Live coverage from Norfolk. Thursday sees the final of the ladies' singles tournament. With commentary from David Corkill.
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Hello, welcome to the World Indoor Bowls Championships. It has been the
most remarkable week here at Potters Resort, we have seen some stunning
bowls on the blue Rink and the promise of more to come this
afternoon. Draw ring for the match. He is there. I thought he was
dropping short but he managed to get there. This is very difficult.
Brilliant. Going for it. He is under. It is
gone. He has contested right to the last ball in this match. To retain
the title would be a dream come true and it would be tremendous if I
could do it, but we will take it one end at a time and look forward to
the game. Another trophy of the line in the
finals of the ladies singles match, Ellen Falkner and Katherine Rednall
in an old England clash, and don't forget we have got round to open
singles clash between Les Gillett, who has won a tribute this week,
against the six time singles champion Alex Marshall. This is how
the second round of the singles has shaped up so far...
Jamie Chestney, a talented youngster, number 14 seed, he is
also into the last eight. David Corkill is alongside me. It is worth
reflecting first of all on Charlie Benson's performance yesterday? How
was he yesterday? He was in great form, he lives life to the maximum,
came over that heart attack a few years ago and every day is a bonus.
A hard act to follow for the ladies singles final, everyday has produced
outstanding bowls, the first day with the pairs final, the mixed as
final on Tuesday, and yesterday. A difficult ask for Ellen Falkner and
Catherine today. The way these two players are playing, if they play
anywhere near what they are capable of, we are in for a treat. And your
thoughts on Les Gillett against Alex Marshall this afternoon? I'm sure
Les will be bouncing with confidence after winning a trophy? Not only
that, you played well. Les wanted to get through the first round into the
second round, you knew he would play a top seed and the best players are
in the top three, playing Alex Marshall he will be the underdog and
Les likes to be the underdog. At the start of the day there were still
three matches in the singles second round still to take place and this
morning was between David Gourlay and Neil Furman.
In six previous appearances at Potters, Furman had never got past
the second round. Gourlay wonders in 1996 in Preston but since it has
been played here he has only made it to the final wants, losing to Alex
Marshall in 1999. 56-year-old firm and took the first two with a double
and a single before Gourlay got off the mark in the third when he picked
up this triple to level the scores. The Scot produced some fine draw
shot is to build up a 7-4 lead before displaying the strength of
his game in the seventh end. This is helping him snatch a vital single.
He took a three shot lead into the last end, turned the screw with this
exquisite bird, which was good enough to take the set 9-5. Born in
Pretoria but representing the USA, Furman plays in San Diego. He had
beaten Jason Greenslade in the first round but was struggling to get a
foothold in this. This drive in the second not going his way. Furman
trailed by six going into the eighth end and was left with an impossible
shot to save the match. So the fifth seed David Gourlay is through to the
quarterfinals but he will meet Craig Carmen. Let's take a look at how
some of the quarterfinal matches are looking...
We are still awaiting the result of two matches. Now, the final of the
ladies singles, Ellen Falkner bidding to win the title for a
record fourth time against Katherine Rednall, appearing in the singles
final for the first time in four years. Let's hear from both players.
You will find the auditorium will fill quickly for this one. It was a
hard-fought game, absolutely delighted to get the win.
To retain the title would be a dream, we will take it one game at a
time. I am as passionate, committed, and hungry as ever. I don't tend to
get too nervous before a game. I don't really feel it, but there are
always some first minute nerves when you go on there and it takes a
couple of ends to settle into the cameras and the crowd and the heat
and things like that. I have played Alan quite a lot recently, in the
pairs and champion of champions last year, I have a fairly good record
against her but she has an all-round game so it will be a close one, I
think. I think I have got to go in and take it as it comes, no two
games have been the same on the carpet this year, so just play the
Lexus I'm happy with, I haven't got a game plan, just take it as I find
it. Being in the final before gives you that feeling of, been there,
done it, and trying to win it a second time is always harder than
winning it the first time. I came in the first time with nothing to lose
and suddenly I'm going into it trying to win it for the second time
so there is always added pressure. What a match this is, Ellen Falkner
has already won three times, she is also a Commonwealth Games gold
medallist. Her opponent, Katherine Rednall, at the age of 21, is in the
final for the third time in just four years. When she was just 18 she
became the youngest winner of the ladies World Matchplay back in 2014.
Someone else who has been champion here at Potters in the ladies match
play is Karen Murphy. Before we talk about the final, happy Australia
Day. Thank you very much! Let's talk about Ellen, we spoke about her
yesterday and highlighted some of her talent. How do you think she
will be feeling ahead of what could be a record-breaking match? She will
be fine, it will not rattle her playing in the final, she has done
it before, would it a couple of times before, she is a stall ward of
English bowls and mental toughness is her key. Her opponent became the
youngest player to win this at the age of 18, she had that carefree
abandon in those days, does she still have that? I think she does, I
don't think much rattles her, I am expecting a top-level game for sure.
We are looking forward to hearing you commentated, and you can go and
join David Corkill. MC: It is hard to believe this deal
is 21-year-old made her debut appearance only three years ago and
went on to win this very title. A former runner-up and 2014 ladies
World Matchplay champion, give it up for Katherine Rednall.
APPLAUSE. Katherine takes on one of the games
most respected players. Going for a record fourth title, the defending
ladies World Matchplay champion, Ellen Falkner!
APPLAUSE. Both of these players should feel at
home on the blue rink here at Potters. We will head to the
commentary box, where Karen is alongside Corky.
DAVID CORKILL: Thank you. Both players playing well, both have had
fairly tough matches coming through. Well up for the challenge. It will
be the attacking, tactical play against the perfect roaring, so I
expect Katherine Rednall, and Ellen Falkner, international skip,
Katherine Rednall can play the weight shot but there is a
difference in experience, it is just a matter of whether it will come to
bear. Yes, shaping up to be a fantastic final. Ellen Falkner has
been there and done it many times over and the young up and coming
Katherine Rednall, she is peerless. Yes, the joy of use, no doubt about
that. Very young, but vastly experienced, so many opportunities
to play on the rink, she knows it very well.
Always had that lovely smooth, no delivery, Ellen Falkner. She is 37,
relatively young in real terms but in terms of experience, goodness me,
it is almost like a lifetime. Ellen changing to her backhand,
looking for at least a second shot here. She played it well. Against
Clare Johnson, that was a tough game. Janice Gower, another tough
game. A very limited field, only eight players, but we are usually in
a situation of bringing together immense quality. I thought Katherine
would have been reaching the red ball at the very least. I think that
game against Janice Gower, she probably had enough left in the tank
to win. I spoke to her last night, she said she can play a bit better
than that, hopefully bring that today. Yes, she definitely have
another few years left in her, no doubt about that. She spoke to me
last night about a couple of things she wasn't sure about regarding her
tactics, which we had discussed during commentary. She identified
them. She just wasn't too sure but took a bit of a risk at the time. It
is always good to learn from those things, speak to people like
yourself to get some gauges on tactics. Well, we are all learning,
it never stops. Oh, yes, she will take that. Great result. I wasn't
sure if that was going to get the edge or not, but just enough. Red
ball ran through nicely after it. Tidy little conversion shot. Just
the one. I don't think either player will be too disturbed about that,
one shot is always OK. Katherine Rednall said many times, a
young player. She was in primary school when she first won a title. I
always like to throw things like that in occasionally. Rebecca Field
the other day, that was a great game. It was a fantastic match
against a previous champion, Rebecca Field, in the first round. It has a
tendency to build you up nicely and she took that through to the next
match against Amy Stanton as well. Played some very good balls in that
one. She has got better and better as the event has progressed.
I wonder, did Katherine actually watch the match, coming back from
school, with her little satchel on her back? 2005 was the first time
she won it. Two good bowls from Ellen Falkner. Came around that
absolutely clean. Worth reaching with this one. Definitely on a more
narrow line, extra weight, will it come back? I don't think so. Right
idea, but it is a hard wait to play. Just hold off a bit on that hand.
Good positional bowl. Almost worth going heavier, because the front
green ball keeps her off her own ball, that protects it. I wonder if
Ellen Falkner will try to tidy this up now. Holds two really good shots,
tiny movement of the Jack would be perfect. This will possibly
protected. Yes, it has. Turned out to be a good blogger. She probably
wanted to be short, not sure she wanted to be that short.
The problem for playing that sort of shot is that you must not drop
short. It was a good effort, just couldn't afford to end up short. Not
an easy shot but were to take the chance to touch the jack for a
three. -- worth the effort to take the chance. Not sure she is
reaching. Again, so short, I don't think she was even trying. First
School, 2-1 after two ends. As always, ladies singles creating a
big crowd cover a very special supporter in there for Ellen
Falkner, Chris, a good player in his own right. I spoke to Chris before
the game, I think he is more nervous than Ellen is! There is a lot going
on, like with all players, but the idea is not to show it to your
opponent. This will be the intriguing thing
for me in this much, if Ellen can beat Katherine to the jack, that is
when it will come in. She has a great conversion game, a great
attacking game as well and they agree, if she can beat Katherine to
the jack she certainly has that extra feather in her beau being able
to attack well as well if she does get in trouble. Good stuff from both
players. There is Katherine's mother and
grandmother in the stands as well, a lot of family support. Dad John not
here. He has to work sometimes. What I like about both of these
players as well is that it is indoor and outdoor, they are not just one
discipline, they are both. Ellen's record outdoor is immense. But
Katherine is making a name. Yes, they both play in the same outdoor
international rink, Ellen skips that rink so they certainly know each
other well. 32nd time clock is still in
operation, of course. -- 30 second clock. Two sets of 11, plenty of
ends to sort out a winner. Good ball. Good effort. Confident call of
one red, that will keep Katherine on the draw shot.
One shot, Katherine Rednall. Score, 2-2 after three ends.
Fantastic crowd here today at Potters, hardly a seat spare. Never
ceases to amaze me. I played here nearly 20 years ago and it was the
same, just superb crowds. It is good, just needs to come
around it. Quite like that wait, actually, because that is arriving
to the ball to push it in, bring the jackfruit. -- bring the jack
through. Nice Big Bend of that forehand back
to the commentary box, Katherine Rednall played it very well there.
You touch the jack and it moves very, very quickly. Still, a very
good ball. Yes, very good bowl there from Ellen Falkner, not giving
Katherine Rednall a lot of room to add another one. And that is with
the heavyweight jacks, can you imagine what it would be like with
the standard outdoor ones? Did cause a lot of problems in New Zealand for
the World Championships at the end of last year with the standard
weight jacks, they were all over the place.
Not much on here. Interesting to see if she plays this on the forehand. I
think I would, and the reason why is if you drop back on the green you
can move the jack up the rink. Backhand, you are crunching the jack
against the green bowl. She is probably thinking one down is not
too bad at the moment if she fails here. It was always going to be a
hard shot to get to. The portable rink, if you drop back with a bit of
weight, it moves back, it is a strange shot. Score, 3-2 after four
ends. Jack Poulenc, 26.5 metres. -- Jack
length. That is a nice start from Katherine
Rednall. The links of the jack is a fraction longer than the girls have
been playing. -- the length. They will both know this rink so well.
Last ball, the gap is 3.5 inches. Winning the title is very important,
but playing well, to the players, is the key to it. They don't want to
lose playing badly. They want to force their opponent to win the
event, play well against them. Last bowl, 12 inches past Jack
height. At this level, these players are capable of all the shops and
that is really attractive because an awful lot of bowls, certainly at
domestic level is, not a lot of conversion shots played. Get up
clean, it is fine. That is OK. Got it out into the open little bit
that better than your opponent. A chance to consolidate it, the
close ball in. She will have to start thinking about saving shots,
rather than scoring them. Looks to be good with this one. It
is good enough. A chance with this, leads the ball
first on the inside edge and got it. Good bowl, good weight. Slightly
favour your Red Bull. -- read ball. A courageous shout, a good one,
Alan, we love that. Just missing the line. A good look
at this, that was a good ball by Catherine Mack, made sure she was
reaching the ball, turning the jack. It was a positive shot, not the time
to be negative when the ball is jack high. It is not about pretty bowls,
but it is about effective balls. I liken it to putting in golf, don't
get it a chance to get to the hole and you will not think the shot. The
same applies to bowls, given the chance. -- you will not sink the
shot. I enjoy golf. Just to watch it.
Listen to my wife's stories when she comes off the course. I play a bit
of golf, not as much as I would like. That is the problem, if I was
to play it, I would want to play it well. Busy spending hours down on my
little course in the village I live in. Long green. It favoured the
green. It did. I think we should always remember
that when you are taking any advice from the marker, it is only an
opinion, no more. You have to make up your own mind.
The edge would be helpful. Good bowl. 11 ends today instead of nine,
a little longer game. Those two extra ends make a bit of a
difference. It does definitely without a doubt. If there is a risky
shot to be played, it could go wrong and you play it, if it goes pear
shaped, you have more time to recover. That is right, taking your
risk earlier is better than later. The jack is crunching against the
balls. Really good start, this one, from Katherine Rednall and plenty of
time outs available in this match. Wise for Faulkner to come up and
take a little walk. It is hard to slow the game down but use your time
outs accordingly to try to do that at key moments.
Good effort. It was won because she was trying to move the red ball. She
would have to be very fortunate to get the jack moved to a red one. I
agree when you say it is very difficult to control the tempo with
the shot clock. With this game. Letting the shot clock ran down to a
few seconds and then calling time out, certainly gives you that little
bit more time. Has to be careful. That was the only way out, I was
just about to use my little magic pen, to say it was the only chance
to get the inside edge. Katherine, the last thing you want to do is
give it away with your last ball. Doesn't need to hear it from us. She
knows! I don't think Ellen Falkner will be trying too hard with this
one. Definitely not. Good practice shot, pushes it out wide and letting
it drift back. Those things are a real test of your
mental toughness because you just need to let it go, it is done, you
can't change it, get on with the next end. Not a disaster by any
means, but shouldn't disturb her too much. Should be lying in the shot
and giving away three or four, that would be a whole lot different. That
could easily have a major impact. Long jack length. Big, swinging
forehand, playing off the high line, letting the ball do the work.
Certainly won't be expecting Katherine...
Certainly this is a low scoring game. Seven shots in six ends, an
indication of how tight this game is.
Good follow-up. Really good follow-up. Excellent. The hair falls
all over Katherine's face. It clearly doesn't worry her. Not at
all. Not in the least. Certainly doesn't make any difference to her
ability to play bowls either. I can just imagine a lot of people at home
saying, get that hair out of your eyes! That was a sort of in between
situation, making sure you were arriving but not going through.
Damage limitation shot on if she wants it. Go for the bowl or jack,
take one away and you get the jack through and the most you are going
to lose is possibly one. It will be hard to draw, whichever way you look
at it. She is on a draw line. Everything now has to be right about
this or it will be a disaster. I am not sure about that shot, purely on
the basis that Ellen Falkner is such a good shot player. She could have
taken her own bowl but in reality, it is locked in. I think it was
probably worth having a go at that one. Making contact on her own bowl,
the green bowl will pop out, the jack back was very good. The
shoulder and green ball was coming off as well so the angles were good
as well. High percentage shot. The draw shot in the forehand going down
towards the commentary box, to draw... Is tough. Katherine Rednall,
not an easy third shot to get. I don't think she will be too anxious
by the looks of it. I think when we chalk up the little
holes, with the plastic chalks, they make sure the ball doesn't move in
any way, I think it is two shots. The rings suggest it was two.
Four rounds to go. There is a break appearing, 6-3.
I think if Katherine Rednall could win this next end, she would put a
real stamp on this next set. At some stage, Ellen Falkner will have to be
aggressive and start using her tactical experience. One of the best
in the business when it comes to attacking. Play to your strengths.
First ball just a little bit short, the next ball has to push on and
that is the key to it. A few feet even is good. That is a beauty
there. It creates a problem for Ellen Falkner, she needs... Every
second ball is under pressure. She is in trouble after this one.
About two inches short of jack height. The longer jack length, this
forehand. It is actually quite kind, it will dip back at the end of its
travels. Anything past her previous one, will be very good, she wants to
miss it. She can't afford to be short this time. Will Ellen Falkner
play an attacking shot here? Looks to be shaping up to draw. Correction
needed on line and weight. See how she goes. It will break back. Really
not sure about that, with three down, it was worth coming down the
centre line and let the ball dip inside. Take something away. Back
position is all red soap Katherine will go deep with this, unless she
is feeling very courageous. Doesn't want to leave a shoulder for Ellen
Falkner. The cover bowl. Good from Katherine
Rednall. It is tempting just to run the jack two feet but two feet of
running is difficult. It is down to personal choice. Run the bowls, take
a couple off, drag the jack foot Fleet for -- drag the jack for
three. She wants to dip inside the jack, not wide. GROANS FROM CROWD
Played the right shot, Ellen Falkner, she may have wanted to play
that shot on her third bowl, perhaps. I think so.
The advantage of playing it with her third bowl, it first double sends a
message to your opposition. She wasn't going to be any worse off
than three but also, it might take two goes to get it right. Make your
opponent waste one round the back as well, if you indicate you will drive
with your third bowl, you have an extra bowl to recover with, your
fourth bowl. Jack high. I think Ellen Falkner
needs to put some pressure on Katherine with the first bowl, try
to beat her to it. Katherine's first bowl is very good. But little mini
battle of the first two bowls, all in favour of the younger player.
She's used to drawing to the jack. Her father is arguably one of the
best leads England has ever produced. He knows the value of
being able to get close to the jack. In the first two goes. -- bowls.
Ellen Falkner is on a better line with the second bowl here. It is a
good shot. Nicky Brett just relaxing with Jim Chestney, international
colleagues. Go on with the third bowl this time.
Finding the gap. GROANS FROM CROWD Again, wrong side of the jack. But I
think the right shot to play, I would have played that. And the
right time as well. I think she was reflecting back on the last end and
realised she should have played it with her third bowl. Now she has an
opportunity to correct it. Bowling out of trouble but this set is
sliding away. This young lady definitely has control of the match.
That is a good shot from Katherine Rednall. Four green. Set lie.
Better this time. She got a solid and it is in the ditch.
The question is, when the ditch is going to be the scoring shot, where
is the other red one? There it is. Call for a rope, I think. Fine shot
from Ellen Falkner, a lot of confidence, good hit. But again,
requirement of going for the third bowl is important again. Miss that,
correct it with the last one. It is making the last end so expensive.
But she saved the set. Katherine Rednall is drawing so well at the
moment. Ninth end is so critical. In an 11 end set. Very close.
Just the one. They will want this match to go as long as possible.
Ellen Falkner wanting to score at least one in this end, to force the
last end. Anything more than that, it will put her in with a chance.
At the moment, Ellen Falkner's husband is calm. If you looks calm,
that is good! It is really tough, having your loved one out there,
playing. I think you write every bowl and you get more nervous than
the player, I think. Once again, Ellen Falkner just not
getting close enough in the first delivery. And once again, Katherine
Rednall is in there. She really needs to move up a couple of gears.
I think it would be very... Ellen Falkner would be very awake
Katherine Rednall is beating it to the jack. Second set, new ball game,
different tactic, change of length. Go early. She is possibly in trouble
with the second bowl. She needs to shake Katherine out of her rhythm.
At the moment, she's getting a free run.
She is tempted again here because the jack is framed with one bowl
either side. Take a bowl out and run the jack through.
That is better. It will go on the re-spot but that doesn't really
matter. She is really sending a message to say, I am going to attack
more. My goodness me, that will make it very difficult. The angle she hit
it out, I thought that was a certainty to go off. But in the
ditches, there are these prongs and the jack goes into them and is held.
It is a good system although doesn't work all the time.
They have to run a line down. There is a black line down the middle of
the extremities of the ring Zelenay to run that on the flat and look
down from the top. If any of the jack with Cutting, that is enough.
Yes, it looks like it is. You can see the prongs just holding it and
it is in. This will be very difficult to get
at, even with the mat up. There is a bit of room.
She will have two goes at it. It is still a distance away. She just
needs to get just inside of the signage with good weight, that is
the key. This is a better line. The weight is better as well. Really
didn't need... Because she had the draw anyway, no matter what. This is
a hard shot to draw. Very difficult. She certainly is wider than her
first one but she needs the extra weight. Can she carry it? No, we
will be going into the last end. Little bit surprised that back, I
thought of anything she would have gone into the ditch. It was always
swinging away and when that happens, swinging away from the ditch, it
cooks two feet and is better for you. If you have two chances, it
gives your first one a better chance to get to it. Two goes, missed a
chance, she has been very good value. That is not going to make it,
it'll be less than the minimum requirement of 23 metres. And that
is a mistake. I can understand why she is looking for the minimum
distance. If you want to guarantee that, bring the mat up. And play it
at the other end. Three metres after the tee for the jack is in the ditch
so you have that margin of error. Katherine going for her favourite
line. Four shots. Nothing for short. It is
OK if it is two inches, but it is not good if it is a metre away.
Just on the edge, of being useful. Expect Katherine to get inside that
certainly, the way she has been playing.
Katherine just looking for another one roundabout. She has achieved
that. She has knocked her own ball, though. That is absolutely crucial.
That is a great result. Get to the green ball, fall back towards the
jack... Oh, it is gone now. That is the end of the party. Just carried a
balls up, -- carried the balls, no point in going any further. I can
understand how wanting to make an adjustment. First set, Ted-5 to
Katherine Rednall. Pretty reflective of the first set.
The 24 metre Jack length was the interesting one for me. Nothing
really dramatic climax. They have mostly been playing about
the 26, 28 metre length. I think Alan is right to try to find that
short jack length to shift Katherine of her rhythm. -- I think Ellen is
right. If you had that every day, you would be a very happy bowler.
Quality stuff. Do you think, in years gone by, when the rink was a
fraction quicker, a lot more shorter lengths were played? I think so, it
was a lot harder in respect, people like Alex Marshall were real
specialist at that short jack length. Now, they do refer back to
that, it is almost like a default setting for them, but they have been
playing a lot more... Last ball, ten inches short of Jack Coyte. -- Jack
height. Pretty tough call to get close. Especially if the player is
playing with a tighter ball will stop -- playing with a tighter bowl.
I always have a look at the opposition's ball to see what
they're using. Played a match recently with a guy using vector VS.
First end of the second set, Ellen Falkner is attacking. Yes, has to do
that. OK, baby a little bit fortunate but that ball was there to
be used. The important thing for her was that she decided to go early.
She put her hand up apologetically to Katherine to say, sorry, not what
I was going for, but got the result. There has to be a professionalism
out there, you acknowledge your opponent with a good result.
This is a big chance for Ellen Falkner, first end of the second
set. It would be just the confidence she needs to take into the second
set. Good opportunity for the extra shot,
doesn't want the jack, leave the jacks, that is what she has done.
That was a very good change there. That is the advantage of just
changing the pattern. Let your opponent no, I'm going to attack at
every opportunity. The mat up fractionally here for
Ellen Falkner. She is on this tighter line, forehand away from the
commentary box, fractionally heavier line. Played well.
Once again, rolling with the jack from the first bowl. How much was
the shot? 3.5 inches. Katherine's percentage of effective bowls on a
first bowl must be outstanding. Very high, no doubt about that, certainly
in comparison to Ellen Falkner at the moment. Good bowl there, tucked
in right behind. She wants this to come in, but not
too close. Probably just draw this. Looks to be on a nice line here,
Ellen Falkner. The weight looks handy, too. Needs to pass the Green
bowl, and has. Really good draw shot there but more important for Ellen
Falkner it means she is not under pressure at the moment. It has been
a few ends since that has been the case. Now, can you get back down to
your own bowl? Better if she had missed it, she was picking up the
jack. Good grouping of bowls. The way this head is sitting, Katherine
has got no position at the back and one side, so Alan would be wise to
arrive at this, just make sure to turn the bowl onto the jack, use the
two red three to the side of the picture and that takes all the
danger away. Worth arriving at this, giving it a
go. Wrong side of the green ball, she knew she was not therefore
weight. Alan has five time out remaining. -- Ellen. Take a risk?
Not too much danger. Only dangerous if she gets the wrong side of the
red one, the jack would go across and lose four. Certainly played it
with enough weight. You understand that we don't want the inside edge
of the green. Hard wait to play. She played it a bit half-heartedly,
I think. A bit tentative. One shot down, didn't want to make a mess of
things. Can't blame her on that one. Ellen Falkner off to a good start in
the second set, 3-0. That is what she needed to do. She's just unable
to put Katherine Rednall under pressure with the first ball.
Yes, that first bowl is just not operating, she is having to do too
much work with the third and fourth. Good adjustment, but that is what
she wants for the first delivery, just behind the jack.
Good effort, the right idea. Even though you're mine in short, you
want to drag it back. -- even though your line is short. Close again
here. That little edge might be enough. Very close. Remarkable.
Without the edge, it was actually going to be even closer, to be fair,
but probably better for her in some respects if there is a gap there.
Try to drag the Jack back if she can. The wait was good with the last
bowl. She has pushed through it. That one did not make much of the
move. She would have expected that to bend back a bit more. That one
fell against the bias. Just needs to stay up. Not quite.
Interesting to see if they will get down to measure this. It is very,
very close. It did look to be the green bowl
from overhead. It was very close. Not sure, but this one is very close
to call. If it is a crudest and, they take the two balls out, no
school. Francis Fletcher will sort it out. Read. I wasn't sure about
that one because normally they are very close, it was just too
difficult to call, it really was. Slight movement on that. One shot,
Ellen Falkner. The cameras gave us a really good idea of what was going
on, very much appreciated. You can see the clear three millimetre gap
there. So, Ellen Falkner playing the
shorter jack lengths. Off to a good start in the second set.
She just unders and overs at the moment with her first two bowls.
Nice shot here from Katherine Rednall. She is still dominating
with the first two bowls but she is on the wrong side of the card by
4-0, which is to do with Ellen's attacking shots and conversion
shots. She's calling it, it is always going to go under.
Needs to miss her own and come off the red one.
It is a tough head for Ellen Falkner to play too. Yes, slight favour for
the read the second. I think Ellen has just joined in the backend, I
don't see any of the shot. When is 4-0 up... Reaction from the crowd
there when he said she had four shots remaining, I don't think so!
Four in the lead. She is not on a bad line here. Needs
the edge. Not the edge of the bowl, though, the edge of the jack. Wasn't
a bad effort, the right way in many respects to Payet. Could not use a
lot of weight. Really good effort. Good chance the Katherine to add
another shot here. Two shots, Katherine Rednall. Score,
4-2 after four ends. Ellen Falkner is doing well to
survive this first two bowls onslaught she is suffering out
there. Has been occasionally getting in, most of the time she is facing
her second ball two shots down. Katherine's first bowl just forcing
Ellen Falkner to play back to the commentary box with her first bowl.
Just over two feet past, good changeover. Still lots of room here.
Oh dear, oh the correction, that will be damaging. -- over
correction. That is a very wide line, even for the strong bowls of
Katherine Rednall. I think the weight was pretty good. Last bowl is
18 inches short of jack height. Your short ball, just under three feet.
Ellen needing just to negotiate Katherine's last bowl here, probably
just dropping in under it. Got a chance with this. Well done. Very
good bowl, just a drop in there. The weight was perfect.
That one has got a good position back bowl there. Just a draw shot
from Katherine now. Nothing really to play too with weight, so just
drop it in, try to rest the red bowl. Better line with this one.
Definitely wide with the previous one, this one will come back. All a
matter of getting the right connection now, not the gap. Got
both. That was a great effort. Probably more important in some ways
for Katherine, it means Ellen doesn't have the chance to do drag
the jack back for three, probably the best she can do out of this is
two, so good thinking to make sure she was arriving to it.
She has given it that bit extra grass. Playing safe. Can't blame
her. Didn't want to make any contact. Why is to be on the high
side. -- she was wise to be on the high side. One shot, Ellen Falkner.
4-2 in front, grab the single. Keeps you in control of the second set.
She is working hard out there, I have to say, she really is.
Katherine is putting her under a lot of pressure, she still has control
of this. Seems to have the momentum even though Katherine is still
beating her to the jack with her first bowl. She has been more
positive in the areas where she needs to be, rather than trying for
the perfect shot. We seek time and time again good
players just find a way to win, don't they? They do, absolutely.
There have been so many matches where I have seen the experience of
players and champions, past champions, come through when maybe
they were outplayed by their opposition. The way Katherine has
been playing, particularly with the first two balls, it is still hard
work for Ellen Falkner to win the second set.
None of the women players have been playing like this, not one of them
has been getting this goes with their first two balls on a regular
basis. Just a slight disturbance in the
crowd, the players are just taking a moment or two while that is looked
after. Just a slight refocus for Ellen
Falkner there. I'm sure Ellen didn't mean to pay
that much weight, I think she was a bit put off by the disturbance in
the crowd. She might have been better to wait till it was
completely clear. Lots of pressure, single ball target this time, no
choice but to try and draw into this and make it a bit better for
herself. There is the over correction, so easy to do when you
are pushing through. Now she is in so much trouble. Katherine will be
doing well to draw another one in a centreline position, doesn't want to
leave anything on the wing. Shot off the day coming up if she
draws this one. Heating it is not easy, single ball target at that
length on the backhand -- hitting it. Draw ringgit is not easy,
either. -- drawing it. The draw shot available, using the shoulder to
come off, backhand draw available but, goodness me, could you imagine
just trying to drop in on that ball and dropped back? Very difficult. I
think I would be trying to hit it if it was me. Such a hard shot to try
and draw. She wants to keep the opposition down to three or four
because if she misses it it is definitely going to be a four. If
she draws it, it would be a remarkable shot.
Going for the runner. Slightly under. Not much, just a tiny little
bit under, and that was enough. I still think it was the right shot. I
think so. Make your shot selection, be committed to it, 100%, and if it
goes wrong, you lose the four, the lead will disappear but still well
in the set. She needs to stop on the ball. There
was plenty of room. This four shots, Katherine Rednall.
11 ends comes in handy. That is the first time I think I
have seen her a metre away. On the first ball.
Faulkner has just lost in the last end but Katherine Rednall was only
two out of the Dodd in the second is so far. Scoring heavily. She was
doing everything right, keeping your opponent down to single shots most
of the time. This one is a loose end. Last bowl, 2.5 feet. Plenty of
room here. Sets up a position, if Ellen doesn't
get 11... If Katherine doesn't get another ball in, Ellen has a chance.
The young lady slots a second shot in.
She has gone deep. She has. Opportunity here for Ellen Falkner.
The crowd very happy to see that. Surely she will go for the ball, one
way or the other. There is a natural bend into the green ball, the way it
is sitting. Gas, going for it. She is interested. Goodness me, that
must have been close. To take the two balls, she must have been coming
in. Definitely worth it. Had to go for
it. The run is quite a tight line down the back end towards the
commentary box. There wasn't much in it. Jack length 27.5 metres. A
lovely and colourful lightsaber display there.
The last few ends, Katherine started to drop the first bowl short. Ellen
unable to capitalise. That is where the big problem is. The door has
been opened a bit but Ellen hasn't been able to walk through it. There
it is again, I think. Fractionally short from Katherine, not like her.
Change onto the backhand. I don't think I want to know! Where
is Katherine's? 2.5 feet short of jack high. The concentration...
That is the line for it. Still running. She has lost her drawing
width. Katherine has a chance to recover with the third bowl. She's
getting yet another chance with the third bowl this time. Don't know she
is there again. It is not bad. It is good enough.
Ellen should be able to take that amount off, taking two feet off is
very difficult but when you are four or five through, it is a bit easier.
She's struggling now. This is a real walkabout end.
Lots and lots of pressure on Ellen Falkner. If she loses a big count
here, the match is gone. Can't afford to lose a four.
A big slap on the thigh for Ellen Falkner,. She is a pressure player.
Make sure you are taking the line out because I think you are on an
inside line with that, definitely underwear you want to be. You have
to sneak through between balls. -- definitely under way you want to be.
She is two down, took two off. That was a nervy one. Low on the green
and low on the weight. She is so disappointed with that end, Ellen
Falkner. Two shots, Katherine Rednall. 5-9 after eight ends. This
is a crucial end. Katherine Rednall wins this and she has one hand on
the trophy. Ellen Falkner has to score at least a single to give her
a chance. Her drawing has just left in the last few ends and after
sitting pretty for a while, 4-0, 5-2, a four, a single and a double.
And in a heap of trouble. Well, I don't know what is going on.
She has just lost her way. It happens. It certainly does.
Katherine is not far away with her second bowl. A readjustment.
This looks under. For lying and weight. Yes, she is definitely
struggling now. She is the sort of player, you think, one big bowl
could turn it but it is not going well. In the meantime, her young
opponent, wasn't taking much advantage with this one but it is
another shot. She's sticking with the backhand.
The line looks better. This is all about weight now, she is a lot
closer with this one. But she needs to hurry. That has pretty much
blocked up the backhand. Very close to two shots. Two green.
We are guaranteed at least another end. I just can't see Ellen doing
anything if she does not win this one. Katherine to looking to drop
another one in here. Looks to be good with the weight. Close. That
tinkered on a bit but it is OK. We think it is three shots which would
take up to 12-5. That would need two fours. It is here critical list,
last ball, and she has to change onto the forehand. Traditionally,
forehand can drop short very easily. Champions come up with big bowls
when needed. Ellen Falkner needs one now. She is definitely reaching, she
has got a chance for this, a big chance. Steady now. What a bowl.
That was massive. And Chris knew it. What did we say about the big bowl
at the right time that can change the whole pattern? She needs another
couple here. She has got a smile on her face at the moment, a smile with
a tiny grimace! She knows you can't just dip in and get those bowls all
the time. One is just not enough and look at the score card, look at all
the number ones at the top. She has been losing shots and doubles and
bigger. Not gaining them. First ball needs to be close.
Four shots in two ends, I thought that would be impossible.
I honestly can't remember the last time she played a first ball
toucher. That is a good reply. A very good one.
As long as she has got the width, she's on a good line. That is a good
bowl. She will force Alan to try to wrest into the green bowls. One
shot, making it tough in the last end. She need two to give herself a
chance to win the set. That was a nice little shot down the backhand
Ellen is plain, just over the draw. -- Ellen is playing. She needs to
run with this, it needs to hurry. Well, that is not a time to be
short. Even a ball through the jack would have been good. Just going
deeper. Very wisely, Katherine going back.
Choices here. She could just draw up to the ball or drive it off, knowing
that if she gets the jack, she could get one shot. She will be playing to
their strengths. It is very close, the same on the green, definitely,
very, very close. Ellen has two time outs remaining. Can she get inside
it to get to the jack with enough weight? And if she gets the front
bowl, she knows there are all sorts of chances. If she gets it all the
way through, it is still good. I'm sure she can drive the ball out.
Definitely will have to arrive with a little bit of weight at least. She
is on the forehand. Which would suggest she is playing weight.
Definitely, definitely go for the front ball, to take the other two
out. She is in the area, surely got
something. What a bad result. Katherine is looking at it, not
doing anything yet because I think it is very close for shot. Not
totally sure whose line. Ellen walking away. She doesn't need to do
this, she is very fair. If she is not sure, she will say. It has been
declared. That is unusual. I can understand it. Decided not to play
the last ball. Katherine must be confident she has lined the shot.
France's Fletcher, don't make a mistake. Resting on the green,
exactly what you are supposed to do. Bring it right through. That is
perfect. Now we will know, if that goes straight through. Yes, easy.
One shot, second set of the match, Katherine Rednall. She didn't player
last ball and she gets the single she needs to win the Championship.
She has been good value for it. Really good value.
A lot of the damage being done by the young 21-year-old in the first
two balls. Ellen Falkner contributing gamely to that match.
But Katherine Rednall takes it. The matchplay singles champion for 2017
and very deserved. The enthusiasm of youth, 21 years
old. Katherine Rednall at Delhi against the experience of Ellen
Falkner, three times champion. Katherine Rednall was in no mood to
be taken out in this match. Rarely had to play a weak shot. Drawing.
Keeping under pressure, forcing a more experienced opponent into
taking the difficult shots. Cakau down to singles all the way with
only two doubles on one side. Ellen Falkner doing everything she could
to keep the young lady at bay but it was just too much.
Ellen just missing the target with her last ball, declared ahead and
the green all pushed out. Winning the set and the Championship. Big
smile from Katherine. Congratulations from Alan Thornhill.
It shows how heavily she scored in the two sets. Ellen Falkner was
getting singles. Katherine Rednall scoring heavily and deserved her
victory. Second time for her. She will be delighted.
Ellen, you came back out into the ring with a rueful look on your
face, sum up what happened today. I am a bit loss for words, to be
honest but rather than talk about my performance, I would rather talk
about Katherine and say well played and well done and enjoy the moment.
Katherine, second time you are winning it, the last time you were
just a baby but in fairness, you are not that much older now! What is the
difference between the feeling immediately after winning it last
time and this time? I don't think there is one. Coming back every year
has been an absolute pleasure. This can be a better start to the year.
Potters is a great place to come to. This is what you hope for other
final and to be up against Ellen, what a lot of people would have
asked for. Ellen summed it up by saying, forget about how she played,
you were outstanding. Really pleased with how I played. Pleased with the
first set. I got a bit of a lead and was able to defend it and really
happy with that but Ellen came right back at me in the second set so I
was a bit worried them. You have only been playing at Potters four
years. What is it about this place that makes you so good here? I think
I settled into the carpet the first time I came. Immediately. It is all
about the bowls. You come and you play and practice and you have to
keep going. It is the real focus and it is about wanting to win a trophy.
What got you into bowls as a youngster? Your dad was a big
inspiration but who were the other people playing a part in getting you
here? My whole family play and they have been fantastic. I started when
I was five years old. My mum and my grandma are up there. Sadly dad is
at work. It has been great to have a supportive family around me. I hope
they are all proud of you, I am sure they are. Commiserations to Ellen
but the 2017 ladies matchplay champion, Katherine Rednall.
ANNOUNCER: It is time for the presentation and to make it, your
appreciation for the managing director of Potters Resort, Mr John
putter and the just customer services claims handler, Venetia
Graham. First and foremost, the runner-up, your appreciation for
Ellen Falkner. Now, to the winner, receiving a
Langham glass trophy, a check and the title for the 2017 ladies
matchplay champion, it is the pocket dynamo, Katherine Rednall.
Ladies and gentlemen, one more time, the 2017 ladies World Matchplay
champion, Katherine Rednall! What a fantastic performance from
Katherine Rednall. Karen Murphy has left the commentary box and has
joined the ringside. What was your reaction to what you saw from
Katherine and Ellen today as well? Katherine's first two bowls were
phenomenal and that is where she won the game. When she did fail, Ellen
couldn't capitalise on it. Ellen seemed to be out of sorts. She got
herself back into it. Given her record and history, you thought it
would go to a tie-break. We did and champions play big bowls when they
need to. I think to be fair, Ellen will be disappointed with her
performance today. Katherine played really well. It was a great game.
What is it about Katherine? I asked her about this place, an amazing
record for a 21-year-old to have won here twice. Her rhythm and weight
control is amazing. She's certainly a great player now. I would like to
see in ten years' time where she will be. It is frightening! What was
a key moment perhaps in the end of the second set, Ellen was on top and
Katherine then delivered a full house. Talk is through this and how
crucial it was. A great example of Katherine's draw bowl, she played
really well. She really made a play with that last bowl and entered into
a full score of four. When Ellen came out, I mentioned in the
interview, a rueful look on her face and I could tell she didn't really
want to talk too much. You can understand what she was going
through. Definitely and in her speech, she didn't want to talk
about her performance but she hailed Katherine. That is the thing,
Katherine Rednall is certainly a name for the future. Have a peek
into the future, she has won it twice, at the end of 21. What sort
of possibilities are open to her? Ellen has compiled an amazing
record, three times Commonwealth Games gold medallist. A lot of
people would expect Katherine to perhaps break the record of Carol
Ashby and Ellen Falkner, winning it more than three? She is definitely
capable. You have got your feelers when you are a little bit younger.
You come in here damn thing, I am the underdog and I can play how I
want. It will be interesting but I think she has the ability to do
that. Thank you very much we will bring you up-to-date with a couple
of things coming up on the BBC. When we are done on BBC Two at Potters,
we will bring you highlights of the Australian open tennis.
We are switching our attention to the singles competition.
Les Gillett against Alex Marshall. Les Gillett has had a good week.
Alex Marshall six time champion. We will hear from both players,
starting with Les Gillett reflecting on his victory in the pairs.
I go to Jason and say, this is our best ever opportunity to win this
championship. Take time and relax. If there is one person in the world
I would get to play, it is with him. He has got to do something. At this
point I might have a look in, I am shaking and I am waiting. And I said
to Daniel, the league is not close. He said, yes, it is close. Then he
started chatting me in and it runs and it runs and it is like slow
motion and it gets in. And we are like, oh, my God, world champions.
What a feeling. Les, you want it 16 years ago, what is the difference
this time around? I have enjoyed it more with Jason to be fair because
he has been quite challenging at times. Jason has not been at his
best, but what he has done, and we have had conversations about this,
he has played the right bowls at the right times. In my eyes, he won it
for me. Les is a character on and off the green. Winning the pairs you
are on a high. But, yes, he is a good friend and a good player. I
need to play well. I know if I can play my eight-game, I am difficult
to beat. He is probably the best player ever in the world. Yes, it is
a bit of a mountain to climb and it would have been nice to avoid him,
but somebody has to play him and I guess I am the unfortunate one. Or
the lucky one, because playing against Alex is a privilege. Yes, it
will be tough. I have always got the will to win. When I come to Potters
it is my second home. This is where I play my best bowls. I am hungry
for number seven. I will try my best, I am on good form. It is the
place to be. David Corkhill has joined me ringside. Corky, this is a
cracking match up. The reason why it is so good is because less is full
of confidence. We talked about it at the top of the show and he will need
that confidence because he is against the best player ever to row
a bowl. No doubt about that. Alex has more than proven that is the
case, indoors and outdoors. His record is superb. But with lead, he
has got all the confidence in the world, no doubt about that, but he
is also very happy. He has got the ranking points he needs to stay in
the top 16. That will relax him and he can say, I will not lose out
there. Alex was stuck on five championship wins in the singles,
but he got the sixth win. It is very hard when you have got six to feel
the pressure because you have done so much in the game. But I remember
the relief he felt when he won it, because everyone is was expecting it
for a long time. His best friend Paul Foster is on four. They are
best friends, but be under no illusion, they want to win. Paul
Foster is chasing his faith. Give people an idea why it is almost
undisputed that Alex Marshall is the best player. It is because it is
indoors and outdoors and that is where the difference is. David
Brandt was the innovator, there is no doubt about that, he brought the
game through to the audience in the world in many ways. But Alex
Marshall has proved that in a World Championship, indoors, and outdoors
and he has done it more than once and that is the key to it. It is
continuous over the last 15 years. Anyone who saw Alex Marshall in 2014
in Glasgow in the Commonwealth Games will have some amazing memories
because of the outstanding bowls ever played outdoors. It is not
about chasing the money, that was about playing for your country and
it was very obvious for Alex that whenever he is representing his
country, he puts everything into it. Ignoring the confidence, because
that is positive, but what are the tactics that Les Gillett can use,
what are the skills that he possesses, that can upset the apple
cart and Alex Marshall? It will be a bit like Katherine in the ladies
singles final, the first two bowls. It Les puts Alexander pressure on
the first two bowls, he will have to run at things and start attacking
more than he would like to, and that is where the key will be. If he
matches him, it will be Alex all the way. Will you call it? How can you
go against Alex Marshall? He is the six times world champion and he is
up against Les Gillett and that is the next match up here on BBC Two.
Time to join our MC. This 46-year-old left-hander is a former
semifinalist and a former international open and Welsh Masters
champion. Ladies gentlemen, the recently crowned world indoor
champion, Les Gillett. # We will, we Will Rock you. And he
faces one of the game's most feared and respected opponents, the 2013
international open champion, the world number two, Alex Marshall MBE.
# Can you feel the force? Yes, feel the force of Alex
Marshall. We're Les Gillett feel the force? A great match because Les
Gillett is bouncing after the win in the pairs on Monday alongside Jason
Greenslade. But he has got a big obstacle to overcome, the most
formidable force in the game, the six times world champion, Alex
Marshall, MBE. Andy Thomson has joined Corky.
Les Gillett has never been short of confidence, it is fair to say.
He is that sort of player. The target for him was to do well and
play well and he has exceeded that in many ways when we think about
winning the pairs where he played very well. I would agree. Les and
Jason were not expected to win it, but deservedly so at the end of the
day, but this is a different proposition. Playing the six times
world champion, this will be quite hard for Les. I agree, the opening
two bowls have got to be close to give himself a chance. You are
agreeing with me, Andy. At the moment, we have got plenty of time
to go before I start disagreeing! A very good draw player. Les Gillett
can play all the weight shots, but it is the draw shot that is really a
key part of his armoury. It will have to be in top form to win this
match. He played well in the pairs, grouping the bowls well. He is
playing with confidence. He has also been putting the hours in. I have
noticed in the evening when I have been sitting here, whilst you have
been relaxing elsewhere, and doing my homework... What are you saying?
I am looking around for the postage stamp. You are always sneaking a
look at my notes. Just putting in the hours, no doubt about that. Yes,
he is. Most players do it now. They realise there is a big carrot at the
end of the week. Three great opening bowls from Les Gillett.
The rules are that you have to call things slightly different.
We still used jack high and others used jack level. I know that is the
new law. We will stick to our old-fashioned terminology! It gets
the message over. Yes, correct. This is a perfect start for Les. Right
the way he has called a time-out. He knew exactly what he was going to
do there. It will be just in case. That is the problem with Alex
Marshall for most people. You have to really play a cover bowl, or a
particular bowl in a position, because you expect him to get it. I
think Alex is looking at the plant. Thinking of putting the one red bowl
onto the other to move the jack. The draw is not easy. It is time already
from Alex. I think he is undecided. Not sure of the best shops to play.
The players are just taking a moment. There are a lot of people
moving around in between matches and that is understandable. It is hard
to sit there for four hours. I agree. They are not the slots
sometimes that people are happy with. Sometimes the spectators go
out for a break and have a cup of coffee and come back in and
sometimes it disturbs players. I spoke to Les about this before and
he is aware that this is going to happen. It is probably who handled
it better. You look at the draw and this is the only one of the day. It
is good in the morning and in the evenings. This is the hard slot.
Especially after a final. A lot of people come in to support the
finalists. It is almost like not taking top billing. But it will
settle in a minute. It makes this side of the rink very
accommodating. I can see both players playing this side of the
carpet. I know other players favour the forehand in this direction.
This is close. He got the inside edge. Perfect. I think we will see
Les changing now. Watch the action of Alex Marshall.
You will not find anything smoother in the game. He always gets the bowl
away very well. One of the secrets of his success, consistently getting
the bowl away good. Slightly heavy on this one. Talk about delivery,
Les Gillett has got a good one as well. A nice follow-through. He
tucks his leg well in behind the front leg. It makes room for your
arm to go back and follow through on the line. Just slightly on the
inside. A good try. Good weight. This is not an easy extra shot for
Alex. We are looking at deliveries because it is like a snooker action
or a darts player. It is important that it is smooth, easy, relaxed and
reliable. Yes, I agree. It is nice to have smooth deliveries. Everyone
does not. But people with non-textbook deliveries perform very
well. Yes, Ian Bond. He controls it really well.
Always going for the very short length. REFEREE: Jack length, 24.5
metres. The minimum is 23, so he is comfortable enough. A lot of players
are using this length. I am sure we will see Paul Foster using this
length. Alex and Paul have always liked the shorter length.
That is the first rangefinder from Les and you always expect Alex to
get close to this distance. Here he comes again. He is so good at that,
he really is. Very good. At the shorter length his backhand plays
OK. It will be interesting to see if the jack goes longer which hand Alex
does play. That is a better correction from Les. That is handy
for blocking. REFEREE: One red, just. About five and a half inches.
The other is about six inches. Alex was a bit shocked by that. That was
a very confident call from Alex Fletcher.
He is coming up to have a look at this as well.
It did not put him off! No, it didn't. He played the perfect draw.
Following Alex in. I do not think that was necessary. He could have
dropped on his own bowl. Slightly surprised there. He was probably
thinking, if I get to the green bowl or turn the jack, I might be able to
make a double. Alex's wife Diane has not been too
well in the past few months. It is good to see her back on her feet.
She has always got a happy demeanour. Oh, yes, always cheery,
always enjoys it and always comes to support Alex here. That bowl was not
running. That will make it difficult for Les if he is thinking of playing
a backhand. This is hard. If there was any more than one, Alex would be
tempted to run it. We are back to nine ends for this match. He did not
get that one away well. Alex is still looking at it. He is having a
good look at this. Good call. Good call, Francis. Well done. He would
have got the Alex Marshall Steer if he had been wrong! I think he got a
surprise. Brave man, well done. -- stare.
Again, it is very hard for the audience to get down into the big
stand in between ends because these guys are very quick sometimes. You
have only literally got about 20 seconds and it is a big stand to
make your way into your seat. I don't think that was a spectator.
I think I can see a woman in the stands making her way down. He is
just watching that. I think they have sat down now. The stewards have
to look after it. It is amazing, in the home
international series it is like a football match. Players are jumping
all over the place and the spectators are moving behind the
rinks. But the players get on with it. But here because it is still so
still, there is no movement, it puts the players. The crown green players
don't know what is going on when they see this.
We are not quiet all the time. There are people walking all over the
place and the players just get on with it. It is great to watch and
great to be involved in. Les has not found his range in the
shorter length yet. A good effort. You just see the rink
and nothing else and you wouldn't hear anything either. I have seen
darts players putting earplugs in to keep the crowd out. Snooker guys
like it quiet. They are similar to the bowls players. No movement. It
is always still for the snooker players as well. That bowl was
perfect, just caught the edge. You just need a touch on your own Red
Bull, Les. This is very risky. He has got away with that. Oh, my
goodness me, did he get away with that or what? He took his own bowl
out. He not only said his apologies to Alex, but he also waved at him.
Good lad, Les. Knowledge in the fact that you were fortuitous. He was in
the area, but he got a slight fortunate result, but that is all
part of the game. Once again there has been a bit of movement.
I think the officials are quite good. They will stop the clock. They
do not disciplined for stopping. That is what they do. They are well
trained. A lot of experience. Alex is one of the more sensitive ones
towards that, but let's be honest, six world titles, and that is only
the singles, so it cannot be that bad. He is used to this, he will
have played a lot of games at this time of day, so he will be able to
adapt. A good effort. Difficult one to add
to. It is his favourite venue as he has
already said, he always plays his best bowls here. Just relaxing and
chilling at the back with probably just a cup of tea, David. It is a
bit cooler up there, keep your coat on. It must be called up in the
corner. -- cold. It certainly is not cold in the stands. It is very warm
with the lights on. This is a longer jack length. It
will be interesting to see what Alex is going to play. It is straight on
the backhand. He has played the backhand in both directions are so
he is happy with that, but that last bowl will give him problems already.
I was thinking a few years ago when we had those massive banks of
lights. It was more like something from the old days of Wembley. The
heat that they generate it was unbelievable. How slides are
sufficient with the new technology. They are not quite as hot.
There she goes, just checking with everybody and answering all those
texts of congratulations. She will be there for quite a while.
I thought he was going to get an edge on to the jack, but into the
ditch. It was his opening bowl that dictated the problem here. Nothing
clear to the jack, that is why he played with weight. You have no idea
where that jack is going to go if Alex gets it. It might go to either
side of the rink and it might go on to one of the re-spots. He has got
those covered. That is number three. He does not want to block the gap
too much. REFEREE: It is a couple of inches.
Alex is conscious of the fact there is still only one boulder, but he
has got one after this for the recovery. He likes it. He was close
that time. He had no idea where that jack was going to go. It is probably
six feet to drop it. At that length when you catch the jack it ends up
at five or six feet away, but he got the shot and that is the most
important point from Alex's point of view.
We expect this ball to be the shot-mac when it comes to rest. That
is looking pretty good. It just needs to sneak up. I think that's
probably be shocked. He has indicated six feet short, so
there is room for Alex to draw the first. It is looking good. That's a
definite one. I don't know about the other one, though.
Looking fairly chilled there, his wife Diane. She doesn't get excited
until the final. He has a few tough games to go yet. He certainly does.
It's early days. If you play a late second round, David, basically
you're playing every day up until Sunday. It sometimes helps. I think
it's a chilly a good thing. I really do. It means you are waiting around
quite a while though. The players who have won today will basically
have the same programme. They will play every day until Sunday. Alex
Marshall and Les Gillett. Whoever wins this match will play the winner
of Darren Burnett and Mervyn King. They won't even be thinking about
that because they know this will be a tough one. It's that famous
sporting expression, one game at a time. A good ball coming in.
The gap is seven inches. My ball? Your bowl, 15.
Gently, gently. Just missed the jack. As long as he missed the jack,
he was good. Last night, quite late, we were sitting around. The umpires
have a tendency to sit around and we joined them for a little discussion
about wolves, making sure I was completely up to speed, because I
know I'll get a lot of help from you with reading the rules. Any new ones
that came to mind? Nothing of any consequence. Still just a draw. Same
hand, Les. Tried to tuck the jack away. A good, high lying here. He
has got a lot of work to do. Well played, Les Gillett. That could be
number two. It could be. Alex Tait having a good look around
this. The back position is of no real value to him. Use a time-out,
Alex. You have plenty of them. He had two seconds to spare. Plenty of
time. I think there is a tendency that when you get down as low as
that, your eye is on the clock and you tend to play a bad ball. That
wasn't a particularly bad ball but it didn't do him any favours. You
tend to rush it a bit when you have one eye on the clock. Les Holding
one at the moment. It is pretty close for the second. That is why I
am surprised he is changing his hand. That is the shot, so let's not
worry about that one. One shot, Les Gillett. Just the one. There we go.
Set school, 4-3. Going back to rules, there was a query sent in
yesterday about marking the ball before the next player delivers and
you have to do that. It's essential, because you just never know if
someone is going to drive with the next ball. Jack makes 28 and a half
metres. It is illegal for them not to do it. As the ends progresses,
sometimes they do put the chalk and later. No, the spray chalk has
stopped that, Andy, and they are in there like a bullet. Paul Foster put
one down at Heaven knows what speed the other day and I certainly
wouldn't want to be in the middle of that one trying to mark a toucher.
No, they can send them down fast. Well, Alex is changing to the
forehand. I'm not surprised. I think this is the better hand at the
longer length. Good thinking. Oh, that is unlucky. Just dropped
out. Resplendent in that. Looks like a lot of roses in there. I was
speaking to Julie at lunchtime. She was speaking about Mary Berry. Is
that take a colour? I'm not sure because I don't watch that kind of
thing. I'm not sure if she wears that kind of thing. You are more
expert. If you talk to me about cooking programmes, no idea. Very
popular though. Well, Les has the same bowl as your previous one.
Nothing too adventurous with this one. Draw the shot. Well, Les, on
your backhand. This is coming back. Really coming back strong. Just
needs to finish. Oh, good bowl, Les. Very good. When he is on song, he is
a very, very dangerous player. Yes, last bowl shot. Very fortunate to
have that manner number two in my rank. Always plays very well. They
don't put you out in your stocking soles, do they? They look after the
grand old man of the England team, they really do. Well, Alex playing a
shot here and is he going to be close? He is. Stand the wait out of
it. Yes, it was just reaching, follows through and gets the shot.
Well played, Alex Marshall. Les will be looking to turn that bowl or turn
the jack now. Very slight correction on his last Hull. -- on his last
bowl. This will look inviting. He has already used a time-out. He
knows that this is a big bowl. It always is in the seventh end.
Controlled inside the line. Now it's a matter of holding up to the jack.
That's not bad. He's very close. That is the bowl. He just moves the
Jack and takes the one. That is great bowling.
Yes, Les, it did hurry. It did indeed. I think Alex again is using
a time-out, looking at the Angles. What happens if he hits the target?
I think the biggest problem for Alex is he doesn't know where the jack is
going to go. The best result would probably be to get onto that bowl,
with the alternative being to hit it on the forehand, come on to their
and the jack to bounce out the side. I don't think there is a guarantee
on anything though, basically, David. This jack could bounce
anywhere. There is no guarantee that if he hits the target that he will
still score. I think the percentages are on his side if he hits this.
Very I'm lucky to come away with this with any less than minus one.
I'll tell you what, that is going a long way. It was always under.
Our commentary position here is right behind the rink, so we get the
lovely view of that backhand. Les has four time-outs, Alex has three
time-outs remaining. Using their time-outs. That just shows you what
a tight game this is. Jack length, 23 and a half metres --
28.5 metres. Alex knows that if he loses this end, he is probably going
to lose the set. A little bit and settled there, I
think, David. Doesn't put him off too much though. There you go.
Played a very good bowl. Alex, 4.5 inch gap. Alec -- as I have said
before, there is an argument for putting in a bit of background music
so that background noise doesn't distract the players, but then you
get into an argument about what kind of music. Who wants Queen out there?
It's a difficult one. It's probably not the noise, it's the movement of
the spectators, really. That's a good ball, Les. The players would
probably be happy with Queen because it's popular as walk and music. But
it brings with it other problems, other difficulties. Maybe a couple
of hundred Crown Green players in. Yes, they certainly create an
atmosphere. Good weight from Alex. Lead, I think you need another red
bowl in the head here, because there's a possibility they could go
out of the head. Oh, he is trying hard again. He has to be very
careful. Doesn't want to get the shot away. I can see Alex coming
into this. He did use the outside red one and all three could
disappear. Yes, it is very inviting for Alex, as Les has indicated
there. Once again, the official into mark the toucher. Well, he is
prepared just to try it. The head indicates that he doesn't like it.
The weight was the problem. The line was good. I am surprised. It was a
good shot. He couldn't take his own out without taking out two of the
Reds. Les has got a different -- a difficult decision to make here. He
could play a good bowl and still give the shot away. At the eighth
end when you are too up, that is not a good thing to do. He will be very
close to this green ball, if he taps that. Yes, OK. If it is one red,
Alex can't afford to lose the shot here. No, he can't. I think there is
a draw here for him. These three vegetables, he could use those, so a
good chance here for Alex. -- these three red balls, he could use those.
He is not risking the draw. Looking for the running ball of the white
ball. Got something. Oh, how did he take the single where? He needed the
angle. He didn't get the angle. Les is playing well. He is putting a lot
of balls in the head. That is the success -- the secret to his
success, Les Gillett. Les taking his time here, just
composing himself, knowing that he is favoured now for this opening
set. Nine shots in eight ends. An
indication of how tight this game is. Once again, as we were saying
right at the beginning, Les Gillett's strength is on the draw.
Once again, it is just a perfect opener.
Movement, oh, it is a good bowl. It doesn't matter that the shot is
against him, it is a good bowl back. Yes, Alex needed to do something,
possibly give himself a chance of a three. You don't want that sort of
back toucher to lie there for two or three balls. He will be trying to
close this down. If he tucks the jack in here, he really is in the
driving seat. Well, I would suggest he is going to win the opening set
now after that bowl. It is tempted, he almost has do run at this just to
give himself a chance. It is a possibility. If he misses this and
leads the way, that is a problem. He is drawing to it. This must go past.
If this is not passed the jack, then Alex can't score 83. He half locks
the red in. The bowl is still moving. Makes a difference. He can't
really make this any better than what it is. Run for cover. Actually,
if you really wanted to be brave, there is one way, but I don't think
anybody would play it. The fund bowl onto the jack, takes the front two
bowls out completely. But no one would play that. No, certainly not,
just in case he makes a mistake. Alex is going to have to try to
create something with this bowl. Yes, that is a controlled weight
coming down on the inside line, just to try to shake it up and disturb
it. He is going under. He needs a solid connection. Well, the two
bowls will go, now. That contact has made a difference. The question is
how far the shot ball is off of the jack. If it is touching, it is
almost certain to move. I think honestly, if I was Leslie here, I
would be tempted just to reach that. If he misses it and comes to hear,
that is good. If he takes the jack into this position, it takes
everything away. There's no way that Alex can get a tree. There is a
possibility that ball would move without leaving the jack. I think
the two balls could go. Well, Les sticking on the higher side. I think
he is trying to get to his own ball and if he misses it, he is onside. I
think he had to play something like that, Andy, because he couldn't
leave it where it was. Alex will know that he has do bang into this
really, really hard and hope to get a result. There's not a three here,
David, I'm sure there's not a three. Well done, Les. Played well. Alex is
down to five seconds on the clock. He is hitting the target. No doubt
about that. Well, there we go. The jack's through the head. The opening
shot to Les Gillett, 6-4. Just showing Diane there. That's
something you see with Diane every single time. Even when Alex loses a
set, she will always clap the opposition. She's very good.
Basically, very sporting and rightly so. Diane has seen Alex be
successful and also losing games as well. I think the players are just
having a little break, because once again the crowd are moving, so
taking some time. Just chatting up there. It's important to let the
crowd make a move now between sets. They are a very knowledgeable crowd
and they realise that. This is a good time to do that. No time
restriction on this one, so plenty of time. I just hope they don't sit
there for half an hour, David, all we will have do chat for that long.
Look, Andy, I've had a rare experiences of chatting for a long
time between matches, I can tell you. Up and running. When I think
back to one of the world Championships outdoors where we have
a bit of a chat between matches, something has happened and I think
it went on 25 minutes. Was it really? I've remember it was
actually the presenter with Willie Wood and me down on the green. Good
old fellow, he always keeps in touch. That was a rare experience. I
was doing the Geoff Boycott bit down on the green. The team I coined down
because it was very hard. We have got a game on our hands here.
Absolutely. We knew we would have and we also knew that Alex Marshall
had to be the favourite and for many, he still is. But he knows it
will be a minimum tie-break. And tie-break can be dodgy. Yes, we have
seen them this week and some great stuff. Les Gillett is playing really
well here. He is playing so well. Correct.
Don't start to lose your run. Just a draw, rightly so. He is composing
himself, taking his time here today, Les. This is close if it runs. Needs
to hurry. To green, eight inches short of jack hi.
Well, there is a case for attacking maybe now, Les. Just blocks the
draw. He is going for the runner this time. Close. Plum perfect. He
called the jack and he got it. He is going to be some distance away from
it but at the very most it's a single. Yes, good strike, Les. He
played that well. Good control and Alex will, no matter where he puts
it, if he puts it six feet short, Les will be in with a chance, if he
puts it close to the edge, Les will have a chance to run it off. Alex
has a chance here to draw the winner. He would definitely expect
him to draw the shot here. He is well past all the debris at the
front. Let's see how close he can get. That's the three metre mark
their just on the T in the middle of your screen. That is sufficiently
far enough away that Les will fancy his chances. Yes, two metres away,
so this is a good chance for Les to take the shot, is surely? I'll tell
you what, it's been awhile since I have seen less be so deliberate on
the mat. Yes, he is taking his time before every delivery. Just
composing himself. It's almost like he has a game plan here and this
looks like the shot ball coming in. Yes, good shot, Les. Resisted the
temptation with his second bowl but played it with the bird and played
it very well. -- played it with the third.
I've watched Les playing a lot and I don't think I've seen him like this
before, have you? He is very deliberate before he gets that ball
away. I've watched him play as well as this, no doubt about that. But I
don't think I've ever see him be as slow and deliberate before. It's a
slightly new tactic for him and at the moment, it's working. It
certainly is. I do think sometimes some players just play to quickly as
it suits the nature of some people. It just happens to suit their style.
Yes, they are quick players. Five inches. Yes. There are others who
just sometimes need to slow down a little bit and think about it.
Alex is going to have to shake things up. He will have to start
driving things and shake Les up a bit more.
He has been playing the backhand across the body, but this looks very
good. Great strike. Happy enough with that. It is well out into the
open. He may not look terribly happy with it, but he knows the way he hit
it, it is always possible to jam in there with a couple of bowls.
That looks well under. It is not running either. It might just sneak
in. Not by much. Three and a half feet. Alex will have two goes at
this. I expect both of them to get a lot closer.
Still running a bit and it is only just the shot. One read, but
probably a gap of three feet. You definitely expect Alex to draw the
winner now. Just a shade quicker. He had a
mystified look on his face. This looks like the shot coming in. That
solves the problem. A little bit of movement, but early
days in this second set. A totally different tactic here. From Alex
this mat is way up the green. That was travelling very quickly. I
thought I heard a little drop there. Alex is just not quite settled
today. That is quite a big error. He had three metres to put that jack.
Les's family will possibly back at home. I am not sure if the girls are
back from school. Wife Sadie will be keeping an eye on her man. He is
doing well. They will be very proud of him at the moment. He is playing
good bowls. He is finding this long length really well. That is why Alex
brought the match up. But he put the jack in the ditch and it goes back
to Les's favourite length. That was a dive inside. That will
not be the shot, but it will not make it easy for Alex either.
Well, that will look inviting for less. -- inviting for Les. He has to
get it absolutely plumb. It is certainly worth a controlled weight
shot. That is not bad. That was a nice
weight. Yes, hit the target, good result. When you hit the target you
feel you deserve a result. Les got that. It would be very easy to just
thrash at that, but he played it very well.
Excellent bowl. It was good once it past the red one. Very good when it
approached the ditch. That will not be easy to beat. Certainly not. It
can only be beaten really on the draw. There is not a clear path to
see the bowl. Maybe he can see something that we can't. I think it
is the new tactic today. Just slow it down. He is definitely reaching.
Well, there was no point in being short. He could have got an edge or
something. So, Alex Marshall for the first time in the two sets takes a
lead. It is only by one shot. Now, can Alex get the length of jack that
he needs. That looks like 24, 24.5. 25 metres.
There you go. He will be happy with that. Anything between 23 and 25
would have been the target. Problems, Alex. He is talking away
to himself. He will have his own ways to motivate himself to get
going. He is not playing a bad game. It is just that Les has been the
better player. He is really playing solid.
The body language normally tells you if it is a good or a bad bowl and he
does not like it. He knew out of his hand that that
was not right. Les Gillett has got another chance. Alex will be playing
the recovery bowl on the third one. That is good. There is the distance
between them as well, so driving the two bowls is not guaranteed.
He is in trouble here. He certainly is now. He will be in trouble after
Les's next bowl, he will probably be three down. He is shaking his head.
He knows that he has not quite found it today.
That is number three. That is an lucky, Les. Damage on occasion,
Andy. If he catches the middle one, all three red bowls will go out. Can
he tempt Alex into drawing this? I think he will drive this on the
forehand. The nearest bowl to the jack, if he catches that, the chance
is he will take the other two out. There is a bowl at the bottom of
your picture and one at the top. They are probably pretty
equidistant. The only other alternative is to draw either side,
but he has had three goes. The chances are if he removes all three
bowls, Les will probably draw the shot with the final delivery, but he
is three shots down. It must be the drive. It is more about percentages.
A bad connection. It was a bad connection. One bowls baying in was
probably reasonably predictable. He caught it on the angle. This is a
chance for Les to pick up three. He played it with less weight than I
expected. It looks like he will lose three.
Oh, Les! Has he sent this too far? I have seen him doing this before, I
have seen him slapping his live. I am just starting to think about his
slowness and his deliberation. Is he trying to slow the game down to
upset the opposition? Is he trying to do that? He is not really slowing
it down because he is getting to 15 seconds. He is being more
deliberate, but I think that is to help his game. It probably is. I do
not think he is too concerned about what Alex does. He knows what Alex
is capable of. I think the way he is playing, he has decided he is going
to be very deliberate in everything he does. He is not letting the shot
clock run down to ten seconds or five seconds. He is just making sure
every bowl has value. Again, in singles play, every bowl has got to
count. That was a bit on the short side by
his standards. Alex really has to try to take advantage.
There we go. An opportunity for Alex. He has taken it this time.
Good bowl, Les. He has opened that up and he has got a good second. He
was probably 18 inches through. He has given himself a really good
chance. Alex needs another good one here.
It is just a draw for Les. I think the same bowl as his last. I agree,
just a draw. A little tap on his own bowl would
be very useful. Yes. REFEREE: One red. One red? That was a very strong
call. Les is surprised. He has got good facial expressions. That is
good. He is good value. He is very good value on and off the green. I
enjoy his company. He can be very funny at times.
Again Alex was rushed into playing that bowl. When you think about Les
Gillett, you are going back 20 years when he won the International open
and he beat a lot of people in the qualifiers in Blackpool. I remember
it well. Every time I forget, Les will remind me because he beat me.
We still have a laugh about it. He came through the qualifiers and all
the way through to win it, so he has been around in the top level for a
long time. He has always been a very good drawing player.
That might tempt Alex. I think Alex has been tempted like this before. A
confident Alex Marshall would be playing just a draw. If he plays for
the runner and get that, there is the front plant handed. That is
coming straight in on the jack. Is he confident enough to draw that
shot at the moment? Probably not. The other alternative is to play the
forehand if he really wants it. This will give you an indication as to
how confident Alex is. I confident Alex Marshall would be drawing this.
Yes, he would be, it will be interesting to see what his choice
of shot is. Yes, he is going for it. His head is down, which means he is
under. He has definitely not got the shot. He is either one or two down.
I love the way you say that, Andy. You are on the rink and you cannot
tell. 15 feet. And 18 inches from the
monitor. The second one could be interesting. He realised that bowl
was going to go across the head and he was going to lose one. It would
be a bad result to lose two. REFEREE: One red and a measure.
I think Alex will be happy here if he just loses one. He is having a
really good look at this. Normally he does not bother. Normally he
wanders around, but he is conscious of the fact that this game is not
going the way he wanted it to. Only one. It will be relieved Alex
Marshall that it was just a single. He missed his target, so he will be
very relieved. He was one down anyway. Even at 5-2 and three shots
in front, there is plenty of time. But if I was going into the end
three shots in front, I would still not bet on winning it. That is the
problem with playing against Alex and the same with Nicky and all the
guys at the top level. You cannot assume anything. A lot of the
players are capable of scoring and playing a big bowl. But Les Gillett
is just playing so solid here. Will there be three or a four opportunity
available to him? He should think about four singles. Yes, he will be
happy with that at the moment. That will do the job. At the moment Les
will keep on doing what he has been doing if he can. Getting good bowls
in. He is under the line with this one,
I think. Tapping the Red Bull is not going to make any difference. It was
a good first bowl. There is a temptation for Les to play his
forehand. It is difficult to finish on the
centre line. Three good bowls from Les, but one for Macs. -- maximum.
He is going to get inside and that is where he wants to be. That was a
really good bowl by Alex Marshall. That was very vulnerable and Les
could have played it out with anyone he wanted. Two greens and a very
tight head. But Les cannot afford to be very short with this. I think it
will still be the drop. He does not need to be running at the jack. It
is getting in between that and making sure you are reaching. He is
playing the running bowl. I cannot believe, it was a lovely conversion
shot, but you know what it is like. You put a yard on that and it sails
past. Probably an easier way to play the shot. With the jack in the ditch
he would probably lose a single. He is more or less saying if you want a
double, you will have to play another good bowl.
He doesn't like leaving him that much room, but I can understand it.
REFEREE: 1-shot, Alex Marshall. I think Les has played the right bowls
at the right time. Thinking about the big drives to take all the
danger away at the right moment. Three rounds to go and he is two
shots in front. Alex has thrown a better jack this time.
Once again, the mat is up and it is a short jack leg. That is not bad.
Once again Les is in first. That is a good picture of how far
the mat is up the rink. I think it is still one red. Yes, he
branched off that. I think the red is just in. That will not help him,
he has to move. Look at the kick. He got it perfect,
absolutely brilliant. To his advantage it's just kicked inside. I
think this will be an attacking bowl from Alex. Jack in the ditch.
He is under, but he has moved it out to the re-spot position. He will not
be too sad about that. The only thing is, Les has got two bowls to
his one. He really is in the driving seat. That was a funny little kick.
It happens occasionally, but my goodness, it made a big difference.
How close is that? Very. This is a massive risk for Alex Marshall. He
cannot afford to play a runner. The position is against him. There is a
touch in the ditch. He must draw this. A good choice of shot.
He should be safe enough for number two. But it is a yard away. What a
chance for Les to score a double. I would not be tempted to change. The
same bowl again. a a a I think he was a bit heavy.
Just dropped in. You don't believe me. I knew it was heavy. I believe
that is 7-3 with two ends to go. I have disabled, Les Gillett has
played exceptional balls in this match, but can he keep it going for
two more ends? -- I have two say. He is quite a composed character. He
needs just one more good end to force themselves into the
quarterfinal. The thing about the ends one is that he has kept Alex
Marshall two singles the whole way through the match. Seven singles,
Alex Marshall, at Potters. Yes. The experts will be telling us that he's
probably never, ever done that before. He's probably in every
single match scored at least more than one in an end in a match. Why
did you say that? You know what I will be doing later and now, don't
you? Yes, you will tell me the answer tomorrow. Thank you for that.
The head down. Don't be fooled by that. It could mean anything. It
needs to run though. It is a bit on the short side. In the standard of
this game, that's not going to be close enough. He knows that. Not a
bad start but he would prefer it to be behind the head. Alex's target
here must be a minimum of two. Absolute minimum. He probably needs
83. Good opener. Well, Les, argues starting to think
about the winning post at the moment?
This is where the tough really do get going. Yes, that's too perfect
opening bowls from Alex. Probably his best to bowls of the match.
Well, Les, it is still a draw. I don't think you should be running at
this at the moment. He doesn't want to be looking at a fall. Even two
shots. It is a big ask at an end to get a four. He needs to run with
that. Oh, Leslie, what are you doing? This is your worst ends of
the match and you really need this. I don't think Les will be looking
forward to this final delivery. He will be three down. On his own, jack
length. Is he going to leave that wide? He is. There is no easy draw
and the yard and shot is no good, really. Well, not the shot that he
would probably excel at is the running ball and he's going to have
to play it now. If he gets... He needs to connect a green ball,
simple as that. Massive pressure with this, massive. He knows that if
he gets this right, he is home in a boat, but if he misses, goodness me.
I think he has pulled it. Will he take many out? He has taken one out.
That will help. He won't lose a three. But that was a nervy one. I
think Les slightly prefers the backhand. That's why he chose it. As
you say, a big chance for Alex to score a third and he needs it as
well. You wouldn't put it past Alex to
score a free here. Every other ends a single. Will it stop in time?
Three shots, Alex Marshall. Three shots, no more, and Alex Marshall is
suddenly right back in this match. 7-6 and he needs a double to force a
tie-break. Oh, this is a tricky one. Les Gillett will be thinking, why
have I played my worst ends of the game? It is never a given. To be
fair to Alex, he played for really excellent bowls. He needs another
one. Not taking the risk on a short jack length. I think he knows that
if he lays a good opener, there is a lot of pressure on Les Gillett. Not
bad. Not close enough though, I don't think.
Well, Les, that is full balls in a row which had been a bit of a
struggle. He can't see the finish line too early. A lot of people have
done that in the past and fallen at the last hurdle. I think Alex will
be disappointed with that. It has fallen short. Two feet but you won't
be worried about that. You won't go anywhere near it.
He was confused by his previous delivery. Thought it was better.
Every ball is massive for Les Gillett now. Every single ball. This
needs to hurry. That is good enough. Alex will follow that and try to
touch the jack for a double. That's all he needs. There is only one
thing in Les's mind now and that is please, Alex, miss this.
Just a forehand draw from Alex. Any movement of the Jack Wood scored
two. The line's good. Yes, he's pretty close and he's got the
weight. He's just holding out. Oh, that straightened out, didn't it? He
thought he was underlying, the ball just seemed to hold out. It looked
good to us. I thought it was good, identify about you. He is shaking
his head there. He thought he was on the line. We have a good idea of
where the balls are coming in. Now he is in trouble. Well, he is and he
isn't. It is a match lie against him but there is only one bowl in there
at the moment and he has still got the Trail shot, he has still got the
removal of the red bowl for two. That is what he needs. Les will have
two draw this. He has no choice but to follow on from his last bowl.
Even if he drags the Jack towards the green one, that is good enough.
He doesn't mind giving be shot away, as long as he has got a real, real
good second. That is what would be in my mind. As I say, we got a good
idea of lines. Now, Alex, rest the board of forehand? I think he will
play a bit of weight now. The thing for Alex is, Les's last ball has
hampered him. He would have wanted the opportunity to hamper him. I
think that was a nervous bowl and he let it go. If anything, he should
have been behind the head to allow the drive shot to get out of
trouble. In recent years, this is Leslie's biggest game. Alex looking
at the angles here. Diane had seen it all before. And even if he loses,
she will still be smiling. If I were Alex, I would have played this with
weight. I don't think he's got confidence that he will be able to
draw this. It will certainly be a yard or so at the very most.
Well, no better man for the big bowl. He is under. He is definitely
under. He needs a massive result here. Les will take the single.
Well, the six times world champion goes out to Les Gillett and I have
decided on Les Gillett was good value for that match. He really
played exceptionally well. Les was very good. I think that's where he
won the game. Alex probably wasn't at his best but well played to Les
Gillett, three to the quarterfinals. A brilliant performance by Les
Gillett. He moves into the quarterfinal and didn't he play well
doing it? Both players coming and, both feeling quite confident, but it
was Les Gillett who got out of the traps so quickly, playing brilliant
draw bowls, and after end after end. And quite often playing with three
or four balls in the head as well to keep things going for himself. Alex
Marshall kicking bowls away because he added another big count for three
and all over it again for a double count in the second set. Alex
Marshall in for three on the eighth ends. Gave him a real chance on the
last but the running bowl took its own bowl out, didn't make any
difference, Les Gillett takes the end and the match. Played very well.
So, ends one, you can see Les Gillett ten over eight. Only four
shots between them in the match. It was without a doubt a very, very
good performance. Les Gillett, those first balls -- first bowls were the
key. We can chat to both players now.
Alex, you have had great moment and this wrinkle. How would you describe
today? I feel I played OK. I played some good ends and some bad ends,
but the first set, I thought I played pretty well. Les nicked it.
The second set, I had chances, and I played a bad end, dropping short
against Les but full credit to him, he was brilliant today. He was
indeed. Congratulations to Les Gillett. How would you describe the
way this week is going for you? It is all right at the moment.
Obviously we are in the pairs, gave me a great beast, and when I saw I
had Alex in the single, I knew I had to give it my all and fully focused.
You are not six times world champion for no reason. I prepared myself
really, really well, concentrated every single bowl, nearly blew it at
the end when I almost dropped a four, but like Alex said, he played
some really good stuff and I played some good runners when he played
some short jack. Really pleased to go through and we will see what
happens now. All the experts chat about how well you have played all
week. How much did winning the pairs help you today? Massive. Obviously I
lead for Jason in the pairs and you concentrate and roaring. You haven't
got to play any conversion shot. But my drawing has been really good. The
length has played a few times in this game. I have been playing
filler lengths and my bowls sought -- suit the greens better and filler
lengths. It is great so far. Hopefully I can continue. Keep it
going. Congratulations. Commiserations to you. Let's see how
the draw looks for the second round. We have got a bit of time on our
hands though we will show you what happened in the earlier match today
between David Gourlay and Neil Furman. David Gourlay was in control
as we going into the second. Can't ask for much better than that.
He has gone early. He could potentially close the set
out. Either that or just put one to the side, making sure that if the
two balls do disappear, he still lies the shot.
Problem for Neil Furman. He knows he has to the bowls. Yes, that was
always going to be difficult. The problem with the draw, if he misses,
the bowl Mac's of the green. If he draws another shot, this match will
be over. I think he will look to get inside the green on the backhand. He
will want to get off as quickly as possible. He is looking good. That
is a narrow life. One bowl left. This needs to be a contact. If he
misses the contact, this will be shaking hands. He will do well to
get anything out of this. He is close to something. Well, I
think he may have managed to get a single out of this. A good strike.
Umpire, please. Call the umpire and that was a really good results. I
really couldn't see him getting anything out of that, to be honest.
It was a perfect strike, I have to say, but you had no idea where the
Jack was going to go. Saves the match.
The boys just discussing about how the bowls were lying. It looks like
one to read. One shot, David Gurley.
Mathematically, it is possible for Neil Furman to win the set. Highly
unlikely, but I think David Gourlay will be happy enough to take the
end. Neil Furman needs a fall. So, taking again.
He hasn't played as well in the second set. No, he hasn't. That was
the disappointing section for Neal, to be honest. He will never give up,
he will fight to the end. Like you say, picking a four and a three up
against players of David's quality doesn't often happen.
The match going about an hour and 20 minutes. That's about right.
We always say that two sets could normally be about 90 minutes. And
the nine ends, that is, of course. Doesn't always go to the full nine
ends. It's going away quick. Needs
contact. Looking to split the two greens.
He is looking for that funny weight. He may as well go big. He could be
looking at the three or four. No, it is under. Close to the other red
bow. Well, actually creates an opportunity, strangely enough.
That is not bad, not bad, actually. I think the best he can do, really,
is a three. Ditch pace. Just the underside of the jack, trying to get
past the centre of the rink. Time out called. Neal has one time-out
remaining. Looking to see where he can actually put it and it's very
difficult. You need to get the jack back into this position to make up
three or four. How he is going to get it there will be very difficult.
I think he might even go quicker. He is close to the Jack. The
underside of it. I'm lucky. I have to say, that is probably a fair
reflection. David Gourlay played very well in that second set. He
did, he dominated. A fair reflection on the game, as you say. David
Gourlay brew, 2-0. And yet another high-class player
finds himself in the quarterfinals. This is the line-up:
looking at that line-up, that is high-quality from top to bottom.
There is not one weak link in that list. No, there is no weak link and
Les Gillett was one of the lower seeded players but my goodness me,
did he play well? He said that the confidence he got out of the pairs
has really helped him in that match today. He played well in the pairs,
there is no doubt about that, but I think his first two bowls, as we
mentioned, if you can get the first to bowls in, you can beat pretty
much anyone and that is as good as I have seen Les played. What about
Alex Marshall? How did he play? I think he played well. There was no
problem. It's just that Les played really well. The first set could
easily have been drawn. Once the first set went, you were thinking,
can Alex get back? What impressed me the most was that Les Gillett was
keeping Alex down to single shots all the way down to the eighth end
of the second set. Have you got a pic for the tournament, who will win
it, or are you still going to wait? I will wait certainly until tomorrow
at least. Nick Brett was playing very well but he has just got over
the line. Thank you very much, for the moment. Let me remind you of
what is coming up your way and the BBC sport website and the BBC sport
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