have to get through the matches. Some of the

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other events, it's only 3 matches involved. That's slightly different.

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But no mistaking the singles. Well, Greg looked happier on the

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backhand side. Happy to put every ball within six inches. But Stewart

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Anderson is under for weight. That needed to be through so he could at

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least drive it. That's a problem. That's only a problem if Greg puts a

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good bowl in here. That was the shot that Stewart

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Anderson was after and he is in bother here. 3 inches away. Gap on

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the shot ball, 3 inches. Still the backhand draw for Stewart.

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Something not right about it, Andy. Reaching through. Yeah. The first

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ball has created the problem. Angle, looking for that really good first

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bowl. You couldn't afford to be short. That short bowl has given

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himself problems. And Greg, in a good position here. Just maybe

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trying to block out Stewart's path. He's going to be close again. And if

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he comes off the red one, that will finish off the backhand. I think

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he's has to draw this on the forehand, I really do. Either that,

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or push right into it and try to squeeze it out. But 3 inches the

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draw the shot? It's hard! The backhand is the hand he's favouring.

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You still think the backhand draw is on. Still there, the green bowl fell

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down so it's not blocking Looks heavy. Yes. Making sure it's

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not short. Oh, that's a long way heavy from where it's looking for.

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It didn't offer a shoulder or anything to come off. If I was Greg

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here, I would be inclined to drop one back short on the back hbd. The

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runner is not on. No guarantee of Stewart doing anything with the

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runner and the forehand. He is is going to have to drop it third. Greg

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will not be going near this one, surely. Lies well. Doesn't need to

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make it any easier for Stewart. Blocker here would make life really

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difficult. Yeah, he's just staying away, quite simply. That's a default

:47:29.:47:35.

shot, isn't it? Not quite sure what's going to happen. You just go

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around, cover the respot. That's on one side. He's got the respot

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covered with the shot ball on the other side. But it leaves a backhand

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draw for the match. Draw within 3 inches and you're in the world

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final. This is really tough, especially with two bowls that have

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been heavy. He likes it. He's certainly interested, put it that

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way. He likes this! Will it bend? O what a bowl coming up, is it? Oh, I

:48:10.:48:13.

don't think so. Greg started to clap that. He thought the bowl was going

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to drop it. It's very, very close. He's not sure! It just seemed to

:48:19.:48:23.

hold out at the last second. It's a measure. Pressure. What is the

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reaction from Stewart Anderson? Give aus clue, Stewart. He's having a

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good look. Oh, I wouldn't call that one, Andy. The bowls you bowl, it

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favours green. It's sitting down. A measure to get into the world final.

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It's pressure on the umpire when I was talking about pressure. Stewart

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is going, oh, what is going on here? Please don't do this to me. Both

:48:56.:49:03.

players quite simply just praying. Stewart is shaking his head. He

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favours green. Oh, that looked to go through quite

:49:05.:49:10.

easily. I think it's green. Oh! Oh, dear. Wow. Once again,

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Harlow survives. What did I say at the start, Andy? You did! Good call.

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It's a final end shoot out. Fantastic. Is he destined to win and

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he's got the last bowl in this end. So, it's advantages Harlow. In every

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possible way. That bowl from Stewart Anderson should've been the shot.

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From that angle, he looked perfect. Just held on at the last second. And

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the bowl didn't drop either. Because Greg has already clapped it. He

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clapped the bowl. He thought it was all over. Now the pressure is back

:50:05.:50:08.

on. Well, if we thought the first two

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ends were tens, this is really going to test both the players.

:50:21.:50:30.

Once again he dropped short, Andy. Just giving himself problems,

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Stewart. Looking for the perfect draw. I can understand why it

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happens, because he's looking for the perfect draw, just right up to

:50:41.:50:46.

the jack but when you drove short with your first one, it's a big

:50:47.:50:51.

problem. Neither bowl probably line, you would have to say, at the

:50:52.:50:53.

moment. Funny thing is, the forehand red

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bowl ask -- is just a bit in the way. It may be a good protector if

:51:08.:51:13.

he can get the shot. I don't think he's running. That really does make

:51:14.:51:20.

life very hard. It blocks out both players. Whoever puts the bowl on

:51:21.:51:25.

top of the jack is going to win this end. That's why Greg's taking his

:51:26.:51:30.

time. Relaxing that arm. Nice relaxed. To push through the bowl.

:51:31.:51:43.

Still, still a nervy one. Still not close enough! He took a lot of time

:51:44.:52:00.

over that. Stewart has got another chance but again, the short bowls

:52:01.:52:06.

just... You know, we're not really in the way, Andy, but you have to

:52:07.:52:11.

have a lot of faith to push the bowl out wide. They're definitely not in

:52:12.:52:15.

the way. Definitely using a Less flatter bowl. Has he got enough this

:52:16.:52:19.

time? Certainly wider but will it get back? That's the question. Will

:52:20.:52:25.

it get back with enough? Needs to have the weight to carry it. I think

:52:26.:52:30.

he has. That's the shot. But it's very beatable. It isn't hidden -

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that's the thing. He needed that bowl to be hidden in front of that

:52:37.:52:42.

other red bowl. Not close enough. Not close enough but greg is looking

:52:43.:52:51.

at this. See, this is awkward. These two opening bowls from Stewart have

:52:52.:52:54.

given everyone a problem. Draw on the backhand. I don't think he likes

:52:55.:53:00.

the backhand. He may not like it, but I would draw on the backhand. If

:53:01.:53:05.

it's heavy, he can catch the bowl or catch the jack. Just on the bend in.

:53:06.:53:21.

Well, he's ang ylds here to go on the forehand. I think he's playing

:53:22.:53:28.

the right hand. The hand that he does favour. And he plays a slightly

:53:29.:53:34.

wide line, Greg. He comes off the side of the mat with a wider line

:53:35.:53:39.

than most people. Stewart Anderson is going to lie the shot. But I

:53:40.:53:44.

think he needs a closer one. Tell you what - that wasn't far away as

:53:45.:53:49.

he rolls under behind it. Definitely one red. One red. Confident call

:53:50.:53:57.

from Francis Fletcher. This is a problem for Stewart. Where do you

:53:58.:53:59.

go? A time-out on this. He's down top 8

:54:00.:54:09.

seconds. What do you think, Andy? Will he try to draw another one on

:54:10.:54:14.

the forehand and leave the backhand open for Greg? I think that I would

:54:15.:54:18.

go deep. Really? I think that Greg may take a chance at running at

:54:19.:54:20.

this. LAUGHTER

:54:21.:54:24.

With the two of front bowls that are 3 feet? Yes. Well, he's playing a

:54:25.:54:31.

forehand. That probably means a draw. Probably trying to get a

:54:32.:54:36.

closer shot. I think he needs a closer shot, to be truthful with

:54:37.:54:40.

you. He doesn't want to tap his own bowl out either. I don't think he'll

:54:41.:54:46.

tap it out unless... Needs to hurry, needs to run. The front position is

:54:47.:54:52.

dead in the water now. That's blocked a path for Greg. It'll make

:54:53.:54:57.

up his mind. I think he'll draw it, I really do. I think that Greg is

:54:58.:55:02.

looking at the run here. If he catches a short red bowl, he could

:55:03.:55:06.

follow through, pick the jack up and take the red bowl out. Well, we're

:55:07.:55:10.

looking at a running because truly the gap. If he doesn't get the gap,

:55:11.:55:15.

there's always a chance of bringing a red bowl in. Never mind the

:55:16.:55:24.

outside ones, it's all sorts of chances there the alternative, Andy.

:55:25.:55:30.

A Little draw on the backhand. But that's a pressure bowl. I think

:55:31.:55:38.

he'll play a forehand runner, basically hoping his luck is in.

:55:39.:55:44.

That's two matches, two forehand runners, one bang on target, one off

:55:45.:55:50.

target. He'll be thinking he's quite good with the forehand runner. What

:55:51.:55:55.

a big bowl to pray to try and get to the world final.

:55:56.:56:02.

Bowl is away. He's in the area. He's definitely into the red bowls. How's

:56:03.:56:10.

your luck? He's got it! He's got it again! What can you say? It was a

:56:11.:56:15.

good bowl to get into a target but the run through and get the jack,

:56:16.:56:21.

come on, Andy! He got the target and once again, he gets a perfect follow

:56:22.:56:26.

through. Well played, Greg Harlow. Unlucky, Stewart Anderson. It's been

:56:27.:56:36.

so up for Greg Harlow. He plays a forehand running -- runner and he

:56:37.:56:40.

gets the perfect result. Aggression, I can definitely say this wasn't a

:56:41.:56:47.

fluke. Wasn't a fluke but lady luck was on my side. I had 3 red bowls to

:56:48.:56:53.

run into. There was a gap for the jack as well. I won my last 2 games

:56:54.:56:58.

with a forehand runner, 3 times a lady, give it a roll, and there dice

:56:59.:57:05.

came up six again. We've seen a lot of outstanding matches here at

:57:06.:57:09.

Potters this week. What was it to be involved? Are you able to appreciate

:57:10.:57:13.

just how touch a match you're having at the time, or you're caught up at

:57:14.:57:18.

the moment? At the time, you can't afford to think about it too much.

:57:19.:57:25.

There was one loose end there, where we both sort of struggled,

:57:26.:57:28.

afterwards, you appreciate the game. I thought I played my better bowls

:57:29.:57:33.

in the first set and still came back to win that. And he got a lead in

:57:34.:57:39.

the second set, and he played a loose end to let me back in. So we

:57:40.:57:44.

won each other's sets to be honest. Down to the third tie-breaker, this

:57:45.:57:52.

week seems to be my week. So the 2017 Open singles final will be

:57:53.:57:58.

between Scotland's Paul Foster, going for a fist -- fifth title, and

:57:59.:58:07.

England's Greg Harlow. Before we begin, you can enjoy highlights of

:58:08.:58:12.

the men's final of the Australian Open. So, we're all set for a Super

:58:13.:58:19.

Sunday of sport. It promise to be a great final here at Potters. For

:58:20.:58:22.

now, from all of us, bye-bye.

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