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Ladies' Singles Final

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

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most remarkable week here at Potters Resort, we have seen some stunning

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bowls on the blue Rink and the promise of more to come this

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afternoon. Draw ring for the match. He is there. I thought he was

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dropping short but he managed to get there. This is very difficult.

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Brilliant. Going for it. He is under. It is

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gone. He has contested right to the last ball in this match. To retain

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the title would be a dream come true and it would be tremendous if I

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could do it, but we will take it one end at a time and look forward to

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the game. Another trophy of the line in the

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finals of the ladies singles match, Ellen Falkner and Katherine Rednall

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in an old England clash, and don't forget we have got round to open

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singles clash between Les Gillett, who has won a tribute this week,

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against the six time singles champion Alex Marshall. This is how

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the second round of the singles has shaped up so far...

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Jamie Chestney, a talented youngster, number 14 seed, he is

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also into the last eight. David Corkill is alongside me. It is worth

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reflecting first of all on Charlie Benson's performance yesterday? How

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was he yesterday? He was in great form, he lives life to the maximum,

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came over that heart attack a few years ago and every day is a bonus.

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A hard act to follow for the ladies singles final, everyday has produced

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outstanding bowls, the first day with the pairs final, the mixed as

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final on Tuesday, and yesterday. A difficult ask for Ellen Falkner and

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Catherine today. The way these two players are playing, if they play

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anywhere near what they are capable of, we are in for a treat. And your

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thoughts on Les Gillett against Alex Marshall this afternoon? I'm sure

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Les will be bouncing with confidence after winning a trophy? Not only

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that, you played well. Les wanted to get through the first round into the

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second round, you knew he would play a top seed and the best players are

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in the top three, playing Alex Marshall he will be the underdog and

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Les likes to be the underdog. At the start of the day there were still

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three matches in the singles second round still to take place and this

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morning was between David Gourlay and Neil Furman.

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In six previous appearances at Potters, Furman had never got past

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the second round. Gourlay wonders in 1996 in Preston but since it has

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been played here he has only made it to the final wants, losing to Alex

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Marshall in 1999. 56-year-old firm and took the first two with a double

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and a single before Gourlay got off the mark in the third when he picked

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up this triple to level the scores. The Scot produced some fine draw

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shot is to build up a 7-4 lead before displaying the strength of

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his game in the seventh end. This is helping him snatch a vital single.

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He took a three shot lead into the last end, turned the screw with this

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exquisite bird, which was good enough to take the set 9-5. Born in

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Pretoria but representing the USA, Furman plays in San Diego. He had

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beaten Jason Greenslade in the first round but was struggling to get a

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foothold in this. This drive in the second not going his way. Furman

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trailed by six going into the eighth end and was left with an impossible

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shot to save the match. So the fifth seed David Gourlay is through to the

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quarterfinals but he will meet Craig Carmen. Let's take a look at how

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some of the quarterfinal matches are looking...

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We are still awaiting the result of two matches. Now, the final of the

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ladies singles, Ellen Falkner bidding to win the title for a

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record fourth time against Katherine Rednall, appearing in the singles

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final for the first time in four years. Let's hear from both players.

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You will find the auditorium will fill quickly for this one. It was a

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hard-fought game, absolutely delighted to get the win.

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To retain the title would be a dream, we will take it one game at a

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time. I am as passionate, committed, and hungry as ever. I don't tend to

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get too nervous before a game. I don't really feel it, but there are

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always some first minute nerves when you go on there and it takes a

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couple of ends to settle into the cameras and the crowd and the heat

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and things like that. I have played Alan quite a lot recently, in the

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pairs and champion of champions last year, I have a fairly good record

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against her but she has an all-round game so it will be a close one, I

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think. I think I have got to go in and take it as it comes, no two

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games have been the same on the carpet this year, so just play the

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Lexus I'm happy with, I haven't got a game plan, just take it as I find

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it. Being in the final before gives you that feeling of, been there,

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done it, and trying to win it a second time is always harder than

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winning it the first time. I came in the first time with nothing to lose

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and suddenly I'm going into it trying to win it for the second time

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so there is always added pressure. What a match this is, Ellen Falkner

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has already won three times, she is also a Commonwealth Games gold

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medallist. Her opponent, Katherine Rednall, at the age of 21, is in the

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final for the third time in just four years. When she was just 18 she

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became the youngest winner of the ladies World Matchplay back in 2014.

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Someone else who has been champion here at Potters in the ladies match

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play is Karen Murphy. Before we talk about the final, happy Australia

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Day. Thank you very much! Let's talk about Ellen, we spoke about her

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yesterday and highlighted some of her talent. How do you think she

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will be feeling ahead of what could be a record-breaking match? She will

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be fine, it will not rattle her playing in the final, she has done

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it before, would it a couple of times before, she is a stall ward of

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English bowls and mental toughness is her key. Her opponent became the

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youngest player to win this at the age of 18, she had that carefree

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abandon in those days, does she still have that? I think she does, I

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don't think much rattles her, I am expecting a top-level game for sure.

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We are looking forward to hearing you commentated, and you can go and

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join David Corkill. MC: It is hard to believe this deal

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is 21-year-old made her debut appearance only three years ago and

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went on to win this very title. A former runner-up and 2014 ladies

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World Matchplay champion, give it up for Katherine Rednall.

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APPLAUSE. Katherine takes on one of the games

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most respected players. Going for a record fourth title, the defending

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ladies World Matchplay champion, Ellen Falkner!

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APPLAUSE. Both of these players should feel at

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home on the blue rink here at Potters. We will head to the

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commentary box, where Karen is alongside Corky.

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DAVID CORKILL: Thank you. Both players playing well, both have had

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fairly tough matches coming through. Well up for the challenge. It will

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be the attacking, tactical play against the perfect roaring, so I

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expect Katherine Rednall, and Ellen Falkner, international skip,

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Katherine Rednall can play the weight shot but there is a

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difference in experience, it is just a matter of whether it will come to

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bear. Yes, shaping up to be a fantastic final. Ellen Falkner has

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been there and done it many times over and the young up and coming

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Katherine Rednall, she is peerless. Yes, the joy of use, no doubt about

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that. Very young, but vastly experienced, so many opportunities

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to play on the rink, she knows it very well.

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Always had that lovely smooth, no delivery, Ellen Falkner. She is 37,

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relatively young in real terms but in terms of experience, goodness me,

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it is almost like a lifetime. Ellen changing to her backhand,

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looking for at least a second shot here. She played it well. Against

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Clare Johnson, that was a tough game. Janice Gower, another tough

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game. A very limited field, only eight players, but we are usually in

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a situation of bringing together immense quality. I thought Katherine

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would have been reaching the red ball at the very least. I think that

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game against Janice Gower, she probably had enough left in the tank

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to win. I spoke to her last night, she said she can play a bit better

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than that, hopefully bring that today. Yes, she definitely have

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another few years left in her, no doubt about that. She spoke to me

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last night about a couple of things she wasn't sure about regarding her

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tactics, which we had discussed during commentary. She identified

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them. She just wasn't too sure but took a bit of a risk at the time. It

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is always good to learn from those things, speak to people like

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yourself to get some gauges on tactics. Well, we are all learning,

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it never stops. Oh, yes, she will take that. Great result. I wasn't

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sure if that was going to get the edge or not, but just enough. Red

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ball ran through nicely after it. Tidy little conversion shot. Just

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the one. I don't think either player will be too disturbed about that,

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one shot is always OK. Katherine Rednall said many times, a

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young player. She was in primary school when she first won a title. I

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always like to throw things like that in occasionally. Rebecca Field

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the other day, that was a great game. It was a fantastic match

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against a previous champion, Rebecca Field, in the first round. It has a

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tendency to build you up nicely and she took that through to the next

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match against Amy Stanton as well. Played some very good balls in that

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one. She has got better and better as the event has progressed.

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I wonder, did Katherine actually watch the match, coming back from

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school, with her little satchel on her back? 2005 was the first time

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she won it. Two good bowls from Ellen Falkner. Came around that

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absolutely clean. Worth reaching with this one. Definitely on a more

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narrow line, extra weight, will it come back? I don't think so. Right

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idea, but it is a hard wait to play. Just hold off a bit on that hand.

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Good positional bowl. Almost worth going heavier, because the front

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green ball keeps her off her own ball, that protects it. I wonder if

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Ellen Falkner will try to tidy this up now. Holds two really good shots,

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tiny movement of the Jack would be perfect. This will possibly

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protected. Yes, it has. Turned out to be a good blogger. She probably

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wanted to be short, not sure she wanted to be that short.

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The problem for playing that sort of shot is that you must not drop

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short. It was a good effort, just couldn't afford to end up short. Not

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an easy shot but were to take the chance to touch the jack for a

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three. -- worth the effort to take the chance. Not sure she is

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reaching. Again, so short, I don't think she was even trying. First

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School, 2-1 after two ends. As always, ladies singles creating a

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big crowd cover a very special supporter in there for Ellen

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Falkner, Chris, a good player in his own right. I spoke to Chris before

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the game, I think he is more nervous than Ellen is! There is a lot going

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on, like with all players, but the idea is not to show it to your

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opponent. This will be the intriguing thing

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for me in this much, if Ellen can beat Katherine to the jack, that is

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when it will come in. She has a great conversion game, a great

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attacking game as well and they agree, if she can beat Katherine to

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the jack she certainly has that extra feather in her beau being able

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to attack well as well if she does get in trouble. Good stuff from both

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players. There is Katherine's mother and

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grandmother in the stands as well, a lot of family support. Dad John not

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here. He has to work sometimes. What I like about both of these

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players as well is that it is indoor and outdoor, they are not just one

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discipline, they are both. Ellen's record outdoor is immense. But

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Katherine is making a name. Yes, they both play in the same outdoor

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international rink, Ellen skips that rink so they certainly know each

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other well. 32nd time clock is still in

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operation, of course. -- 30 second clock. Two sets of 11, plenty of

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ends to sort out a winner. Good ball. Good effort. Confident call of

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one red, that will keep Katherine on the draw shot.

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One shot, Katherine Rednall. Score, 2-2 after three ends.

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Fantastic crowd here today at Potters, hardly a seat spare. Never

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ceases to amaze me. I played here nearly 20 years ago and it was the

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same, just superb crowds. It is good, just needs to come

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around it. Quite like that wait, actually, because that is arriving

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to the ball to push it in, bring the jackfruit. -- bring the jack

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through. Nice Big Bend of that forehand back

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to the commentary box, Katherine Rednall played it very well there.

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You touch the jack and it moves very, very quickly. Still, a very

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good ball. Yes, very good bowl there from Ellen Falkner, not giving

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Katherine Rednall a lot of room to add another one. And that is with

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the heavyweight jacks, can you imagine what it would be like with

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the standard outdoor ones? Did cause a lot of problems in New Zealand for

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the World Championships at the end of last year with the standard

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weight jacks, they were all over the place.

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Not much on here. Interesting to see if she plays this on the forehand. I

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think I would, and the reason why is if you drop back on the green you

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can move the jack up the rink. Backhand, you are crunching the jack

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against the green bowl. She is probably thinking one down is not

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too bad at the moment if she fails here. It was always going to be a

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hard shot to get to. The portable rink, if you drop back with a bit of

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weight, it moves back, it is a strange shot. Score, 3-2 after four

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ends. Jack Poulenc, 26.5 metres. -- Jack

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length. That is a nice start from Katherine

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Rednall. The links of the jack is a fraction longer than the girls have

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been playing. -- the length. They will both know this rink so well.

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Last ball, the gap is 3.5 inches. Winning the title is very important,

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but playing well, to the players, is the key to it. They don't want to

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lose playing badly. They want to force their opponent to win the

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event, play well against them. Last bowl, 12 inches past Jack

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height. At this level, these players are capable of all the shops and

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that is really attractive because an awful lot of bowls, certainly at

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domestic level is, not a lot of conversion shots played. Get up

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clean, it is fine. That is OK. Got it out into the open little bit

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that better than your opponent. A chance to consolidate it, the

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close ball in. She will have to start thinking about saving shots,

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rather than scoring them. Looks to be good with this one. It

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is good enough. A chance with this, leads the ball

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first on the inside edge and got it. Good bowl, good weight. Slightly

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favour your Red Bull. -- read ball. A courageous shout, a good one,

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Alan, we love that. Just missing the line. A good look

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at this, that was a good ball by Catherine Mack, made sure she was

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reaching the ball, turning the jack. It was a positive shot, not the time

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to be negative when the ball is jack high. It is not about pretty bowls,

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but it is about effective balls. I liken it to putting in golf, don't

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get it a chance to get to the hole and you will not think the shot. The

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same applies to bowls, given the chance. -- you will not sink the

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shot. I enjoy golf. Just to watch it.

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Listen to my wife's stories when she comes off the course. I play a bit

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of golf, not as much as I would like. That is the problem, if I was

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to play it, I would want to play it well. Busy spending hours down on my

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little course in the village I live in. Long green. It favoured the

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green. It did. I think we should always remember

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that when you are taking any advice from the marker, it is only an

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opinion, no more. You have to make up your own mind.

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The edge would be helpful. Good bowl. 11 ends today instead of nine,

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a little longer game. Those two extra ends make a bit of a

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difference. It does definitely without a doubt. If there is a risky

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shot to be played, it could go wrong and you play it, if it goes pear

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shaped, you have more time to recover. That is right, taking your

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risk earlier is better than later. The jack is crunching against the

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balls. Really good start, this one, from Katherine Rednall and plenty of

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time outs available in this match. Wise for Faulkner to come up and

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take a little walk. It is hard to slow the game down but use your time

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outs accordingly to try to do that at key moments.

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Good effort. It was won because she was trying to move the red ball. She

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would have to be very fortunate to get the jack moved to a red one. I

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agree when you say it is very difficult to control the tempo with

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the shot clock. With this game. Letting the shot clock ran down to a

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few seconds and then calling time out, certainly gives you that little

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bit more time. Has to be careful. That was the only way out, I was

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just about to use my little magic pen, to say it was the only chance

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to get the inside edge. Katherine, the last thing you want to do is

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give it away with your last ball. Doesn't need to hear it from us. She

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knows! I don't think Ellen Falkner will be trying too hard with this

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one. Definitely not. Good practice shot, pushes it out wide and letting

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it drift back. Those things are a real test of your

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mental toughness because you just need to let it go, it is done, you

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can't change it, get on with the next end. Not a disaster by any

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means, but shouldn't disturb her too much. Should be lying in the shot

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and giving away three or four, that would be a whole lot different. That

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could easily have a major impact. Long jack length. Big, swinging

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forehand, playing off the high line, letting the ball do the work.

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Certainly won't be expecting Katherine...

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Certainly this is a low scoring game. Seven shots in six ends, an

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indication of how tight this game is.

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Good follow-up. Really good follow-up. Excellent. The hair falls

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all over Katherine's face. It clearly doesn't worry her. Not at

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all. Not in the least. Certainly doesn't make any difference to her

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ability to play bowls either. I can just imagine a lot of people at home

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saying, get that hair out of your eyes! That was a sort of in between

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situation, making sure you were arriving but not going through.

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Damage limitation shot on if she wants it. Go for the bowl or jack,

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take one away and you get the jack through and the most you are going

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to lose is possibly one. It will be hard to draw, whichever way you look

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at it. She is on a draw line. Everything now has to be right about

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this or it will be a disaster. I am not sure about that shot, purely on

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the basis that Ellen Falkner is such a good shot player. She could have

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taken her own bowl but in reality, it is locked in. I think it was

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probably worth having a go at that one. Making contact on her own bowl,

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the green bowl will pop out, the jack back was very good. The

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shoulder and green ball was coming off as well so the angles were good

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as well. High percentage shot. The draw shot in the forehand going down

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towards the commentary box, to draw... Is tough. Katherine Rednall,

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not an easy third shot to get. I don't think she will be too anxious

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by the looks of it. I think when we chalk up the little

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holes, with the plastic chalks, they make sure the ball doesn't move in

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any way, I think it is two shots. The rings suggest it was two.

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Four rounds to go. There is a break appearing, 6-3.

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I think if Katherine Rednall could win this next end, she would put a

:43:50.:44:04.

real stamp on this next set. At some stage, Ellen Falkner will have to be

:44:05.:44:08.

aggressive and start using her tactical experience. One of the best

:44:09.:44:19.

in the business when it comes to attacking. Play to your strengths.

:44:20.:44:40.

First ball just a little bit short, the next ball has to push on and

:44:41.:44:48.

that is the key to it. A few feet even is good. That is a beauty

:44:49.:44:53.

there. It creates a problem for Ellen Falkner, she needs... Every

:44:54.:44:58.

second ball is under pressure. She is in trouble after this one.

:44:59.:45:09.

About two inches short of jack height. The longer jack length, this

:45:10.:45:19.

forehand. It is actually quite kind, it will dip back at the end of its

:45:20.:45:25.

travels. Anything past her previous one, will be very good, she wants to

:45:26.:45:35.

miss it. She can't afford to be short this time. Will Ellen Falkner

:45:36.:45:40.

play an attacking shot here? Looks to be shaping up to draw. Correction

:45:41.:45:55.

needed on line and weight. See how she goes. It will break back. Really

:45:56.:46:02.

not sure about that, with three down, it was worth coming down the

:46:03.:46:05.

centre line and let the ball dip inside. Take something away. Back

:46:06.:46:13.

position is all red soap Katherine will go deep with this, unless she

:46:14.:46:18.

is feeling very courageous. Doesn't want to leave a shoulder for Ellen

:46:19.:46:19.

Falkner. The cover bowl. Good from Katherine

:46:20.:46:44.

Rednall. It is tempting just to run the jack two feet but two feet of

:46:45.:46:51.

running is difficult. It is down to personal choice. Run the bowls, take

:46:52.:47:01.

a couple off, drag the jack foot Fleet for -- drag the jack for

:47:02.:47:10.

three. She wants to dip inside the jack, not wide. GROANS FROM CROWD

:47:11.:47:28.

Played the right shot, Ellen Falkner, she may have wanted to play

:47:29.:47:34.

that shot on her third bowl, perhaps. I think so.

:47:35.:47:42.

The advantage of playing it with her third bowl, it first double sends a

:47:43.:47:51.

message to your opposition. She wasn't going to be any worse off

:47:52.:47:57.

than three but also, it might take two goes to get it right. Make your

:47:58.:48:03.

opponent waste one round the back as well, if you indicate you will drive

:48:04.:48:07.

with your third bowl, you have an extra bowl to recover with, your

:48:08.:48:08.

fourth bowl. Jack high. I think Ellen Falkner

:48:09.:48:24.

needs to put some pressure on Katherine with the first bowl, try

:48:25.:48:29.

to beat her to it. Katherine's first bowl is very good. But little mini

:48:30.:48:35.

battle of the first two bowls, all in favour of the younger player.

:48:36.:48:39.

She's used to drawing to the jack. Her father is arguably one of the

:48:40.:48:57.

best leads England has ever produced. He knows the value of

:48:58.:49:04.

being able to get close to the jack. In the first two goes. -- bowls.

:49:05.:49:17.

Ellen Falkner is on a better line with the second bowl here. It is a

:49:18.:49:27.

good shot. Nicky Brett just relaxing with Jim Chestney, international

:49:28.:49:32.

colleagues. Go on with the third bowl this time.

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Finding the gap. GROANS FROM CROWD Again, wrong side of the jack. But I

:50:06.:50:13.

think the right shot to play, I would have played that. And the

:50:14.:50:17.

right time as well. I think she was reflecting back on the last end and

:50:18.:50:22.

realised she should have played it with her third bowl. Now she has an

:50:23.:50:29.

opportunity to correct it. Bowling out of trouble but this set is

:50:30.:50:33.

sliding away. This young lady definitely has control of the match.

:50:34.:50:48.

That is a good shot from Katherine Rednall. Four green. Set lie.

:50:49.:51:08.

Better this time. She got a solid and it is in the ditch.

:51:09.:51:21.

The question is, when the ditch is going to be the scoring shot, where

:51:22.:51:36.

is the other red one? There it is. Call for a rope, I think. Fine shot

:51:37.:51:42.

from Ellen Falkner, a lot of confidence, good hit. But again,

:51:43.:51:50.

requirement of going for the third bowl is important again. Miss that,

:51:51.:51:56.

correct it with the last one. It is making the last end so expensive.

:51:57.:52:05.

But she saved the set. Katherine Rednall is drawing so well at the

:52:06.:52:15.

moment. Ninth end is so critical. In an 11 end set. Very close.

:52:16.:52:33.

Just the one. They will want this match to go as long as possible.

:52:34.:52:46.

Ellen Falkner wanting to score at least one in this end, to force the

:52:47.:52:54.

last end. Anything more than that, it will put her in with a chance.

:52:55.:53:08.

At the moment, Ellen Falkner's husband is calm. If you looks calm,

:53:09.:53:21.

that is good! It is really tough, having your loved one out there,

:53:22.:53:26.

playing. I think you write every bowl and you get more nervous than

:53:27.:53:27.

the player, I think. Once again, Ellen Falkner just not

:53:28.:53:48.

getting close enough in the first delivery. And once again, Katherine

:53:49.:53:59.

Rednall is in there. She really needs to move up a couple of gears.

:54:00.:54:06.

I think it would be very... Ellen Falkner would be very awake

:54:07.:54:16.

Katherine Rednall is beating it to the jack. Second set, new ball game,

:54:17.:54:21.

different tactic, change of length. Go early. She is possibly in trouble

:54:22.:54:28.

with the second bowl. She needs to shake Katherine out of her rhythm.

:54:29.:54:32.

At the moment, she's getting a free run.

:54:33.:54:44.

She is tempted again here because the jack is framed with one bowl

:54:45.:54:51.

either side. Take a bowl out and run the jack through.

:54:52.:55:00.

That is better. It will go on the re-spot but that doesn't really

:55:01.:55:09.

matter. She is really sending a message to say, I am going to attack

:55:10.:55:15.

more. My goodness me, that will make it very difficult. The angle she hit

:55:16.:55:24.

it out, I thought that was a certainty to go off. But in the

:55:25.:55:34.

ditches, there are these prongs and the jack goes into them and is held.

:55:35.:55:38.

It is a good system although doesn't work all the time.

:55:39.:55:47.

They have to run a line down. There is a black line down the middle of

:55:48.:55:55.

the extremities of the ring Zelenay to run that on the flat and look

:55:56.:56:06.

down from the top. If any of the jack with Cutting, that is enough.

:56:07.:56:16.

Yes, it looks like it is. You can see the prongs just holding it and

:56:17.:56:20.

it is in. This will be very difficult to get

:56:21.:56:36.

at, even with the mat up. There is a bit of room.

:56:37.:56:50.

She will have two goes at it. It is still a distance away. She just

:56:51.:57:06.

needs to get just inside of the signage with good weight, that is

:57:07.:57:19.

the key. This is a better line. The weight is better as well. Really

:57:20.:57:29.

didn't need... Because she had the draw anyway, no matter what. This is

:57:30.:57:37.

a hard shot to draw. Very difficult. She certainly is wider than her

:57:38.:57:42.

first one but she needs the extra weight. Can she carry it? No, we

:57:43.:57:47.

will be going into the last end. Little bit surprised that back, I

:57:48.:58:01.

thought of anything she would have gone into the ditch. It was always

:58:02.:58:06.

swinging away and when that happens, swinging away from the ditch, it

:58:07.:58:11.

cooks two feet and is better for you. If you have two chances, it

:58:12.:58:18.

gives your first one a better chance to get to it. Two goes, missed a

:58:19.:58:24.

chance, she has been very good value. That is not going to make it,

:58:25.:58:30.

it'll be less than the minimum requirement of 23 metres. And that

:58:31.:58:35.

is a mistake. I can understand why she is looking for the minimum

:58:36.:58:41.

distance. If you want to guarantee that, bring the mat up. And play it

:58:42.:58:48.

at the other end. Three metres after the tee for the jack is in the ditch

:58:49.:58:58.

so you have that margin of error. Katherine going for her favourite

:58:59.:58:59.

line. Four shots. Nothing for short. It is

:59:00.:59:19.

OK if it is two inches, but it is not good if it is a metre away.

:59:20.:59:26.

Just on the edge, of being useful. Expect Katherine to get inside that

:59:27.:59:36.

certainly, the way she has been playing.

:59:37.:00:02.

Katherine just looking for another one roundabout. She has achieved

:00:03.:00:35.

that. She has knocked her own ball, though. That is absolutely crucial.

:00:36.:00:48.

That is a great result. Get to the green ball, fall back towards the

:00:49.:00:52.

jack... Oh, it is gone now. That is the end of the party. Just carried a

:00:53.:01:04.

balls up, -- carried the balls, no point in going any further. I can

:01:05.:01:09.

understand how wanting to make an adjustment. First set, Ted-5 to

:01:10.:01:19.

Katherine Rednall. Pretty reflective of the first set.

:01:20.:01:42.

The 24 metre Jack length was the interesting one for me. Nothing

:01:43.:01:53.

really dramatic climax. They have mostly been playing about

:01:54.:02:10.

the 26, 28 metre length. I think Alan is right to try to find that

:02:11.:02:16.

short jack length to shift Katherine of her rhythm. -- I think Ellen is

:02:17.:02:28.

right. If you had that every day, you would be a very happy bowler.

:02:29.:02:40.

Quality stuff. Do you think, in years gone by, when the rink was a

:02:41.:02:44.

fraction quicker, a lot more shorter lengths were played? I think so, it

:02:45.:02:49.

was a lot harder in respect, people like Alex Marshall were real

:02:50.:02:51.

specialist at that short jack length. Now, they do refer back to

:02:52.:02:57.

that, it is almost like a default setting for them, but they have been

:02:58.:03:10.

playing a lot more... Last ball, ten inches short of Jack Coyte. -- Jack

:03:11.:03:24.

height. Pretty tough call to get close. Especially if the player is

:03:25.:03:39.

playing with a tighter ball will stop -- playing with a tighter bowl.

:03:40.:03:52.

I always have a look at the opposition's ball to see what

:03:53.:04:04.

they're using. Played a match recently with a guy using vector VS.

:04:05.:04:20.

First end of the second set, Ellen Falkner is attacking. Yes, has to do

:04:21.:04:32.

that. OK, baby a little bit fortunate but that ball was there to

:04:33.:04:35.

be used. The important thing for her was that she decided to go early.

:04:36.:04:42.

She put her hand up apologetically to Katherine to say, sorry, not what

:04:43.:04:54.

I was going for, but got the result. There has to be a professionalism

:04:55.:04:57.

out there, you acknowledge your opponent with a good result.

:04:58.:05:14.

This is a big chance for Ellen Falkner, first end of the second

:05:15.:05:37.

set. It would be just the confidence she needs to take into the second

:05:38.:05:38.

set. Good opportunity for the extra shot,

:05:39.:05:56.

doesn't want the jack, leave the jacks, that is what she has done.

:05:57.:06:09.

That was a very good change there. That is the advantage of just

:06:10.:06:14.

changing the pattern. Let your opponent no, I'm going to attack at

:06:15.:06:16.

every opportunity. The mat up fractionally here for

:06:17.:06:48.

Ellen Falkner. She is on this tighter line, forehand away from the

:06:49.:06:51.

commentary box, fractionally heavier line. Played well.

:06:52.:07:15.

Once again, rolling with the jack from the first bowl. How much was

:07:16.:07:31.

the shot? 3.5 inches. Katherine's percentage of effective bowls on a

:07:32.:07:36.

first bowl must be outstanding. Very high, no doubt about that, certainly

:07:37.:07:39.

in comparison to Ellen Falkner at the moment. Good bowl there, tucked

:07:40.:07:47.

in right behind. She wants this to come in, but not

:07:48.:08:04.

too close. Probably just draw this. Looks to be on a nice line here,

:08:05.:08:31.

Ellen Falkner. The weight looks handy, too. Needs to pass the Green

:08:32.:08:42.

bowl, and has. Really good draw shot there but more important for Ellen

:08:43.:08:45.

Falkner it means she is not under pressure at the moment. It has been

:08:46.:08:53.

a few ends since that has been the case. Now, can you get back down to

:08:54.:09:03.

your own bowl? Better if she had missed it, she was picking up the

:09:04.:09:18.

jack. Good grouping of bowls. The way this head is sitting, Katherine

:09:19.:09:24.

has got no position at the back and one side, so Alan would be wise to

:09:25.:09:27.

arrive at this, just make sure to turn the bowl onto the jack, use the

:09:28.:09:36.

two red three to the side of the picture and that takes all the

:09:37.:09:37.

danger away. Worth arriving at this, giving it a

:09:38.:09:56.

go. Wrong side of the green ball, she knew she was not therefore

:09:57.:10:02.

weight. Alan has five time out remaining. -- Ellen. Take a risk?

:10:03.:10:17.

Not too much danger. Only dangerous if she gets the wrong side of the

:10:18.:10:21.

red one, the jack would go across and lose four. Certainly played it

:10:22.:10:27.

with enough weight. You understand that we don't want the inside edge

:10:28.:10:29.

of the green. Hard wait to play. She played it a bit half-heartedly,

:10:30.:10:51.

I think. A bit tentative. One shot down, didn't want to make a mess of

:10:52.:10:53.

things. Can't blame her on that one. Ellen Falkner off to a good start in

:10:54.:11:24.

the second set, 3-0. That is what she needed to do. She's just unable

:11:25.:11:31.

to put Katherine Rednall under pressure with the first ball.

:11:32.:11:43.

Yes, that first bowl is just not operating, she is having to do too

:11:44.:11:47.

much work with the third and fourth. Good adjustment, but that is what

:11:48.:12:13.

she wants for the first delivery, just behind the jack.

:12:14.:12:30.

Good effort, the right idea. Even though you're mine in short, you

:12:31.:13:06.

want to drag it back. -- even though your line is short. Close again

:13:07.:13:22.

here. That little edge might be enough. Very close. Remarkable.

:13:23.:13:35.

Without the edge, it was actually going to be even closer, to be fair,

:13:36.:13:39.

but probably better for her in some respects if there is a gap there.

:13:40.:13:47.

Try to drag the Jack back if she can. The wait was good with the last

:13:48.:14:00.

bowl. She has pushed through it. That one did not make much of the

:14:01.:14:06.

move. She would have expected that to bend back a bit more. That one

:14:07.:14:13.

fell against the bias. Just needs to stay up. Not quite.

:14:14.:14:43.

Interesting to see if they will get down to measure this. It is very,

:14:44.:14:44.

very close. It did look to be the green bowl

:14:45.:15:10.

from overhead. It was very close. Not sure, but this one is very close

:15:11.:15:19.

to call. If it is a crudest and, they take the two balls out, no

:15:20.:15:23.

school. Francis Fletcher will sort it out. Read. I wasn't sure about

:15:24.:15:32.

that one because normally they are very close, it was just too

:15:33.:15:37.

difficult to call, it really was. Slight movement on that. One shot,

:15:38.:15:49.

Ellen Falkner. The cameras gave us a really good idea of what was going

:15:50.:15:59.

on, very much appreciated. You can see the clear three millimetre gap

:16:00.:16:00.

there. So, Ellen Falkner playing the

:16:01.:16:21.

shorter jack lengths. Off to a good start in the second set.

:16:22.:17:13.

She just unders and overs at the moment with her first two bowls.

:17:14.:17:31.

Nice shot here from Katherine Rednall. She is still dominating

:17:32.:17:41.

with the first two bowls but she is on the wrong side of the card by

:17:42.:17:49.

4-0, which is to do with Ellen's attacking shots and conversion

:17:50.:18:00.

shots. She's calling it, it is always going to go under.

:18:01.:18:18.

Needs to miss her own and come off the red one.

:18:19.:18:35.

It is a tough head for Ellen Falkner to play too. Yes, slight favour for

:18:36.:18:47.

the read the second. I think Ellen has just joined in the backend, I

:18:48.:18:55.

don't see any of the shot. When is 4-0 up... Reaction from the crowd

:18:56.:19:06.

there when he said she had four shots remaining, I don't think so!

:19:07.:19:07.

Four in the lead. She is not on a bad line here. Needs

:19:08.:19:26.

the edge. Not the edge of the bowl, though, the edge of the jack. Wasn't

:19:27.:19:31.

a bad effort, the right way in many respects to Payet. Could not use a

:19:32.:19:33.

lot of weight. Really good effort. Good chance the Katherine to add

:19:34.:19:58.

another shot here. Two shots, Katherine Rednall. Score,

:19:59.:20:18.

4-2 after four ends. Ellen Falkner is doing well to

:20:19.:21:39.

survive this first two bowls onslaught she is suffering out

:21:40.:21:42.

there. Has been occasionally getting in, most of the time she is facing

:21:43.:21:54.

her second ball two shots down. Katherine's first bowl just forcing

:21:55.:21:57.

Ellen Falkner to play back to the commentary box with her first bowl.

:21:58.:22:01.

Just over two feet past, good changeover. Still lots of room here.

:22:02.:22:18.

Oh dear, oh the correction, that will be damaging. -- over

:22:19.:22:33.

correction. That is a very wide line, even for the strong bowls of

:22:34.:22:40.

Katherine Rednall. I think the weight was pretty good. Last bowl is

:22:41.:22:51.

18 inches short of jack height. Your short ball, just under three feet.

:22:52.:23:13.

Ellen needing just to negotiate Katherine's last bowl here, probably

:23:14.:23:20.

just dropping in under it. Got a chance with this. Well done. Very

:23:21.:23:36.

good bowl, just a drop in there. The weight was perfect.

:23:37.:23:48.

That one has got a good position back bowl there. Just a draw shot

:23:49.:23:56.

from Katherine now. Nothing really to play too with weight, so just

:23:57.:24:04.

drop it in, try to rest the red bowl. Better line with this one.

:24:05.:24:08.

Definitely wide with the previous one, this one will come back. All a

:24:09.:24:13.

matter of getting the right connection now, not the gap. Got

:24:14.:24:24.

both. That was a great effort. Probably more important in some ways

:24:25.:24:27.

for Katherine, it means Ellen doesn't have the chance to do drag

:24:28.:24:32.

the jack back for three, probably the best she can do out of this is

:24:33.:24:36.

two, so good thinking to make sure she was arriving to it.

:24:37.:24:48.

She has given it that bit extra grass. Playing safe. Can't blame

:24:49.:24:56.

her. Didn't want to make any contact. Why is to be on the high

:24:57.:25:10.

side. -- she was wise to be on the high side. One shot, Ellen Falkner.

:25:11.:25:19.

4-2 in front, grab the single. Keeps you in control of the second set.

:25:20.:25:26.

She is working hard out there, I have to say, she really is.

:25:27.:25:31.

Katherine is putting her under a lot of pressure, she still has control

:25:32.:25:36.

of this. Seems to have the momentum even though Katherine is still

:25:37.:25:43.

beating her to the jack with her first bowl. She has been more

:25:44.:25:46.

positive in the areas where she needs to be, rather than trying for

:25:47.:25:48.

the perfect shot. We seek time and time again good

:25:49.:26:06.

players just find a way to win, don't they? They do, absolutely.

:26:07.:26:10.

There have been so many matches where I have seen the experience of

:26:11.:26:15.

players and champions, past champions, come through when maybe

:26:16.:26:18.

they were outplayed by their opposition. The way Katherine has

:26:19.:26:31.

been playing, particularly with the first two balls, it is still hard

:26:32.:26:34.

work for Ellen Falkner to win the second set.

:26:35.:26:45.

None of the women players have been playing like this, not one of them

:26:46.:26:50.

has been getting this goes with their first two balls on a regular

:26:51.:26:53.

basis. Just a slight disturbance in the

:26:54.:27:11.

crowd, the players are just taking a moment or two while that is looked

:27:12.:27:12.

after. Just a slight refocus for Ellen

:27:13.:27:25.

Falkner there. I'm sure Ellen didn't mean to pay

:27:26.:27:51.

that much weight, I think she was a bit put off by the disturbance in

:27:52.:27:54.

the crowd. She might have been better to wait till it was

:27:55.:28:03.

completely clear. Lots of pressure, single ball target this time, no

:28:04.:28:07.

choice but to try and draw into this and make it a bit better for

:28:08.:28:18.

herself. There is the over correction, so easy to do when you

:28:19.:28:24.

are pushing through. Now she is in so much trouble. Katherine will be

:28:25.:28:33.

doing well to draw another one in a centreline position, doesn't want to

:28:34.:28:34.

leave anything on the wing. Shot off the day coming up if she

:28:35.:28:57.

draws this one. Heating it is not easy, single ball target at that

:28:58.:29:02.

length on the backhand -- hitting it. Draw ringgit is not easy,

:29:03.:29:11.

either. -- drawing it. The draw shot available, using the shoulder to

:29:12.:29:16.

come off, backhand draw available but, goodness me, could you imagine

:29:17.:29:21.

just trying to drop in on that ball and dropped back? Very difficult. I

:29:22.:29:28.

think I would be trying to hit it if it was me. Such a hard shot to try

:29:29.:29:34.

and draw. She wants to keep the opposition down to three or four

:29:35.:29:38.

because if she misses it it is definitely going to be a four. If

:29:39.:29:42.

she draws it, it would be a remarkable shot.

:29:43.:30:02.

Going for the runner. Slightly under. Not much, just a tiny little

:30:03.:30:14.

bit under, and that was enough. I still think it was the right shot. I

:30:15.:30:22.

think so. Make your shot selection, be committed to it, 100%, and if it

:30:23.:30:29.

goes wrong, you lose the four, the lead will disappear but still well

:30:30.:30:32.

in the set. She needs to stop on the ball. There

:30:33.:30:50.

was plenty of room. This four shots, Katherine Rednall.

:30:51.:31:04.

11 ends comes in handy. That is the first time I think I

:31:05.:31:51.

have seen her a metre away. On the first ball.

:31:52.:32:12.

Faulkner has just lost in the last end but Katherine Rednall was only

:32:13.:32:20.

two out of the Dodd in the second is so far. Scoring heavily. She was

:32:21.:32:30.

doing everything right, keeping your opponent down to single shots most

:32:31.:32:34.

of the time. This one is a loose end. Last bowl, 2.5 feet. Plenty of

:32:35.:32:41.

room here. Sets up a position, if Ellen doesn't

:32:42.:34:04.

get 11... If Katherine doesn't get another ball in, Ellen has a chance.

:34:05.:34:14.

The young lady slots a second shot in.

:34:15.:34:25.

She has gone deep. She has. Opportunity here for Ellen Falkner.

:34:26.:34:41.

The crowd very happy to see that. Surely she will go for the ball, one

:34:42.:34:49.

way or the other. There is a natural bend into the green ball, the way it

:34:50.:34:55.

is sitting. Gas, going for it. She is interested. Goodness me, that

:34:56.:35:04.

must have been close. To take the two balls, she must have been coming

:35:05.:35:05.

in. Definitely worth it. Had to go for

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it. The run is quite a tight line down the back end towards the

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commentary box. There wasn't much in it. Jack length 27.5 metres. A

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lovely and colourful lightsaber display there.

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The last few ends, Katherine started to drop the first bowl short. Ellen

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unable to capitalise. That is where the big problem is. The door has

:36:29.:36:33.

been opened a bit but Ellen hasn't been able to walk through it. There

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it is again, I think. Fractionally short from Katherine, not like her.

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Change onto the backhand. I don't think I want to know! Where

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is Katherine's? 2.5 feet short of jack high. The concentration...

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That is the line for it. Still running. She has lost her drawing

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width. Katherine has a chance to recover with the third bowl. She's

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getting yet another chance with the third bowl this time. Don't know she

:37:30.:37:38.

is there again. It is not bad. It is good enough.

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Ellen should be able to take that amount off, taking two feet off is

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very difficult but when you are four or five through, it is a bit easier.

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She's struggling now. This is a real walkabout end.

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Lots and lots of pressure on Ellen Falkner. If she loses a big count

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here, the match is gone. Can't afford to lose a four.

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A big slap on the thigh for Ellen Falkner,. She is a pressure player.

:38:30.:38:47.

Make sure you are taking the line out because I think you are on an

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inside line with that, definitely underwear you want to be. You have

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to sneak through between balls. -- definitely under way you want to be.

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She is two down, took two off. That was a nervy one. Low on the green

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and low on the weight. She is so disappointed with that end, Ellen

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Falkner. Two shots, Katherine Rednall. 5-9 after eight ends. This

:39:27.:39:38.

is a crucial end. Katherine Rednall wins this and she has one hand on

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the trophy. Ellen Falkner has to score at least a single to give her

:39:44.:39:49.

a chance. Her drawing has just left in the last few ends and after

:39:50.:39:57.

sitting pretty for a while, 4-0, 5-2, a four, a single and a double.

:39:58.:39:59.

And in a heap of trouble. Well, I don't know what is going on.

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She has just lost her way. It happens. It certainly does.

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Katherine is not far away with her second bowl. A readjustment.

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This looks under. For lying and weight. Yes, she is definitely

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struggling now. She is the sort of player, you think, one big bowl

:41:24.:41:26.

could turn it but it is not going well. In the meantime, her young

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opponent, wasn't taking much advantage with this one but it is

:41:36.:41:40.

another shot. She's sticking with the backhand.

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The line looks better. This is all about weight now, she is a lot

:41:51.:41:56.

closer with this one. But she needs to hurry. That has pretty much

:41:57.:42:08.

blocked up the backhand. Very close to two shots. Two green.

:42:09.:42:21.

We are guaranteed at least another end. I just can't see Ellen doing

:42:22.:42:32.

anything if she does not win this one. Katherine to looking to drop

:42:33.:42:37.

another one in here. Looks to be good with the weight. Close. That

:42:38.:42:50.

tinkered on a bit but it is OK. We think it is three shots which would

:42:51.:42:56.

take up to 12-5. That would need two fours. It is here critical list,

:42:57.:43:03.

last ball, and she has to change onto the forehand. Traditionally,

:43:04.:43:11.

forehand can drop short very easily. Champions come up with big bowls

:43:12.:43:17.

when needed. Ellen Falkner needs one now. She is definitely reaching, she

:43:18.:43:21.

has got a chance for this, a big chance. Steady now. What a bowl.

:43:22.:43:37.

That was massive. And Chris knew it. What did we say about the big bowl

:43:38.:43:40.

at the right time that can change the whole pattern? She needs another

:43:41.:43:48.

couple here. She has got a smile on her face at the moment, a smile with

:43:49.:43:56.

a tiny grimace! She knows you can't just dip in and get those bowls all

:43:57.:44:01.

the time. One is just not enough and look at the score card, look at all

:44:02.:44:08.

the number ones at the top. She has been losing shots and doubles and

:44:09.:44:17.

bigger. Not gaining them. First ball needs to be close.

:44:18.:44:27.

Four shots in two ends, I thought that would be impossible.

:44:28.:44:38.

I honestly can't remember the last time she played a first ball

:44:39.:44:53.

toucher. That is a good reply. A very good one.

:44:54.:45:22.

As long as she has got the width, she's on a good line. That is a good

:45:23.:45:56.

bowl. She will force Alan to try to wrest into the green bowls. One

:45:57.:46:02.

shot, making it tough in the last end. She need two to give herself a

:46:03.:46:15.

chance to win the set. That was a nice little shot down the backhand

:46:16.:46:22.

Ellen is plain, just over the draw. -- Ellen is playing. She needs to

:46:23.:46:33.

run with this, it needs to hurry. Well, that is not a time to be

:46:34.:46:40.

short. Even a ball through the jack would have been good. Just going

:46:41.:46:42.

deeper. Very wisely, Katherine going back.

:46:43.:47:16.

Choices here. She could just draw up to the ball or drive it off, knowing

:47:17.:47:22.

that if she gets the jack, she could get one shot. She will be playing to

:47:23.:47:29.

their strengths. It is very close, the same on the green, definitely,

:47:30.:47:37.

very, very close. Ellen has two time outs remaining. Can she get inside

:47:38.:47:42.

it to get to the jack with enough weight? And if she gets the front

:47:43.:47:46.

bowl, she knows there are all sorts of chances. If she gets it all the

:47:47.:47:52.

way through, it is still good. I'm sure she can drive the ball out.

:47:53.:47:58.

Definitely will have to arrive with a little bit of weight at least. She

:47:59.:48:04.

is on the forehand. Which would suggest she is playing weight.

:48:05.:48:10.

Definitely, definitely go for the front ball, to take the other two

:48:11.:48:11.

out. She is in the area, surely got

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something. What a bad result. Katherine is looking at it, not

:48:28.:48:30.

doing anything yet because I think it is very close for shot. Not

:48:31.:48:39.

totally sure whose line. Ellen walking away. She doesn't need to do

:48:40.:48:48.

this, she is very fair. If she is not sure, she will say. It has been

:48:49.:48:59.

declared. That is unusual. I can understand it. Decided not to play

:49:00.:49:03.

the last ball. Katherine must be confident she has lined the shot.

:49:04.:49:12.

France's Fletcher, don't make a mistake. Resting on the green,

:49:13.:49:31.

exactly what you are supposed to do. Bring it right through. That is

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perfect. Now we will know, if that goes straight through. Yes, easy.

:49:37.:49:46.

One shot, second set of the match, Katherine Rednall. She didn't player

:49:47.:49:54.

last ball and she gets the single she needs to win the Championship.

:49:55.:49:59.

She has been good value for it. Really good value.

:50:00.:50:06.

A lot of the damage being done by the young 21-year-old in the first

:50:07.:50:15.

two balls. Ellen Falkner contributing gamely to that match.

:50:16.:50:24.

But Katherine Rednall takes it. The matchplay singles champion for 2017

:50:25.:50:26.

and very deserved. The enthusiasm of youth, 21 years

:50:27.:50:46.

old. Katherine Rednall at Delhi against the experience of Ellen

:50:47.:50:51.

Falkner, three times champion. Katherine Rednall was in no mood to

:50:52.:50:55.

be taken out in this match. Rarely had to play a weak shot. Drawing.

:50:56.:51:00.

Keeping under pressure, forcing a more experienced opponent into

:51:01.:51:05.

taking the difficult shots. Cakau down to singles all the way with

:51:06.:51:12.

only two doubles on one side. Ellen Falkner doing everything she could

:51:13.:51:15.

to keep the young lady at bay but it was just too much.

:51:16.:51:24.

Ellen just missing the target with her last ball, declared ahead and

:51:25.:51:33.

the green all pushed out. Winning the set and the Championship. Big

:51:34.:51:38.

smile from Katherine. Congratulations from Alan Thornhill.

:51:39.:51:44.

It shows how heavily she scored in the two sets. Ellen Falkner was

:51:45.:51:53.

getting singles. Katherine Rednall scoring heavily and deserved her

:51:54.:51:56.

victory. Second time for her. She will be delighted.

:51:57.:52:04.

Ellen, you came back out into the ring with a rueful look on your

:52:05.:52:11.

face, sum up what happened today. I am a bit loss for words, to be

:52:12.:52:17.

honest but rather than talk about my performance, I would rather talk

:52:18.:52:20.

about Katherine and say well played and well done and enjoy the moment.

:52:21.:52:29.

Katherine, second time you are winning it, the last time you were

:52:30.:52:35.

just a baby but in fairness, you are not that much older now! What is the

:52:36.:52:39.

difference between the feeling immediately after winning it last

:52:40.:52:44.

time and this time? I don't think there is one. Coming back every year

:52:45.:52:49.

has been an absolute pleasure. This can be a better start to the year.

:52:50.:52:54.

Potters is a great place to come to. This is what you hope for other

:52:55.:52:59.

final and to be up against Ellen, what a lot of people would have

:53:00.:53:04.

asked for. Ellen summed it up by saying, forget about how she played,

:53:05.:53:09.

you were outstanding. Really pleased with how I played. Pleased with the

:53:10.:53:13.

first set. I got a bit of a lead and was able to defend it and really

:53:14.:53:17.

happy with that but Ellen came right back at me in the second set so I

:53:18.:53:21.

was a bit worried them. You have only been playing at Potters four

:53:22.:53:26.

years. What is it about this place that makes you so good here? I think

:53:27.:53:32.

I settled into the carpet the first time I came. Immediately. It is all

:53:33.:53:37.

about the bowls. You come and you play and practice and you have to

:53:38.:53:41.

keep going. It is the real focus and it is about wanting to win a trophy.

:53:42.:53:47.

What got you into bowls as a youngster? Your dad was a big

:53:48.:53:51.

inspiration but who were the other people playing a part in getting you

:53:52.:53:56.

here? My whole family play and they have been fantastic. I started when

:53:57.:54:02.

I was five years old. My mum and my grandma are up there. Sadly dad is

:54:03.:54:07.

at work. It has been great to have a supportive family around me. I hope

:54:08.:54:12.

they are all proud of you, I am sure they are. Commiserations to Ellen

:54:13.:54:18.

but the 2017 ladies matchplay champion, Katherine Rednall.

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ANNOUNCER: It is time for the presentation and to make it, your

:54:30.:54:37.

appreciation for the managing director of Potters Resort, Mr John

:54:38.:54:43.

putter and the just customer services claims handler, Venetia

:54:44.:54:54.

Graham. First and foremost, the runner-up, your appreciation for

:54:55.:54:54.

Ellen Falkner. Now, to the winner, receiving a

:54:55.:55:20.

Langham glass trophy, a check and the title for the 2017 ladies

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matchplay champion, it is the pocket dynamo, Katherine Rednall.

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Ladies and gentlemen, one more time, the 2017 ladies World Matchplay

:55:45.:55:50.

champion, Katherine Rednall! What a fantastic performance from

:55:51.:56:15.

Katherine Rednall. Karen Murphy has left the commentary box and has

:56:16.:56:18.

joined the ringside. What was your reaction to what you saw from

:56:19.:56:26.

Katherine and Ellen today as well? Katherine's first two bowls were

:56:27.:56:30.

phenomenal and that is where she won the game. When she did fail, Ellen

:56:31.:56:36.

couldn't capitalise on it. Ellen seemed to be out of sorts. She got

:56:37.:56:41.

herself back into it. Given her record and history, you thought it

:56:42.:56:46.

would go to a tie-break. We did and champions play big bowls when they

:56:47.:56:51.

need to. I think to be fair, Ellen will be disappointed with her

:56:52.:56:55.

performance today. Katherine played really well. It was a great game.

:56:56.:57:02.

What is it about Katherine? I asked her about this place, an amazing

:57:03.:57:06.

record for a 21-year-old to have won here twice. Her rhythm and weight

:57:07.:57:12.

control is amazing. She's certainly a great player now. I would like to

:57:13.:57:15.

see in ten years' time where she will be. It is frightening! What was

:57:16.:57:21.

a key moment perhaps in the end of the second set, Ellen was on top and

:57:22.:57:25.

Katherine then delivered a full house. Talk is through this and how

:57:26.:57:32.

crucial it was. A great example of Katherine's draw bowl, she played

:57:33.:57:38.

really well. She really made a play with that last bowl and entered into

:57:39.:57:44.

a full score of four. When Ellen came out, I mentioned in the

:57:45.:57:47.

interview, a rueful look on her face and I could tell she didn't really

:57:48.:57:50.

want to talk too much. You can understand what she was going

:57:51.:57:55.

through. Definitely and in her speech, she didn't want to talk

:57:56.:57:58.

about her performance but she hailed Katherine. That is the thing,

:57:59.:58:05.

Katherine Rednall is certainly a name for the future. Have a peek

:58:06.:58:10.

into the future, she has won it twice, at the end of 21. What sort

:58:11.:58:16.

of possibilities are open to her? Ellen has compiled an amazing

:58:17.:58:19.

record, three times Commonwealth Games gold medallist. A lot of

:58:20.:58:24.

people would expect Katherine to perhaps break the record of Carol

:58:25.:58:28.

Ashby and Ellen Falkner, winning it more than three? She is definitely

:58:29.:58:34.

capable. You have got your feelers when you are a little bit younger.

:58:35.:58:38.

You come in here damn thing, I am the underdog and I can play how I

:58:39.:58:44.

want. It will be interesting but I think she has the ability to do

:58:45.:58:49.

that. Thank you very much we will bring you up-to-date with a couple

:58:50.:58:54.

of things coming up on the BBC. When we are done on BBC Two at Potters,

:58:55.:58:58.

we will bring you highlights of the Australian open tennis.

:58:59.:59:19.

We are switching our attention to the singles competition.

:59:20.:59:43.

Les Gillett against Alex Marshall. Les Gillett has had a good week.

:59:44.:59:51.

Alex Marshall six time champion. We will hear from both players,

:59:52.:59:55.

starting with Les Gillett reflecting on his victory in the pairs.

:59:56.:00:00.

I go to Jason and say, this is our best ever opportunity to win this

:00:01.:00:09.

championship. Take time and relax. If there is one person in the world

:00:10.:00:16.

I would get to play, it is with him. He has got to do something. At this

:00:17.:00:21.

point I might have a look in, I am shaking and I am waiting. And I said

:00:22.:00:28.

to Daniel, the league is not close. He said, yes, it is close. Then he

:00:29.:00:35.

started chatting me in and it runs and it runs and it is like slow

:00:36.:00:41.

motion and it gets in. And we are like, oh, my God, world champions.

:00:42.:00:46.

What a feeling. Les, you want it 16 years ago, what is the difference

:00:47.:00:52.

this time around? I have enjoyed it more with Jason to be fair because

:00:53.:00:56.

he has been quite challenging at times. Jason has not been at his

:00:57.:01:05.

best, but what he has done, and we have had conversations about this,

:01:06.:01:08.

he has played the right bowls at the right times. In my eyes, he won it

:01:09.:01:16.

for me. Les is a character on and off the green. Winning the pairs you

:01:17.:01:23.

are on a high. But, yes, he is a good friend and a good player. I

:01:24.:01:28.

need to play well. I know if I can play my eight-game, I am difficult

:01:29.:01:35.

to beat. He is probably the best player ever in the world. Yes, it is

:01:36.:01:42.

a bit of a mountain to climb and it would have been nice to avoid him,

:01:43.:01:46.

but somebody has to play him and I guess I am the unfortunate one. Or

:01:47.:01:50.

the lucky one, because playing against Alex is a privilege. Yes, it

:01:51.:01:57.

will be tough. I have always got the will to win. When I come to Potters

:01:58.:02:02.

it is my second home. This is where I play my best bowls. I am hungry

:02:03.:02:07.

for number seven. I will try my best, I am on good form. It is the

:02:08.:02:15.

place to be. David Corkhill has joined me ringside. Corky, this is a

:02:16.:02:19.

cracking match up. The reason why it is so good is because less is full

:02:20.:02:24.

of confidence. We talked about it at the top of the show and he will need

:02:25.:02:29.

that confidence because he is against the best player ever to row

:02:30.:02:34.

a bowl. No doubt about that. Alex has more than proven that is the

:02:35.:02:39.

case, indoors and outdoors. His record is superb. But with lead, he

:02:40.:02:43.

has got all the confidence in the world, no doubt about that, but he

:02:44.:02:50.

is also very happy. He has got the ranking points he needs to stay in

:02:51.:02:54.

the top 16. That will relax him and he can say, I will not lose out

:02:55.:02:59.

there. Alex was stuck on five championship wins in the singles,

:03:00.:03:04.

but he got the sixth win. It is very hard when you have got six to feel

:03:05.:03:08.

the pressure because you have done so much in the game. But I remember

:03:09.:03:12.

the relief he felt when he won it, because everyone is was expecting it

:03:13.:03:19.

for a long time. His best friend Paul Foster is on four. They are

:03:20.:03:23.

best friends, but be under no illusion, they want to win. Paul

:03:24.:03:28.

Foster is chasing his faith. Give people an idea why it is almost

:03:29.:03:32.

undisputed that Alex Marshall is the best player. It is because it is

:03:33.:03:38.

indoors and outdoors and that is where the difference is. David

:03:39.:03:44.

Brandt was the innovator, there is no doubt about that, he brought the

:03:45.:03:49.

game through to the audience in the world in many ways. But Alex

:03:50.:03:53.

Marshall has proved that in a World Championship, indoors, and outdoors

:03:54.:03:58.

and he has done it more than once and that is the key to it. It is

:03:59.:04:05.

continuous over the last 15 years. Anyone who saw Alex Marshall in 2014

:04:06.:04:09.

in Glasgow in the Commonwealth Games will have some amazing memories

:04:10.:04:15.

because of the outstanding bowls ever played outdoors. It is not

:04:16.:04:19.

about chasing the money, that was about playing for your country and

:04:20.:04:23.

it was very obvious for Alex that whenever he is representing his

:04:24.:04:29.

country, he puts everything into it. Ignoring the confidence, because

:04:30.:04:32.

that is positive, but what are the tactics that Les Gillett can use,

:04:33.:04:36.

what are the skills that he possesses, that can upset the apple

:04:37.:04:42.

cart and Alex Marshall? It will be a bit like Katherine in the ladies

:04:43.:04:47.

singles final, the first two bowls. It Les puts Alexander pressure on

:04:48.:04:51.

the first two bowls, he will have to run at things and start attacking

:04:52.:04:55.

more than he would like to, and that is where the key will be. If he

:04:56.:05:00.

matches him, it will be Alex all the way. Will you call it? How can you

:05:01.:05:08.

go against Alex Marshall? He is the six times world champion and he is

:05:09.:05:12.

up against Les Gillett and that is the next match up here on BBC Two.

:05:13.:05:18.

Time to join our MC. This 46-year-old left-hander is a former

:05:19.:05:22.

semifinalist and a former international open and Welsh Masters

:05:23.:05:30.

champion. Ladies gentlemen, the recently crowned world indoor

:05:31.:05:42.

champion, Les Gillett. # We will, we Will Rock you. And he

:05:43.:05:56.

faces one of the game's most feared and respected opponents, the 2013

:05:57.:06:03.

international open champion, the world number two, Alex Marshall MBE.

:06:04.:06:14.

# Can you feel the force? Yes, feel the force of Alex

:06:15.:06:23.

Marshall. We're Les Gillett feel the force? A great match because Les

:06:24.:06:29.

Gillett is bouncing after the win in the pairs on Monday alongside Jason

:06:30.:06:34.

Greenslade. But he has got a big obstacle to overcome, the most

:06:35.:06:38.

formidable force in the game, the six times world champion, Alex

:06:39.:06:43.

Marshall, MBE. Andy Thomson has joined Corky.

:06:44.:06:49.

Les Gillett has never been short of confidence, it is fair to say.

:06:50.:06:56.

He is that sort of player. The target for him was to do well and

:06:57.:07:02.

play well and he has exceeded that in many ways when we think about

:07:03.:07:06.

winning the pairs where he played very well. I would agree. Les and

:07:07.:07:13.

Jason were not expected to win it, but deservedly so at the end of the

:07:14.:07:16.

day, but this is a different proposition. Playing the six times

:07:17.:07:22.

world champion, this will be quite hard for Les. I agree, the opening

:07:23.:07:28.

two bowls have got to be close to give himself a chance. You are

:07:29.:07:37.

agreeing with me, Andy. At the moment, we have got plenty of time

:07:38.:07:39.

to go before I start disagreeing! A very good draw player. Les Gillett

:07:40.:08:10.

can play all the weight shots, but it is the draw shot that is really a

:08:11.:08:17.

key part of his armoury. It will have to be in top form to win this

:08:18.:08:27.

match. He played well in the pairs, grouping the bowls well. He is

:08:28.:08:33.

playing with confidence. He has also been putting the hours in. I have

:08:34.:08:37.

noticed in the evening when I have been sitting here, whilst you have

:08:38.:08:41.

been relaxing elsewhere, and doing my homework... What are you saying?

:08:42.:08:51.

I am looking around for the postage stamp. You are always sneaking a

:08:52.:08:57.

look at my notes. Just putting in the hours, no doubt about that. Yes,

:08:58.:09:04.

he is. Most players do it now. They realise there is a big carrot at the

:09:05.:09:09.

end of the week. Three great opening bowls from Les Gillett.

:09:10.:09:18.

The rules are that you have to call things slightly different.

:09:19.:09:38.

We still used jack high and others used jack level. I know that is the

:09:39.:09:47.

new law. We will stick to our old-fashioned terminology! It gets

:09:48.:09:54.

the message over. Yes, correct. This is a perfect start for Les. Right

:09:55.:09:57.

the way he has called a time-out. He knew exactly what he was going to

:09:58.:10:22.

do there. It will be just in case. That is the problem with Alex

:10:23.:10:27.

Marshall for most people. You have to really play a cover bowl, or a

:10:28.:10:32.

particular bowl in a position, because you expect him to get it. I

:10:33.:10:39.

think Alex is looking at the plant. Thinking of putting the one red bowl

:10:40.:10:45.

onto the other to move the jack. The draw is not easy. It is time already

:10:46.:10:54.

from Alex. I think he is undecided. Not sure of the best shops to play.

:10:55.:11:18.

The players are just taking a moment. There are a lot of people

:11:19.:11:52.

moving around in between matches and that is understandable. It is hard

:11:53.:11:57.

to sit there for four hours. I agree. They are not the slots

:11:58.:12:05.

sometimes that people are happy with. Sometimes the spectators go

:12:06.:12:09.

out for a break and have a cup of coffee and come back in and

:12:10.:12:15.

sometimes it disturbs players. I spoke to Les about this before and

:12:16.:12:18.

he is aware that this is going to happen. It is probably who handled

:12:19.:12:25.

it better. You look at the draw and this is the only one of the day. It

:12:26.:12:30.

is good in the morning and in the evenings. This is the hard slot.

:12:31.:12:38.

Especially after a final. A lot of people come in to support the

:12:39.:12:44.

finalists. It is almost like not taking top billing. But it will

:12:45.:12:46.

settle in a minute. It makes this side of the rink very

:12:47.:13:36.

accommodating. I can see both players playing this side of the

:13:37.:13:40.

carpet. I know other players favour the forehand in this direction.

:13:41.:13:54.

This is close. He got the inside edge. Perfect. I think we will see

:13:55.:14:05.

Les changing now. Watch the action of Alex Marshall.

:14:06.:14:36.

You will not find anything smoother in the game. He always gets the bowl

:14:37.:14:45.

away very well. One of the secrets of his success, consistently getting

:14:46.:14:48.

the bowl away good. Slightly heavy on this one. Talk about delivery,

:14:49.:14:56.

Les Gillett has got a good one as well. A nice follow-through. He

:14:57.:15:03.

tucks his leg well in behind the front leg. It makes room for your

:15:04.:15:08.

arm to go back and follow through on the line. Just slightly on the

:15:09.:15:20.

inside. A good try. Good weight. This is not an easy extra shot for

:15:21.:15:25.

Alex. We are looking at deliveries because it is like a snooker action

:15:26.:15:31.

or a darts player. It is important that it is smooth, easy, relaxed and

:15:32.:15:39.

reliable. Yes, I agree. It is nice to have smooth deliveries. Everyone

:15:40.:15:46.

does not. But people with non-textbook deliveries perform very

:15:47.:15:51.

well. Yes, Ian Bond. He controls it really well.

:15:52.:16:03.

Always going for the very short length. REFEREE: Jack length, 24.5

:16:04.:16:43.

metres. The minimum is 23, so he is comfortable enough. A lot of players

:16:44.:16:51.

are using this length. I am sure we will see Paul Foster using this

:16:52.:16:55.

length. Alex and Paul have always liked the shorter length.

:16:56.:17:27.

That is the first rangefinder from Les and you always expect Alex to

:17:28.:17:44.

get close to this distance. Here he comes again. He is so good at that,

:17:45.:17:57.

he really is. Very good. At the shorter length his backhand plays

:17:58.:18:02.

OK. It will be interesting to see if the jack goes longer which hand Alex

:18:03.:18:07.

does play. That is a better correction from Les. That is handy

:18:08.:18:18.

for blocking. REFEREE: One red, just. About five and a half inches.

:18:19.:18:29.

The other is about six inches. Alex was a bit shocked by that. That was

:18:30.:18:33.

a very confident call from Alex Fletcher.

:18:34.:18:42.

He is coming up to have a look at this as well.

:18:43.:18:53.

It did not put him off! No, it didn't. He played the perfect draw.

:18:54.:19:05.

Following Alex in. I do not think that was necessary. He could have

:19:06.:19:12.

dropped on his own bowl. Slightly surprised there. He was probably

:19:13.:19:21.

thinking, if I get to the green bowl or turn the jack, I might be able to

:19:22.:19:23.

make a double. Alex's wife Diane has not been too

:19:24.:19:38.

well in the past few months. It is good to see her back on her feet.

:19:39.:19:43.

She has always got a happy demeanour. Oh, yes, always cheery,

:19:44.:19:50.

always enjoys it and always comes to support Alex here. That bowl was not

:19:51.:19:57.

running. That will make it difficult for Les if he is thinking of playing

:19:58.:20:03.

a backhand. This is hard. If there was any more than one, Alex would be

:20:04.:20:11.

tempted to run it. We are back to nine ends for this match. He did not

:20:12.:20:22.

get that one away well. Alex is still looking at it. He is having a

:20:23.:20:32.

good look at this. Good call. Good call, Francis. Well done. He would

:20:33.:20:39.

have got the Alex Marshall Steer if he had been wrong! I think he got a

:20:40.:20:52.

surprise. Brave man, well done. -- stare.

:20:53.:21:02.

Again, it is very hard for the audience to get down into the big

:21:03.:21:22.

stand in between ends because these guys are very quick sometimes. You

:21:23.:21:27.

have only literally got about 20 seconds and it is a big stand to

:21:28.:21:29.

make your way into your seat. I don't think that was a spectator.

:21:30.:21:43.

I think I can see a woman in the stands making her way down. He is

:21:44.:21:51.

just watching that. I think they have sat down now. The stewards have

:21:52.:21:55.

to look after it. It is amazing, in the home

:21:56.:22:06.

international series it is like a football match. Players are jumping

:22:07.:22:11.

all over the place and the spectators are moving behind the

:22:12.:22:14.

rinks. But the players get on with it. But here because it is still so

:22:15.:22:23.

still, there is no movement, it puts the players. The crown green players

:22:24.:22:29.

don't know what is going on when they see this.

:22:30.:22:38.

We are not quiet all the time. There are people walking all over the

:22:39.:22:46.

place and the players just get on with it. It is great to watch and

:22:47.:22:50.

great to be involved in. Les has not found his range in the

:22:51.:23:01.

shorter length yet. A good effort. You just see the rink

:23:02.:23:37.

and nothing else and you wouldn't hear anything either. I have seen

:23:38.:23:47.

darts players putting earplugs in to keep the crowd out. Snooker guys

:23:48.:23:51.

like it quiet. They are similar to the bowls players. No movement. It

:23:52.:23:57.

is always still for the snooker players as well. That bowl was

:23:58.:24:06.

perfect, just caught the edge. You just need a touch on your own Red

:24:07.:24:17.

Bull, Les. This is very risky. He has got away with that. Oh, my

:24:18.:24:22.

goodness me, did he get away with that or what? He took his own bowl

:24:23.:24:33.

out. He not only said his apologies to Alex, but he also waved at him.

:24:34.:24:40.

Good lad, Les. Knowledge in the fact that you were fortuitous. He was in

:24:41.:24:46.

the area, but he got a slight fortunate result, but that is all

:24:47.:24:52.

part of the game. Once again there has been a bit of movement.

:24:53.:25:00.

I think the officials are quite good. They will stop the clock. They

:25:01.:25:07.

do not disciplined for stopping. That is what they do. They are well

:25:08.:25:21.

trained. A lot of experience. Alex is one of the more sensitive ones

:25:22.:25:27.

towards that, but let's be honest, six world titles, and that is only

:25:28.:25:31.

the singles, so it cannot be that bad. He is used to this, he will

:25:32.:25:38.

have played a lot of games at this time of day, so he will be able to

:25:39.:25:40.

adapt. A good effort. Difficult one to add

:25:41.:25:49.

to. It is his favourite venue as he has

:25:50.:26:22.

already said, he always plays his best bowls here. Just relaxing and

:26:23.:26:31.

chilling at the back with probably just a cup of tea, David. It is a

:26:32.:26:42.

bit cooler up there, keep your coat on. It must be called up in the

:26:43.:26:53.

corner. -- cold. It certainly is not cold in the stands. It is very warm

:26:54.:26:56.

with the lights on. This is a longer jack length. It

:26:57.:27:25.

will be interesting to see what Alex is going to play. It is straight on

:27:26.:27:32.

the backhand. He has played the backhand in both directions are so

:27:33.:27:37.

he is happy with that, but that last bowl will give him problems already.

:27:38.:27:51.

I was thinking a few years ago when we had those massive banks of

:27:52.:27:58.

lights. It was more like something from the old days of Wembley. The

:27:59.:28:04.

heat that they generate it was unbelievable. How slides are

:28:05.:28:08.

sufficient with the new technology. They are not quite as hot.

:28:09.:28:19.

There she goes, just checking with everybody and answering all those

:28:20.:28:26.

texts of congratulations. She will be there for quite a while.

:28:27.:28:36.

I thought he was going to get an edge on to the jack, but into the

:28:37.:28:45.

ditch. It was his opening bowl that dictated the problem here. Nothing

:28:46.:28:48.

clear to the jack, that is why he played with weight. You have no idea

:28:49.:28:56.

where that jack is going to go if Alex gets it. It might go to either

:28:57.:29:01.

side of the rink and it might go on to one of the re-spots. He has got

:29:02.:29:08.

those covered. That is number three. He does not want to block the gap

:29:09.:29:17.

too much. REFEREE: It is a couple of inches.

:29:18.:29:24.

Alex is conscious of the fact there is still only one boulder, but he

:29:25.:29:31.

has got one after this for the recovery. He likes it. He was close

:29:32.:29:42.

that time. He had no idea where that jack was going to go. It is probably

:29:43.:29:50.

six feet to drop it. At that length when you catch the jack it ends up

:29:51.:29:54.

at five or six feet away, but he got the shot and that is the most

:29:55.:29:58.

important point from Alex's point of view.

:29:59.:30:08.

We expect this ball to be the shot-mac when it comes to rest. That

:30:09.:30:17.

is looking pretty good. It just needs to sneak up. I think that's

:30:18.:30:26.

probably be shocked. He has indicated six feet short, so

:30:27.:30:37.

there is room for Alex to draw the first. It is looking good. That's a

:30:38.:30:51.

definite one. I don't know about the other one, though.

:30:52.:31:18.

Looking fairly chilled there, his wife Diane. She doesn't get excited

:31:19.:31:28.

until the final. He has a few tough games to go yet. He certainly does.

:31:29.:31:41.

It's early days. If you play a late second round, David, basically

:31:42.:31:44.

you're playing every day up until Sunday. It sometimes helps. I think

:31:45.:31:49.

it's a chilly a good thing. I really do. It means you are waiting around

:31:50.:31:55.

quite a while though. The players who have won today will basically

:31:56.:31:59.

have the same programme. They will play every day until Sunday. Alex

:32:00.:32:11.

Marshall and Les Gillett. Whoever wins this match will play the winner

:32:12.:32:21.

of Darren Burnett and Mervyn King. They won't even be thinking about

:32:22.:32:25.

that because they know this will be a tough one. It's that famous

:32:26.:32:30.

sporting expression, one game at a time. A good ball coming in.

:32:31.:32:42.

The gap is seven inches. My ball? Your bowl, 15.

:32:43.:33:10.

Gently, gently. Just missed the jack. As long as he missed the jack,

:33:11.:33:19.

he was good. Last night, quite late, we were sitting around. The umpires

:33:20.:33:23.

have a tendency to sit around and we joined them for a little discussion

:33:24.:33:28.

about wolves, making sure I was completely up to speed, because I

:33:29.:33:31.

know I'll get a lot of help from you with reading the rules. Any new ones

:33:32.:33:38.

that came to mind? Nothing of any consequence. Still just a draw. Same

:33:39.:33:47.

hand, Les. Tried to tuck the jack away. A good, high lying here. He

:33:48.:34:05.

has got a lot of work to do. Well played, Les Gillett. That could be

:34:06.:34:07.

number two. It could be. Alex Tait having a good look around

:34:08.:34:25.

this. The back position is of no real value to him. Use a time-out,

:34:26.:34:36.

Alex. You have plenty of them. He had two seconds to spare. Plenty of

:34:37.:34:41.

time. I think there is a tendency that when you get down as low as

:34:42.:34:46.

that, your eye is on the clock and you tend to play a bad ball. That

:34:47.:34:52.

wasn't a particularly bad ball but it didn't do him any favours. You

:34:53.:34:57.

tend to rush it a bit when you have one eye on the clock. Les Holding

:34:58.:35:13.

one at the moment. It is pretty close for the second. That is why I

:35:14.:35:18.

am surprised he is changing his hand. That is the shot, so let's not

:35:19.:35:29.

worry about that one. One shot, Les Gillett. Just the one. There we go.

:35:30.:35:42.

Set school, 4-3. Going back to rules, there was a query sent in

:35:43.:35:45.

yesterday about marking the ball before the next player delivers and

:35:46.:35:53.

you have to do that. It's essential, because you just never know if

:35:54.:35:57.

someone is going to drive with the next ball. Jack makes 28 and a half

:35:58.:36:09.

metres. It is illegal for them not to do it. As the ends progresses,

:36:10.:36:18.

sometimes they do put the chalk and later. No, the spray chalk has

:36:19.:36:26.

stopped that, Andy, and they are in there like a bullet. Paul Foster put

:36:27.:36:34.

one down at Heaven knows what speed the other day and I certainly

:36:35.:36:38.

wouldn't want to be in the middle of that one trying to mark a toucher.

:36:39.:36:45.

No, they can send them down fast. Well, Alex is changing to the

:36:46.:36:50.

forehand. I'm not surprised. I think this is the better hand at the

:36:51.:36:52.

longer length. Good thinking. Oh, that is unlucky. Just dropped

:36:53.:37:33.

out. Resplendent in that. Looks like a lot of roses in there. I was

:37:34.:37:42.

speaking to Julie at lunchtime. She was speaking about Mary Berry. Is

:37:43.:37:47.

that take a colour? I'm not sure because I don't watch that kind of

:37:48.:37:54.

thing. I'm not sure if she wears that kind of thing. You are more

:37:55.:38:00.

expert. If you talk to me about cooking programmes, no idea. Very

:38:01.:38:08.

popular though. Well, Les has the same bowl as your previous one.

:38:09.:38:11.

Nothing too adventurous with this one. Draw the shot. Well, Les, on

:38:12.:38:21.

your backhand. This is coming back. Really coming back strong. Just

:38:22.:38:26.

needs to finish. Oh, good bowl, Les. Very good. When he is on song, he is

:38:27.:38:37.

a very, very dangerous player. Yes, last bowl shot. Very fortunate to

:38:38.:38:44.

have that manner number two in my rank. Always plays very well. They

:38:45.:38:54.

don't put you out in your stocking soles, do they? They look after the

:38:55.:39:05.

grand old man of the England team, they really do. Well, Alex playing a

:39:06.:39:12.

shot here and is he going to be close? He is. Stand the wait out of

:39:13.:39:21.

it. Yes, it was just reaching, follows through and gets the shot.

:39:22.:39:26.

Well played, Alex Marshall. Les will be looking to turn that bowl or turn

:39:27.:39:32.

the jack now. Very slight correction on his last Hull. -- on his last

:39:33.:39:44.

bowl. This will look inviting. He has already used a time-out. He

:39:45.:39:50.

knows that this is a big bowl. It always is in the seventh end.

:39:51.:40:00.

Controlled inside the line. Now it's a matter of holding up to the jack.

:40:01.:40:09.

That's not bad. He's very close. That is the bowl. He just moves the

:40:10.:40:21.

Jack and takes the one. That is great bowling.

:40:22.:40:29.

Yes, Les, it did hurry. It did indeed. I think Alex again is using

:40:30.:40:41.

a time-out, looking at the Angles. What happens if he hits the target?

:40:42.:40:48.

I think the biggest problem for Alex is he doesn't know where the jack is

:40:49.:40:52.

going to go. The best result would probably be to get onto that bowl,

:40:53.:40:57.

with the alternative being to hit it on the forehand, come on to their

:40:58.:41:04.

and the jack to bounce out the side. I don't think there is a guarantee

:41:05.:41:07.

on anything though, basically, David. This jack could bounce

:41:08.:41:12.

anywhere. There is no guarantee that if he hits the target that he will

:41:13.:41:16.

still score. I think the percentages are on his side if he hits this.

:41:17.:41:22.

Very I'm lucky to come away with this with any less than minus one.

:41:23.:41:29.

I'll tell you what, that is going a long way. It was always under.

:41:30.:41:41.

Our commentary position here is right behind the rink, so we get the

:41:42.:41:54.

lovely view of that backhand. Les has four time-outs, Alex has three

:41:55.:41:58.

time-outs remaining. Using their time-outs. That just shows you what

:41:59.:42:05.

a tight game this is. Jack length, 23 and a half metres --

:42:06.:42:23.

28.5 metres. Alex knows that if he loses this end, he is probably going

:42:24.:42:25.

to lose the set. A little bit and settled there, I

:42:26.:43:13.

think, David. Doesn't put him off too much though. There you go.

:43:14.:43:27.

Played a very good bowl. Alex, 4.5 inch gap. Alec -- as I have said

:43:28.:43:36.

before, there is an argument for putting in a bit of background music

:43:37.:43:40.

so that background noise doesn't distract the players, but then you

:43:41.:43:44.

get into an argument about what kind of music. Who wants Queen out there?

:43:45.:43:50.

It's a difficult one. It's probably not the noise, it's the movement of

:43:51.:43:54.

the spectators, really. That's a good ball, Les. The players would

:43:55.:44:01.

probably be happy with Queen because it's popular as walk and music. But

:44:02.:44:05.

it brings with it other problems, other difficulties. Maybe a couple

:44:06.:44:17.

of hundred Crown Green players in. Yes, they certainly create an

:44:18.:44:20.

atmosphere. Good weight from Alex. Lead, I think you need another red

:44:21.:44:39.

bowl in the head here, because there's a possibility they could go

:44:40.:44:46.

out of the head. Oh, he is trying hard again. He has to be very

:44:47.:44:53.

careful. Doesn't want to get the shot away. I can see Alex coming

:44:54.:44:58.

into this. He did use the outside red one and all three could

:44:59.:45:03.

disappear. Yes, it is very inviting for Alex, as Les has indicated

:45:04.:45:11.

there. Once again, the official into mark the toucher. Well, he is

:45:12.:45:21.

prepared just to try it. The head indicates that he doesn't like it.

:45:22.:45:28.

The weight was the problem. The line was good. I am surprised. It was a

:45:29.:45:38.

good shot. He couldn't take his own out without taking out two of the

:45:39.:45:46.

Reds. Les has got a different -- a difficult decision to make here. He

:45:47.:45:51.

could play a good bowl and still give the shot away. At the eighth

:45:52.:45:57.

end when you are too up, that is not a good thing to do. He will be very

:45:58.:46:02.

close to this green ball, if he taps that. Yes, OK. If it is one red,

:46:03.:46:15.

Alex can't afford to lose the shot here. No, he can't. I think there is

:46:16.:46:22.

a draw here for him. These three vegetables, he could use those, so a

:46:23.:46:29.

good chance here for Alex. -- these three red balls, he could use those.

:46:30.:46:36.

He is not risking the draw. Looking for the running ball of the white

:46:37.:46:42.

ball. Got something. Oh, how did he take the single where? He needed the

:46:43.:46:52.

angle. He didn't get the angle. Les is playing well. He is putting a lot

:46:53.:46:59.

of balls in the head. That is the success -- the secret to his

:47:00.:47:01.

success, Les Gillett. Les taking his time here, just

:47:02.:47:48.

composing himself, knowing that he is favoured now for this opening

:47:49.:47:49.

set. Nine shots in eight ends. An

:47:50.:48:02.

indication of how tight this game is. Once again, as we were saying

:48:03.:48:08.

right at the beginning, Les Gillett's strength is on the draw.

:48:09.:48:15.

Once again, it is just a perfect opener.

:48:16.:48:33.

Movement, oh, it is a good bowl. It doesn't matter that the shot is

:48:34.:48:41.

against him, it is a good bowl back. Yes, Alex needed to do something,

:48:42.:48:46.

possibly give himself a chance of a three. You don't want that sort of

:48:47.:48:54.

back toucher to lie there for two or three balls. He will be trying to

:48:55.:49:00.

close this down. If he tucks the jack in here, he really is in the

:49:01.:49:09.

driving seat. Well, I would suggest he is going to win the opening set

:49:10.:49:17.

now after that bowl. It is tempted, he almost has do run at this just to

:49:18.:49:23.

give himself a chance. It is a possibility. If he misses this and

:49:24.:49:33.

leads the way, that is a problem. He is drawing to it. This must go past.

:49:34.:49:41.

If this is not passed the jack, then Alex can't score 83. He half locks

:49:42.:49:59.

the red in. The bowl is still moving. Makes a difference. He can't

:50:00.:50:07.

really make this any better than what it is. Run for cover. Actually,

:50:08.:50:14.

if you really wanted to be brave, there is one way, but I don't think

:50:15.:50:23.

anybody would play it. The fund bowl onto the jack, takes the front two

:50:24.:50:28.

bowls out completely. But no one would play that. No, certainly not,

:50:29.:50:35.

just in case he makes a mistake. Alex is going to have to try to

:50:36.:50:43.

create something with this bowl. Yes, that is a controlled weight

:50:44.:50:47.

coming down on the inside line, just to try to shake it up and disturb

:50:48.:50:51.

it. He is going under. He needs a solid connection. Well, the two

:50:52.:51:00.

bowls will go, now. That contact has made a difference. The question is

:51:01.:51:08.

how far the shot ball is off of the jack. If it is touching, it is

:51:09.:51:15.

almost certain to move. I think honestly, if I was Leslie here, I

:51:16.:51:19.

would be tempted just to reach that. If he misses it and comes to hear,

:51:20.:51:25.

that is good. If he takes the jack into this position, it takes

:51:26.:51:29.

everything away. There's no way that Alex can get a tree. There is a

:51:30.:51:35.

possibility that ball would move without leaving the jack. I think

:51:36.:51:47.

the two balls could go. Well, Les sticking on the higher side. I think

:51:48.:51:56.

he is trying to get to his own ball and if he misses it, he is onside. I

:51:57.:52:02.

think he had to play something like that, Andy, because he couldn't

:52:03.:52:06.

leave it where it was. Alex will know that he has do bang into this

:52:07.:52:10.

really, really hard and hope to get a result. There's not a three here,

:52:11.:52:19.

David, I'm sure there's not a three. Well done, Les. Played well. Alex is

:52:20.:52:29.

down to five seconds on the clock. He is hitting the target. No doubt

:52:30.:52:38.

about that. Well, there we go. The jack's through the head. The opening

:52:39.:52:49.

shot to Les Gillett, 6-4. Just showing Diane there. That's

:52:50.:52:52.

something you see with Diane every single time. Even when Alex loses a

:52:53.:52:58.

set, she will always clap the opposition. She's very good.

:52:59.:53:05.

Basically, very sporting and rightly so. Diane has seen Alex be

:53:06.:53:09.

successful and also losing games as well. I think the players are just

:53:10.:53:15.

having a little break, because once again the crowd are moving, so

:53:16.:53:19.

taking some time. Just chatting up there. It's important to let the

:53:20.:53:27.

crowd make a move now between sets. They are a very knowledgeable crowd

:53:28.:53:30.

and they realise that. This is a good time to do that. No time

:53:31.:53:34.

restriction on this one, so plenty of time. I just hope they don't sit

:53:35.:53:41.

there for half an hour, David, all we will have do chat for that long.

:53:42.:53:47.

Look, Andy, I've had a rare experiences of chatting for a long

:53:48.:53:49.

time between matches, I can tell you. Up and running. When I think

:53:50.:53:58.

back to one of the world Championships outdoors where we have

:53:59.:54:01.

a bit of a chat between matches, something has happened and I think

:54:02.:54:07.

it went on 25 minutes. Was it really? I've remember it was

:54:08.:54:17.

actually the presenter with Willie Wood and me down on the green. Good

:54:18.:54:25.

old fellow, he always keeps in touch. That was a rare experience. I

:54:26.:54:32.

was doing the Geoff Boycott bit down on the green. The team I coined down

:54:33.:54:42.

because it was very hard. We have got a game on our hands here.

:54:43.:54:49.

Absolutely. We knew we would have and we also knew that Alex Marshall

:54:50.:54:53.

had to be the favourite and for many, he still is. But he knows it

:54:54.:54:57.

will be a minimum tie-break. And tie-break can be dodgy. Yes, we have

:54:58.:55:04.

seen them this week and some great stuff. Les Gillett is playing really

:55:05.:55:05.

well here. He is playing so well. Correct.

:55:06.:55:58.

Don't start to lose your run. Just a draw, rightly so. He is composing

:55:59.:56:02.

himself, taking his time here today, Les. This is close if it runs. Needs

:56:03.:56:15.

to hurry. To green, eight inches short of jack hi.

:56:16.:56:34.

Well, there is a case for attacking maybe now, Les. Just blocks the

:56:35.:56:47.

draw. He is going for the runner this time. Close. Plum perfect. He

:56:48.:56:54.

called the jack and he got it. He is going to be some distance away from

:56:55.:56:58.

it but at the very most it's a single. Yes, good strike, Les. He

:56:59.:57:09.

played that well. Good control and Alex will, no matter where he puts

:57:10.:57:14.

it, if he puts it six feet short, Les will be in with a chance, if he

:57:15.:57:19.

puts it close to the edge, Les will have a chance to run it off. Alex

:57:20.:57:26.

has a chance here to draw the winner. He would definitely expect

:57:27.:57:31.

him to draw the shot here. He is well past all the debris at the

:57:32.:57:36.

front. Let's see how close he can get. That's the three metre mark

:57:37.:57:40.

their just on the T in the middle of your screen. That is sufficiently

:57:41.:57:45.

far enough away that Les will fancy his chances. Yes, two metres away,

:57:46.:57:52.

so this is a good chance for Les to take the shot, is surely? I'll tell

:57:53.:57:59.

you what, it's been awhile since I have seen less be so deliberate on

:58:00.:58:06.

the mat. Yes, he is taking his time before every delivery. Just

:58:07.:58:10.

composing himself. It's almost like he has a game plan here and this

:58:11.:58:19.

looks like the shot ball coming in. Yes, good shot, Les. Resisted the

:58:20.:58:27.

temptation with his second bowl but played it with the bird and played

:58:28.:58:35.

it very well. -- played it with the third.

:58:36.:59:14.

I've watched Les playing a lot and I don't think I've seen him like this

:59:15.:59:19.

before, have you? He is very deliberate before he gets that ball

:59:20.:59:25.

away. I've watched him play as well as this, no doubt about that. But I

:59:26.:59:32.

don't think I've ever see him be as slow and deliberate before. It's a

:59:33.:59:40.

slightly new tactic for him and at the moment, it's working. It

:59:41.:59:48.

certainly is. I do think sometimes some players just play to quickly as

:59:49.:59:55.

it suits the nature of some people. It just happens to suit their style.

:59:56.:00:05.

Yes, they are quick players. Five inches. Yes. There are others who

:00:06.:00:12.

just sometimes need to slow down a little bit and think about it.

:00:13.:00:30.

Alex is going to have to shake things up. He will have to start

:00:31.:00:38.

driving things and shake Les up a bit more.

:00:39.:00:47.

He has been playing the backhand across the body, but this looks very

:00:48.:00:56.

good. Great strike. Happy enough with that. It is well out into the

:00:57.:01:02.

open. He may not look terribly happy with it, but he knows the way he hit

:01:03.:01:08.

it, it is always possible to jam in there with a couple of bowls.

:01:09.:02:03.

That looks well under. It is not running either. It might just sneak

:02:04.:02:13.

in. Not by much. Three and a half feet. Alex will have two goes at

:02:14.:02:23.

this. I expect both of them to get a lot closer.

:02:24.:02:39.

Still running a bit and it is only just the shot. One read, but

:02:40.:02:51.

probably a gap of three feet. You definitely expect Alex to draw the

:02:52.:02:52.

winner now. Just a shade quicker. He had a

:02:53.:03:09.

mystified look on his face. This looks like the shot coming in. That

:03:10.:03:13.

solves the problem. A little bit of movement, but early

:03:14.:03:41.

days in this second set. A totally different tactic here. From Alex

:03:42.:03:50.

this mat is way up the green. That was travelling very quickly. I

:03:51.:03:58.

thought I heard a little drop there. Alex is just not quite settled

:03:59.:04:04.

today. That is quite a big error. He had three metres to put that jack.

:04:05.:04:25.

Les's family will possibly back at home. I am not sure if the girls are

:04:26.:05:02.

back from school. Wife Sadie will be keeping an eye on her man. He is

:05:03.:05:08.

doing well. They will be very proud of him at the moment. He is playing

:05:09.:05:16.

good bowls. He is finding this long length really well. That is why Alex

:05:17.:05:24.

brought the match up. But he put the jack in the ditch and it goes back

:05:25.:05:26.

to Les's favourite length. That was a dive inside. That will

:05:27.:06:22.

not be the shot, but it will not make it easy for Alex either.

:06:23.:06:46.

Well, that will look inviting for less. -- inviting for Les. He has to

:06:47.:07:01.

get it absolutely plumb. It is certainly worth a controlled weight

:07:02.:07:02.

shot. That is not bad. That was a nice

:07:03.:07:23.

weight. Yes, hit the target, good result. When you hit the target you

:07:24.:07:29.

feel you deserve a result. Les got that. It would be very easy to just

:07:30.:07:39.

thrash at that, but he played it very well.

:07:40.:07:58.

Excellent bowl. It was good once it past the red one. Very good when it

:07:59.:08:07.

approached the ditch. That will not be easy to beat. Certainly not. It

:08:08.:08:14.

can only be beaten really on the draw. There is not a clear path to

:08:15.:08:19.

see the bowl. Maybe he can see something that we can't. I think it

:08:20.:08:25.

is the new tactic today. Just slow it down. He is definitely reaching.

:08:26.:08:41.

Well, there was no point in being short. He could have got an edge or

:08:42.:08:58.

something. So, Alex Marshall for the first time in the two sets takes a

:08:59.:09:06.

lead. It is only by one shot. Now, can Alex get the length of jack that

:09:07.:09:08.

he needs. That looks like 24, 24.5. 25 metres.

:09:09.:09:26.

There you go. He will be happy with that. Anything between 23 and 25

:09:27.:09:30.

would have been the target. Problems, Alex. He is talking away

:09:31.:09:56.

to himself. He will have his own ways to motivate himself to get

:09:57.:10:02.

going. He is not playing a bad game. It is just that Les has been the

:10:03.:10:06.

better player. He is really playing solid.

:10:07.:10:18.

The body language normally tells you if it is a good or a bad bowl and he

:10:19.:10:23.

does not like it. He knew out of his hand that that

:10:24.:10:34.

was not right. Les Gillett has got another chance. Alex will be playing

:10:35.:10:43.

the recovery bowl on the third one. That is good. There is the distance

:10:44.:10:59.

between them as well, so driving the two bowls is not guaranteed.

:11:00.:11:21.

He is in trouble here. He certainly is now. He will be in trouble after

:11:22.:11:30.

Les's next bowl, he will probably be three down. He is shaking his head.

:11:31.:11:35.

He knows that he has not quite found it today.

:11:36.:11:48.

That is number three. That is an lucky, Les. Damage on occasion,

:11:49.:12:04.

Andy. If he catches the middle one, all three red bowls will go out. Can

:12:05.:12:15.

he tempt Alex into drawing this? I think he will drive this on the

:12:16.:12:23.

forehand. The nearest bowl to the jack, if he catches that, the chance

:12:24.:12:31.

is he will take the other two out. There is a bowl at the bottom of

:12:32.:12:35.

your picture and one at the top. They are probably pretty

:12:36.:12:41.

equidistant. The only other alternative is to draw either side,

:12:42.:12:46.

but he has had three goes. The chances are if he removes all three

:12:47.:12:50.

bowls, Les will probably draw the shot with the final delivery, but he

:12:51.:12:56.

is three shots down. It must be the drive. It is more about percentages.

:12:57.:13:06.

A bad connection. It was a bad connection. One bowls baying in was

:13:07.:13:18.

probably reasonably predictable. He caught it on the angle. This is a

:13:19.:13:27.

chance for Les to pick up three. He played it with less weight than I

:13:28.:13:32.

expected. It looks like he will lose three.

:13:33.:13:42.

Oh, Les! Has he sent this too far? I have seen him doing this before, I

:13:43.:14:01.

have seen him slapping his live. I am just starting to think about his

:14:02.:14:06.

slowness and his deliberation. Is he trying to slow the game down to

:14:07.:14:11.

upset the opposition? Is he trying to do that? He is not really slowing

:14:12.:14:18.

it down because he is getting to 15 seconds. He is being more

:14:19.:14:22.

deliberate, but I think that is to help his game. It probably is. I do

:14:23.:14:29.

not think he is too concerned about what Alex does. He knows what Alex

:14:30.:14:36.

is capable of. I think the way he is playing, he has decided he is going

:14:37.:14:42.

to be very deliberate in everything he does. He is not letting the shot

:14:43.:14:48.

clock run down to ten seconds or five seconds. He is just making sure

:14:49.:15:01.

every bowl has value. Again, in singles play, every bowl has got to

:15:02.:15:02.

count. That was a bit on the short side by

:15:03.:15:15.

his standards. Alex really has to try to take advantage.

:15:16.:15:33.

There we go. An opportunity for Alex. He has taken it this time.

:15:34.:16:03.

Good bowl, Les. He has opened that up and he has got a good second. He

:16:04.:16:13.

was probably 18 inches through. He has given himself a really good

:16:14.:16:16.

chance. Alex needs another good one here.

:16:17.:16:42.

It is just a draw for Les. I think the same bowl as his last. I agree,

:16:43.:16:51.

just a draw. A little tap on his own bowl would

:16:52.:17:18.

be very useful. Yes. REFEREE: One red. One red? That was a very strong

:17:19.:17:26.

call. Les is surprised. He has got good facial expressions. That is

:17:27.:17:35.

good. He is good value. He is very good value on and off the green. I

:17:36.:17:41.

enjoy his company. He can be very funny at times.

:17:42.:17:54.

Again Alex was rushed into playing that bowl. When you think about Les

:17:55.:18:05.

Gillett, you are going back 20 years when he won the International open

:18:06.:18:09.

and he beat a lot of people in the qualifiers in Blackpool. I remember

:18:10.:18:16.

it well. Every time I forget, Les will remind me because he beat me.

:18:17.:18:21.

We still have a laugh about it. He came through the qualifiers and all

:18:22.:18:26.

the way through to win it, so he has been around in the top level for a

:18:27.:18:31.

long time. He has always been a very good drawing player.

:18:32.:18:37.

That might tempt Alex. I think Alex has been tempted like this before. A

:18:38.:18:47.

confident Alex Marshall would be playing just a draw. If he plays for

:18:48.:18:55.

the runner and get that, there is the front plant handed. That is

:18:56.:19:02.

coming straight in on the jack. Is he confident enough to draw that

:19:03.:19:09.

shot at the moment? Probably not. The other alternative is to play the

:19:10.:19:18.

forehand if he really wants it. This will give you an indication as to

:19:19.:19:23.

how confident Alex is. I confident Alex Marshall would be drawing this.

:19:24.:19:28.

Yes, he would be, it will be interesting to see what his choice

:19:29.:19:34.

of shot is. Yes, he is going for it. His head is down, which means he is

:19:35.:19:45.

under. He has definitely not got the shot. He is either one or two down.

:19:46.:19:53.

I love the way you say that, Andy. You are on the rink and you cannot

:19:54.:19:56.

tell. 15 feet. And 18 inches from the

:19:57.:20:14.

monitor. The second one could be interesting. He realised that bowl

:20:15.:20:20.

was going to go across the head and he was going to lose one. It would

:20:21.:20:33.

be a bad result to lose two. REFEREE: One red and a measure.

:20:34.:20:42.

I think Alex will be happy here if he just loses one. He is having a

:20:43.:20:49.

really good look at this. Normally he does not bother. Normally he

:20:50.:20:55.

wanders around, but he is conscious of the fact that this game is not

:20:56.:21:01.

going the way he wanted it to. Only one. It will be relieved Alex

:21:02.:21:08.

Marshall that it was just a single. He missed his target, so he will be

:21:09.:21:13.

very relieved. He was one down anyway. Even at 5-2 and three shots

:21:14.:21:26.

in front, there is plenty of time. But if I was going into the end

:21:27.:21:33.

three shots in front, I would still not bet on winning it. That is the

:21:34.:21:38.

problem with playing against Alex and the same with Nicky and all the

:21:39.:21:42.

guys at the top level. You cannot assume anything. A lot of the

:21:43.:21:48.

players are capable of scoring and playing a big bowl. But Les Gillett

:21:49.:21:56.

is just playing so solid here. Will there be three or a four opportunity

:21:57.:22:03.

available to him? He should think about four singles. Yes, he will be

:22:04.:22:09.

happy with that at the moment. That will do the job. At the moment Les

:22:10.:22:13.

will keep on doing what he has been doing if he can. Getting good bowls

:22:14.:22:15.

in. He is under the line with this one,

:22:16.:23:43.

I think. Tapping the Red Bull is not going to make any difference. It was

:23:44.:23:49.

a good first bowl. There is a temptation for Les to play his

:23:50.:23:50.

forehand. It is difficult to finish on the

:23:51.:24:21.

centre line. Three good bowls from Les, but one for Macs. -- maximum.

:24:22.:24:35.

He is going to get inside and that is where he wants to be. That was a

:24:36.:24:43.

really good bowl by Alex Marshall. That was very vulnerable and Les

:24:44.:24:46.

could have played it out with anyone he wanted. Two greens and a very

:24:47.:24:54.

tight head. But Les cannot afford to be very short with this. I think it

:24:55.:24:59.

will still be the drop. He does not need to be running at the jack. It

:25:00.:25:04.

is getting in between that and making sure you are reaching. He is

:25:05.:25:10.

playing the running bowl. I cannot believe, it was a lovely conversion

:25:11.:25:18.

shot, but you know what it is like. You put a yard on that and it sails

:25:19.:25:23.

past. Probably an easier way to play the shot. With the jack in the ditch

:25:24.:25:33.

he would probably lose a single. He is more or less saying if you want a

:25:34.:25:37.

double, you will have to play another good bowl.

:25:38.:25:47.

He doesn't like leaving him that much room, but I can understand it.

:25:48.:26:02.

REFEREE: 1-shot, Alex Marshall. I think Les has played the right bowls

:26:03.:26:19.

at the right time. Thinking about the big drives to take all the

:26:20.:26:23.

danger away at the right moment. Three rounds to go and he is two

:26:24.:26:29.

shots in front. Alex has thrown a better jack this time.

:26:30.:27:09.

Once again, the mat is up and it is a short jack leg. That is not bad.

:27:10.:27:22.

Once again Les is in first. That is a good picture of how far

:27:23.:27:33.

the mat is up the rink. I think it is still one red. Yes, he

:27:34.:27:56.

branched off that. I think the red is just in. That will not help him,

:27:57.:28:00.

he has to move. Look at the kick. He got it perfect,

:28:01.:28:17.

absolutely brilliant. To his advantage it's just kicked inside. I

:28:18.:28:23.

think this will be an attacking bowl from Alex. Jack in the ditch.

:28:24.:28:30.

He is under, but he has moved it out to the re-spot position. He will not

:28:31.:28:38.

be too sad about that. The only thing is, Les has got two bowls to

:28:39.:28:45.

his one. He really is in the driving seat. That was a funny little kick.

:28:46.:28:54.

It happens occasionally, but my goodness, it made a big difference.

:28:55.:29:08.

How close is that? Very. This is a massive risk for Alex Marshall. He

:29:09.:29:23.

cannot afford to play a runner. The position is against him. There is a

:29:24.:29:27.

touch in the ditch. He must draw this. A good choice of shot.

:29:28.:29:39.

He should be safe enough for number two. But it is a yard away. What a

:29:40.:29:49.

chance for Les to score a double. I would not be tempted to change. The

:29:50.:29:55.

same bowl again. a a a I think he was a bit heavy.

:29:56.:30:23.

Just dropped in. You don't believe me. I knew it was heavy. I believe

:30:24.:30:38.

that is 7-3 with two ends to go. I have disabled, Les Gillett has

:30:39.:30:41.

played exceptional balls in this match, but can he keep it going for

:30:42.:30:51.

two more ends? -- I have two say. He is quite a composed character. He

:30:52.:30:58.

needs just one more good end to force themselves into the

:30:59.:31:04.

quarterfinal. The thing about the ends one is that he has kept Alex

:31:05.:31:09.

Marshall two singles the whole way through the match. Seven singles,

:31:10.:31:19.

Alex Marshall, at Potters. Yes. The experts will be telling us that he's

:31:20.:31:25.

probably never, ever done that before. He's probably in every

:31:26.:31:31.

single match scored at least more than one in an end in a match. Why

:31:32.:31:36.

did you say that? You know what I will be doing later and now, don't

:31:37.:31:41.

you? Yes, you will tell me the answer tomorrow. Thank you for that.

:31:42.:31:49.

The head down. Don't be fooled by that. It could mean anything. It

:31:50.:31:55.

needs to run though. It is a bit on the short side. In the standard of

:31:56.:32:01.

this game, that's not going to be close enough. He knows that. Not a

:32:02.:32:07.

bad start but he would prefer it to be behind the head. Alex's target

:32:08.:32:14.

here must be a minimum of two. Absolute minimum. He probably needs

:32:15.:32:19.

83. Good opener. Well, Les, argues starting to think

:32:20.:33:01.

about the winning post at the moment?

:33:02.:33:17.

This is where the tough really do get going. Yes, that's too perfect

:33:18.:33:28.

opening bowls from Alex. Probably his best to bowls of the match.

:33:29.:33:35.

Well, Les, it is still a draw. I don't think you should be running at

:33:36.:33:41.

this at the moment. He doesn't want to be looking at a fall. Even two

:33:42.:33:52.

shots. It is a big ask at an end to get a four. He needs to run with

:33:53.:34:00.

that. Oh, Leslie, what are you doing? This is your worst ends of

:34:01.:34:06.

the match and you really need this. I don't think Les will be looking

:34:07.:34:11.

forward to this final delivery. He will be three down. On his own, jack

:34:12.:34:26.

length. Is he going to leave that wide? He is. There is no easy draw

:34:27.:34:36.

and the yard and shot is no good, really. Well, not the shot that he

:34:37.:34:45.

would probably excel at is the running ball and he's going to have

:34:46.:34:57.

to play it now. If he gets... He needs to connect a green ball,

:34:58.:35:04.

simple as that. Massive pressure with this, massive. He knows that if

:35:05.:35:16.

he gets this right, he is home in a boat, but if he misses, goodness me.

:35:17.:35:25.

I think he has pulled it. Will he take many out? He has taken one out.

:35:26.:35:32.

That will help. He won't lose a three. But that was a nervy one. I

:35:33.:35:41.

think Les slightly prefers the backhand. That's why he chose it. As

:35:42.:35:47.

you say, a big chance for Alex to score a third and he needs it as

:35:48.:35:50.

well. You wouldn't put it past Alex to

:35:51.:36:09.

score a free here. Every other ends a single. Will it stop in time?

:36:10.:36:21.

Three shots, Alex Marshall. Three shots, no more, and Alex Marshall is

:36:22.:36:30.

suddenly right back in this match. 7-6 and he needs a double to force a

:36:31.:36:45.

tie-break. Oh, this is a tricky one. Les Gillett will be thinking, why

:36:46.:36:49.

have I played my worst ends of the game? It is never a given. To be

:36:50.:36:58.

fair to Alex, he played for really excellent bowls. He needs another

:36:59.:37:05.

one. Not taking the risk on a short jack length. I think he knows that

:37:06.:37:14.

if he lays a good opener, there is a lot of pressure on Les Gillett. Not

:37:15.:37:23.

bad. Not close enough though, I don't think.

:37:24.:37:54.

Well, Les, that is full balls in a row which had been a bit of a

:37:55.:38:05.

struggle. He can't see the finish line too early. A lot of people have

:38:06.:38:09.

done that in the past and fallen at the last hurdle. I think Alex will

:38:10.:38:17.

be disappointed with that. It has fallen short. Two feet but you won't

:38:18.:38:24.

be worried about that. You won't go anywhere near it.

:38:25.:38:32.

He was confused by his previous delivery. Thought it was better.

:38:33.:38:40.

Every ball is massive for Les Gillett now. Every single ball. This

:38:41.:38:47.

needs to hurry. That is good enough. Alex will follow that and try to

:38:48.:38:52.

touch the jack for a double. That's all he needs. There is only one

:38:53.:39:00.

thing in Les's mind now and that is please, Alex, miss this.

:39:01.:39:07.

Just a forehand draw from Alex. Any movement of the Jack Wood scored

:39:08.:39:15.

two. The line's good. Yes, he's pretty close and he's got the

:39:16.:39:22.

weight. He's just holding out. Oh, that straightened out, didn't it? He

:39:23.:39:28.

thought he was underlying, the ball just seemed to hold out. It looked

:39:29.:39:34.

good to us. I thought it was good, identify about you. He is shaking

:39:35.:39:38.

his head there. He thought he was on the line. We have a good idea of

:39:39.:39:43.

where the balls are coming in. Now he is in trouble. Well, he is and he

:39:44.:39:51.

isn't. It is a match lie against him but there is only one bowl in there

:39:52.:39:55.

at the moment and he has still got the Trail shot, he has still got the

:39:56.:40:01.

removal of the red bowl for two. That is what he needs. Les will have

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two draw this. He has no choice but to follow on from his last bowl.

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Even if he drags the Jack towards the green one, that is good enough.

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He doesn't mind giving be shot away, as long as he has got a real, real

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good second. That is what would be in my mind. As I say, we got a good

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idea of lines. Now, Alex, rest the board of forehand? I think he will

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play a bit of weight now. The thing for Alex is, Les's last ball has

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hampered him. He would have wanted the opportunity to hamper him. I

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think that was a nervous bowl and he let it go. If anything, he should

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have been behind the head to allow the drive shot to get out of

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trouble. In recent years, this is Leslie's biggest game. Alex looking

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at the angles here. Diane had seen it all before. And even if he loses,

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she will still be smiling. If I were Alex, I would have played this with

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weight. I don't think he's got confidence that he will be able to

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draw this. It will certainly be a yard or so at the very most.

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Well, no better man for the big bowl. He is under. He is definitely

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under. He needs a massive result here. Les will take the single.

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Well, the six times world champion goes out to Les Gillett and I have

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decided on Les Gillett was good value for that match. He really

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played exceptionally well. Les was very good. I think that's where he

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won the game. Alex probably wasn't at his best but well played to Les

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Gillett, three to the quarterfinals. A brilliant performance by Les

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Gillett. He moves into the quarterfinal and didn't he play well

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doing it? Both players coming and, both feeling quite confident, but it

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was Les Gillett who got out of the traps so quickly, playing brilliant

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draw bowls, and after end after end. And quite often playing with three

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or four balls in the head as well to keep things going for himself. Alex

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Marshall kicking bowls away because he added another big count for three

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and all over it again for a double count in the second set. Alex

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Marshall in for three on the eighth ends. Gave him a real chance on the

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last but the running bowl took its own bowl out, didn't make any

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difference, Les Gillett takes the end and the match. Played very well.

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So, ends one, you can see Les Gillett ten over eight. Only four

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shots between them in the match. It was without a doubt a very, very

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good performance. Les Gillett, those first balls -- first bowls were the

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key. We can chat to both players now.

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Alex, you have had great moment and this wrinkle. How would you describe

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today? I feel I played OK. I played some good ends and some bad ends,

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but the first set, I thought I played pretty well. Les nicked it.

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The second set, I had chances, and I played a bad end, dropping short

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against Les but full credit to him, he was brilliant today. He was

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indeed. Congratulations to Les Gillett. How would you describe the

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way this week is going for you? It is all right at the moment.

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Obviously we are in the pairs, gave me a great beast, and when I saw I

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had Alex in the single, I knew I had to give it my all and fully focused.

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You are not six times world champion for no reason. I prepared myself

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really, really well, concentrated every single bowl, nearly blew it at

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the end when I almost dropped a four, but like Alex said, he played

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some really good stuff and I played some good runners when he played

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some short jack. Really pleased to go through and we will see what

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happens now. All the experts chat about how well you have played all

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week. How much did winning the pairs help you today? Massive. Obviously I

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lead for Jason in the pairs and you concentrate and roaring. You haven't

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got to play any conversion shot. But my drawing has been really good. The

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length has played a few times in this game. I have been playing

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filler lengths and my bowls sought -- suit the greens better and filler

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lengths. It is great so far. Hopefully I can continue. Keep it

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going. Congratulations. Commiserations to you. Let's see how

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the draw looks for the second round. We have got a bit of time on our

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hands though we will show you what happened in the earlier match today

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between David Gourlay and Neil Furman. David Gourlay was in control

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as we going into the second. Can't ask for much better than that.

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He has gone early. He could potentially close the set

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out. Either that or just put one to the side, making sure that if the

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two balls do disappear, he still lies the shot.

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Problem for Neil Furman. He knows he has to the bowls. Yes, that was

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always going to be difficult. The problem with the draw, if he misses,

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the bowl Mac's of the green. If he draws another shot, this match will

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be over. I think he will look to get inside the green on the backhand. He

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will want to get off as quickly as possible. He is looking good. That

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is a narrow life. One bowl left. This needs to be a contact. If he

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misses the contact, this will be shaking hands. He will do well to

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get anything out of this. He is close to something. Well, I

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think he may have managed to get a single out of this. A good strike.

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Umpire, please. Call the umpire and that was a really good results. I

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really couldn't see him getting anything out of that, to be honest.

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It was a perfect strike, I have to say, but you had no idea where the

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Jack was going to go. Saves the match.

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The boys just discussing about how the bowls were lying. It looks like

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one to read. One shot, David Gurley.

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Mathematically, it is possible for Neil Furman to win the set. Highly

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unlikely, but I think David Gourlay will be happy enough to take the

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end. Neil Furman needs a fall. So, taking again.

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He hasn't played as well in the second set. No, he hasn't. That was

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the disappointing section for Neal, to be honest. He will never give up,

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he will fight to the end. Like you say, picking a four and a three up

:52:28.:52:31.

against players of David's quality doesn't often happen.

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The match going about an hour and 20 minutes. That's about right.

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We always say that two sets could normally be about 90 minutes. And

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the nine ends, that is, of course. Doesn't always go to the full nine

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ends. It's going away quick. Needs

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contact. Looking to split the two greens.

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He is looking for that funny weight. He may as well go big. He could be

:53:56.:54:07.

looking at the three or four. No, it is under. Close to the other red

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bow. Well, actually creates an opportunity, strangely enough.

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That is not bad, not bad, actually. I think the best he can do, really,

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is a three. Ditch pace. Just the underside of the jack, trying to get

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past the centre of the rink. Time out called. Neal has one time-out

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remaining. Looking to see where he can actually put it and it's very

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difficult. You need to get the jack back into this position to make up

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three or four. How he is going to get it there will be very difficult.

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I think he might even go quicker. He is close to the Jack. The

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underside of it. I'm lucky. I have to say, that is probably a fair

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reflection. David Gourlay played very well in that second set. He

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did, he dominated. A fair reflection on the game, as you say. David

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Gourlay brew, 2-0. And yet another high-class player

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finds himself in the quarterfinals. This is the line-up:

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looking at that line-up, that is high-quality from top to bottom.

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There is not one weak link in that list. No, there is no weak link and

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Les Gillett was one of the lower seeded players but my goodness me,

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did he play well? He said that the confidence he got out of the pairs

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has really helped him in that match today. He played well in the pairs,

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there is no doubt about that, but I think his first two bowls, as we

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mentioned, if you can get the first to bowls in, you can beat pretty

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much anyone and that is as good as I have seen Les played. What about

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Alex Marshall? How did he play? I think he played well. There was no

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problem. It's just that Les played really well. The first set could

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easily have been drawn. Once the first set went, you were thinking,

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can Alex get back? What impressed me the most was that Les Gillett was

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keeping Alex down to single shots all the way down to the eighth end

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of the second set. Have you got a pic for the tournament, who will win

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it, or are you still going to wait? I will wait certainly until tomorrow

:57:30.:57:33.

at least. Nick Brett was playing very well but he has just got over

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the line. Thank you very much, for the moment. Let me remind you of

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what is coming up your way and the BBC sport website and the BBC sport

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app. Don't forget, tennis follows us here

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on BBC Two but the third trophy of the week has been won at Potters.

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Katherine Rednall is the ladies champion. Bye-bye.

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