Singles Final World Indoor Bowls Championships


Singles Final

Rishi Persad presents live coverage of the World Indoor Singles Final from the Potters Leisure Resort in Norfolk. With commentary by David Corkill.


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# Maybe I'm foolish, maybe I'm blind # Thinking I can see through this

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and see what's behind # Got no way to prove it

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# So maybe I'm blind # But I'm only human after all

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# I'm only human after all # Don't put the blame on me #.

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Semifinals, two great matches. # Some people got real problems,

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some people think I can solve them # Lord heavens above

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# I'm only human after all # I'm only human after all,

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# Don't put the blame on me # Don't put the blame on me

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# I'm only human, I make mistakes # I'm only human, that's all it

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takes, to put the blame on me # Don't put the blame on me

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# I'm no profit or Messiah # Should go looking somewhere higher

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# I'm only human, I do what I can # I'm just a man, I do what I can

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# Don't put the blame on me # Don't put your blame on me #.

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APPLAUSE The heart is beating that little

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harder, the pulse racing a bit quicker, just two men left standing,

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Paul Foster and Greg Harlow in the final of the singles. We are ready

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for the main event of the week. Greg Harlow 48 years old, the number four

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seed in 2010 champion, up against Paul Foster, 43 from Scotland, the

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number six seed and eight former world champion. This is what they

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are competing for, the most coveted trophy in bowls. In your experience

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of commentating on playing, how important, how significant is today?

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This is the pinnacle, no doubt about that, in the best venue in the world

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to play bowls. Everyone wants to be here, a big crowd, a knowledgeable

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crowd, and they've made their way through some tough matches. Paul

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Foster, five World Championships is a possibility. Talk us through a

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little bit about both players. Paul Foster wants to get a bit closer to

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his great mate Alex Marshall who has won it six times, he is two away,

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what does today mean to him? Paul is getting better every game. That's

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the way he's been looking at it, better with every ball, every set,

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every match. Greg is a different situation. Greg has enjoyed a great

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week but this is a place he feels very familiar with. He should do,

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his office is just up above us! Working here helps, of course. Greg

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has been in many finals here but has had the experience of going through

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tough matches every single time. Let's find what both Paul and Greg

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Fink think about appearing in today's final. -- and Greg Fink

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about appearing in today's final. A major final, everybody wants to

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play in, the World Championships is the pinnacle of our sport. It

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doesn't matter what round I played, I always treat every person with the

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same respect and as if it's a fine. If you can get to a world final,

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it's just a different atmosphere. I've always got butterflies before

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every game, which I think you need. It just has that we added pressure

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as you have a chance to become world champion.

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Paul and I have played many times over the years. The last event we

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played in the final. A fantastic match. I had to pull out two or

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three massive forehand runners in the tie-break to get me over the

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line. To be honest, I think we will both start, our game will be raised

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and we will play from scratch and play our hearts out.

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The great final against Greg. I can't get it out of my mind, about

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Perth. It's good to get to the final. I know Greg's strengths,

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doesn't have many weaknesses at all, if any. I need to stop worrying

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about him and worry about myself. My ambition has been to Win for a

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second time, that hasn't changed. Hopefully I'll manage to do it this

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afternoon, if not, I'll be back again next year to try again.

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1998, my first title was a long time ago. It shows how old I'm getting

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now! It's great I can still compete at the top. I always say, if I can

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play at the top of my game, I have a chance in any tournament. Fortunate

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enough for me I've played the right balls at the right time in this

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championship. I feel my form has been good all

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season, as well as good form and playing well you need a touch of

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luck along the way. Even though I've played well in all my matches, I

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must admit right at the death, last ball of the match, Lady luck has

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just been on my side. This week has been incredible. Every game has come

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down to the last bowl. Every time it's the forehand runner set up,

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it's not even like I've chosen a different shot.

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He's got it. Got it again. What can you say? Four kids, a handful. My

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whole family, my mum a grandad and my friends back home will all be

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rooting for me. I just hope I can do it. My wife did say to me, look,

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you've done us all proud. If you win it, brilliant, if not, you do have

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had a fantastic two weeks. If it went to the final of the

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tie-break and I had the last bowl, I would guess, however the headsets

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up, I'm going to play a forehand runner. Why wouldn't you?

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Why indeed. It has served him so well at this tournament,

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particularly in the second round against James Rippy and in the semis

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yesterday against Stewart Anderson. Paul Foster has rather more Serena

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progress until he got to the quarterfinal, going to a tie-break

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to see off Chestney. Greg Harlow touched on a bit of good

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fortune he said this week and we will look back on some of the

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moment, the last bowl finish in the second round against James Rippy.

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That was a good ball, I'm not sure he could call that fortunate. It was

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the only shot he had on, he played it to perfection. We could see it

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was possible but didn't know about the angles. No luck about that one,

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you could play at 100 times and miss it 100 times. And against David

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Gourlay. He put his hand up to this one, going away from the target, and

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nothing, but the fact the ball hit the jackpot in a way past was enough

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to move it. It was a fluke, he put his hand up and that fair enough.

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The forehand runner, again in the semifinal against Stewart Anderson

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yesterday. Again, Greg was looking for a

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different result, trying to split the bowls push it on Fallou. He got

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the ball on to run on through the ball and pick up the jack, Lady luck

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sits on your shoulders sometimes. Please two are two the top players

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in the world, long established as two of the best players in the

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world, met in the Scottish International open last November for

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the Greg Harlow, once again, had a good moment. Yes, a backhand this

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time. We've had discussion about this in the event. If you watched

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the jack, it was going out and it bounced off one of the prongs in the

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ditch and it kept him in the event. That was just an unbelievable

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result, absolutely unbelievable. Having said that, prior to that, he

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was getting a lot of very good running ball results. Talk us

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through the abilities of both players to draw and find the right

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tactical decisions under pressure. There will be no weaknesses here,

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that's the important bit. What will happen, more than likely, who goes

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wrong and who go short. Paul Foster normally goes long and only when he

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is in trouble his short jack length is very good. The first two bowls

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will be crucial. I have to put you on the spot, who is going to win the

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final? Don't say it too loud because I think they are listening

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somewhere! I've looked at the statistics, watch the matches and

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worked on them and I think Paul Foster has got better each game. And

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also, it's his fifth time. I think I have to go for him.

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Good to see you got the memo on the outfit! We're going to hand over to

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our MC for the afternoon, Richard. Thank you very much. Going for his

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fifth world indoors singles championship, a true master of the

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game, ladies and gentlemen, your appreciation for Paul Foster, MBE.

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And hoping to recreate the magic that captured him this title seven

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years ago, one of the game most naturally gifted players. Ladies and

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gentlemen, the world number four, it is Greg Harlow!

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so here we go, the final of the open singles, Paul Foster going for a

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fifth title, Greg Harlow for a second. The biggest occasion in the

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sport. Andy Thompson is in the commentary box alongside Corky.

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COMMENTATOR: Thank you, that 200 yard dash gets longer every time.

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Yes every day you seem to be slightly more out of puff than the

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previous one but you are doing fine. They're working you had.

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A fascinating game. I was put on the line about who was going to win...

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The thing is, Greg has played well in all his games. He's done well,

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there's no doubt about that. But you have to look behind that luck and

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behind that is a very solid game. Yes, it was a brave call. People

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have been asking me who is going to win it and I think it is the toss of

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a coin. Both players very, very capable of winning this. It's who

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does it on the day. I assume both will play well, if

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they both play well, it's very hard to go against Paul Foster with the

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record he has. Correct. Any decision you make at this stage

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can't be a doubt one has to be on the basis of the facts. Paul Foster

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is very, very good when he gets to this stage.

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Greg has a very good record against Paul

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he has, a very good record. 12 inches short of Jack high. Greg

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Harlow could not have wished for a better start. That's what you dream

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of in a world singles final. Half an inch, half an inch.

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The one thing for any player, no need to motivate themselves, that

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Saudi built into their DNA. They are competitors. -- it is built into

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their DNA. All-round players, good in the

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singles game. Talented players who play all the shots.

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On your bowl, half an inch. He really likes the forehand, not as

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fond of his backhand, but anything behind the jack will be good. Yes, I

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think so. Paul just trying to draw with his opening two deliveries. I

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suspect he will still be trying to draw this one. This one from Greg,

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meant to be behind. Still not running.

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If he misses that he's in position for the push shot. Two, red.

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That was a good waiting ball for Paul.

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A choice of shots for Paul. Promote his green ball and get second runs

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ahead and tries to put the jack into the ditch. Percentages are on the

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backhand runner or even front bowl onto it would be good. The forehand

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lends itself to pushing the bowl in. Yes, tacking on the backhand. Very,

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very close. He has this perfect. Where is the toucher going? Good a

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reduction of shots. Two down and reduced it to one. He will be happy.

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We often talk about your name on the trophy whenever you're fortunate

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enough to get through matches, but I think when it gets to the final,

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things are slightly different. Yes, I think it is, David. It's all

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about performance, and if both players perform here then this is

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going to be a tight battle. Both are playing well, so I would expect this

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to their right to the wire. Greg's opening balls have been very good.

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Both players have had a good practice, good half an hour before

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some of the entertainment started and they were both playing really

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well. Just dropping a little bit shorter.

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Need a correction with the second bowl. Draws the winner.

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I think both players will be happier playing this backhand side. Both

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preferred this side to the forehand. Greg needs to just run with this

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one. Looks to be short. Nice line. Players making centre rink with the

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balls. He would preferred to be playing the

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backhand, there is a gap of ten inches. Well...

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Moving the forehand, just play safe. The unlucky to give it away on this

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side, could have given it away on the backhand side. This is a good

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line. This looks like number two. That is a great bowl. Moves the

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jack, as well and still holds onto two.

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Two, green. This is awkward, short red bowl

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blocks it, so looks like a running draw. No clear path through to the

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jack so just a draw. Struggling to make it, don't think

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it's here. No, just diving under. The line was good but no correction

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from the previous delivery. Paul will be a little careful here,

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just to make sure he doesn't tap the bowl on the jack.

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Changing to the backhand side. Unlucky to give the shot away.

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Perfect line, but for many players are just dropping two feet short on

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the backhand side. It was a feature earlier in the

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week, as well. I had a bit of a chat to a couple of the guys about and

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they felt the same way. They felt just lean into it a little bit. If

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you go a bit wider the general consensus was there is a better run

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on the outside line. It seems to happen, the centre line seems to be

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that bit heavier. Jack Link 27.5 metres. -- Jack

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length. I think you'll find both players

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will play on opposite sides here. I think Paul will lead on the back and

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Greg will lead on the floor. Paul always confident with those polls

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coming off the high line. The vast majority of the players have been

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playing the forehand. This is normally a settling in

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period in any major final. 18 inches short of jack high. There

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is a world record attempt coming up in Weymouth where they are going for

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72 hours continual bowling. That's impressive. Three days bowling. You

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are in for the 36! I'm in for the first three minutes. I've had a

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little chat and Joanne says at the moment the world record is 40 hours,

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held by a club in Australia. Certainly trying to break that

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big-time, aren't they? 72, that's a big increase. Good luck to them all.

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Paul dropping short again. Yes, and it's a very good cause, a lot of

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charities involved. A loose end. Loose ends are very

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dangerous, holes, gaps... Just struggling a bit full weight,

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this one, but might be enough. A long way away. The standard of these

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guys... Paul Foster open draw, but this has to be good, doesn't want to

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start losing a big count. He's on a perfect line, it's all about weight.

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He's pushing this ball up. Is it running? No, he knew this wasn't

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there. This will be a loose four for Paul Foster to drop.

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Well, we always say the chances of having a loose end, are very much

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on, but you're really only allowed one loose one and you try to get

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away with that. Paul isn't getting away with it, he's losing four.

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APPLAUSE His wife, delighted with that.

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An excellent four. 5-2 after three ends.

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APPLAUSE Once again finding the middle path.

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Greg finding the perfect line, just dropping a little bit short. Both

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players slightly guilty of that at the moment. This one needs to do a

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bit of running. So easy to do, a good hand, and accommodating hand

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but does have a tendency to change a little bit in pace.

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Had a game last night, David, when we were answering questions in

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metric, but fortunately for me we are back to Imperial. 16 inches

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short! So much easier. Short again. At some stage players will stop

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fighting that and move on to the other side. It's who's going to be

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the first to do it. Yes, I think most players, just getting slightly

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baffled by this slower side. This looks like the shot bowl coming in.

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As you say, finishing in the centre, just short on pace on this side.

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Looks like he's making sure with this one, but catching the short

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bowl. I think it was a better weight. Difficult for Greg to score

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on the backhand here, really. I think we will see Greg changing to

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the forehand with the next delivery. Well, we will definitely see Greg

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playing the forehand now. Very inviting for Greg. Place this shot

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well, don't think he will be short on the forehand side. -- plays this

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shot well. Time out called.

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I thought he was going to use a time out there.

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He would be very unlucky to take his own bowl out. I think the last bowl

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from Paul makes inviting. He could come off that green ball onto the

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shot. Yes, that's it, David. He's really taking his time about

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this. He's still looking at the angle. I

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think what he's worried about is coming inside and getting his own

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ball. There is a danger but I think he may have two seconds.

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That's why he's changing to the draw. I can't see him drawing this,

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really, I think he's blocked out. Close to his own ball but he won't

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have to wait to get there. Needed to be up. I think he was worried about

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coming in and getting his own ball and may be leaving Paul and easy

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two. Possibly. It was difficult to draw that. Difficult for Paul to add

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another, as well. Once again, looks like it's

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dropping. All eight bowls short of the jack. Do you think either will

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move the jack or move to the forehand?

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Two 11-end sets with a three-end tie-break at the end if we need it.

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Players have 30 seconds to play their bowl after the first bowl.

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First bowl of the end there is no clock.

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Well, we're continuing to ask questions andy, and a 14-year-old

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has been asking about how to get involved in the game? Well, lots and

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lots of bowling clubs around. Just go - they often hold open days, I

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know my indoor club actually has two weeks of open days available at the

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start of the season, in September but outdoor clubs do it, too.

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Yes, most club also do open days. Many, many clubs throughout the

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country, all countries, really. I'm sure there will be one near. It's

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just worth going in and saying they are interested and someone will help

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them out Ye, a few youngsters. I wreck them from the White Oak Indoor

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Bowls Club in Swanley. A few youngsters in the crowd today, good

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to see. -- I recognise them. That's more like Paul Foster. It would be

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tempting for Greg Harlow to hit this. Yes, Greg never one to hit a

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tape with a running bowl. If the head starts to build up, he will be

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banging it, hitting this hard. Close. Perfect strike. Perfect

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follow through. You could not have played that any better. Once he got

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the split, he was always going to come into the jack but where the

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jack was going was the question. And through to his own red bowl. Back to

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the draw again. Two against him. How quickly things can change. Yes, it

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almost seems a little bit cruel. Paul has thrown the perfect two

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bowls, all of a sudden he is two down. Good recovery. Second bowl. !

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One great bowl from Greg has totally changed this head around. He has all

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the play now has Greg. Turn of the jack for three, edged the bowl off

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for two. You It's a great shot to have in the armoury. It certainly

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is. . That's what all the top players have nowadays, they all have

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that good heavy shot bowl. Oh, he shot with that. Yes, you look back

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at the players whose strength is there. Stewart Anderson whose

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strength is on the draw shot but I tell you what, Stewart Anderson is

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very, very accurate with the running bowl. He didn't need it much. He put

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an exhibition on in one of his games He certainly did against Niki Brett.

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He was outstanding. Paul still trying to draw here.

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Well, that's another second, so he will be happy with that.

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So, he will be looking to gain another one. A very safe shot, this

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backhand. He couldn't do any damage. APPLAUSE

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Well-played. Keeps advantage. It certainly did.

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Harlow is picking them up, with four and a two. We approach the mid-point

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point of the first set. Good bowling but not absolutely outstanding yet.

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A couple of loose ends. Yes, I think both players just guilty, slightly

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of dropping a little bit short but that's understandable early on in a

:35:13.:35:17.

game. . I think they'll settle into a Bert rhythm shortly. Greg just

:35:18.:35:21.

needs to push through on this backhand a little bit. The last end

:35:22.:35:26.

in this direction, all four bowls were short. I think he will learn

:35:27.:35:29.

from that and this one will be threw.

:35:30.:35:39.

Well dump Greg Harlow sticking to the short jack. He may change it if

:35:40.:36:26.

Foster gets hold of It yes, I think the tactics will be in the way we

:36:27.:36:30.

are seeing at the moment, Greg long, Paul shorter. That's a better bowl

:36:31.:36:31.

from Greg. That's the jack. Greg looking to make a disturbance

:36:32.:37:23.

on the jack if he can. Pulling it back to his own red bowl. That was

:37:24.:37:25.

just enough to make the double. Slightly over the weight. Just

:37:26.:37:47.

carries on. You have to make a big change in the

:37:48.:37:58.

line there or be brave and enjoy that. Greg is conscious of his own

:37:59.:38:03.

bowl but there's no reason not to keep playing at it. Well, deciding

:38:04.:38:06.

to take a time-out. What Greg is looking at, Andy, if he

:38:07.:38:18.

draws in a his own bowl and even stops there, that's going to be

:38:19.:38:21.

still a hard target. He is aware of the fact that the back bowl is

:38:22.:38:24.

against him. If he wants it bay a back bowl, well, this position is

:38:25.:38:27.

useful but at the same time, as I say, there is a low bowl with a

:38:28.:38:32.

green one back waiting, but I'm not convinced here. I think he should

:38:33.:38:37.

just draw this. So do I, definitely just a draw. Good it make the head

:38:38.:38:42.

harder for Paul. Greg will probably feel that Paul will draw this. There

:38:43.:38:47.

is room. So he has to close it down. Backhand draw, on the top of the

:38:48.:38:50.

jack, then he is really in the driving seat.

:38:51.:38:55.

Even if he play it is with weight and flicks the ball over t wouldn't

:38:56.:39:02.

do any harm. He is playing the forehand. Going for safety. He is

:39:03.:39:06.

happy to leave Paul to draw the shot. There's always choices in the

:39:07.:39:14.

game but he feels that zwrus a tough enough shot at the moment. So

:39:15.:39:21.

playing for the safe bowl. We did indicate a back one would be useful.

:39:22.:39:25.

Didn't really malter which way he played it. But that's in the really

:39:26.:39:30.

where he wanted it. No, that probably just forces Paul into the

:39:31.:39:32.

draw, into playing the perfect shot. He's not sure about this. Well, he

:39:33.:39:45.

is on a good line, it is all about the weight. Will it bend in time?

:39:46.:39:49.

Very close here. He has drawn this shot. Well-played Paul Foster. That

:39:50.:39:56.

was the danger. If you draw, you draw. That's whey thought Greg would

:39:57.:40:02.

have played to close the end down. APPLAUSE

:40:03.:40:06.

One shot, Paul Foster. You can't leave those shots for a player like

:40:07.:40:09.

Paul Foster. Paul has brought the mat up the rink

:40:10.:40:34.

this time. Still short but different lines.

:40:35.:41:17.

Well, at the moment, Greg Harlow is scoring the ends. Paul playing the

:41:18.:41:28.

other ends better That's probably why, tactically, Paul just wanted to

:41:29.:41:33.

change it slightly. . I think he needed to and at some stage he might

:41:34.:41:38.

have to move on to the forethanked Greg's playing. I think I would have

:41:39.:41:42.

to agree with you as well. This is a good recovery. Well-played.

:41:43.:41:53.

On Paul's bowl the gap is three-and-a-half inches. A

:41:54.:41:58.

reasonable target. I don't think Greg will be driving with this one,

:41:59.:42:00.

though. Sticking to the draw. He's going Filter through to a good

:42:01.:42:22.

position. Greg, of course, here he has a lot of support because a lot

:42:23.:42:28.

of people watching will be residents and would know Greg. Yes, there's

:42:29.:42:31.

also a lot from Greg's family. There's quite a lot of support, as

:42:32.:42:38.

you say for Greg here today. And his family back home. His mum and dad,

:42:39.:42:44.

and Pamela will be watching with the children, Logan, Keegan, Ethan and

:42:45.:42:46.

Amara. Well, I'm sure we've said this a few

:42:47.:42:56.

times but it looks like the forehand runner.

:42:57.:43:12.

Once again, taking the two bowls out. It is just magnificent

:43:13.:43:18.

striking. Paul is slightly shaking his head at that result but it was a

:43:19.:43:23.

good strike. I can see why he was shaking his head at the result. The

:43:24.:43:28.

ball was actually coming away but he got the split absolutely perfect. I

:43:29.:43:32.

think it was the bowl going through the gap was the problem for Paul.

:43:33.:43:39.

Yes, Paul probably felt as though the bowl would have moved on to the

:43:40.:43:43.

jack but he got it perfect. Oh, Paul's body language suggests this

:43:44.:43:44.

one is short. Well, for many years, David Gourlay

:43:45.:43:54.

had that forehand runner absolutely nailed. He was the king of that

:43:55.:43:59.

shot. Greg Harlow's really taken over that mantle, with the added

:44:00.:44:04.

bonus of when you are on target, sometimes lady luck sits with you

:44:05.:44:09.

and he's played two so far that have been absolutely perfect. Well, he's

:44:10.:44:13.

got the maximum result with both of them. You can't fault the shot.

:44:14.:44:20.

Absolutely played to perfection but once again, in this direction, Paul

:44:21.:44:26.

has lied with the opening bowls but Paul is going to be scoring at least

:44:27.:44:30.

a double here. Oh, struggling to get back. It is good enough, I think.

:44:31.:44:33.

Might be. Just drop in. Paul kicks them away, two. I can

:44:34.:44:45.

understand he is not happy about that, once again Paul Foster played

:44:46.:44:48.

good bowls and got absolutely nothing out of it. It is difficult

:44:49.:44:52.

from Paul's point of view. All he can do is put the bowls closely,

:44:53.:44:57.

there is nothing you can do if your opposition takes them out. That's

:44:58.:45:01.

what is happening. Paul's just got to stick at it in this direction,

:45:02.:45:05.

just putting them close and hoping that Greg misses.

:45:06.:45:36.

Well, sometimes there is a little slip in the fingers there, or a

:45:37.:45:42.

little bit of movement. I think it is the way he polished that bowl.

:45:43.:45:48.

Getting himself reset again. No time clock on the first delivery.

:45:49.:46:18.

Shaun Williams watching with interest. Yes, he entertained us to

:46:19.:46:25.

some music prior to the final. I saw you singing away there, David.

:46:26.:46:36.

I think I was in a meeting at the time!

:46:37.:46:48.

He likes the bowls. Yes, he does. I belief both his parents enjoy it as

:46:49.:47:02.

well. This is good from Greg. Ah, well-played. Well things not going

:47:03.:47:09.

right at the moment for Paul Foster. So well known for digging deep win

:47:10.:47:13.

he needs to. Ye, Paul won't be unhappy with the way he is playing.

:47:14.:47:18.

Sometimes you can't do much about it if the opposition play big bowls.

:47:19.:47:24.

Not playing badly. A chance off his own bowl. Now needs to drop. Oh, he

:47:25.:47:29.

dropped out. I was going to say he needs to drop back. He dropped away

:47:30.:47:31.

from the jack, not towards it. Well, I saw Paul glancing at the

:47:32.:47:47.

score there. Five-down. Four ends to go. He knows that he probably needs

:47:48.:47:50.

to score here. Well, this bowl not running but it

:47:51.:48:01.

is in the draw line. Oh, he is going to have to shift it, one way or the

:48:02.:48:06.

other. I think he has to play inside. Ye, needs it change his head

:48:07.:48:15.

around. He has a chance here. Needs to bend Oh, well-played. Really

:48:16.:48:20.

well-played. Oh, good bowl. I think he was hoping to get the red bowl

:48:21.:48:26.

out absolutely clean, Andy, but that was good. Yes, it was almost second

:48:27.:48:30.

choice. Red bowl was the number one target but catches his own bowl.

:48:31.:48:39.

Third bowl, moves the jack, scores the shot.

:48:40.:48:54.

Well, something is not right with this. But he is not too far away.

:48:55.:48:59.

Oh, he is very close. He is very close. Oh, that's a great bowl.

:49:00.:49:07.

Great bowl. A slap in the leg there, his body language indicated to me

:49:08.:49:11.

that he wasn't happen with something but it looked good all the way He

:49:12.:49:17.

read it well. Lots of chances. The ball was good, the jack was good.

:49:18.:49:26.

Lies the shot. Well, everything he touches is turning to gold at the

:49:27.:49:29.

moment. Paul Foster in the area. Very close. Needs two red bowls to

:49:30.:49:36.

go out here. Oh, only one of them. Got the shot, though. He looked good

:49:37.:49:43.

for both bowls. That would have been worth a double. And at this stage

:49:44.:49:48.

very welcome. Yes, good bowling. Good conversing shots by both

:49:49.:49:54.

players. Keeps Paul in the set. There we can see that it is the oddp

:49:55.:49:59.

ends he is failing to score on, 1, 3, 5, #. -- 1, 3, 5, 7. Failed to

:50:00.:50:07.

score on any. Well, we are getting some very

:50:08.:50:31.

interesting questions on Twitter. Interest in seeing a match between

:50:32.:50:34.

the two commentators and who would come out on top. Well I'll bow to

:50:35.:50:40.

your top 16 world ranking on that one. Thank you very much, not like

:50:41.:50:43.

you, is t not like you to give me any credit? You did, however, beat

:50:44.:50:47.

me last year on the international series from what I recall. I'm not

:50:48.:50:54.

happy with that one. I doubt if we're clashing in the international

:50:55.:50:58.

series in a few weeks' time. I'm looking forward to coming over to

:50:59.:51:03.

Belfast with the English team. Well, I haven't heard the draw but if we

:51:04.:51:10.

are drawn together I'll welcome it. Ply home clucks you will be very

:51:11.:51:14.

welcome Well once again Paul Foster in again. Shorter jack length, as

:51:15.:51:19.

expected. So, thank you for that question, Neil Thanks for that

:51:20.:51:20.

answer, David. Yes, that's good. Jack high bowl,

:51:21.:51:36.

but hasn't framed the jack either side which is good. I think that's

:51:37.:51:41.

key, David. No target at the moment here for Greg.

:51:42.:52:03.

That's a very good second. That's going to force Paul to think about

:52:04.:52:11.

this on the other side. Two-and-a-half inches, one green.

:52:12.:52:16.

Your bowl is half an inch short of jack high.

:52:17.:52:24.

Well, very, very limited options here for Paul Foster. Yes, you

:52:25.:52:32.

suggested, David, change the hand, forehand, put a position bowl in.

:52:33.:52:35.

That's a reasonable call, I think, I would agree with that. I wouldn't go

:52:36.:52:40.

near the jack, just try and pop it in that position, if you get close

:52:41.:52:44.

to the jack, you don't want to nudge it to the red bowl Well, he is

:52:45.:52:50.

looking at taking a chance, possibly playing the backhand, trying to pop

:52:51.:52:54.

the bowl out. Well, I still think - where he is looking, as you say,

:52:55.:52:59.

Andy, the backhand to get into that, force the red bowl through the head.

:53:00.:53:02.

I still the forehand into position first would be useful. Yes, I think

:53:03.:53:08.

he is taking the first option. Playing the position bowl.

:53:09.:53:21.

Oh, that's very good. ! A good bowl there as well. One green. Yes, one

:53:22.:53:33.

green. Not far away from getting number two but Greg will be

:53:34.:53:36.

defensive here, he won't be attacking this, backhand draw.

:53:37.:53:46.

Well, there is a little gap there between the two green bowls, if he

:53:47.:53:52.

can make that he'll definitely get the jack. Too high. Right, Paul, do

:53:53.:53:59.

you take a gamble now? ? Well, two ends to go after this. One shot

:54:00.:54:04.

here, 9-6 two ends to G it's definitely on. If he leaves this he

:54:05.:54:09.

is in trouble. I think he has to play this. The backhand. This is a

:54:10.:54:13.

hard sho. We know how difficult these shots are with three or four

:54:14.:54:18.

feet away but I think he'll play it. If he gets it, he might get a good

:54:19.:54:24.

result. If he misses it he might come into position He is playing it.

:54:25.:54:27.

Will he get back? He is putting his hands out as if to say I've played

:54:28.:54:33.

that well but unfortunately the bowl doesn't come back. He might be a bit

:54:34.:54:38.

heavy. I wonder if Greg will take a risk? I don't think he needs to.

:54:39.:54:45.

Well, this will be cagey. Even if he drops short, Greg won't be overly

:54:46.:54:47.

concerned at dropping a one here. The right interest. An interesting

:54:48.:55:01.

strategic end. Both players had opportunities. Both players

:55:02.:55:06.

attempted it. I think Paul was basically saying to Greg - I thought

:55:07.:55:09.

I was good and the bowl just holds out. Frustrating for players that

:55:10.:55:16.

they can't play that type of shot. W it is one of the characteristics of

:55:17.:55:20.

the portable rink. It's not easy to play that controlled weight. So, two

:55:21.:55:30.

ends to go, Greg Harlow 3-up. Paul Foster's stemmed that flow of

:55:31.:55:33.

shots going in that direction, which is good. Well, he didn't give Greg a

:55:34.:55:38.

target. That was the key there, really.

:55:39.:56:00.

Well, for many years, Greg Harlow, before he got to the top, was a

:56:01.:56:07.

flamboyant player. He would be very aggressive and play through heads a

:56:08.:56:10.

will the and go at things early. He controlled that. -- play through

:56:11.:56:17.

heads a lot. He became very deliberate in his shot play, and

:56:18.:56:21.

started moving up the ranking list about ten years ago. Still quite an

:56:22.:56:28.

aggressive player but much more accurate now than what he used to be

:56:29.:56:33.

Ye, I think he plays the forehand runner now Greg, with more kroe. He

:56:34.:56:37.

doesn't really go fast but he's always in control of the delivery.

:56:38.:56:48.

Paul Foster, defended his singles here in 1999. He first won it in

:56:49.:56:54.

'98. I played him in the first round. It was a good experience, for

:56:55.:57:03.

a while. You did well for what a couple of ends. I did. Tack one set

:57:04.:57:10.

off him. -- took one set off him. And he decided he had enough of that

:57:11.:57:14.

behaviour Oh, something wrong with this one, Greg, I don't think you

:57:15.:57:16.

are running. Well, that could gives him problems

:57:17.:57:29.

later, that stops the running bowl. So a chance for Paul to lay a good

:57:30.:57:32.

shot. ! Well, scoring but still not overly

:57:33.:57:51.

close. But, well really, on that backhand in particular you just

:57:52.:57:52.

don't think that's close enough. A good correction here from Greg. It

:57:53.:58:11.

looks like the shot coming in from Greg Harlow. Oh. Well, that's

:58:12.:58:19.

strange. The bowl fell away. One green. Still one to green. That's

:58:20.:58:25.

quite important, Andy. It certainly was. That looked really good and it

:58:26.:58:32.

fell against the bias. Looking to see if there was a seam but there is

:58:33.:58:37.

not. That's important. That gives Paul Foster a little bit more room

:58:38.:58:42.

to add another Greg was lying the shot and it fell out. As you say, a

:58:43.:58:46.

chance here for Paul to score a double. It needs to run. It needs to

:58:47.:58:48.

hurry at least up to his own bowl. Mm, well. I wonder if Greg will run

:58:49.:59:01.

the bowl off? There is no need to. But if he gets the runner and plays

:59:02.:59:06.

the ball off to the jack, and runs it off, it more or less secures the

:59:07.:59:11.

first set. The same as the previous one, just a draw, he was unlucky

:59:12.:59:14.

that the ball wentp against the bias. This is just a backhand draw.

:59:15.:59:17.

A sensible shot. Don't think he's running. Needs to

:59:18.:59:35.

sneak up. Not quite. Needed another six inches of weight and would have

:59:36.:59:45.

got past the green bowl. Paul Foster takes yet another single. One end to

:59:46.:59:52.

go. Three ends in a row he's just missed out, but had a single before

:59:53.:00:00.

that. So he's been, he's been scoring but he hasn't been scoring

:00:01.:00:06.

heavily, that's the problem, Andy. Quite simply he needs a double here,

:00:07.:00:10.

to tie their set. I think he would be happy with that result. Greg

:00:11.:00:20.

Harlow's only won four ends and still two in front. It was the big

:00:21.:00:25.

four, that was the difference. Paul already turning his back on that.

:00:26.:00:33.

There is the ends won. Useful graphic, Greg Harlow's averages two

:00:34.:00:41.

point rumour -- 2.3, compared to 1.2 from Paul Foster, good statistic.

:00:42.:00:46.

Quite a big distance, 2.3 to 1.2, almost double, isn't it? Yeah.

:00:47.:01:00.

Perfect start from Craig. Knows he has to keep this end tight. -- from

:01:01.:01:07.

Greg. An inch short of jack highway. There

:01:08.:01:37.

are bowls in the area, so still useful. I think Greg will be very

:01:38.:01:42.

happy to match those two or turn the jack towards his red bowl. Away from

:01:43.:01:50.

the green ones. Wow... Nearly got away. He was down to nine seconds,

:01:51.:01:57.

but the shot clock has been stopped. Restarted the game when he gets back

:01:58.:02:12.

on the mat. This is what he's looking for, the green balls and

:02:13.:02:16.

then into his own. Didn't quite make it. In fact, pushed that green ball

:02:17.:02:22.

into a better position. So Paul Foster as just another foot or so on

:02:23.:02:26.

his last bowl and he will be very close. Paul getting forced into the

:02:27.:02:36.

shot he played in the previous end and it's difficult to come back,

:02:37.:02:40.

three or four feet away. Just holds out. Lovely, lovely you Waites.

:02:41.:02:52.

Paul had to reach but it's so hard to play, David. Not easy here for

:02:53.:02:59.

Greg, needs another one in. He'd like to cover the green bowls but

:03:00.:03:04.

doesn't want to leave his own isolated. Might have to take a

:03:05.:03:08.

chance and draw close. I think he needs another bowl... An lucky with

:03:09.:03:13.

his last delivery, Greg. Greg's gone for cover here, happy

:03:14.:03:40.

with the head, the way it's sitting. Just trying to split the three green

:03:41.:03:46.

balls. Going for cover and knows if Paul Foster rests the red ball of...

:03:47.:03:53.

If he turns the jack for free, it's a hard shot. This is normally a

:03:54.:03:59.

length he would get ten times out of ten, but at this rank it's hard. You

:04:00.:04:05.

almost feel sorry for the player having to play this shot. Has to

:04:06.:04:15.

play it with a yard of weight. Just right on the edge of this one, of

:04:16.:04:21.

going global. Looks to be under. Just a bit on the low side, that's

:04:22.:04:31.

all. He will be over the moon. Very much so, guarantees a tie-break at

:04:32.:04:35.

the very least and puts him in the driving seat to push forward, to

:04:36.:04:39.

either win or draw the second set. Wasn't much in that game, but once

:04:40.:04:44.

again, I think the difference was just those couple of big running

:04:45.:04:52.

balls. That was enough. I agree. I think Paul has played quite well.

:04:53.:04:59.

Longer length from Greg, as we expected. I think both players will

:05:00.:05:07.

be reasonably happy with the way they are playing. Good standard of

:05:08.:05:11.

bowls. Once again, for Lish, had for Paul

:05:12.:06:04.

Foster to get to. Greg the favourite when it's anywhere near 29, 20 9.5,

:06:05.:06:06.

the maximum. Good bowling over that distance.

:06:07.:06:58.

Paul needs to reach the jack. That puts Greg in a very strong

:06:59.:07:01.

positioning now, any lengthening of the jack will make it hard for Paul

:07:02.:07:09.

Foster. Yes, this ball finishes on the top and Paul is in trouble here.

:07:10.:07:31.

Close the second, I think it's still the backhand draw for Paul. It is a

:07:32.:07:40.

tempting proposition, because the way the balls are aligned. Front

:07:41.:07:44.

bowl onto front bowl also gives him something. Calling for a time-out.

:07:45.:07:53.

Four time-outs remaining. Coming up to look at it, very tempted by the

:07:54.:07:58.

running bowl but knows if he misses that he could be in trouble. Still

:07:59.:08:04.

looks like the draw. Yeah, I think he's playing the draw. This hand is

:08:05.:08:10.

just starting to give the players a bit of a problem, really. They're

:08:11.:08:14.

starting to not find the centre. He is close with this, should start to

:08:15.:08:22.

dive back. That's unlucky. One red... He held his shot for a

:08:23.:08:36.

minute and then the red all falls in. Still a reasonable head full

:08:37.:08:40.

Paul Foster. Greg need another one in. -- a decent read whole.

:08:41.:08:56.

This is a big chance for Paul. The green bowl closest to the jack, who

:08:57.:09:05.

catches that, the two red would properly go out the head.

:09:06.:09:10.

I would be playing controlled to weight. And he is. Now... Is he on

:09:11.:09:19.

target? Close, very close. That is not the best result. I think he has

:09:20.:09:26.

the shot but it could have been slightly better. The way he was

:09:27.:09:31.

hitting that I fancied he was going to pick up two or three. He didn't

:09:32.:09:37.

get the red bowl on the follow-through.

:09:38.:09:59.

We are often asked about a lot of questions about what happens in

:10:00.:10:09.

matches, or whether they see that bowl going over, that was not a

:10:10.:10:15.

toucher. That was a mistake, basically, that was a mistake.

:10:16.:10:23.

Someone tweeted saying was that a toucher, it wasn't, but that was.

:10:24.:10:29.

Good pick up. No one is infallible. The TV audience have been very

:10:30.:10:47.

observant today. Toucher is vital if you are playing

:10:48.:10:52.

the bowl into the ditch. If it goes with the jack, even better, almost

:10:53.:10:56.

guaranteed to score. One of those shots in the last set, because the

:10:57.:11:02.

front bowl went straight into the ditch.

:11:03.:11:10.

Well, Greg on the forehand. Just not letting heads build up. That's

:11:11.:11:24.

great, great strike again. Brilliant striker.

:11:25.:11:29.

A lot of people aren't sure about that part of the game. It's a

:11:30.:11:38.

dangerous part of the game. If you get it wrong, you will be in a heap

:11:39.:11:45.

of trouble. But if you execute it so well... He just doesn't miss, does

:11:46.:11:50.

he? He does not miss on that forehand, he gets them all the time.

:11:51.:11:58.

Yes, the forehand is a dangerous shot. He gets out of so much

:11:59.:12:02.

trouble. Paul Foster will continue to draw. This is where Greg is good.

:12:03.:12:11.

He's played a running bowl back to the draw, he is liable to draw this.

:12:12.:12:18.

Many years ago I saw Greg do this into the international Welsh open.

:12:19.:12:27.

He literally drove his opponent off in the semifinal, because he wasn't

:12:28.:12:33.

playing well, not nearly as well as he is here, but he won the match.

:12:34.:12:40.

Yes. That's great bowling from Greg. He will be delighted with that.

:12:41.:12:52.

Paul up to the jack, a little turn would be good, try to draw it. Close

:12:53.:13:01.

here. Very close, the way he's played it. What a shot, it really

:13:02.:13:08.

is. Well controlled there. There is Alan from Inverness. He's on his

:13:09.:13:15.

own. His buddies have enjoyed him this year, but still just a reaching

:13:16.:13:25.

backhand shot here for Greg. Bowl or jack. Needs to hold up. He's making

:13:26.:13:32.

the gap. I thought Tommy is not thinking of the gap, but he is. Paul

:13:33.:13:37.

Foster, a very, very hard-fought single. 0- two after two ends.

:13:38.:13:58.

Just a few of the flyers flying there. They are a bit isolated. Yes,

:13:59.:14:09.

not many Scots down here. There are a few. I think it's fair to say Greg

:14:10.:14:13.

has the lion's share of the support here this afternoon. But that is to

:14:14.:14:17.

be expected in a Scotland- England game.

:14:18.:14:23.

Yes, he lives not far away as well, so that helps.

:14:24.:14:29.

He did play in Scotland two or three months ago. It's fair to say Paul

:14:30.:14:37.

had the bigger support that day, obviously, playing in Scotland.

:14:38.:14:41.

That was a good final. Paul Foster took the first set 10-7, lost the

:14:42.:14:51.

second 12-4. Then we had that very, very memorable tie-break. I think

:14:52.:14:59.

that still haunts Paul a little bit, that one. To me he looked in control

:15:00.:15:04.

of that match. Yes, he just felt as though he should have hit a back

:15:05.:15:11.

bowl in. No point dwelling on past results, just move the head, and

:15:12.:15:16.

that's what he's done. Back to the singles final, a repeat of the

:15:17.:15:19.

Scottish Open final. Well, still plenty of room. Paul

:15:20.:15:43.

taking his time here. It still looks like the forehand draw. I think

:15:44.:15:46.

there is room around the bowl but going back to the backhand side.

:15:47.:15:52.

He's attacking this. That's interesting, with that sort of space

:15:53.:15:58.

involved. Close. No, no, no, he didn't want that. The jack has gone

:15:59.:16:03.

to the right so that helps Paul, probably. It will be a re-spot. He

:16:04.:16:10.

will have two bowls against one. If you watch this jack, if it hadn't

:16:11.:16:15.

made it past that bowl with his own bowl coming through, it would have

:16:16.:16:18.

been an awful lot better. As it is, nothing close.

:16:19.:16:34.

Re-spot position, Paul Foster about 4-macro-5 feet away and that will be

:16:35.:16:45.

beaten with this bowl. -- 4-5 feet away. Has no choice now but to draw

:16:46.:16:58.

close. Probably forward about nine inches. Not easy, after playing the

:16:59.:17:08.

running bowl. He's got this all the way.

:17:09.:17:09.

Bowl. Superb from Paul Foster. That's very, very special. A smile

:17:10.:17:22.

there, delighted with that one. Picks the jack up perfectly. Greg

:17:23.:17:29.

can't drive, he has to draw, cannot afford to take his own bowl out, it

:17:30.:17:35.

would cost another shot. We saw a shot like this in the

:17:36.:17:40.

previous one, Mickey Brett. Paul Foster was the first to congratulate

:17:41.:17:45.

him. It needs to run, needs to run. He's got it. Well played. CHEERING

:17:46.:17:52.

His reaction was enough to tell me he is more than pumped up, as you

:17:53.:17:58.

would expect in a world final. Two great bowls from both players on

:17:59.:18:05.

their last deliveries. Greg's final delivery, three inches

:18:06.:18:10.

to draw the short and draws a perfect bowl. Good end. And he

:18:11.:18:16.

couldn't see the jack. Just had to visualise in his mind where it was,

:18:17.:18:20.

but the reaction was very much there.

:18:21.:19:10.

There has been a lot of quality about this match. Yes, I think there

:19:11.:19:29.

are signs Paul Foster is starting to draw well here. I'm sure Greg will

:19:30.:19:34.

be aware of that. Starting to get closer.

:19:35.:19:41.

The crowd are urging this bowl up. There is Julie Potter. The Potter

:19:42.:19:54.

family here today. The daughter-in-law and John Potter

:19:55.:20:00.

there. Always keeps a seat free beside her. That is in memory of

:20:01.:20:06.

Brian. Brian Potter was the man who brought bowls to this venue some 20

:20:07.:20:11.

years ago. A great innovator and a great supporter of the sport. Yes,

:20:12.:20:19.

the best venue in the world to play bowls. You just can't beat it.

:20:20.:20:33.

This is a high line from Greg, but if his weight is good, I think he

:20:34.:20:40.

will get back. Always looked slightly wide.

:20:41.:20:58.

Now, Paul, you want to be just a little careful here. Gentle, gentle.

:20:59.:21:06.

That is good, very good. That makes it hard for Greg now. Finished in a

:21:07.:21:11.

perfect position, just didn't want to open the jack up too much. Didn't

:21:12.:21:18.

want to get on the side and fall away but he dropped beside it. Just

:21:19.:21:20.

marking the toucher. Paul Foster's family would normally

:21:21.:21:36.

be down here, but with four kids and logistics you would need a truck for

:21:37.:21:41.

all the paraphernalia. Yes, too difficult for Pam to come down. She

:21:42.:21:47.

wanted to be here. But I'm sure she's watching every single bowl

:21:48.:21:52.

here. I think it's just a draw here for

:21:53.:21:56.

Greg. Not really a big target, just a draw and hope it can maybe get

:21:57.:22:02.

second. He's going for a single bowl target here. Surely not a result.

:22:03.:22:10.

Look at the run-through! Goodness me. He hit the bowl, full credit, he

:22:11.:22:19.

absolutely bounced the bowl but the run-through, Andy... Watch this.

:22:20.:22:23.

Catches it perfectly, the green bowl pushes the read what -- red one.

:22:24.:22:34.

Paul syncing, you just don't miss. It's not not missing the 100%

:22:35.:22:40.

outcome favour of Greg. A spectator came in there and put Paul off.

:22:41.:22:48.

Don't need to do that. This is very important. Even the early stages in

:22:49.:22:57.

this match. Paul has seen his two shots taken away from him. Perfect

:22:58.:23:01.

line, it's all about the weight. Looks good. Shot bowl coming in, I

:23:02.:23:09.

think. Well done, Paul Foster, that wasn't easy. But the maximum

:23:10.:23:22.

results... Greg's wife. Such a big weapon, if you can play

:23:23.:23:25.

the forehand and not miss the target. Such a big shot to be

:23:26.:23:33.

having. Paul just has to keep his composure here, really. He knows

:23:34.:23:37.

he's starting to come into the game and forcing Greg and he knows that

:23:38.:23:43.

Greg won't hit every target, it's just impossible. LAUGHTER

:23:44.:23:48.

Famous last words. You think that, over the last few days? Famous last

:23:49.:23:56.

words. He must miss something. It's not the missing, it's the results.

:23:57.:23:57.

Yes, yes. You fancy Greg to build a head and

:23:58.:24:04.

don't go overrunning this. Well, that's going through two

:24:05.:24:43.

yards. I would suggest that is probably deliberate. A sensible

:24:44.:24:52.

bowl, coming in behind, but maybe a bit further than he wanted. Paul

:24:53.:24:57.

Foster will be looking to just get past his own. That's what he's

:24:58.:25:01.

aiming for, anything between the jack and the red bowl would be good.

:25:02.:25:11.

The audience applauding that bowl, anything that went past was good.

:25:12.:25:30.

APPLAUSE A good second from Greg. A lovely

:25:31.:25:39.

position to stop the jack going past it, as well.

:25:40.:25:49.

I think we will see Paul changing his hands now. Forehand draw.

:25:50.:26:06.

Looks good. Yes, second shot. Hits the target. What do you think? It is

:26:07.:26:19.

a target but not a particularly big target. But then again, the last one

:26:20.:26:24.

was only a single bowl and I don't think he will be any worse off if he

:26:25.:26:29.

plays into it. The only bad result here for Greg is if he catches the

:26:30.:26:35.

wide bowl. He's off with this one, surely. Yes, in the forehand

:26:36.:26:40.

direction. All the previous ones have been going down the other side,

:26:41.:26:45.

in the other direction. Most players in this direction have pulled the

:26:46.:26:51.

shot and have been under. Paul, I don't think he needs to go near the

:26:52.:26:55.

head, I think this will be a position bowl because he will be

:26:56.:27:03.

expecting Greg to run again. Yes, here we go. This one will be quite a

:27:04.:27:08.

few yards behind. Here it comes, that covers everything. The reason

:27:09.:27:14.

for Greg not to play this again, because the outside plant I think is

:27:15.:27:19.

going onto the green bowl, so he won't be any off. The perfect shot

:27:20.:27:28.

to draw on the forehand, but it is definitely not easy.

:27:29.:27:33.

I don't think Greg's overly keen on this forehand draw hand, looks like

:27:34.:27:38.

he's shaping up for a forehand draw, I think.

:27:39.:27:44.

Playing just a breaching weight. If he hits the green bowl absolutely

:27:45.:27:52.

right he will move it to his own red bowl. I think that was the right

:27:53.:27:58.

shot to play. I think it was, but a harder shot.

:27:59.:28:08.

Just a little bit of movement in the crowd as people are moving out and

:28:09.:28:30.

moving in. It's a big crowd, Andy, very difficult to stop yes, quite

:28:31.:28:36.

difficult. The crowd have been in at least an hour before the match

:28:37.:28:40.

started, so they've had quite a long time to sit about. You understand

:28:41.:28:44.

that they have to go out occasionally.

:28:45.:28:51.

I think they were queueing up to date, David, at about 12:30pm. They

:28:52.:29:00.

were, absolutely. Two hours before kick off.

:29:01.:29:06.

Paul Foster has picked his game up, started to really dominate the

:29:07.:29:07.

drawing game. That suggests he was slightly heavy,

:29:08.:29:42.

I think. He can afford to be, as long as he misses his own. That's

:29:43.:29:44.

OK, not wasted back there. Come on, come on. You can hear the

:29:45.:30:17.

calls, "come on." They knew he was just short. That gives him a chance

:30:18.:30:21.

now. That bowl shall as we can see, will plant the green one out. Ten

:30:22.:30:30.

inches short of jack high. Backhand draw, trying to get one close.

:30:31.:30:37.

Paul can afford to rest his own here. Justant other one out of the

:30:38.:30:44.

way. As you say,p Andy, that plant has definitely taken it away and

:30:45.:30:48.

Greg can afford to reach this. Definitely. Catches the green bowl.

:30:49.:30:55.

It'll gout and lie one or two. To the jack, three inches.

:30:56.:31:01.

Three inches. So he is asking the gap. Giving the impression he is

:31:02.:31:10.

going to roll this. Maybe he thinks he needs another bowl in. Well, he

:31:11.:31:15.

is playing the runner. I don't think he likes it. He is under. I don't

:31:16.:31:20.

think he has missed it though. He has now. You had to wait for a

:31:21.:31:26.

second, though. He did miss it, but... Paul just looking at what

:31:27.:31:41.

happens if Greg hits this target. I still think he needs another one in.

:31:42.:31:46.

I think so. If he finishes 15 inches behind, that probably would be good

:31:47.:31:50.

enough, if both the bowls are removed.

:31:51.:31:59.

I think he is leaving it alone. He is thinking - the way things are

:32:00.:32:05.

going, there is a chance of the green bowl being pushed on to the

:32:06.:32:09.

jack and all the way through. Well, Paul must have first and third here.

:32:10.:32:12.

You would think he would've drawn. He has missed gevenlt that's three

:32:13.:32:42.

running bowls in a row he has missed. Are we seeing a slight

:32:43.:32:48.

change? Well, as I said earlier on, Paul would be expected to think - he

:32:49.:32:51.

can not hit every target. Nobody does.

:32:52.:33:01.

The players are so fast, aren't they? Literally one end finishes and

:33:02.:33:09.

within 10, 12 seconds the jack is ready to be rolled. Keeping the game

:33:10.:33:16.

moving. Paul Foster's always been a very fast player. Greg a little bit

:33:17.:33:19.

more circumspect. Half an inch past jack high. Oops,

:33:20.:33:52.

it's fallen over. Inch-and-a-half short.

:33:53.:34:32.

A clap of the hands there from Paul. A loose delivery. Well, the players

:34:33.:34:38.

always know. Shot bowl coming in from Greg.

:34:39.:35:04.

Doesn't want to move P the jack too much but he is right in behind it.

:35:05.:35:09.

Snr single bowl targeted. I don't think Paul Foster will go for that.

:35:10.:35:14.

Two red. Two red. Still the backhand draw for Paul.

:35:15.:35:25.

A the bit of work to do with this one to get back. He is having a look

:35:26.:35:32.

here. He is having a look here. Well-played. It is a great shot,

:35:33.:35:38.

Paul Foster, it really is. A brilliant ball from Fuzzy. One

:35:39.:35:47.

green, one-inch short. One inch. Being indicated one inch away. Not

:35:48.:35:51.

easy for Greg. Backhand draw is out of the equation. You would think

:35:52.:35:54.

this is going to be awkward. He's going to have to run at this to get

:35:55.:36:00.

a result. I don't the jack hand, if he is playing the jack hand draw, I

:36:01.:36:05.

can't see him getting a result. I can't see him scoring. He is playing

:36:06.:36:09.

It he has another ball yet. Maybe he is trying to develop something. I

:36:10.:36:13.

tell you what he is close with This I can't see him coming out with the

:36:14.:36:19.

shot. Now he has got position, that will force Paul, I think on to the

:36:20.:36:25.

forehand. I think Paul will realise that ball is probably looked in

:36:26.:36:33.

there. For his case, I think it looks like forehand g for position.

:36:34.:36:37.

Wasting no time. W this is one he didn't have to

:36:38.:36:46.

think too much B he knows exactly where this bowl is going to be and

:36:47.:36:50.

this is going to be very close to it. He is pushing this bowl up. He

:36:51.:36:54.

needed to pass that red. That's good. He has passed the red of the

:36:55.:37:01.

second shot, just in case Greg into the front bowl on to the jack. This

:37:02.:37:06.

is worth playing. Oh, yes, Greg could score a few if he catches the

:37:07.:37:11.

short red bowl. Red bowl into the jack, looks like three or four.

:37:12.:37:15.

Looks like backhand but playing on his favoured forehand. Will he bend?

:37:16.:37:17.

. One shot, Paul Foster. The runners,

:37:18.:37:22.

all of a sudden are not connecting. Hello Lexie, how are you? With her

:37:23.:38:15.

dad here the last day or two. I think she's enjoying the bowls. Very

:38:16.:38:17.

well-behaved, as well. Another starter. Again, another

:38:18.:38:56.

tough shot. Greg Harlow. So easy on the delivery. Very much a smooth,

:38:57.:39:02.

accurate delivery. He doesn't play outdoor bowls, so he concentrates

:39:03.:39:07.

only on the indoor and takes a good long break during the summer Ye,

:39:08.:39:11.

textbook delivery. Wonderful, smooth action. Whereas Paul Foster plays a

:39:12.:39:18.

lot of outdoor bowls and has been very successful. Double gold in the

:39:19.:39:28.

common Watt games in Glasgow. -- Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In

:39:29.:39:41.

many ways, the all-round player, Paul Foster Yes, very attempted,

:39:42.:39:47.

Paul. He enjoys the sport. A lot of commitment, obviously for top

:39:48.:39:50.

players. Especially in the Scotland squad. They are always travelling

:39:51.:39:55.

abroad and sampling Australia and what have you. But he still loves

:39:56.:40:06.

it, still enjoys playing. And slightly taking control of this

:40:07.:40:11.

game, isn't he, David? He is starting to be the better player. He

:40:12.:40:17.

is starting to put close bowls n asking a lot of questions of Greg.

:40:18.:40:22.

Yes, he has moved up a gear or two. First set, in contention all the

:40:23.:40:26.

way, lifted more ends than Greg did. Exact, it was only really one end in

:40:27.:40:31.

the first set, where he lost the 4. It was very costly to him. Yes, you

:40:32.:40:38.

would have to say at the moment that a tie-break looks on the cards. It's

:40:39.:40:50.

not given but Two green. Seven inches from jack high. A short one?

:40:51.:41:03.

The long one? Eight inches past. ! Paul lying two and hoping to add

:41:04.:41:06.

another here. The scores are three year. If he scores a three here, we

:41:07.:41:12.

are definitely going into a tie-break.

:41:13.:41:18.

That's good. Yes, number 3. Well, that puts the pressure on. Three

:41:19.:41:28.

ends after this, Greg Harlow really needs this one. Three in, would take

:41:29.:41:33.

the set away. If he scores a single he is back in it. Really, it looks

:41:34.:41:38.

like just a draw to me. Ye, I think it is just a draw, David. But he

:41:39.:41:45.

knows if he fails that in a couple of ends time, we'll definitely be

:41:46.:41:48.

into the tie-break. He didn't like the look of that. He didn't get it

:41:49.:41:54.

away, well. Well, it is 10-1 almost certainly. We are not into the

:41:55.:41:58.

tie-break yet but both players are awhich are it is coming shortly.

:41:59.:42:09.

Well, he was slightly confused. Greg sort of waved there as if to say,

:42:10.:42:23.

three shots off you go. Score, 1-10 after eight ends. So Paul just

:42:24.:42:29.

making absolutely sure of this but Greg Harlow has scored from the 7th

:42:30.:42:35.

end, he has scored two singles and that's the 7th end in the first set,

:42:36.:42:39.

he scored two singles this this match. It is amazing, isn't it? It

:42:40.:42:46.

would indicate that Paul Foster has been the dominant force but as I say

:42:47.:42:50.

that Big Four made all the difference at the beginning the

:42:51.:42:54.

first set and he carried that all the way through.

:42:55.:43:02.

As you say, Andy, Paul Foster's first bowl, a lot sharper. The

:43:03.:43:10.

Scottish hard happy with that. They see their man taking control here.

:43:11.:43:14.

Greg will not be doing anything rash. I think he will keep on

:43:15.:43:18.

drawing, knowing that this set is almost certainly gone.

:43:19.:43:23.

Well, they did say in the clip, if it is a tie-break and 1-1, he'll

:43:24.:43:33.

play a forehand runner with the final delivery. That will be

:43:34.:43:34.

interesting. Yes, absolutely. Very good. Just a little

:43:35.:44:00.

Muralitharan there for one within six inches. -- a little murmur.

:44:01.:44:08.

Ye, both players almost resigned that this is going to a tie

:44:09.:44:11.

braevenlingt he is playing this almost as if - OK, Paul, you have

:44:12.:44:16.

won and we'll fight it out for a tie-break. Good drawing. Yes. Four

:44:17.:44:21.

good bowls. I think Paul will be happy to take a single and move into

:44:22.:44:28.

a tie-break. He is in a good rich vein of form in the second set, so

:44:29.:44:41.

he would be very happy with that. It has finished good, in the centre

:44:42.:44:45.

line. Like I say, Greg is not wasting any time here. I don't think

:44:46.:44:53.

he will even come up, just a little practice shot he is playing to get

:44:54.:45:02.

ready for the tie-break. I think that's just practising. I don't

:45:03.:45:05.

think Greg is concerned one bit. I think he knows this game is going

:45:06.:45:09.

into the tie-break. Let's play the send out. I think it is probably

:45:10.:45:14.

fair to say play remembers thinking which direction I'm playing better

:45:15.:45:19.

and Greg may think - I'm better off losing one here, so that might come

:45:20.:45:26.

into play as well. Greg may think he is playing better in the other

:45:27.:45:29.

direction, so might be happy to lose a one. Well certainly where he

:45:30.:45:35.

picked up his Big Four, and two ends later a two and two ends later a two

:45:36.:45:40.

going in that direction. I think he has played better there. So he might

:45:41.:45:45.

not be concerned here. Well, he was very close to his own front bowl

:45:46.:45:53.

here. Gave it a nudge. Match tie-break. Well a comprehensive

:45:54.:45:58.

scoreline, Paul Foster and to be fair, I think it is probably a

:45:59.:46:02.

scoreline that reflected that second set, he put Greg under a lot of

:46:03.:46:07.

pressure Played really well Paul Foster.

:46:08.:46:11.

It'll be interesting to see who has the jack here and it is Paul Foster

:46:12.:46:22.

who got the jack. So if it does go 1-1 it'll be Greg who has the last

:46:23.:46:27.

bowl. Off we go, three-end tie-break, the rules change.

:46:28.:46:32.

Cumulative shots go out the window, just win the end. There are some

:46:33.:46:40.

events in the bowls' calendar where they use accumulative shots but in

:46:41.:46:45.

this professional calendar they don't, and that keeps it exciting.

:46:46.:46:50.

Paul, going very short with this one.

:46:51.:47:05.

The umpire has very been quiet today as well. Yes, not really had to work

:47:06.:47:12.

too hard. I'm sure they're quite glad of that as well. Just kept the

:47:13.:47:19.

game moving. Very experienced umpire we have for this match, Alan thorn

:47:20.:47:25.

hill. 'S been around the world officiating at major events. -- Alan

:47:26.:47:29.

Thornhill. He's been around the world. Yes, they do a wonderful job.

:47:30.:47:44.

Two-and-a-half feet from jack high. Well, Paul indicated two-and-a-half

:47:45.:47:52.

feet short. He knows that bowl is not close enough. He needs a good

:47:53.:47:57.

shot here. Pushing the bowl up. It is, he is better.

:47:58.:48:00.

APPLAUSE Got that bowl away well. Really

:48:01.:48:22.

smooth. How is the running Greg, I don't think you are running.

:48:23.:48:26.

Struggling. If Paul can get around that bowl, he has a big biassed

:48:27.:48:31.

bowl, there is no reason not to. The forehand he could drop his own bowl

:48:32.:48:37.

down. Three feet. Three feet and Paul would be on the outside of the

:48:38.:48:42.

mat. You can see that with his feet. So he can help the bowl come around

:48:43.:48:47.

it on the wide line. Not sure if he has the running He is trying to get

:48:48.:48:53.

a front toucher. I think he is on a good line. Perfect line. It is

:48:54.:48:57.

whether he is reaching. He let that one go, so, so smooth Yes, perfect

:48:58.:49:04.

bowl. Trouble here for Greg. He's going to have to play this with

:49:05.:49:10.

weight. We can see the green bowl at the top of the screen blocking him

:49:11.:49:12.

out. Awkward. He is close. Very close. Great

:49:13.:49:28.

strike. Great strike. There it is again, forehand runner. Two bowls

:49:29.:49:38.

gone. Plum, missed the shot bowl, catches two, green bowls, worth a

:49:39.:49:43.

strike. To take one was good, but to take two. Paul little lies but needs

:49:44.:49:46.

a closer shot. Well Paul, his body language gives

:49:47.:50:01.

it away. Oh, has he given this away? Oh, no, he has not, oh my goodness,

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Paul. He thought aide given the shot away. Two green. It looked that yoer

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out of the hand. He knew he was narrow. But he just caught the red

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bowl. Really, probably about 18 inches away. So it looks, on paper,

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as if this is an easy forehand draw. It has got to be a draw. It has to

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be a forehand draw, Andy. You know with all that room in there, you can

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whizz it in, there is no real problem.

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He's got two shots against him. He can not drive the two of them.

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Surely not. He's just imposing him se. Just a forehand draw. Lots of

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time. Well, Greg needs this to stop T

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looks wide and heavy. I don't think this will count. First end to Paul

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Foster. I didn't expect him to be that far away Well, his drawing

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weight, from Greg's point of view, has just gone off.

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First end, Paul Foster. OK, a little bit anxious now. Her

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man needs to score the next two ends to become World Champion. It gets

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worse when you are up watching as family. It must be terrible. I

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remember in the last final the family were up and the boys and they

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were dancing around all over the place. Ye, it's always good to have

:51:58.:52:04.

the family support but back to this game. Greg needs a close one,

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really. Greg Harlow has won one end in this

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direction all game. He hasn't scored from the third end,

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a single in the second set. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Paul

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Foster has been on a monumental run of shots and he's kept Greg Harlow

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to one. Six ends in this match. Over 21 ends, Greg hall yes has scored on

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six ends. He is still in with a chance of winning it. Ye, he

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certainly is. He just needs to win two ends. Paul is urging this bowl

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up. I've got a good view. This looks close. Needs to hurry. Wants to

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hurry right up to the jack. Really good bowl and it's managed to sit

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down as well. Perfect start from Paul Foster. I wonder what Alex

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Marshall is thinking now, sitting at home - your mate is on the edge of a

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fifth one. That gets him one closer. I'm sure Alex is watching. I'm sure

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he will be delighted for his pairs partner here, in the driving seat.

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Time-out called. Careful. Just dropped into the ditch there. I

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think he is going to drive this Possibly although forehand draw is

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open. Two inches. Two inches he has been told. Not easy to draw. Because

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he's taken a time out, I think he is just composing himself. The way he

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is angled, you are inclined to think the draw. I think I would agree with

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this shot. Try one attempt anyway at forehand draw.

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He is not going to make it. Where is it going to stop, Andy, that's the

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question? Oh, he won't like that, I don't think. Zblts possible,

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actually that bowl will take the green out without the jack moving f

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it drops, that's totally different. Paul Foster, on the backhand just

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wants to make it past his own bowl. Well, this is not close but anything

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past is good. Right Greg, decision time, bowl-to-bowl or forehand draw.

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I think he will go for it for the first time this end. Bowl on to

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bowl, I have a feeling it's going out clean. W he has played this shot

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so well in the Championships. He must be going into the mat with

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confidence thinking - if I catch this bowl good, the green goes out.

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He is under. Well, I think this is as good a

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position as Paul Foster could hope for. . The bowl on the right-hand

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side of the screen, I think if Paul beats that, I think that's good.

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Just in there is what he wants. He is worried about this bowl on to the

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green, through the gap and in the taking the jack. He needs this to be

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third shot. He is after that red bowl but he is

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not getting past on the inside, it is the outside. He really had one

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there. Oh, I don't know about this one. I don't think he meant to put

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it there. As you say he had one there already. He went slightly

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heavy but - I think this will still be a runner again. He must catch the

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red bowl on the high side to take the green bowl out. He has done this

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so often. Forehand on the high side. The green bowl will disappear

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through the gap. Time-out called. Greg has in time-outs remaining. If

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he gets a half off it, it is possible to get a half of it, if he

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hits it solid on to the jack and it'll go to the other red bowl.

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Either way, a forehand runner and what did he say, aer if hand runner

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if he has a chance? Thafrnlts's what he will play. I think it is the only

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shot on. I have a feeling if it hits this he will not get a good

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connection. -- that's what he will play. I think he will have 18 inches

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to draw for his final call. I don't think the angles are great here but

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Paul is lying game. Well, he is on the high side, will

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he get back? He is close. Oh, he just missed it. And Paul Foster

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punches the air. He has his fifth tight #ye8. -- fifth title. That's

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what he has been looking for and he has done it. And he played well.

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Yes, he deserved to win this game today. Greg went off in the second

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half of the game but well done, Paul Foster, delighted for you.

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Absolutely dominated the match. No doubt he lost one count in the first

:57:29.:57:33.

set, enough for Greg Harlow to get over the line but he kept Greg

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Harlow at by, to one shot in the last 13 ends. An incredible

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performance by Paul but five times World Champion now, 10-7, 1-11 and

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2-0 in the tie-break. Paul Foster coming out looking relaxed.

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Obviously the home support for him, going for his second title. And that

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was the very easy four shots he scored in the third end to go 5-2 in

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front. He carried that on as Paul Foster was playing bowls, going

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through gaps. Just not on top form, the first few ends but after that,

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Paul Foster started to do a lot of damage. Greg Harlow, still picking

:58:18.:58:20.

up the shots here and there. That was a beauty.

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But it was Paul Foster who came back very, very strong.

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And missed a chance in the first end of the tie-break. Of a loose draw.

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And then the usual forehand runner that's been so valuable to him. Just

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went off the last few ends and Paul Foster, five times World Champion

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and thoroughly deserved. Very, very happy man. Thoroughly deserved

:58:47.:58:50.

indeed. I'm very pleased for him. Played well all the way through the

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event and go the better with every match.

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So ends won, Paul Foster, well, 16-6. That was very comprehensive.

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Same with total shots scored and touchers: he was a dominant force in

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the match. Absolutely no doubt about that. But my goodness me. The thing

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for a World Champion is to get better with every match and that's

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exactly what Greg Foster Z First of all, Greg, you started off

:59:24.:59:30.

well, the first set going beautifully, what were you thinking

:59:31.:59:34.

at that moment? I don't try to think during the game to be honest once

:59:35.:59:37.

you start thinking you were in trouble. Obviously I was playing

:59:38.:59:40.

well in the first, won the first going nicely. I was hoping for more

:59:41.:59:43.

of the same in the second but Paul had other ideas. He did. You have

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had a fantastic week. How do you sum-up, how well you have played and

:59:49.:59:52.

how well things have gone for you at potters this

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sum-up, how well you have played and how well things have gone for you at

:59:53.:59:54.

potters this week? Probably early to sum-up. Obviously delighted to make

:59:55.:59:58.

the final but obviously on the other hand, disappointed not to come away

:59:59.:00:02.

with the trophy. Great effort, great final. Paul I said to Greg what was

:00:03.:00:07.

he thinking at the end of the first set he won 10-7. What were you

:00:08.:00:09.

thinking at that moment? Help. He came out of the traps so fast and

:00:10.:00:22.

I was just hanging in, hanging in and to end up with the four was

:00:23.:00:26.

killer. Greg was always in control in the first set. To be honest,

:00:27.:00:31.

every bowl he played was top-notch, that was the best I've seen him play

:00:32.:00:35.

for a long time, his first bowl, putting me under pressure. Craig is

:00:36.:00:47.

a class act. -- Greg. Big bowls wins games, after the first set I dug

:00:48.:00:52.

deep. I was pleased with the way I played. There have been a number of

:00:53.:00:55.

great performances in your career where perhaps you've played

:00:56.:00:58.

brilliantly all the way through against an opponent who was in on

:00:59.:01:06.

fire. How do you put this, how it ranks, in terms of how you had to

:01:07.:01:12.

dig deep? It rates very highly. Normally I'm quick out of the box in

:01:13.:01:16.

the first rounds, until the quarterfinal and then I start to

:01:17.:01:19.

stutter. Now I gradually get better and better and each match... I was

:01:20.:01:28.

happy how I played against Les Gillett. I thought, keep the

:01:29.:01:32.

momentum going, try and step up another gear, which I felt I did

:01:33.:01:36.

after the first set and in the tie-break was anybody's. I have a

:01:37.:01:42.

microphone in my hand but I'm going to whisper, your first title was in

:01:43.:01:46.

1998. You have won five titles now. What's been the best one or is it

:01:47.:01:51.

possible to choose one? I think you've got to go with your very

:01:52.:01:55.

first world title and I think Greg would say the same. You come through

:01:56.:01:59.

the field and there are no easy games, anyone can be anyone in the

:02:00.:02:04.

top 16. Even the qualifiers coming through. But 1998 will always be the

:02:05.:02:09.

most memorable one but the rest are up there as well. You are just one

:02:10.:02:14.

behind Alex, people keep saying that. Is that important to you? No,

:02:15.:02:20.

it's not! LAUGHTER Honestly. Everyone knows he's my

:02:21.:02:25.

best mate, I always want him to win unless he's playing me and vice

:02:26.:02:30.

versa. It's always the media saying it. It doesn't concern me and I'm

:02:31.:02:33.

sure it doesn't concern Alex either. There are a lot of guys out there

:02:34.:02:37.

who want to win a first world title and I've been very fortunate to win

:02:38.:02:41.

five. That means nothing to me. He is still the man. Greg Harlow, great

:02:42.:02:48.

runner-up, but ladies and gentlemen, your champion, Paul Foster!

:02:49.:02:49.

APPLAUSE It is indeed now wages time and to

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make the presentation, the managing director of Potters Resort along

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with the group marketing and distributing manager, Mr Cooper.

:03:12.:03:19.

And to receive his runners-up cheque, ladies and gentlemen, Greg

:03:20.:03:26.

Harlow! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

:03:27.:03:44.

And now, to the winner, to receiving a Langham glass trophy, a cheque for

:03:45.:03:54.

?55,000, and the title of the 2017 world indoors singles champion, Paul

:03:55.:03:59.

Foster, MBE! Ladies and gentlemen, for the fifth

:04:00.:04:25.

time in his career, that 2017 world indoor singles champion, Paul

:04:26.:04:26.

Foster, MBE! A kiss on the trophy for Paul Foster

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and the number five .doc David is alongside me. He was magnificent

:04:47.:04:50.

today. He was magnificent. The first three or four rounds he was just

:04:51.:04:54.

scratching around but after that Greg picked up a couple of twos but

:04:55.:05:01.

for the last 4-7 ends of that set he was outstanding. You Andean

:05:02.:05:05.

commentary made the point Greg could hardly miss in that first set. How

:05:06.:05:09.

demoralising can that be, for some people? The thing is, he was bang on

:05:10.:05:15.

target. That was the point. It wasn't a lucky result, he was right

:05:16.:05:19.

on it and got the maximum is out of it. We always knew that was going to

:05:20.:05:24.

happen. It's just how you keep yourself together. Psychologically

:05:25.:05:26.

Paul Foster is very strong and that is important for him. He kept his

:05:27.:05:31.

concentration and then he stepped up two gears in the second set. One of

:05:32.:05:35.

the things Greg Harlow has done well all week is the forehand runner.

:05:36.:05:37.

It's worked for him the majority of

:05:38.:05:52.

times, it worked for him in the first set. Later on it just went

:05:53.:05:55.

awry. It did, it started to miss a little bit. That's more of an

:05:56.:05:57.

indicator of the pressure he has been put under by Paul Foster. That

:05:58.:06:00.

looked an absolute certainty the way it was coming down, but he missed

:06:01.:06:02.

it. Paul Foster, there he goes, punching the air. Paul would have

:06:03.:06:06.

probably expected Greg together and play his last bowl but he was

:06:07.:06:10.

delighted to see it go past. I asked Paul about how he ranked this

:06:11.:06:14.

performance, put it up there with his very best. You've seen him play

:06:15.:06:18.

many great matches indoor and outdoor. In terms of how had to had

:06:19.:06:22.

to fight to stay in there and then engage another

:06:23.:06:47.

gear, where does this rank for you? , it ranks one of the best, simply

:06:48.:06:52.

because of his ability to be able to come back from struggling and get

:06:53.:06:54.

better. He has been getting better every single match and that is why I

:06:55.:06:57.

favoured him for this one. You cannot put Paul Foster away when he

:06:58.:07:00.

gets into that sort of form. Greg Harlow, he has had a fantastic week

:07:01.:07:03.

and started off in the same vein he fini shed his semifinal in the first

:07:04.:07:06.

set. At the when you look at final, you thought the second round,

:07:07.:07:08.

beating James the way he did, probably thinking to himself every

:07:09.:07:11.

match is a bonus after that and he made it to the final. And he played

:07:12.:07:14.

it very well. I asked Paul because a lot of people, in the media, make

:07:15.:07:16.

the comparison between Paul and Alex Marshall. Alex has won it six times

:07:17.:07:19.

and Paul is one behind. He says it doesn't matter and I believe him,

:07:20.:07:22.

because I imagine he just comes out and does his best like Paul got to

:07:23.:07:25.

this final, you thought the second round, beating James the way he did,

:07:26.:07:28.

probably thinking to himself every match is a bonus after that and he

:07:29.:07:31.

made it to the final. And he played it very well. I asked Paul because a

:07:32.:07:34.

lot of people, in the media, make the comparison between Paul and Alex

:07:35.:07:36.

Marshall. Alex has won it six times and Paul is one behind. He says it

:07:37.:07:39.

doesn't matter and I believe him, because I imagine he just comes out

:07:40.:07:42.

and does his best liked all the but I suspect there is a subconscious

:07:43.:07:45.

desire to go past Alex, least one more title, maybe two. I do believe

:07:46.:07:47.

Paul because he's very honest about things. He won't say anything he

:07:48.:07:50.

doesn't believe that he's one of these players that will continue to

:07:51.:07:52.

play well. I think there's at least one more title, maybe more, in Paul

:07:53.:07:55.

Foster. I don't think he's chasing Alex, I really don't. OK, but he's

:07:56.:07:58.

close, just one behind. Paul Foster winning the title for the fifth time

:07:59.:08:08.

here today. Let's remind you about more tennis? There will be a

:08:09.:08:10.

subconscious desire to win at least one more title, maybe two. I do

:08:11.:08:13.

believe Paul because he's very honest about things. He won't say

:08:14.:08:15.

anything he doesn't believe that he is one of these players that will

:08:16.:08:18.

continue to play well. I think there is at least one more title, maybe

:08:19.:08:20.

more, in Paul Foster. I don't think he's chasing Alex, I really don't.

:08:21.:08:23.

OK, but he's close, just one behind. Paul Foster winning the title for

:08:24.:08:25.

the fifth time here today. Let's remind you about more tennis coming

:08:26.:08:28.

your way on the BBC. On Friday on the BBC Two, action from the Davis

:08:29.:08:31.

Cup, Canada against Great not just today we've it's not just today

:08:32.:08:33.

we've bowls, it's been happening all week here at maybe it's the cameras,

:08:34.:08:36.

the lights, the crowd, but there's something about this iconic venue

:08:37.:08:38.

that seems to bring out the best in boulders. There are world titles at

:08:39.:08:41.

stake, after all. Now drawing for the Mac maybe it's the cameras, the

:08:42.:08:43.

lights, the crowd, but there's something about this iconic venue

:08:44.:08:46.

that seems to bring out the best in bowlers. There are world titles at

:08:47.:08:48.

stake, after all. Now drawing for the Mac. 2017 the year for the last

:08:49.:08:51.

bowl finish. Players keeping us in suspense the year for the last bowl

:08:52.:08:53.

finish. Players keeping us in suspense Jason Greenslade and Les

:08:54.:08:56.

Gillett left it late, very late, in the world pairs my goodness, is he

:08:57.:09:00.

that, the first and 5-0 in the second but dug deep and delivered

:09:01.:09:04.

when it mattered they trailed 7-1 in the first and 5-0 in the second but

:09:05.:09:07.

dug deep and delivered when it mattered you won it 16 this time,

:09:08.:09:09.

what's the difference this time around? I think I've I think I've

:09:10.:09:16.

enjoyed it he's been quite challenging times Jason, to be fair,

:09:17.:09:18.

because he's been quite challenging at times! LAUGHTER Theatre a week of

:09:19.:09:30.

brilliant and bowls played with finesse, and brilliant, absolutely

:09:31.:09:34.

brilliant. Always in good world number one he

:09:35.:09:37.

is telling the world number one he needs glasses at measures!

:09:38.:09:42.

At measures! Brilliant. Always respectful. On Tuesday Paul Foster

:09:43.:09:51.

met Mickey Brett the match went all the way to the third end of a the

:09:52.:09:54.

match went all the way to the third end of a tie-break before Brett

:09:55.:10:04.

delivered the decisive Mickey Brett. Some people it seems just have that

:10:05.:10:08.

winning habit. No one more so than six time world another title for

:10:09.:10:11.

Mickey Brett. Some people it seems just have that winning habit. No one

:10:12.:10:19.

more so than six time an accounted for that man, Les Gillett. Brimming

:10:20.:10:24.

with confidence and making short work of Marshall in round two. Every

:10:25.:10:28.

good tournament needs an upset or two. For a while we wondered if

:10:29.:10:33.

71-year-old Charlie Bent might provide the Alex Patty Marshall. But

:10:34.:10:36.

if the Scots thought he was going to be climbing the stairway to seven in

:10:37.:10:39.

2017, he had an accounted for that man, Les Gillett. Brimming with

:10:40.:10:41.

confidence and making short work of Marshall in round two. Every good

:10:42.:10:43.

tournament needs an upset or two. For a while we wondered if

:10:44.:10:45.

71-year-old Charlie Bent might provide the biggest, as he ran world

:10:46.:10:48.

number one, Brett men's with a 71-year-old making waves in the

:10:49.:10:51.

men's competition, a man 50 years his junior found herself in the

:10:52.:10:54.

matchplay final -- woman 50 years his junior found herself in the

:10:55.:11:01.

matchplay final. Katherine Rednalla second world title, this time at the

:11:02.:11:04.

expense of reigning world champion Ellen Falkner. There would be no

:11:05.:11:10.

repeat of the 2016 result in the ladies competition. And nor in the

:11:11.:11:14.

men's. Brett blown away by Stuart Anderson in the quarterfinals, while

:11:15.:11:16.

final appearance. A second world title, this time at the expense of

:11:17.:11:18.

reigning world champion Ellen Falkner. There would be no repeat of

:11:19.:11:21.

the 2016 result in the ladies competition. And nor in the men's.

:11:22.:11:23.

Brett blown away by Stuart Anderson in the quarterfinals, while Burnett

:11:24.:11:25.

Richard also departed. Richard losing by the most narrow margins to

:11:26.:11:29.

also departed. Richard losing by the most narrow margins to Greg I do you

:11:30.:11:35.

sum up what happened on that last bowl of the match? To be honest, it

:11:36.:11:39.

was a howdy you sum up what happened on that last bowl of the match? To

:11:40.:11:47.

be honest, it was could it? Into the area, into the. The last bowl

:11:48.:11:51.

finish. Greg Harlow was making a habit of it, but surely it couldn't

:11:52.:11:53.

happen again, could it? Into the area, into the red for Stewart

:11:54.:11:56.

Anderson the pain of a semifinal elimination. For Greg Harlow, a date

:11:57.:12:00.

and a title decider against Paul Foster, the four time world champion

:12:01.:12:03.

for Stewart Anderson the pain of a semifinal elimination. For Greg

:12:04.:12:05.

Harlow, a date and a title decider against Paul Foster, the four time

:12:06.:12:10.

world champion, besting the first in the first and Foster bring the

:12:11.:12:14.

curtain down on our 2017 presentation. Bragging rights and so

:12:15.:12:17.

Harlow and Foster bring the curtain down on 2017 presentation. Bragging

:12:18.:12:25.

rights to it to Paul, commiserations to Greg.

:12:26.:12:26.

There's always next year. We are looking forward to champion.

:12:27.:12:33.

Katherine Rednall, her second win in the ladies world indoor the roll of

:12:34.:12:38.

honour this year at Potters is as follows. Paul Foster the singles

:12:39.:12:40.

champion. Katherine Rednall, her second win in the ladies world

:12:41.:12:42.

indoor Les Gillett and Jason Greenslade the winners of title.

:12:43.:12:47.

Last Tuesday, Brett and pairs teamed up to win the David has been keeping

:12:48.:12:54.

a of the week. How difficult was it? I imagine I out for the shot of the

:12:55.:12:58.

week. How difficult was it? I imagine you must you are always

:12:59.:13:04.

inundated with candidates for this? I have two pages of them. It's very

:13:05.:13:09.

hard. You looking for the pressure bowl, the bowl you have to make.

:13:10.:13:14.

This was the seal the match. He had to seal the match. He had nowhere.

:13:15.:13:19.

Through the shot. Absolutely brilliant. That took him through.

:13:20.:13:25.

Even Paul Foster, didn't like it, but he appreciated it. We've seen

:13:26.:13:28.

some fantastic stuff this week. The one that touch the heart most of all

:13:29.:13:34.

was Charlie Bent, at the age of 71. He got a standing ovation after his.

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This was on a re-spot position. Through the shot. Absolutely

:13:41.:13:42.

brilliant. That took him through. Even Paul Foster, didn't like it,

:13:43.:13:44.

but he appreciated it. We've seen some fantastic stuff this week. The

:13:45.:13:47.

one that touch the heart most of all was Charlie Bent, at the age of 71.

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He got a standing ovation after his match against absolutely, what was

:13:51.:13:52.

good about Charlie is he was out there to enjoy absolutely, what was

:13:53.:13:55.

good about Charlie is he was out there to enjoy he was laughing and

:13:56.:13:58.

and even took finicky about out of Nicky Brett took finicky about out

:13:59.:14:01.

of Nicky Brett years he had a heart attack seven years ago yet he

:14:02.:14:05.

somehow has found himself on yet he somehow has found himself on the in

:14:06.:14:11.

the world of indoor Bowls. Can be here and be a national star. Can you

:14:12.:14:16.

imagine when he went back to his own club? The reaction he was going to

:14:17.:14:19.

get. I betsends a message, enter the qualifiers and you can be here and

:14:20.:14:21.

be a national star. Can you imagine when he went back to his own club?

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The reaction he was going to get. I bet he hasn't And Katherine Rednall,

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at the age of 21 a double world champion. 21 is very young but

:14:28.:14:30.

Katherine Rednall is a very talented. A good outdoor player as

:14:31.:14:34.

well. Here it's different. A very limited field. Very high quality.

:14:35.:14:40.

You have to step up and she did play very well. Katherine Rednall just

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21, one of the young stars. Last night here at Potters it was the

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under 25 final between Martin Puckett from Weymouth and Helen Ryan

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from New South Wales in Australia. Ellen won the first set 10-7 and

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leads 6-5 hours we join it in the second set.

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Keeping in this set, trying to force the tie-break.

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Well, unusual for it to drop so far over the first one. It's been a

:15:22.:16:02.

high-quality game. Good to see Ellen drawing this, I

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think she can pop one round her own with an extra three feet of running.

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We'll be very close to this. -- will be.

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One red. Good bowl, now she can attack it.

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Martin Puckett really needs to win this end.

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Yes, can't afford to lose a shot here, pushes the bowl up, I'm lucky.

:16:54.:16:59.

The temptation here is for Ellen to run at this. She's sticking with

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feedback can draw. She misses it, comes through. Percentage shot she's

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trying with this one. Comes deep at the end, close bowl run through,

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drop in. Still one red but still a very good bowl.

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Two seconds, Andy. Yes, just hanging on to the shot here. Needs to try

:17:30.:17:36.

and get another bowl in. Well, if he runs he could get a very

:17:37.:18:03.

good result off the green bowls. Unlucky, very unlucky.

:18:04.:18:09.

That's a horrible result. Any touch of the green bowl would have made

:18:10.:18:15.

three. How did he do that? That was really unlucky. This changes things,

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has to be very, very careful here. Place this and gets it wrong and she

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could be three or four down. Yes, difficult to see how she's

:18:29.:18:32.

going to score here, unless she takes a little bit of a chance on

:18:33.:18:36.

the forehand. A very aggressive player, we've seen that already.

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Backhand could still slip into the shot. Playing the forehand. I agree,

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this could go wrong. Turned her back on it. Always wide. I think it was

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pretty good it was wide. No guarantee she was going to score

:18:57.:19:02.

there. At this stage, the position of the matches in, 6-6 and a set

:19:03.:19:10.

Martin Puckett has to win. That wasn't... Well... Unless there's a

:19:11.:19:13.

guarantee of getting something, it was risky shot. Sometimes you are

:19:14.:19:17.

better to miss them. Martin Puckett is looking... He

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doesn't show too much emotion. A fairly quiet lad, Martin. Not one of

:19:47.:19:54.

the noisier characters, shall we say, on the international team. And

:19:55.:20:00.

we have a few. Yes, there are a few. As I was saying, I was fortunate to

:20:01.:20:07.

manage the junior team and there are a few characters among them. Your

:20:08.:20:13.

kit it -- you're keeping the box closed as to who they are. I'm sure

:20:14.:20:18.

the boys will know who they are. Perry Martin will know he's a little

:20:19.:20:25.

bit noisy. He's a quiet lad! I am sure Perry will be watching now.

:20:26.:20:31.

Martin here is one of the quieter characters in the team. Perry

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usually comes over to play with the civil service team, over in Northern

:20:36.:20:42.

Ireland in February, gives us a run out. Test the green for the players

:20:43.:20:47.

and let us know how it's playing. Wrong green, different club! Good

:20:48.:20:52.

idea, not going to work. Steady, steady. Well, OK. Both

:20:53.:21:00.

players all right here. It's wide open at the moment. Martin really

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would like to score double. I think Martin would just be happy

:21:08.:21:12.

to score here. If that's the case, he has to score

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both ends. There is still room. The way Ellen

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has been playing you would expect her to correct with this one.

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Good match, disk. Going on for an hour and a half. Good quality.

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Pretty close, if it drops. Making corrections with every bowl. Martin

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quickly on the mark. That was fast, Andy. It was just a draw. Good line.

:21:49.:21:58.

In with a chance with this one. Trying V shot I think, well played,

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very well played. Still got to be careful, only one down.

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I can see the attraction of trying to trail the jack back but she

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doesn't want to lose three, got to be careful with this. She's playing

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well enough to draw it off. I think so, one down is not a disaster

:22:29.:22:31.

playing the last end. Not far away. Will she bend? Gentle,

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gentle. Ellen, Ellen! Too heavy. We were saying any touch on that green

:22:48.:22:53.

bowl was bringing in the short ones. Well, this could be three. This

:22:54.:22:57.

could be a bad result for Ellen. Two out.

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Well, that was a mistake, I'm afraid. It was a mistake and also a

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little bit unlucky, as well. She just got the bowl... If she'd got

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the bowl solid it would have stayed for a second. A little bit unlucky,

:23:15.:23:17.

at the same time. That's why one down wasn't a

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disaster, just keep drawing away. Martin's mum and dad will be

:23:30.:23:31.

pleased. Looking good for a tie-break. That's what we enjoy, the

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three end tie-breaks, an extra 20 minutes for the crowd to enjoy the

:23:40.:23:46.

game. And another 20 minutes of your company. You love it! That's a good

:23:47.:23:56.

start when you're trying to defend the end. Three up, the last end,

:23:57.:24:00.

Martin Puckett. Close with this. Very good, well

:24:01.:24:20.

done, good start. I feel a bit for her in many ways

:24:21.:24:24.

but Martin Puckett put the pressure on by having three balls in the

:24:25.:24:30.

area. One mistake on his benefited. But he's kept his head in this,

:24:31.:24:37.

Andy, he really has. He hasn't looked flustered. No, a fairly cool

:24:38.:24:42.

character. They both are, really. Neither really showing much emotion.

:24:43.:24:49.

But this is a good start here for Ellen. Trying to score three shots,

:24:50.:24:58.

never easy. She's in the area again. Full

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contact on the red, got it. Very good. Now she's opened up chances.

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It's a measure with the second one but the red bowls over to the side

:25:11.:25:16.

and that will give her a chance to get the treble she needs.

:25:17.:25:23.

Martin on a good line here. Will he bend? No. That's the shot Ellen

:25:24.:25:35.

needs to play now, on the forehand. Yes, changing her hand. Could be

:25:36.:25:39.

three. Needs to run slightly under. All

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know, oh no! I don't think it really matters too much. Not a disaster.

:25:58.:26:02.

She still has a chance of a three. What I'm interesting is which bowl

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is lying fourth shot because fourth shot, looking for an option to drive

:26:09.:26:18.

the bowl off. I agree. Fourth shot looks like red, slightly.

:26:19.:26:26.

Yes, Green is rock solid. This is an important bowl, he needs to get this

:26:27.:26:34.

one in. Trailing jack rules out everything. If he can trail the jack

:26:35.:26:38.

we are definitely going to a tie-break. Not far away.

:26:39.:26:44.

This is a chance now. He's made that target even bigger, a big chance

:26:45.:26:53.

here for Ellen, big chance to score the three. Slightly different, Andy,

:26:54.:26:59.

because now she has to split and those balls will lock it in. Either

:27:00.:27:05.

she gets the red bowl absolutely clean... And then she has a chance.

:27:06.:27:09.

A good opportunity here. Martin will know that as well. Bowl

:27:10.:27:13.

out for three, for the title. I think she's giving this a shot.

:27:14.:27:24.

She is very close. This is very close, will she bend? Will she stay

:27:25.:27:30.

in? That's unlucky! What a great effort. Wow. Karen Markley saying

:27:31.:27:43.

shot. Very close there. Well, it doesn't really matter, one green,

:27:44.:27:46.

one red, it's a tie-break. Yes, just a toss of the coin for a

:27:47.:27:57.

tie-break. On the first end Martin won the toss and has given it to

:27:58.:28:02.

Ellen. We didn't get confirmation of who got the shot...

:28:03.:28:10.

Goodness me, that looked good all the way down. Very good, she did

:28:11.:28:16.

split the balls but unfortunately she moved one bowl onto the jack

:28:17.:28:21.

otherwise she would have had the three and the game. Looking quite

:28:22.:28:30.

expensive now. The game before last. Yes.

:28:31.:28:57.

You just think what the future is for both these players. Martin

:28:58.:29:08.

really starting off with his international career, Ellen making a

:29:09.:29:13.

real impact at a very young age. The Australian team, the elite squad are

:29:14.:29:17.

usually quite young. Most of them are in their 20s and 30s. Ellen said

:29:18.:29:22.

she feels old now because she is in her forties. I think it's fair to

:29:23.:29:28.

say most of the countries, we have two separate events for the men and

:29:29.:29:32.

women. The England ladies team, I think going to Australia will be a

:29:33.:29:37.

young and talented team. Not maybe quite as young as Ellen, but all

:29:38.:29:41.

probably in their early 20s. So, two sets of 11 ends are gone and

:29:42.:29:57.

we are in a three end tie-break. You just have to win the end, so it

:29:58.:30:01.

becomes quite aggressive. Ellen is off to a good start.

:30:02.:30:25.

A deep bowl going N I can't blame her on that. She has one anyway.

:30:26.:30:32.

Three-and-a-half inches. Very hard to improve the position she's in

:30:33.:30:37.

here. Yes, basically holding her to one. Choice of shots for mar tivenlt

:30:38.:30:42.

he is looking at the TV monitor. I think it's drawing the forehand or

:30:43.:30:46.

trying to run the bowl out. I think he's sticking to the draw. Not an

:30:47.:30:50.

easy shot to run the bowl. But he might have needed two goes at T He's

:30:51.:30:56.

very close. Yes. Very close. Oh, has he got it? I think he has.

:30:57.:31:03.

Well-played, perfect. One red. Good bowl. Played with nice weight.

:31:04.:31:10.

Really tidy weight on that one. Well, Ellen has played the forehand

:31:11.:31:13.

runner exceptionally well. There is a good chance here, catches one red

:31:14.:31:17.

bowl, take the other out. A good running bowl here. Yes, it is a

:31:18.:31:22.

two-bowl shot and if he doesn't get the outside one and gets the shot

:31:23.:31:26.

bowl clean, well, she will be very happy. Quite a wide target here.

:31:27.:31:34.

Good chance of getting a result here.

:31:35.:31:39.

Oh, she's playing very controlled at this. I'm surprised. It'll whip away

:31:40.:31:47.

very quickly. But she's in the area She's holding out. She is playing

:31:48.:31:51.

with a hard weight. Why did she play that, Andy? A full drive down there

:31:52.:31:57.

was taking the bowls out. She did so well on the forehand. One red bowl

:31:58.:32:03.

was going to take the other out. The first ends to Martin Puckett. I'm

:32:04.:32:08.

surprised at that. But she obviously felt that she could rest the bowl

:32:09.:32:12.

off, a big drive, should have been three inches away from it. She

:32:13.:32:16.

wouldn't have had second shot but she only needs one.

:32:17.:32:24.

Ellen's choice on who takes the jack, so she is given it to Martin.

:32:25.:32:52.

So Ellen will have the last bowl and she'll probably be thinking - I

:32:53.:33:00.

don't want to play it. She's just tactically got one thing slightly

:33:01.:33:05.

wrong at the end there. But, still played a very good game and still in

:33:06.:33:09.

this yet. She's travelled from Australia and she's 19. It's easy to

:33:10.:33:15.

forget, snted it? I would say she's played really well. Got to be

:33:16.:33:20.

pleased with her performance but she'll be looking it take that title

:33:21.:33:22.

back. Needs two good ends. Again, unlucky. Edge of the bowl was

:33:23.:33:37.

better than edge of the jack. Well, Martin, it's a good bowl but

:33:38.:34:05.

that must set up a target now. Ellen's going to be forced on on to

:34:06.:34:10.

the backhandside. A tempting proposition to hit it, go for the

:34:11.:34:14.

jack in the ditch. So drawn away, second bowl.

:34:15.:34:19.

Making sure she was arriving this time. Anything through, she knows,

:34:20.:34:23.

is good. Well, Martin's certainly going to be

:34:24.:34:34.

reaching with this one. Anything past is good. Yes, this is good,

:34:35.:34:37.

good positioning bowl. She has to go for this. She has the

:34:38.:34:51.

last bowl so even jack off on to the respot will give her a chance. She

:34:52.:34:55.

has to drive. Depends how confident she is. There is still a draw. There

:34:56.:34:58.

is. It's definitely available. It is hard to pluck out the line on the

:34:59.:35:02.

backhand I think she's on a good line. Close with this.

:35:03.:35:07.

Oh, she's got this. Oh, well-played. Well done. Courageous shot because

:35:08.:35:15.

the drive looked very much on. It would have been tempting that, to go

:35:16.:35:21.

for the drive but she plays it well. Well, Martin, probably jack in the

:35:22.:35:25.

ditch on the backhand, same shot for him. Jack in the ditch is available

:35:26.:35:31.

or draw it off. Percentages are on the weight shot.

:35:32.:35:33.

He is going for it. He is close. Will it bend, big gap. There it

:35:34.:35:45.

goes. Looked like the gap all the way, didn't it? It did. Didn't look

:35:46.:35:51.

like it was going to bend. Well, the excitement continues here at the

:35:52.:35:55.

World Championships. 1-1, final end of the tie-break. Couldn't ask for

:35:56.:36:03.

anything more, could we? No, we've had some unbelievable games.

:36:04.:36:09.

And one more, I'm sure, to come tomorrow.

:36:10.:36:34.

Of course that final's going to be very interesting with two vastly

:36:35.:36:43.

experienced players. Greg Harlow, going for his second singles title

:36:44.:36:50.

and Paul Foster going for his fifth. I'm going to be interested tomorrow,

:36:51.:36:54.

just to see who you are going to pick out as a winner. I'm sure Rishi

:36:55.:36:58.

will be getting that question ready for you. You'd better have your

:36:59.:37:04.

answer ready. I've got it ready already.

:37:05.:37:08.

Oh, a buttie. Last end, first bowl. Front toucher. Doesn't get much

:37:09.:37:15.

Bert, does it? No. ! She's about two or three inches away. Well, you can

:37:16.:37:20.

understand Martin is reaching at this. Doesn't want a drop shot.

:37:21.:37:25.

Well, that's exactly where he needed to be.

:37:26.:37:29.

Draw up to the jack, if you miss it, come around behind it, for cover. So

:37:30.:37:39.

calm looking. Yes. Played it well. Played the rink well.

:37:40.:37:56.

Oh, Martin didn't play that well, didn't get it away well. Oh he is

:37:57.:38:08.

under. He is in truvenlt The last end you can nominate to burn the

:38:09.:38:12.

end. You can nominate as much as you want but only can burn it once. I

:38:13.:38:18.

think he has to go for this. Depends where this finishes from Ellen.

:38:19.:38:21.

Anything behind the jack is good. She's in full control here. Not

:38:22.:38:24.

quite sure whether that was necessary. Not bad. Second shot.

:38:25.:38:32.

Second shot but I have a feeling he is going to run at it now. A little

:38:33.:38:37.

bit of cover. He needs to remove the bowl or get the jack. If he removes

:38:38.:38:41.

the bowl at least he'll give himself a chance. Ellen will draw close but

:38:42.:38:45.

he will have the last bowl of the end. Nominate it, in case it goes on

:38:46.:38:51.

to the jack and then... Time-out called. Looking at the respot

:38:52.:38:57.

position. Too far away. That's why maybe Martin isn't nominating the

:38:58.:39:01.

kill or perhaps he has forego then but I think he's going to run this

:39:02.:39:07.

bowl off. Yes, a lot of people do forget This just looks too

:39:08.:39:11.

difficult, Martin, to draw. Martin has nominated to kill the end. He

:39:12.:39:18.

hasn't forgotten. Well-remembered. Oh, that looks under. Is he going to

:39:19.:39:25.

hold? Oh, that was close. # Well, he can nominate again. I'm not sure he

:39:26.:39:31.

is going to have any choice. Helen seems to have everything covered

:39:32.:39:34.

here. The back position, the respots position And second bowl, which is

:39:35.:39:38.

important, just in case Martin removes the bowl. So so... Two yards

:39:39.:39:46.

in front would be good. Block the hand on the runner and force him to

:39:47.:39:50.

draw within three inches. Yes, I think so. Make sure it is very short

:39:51.:39:54.

so it can't be pumped N Martin didn't go fast with that drive, did

:39:55.:39:59.

he? I don't know if he is not a quick driver. Oh, she's playing

:40:00.:40:04.

safe. Default position - pop around to the back and say - off you go. I

:40:05.:40:08.

think she's leaving it alone. I can't blame her to be honest. She

:40:09.:40:12.

has one hand on the trophy here. It's been a brilliant game I have to

:40:13.:40:18.

say Martin Puckett has been super and Ellen Ryan has been magnificent

:40:19.:40:22.

bearing in mind she doesn't play indoor in the UK. She's an

:40:23.:40:26.

Australian. I don't know if he has called for this to be. Oh, he

:40:27.:40:30.

hasn't. He is trying to draw it. I think he is under. No way it is

:40:31.:40:35.

going to hold Way under. Oh, she is go the T And the Championship to

:40:36.:40:40.

Ellen Ryan. There is the smile there is the thumbs up.

:40:41.:40:44.

Thumbs up a up and a smile from Ellen Ryan. Corky, what a star. Yes,

:40:45.:40:54.

I heard about her in social media which I get into. I said we need to

:40:55.:40:59.

see these player up here and she arrived here and put the work in.

:41:00.:41:03.

How do you think she would have hoped in the lady's matchplay? Every

:41:04.:41:07.

bit as well. I have no doubt. She's a very dedicated player. I knew her

:41:08.:41:13.

first coach. She told me she is a bit special and Karen told me she

:41:14.:41:17.

was special as well. Karen Murphy. She mentioned it in commentary

:41:18.:41:21.

earlier this week. Ellen Ryan is a name to look out for at potters. The

:41:22.:41:26.

big star of the week is Paul Foster. You said he got Bert and better and

:41:27.:41:31.

Bert and hold of the title for the fifth time. -- better and better.

:41:32.:41:36.

All champions, what they want to do is get that head of steam up through

:41:37.:41:40.

the tournament. I had a couple of meetings with pau. We were chatting.

:41:41.:41:44.

He is very calm, relaxed. He has had his fourth child. A very contented

:41:45.:41:48.

man at the moment. In the list of all-time greats where does he rank?

:41:49.:41:52.

Right up there. No dou. Alex Marshall. Without a shadow of a

:41:53.:41:58.

doubt, with regards to indoor and outdoor but Paul Foster in the

:41:59.:42:03.

all-round game indoor and outdoor, he is incredibly successful. It

:42:04.:42:06.

doesn't matter where he goes. He could come back next year and equal

:42:07.:42:10.

his pal I wouldn't doubt it for someone more. He'll walk in probably

:42:11.:42:15.

as equal favourite maybe with Greg and Alex and he will enjoy that.

:42:16.:42:20.

Let's remind you of more tennis coming your way on the BBC. It's the

:42:21.:42:25.

Davis Cup, Canada against Great Britain. BBC Two on Friday.

:42:26.:42:30.

So, we have come to the end. Week here at potters. We have seen some

:42:31.:42:37.

wonderful bowls here on the blue rink. Some great champions all the

:42:38.:42:41.

way through. Some stars of the future, the likes of Ellen Ryan and

:42:42.:42:47.

Katherine Rednall. But today a man from Scotland got his hands on the

:42:48.:42:51.

trophy for the fifth time. Paul Foster. From all of us here,

:42:52.:42:59.

goodbye. # Girl I'm in love with you

:43:00.:43:06.

# This ain't the honeymoon # Past the infatuated phase

:43:07.:43:09.

# Right in the thick of love # It seems like we argue every day

:43:10.:43:18.

# I know I his behave and you made your mistake

:43:19.:43:21.

# And we both still got room left to grow

:43:22.:43:26.

# Force # And though love can sometimes hurt

:43:27.:43:32.

# I still put you first # And we'll make this thing work

:43:33.:43:36.

# But I think we should take it slow # We're just ordinary people

:43:37.:43:46.

# We don't know which way to go # Cos we're ordinary people

:43:47.:43:53.

# Maybe should take it slow # Take it slow#

:43:54.:43:57.

Rishi Persad presents live coverage of the World Indoor Singles Final from the Potters Leisure Resort in Norfolk.

The most prestigious title in world bowls has been claimed by the greatest players in the game including Paul Foster, David Bryant, Tony Allcock, Richard Corsie and Andy Thomson.

There were emotional scenes on the rink at Hopton-On-Sea 12 months ago as Nicky Brett from Cambridgeshire claimed the title for the first time.

The finalists will be eager to join the illustrious roll of honour.

With commentary by David Corkill.