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Ladies' Singles Semi-Final

Live coverage from the World Indoor Bowls Championships. Nicky Brett is likely to face a stern second-round test and the ladies' singles reaches the semi-final stage.


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Hello and welcome to the World Indoor Bowls Championships. So far

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this week, two finals on the blue rink, won in dramatic circumstances.

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The action has kept this crowd on the edge of their seats. He is

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drawing for the match. Is he running?

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I was within two inches of the jack and he played a wonder bowl, so you

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raise your hand and say congratulations. Not champion for

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nothing. The thrilling action so far this

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week. Two fascinating match-ups for you live on BBC Two. The defending

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champion Nick Brett against 71 Scot Charles Bence. And the defending

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champion in the ladies singles Alan Faulkner takes on Janice Gower, in

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the semifinal for the first time. -- Ellen Falkner.

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BBC commentator David Corkill, alongside me. Let's talk about those

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two finals we have seen so far. Yesterday, perhaps as good a match

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as I have ever seen in the pairs. Yes, the best pairs I have seen I

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have to say. It had everything, drama all the way right down to the

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end. Paul was absolutely right, if you lose to a bowl like Mickey

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played, you have to raise your hands and say well done. Hopefully we will

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get more excitement today. Ellen Falkner against Janice Gower, she

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has won the title three times before. What can we expect?

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Defending champions, it's always hard to come back and defend the

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title. Janice has been here and practised a lot, Ellen 's CV is

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three pages long, so much information! She is just back from

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New Zealand, where she has been very successful. The other match, Nick

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Brett against Charles Bence. People used to think bowls is a game for

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the elderly, but Charles is actually one of the players who does not

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conform to the normal, because most of the players are younger and he is

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a rarity these days, it seems. Very much so. At this level, most of the

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players are in their 20s, 30s and 40s, the key moment to win

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championships. But it's a great story, you enter and play, and

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suddenly he is going against the best in the world. That is coming up

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live on BBC Two. We will show you a match that took place earlier, the

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former 2013 world champion Stuart Anderson was up against Graham

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McKee. Only one separated them, but the gulf of experience was much

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greater. 30-year-old Graham McKee was making his first appearance in

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the second round, against Anderson, 31, the champion in 2013. Anderson's

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runner in the first end gave him a triple and he took the first four

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ends to build up a seven-shot advantage. Graham McKee won the next

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three but went into the last end trailing by four. He was unable to

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conjure a miracle with his last, leaving Anderson to secure the first

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set 11-4. The qualifier had seen world champion Andy Thompson in the

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first round. A repeat looked unlikely as Anderson made a full

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house in the third end of second set. Graham McKee failed to register

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another end, and Anderson Silva a comfortable win with another three

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shots, and he is in the quarterfinals where he will meet the

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winner of Nick Brett and Charles Bence. -- Anderson sealed.

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It's Nicky Brett against Charles Bence this afternoon and it promises

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to be a cracking match. We can catch up with the man who is 71 and from

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Scotland, and he knocked out Mark Doors in the first round. Charles

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Bence. I was born in Motherwell. June four,

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1945. I used to play football at school. I

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had an ankle injury. That was that done. I used to play golf. Since I

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had a heart attack seven years ago, I've not played since. I played

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darts as well when I was 20. I qualified for the world finals at

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Livingston. Went to the Scottish finals in front of 300 folk. That

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was it! I was too nervous. The nerves got the better of me. My

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mother was a bowler, my mum started at 40, my dad played up until 90. He

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had an accident on the Bowling green, and I said, that's enough,

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you can come and watch but you're not playing. He stopped playing at

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90. He didn't take it up until he was about 70, 60 odd. I enjoy my

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bowls. This has been a brilliant experience. Absolutely great. The

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crowd here has been absolutely perfect. Brilliant. The support I've

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had, after I came off... Even English supporters, well done, well

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done, when's your next game? They kept asking me that. I'm here for

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the entire fortnight. I used to say it was an old man's game when I was

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younger. Now I'm an old man... It's good. Really good fun. I've always

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said, you always lose more than you win. You have a good day, you have a

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bad day. I have watched Mick for the last three or four years. -- Nick. I

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have watched them all. But to play against him is absolutely brilliant.

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The pressure will be more on Nick than me. He will not want to get

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beat by a 71 old man. No pressure on me. -- 71-year-old man. I am not a

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defeatist. I will give 100%. If I win, I win. If I lose, I lose. What

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a story. Started playing about three decades ago, survived a heart attack

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seven years ago and here he is on the biggest stage of the sport of

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indoor bowls, against the number one ranked player and defending

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champion, Nicky Brett. Loads of pressure as a defending

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champion in the first game and it showed. His opponent played some

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really good stuff, had to find a few big bowls in the first and second

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set, just found enough at the right time luckily. The last couple of

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years, I've managed to find a way to win rather than find a way to lose,

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and that makes a huge difference at important times in the set. The

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eighth end, when you have to have the last bowl to make two to get

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within striking distance to grab a draw out of a set which you haven't

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really been a part of. I've just learnt to find a way, hang on when

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it hasn't been going my way. I know very little about Charlie, to be

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fair. A fantastic win in the first round, which I'm sure he is still on

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cloud nine about. I'm sure he's looking forward to his next game. I

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don't know much about him, I'm going to pay him as much respect as anyone

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else on tour and play as well as I can, because he has earned the right

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to be here. Now you are in the thick of it, you have to hit the ground

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and keep moving forward, find some good bowls. If he plays a good one,

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tried to beat it quickly and not let it build up against you. Now is the

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time to step right into the tournament and get my A game going.

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Will it be business as usual for the defending champion Nicky Brett or

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will we witness the fairy tale of the week with Charlie Bence. Our MC.

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First to a real character, who at the tender age of 71 is the oldest

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person ever to qualify for this event. So there is hope for you lot!

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Will you please welcome Charlie Bence.

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This world number one has proven time and again what a formidable

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opponent he can be. The recently crowned mixed pairs match play and

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defending world indoor singles champion, the world number one,

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Nicky Brett! 29 years the difference between

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these players. I wonder what kind of match-up they will provide? To

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describe the action, three-time former world champion in the singles

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Andy Thompson alongside Corky. What a story. I had a long chat with

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Charlie and he is really looking forward to it. It's a dream, really.

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A fantastic story, up against the world number one live on TV, it is

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wonderful for Charlie, he is the big star today. Jack length 29.5 metres.

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As he said, he has absolutely nothing to lose.

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71, he's recovered well from the heart attack a few years ago to come

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back and play bowls at a competitive level. Nick Brett has played a lot

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of matches on the single rink. So it's going to be a fairly nervous

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end or two for Charlie until he settles into things. He prefers

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Charlie rather than Charles. When his mother was alive, she was the

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only one to call him Charles. I agree, David, he has to come out of

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the traps fairly quickly. Have to make sure he starts well, Charlie.

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Doesn't want Nicky to get away. Nick is very much one of the players

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who will give Charlie full respect. I think most of them would anyway to

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be truthful. Very easy to say this is a match where you can put a name

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down into the next round, but he doesn't treat things like that. He

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will get out there and look to play a good game. Charlie beat Mark

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Dawes, in the previous round, and Nicky has a lot of respect. If

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Charlie beat him, he is a good player. Are you running? Just under.

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

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start. He has gone deep. Happy with three in the head. A position ball.

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Maybe worth Charlie thinking about having a little go at this, try to

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remove something. A hard draw shot. The last bowl of the Ning, Charlie

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trails the jack. A perfect trail. -- of the inning.

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That is the key in many ways, you want to get that shot on the board,

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then you can relax a little bit. The players are allowed 30 minutes for.

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I was watching Charlie practising, and he was playing well. -- before.

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That bowl wasn't a fluke. Jack length 27.5 metres.

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He was telling me the young players at his club call him Chico. His

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midnight. We will stick to Charles. For everybody watching at his home

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club, he has started the second end extremely well. -- his nickname.

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Just to correct something from another match. Stuart Anderson, I

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should know better than to believe everything on the profile...

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Blantyre, he is in. The same club as Charlie. Absolutely. I stand

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corrected, I got a couple of messages. The moral of the story,

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don't believe everything you read. He has been there a few years now.

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He will be looking at this to see who he is going to play in the next

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round. Two touchers. Wasting no time. Great strike. Hits

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the target often. Plenty of room all around it.

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Just have to wait a second until they sort out the toucher in the

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ditch. And the jack to go back on. Charlie was on the mat, ready to go.

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I favour one green. Most players would probably be

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playing the backhand, but it is his choice. Sweeping away very early.

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You need to be crossing the middle line about three or four metres

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before the jack. That last bowl has probably forced Nicky onto the

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forehand side. Crossing the centre line at that

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point. Charlie on the other side now, Andy. A chance to pick up the

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jack if he is heavy. He was encouraging it forward. Not

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far away. Oh, yes, what a shot. Brilliant stuff.

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Nicky, attacking. On the high side. The bowl in the ditch... A single.

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Many people feeling quite happy about Charlie being here, not least

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Andy of course! I'm waiting for the next sentence to come out! It's

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always good to know you are not the oldest in the tournament, isn't it!

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I thought you might make reference to that! Yes, nice that somebody

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else is older than me. Charlie definitely not in his

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twilight years if he is playing in qualifying. It is not easy. Where

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did he qualify from? Falkirk? Probably. Easy enough to check.

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People travel around to qualify but they try to keep them within their

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own countries. Charlie will certainly not be

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wanting to leave it to his last bowl again.

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A little white. -- a little white dot indicates that it is a toucher,

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so if it goes into the ditch, it stays live. If it goes into the

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ditch without touching the jack, it's taken away and forms no further

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part in the end. He's picked the pace up really well,

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Nicky, right away. Into his groove. Two and a half feet.

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Just had to run. Lacking a yard of pace. Once again, we'll have to play

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a big last bowl. The only problem is there's a certain amount of good

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bowls in the locker, you don't want to be dipping into it every end. No,

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because you are going to fail eventually. That was a bit heavy.

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He's having a wee clot after it. He will get a nickname of last bowl

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Charlie. -- trot. Mark Dawes, sitting at home thinking, well,

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welcome to my world, Nicky! Again the last bowl draws the shot and

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it's difficult for Nick to get at. A little run down beforehand. Not

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easy. -- the forehand. A good try. Really good effort.

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Another single, another last bowl. He's enjoying this, Charlie. He

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certainly is now! I'm just not sure how long it's

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going to be, Andy, before I call him Charles dance. It's only a matter of

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time. If he does win, there will be a jig, never mind a dance. I'm sure

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everyone back in Blantyre will be watching and enjoying every minute.

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A great start. Once again, Nick putting in good

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bowls. Very steady. He will be very much aware of the fact that's what

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he'll keep doing until there is a mistake somewhere. The trouble is

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that's not always guaranteed. I don't think Nick will be pressing

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the panic button quite yet. But he is aware that he's in a game here. A

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good effort from Charlie. Close. Shot. Well played. Waving it in.

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Good again. He wants the jack this time. Well played.

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Les Gillett up in the green seats. Applauding that bowl from Nicky.

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Charlie running after it, he must like it. In the area again but just

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slipping under. A good try. What a tough audience, groaning! How

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far away? 18 inches away and barely got a murmur. They are hard today.

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Expectations are high. Good again from Nicky. Not sure if

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it's number two, but we will find out. Two red. Two it is. Charlie

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will have to be reaching through this one, but no guarantee if he

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hits the target that he's going to score. But he is two down so can't

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be any worse off. Probably just a draw on the forehand. Got it away

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with five seconds to spare. Had to pull back quick. Could

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promote. Well played again! He's had some unease shots taken off

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him already in this match. -- so many shots. Charlie just look up to

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the commentary box, absolutely loving this! Saying, what on earth?

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Nicky has played a good end and he is still down.

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Both players are enjoying this. A very good bowl by Nick. Nick will be

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thinking, I've done very little wrong and I could have been 4-0

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down. Darren Burnett, up in the players'

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lounge. Billy Anderson beside him, Stuart's father, and there he is,

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with his fiancee Claire. Anderson, waiting on the winner

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here, looking at this game with a lot of interest.

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If Charlie was to win, the whole of Blantyre will be down for that one.

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There would be no seats available. Almost sold out here.

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It is a good start for both players. Something in there, about half a

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yard away. Bit of a mixture between yards and metres, we can't help it.

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All the measurements are done in metres. Just to be consistent with

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the Southern Hemisphere as well, but we still talk in the arts. -- in

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yards. That is the way we have been brought up. 15 centimetres. I think

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they are all struggling to work that out. Six inches. We will stick to

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inches and feet, that is closer. He is going to drop. Yes. He is looking

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in expectation. Ten inches short of jack hi. Favours one green. There

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you go. A clear path and he is OK. Yes, that is good. That is the

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beauty. Right in front, you can see the jack. A good call by Dan

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Fletcher. He had a tricky couple of measures to look at yesterday and

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questions to be answered. He got them spot on. It was not easy.

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Again, that was a good call. You could say you were waiting for

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the opportunity for Nick to pick up a counter. He had to force his way

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to get one last time. Nick will be trying to add another, knowing full

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well how good Charlie is with his last ball. He has done so much

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damage, hasn't he? Just the one down, but probably sticking to the

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backhand drop. I think he prefers the backhand side. I think he is

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also looking at the Gap and the possibility of running the ball out

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on the forehand. -- bowl. In the back. This one I think is going a

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bit on the quick side. No one ball heroics from this side.

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There you go. I think Charlie is saying to Nick, you need glasses. He

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is telling the world number one he needs glasses to look at measures.

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Brilliant! Nick is normally quite good as well. He is, but there was a

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big distance on that one. He will take that all in good heart, he

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really will, but that is just brilliant. It is very important.

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It's the biggest event in the indoor calendar and I have two said Charlie

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is just enjoying every minute of it. He is having a ball. He just needs

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to keep his concentration because he is a dangerous player, this man from

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Scotland. A good correction from Nicky.

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Charlie once again is on a very good line. One red. Both players are

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quick on the mark, David. No hanging about here. Good to see. Nick Brett

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is particularly fast I have to say. With Paul Foster, if he was playing

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him, it wouldn't take long. Good to see. In recent years it has been

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difficult to cover them on the mat because they are so quick. Time to

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stop. I think he is under the line with this one, Charlie.

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Quite a deliberate shop. Nick to go on the side after the respot

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position. Rightly so, Nicky puts the back bowl in, just in case he took a

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gamble. He needs to pass the short bowl. He

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looks to be under. Just wait really. Just a single. Still, six ends, 5-3.

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Still in the game. Still a lot to play for here in the last three

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ends. Jack length 26.5 metres. I think Charlie thought about a

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change of hands, but is sticking to what he knows. Perfect line. It just

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needs to run. We knew it was close. The line once again for Charlie

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Bence. Is he running? Make giving it a chance this time. A

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narrower line. Looking for at least second. Through the gap, but a

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second bowl. That will force Charlie onto his forehand, but it will block

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the path. He could try it on the forehand side.

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Not a bad bowl that. Looking for the jack. Nicky running down. He doesn't

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want to lose any time-outs. He's still got 20 seconds. He is on the

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inside. He needs to have a lot away. I think he is running with this one.

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Not running enough. He does not want to turn the green one end. Oh, my,

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that could be two. That is a mistake at this stage in the game, Andy.

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Yes. He was always under. A good chance to score a three and take the

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lead two ends to go. Well, his line is very good. Urging

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the ball up. No bad thing in some respects. Happy to take the double

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and level the score 5-5. Two good last bowls from Charlie. There will

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be time shortly when Nicky will be thinking I'm not enjoying this as

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much as I should be really. But yes, good on them both. A bit of pressure

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on Nicky. Jack length 27 metres. That is a yard short. No real reason

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to change, but I think Charlie is changing to the forehand. That last

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bowl of Nick's was in the way. Up on before hand side now for Charlie. --

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on the forehand side. APPLAUSE One of the rare excursions onto this

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site. He needs help with this one. Oh, dear, Nick, you are in trouble

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here. Yes. He realises this is getting tough now, especially if

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Charlie puts this one on top of the jack. He knew right away he was

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under. He is holding up, I tell you that, but he might get the plant

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with his own bowl. That is not going to help. Two shots. Not an easy path

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in here for Nick. He has to be confident to go out on the wide

:44:41.:44:46.

side. He really needs this one in. His own bowl has just dropped down.

:44:47.:44:52.

He can punch it in for second. One green. He's in trouble, and he knows

:44:53.:45:00.

it. Charlie going back to the backhand. There is still room to

:45:01.:45:10.

draw this on the backhand side. He has thrown the bowl out. It's all

:45:11.:45:16.

about pace. The pace is good here. Just needs to stop. Chuck it through

:45:17.:45:31.

a little bit. A couple of chances on the forehand side. Draw the shot or

:45:32.:45:38.

Paul Shaw own bowl in. It had trouble with the first two

:45:39.:45:42.

deliveries, Nicky. I'm not sure this is going to come back in time. Bence

:45:43.:45:52.

is going to take a 1-shot advantage. That would've been a very

:45:53.:45:55.

interesting bet to tick off a few people. He was long odds to win the

:45:56.:46:02.

game. Nick is still smiling. Oh, it is

:46:03.:46:33.

dead on the edge. 28 metres. Goodness me, is it Charlie's day.

:46:34.:46:42.

That took the smile off his face. 6-5 up against the world champion,

:46:43.:46:46.

playing the last set of the last end. What would he give for a front

:46:47.:46:57.

touch now? Not for away. A good opener.

:46:58.:47:09.

He was infused about what he had been doing over the years will stop

:47:10.:47:19.

he was in coach building and various other things he's done over his life

:47:20.:47:22.

span. Fascinating. The line is very good. Nick will

:47:23.:48:00.

need another one in. He has certainly push this one out. Lots of

:48:01.:48:04.

work to do to get inside the green one. Here it comes. Nick is waving

:48:05.:48:12.

at it. Caught on the green bowl. I think it is just the one. For one

:48:13.:48:17.

red. Once again, I think Charlie has

:48:18.:48:38.

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

:48:39.:48:44.

Very close to be shocked. Rate shop. Goodness me. -- very close to be

:48:45.:49:00.

shot. The plant pushes the ball onto the jack. -- bowl. He could go for a

:49:01.:49:13.

respot position. He is not getting a good results with the drive, that's

:49:14.:49:20.

why he is playing the backhand. He has got to draw within seven or

:49:21.:49:30.

eight inches. He might have taken a risk, just to open it up and give

:49:31.:49:31.

himself the last bowl. Charlie has got a good shot. He

:49:32.:49:54.

catches the red onto the green. He is walking down and he is just

:49:55.:49:58.

smiling at everyone. Time-outs as well. Now the concentration comes

:49:59.:50:10.

in. It's important. If he gets this, well, it is monumental. We will see

:50:11.:50:14.

the plant in a minute. Lining himself up for the big one here.

:50:15.:50:23.

He is close. He's got it, he's got it. What a shot! Paul Foster is

:50:24.:50:36.

sitting there thinking, what is going on here? Fantastic! Well,

:50:37.:50:47.

Nicky, you'll have to repeat exactly the same bowl is your third bowl.

:50:48.:51:08.

Charlie will have to wait to see if he has won the opening set. He is

:51:09.:51:13.

not happy with that. It looks heavy to me. It is to heavy. Opening set

:51:14.:51:34.

to Charlie Bence. What a story. Regardless of what happens now,

:51:35.:51:40.

David, this is fantastic! It is certainly fantastic for us, Andy.

:51:41.:51:51.

Fantastic to be commentating on a match like this. Darren Burnett is

:51:52.:51:59.

watching and thinking, what on earth is happening? Nick Brett, dear, oh

:52:00.:52:10.

dear. I think also there hasn't been one flick. He has played really

:52:11.:52:19.

well, I'd agree. A good standard of bowling really. Both players have

:52:20.:52:20.

played well. There he goes again. Two inch gap to your shot bowl.

:52:21.:53:09.

Still keep the backhand, Charlie. Try to draw another.

:53:10.:53:23.

I think that might set up the heavy bowl now. Good advice for Charlie

:53:24.:54:02.

would be to get behind the jack. Just needs to make the gap. Good

:54:03.:54:25.

bowling though. Yes, very good bowling. Tidy staff. I'm not sure if

:54:26.:54:35.

the angle will take his own bowl Alps, so sticking to the draw. --

:54:36.:54:46.

bowl out. If he gets the green one, the red is going to lock. Just

:54:47.:54:58.

enters the group... Six bowls played. Good bowling.

:54:59.:55:28.

Passing ahead with this bowl. That is a good bowl. Good bowls, good

:55:29.:55:38.

tactics. He knew he needed a back bowl. These matches aren't long

:55:39.:55:49.

enough to bring in fatigue. Matches years ago used to be three hours

:55:50.:55:57.

long. Lots of pressure and difficult to keep things going. These are

:55:58.:56:01.

pretty quick matches now. Not that that will help Charlie. An hour and

:56:02.:56:07.

a half maximum. That's a bit dangerous.

:56:08.:56:37.

It is only the start of the second set, but there is no sign of Charlie

:56:38.:57:37.

losing the line and weight. He is continuously playing to a high

:57:38.:57:45.

standard. Nicky Brett has got the game here now, no question about

:57:46.:57:48.

that. Didn't look desperately happy with

:57:49.:58:07.

that bowl when it left his hand, but it's coming up. It is close.

:58:08.:58:14.

Slightly under the line. It might make the gap. Close to the second.

:58:15.:58:27.

One green and a measure. Yes, a good call again.

:58:28.:58:52.

Well, still a backhander off of Nicky. Try to beat his last bowl and

:58:53.:59:03.

that would have secured a shot. I'm not sure he is going to reach this,

:59:04.:59:12.

anti. The hype is good, but... Struggling for pace. -- Andy. He

:59:13.:59:22.

will start to not enjoy this game if Charlie keeps playing well.

:59:23.:59:32.

Charlie changing to the forehand. I don't think he needed to, but he

:59:33.:59:41.

could still draw the shots. I suppose he is looking at his own

:59:42.:59:47.

bowls. Any touching the jack will guarantee another shot. That is good

:59:48.:59:58.

enough. It is not looking good for Nicky Brett. The last bowl has

:59:59.:00:04.

stopped back and dropped just in front of the jack. This is awkward

:00:05.:00:09.

for Nicky. He is playing his favourite forehand side. It looks to

:00:10.:00:16.

be under. He doesn't want to hit the green one. Oh, that was a result!

:00:17.:00:27.

That has definitely taken one of them off. I think he has gotten away

:00:28.:00:30.

with that. Charlie will be thinking, I could

:00:31.:00:48.

have been 4-0 ahead. Exactly. Very fortuitous. World champion in

:00:49.:00:52.

trouble. That's what he needs. The gap on the

:00:53.:02:04.

shot bowl, 3.5 inches. Charlie has had the answer most of the time Nick

:02:05.:02:10.

was lying three and four. Took a lot off him with the last bowl often,

:02:11.:02:17.

but you have to keep doing it. Eventually you think he's going to

:02:18.:02:22.

miss one. That's what Nicky will be hoping, really.

:02:23.:02:51.

One red, measure. Enjoying this. Nick is really going to have his

:02:52.:03:01.

game face on. He certainly has. Serious now. Charlie just needs to

:03:02.:03:06.

keep the weight from the previous delivery. Not bad, just sliding

:03:07.:03:10.

under. May have got second. Nick would do

:03:11.:03:21.

well to draw one a foot short and block the way in for the draws. Has

:03:22.:03:29.

only had to drive once, albeit a 100% record.

:03:30.:03:34.

Not running. That's a mistake. Even on the draw line, just something to

:03:35.:03:46.

get in the way. Yes, that's not in the way, Charlie has a clear run to

:03:47.:03:50.

the jack. Nothing in the way on the backhand, so it is the backhand

:03:51.:03:55.

draw. That's what I was saying, just

:03:56.:04:26.

something to block the way in. One green. Once again, Nick Brett is in

:04:27.:04:34.

trouble. The last bowl has been unbelievably good for Charlie.

:04:35.:04:54.

Charlie takes a single, 3-0 in front after three. Started the second set

:04:55.:05:06.

the way he did the first set. Charlie dominating. That's big,

:05:07.:05:35.

isn't it? LAUGHTER.

:05:36.:05:39.

They thought the jack was in the ditch there. A couple of times he's

:05:40.:05:47.

done that, just stopping on the edge. I just wonder, is it Charlie's

:05:48.:05:56.

day? Could be. Nicky is starting to get a little bit serious now. He

:05:57.:06:00.

knows Charlie is absolutely revelling in this atmosphere and

:06:01.:06:09.

playing rate bowls. -- great bowls. My goodness, fantastic.

:06:10.:06:17.

He's got his supporters in the crowd absolutely loving it. I'm sure every

:06:18.:06:24.

Scotsman will be just really enjoying this afternoon so far. I

:06:25.:06:32.

bet there will be no bowling going on at the Blantyre club, they'll be

:06:33.:06:33.

watching this. Very close... Afternoon play

:06:34.:06:46.

suspended, I think, at Blantyre. The gap is about three and a half

:06:47.:06:48.

inches. Very unlucky! With no touch he was

:06:49.:07:06.

getting the bowl. Nick was looking for the green bowl.

:07:07.:07:32.

Doesn't want to bring it out in the open...

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APPLAUSE. He has brought out the jack, and

:07:34.:07:41.

this is definitely worth playing down at.

:07:42.:07:47.

Well... He's going to have to have a bit of weight on that line.

:07:48.:07:59.

Last bowl Charlie about to step into it. Just a draw to pick up the jack.

:08:00.:08:59.

Charlie is looking at it, looks to be wide. Only just. A good try.

:09:00.:09:10.

Nick will keep his head down and try to draw another one.

:09:11.:09:21.

If he can draw a third, it will follow the pattern of the first set.

:09:22.:09:29.

Nicky certainly won't want the pattern of the remainder of the set.

:09:30.:09:33.

A good line. All about pace. Still, he's on the card. In the

:09:34.:09:55.

fourth end. Didn't think I'd be saying that too often. I wonder if

:09:56.:10:03.

Nicky will be changing the length of the jack. Charlie is happy with the

:10:04.:10:08.

longish jack. I would be going short.

:10:09.:10:13.

Definitely shortened it. Quite rightly so. Trying to put Charlie

:10:14.:10:18.

off his stride a bit. Scotland's well-known for having

:10:19.:11:22.

great success in bowls. Arguably their most successful spot, Andy.

:11:23.:11:27.

Yes, many famous bowlers. Marshall, Foster... Anderson. Talented

:11:28.:11:40.

country. Willie Wood in the past. Richard Corsi. So many of them.

:11:41.:11:45.

Bought back a lot of medals from many events. Success at world indoor

:11:46.:11:51.

level. Maybe we are looking at a new world champion, Charlie Bence. He's

:11:52.:12:06.

not failing, is the? -- is he? Hugh Duff. So many world champions from

:12:07.:12:08.

Scotland. Not the best result. He probably

:12:09.:12:16.

would have been better without the touch. Just got the nick, moved the

:12:17.:12:23.

jack. He will be happy. There is room to draw the shot now.

:12:24.:12:30.

Very rare we get two players from the same club. Anderson is watching

:12:31.:12:39.

this match. He will no Charlie obviously and realise that he is a

:12:40.:12:45.

very good player. -- he will know. At 71 is of age, he is a new name to

:12:46.:12:56.

us. -- years of age. We haven't seen Charlie about, but he's played the

:12:57.:12:59.

sport for many years. Loving this limelight.

:13:00.:13:04.

Wasn't sure if he was going to make the full distance. The choice is for

:13:05.:13:14.

Charlie to draw it or drive it out. We know he can drive accurately, so

:13:15.:13:18.

that is worth it. The Langham glass trophy. Nick will not be looking at

:13:19.:13:25.

that much at the moment. Charlie sticking to the draw. Looks to be

:13:26.:13:27.

under. One more roll would have been

:13:28.:13:33.

costly. You never want that to happen to any

:13:34.:13:49.

player. 3-3, no guarantee who is going to

:13:50.:14:03.

win this set. Stuart Anderson and his fiancee Claire, just sitting and

:14:04.:14:06.

watching, thinking, what is going on? He will be saying, there's my

:14:07.:14:15.

Blantyre colleague there. Come on, Charlie, I want to play you in the

:14:16.:14:17.

next round! Nicky's got himself back into this

:14:18.:14:25.

set. Just to let our viewers know in

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Scotland, we will be leaving you fairly shortly for Politics

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Scotland. For an hour. But we'll let you know when it's time to push the

:14:46.:14:50.

red button and keep with us for this intriguing match. In a few minutes,

:14:51.:14:51.

I'll let you know. Well, a good position for Nick,

:14:52.:16:05.

conscious of the fact that the jack could be turned around the corner

:16:06.:16:10.

and he would lose two. So a slightly wider line. Needs the extra weight

:16:11.:16:12.

to carry it. You can't do much better than that.

:16:13.:16:31.

Good bowling from Nick. We saw a big drive from Charlie in the first set.

:16:32.:16:33.

Winding himself up for the drive. He let that one go a little bit

:16:34.:16:46.

early. A little bit wild. You could see it out of the hand. The first

:16:47.:16:52.

one was nice and clean, but that one bomb its way down a bit. Nick has to

:16:53.:16:57.

think about this, even the back position I'm not sure is a benefit

:16:58.:16:59.

to him. I don't think he will be going near

:17:00.:17:06.

the head this time, I think this will be around the back. That would

:17:07.:17:14.

be to cover the respot. Looks like he's trying to get another one. He

:17:15.:17:17.

could make this head even bigger. BBC Two viewers in Scotland, please

:17:18.:17:32.

move over to the red button as we make room for Politics Scotland for

:17:33.:17:35.

an hour. We will be leaving you in about a

:17:36.:17:46.

minute or so. Charlie's last bowl to come down. It has to be a strike

:17:47.:17:52.

again, David. He's at least three down. Can't be any worse off.

:17:53.:18:06.

Changing onto the forehand, a wider target. He has pulled it. Across the

:18:07.:18:17.

body, too fast, lost control of it. Too anxious with his two drives

:18:18.:18:24.

there, Charlie. Nicky Brett looking good for the second set.

:18:25.:18:34.

Three singles gets Charlie into the quarterfinals, so the man from

:18:35.:18:40.

Blantyre is not far away from the biggest upset in bowls I can

:18:41.:18:41.

remember. So, Nick Brett with a three-shot

:18:42.:18:56.

cushion with three ends to go. The world number one, still under

:18:57.:19:22.

severe pressure. As you say, David, Charlie only needs three shots in

:19:23.:19:27.

the final three ends. Nicky shaking his head, he knows he's in a game

:19:28.:19:29.

here. Charlie has the advantage, thinking,

:19:30.:19:42.

well, even if I drop this set, we've got a tie-break.

:19:43.:20:05.

Correction made. Just don't think it's close enough, though.

:20:06.:20:43.

I tell you what, Andy, if Charlie's looking for a new set of bowls next

:20:44.:20:51.

year, he will have no problem getting one. Sponsors will be

:20:52.:20:57.

queueing up. That's very good from Nicky. It's going to make this

:20:58.:21:02.

awkward for Charlie. Two inches short of Jack high.

:21:03.:21:06.

It's a lot safer and more secure now for Nick Brett.

:21:07.:21:18.

A good line. He's given this a go. Very close.

:21:19.:21:27.

Well played, Charlie. Changes to the forehand, draws the perfect shot.

:21:28.:21:43.

Unbelievable bowl there. Trying to tap it and move the jack

:21:44.:21:48.

out. Not running. Hasn't pushed it. Not far, but he's

:21:49.:22:03.

going to lose the shot, and this would be a good time to walk away.

:22:04.:22:10.

100%, David. Quite right. Still enjoying it.

:22:11.:22:16.

A delightful man to chat to. A real character.

:22:17.:22:26.

Definitely enjoying life. No doubt about that.

:22:27.:22:34.

Two more singles for Charlie to get himself into the quarterfinal. From

:22:35.:22:43.

the last end, three singles does it, and he does an awful lot of damage

:22:44.:22:50.

with that last bowl. Certainly does. It was the third bowl on that

:22:51.:22:54.

occasion, but it ended up being the last bowl of that end. Jack length

:22:55.:22:57.

27.5 metres. A good weight starter. Three and a

:22:58.:23:53.

half feet. David Gourlay relaxing, a bit of music on.

:23:54.:23:58.

Not sure, it might be the Dow Jones or something. No, I think it is

:23:59.:24:07.

music, I did ask him. You never know with David. In the meantime, Charlie

:24:08.:24:12.

draws the shot. It's always going to be difficult

:24:13.:24:22.

for any champion to come in and defend his title. The extra pressure

:24:23.:24:33.

of playing a qualifier... Good bowl to get back in. Still wide open,

:24:34.:24:43.

though. One red. At the start of the game, Nicky was probably enjoying

:24:44.:24:48.

it. But it dawns on him now, the way Charlie's playing, he could be

:24:49.:24:53.

knocking him out, and that won't be a pleasant experience for Nicky.

:24:54.:24:59.

Charlie likes it. Doesn't get back in time.

:25:00.:25:03.

Could force Nick back onto the backhand. A certain amount of danger

:25:04.:25:13.

if he hits the green, it would drop in towards the jack. He needs the

:25:14.:25:18.

inside of it to drop it out for two. Has to be careful...

:25:19.:25:22.

He's given it away. That was a dangerous shot, Andy. One green.

:25:23.:25:37.

Yes, it was. Nicky will be kicking himself. As you said, David, there

:25:38.:25:41.

was danger by slicing the jack. He has given the shot away. Not happy.

:25:42.:25:49.

There's been very, very little good luck and bad luck in this match,

:25:50.:25:55.

it's all been good bowling. Had four seconds to spare, Charlie, with that

:25:56.:26:00.

last one, which is probably why he has rushed it. Was looking at the

:26:01.:26:05.

shot clock. I think Nick will drive it. I really do. If he gets the bowl

:26:06.:26:11.

onto the jack, it's not going to be good, cause the back bowl has stayed

:26:12.:26:16.

on. What if he gets it clean, it's worth a double which would almost

:26:17.:26:21.

secure the set. He can't afford to lose three.

:26:22.:26:26.

Could go the stadium-macro... -- could go wrong. What a bowl.

:26:27.:26:39.

Picked it out perfectly. Scores two and almost certainly secures the

:26:40.:26:46.

second set. Shot of the day, for me. Absolutely

:26:47.:27:01.

fantastic. No margin of error. The bowl onto the jack was a disaster,

:27:02.:27:04.

but he clips the bowl, perfect strike.

:27:05.:27:08.

A big blow of the cheeks, understandable as well.

:27:09.:27:19.

Such a big shot that you are able to call on. If you have so much

:27:20.:27:25.

confidence in the forehand run, knowing that you hit the target nine

:27:26.:27:29.

out of ten, must be such a big advantage to be able to do that.

:27:30.:27:36.

Greg Harlow and his forehand in particular saves an awful lot of

:27:37.:27:40.

matches with the running bowl of his. Nicky is probably as accurate

:27:41.:27:47.

as anybody, I would say. He is indeed. Well, Charlie, you need to

:27:48.:27:56.

score a four. The right place to begin with. Yes, can't fault him on

:27:57.:27:59.

that. Charlie's just got to make sure...

:28:00.:28:34.

He is running at this. If this goes off the green, that's the end of the

:28:35.:28:36.

set. I think that will be it. Second set, Nick Brett. Just dropped

:28:37.:28:42.

in. Fair play, Charlie. It's a tie-break

:28:43.:28:53.

to get into the quarterfinal. What's interesting about this, Andy,

:28:54.:29:05.

whenever you look at the scoreline and say, well, 10-4 for Nick in the

:29:06.:29:12.

second set, that was comfortable, but he was one bowl away from being

:29:13.:29:18.

in a heap of trouble. Exactly. I think Nick has played well enough to

:29:19.:29:20.

probably deserve a tie-break. But as we know, tie-breaks are

:29:21.:29:32.

sometimes the toss of a coin. Just needs one good bowl. He more than

:29:33.:29:40.

deserves it, simply on the basis of Charlie playing so many good last

:29:41.:29:45.

bowls, he must have been in a lot of trouble. And Nick was putting him in

:29:46.:29:52.

trouble. Jack length 25.5 metres. My goodness me, both players have been

:29:53.:29:57.

playing well in this match. A slightly different tactic from

:29:58.:30:02.

Charlie, he has brought the Matthew Bobbin mat further up the green. He

:30:03.:30:08.

has been playing a longish length quite well. When you shorten the

:30:09.:30:15.

jack, that's quite often the case in normal club bowls, but not the case

:30:16.:30:20.

on the portable rink. You have to push it out wide and let it come

:30:21.:30:27.

back. Nick taking advantage. Still not that close, but a good start.

:30:28.:30:44.

He has made adjustments for this one. He has got chances here. As he

:30:45.:30:57.

got the gap? Well, he gave it a chance. The tie-break, three ends.

:30:58.:31:09.

It doesn't matter about cumulative shots, it's just about the win at

:31:10.:31:19.

the end. Well, Charlie, if I was you, I would try and run this jack

:31:20.:31:24.

into the ditch. As you say, it doesn't matter if it is one, two,

:31:25.:31:30.

three of four. Just go for the jack. Close. Oh, goodness me that was

:31:31.:31:38.

close! An inch or two away. Nick Brett will be tapping his chest on

:31:39.:31:47.

that one. That was close that drive. He certainly got that one way better

:31:48.:31:52.

and more accurately. Very close. It just nips the bowl. Brett needs

:31:53.:32:02.

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

:32:03.:32:09.

time, a back bowl would help. He knows this is not doing anything

:32:10.:32:14.

unless he blocks Charlie out. I don't think so. He is waving it

:32:15.:32:21.

away. That is a nervy one, isn't it? Anything behind was useful. Same

:32:22.:32:33.

bowl again. Into the ditch with the bowl. Charlie's bowl will hit the

:32:34.:32:42.

other one and follow it in. The angle is perfect. He is making sure

:32:43.:32:51.

he is getting a lot of oxygen in, isn't he. He is taking his time. If

:32:52.:32:59.

he gets this right, he will end up in the ditch and he will be very

:33:00.:33:06.

close to it. I think he is under, Alessi is fortunate. -- unless he is

:33:07.:33:17.

fortunate. Not this time. Nicky had to have a slight toucher to win the

:33:18.:33:24.

end. Tactically, Charlie played it just right. That was the close one.

:33:25.:33:32.

The final delivery slightly portly bowl across. Still a chance. Just

:33:33.:33:46.

needs to win the last two ends. Jack length 28.5 metres.

:33:47.:34:14.

Every sport has its hub for world level events. This is the indoor

:34:15.:34:24.

bowls hub at Potters Resort. Crown Green has the Waterloo. This is the

:34:25.:34:34.

biggest occasion for us. Outdoor many years ago used to be working.

:34:35.:34:43.

Yes, there was Leamington. Scotland and of course they will be coming

:34:44.:34:51.

over to the outdoor. There will be Northern Ireland as for this summer.

:34:52.:34:55.

Trying again, just needs to stay in front. He has done a lot of damage

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with the backhand, Charlie. Yes, he has played it well. He needs one

:35:04.:35:14.

good bowl here. The line is good. How is the pace, Charlie?

:35:15.:35:34.

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

:35:35.:35:42.

to pull it around the corner, he is just going deep. I don't think he

:35:43.:35:49.

should be running at this jack. Just a drop. He is playing his backhand

:35:50.:36:00.

so well and you expecting to draw with one of the two bowls. This

:36:01.:36:07.

looks close to drawing the winner. He has drawn it. He has just played

:36:08.:36:19.

his backhand too well. Nick Brett is in trouble again. Goodness me. And

:36:20.:36:29.

we thought the players was exciting. Nick has three time-outs remaining.

:36:30.:36:36.

He has to reach it, he has no choice. I don't know if he may try

:36:37.:36:42.

to draw it. It's quite a difficult shot. Not many people tend to get

:36:43.:36:52.

this. Is that up? He is under. Definitely under with this one.

:36:53.:37:00.

Definitely not something right about it. Yes, and Nick knows it. Charlie

:37:01.:37:12.

Bence has taken the world number one defending champion all the way. He

:37:13.:37:18.

is doing it with good roles. He is. Nick left him to draw the shot on

:37:19.:37:23.

the backhand and he did. -- with good bowls. He is just drawing too

:37:24.:37:29.

well. Yes, he is. I think he has gone probably 27, 28

:37:30.:37:53.

metres for this one. Jack length 27.5 metres. We have got a good view

:37:54.:38:04.

here. Everyone is gathering around. We have all the press people,

:38:05.:38:08.

everyone here waiting for the biggest story we've had for many

:38:09.:38:16.

years. Should we call this the vultures nest? Yes! Do we have the

:38:17.:38:25.

biggest story in a long time? Once again, Nick is doing everything

:38:26.:38:49.

right. He has played very well today. Charlie is doing so much

:38:50.:38:59.

damage with one bowl in particular, but on a few occasions it has been

:39:00.:39:03.

more than that. He needs one good bowl to get himself into the

:39:04.:39:12.

quarterfinals. This needs to stop. Ten singles Charlie has scored in

:39:13.:39:21.

this match and one double. Two loose openers for Charlie, but you can

:39:22.:39:24.

understand that. The rule change again in the third end of the

:39:25.:39:29.

tie-break. They can destroy the end, but you can have too nominated

:39:30.:39:34.

first. You can nominate as often as you wish, but you are only allowed

:39:35.:39:38.

to destroy once. He is shaking head there. Nick's first is 14 inches. He

:39:39.:39:49.

knows that is not close enough. Charlie couldn't be thinking about

:39:50.:39:54.

running the bowls? No, it must be a draw. He has changed to the

:39:55.:40:00.

forehand. He has signalled to the audience that this is the shot. Is

:40:01.:40:06.

he getting back? The years. He has drawn the shop. My goodness made. --

:40:07.:40:18.

my goodness me! Did he really signalled that? He did. Well done,

:40:19.:40:33.

Charlie. He needs to be up, he really needs to be up... Two red,

:40:34.:40:45.

but it is in a good place. He is shaking his head. I can't blame him.

:40:46.:40:50.

He is just shaking his head! Going for it... Oh, he is under. It has

:40:51.:41:00.

gone. Unlucky. Charlie Bentz, what an effort. A big smile on his face,

:41:01.:41:07.

clapping his hands. Nick Brett has been tested right to the last bowl.

:41:08.:41:15.

What man, what a player. A standing ovation for the 71-year-old from

:41:16.:41:24.

Blantyre and so it should be. That was hard and he dug deep. Good game,

:41:25.:41:30.

good win. That is as difficult as Nick Brett will ever wanted to be

:41:31.:41:33.

and it just proves what can be done in our wonderful sport of bowls.

:41:34.:41:39.

Into the qualifiers, you play through, you win your matches, you

:41:40.:41:43.

play the best in the world and you do play the best in the world and

:41:44.:41:48.

you test them right to the last moment. Nicky Brett is, well I have

:41:49.:41:55.

to say he played very well in that match, very disciplined, but he

:41:56.:41:58.

enjoyed it immensely. Just over the line. 2-1 and Nick Brett through to

:41:59.:42:09.

the quarterfinal. Charlie Bence arrived with one thing in mind that

:42:10.:42:12.

was to enjoy himself. My goodness did he ever. Started off with three

:42:13.:42:20.

singles and charity could play the running bowl. Shot after shot.

:42:21.:42:31.

Beautiful drawers, nothing lucky at all. Really good quality staff as

:42:32.:42:37.

Nick Brett piled on the pressure. But he had to come up with the big

:42:38.:42:46.

ones as well. Pushed the bowl out for two. Charlie just missed with

:42:47.:42:52.

his last delivery to take the red broad-macro outs. Nick is saying

:42:53.:42:58.

waved to the crowd. What a fantastic match for Charlie Bence.

:42:59.:43:10.

He has done Scotland proud. Blantyre will be having a party in his name.

:43:11.:43:21.

And they are able to share a laugh after that fantastic match which had

:43:22.:43:25.

the audience on their feet and rightly so. We are going to talk to,

:43:26.:43:30.

and no offence, Nicky, the star of the day. Charlie Bence, 71 years

:43:31.:43:42.

old. Can I just asked what you are feeling right now? Amazing. It is

:43:43.:43:52.

great. I enjoyed the game. You had him on the ropes. You got very

:43:53.:43:58.

close. Most importantly, you played brilliantly today. It is the best I

:43:59.:44:06.

have played for a while. I had to put Nick under pressure. In the

:44:07.:44:11.

media we always try to build things up to hype it a little bit and we

:44:12.:44:15.

certainly did for this match and we thought that the pressure of playing

:44:16.:44:20.

on television, the big crowd here might have a negative effect, but

:44:21.:44:22.

you seem to take to it like a duck to water will stop I was nervous at

:44:23.:44:29.

first. Once I is a pull-down and me and Nicky started talking, it was

:44:30.:44:42.

all right, I was fine. Did he think he

:44:43.:44:42.

would win? I thought I had him. He is brilliant. He had to be brilliant

:44:43.:44:58.

to get over the line. The atmosphere and sportsmanship between the two

:44:59.:45:06.

review has fantastic. Charlie was fantastic, great on the green. I

:45:07.:45:12.

learned some new words as well. Kerning or whatever that is. Someone

:45:13.:45:21.

before moments between the two of you. What was happening between the

:45:22.:45:26.

two of you? I had just had my eyes tested and he was telling me I

:45:27.:45:31.

needed to do it again. Did you feel nervous playing against Charlie

:45:32.:45:46.

today? I wish I could swear. Unbelievable. There was lots of

:45:47.:45:51.

pressure in there for me, finding a couple of good ones. Every time I

:45:52.:45:56.

found one, he beat it. You are the number one player in the world and

:45:57.:46:01.

the defending champion, have you experienced anything like this match

:46:02.:46:08.

in your lifetime? No. Why was it so different? I don't know really.

:46:09.:46:13.

Charlie had nothing to lose and he played great, to be honest. He just

:46:14.:46:17.

played fantastic. I did not know what to expect and I still don't!

:46:18.:46:25.

Charlie, come back next year? Hopefully. I've got to qualify yet.

:46:26.:46:30.

Make sure you do because we would love to see something like that once

:46:31.:46:35.

again. Ladies and gentlemen, Charlie Bence and Nicky Brett. Nicky,

:46:36.:46:41.

congratulations. What a match we have just seen at Potters. Nicky

:46:42.:46:47.

Brett is through to the quarterfinals and he has joined the

:46:48.:46:52.

likes of Stewart Anderson, Greg Harlow, Jamie Chestney and Paul

:46:53.:46:55.

Foster in the last eight. Of course David Gourlay still has the plane

:46:56.:47:03.

Neil Furman. Darren Burnett plays Mervyn King and Les Gillett against

:47:04.:47:07.

Alex Marshall. A reminder that tennis highlights from the

:47:08.:47:12.

Australian open are coming up next on BBC Two at 4:45pm once the bowls

:47:13.:47:22.

are done and dusted. And you conceive them match between any

:47:23.:47:33.

Stanton and Katherine Rednall later. We are concentrating on the first of

:47:34.:47:38.

those ladies semis. Just to show you the draw, of course any Stanton and

:47:39.:47:44.

Katherine Rednall came through and they are playing tonight, but this

:47:45.:47:50.

afternoon Ellen Falkner defeated Claire Johnston. First up we are

:47:51.:47:59.

going to hear from the defending champion. She has won the title

:48:00.:48:04.

three times here at Potters. It's Ellen Falkner. I take myself away

:48:05.:48:13.

from everything that is going on, a bit of quiet time. I make sure I put

:48:14.:48:16.

in the time practising and try and really get your head in the right

:48:17.:48:23.

place out there. I do like to practice, I do like to get time out

:48:24.:48:29.

there on the rink to see how I am responding. You have to go out there

:48:30.:48:34.

with an open mind. The Green can change. You have the adrenaline and

:48:35.:48:39.

everything else going on. You do have to have a game plan, but

:48:40.:48:44.

equally you have to be prepared to change it as the game unfolds. You

:48:45.:48:53.

are just both of the -- you are just totally focused on that shot. That's

:48:54.:49:00.

the secret. Don't let anything else get into your minds, nothing

:49:01.:49:09.

negative. It's about training your mind to be automated at that point

:49:10.:49:13.

of delivery. I love the sport, I love playing it, I love playing it

:49:14.:49:18.

at the top level and I have been fortunate with the opportunities I

:49:19.:49:22.

have had. To me it is about game by game. It is cliched, but it's about

:49:23.:49:26.

taking one game at the time and focusing on your performance and not

:49:27.:49:36.

worrying too much about the outcome. All the titles I have managed to win

:49:37.:49:42.

have been hard-fought, really tough games. Great competitors. They have

:49:43.:49:45.

always been difficult and challenging and if you just believe,

:49:46.:49:58.

you can lift the title. For the third time in her career, Ellen

:49:59.:50:08.

Falkner! In reality I've played in a number of tournaments all over the

:50:09.:50:13.

world. I have been back here, but not one played the final. YouGov or

:50:14.:50:19.

the experience together and to be honest, it's probably even more

:50:20.:50:21.

special when you win it for the third time when there has been that

:50:22.:50:25.

gap because you know it is not easy, it's really difficult things to go

:50:26.:50:32.

your way. Janice will be going out there and giving it absolutely

:50:33.:50:36.

everything. She qualified in the open singles and she has probably

:50:37.:50:41.

had more green time than myself. She is playing extremely well. You have

:50:42.:50:45.

got to be to qualify in the open event and I hope it will be a good

:50:46.:50:52.

game. The hunger and desire for success leads you to perform to the

:50:53.:50:56.

best of your ability. There are a number of things that make a

:50:57.:50:59.

champion and I'm certainly still trying to work it out. Ellen Falkner

:51:00.:51:04.

trying to win the title for an amazing full-time. I swapped Korkie

:51:05.:51:13.

for Karen Murphy. Before we talk about this semifinal, your reaction

:51:14.:51:17.

to that match we have just seen between icky Brett and Charlie

:51:18.:51:21.

Bence. Fantastic for television and four bowls. I thought it was

:51:22.:51:28.

fantastic. The way he went out onto the rink, seemingly as he said he

:51:29.:51:34.

was nervous, but he didn't show it and he got into his stride early on.

:51:35.:51:38.

How difficult is that to do when you are faced with the cameras and

:51:39.:51:42.

lights for the first time? It's incredibly hard. He played well and

:51:43.:51:48.

found it really early as well. It was amazing watching Charlie Bence,

:51:49.:51:52.

but where good to talk about the semifinal between Ellen and Janice.

:51:53.:51:56.

You know Alan well. Trying to win it for the fourth time. What have been

:51:57.:52:01.

the things that have made Ellen such a great player. Number one would be

:52:02.:52:06.

mental toughness. She's a real fighter and competitor. When I have

:52:07.:52:11.

played her and she recently beat us in the pairs in the world outdoor

:52:12.:52:16.

Championships, it's the determination and speedy grit she

:52:17.:52:20.

has got. The one thing I always think about is that she always seems

:52:21.:52:24.

to find a way when her back is up against the wall. She is thinking

:52:25.:52:29.

all the time about how she can overcome any challenge. Sign of a

:52:30.:52:33.

true champion. You have shown that yourself. When you faced her, what

:52:34.:52:39.

is it about her character along with her style? It is her demeanour. She

:52:40.:52:47.

doesn't give a lot away. She is as cool as a cucumber and does not get

:52:48.:52:51.

flustered. We are going to hear from her opponent who is two to the

:52:52.:52:55.

semifinal for the first time. She also made it into the first round of

:52:56.:53:07.

the mixed singles. It is hard work qualify for the main opens. You are

:53:08.:53:12.

going to a 14 hour day. I played men or the way to get here, so to get

:53:13.:53:18.

here and walk out on that ring, I wanted to give him a fight and I

:53:19.:53:26.

gave him a run for his money. To have played in one of the main event

:53:27.:53:33.

it was fantastic. Ellen is lovely. I've known her for a number of

:53:34.:53:38.

years. What can I say about Ellen Falkner? She's probably the best

:53:39.:53:41.

lady player in the country at the moment, both outdoor and indoor. She

:53:42.:53:47.

has won it three times and it's not going to be easy. We have never

:53:48.:53:53.

played each other in singles. We played each other in National 's

:53:54.:53:58.

with team-mates, but never in singles. I'll go out the ring give

:53:59.:54:01.

it my best and see what happens. I don't suffer a great deal from

:54:02.:54:06.

nerves. A little bit when I walk out on the rink, but after that I'm OK.

:54:07.:54:13.

My aim is to go out there and do my best, but particularly I want to

:54:14.:54:17.

enjoy the experience as well. And it is something that you have to

:54:18.:54:21.

appreciate, the opportunity to play in finals and semifinals does not

:54:22.:54:25.

come along often. Whatever she does, she has to set it up. She is a great

:54:26.:54:33.

player, Janice. What do you think about that game that might help her

:54:34.:54:41.

lower Ellen's colours? She is a good draw bowler, but they both. W on the

:54:42.:54:50.

spot. Who will come on top? I think it will be just because of her

:54:51.:54:57.

mental toughness. Thank you very much. I think you have to go up to

:54:58.:55:02.

the commentary box. Meanwhile we will hand over to other MC.

:55:03.:55:11.

First to a lady who has international caps. Ladies and

:55:12.:55:19.

gentlemen, the 2015 national pairs champion, your appreciation for

:55:20.:55:20.

Janice Gower! And Janice takes on one of the

:55:21.:55:47.

game's most respected players. The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold

:55:48.:55:52.

medallist, three times and defending ladies World Matchplay champion,

:55:53.:55:54.

ladies and gentlemen, Ellen Falkner! Ellen Falkner about to take on

:55:55.:56:19.

Janice Gower in the first lady semifinals this year. The Potters is

:56:20.:56:24.

still buzzing after Nicky Brett and Charlie Bevans's match. Let's head

:56:25.:56:30.

to the commentary box. Always hard to come on after a match

:56:31.:56:33.

like that. A standing ovation for Charlie Bence and rightly so, but

:56:34.:56:39.

you'll find that the auditorium will fill up very quickly for this one.

:56:40.:56:45.

Ellen Falkner, I think it is fair to say she is a firm favourite, but

:56:46.:56:50.

also a favourite with the crowd. Definitely. Janice will have a

:56:51.:56:54.

battle on her hands. Whoever gets off to a good start will be in good

:56:55.:56:56.

stead for this match. A good start by Ellen. I have had

:56:57.:57:25.

the opportunity to watch her practice, but I know that she has

:57:26.:57:36.

been spending a lot of time on the rink. The more time you spend, the

:57:37.:57:41.

better. It is just a matter of getting used to the line and weight

:57:42.:57:46.

of every timing and session that you can. The rink has a tendency to

:57:47.:57:52.

change slightly. The crowd move out, the doors open and then the comeback

:57:53.:57:56.

again. The first half and hour things move around a lot, they

:57:57.:58:01.

really do. It can be quite disturbing, but a very good start

:58:02.:58:04.

for Ellen Falkner with the first two bowls. In the meantime, Karen U have

:58:05.:58:12.

been in London for the last couple of days? Yes, we went to see the

:58:13.:58:19.

sights of London again and talk our mate with us who is playing in the

:58:20.:58:28.

under 25 's event at Potters here. She was excited to see Buckingham

:58:29.:58:32.

Palace, etc. So you are being a guide? I was. It will be interesting

:58:33.:58:42.

to see how she goes. She's a good player. She is good in our

:58:43.:58:48.

Australian squad and has nothing to lose against the young fellows. I've

:58:49.:59:02.

got a message from Sharon Renshaw pushing her all the best. One red

:59:03.:59:17.

and a measure. No nerves in this first end.

:59:18.:59:49.

Ellen Falkner's profile is or was interesting, like your own. It runs

:59:50.:59:55.

to about three pages. I just had to pluck out some of the highlights,

:59:56.:00:00.

but it was very difficult I have to say. There is a lot of stuff in the

:00:01.:00:05.

ad is not easy. A good game against Claire Johnston in the first round.

:00:06.:00:11.

Clear, of course, in the mixed pairs and well established as an

:00:12.:00:18.

international player. Janice Gallop beat a very young Katie Smith, here

:00:19.:00:25.

for the first time. -- Janice Gower. It ran through to a tie-break and it

:00:26.:00:28.

was a wonderful performance from young Katie.

:00:29.:00:40.

Having a look to see if it is one or two. Very good opening head from the

:00:41.:00:54.

girls at the first end. No nerves around. Very close. Read measure for

:00:55.:01:14.

second. Try and sort this out. Good first end, always a bit nervy of

:01:15.:01:18.

course, but some very good bowls played. Touches all round. Always

:01:19.:01:27.

like to see the calipers come out, very accurate.

:01:28.:01:39.

Looks like green to me. One shot, Eleanor Faulkner.

:01:40.:02:13.

Good crowd as normal. A few people have taken comfort break. They will

:02:14.:02:24.

make their way in. It might just disturb the players, but it won't

:02:25.:02:25.

take long. Always a difficult time over in your

:02:26.:02:55.

home country, Karen, always packed calendar. Winning the world singles

:02:56.:03:04.

for you? Thank you very much. Not much of a break, maybe three weeks

:03:05.:03:07.

over Christmas where I didn't pick up a bowl for a little time. Headed

:03:08.:03:13.

straight over to the UK. I didn't really practice at all on the carpet

:03:14.:03:20.

over Christmas. To be honest with you, I don't blame you. It is

:03:21.:03:24.

different in the portable rink as well. Swinging bowls, essential. It

:03:25.:03:32.

is a change of everything in many ways. A lot of people feel it is

:03:33.:03:39.

best to drive here and put the working when you were here. You

:03:40.:03:46.

cannot replicate the portable rink at home. The nearest one to me is in

:03:47.:03:56.

New South Wales. Sometimes I will go down there and roll my arm over it.

:03:57.:04:00.

But there is nothing really like it. Very small field for this, but the

:04:01.:04:17.

quality is well up there. Players arriving at the quarterfinal stage.

:04:18.:04:26.

Rebecca Field. You just lost out in the last bowl. I couldn't see it

:04:27.:04:35.

happening, but you were closer to the action and it was explained the

:04:36.:04:40.

angle was there to take the two bowls out? Yes, covering the spot. I

:04:41.:04:50.

thought there was more chance of jack movement. Always very hard to

:04:51.:05:00.

know sometimes in that situation. You are left between your two shots.

:05:01.:05:11.

We have only got the one bowl as Falkner plays the forearm. She was

:05:12.:05:16.

close to her own bowl here. Was a tempting opportunity there to

:05:17.:05:48.

run the bowl on the jack. Very tough. Good effort, but the

:05:49.:05:54.

percentages were against it. Not a bad opening bowl berth from

:05:55.:07:14.

Ellen Falkner. On the forehand. Big, swinging hand.

:07:15.:07:51.

Comes all the way back. We always look up profiles and what people say

:07:52.:07:56.

in them. Don't think we will see how using any other bowls? I don't think

:07:57.:08:09.

so. Being a good mix with the different companies in the last two

:08:10.:08:16.

weeks. But when you are chief executive of the company, it pretty

:08:17.:08:22.

much binds you into that. There has been a good mix of different

:08:23.:08:26.

manufacturers, which is healthy, I think. No one really dominates any

:08:27.:08:33.

more. Maybe many years ago it was the case for other things, but

:08:34.:08:39.

certainly from our point of view, it is good to see that competition in

:08:40.:08:44.

there. So many good quality bowls being played. Ellen works with her

:08:45.:09:04.

husband Chris on that. Janice has as her occupation, bowls professional.

:09:05.:09:15.

Lying well here. One shot. This should be coming inside on the

:09:16.:09:22.

backhand. Not quite up. I don't think Ellen will be sure to this. I

:09:23.:09:26.

think she will be up and at them. Certainly worth reaching through it.

:09:27.:09:51.

Very controlled. Just trying to draw it off. That is a hard shot. But she

:09:52.:10:00.

might have been a little more positive than that. I am thinking

:10:01.:10:06.

she might have been worried about getting her closest bowl. Yes, it

:10:07.:10:11.

could have run that. Very difficult to draw when you are trying to get

:10:12.:10:14.

within two inches of the jack. Ready for confirmation. Just the one

:10:15.:10:43.

shot. One shot, Janice Gower. Has your elite squad been announced yet

:10:44.:10:48.

for the Commonwealth Games? We are a few weeks away. By thing at the end

:10:49.:10:52.

of January, they are announcing the squad. Will be interesting to see

:10:53.:10:59.

who comes into that. Also, this will be the interesting bit, who comes in

:11:00.:11:04.

for such a prestigious one where it will be held in Australia? Yes, I am

:11:05.:11:11.

obviously hoping my name is on that list. I very much want to be on the

:11:12.:11:21.

list. You never presume. To be honest, I wouldn't imagine there

:11:22.:11:26.

will be a lot of change after a fairly successful World

:11:27.:11:27.

Championships in New Zealand, recently. I think it is fair to say,

:11:28.:11:35.

your squad went very well, as expected. Very impressed by some of

:11:36.:11:40.

the players down there, the Australian players were well

:11:41.:11:46.

drilled. As always. But the fast greens really do suit. Even more so

:11:47.:11:59.

when broad bench greens. New Zealand is quite flat so they might run up

:12:00.:12:11.

to 16 seconds, which for viewers at home, it is still very quick. But a

:12:12.:12:25.

nice pace, more like this out here. Janice made the adjustment. Just

:12:26.:12:26.

rolling up to the jack. Interestingly, a lot of the players

:12:27.:12:41.

have been playing a longer length, from what I have been seeing in the

:12:42.:12:48.

event so far. And preparing the backhand towards the commentary box

:12:49.:12:54.

as well. -- prefer airing. Needs to worry. Will be the wrong side of the

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bowl. I opted for the forehand coming back to the commentary box

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because it was a little bit wider and I felt it was easier to get back

:13:06.:13:13.

to the line. Playing on the backhand, it is quite flat. That

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means it is a steady hand and everything has to be more or less

:13:19.:13:28.

right for the draw. It is very rink, this.

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A few of the players have played off the forehand. Not many. This is

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close. This is very close. Needs to hurry to touch it out. It should

:13:52.:13:59.

drop. There it goes. That dropout made the double. Very hesitant, but

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eventually it got there. We are still waiting. There we go. Janice

:14:09.:14:21.

opting to probably just draw this one. Second shot is very good for

:14:22.:14:28.

her. Second shot would be excellent under the circumstances. Looks good

:14:29.:14:39.

for it. Just dropped in. I would be very careful about this.

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The green boulders appear to be past the jack as Ellen plays this shot.

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-- green bowl does. She is being... Good idea. On the safe side. Nine

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ends. Nine ends in the first set but you

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really want to win, you have to be very careful. You want the board to

:15:29.:15:39.

be ticking over. Yes, getting singles and ticking the end is over,

:15:40.:15:43.

is all you need. It is those multiples who don't want to drop in

:15:44.:15:47.

a game like this when the ends go so quickly. Time for me to interrogate

:15:48.:15:56.

you on the new techniques bowls Australia has brought in for the

:15:57.:16:00.

elite squad. Always willing to learn things like that. Interrogate away.

:16:01.:16:08.

I wouldn't do that to you. One of our favourites in the Royal bowls

:16:09.:16:14.

tour, Mark McMahon was part of the Australian support squad. Spent a

:16:15.:16:21.

few hours with him at different venues. Excellent player. At the

:16:22.:16:29.

world final one year. Yes, we are very lucky to have him on board as

:16:30.:16:33.

our sports psychologist and what a bowls brain he has. Played on his

:16:34.:16:39.

portable rink many times. We are very fortunate to have him on our

:16:40.:16:48.

team. I can't possibly mention the rest of the support squad because

:16:49.:16:49.

there is just too many of them. Anything behind is good. Don't want

:16:50.:17:06.

to be dropping short after a good first one. Not like her. Change of

:17:07.:17:15.

length from Ellen as well. 26 metres, is the jack length.

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Not bad. Decent second. Three feet short. The shorter lengths are more

:17:27.:17:52.

difficult for the line on this rink. Yes, they are a valuable tactic. A

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lot of people might think the shorter the jack length is, the

:17:58.:18:03.

easier it is. That's not the case. Portable rink, you are just touching

:18:04.:18:09.

the bowl away. But it is not so fast, you have still got to arrive

:18:10.:18:22.

at it. This looks to be good. Always the temptation to over correct. Good

:18:23.:18:28.

back position. Ellen might have to think about this. She is going down

:18:29.:18:30.

to have a look. Will we see Janice play some weight?

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There is no reason not to. She is still a crown green player on

:19:23.:19:25.

occasions and they are very attacking. Interesting, but she is

:19:26.:19:35.

very close to this. Just got her own. Unlucky.

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We can welcome back our viewers from BBC Scotland, as we arrive for this

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Janice Gower, Ellen Falkner match. If anyone in Scotland didn't see the

:20:36.:20:43.

previous match, it was fantastic. All the way to the last bowl in the

:20:44.:20:49.

third end of the tie-break. But that is all I am going to tell you.

:20:50.:21:05.

Ellen opting for a longer length of jack this time. I always like having

:21:06.:21:14.

world champions in the commentary box, just in case I say something

:21:15.:21:24.

wrong. I am wondering if Ellen is mixing the length up to throw

:21:25.:21:30.

Janice. Some players can be real rhythm players. Especially if the

:21:31.:21:38.

jack is in the same place. Not a bad tactic to adopt. It is also when

:21:39.:21:43.

people play long ends and then they moved the matter up to a short

:21:44.:21:47.

length. I am more in favour of a couple of metres. The opposition can

:21:48.:22:00.

catch onto it too easily. Ellen has dropped two short bowls. If you're

:22:01.:22:03.

going to change the length, you must get in. Great opportunity for Janice

:22:04.:22:07.

to really get to the jack first. Just sneak them. Plenty of room for

:22:08.:22:27.

Ellen Falkner to get in. She has changed her hand.

:22:28.:22:38.

Coming in from a high line. This bowl is doing a bit of work. It

:22:39.:22:48.

needs to hurry. Three short bowls, Karen that is very dangerous? A lot

:22:49.:22:52.

of pressure on yourself going into your last delivery. I was surprised

:22:53.:22:59.

she changed because there was still plenty of room. It is heavier down

:23:00.:23:09.

there, because I think the air conditioning does affect it. This is

:23:10.:23:17.

a good shot from Janice Gower. When you lose three, the first thing you

:23:18.:23:23.

want to do is pegged at least two of them back again.

:23:24.:23:38.

Certainly changing things, second bowl.

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Just push it out on the wide side. Single to Janice Gower. She needed

:24:06.:24:18.

that. Couldn't afford to lose any more shots with three ends to go.

:24:19.:24:29.

Still a bit of movement in the crowd, people still coming and

:24:30.:24:33.

going. Hasn't quite filled up again after the previous match. They have

:24:34.:24:42.

been thoroughly entertained over the last few days. Quite a few standing

:24:43.:24:44.

ovations for the players. Judy Potter. I think she watches

:24:45.:25:27.

more bowls than I do over the two weeks. Floral jacket.

:25:28.:25:37.

She doesn't give me a list, I just recognise them. She is always

:25:38.:25:47.

immaculately dressed, is Judy Potter. It is lovely to see her

:25:48.:25:52.

here, she has been here quite a bit. She loves it. Janice looks to be a

:25:53.:26:02.

little bit better than her first bowl here.

:26:03.:26:17.

Ellen still opting to stay on beforehand. Still possible to draw

:26:18.:26:28.

it, just around the green bowl. Needs to hurry to stay on the line.

:26:29.:26:40.

Starting to dip away. You have been doing some work with Ellen? Yes, she

:26:41.:26:48.

plays at my club in Sydney. We have become good mates. She is a nice,

:26:49.:26:59.

young girl. I find myself, as a mentor, I suppose. She has lovely

:27:00.:27:03.

manners and a nice demeanour on the green. Yes, she has had some good

:27:04.:27:10.

success. Great to see her appear. We take note of people doing well. I do

:27:11.:27:15.

keep an eye on what is happening in the southern hemisphere. She is

:27:16.:27:21.

certainly one to watch Helen Ryan. I don't think it will be too many

:27:22.:27:26.

years before we see her in the green and gold colours. This doesn't look

:27:27.:27:35.

right. It is under. I am surprised at that because everything was to be

:27:36.:27:40.

gained by reaching that head. Ellen is an attacking player, she cannot

:27:41.:27:42.

afford to start being negative. Three. Surely she must play the

:27:43.:28:08.

runner at this. As long as she is not narrow, Karen, she said? It is a

:28:09.:28:16.

big target. She has lost her way a little bit with the waiter. --

:28:17.:28:25.

weight. If she is able to get onto that bowl, straight jack through is

:28:26.:28:33.

also an option. Could play the same shot on the back can. It is

:28:34.:28:37.

available both ways. Depends what she prefers. Some people prefer

:28:38.:28:43.

backhand when they are running bowls. Bobby Moore chance to get to

:28:44.:28:51.

the jack on beforehand. -- probably more chance. It has a tendency to

:28:52.:28:59.

dip if you go down the line. Doesn't want to be wide. I think that is a

:29:00.:29:12.

fortuitous result if she is able to take two. Might still be two green.

:29:13.:29:25.

One shot, Janice Gower. Just the one. Fortunate to get the flick.

:29:26.:29:33.

Ellen will know she was on the wrong side of the jack. I liked the weight

:29:34.:29:42.

she used when she played the weighted shop. A lot easier to go

:29:43.:29:49.

firm than swinging weight. You don't want to be playing the Mickey Mouse

:29:50.:29:53.

yard on, they don't do anything for you. It is far too difficult. Jack

:29:54.:30:00.

length, 26.5 metres. 26.5. That is not very useful in terms of

:30:01.:30:37.

its finish. The first bowl has been very effective in the last few ends.

:30:38.:30:46.

Whoever starts with the first bowl it is a potent weapon if you can get

:30:47.:30:52.

it within six inches. If you fail with your first bowl, you are

:30:53.:30:55.

chasing a little bit with the rest of your bowls. If you find the first

:30:56.:30:59.

one, you have every chance of repeating it. Short-term muscle

:31:00.:31:16.

memory. REFEREE: Five inches from jack high. Janice Gayle has played

:31:17.:31:23.

really well over the last couple of ends, putting some pressure on Ellen

:31:24.:31:28.

Falkner. Certainly nothing in this game so far.

:31:29.:31:38.

That is a good second shot, but it will not help to get the number one.

:31:39.:31:49.

She is a very good conversion player, a good tactical player. But

:31:50.:31:58.

you have to get that draw bowl going because you are not going to get out

:31:59.:32:05.

of trouble all the time. Ellen Falkner played some wonderful

:32:06.:32:10.

conversion bowls last year. I watched her at home. It was a

:32:11.:32:14.

wonderful display of convergence, changing heads over, taking bowls

:32:15.:32:20.

out. The top female players in the world have got very good drives and

:32:21.:32:25.

weighted shots as well as a good draw shot game. They have to to get

:32:26.:32:31.

out of trouble. It is something that is developed, of course. It is

:32:32.:32:39.

something you learn. Ellen is trying a hard shot here. It looks to be

:32:40.:32:47.

under at this stage. It sweeps away very quickly. The back position is

:32:48.:32:53.

against her, so she has to be careful. It was quite eyes wait for

:32:54.:32:59.

the short, but it is very difficult to play. This is important. Well, if

:33:00.:33:16.

it is only one short, just try and draw this. You really do not want to

:33:17.:33:23.

make a mistake of taking your own bowl out and losing an extra one. I

:33:24.:33:34.

think the shot is on the forehand. The shot bowl is just behind the

:33:35.:33:41.

jack. Just amaze even draw shot. Nothing too adventurous. She is well

:33:42.:33:47.

wide. Yet. I understand her taking that line. She does not mind losing

:33:48.:33:56.

the single, three singles in a row. In the first set it is so important.

:33:57.:34:04.

Just one count in the match so far, that treble four Ellen Falkner. That

:34:05.:34:11.

end has been the difference in the sector so far.

:34:12.:34:21.

Ellen Falkner's husband, Chris, is a good bowler in his own right. But I

:34:22.:34:32.

do not think he is going to win any arguments about the game around the

:34:33.:34:39.

dinner table! I am sure there is much discussion about the bowls

:34:40.:34:48.

around the dinner table! At the Commonwealth Games in 2002 she goes

:34:49.:34:57.

back to there. She has won so many titles since then. She played the

:34:58.:35:02.

Aussie triples team, of which I was a member, in Glasgow. We still

:35:03.:35:11.

speak! It was a fine performance. I remember it well.

:35:12.:35:32.

Well, she is putting pressure on Janice Gower. There is no doubt

:35:33.:35:55.

about that. Two very good first bowls. Three to win the set. I think

:35:56.:36:05.

Ellen will be more than happy with a very good second shot here. She has

:36:06.:36:12.

been stretching it a little bit. This one is dipping away. It just

:36:13.:36:19.

needs to stop. At least second, she will be happy with that.

:36:20.:36:44.

I can see the reason why. That danger will be there with the next

:36:45.:36:59.

one as well, so Ellen need another bowl in. Going past the red one will

:37:00.:37:11.

at least have value. She needed another bowl in and she needed cover

:37:12.:37:16.

at the same time. That is pretty good. It is not bad. It looks like

:37:17.:37:22.

just a draw to it and drop in on the jack. Get the angle right and you

:37:23.:37:31.

can make three. There is an alternative, of course. I think the

:37:32.:37:38.

draw shot is an easier shot. Just not getting down on time. Ellen

:37:39.:38:12.

Falkner protects the six - one lead. And very happy to do so I am sure.

:38:13.:38:17.

She will put that one in her back pocket and feel she is happy enough

:38:18.:38:19.

to take the set. Ellen is keeping her concentration.

:38:20.:38:45.

A few people are leaving the auditorium for a little break. They

:38:46.:38:46.

will be back. So, starting off the second set. It

:38:47.:39:38.

is fair to say that Ella needs to tighten up a little bit. That is a

:39:39.:39:43.

good first bowl, but there have not been enough of them. She lost a

:39:44.:39:49.

little bit of her weight towards the end of the last set.

:39:50.:39:56.

Need to keep the pressure on, force your opponent into playing the

:39:57.:40:07.

difficult shots. They are very hard to play, but they are low percentage

:40:08.:40:13.

and it affects your rate. What Ellen Falkner did well in the initial ends

:40:14.:40:18.

of the first set was the first bowl was very effective. That is more

:40:19.:40:22.

like it. Not far away. It will probably stop

:40:23.:41:04.

Ellen playing the backhand. Yes, the focus in Australia is very much on

:41:05.:41:08.

the development of the young players as well. Even after India where they

:41:09.:41:16.

were successful in some events, they got a silver in the triples, the

:41:17.:41:21.

next year there were two of them gone. There is that push always to

:41:22.:41:25.

develop the young players and move things along, so you are getting a

:41:26.:41:31.

life out of them. What we have got at the moment with the Australian

:41:32.:41:34.

team is a really good mix of experience and we have got some

:41:35.:41:38.

really good young players coming through. Our experienced player are

:41:39.:41:46.

still there. You have good young fours and in New

:41:47.:42:15.

Zealand they played well. She got the edge. That was a pretty good

:42:16.:42:23.

result in the end. I thought it was going to move to the other side, the

:42:24.:42:28.

jack, which would not have been beneficial. A bit unlucky not to get

:42:29.:42:36.

the bowl out absolutely clean. She should still be able to draw this.

:42:37.:42:42.

She has got two or three feet around the jack.

:42:43.:42:59.

Confirmation from the market, Dan blew it.

:43:00.:43:08.

It trapped on a little bit and he is marking the one underneath, which

:43:09.:43:15.

means that the first shot must be the red at the top of your picture

:43:16.:43:25.

to begin with. That looks like it is just about in for the second. Get

:43:26.:43:32.

the measure. REFEREE: 1-shot, Ellen Falkner. Ellen has not got the

:43:33.:43:39.

benefit of the rings. That was definitely worth measuring. I do not

:43:40.:43:44.

think you would have walked away from that one, Karen. No. I have to

:43:45.:43:57.

say they have been very accurate at this event. Some of the players have

:43:58.:44:04.

been saying to me, any chance of putting your rings on the big

:44:05.:44:42.

screen? It is not going to happen. Sorry about that. It is a little

:44:43.:44:43.

toy. We used to have a monitor at the end for the players to see where

:44:44.:44:47.

the shots lay. Often it is a lot closer than it

:44:48.:45:02.

looks on television. This is a very good end from both

:45:03.:45:22.

girls. This is close. Yes, that looked good

:45:23.:45:54.

all the way. That is absolutely brilliant from both players.

:45:55.:46:06.

REFEREE: Both your bowls are short of jack high. There is half an inch

:46:07.:46:11.

gap to the jack. What would you play here, David Corkill? If you want to

:46:12.:46:20.

push it, you want to push it a yard out. If you missed it, you come into

:46:21.:46:26.

the back position. She is going deep with this one. That is very good. If

:46:27.:46:31.

you do not want to play the runner to stay on, which is very delicate

:46:32.:46:33.

and difficult. She has come down to have a look at

:46:34.:46:45.

it to see if it is worth getting the green bowl out. I do not think it

:46:46.:46:47.

will be going without the jack. Green on to read does not help. Lots

:46:48.:47:11.

and lots of danger here for Ellen Falkner. If she gets onto the green

:47:12.:47:19.

bowl, this red bowl is disappearing. If she gets onto the red, it will

:47:20.:47:24.

definitely move. But there is a risk of getting it wrong. It has to be

:47:25.:47:32.

plumb in the middle. That is very narrow as a percentage shot. It may

:47:33.:47:38.

be better just to draw this. The problem is, there is still another

:47:39.:47:43.

green bowl and if it goes right through, it will leave a lot of

:47:44.:47:51.

room. This is quite a conservative game for her. It will be interesting

:47:52.:47:55.

to see what weight she plays with this. Yes, there is the danger. I

:47:56.:48:07.

thought that was a dangerous shot. Tactically that was not the place to

:48:08.:48:11.

go because you were always take your own bowl out if you do not get it

:48:12.:48:16.

absolutely right. And there is another bowl to come. And giving

:48:17.:48:22.

Janice at least a yard to count for her final bowl. More than a yard I

:48:23.:48:28.

would say. It is four or five feet all round the jack. She has probably

:48:29.:48:33.

got to get to nine feet to draw this. I cannot see how making a

:48:34.:48:42.

mistake. -- I cannot see her making a mistake. The tactics are so

:48:43.:48:51.

important. Sometimes you have to walk away. That is what I would have

:48:52.:48:55.

done there. Instead of level, Ellen Falkner, the

:48:56.:49:06.

defending champion, is two behind. Static on the mat, most unusual.

:49:07.:49:33.

More like a fixed stance. REFEREE: 28.5 metres. 28.5.

:49:34.:50:01.

And of course Janice Gower managed to qualify in the main draw of the

:50:02.:50:09.

singles here. That gives her more time on the green, on the carpet I

:50:10.:50:15.

should say. It is old habits. The more time on the carpet, it is good,

:50:16.:50:25.

but the reality is nothing beats competitive matches. Being put under

:50:26.:50:30.

that pressure in training is what you lack.

:50:31.:50:43.

These two girls are both very dedicated practises on the ring,

:50:44.:50:49.

trying to grab every opportunity to get into rhythm and they obviously

:50:50.:50:53.

both know this very well. A much better start by Ellen

:50:54.:51:09.

Falkner, that is what we expect from her.

:51:10.:51:26.

Janice Gower played Mervyn King in the first round. She played some

:51:27.:51:30.

good shots as well, very competitive. The second set in

:51:31.:51:37.

particular. The first set was straightforward, but the second set

:51:38.:51:49.

was a different ball game. 10-3 in the first set, but the second set

:51:50.:51:56.

was 9-7. Mervyn was protecting a lead in that one.

:51:57.:52:04.

She changed hands and just dropped a little bit short with that one. A

:52:05.:52:33.

lot of people have been doing that. It is something quite noticeable,

:52:34.:52:37.

players changing to the forehand. They have been dropping a yard

:52:38.:52:41.

short. Obviously that is not good. This is close. That stops the easy

:52:42.:52:53.

draw. Ellen can drop one in here to move it out on the high side and let

:52:54.:52:58.

it drift back. There is a shot on the other side to take the green

:52:59.:53:03.

bowl out and lie for three. But it is not worth it. If you get it

:53:04.:53:08.

wrong, you can lose a shot. She is playing the backhand and this has to

:53:09.:53:09.

be absolutely perfect. I think she was being a bit careful.

:53:10.:53:30.

After the last time she will have been a bit tentative about that. You

:53:31.:53:37.

have to think about the long game here. You have to wait your chance

:53:38.:53:47.

for a really good opportunity for conversion, rather than a risky one.

:53:48.:54:09.

REFEREE: Jacked length, 25 metres, 25.

:54:10.:54:19.

She will be getting changed for this evening. A quick snack, no big meals

:54:20.:54:32.

before matches. Definitely not, no big bowl of pasta prior to a match.

:54:33.:54:39.

Not clever. With lots of carbs it is very hard shift those. You need

:54:40.:54:41.

something light. It looks to be better with this one,

:54:42.:55:17.

Ellen Falkner. A very good correction. Corrected the weight

:55:18.:55:24.

well and played a very good line with the first bowl.

:55:25.:55:33.

A side touch. A little contact, even on the outside, would be good.

:55:34.:55:56.

I played in Cabramata awhile ago. My home club. I played a top-class lady

:55:57.:56:05.

player at the time. Came from the same area as myself. It was a

:56:06.:56:15.

beautiful green. I really enjoyed them.

:56:16.:56:31.

The target here, the second shot. And it is running through. No point

:56:32.:56:45.

in being shot, but this is a good opportunity for Ellen Falkner to

:56:46.:56:56.

drop another one in. Anything past the green bowl is still a good bowl.

:56:57.:57:05.

A good cover bowl in case Janice decides to place some white on its

:57:06.:57:10.

head. She was so far with the jack, that was quite deliberate. I still

:57:11.:57:15.

think there is a forehand shot on here because there is a double

:57:16.:57:23.

opportunity. Just looking at this, Karen, it is good on there. If you

:57:24.:57:29.

missed it, you get to there with the second shot, potentially the jack

:57:30.:57:32.

moving across and dropping into this position. I think it is a double if

:57:33.:57:41.

you want to reach it. If it is a draw, it is on the backhand. It

:57:42.:57:53.

looks to be on the high side if it is a draw shot. I think with that

:57:54.:58:01.

sort of weight to the forehand was a better opportunity, it really was.

:58:02.:58:05.

There was a big sweep on that forehand. It is more to do with

:58:06.:58:17.

percentages than anything else. There is pleasure always looking for

:58:18.:58:21.

percentages. It might not offer and beat the best shot, but they work

:58:22.:58:24.

out which one might be the best opportunity for a change rather than

:58:25.:58:27.

the perfect result. Ellen's first bowl is some two and a

:58:28.:59:28.

half feet past. A bit of a loose one from Janice Gower.

:59:29.:00:05.

Holding two, but not as much as she would like.

:00:06.:00:20.

Gap to the shot, 18 inches. Not too much of a correction on her last

:00:21.:00:35.

bowl for Ellen Falkner. Still running. Good grouping, but you

:00:36.:00:44.

don't want them two or three feet behind the jack. The gap is 18

:00:45.:00:47.

inches. Great opportunity for Janice Gower

:00:48.:01:02.

to consolidate this head. Looks to be on a good line. Just pulling up

:01:03.:01:11.

short. Opportunity lost. One green. Goodness me. Ellen will move onto

:01:12.:01:22.

her forehand. Too many bowls are dropping short.

:01:23.:01:31.

You draw it and hope to get the jack. I am sure the draw shot is on.

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Needs to hurry. So many bowls are dropping a few feet short. I don't

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think it will be enough. No, missed the chance. Anything up to the green

:01:50.:01:57.

bowl and past it was good. This is a great opportunity for Janice Gower

:01:58.:02:07.

to add another shot. Number two coming in. Run through a little bit.

:02:08.:02:21.

They will measure this one. It is a lot closer than some of the others.

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That really was, not a loose head, but the last bowl, so many

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opportunities to play slightly through it. If you miss it, you miss

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it. It wasn't dead weight she was looking for. It was a foot or so

:02:47.:02:48.

behind the jack. We love that. First invented in the

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early 19 hundredths, would you believe? Only been tweaked a few

:03:07.:03:16.

times since because it has fundamentally been the same. Very

:03:17.:03:21.

accurate. Very rarely you see black or brown

:03:22.:04:06.

bowls now. Composite bowl, now. Composite was developed in

:04:07.:04:12.

Australia. There you go. Did you not know that? I didn't. They were so

:04:13.:04:23.

expensive to make, they hacked to develop a cheaper bowl. So they

:04:24.:04:28.

developed a composite bowl through Dunlop. And that was in the 1930s.

:04:29.:04:41.

So a long time ago. You can get the old one for presentation sets. But

:04:42.:04:55.

they are now computer turned. Big history, bowling in Australia of

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course. Most major cities have a bowls club

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on every corner. A few out in the bush as well. You don't find our

:05:10.:05:16.

bowling clubs have massive membership, like you think because

:05:17.:05:20.

there are so many clubs out there. Our club probably has around 55

:05:21.:05:32.

competitive ladies and probably 70 ladies, social players. But not a

:05:33.:05:39.

massive membership. How many greens? We have a lovely carpet with a roof

:05:40.:05:45.

over the top and two grass greens. For such a small membership, that is

:05:46.:05:51.

incredible. Obviously we have the powerhouse clubs of Maryland and St

:05:52.:05:57.

John's Park within minutes drive. 1400 members at my indoor club. Wow.

:05:58.:06:08.

Even winning the club title is an achievement. That is men and women

:06:09.:06:14.

of course, but it's not easy. It is a strong club. Anyway, back to the

:06:15.:06:20.

bowls. Anything over the weight, she gets

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the back one. Not the! Janice would be well served to think about this.

:06:39.:06:46.

Should be covering on the backhand. If you cover on the backhand, you

:06:47.:06:52.

make Faulkner draw it. Still thinking. It is back can cover shot

:06:53.:07:01.

because anything past the red bowl will be third. That is important.

:07:02.:07:07.

Anything beyond that, covers trail. Definitely.

:07:08.:07:33.

It is still there. Missed the chance. Not easy for Ellen, but she

:07:34.:07:47.

needs to arrive at this one. This is the one she really needs to take.

:07:48.:07:51.

Not a lot of danger either. She is on an inside line, so she has

:07:52.:08:08.

to have the weight to hold it. Not sure if that's enough. Faller

:08:09.:08:19.

contact on the jack was worth three. Just enough to get a single. An inch

:08:20.:08:26.

away of picking up a good count. Inch away from being perfect, but

:08:27.:08:34.

still wins the end. She was unlucky not to get that jack to the back of

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the rink. Jack length, 29 metres. 29. Back to

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this first bowl again now. 29 metre jack length.

:09:09.:09:19.

There's been nothing in this second set.

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Ellen Falkner will be very happy with her opening bowl. You have to

:09:39.:09:53.

add another. As soon as your opponent drops one short, Ellen

:09:54.:09:59.

would have been very keen to get to the mat, I would think. Needs to

:10:00.:10:06.

hurry with this. Don't think she is going to make it. That is an

:10:07.:10:13.

mischance. You really should be putting your opponent in trouble

:10:14.:10:16.

where. Now she's got a straightforward yard arm with the

:10:17.:10:23.

last bowl. Finding the middle of the ring, so the line isn't a problem.

:10:24.:10:32.

My goodness, Karen, what is going on? Short bowls. I often think when

:10:33.:10:39.

you play a good one with the first bowl, I know I am guilty of this at

:10:40.:10:44.

times, your second bowl can be quite short. You put so much emphasis and

:10:45.:10:49.

importance on your first bowl, you ease of when you play a good one.

:10:50.:10:54.

You need to consolidate the head, which he has done with her third

:10:55.:10:58.

bowl, Ellen Falkner. That should have been the second one. It is

:10:59.:11:06.

about giving opportunities to your own ability. The ability is there,

:11:07.:11:11.

you just have to think about it. When you are thinking about it, the

:11:12.:11:16.

shot clock is running down, so that doesn't help. Very easy to rush

:11:17.:11:20.

these things. On the forehand. It is coming in well. Got the jack. There

:11:21.:11:33.

it goes. Nice piece of weight from Janice Gower, perfect to get to the

:11:34.:11:40.

jack. It is a four inch gap and it is eight in just short of jack high.

:11:41.:11:48.

Use of the last ten or 12 seconds and call it. Time-out called. There

:11:49.:11:58.

is the trophy, I am sure Ellen would love to get her hands on that with

:11:59.:12:02.

back-to-back wins. Budgie has a lot of work to do. I think it is a

:12:03.:12:11.

backhand draw for Ellen. Can't afford to play anything more than

:12:12.:12:15.

that. If she is going to lose this end, she needs a good second. She

:12:16.:12:20.

will be thankful it is on the side of the rink she has been playing.

:12:21.:12:32.

I am surprised at this, I really am. I don't think that is the right

:12:33.:12:45.

shop, Karen, I really don't. The jack in the ditch was wonderful, one

:12:46.:12:53.

green and she has a mountain of room to draw of the next one. I think

:12:54.:13:00.

there have been a few tactical choices here which, has looked at

:13:01.:13:06.

the absolute result, but not the overall match. This is Janice's last

:13:07.:13:17.

bowl. Ellen gifted her another shot. She did it in the second as well.

:13:18.:13:23.

Instead of being level, Ellen should be two or three shots up. Not like

:13:24.:13:37.

Ellen. She's normally better on the tactical side of the game. Just the

:13:38.:13:43.

characteristics of the portable rink, that's all. Not much really.

:13:44.:13:59.

Mainly on the longer jack Lentz. Jack length, 28 metres. Generally

:14:00.:14:07.

around the 28 metre mark. It is getting late in the day to bring the

:14:08.:14:11.

matter up and played 23 or 24. It might be needed. Particularly if we

:14:12.:14:15.

are heading for a tie-break. After a good start is Janice Gower.

:14:16.:14:22.

She will be happy with that one. Janice just looking for bowl similar

:14:23.:15:13.

to her first one, something to fatten up the target. Just short.

:15:14.:15:35.

I think Ellen was thinking about the last end with her second bowl.

:15:36.:15:43.

Conscious of the fact she didn't want to drop short, but at least it

:15:44.:15:46.

is valuable back there. Good position.

:15:47.:16:12.

Needs to get this in. Wants to be carrying a lead into the last end.

:16:13.:16:25.

Touching the jack wouldn't do her any harm. I think she has been

:16:26.:16:34.

unlucky. Difficult one here for Janice Gower. She has to decide what

:16:35.:16:39.

to do. As in May Janice's task any easier? If anything, there may be a

:16:40.:16:45.

gap between the jack and the bowl now. Not only that, if she touches

:16:46.:16:52.

the outside of the red bowl, it will spring across the two. She has to

:16:53.:16:56.

get it on the inside edge. If you get back, you're likely to get the

:16:57.:17:06.

jack. This is why she is playing the backhand. This is a chance for Ellen

:17:07.:17:10.

Falkner, she must make up her mind what to do. It is a good, positive

:17:11.:17:17.

draw. Just a chilly outside of the edge of her own bowl and she will

:17:18.:17:27.

make three. Will this get back? Needs to bend quickly. Good but

:17:28.:17:37.

three. That is exactly what she had to play. That was a big bowl and she

:17:38.:17:43.

played it very, very well. Perfect weight.

:17:44.:17:58.

There has been a few opportunities for Ellen in this match. That is the

:17:59.:18:05.

first one she has really grasped. Good timing. Just a matter of

:18:06.:18:08.

winning the end. It is all about taking those

:18:09.:18:27.

opportunities when they arise. Nothing between these two players in

:18:28.:18:31.

the second set. They have both played well. I think it is when you

:18:32.:18:37.

make mistakes the uptime and the gift shots away that it really

:18:38.:18:42.

hurts. Then you reflect on that. Ellen is mentally very strong, so

:18:43.:18:45.

she wouldn't have been thinking too much about it. You are always

:18:46.:18:48.

conscious of the fact. Janice, needs to draw a touch here.

:18:49.:19:09.

Left it short. It is a good bowl. Good start for both players. But

:19:10.:19:39.

Ellen seems to have upped her game in the last few ends. That is a very

:19:40.:19:49.

good bowl. When you are chasing shots like Janice, she cannot afford

:19:50.:19:54.

to be short here. Confident draw down the backhand.

:19:55.:20:09.

Very good. It is a very good bowl. She needed to be probably two feet

:20:10.:20:22.

heavier than that. You have to be through it. If you are looking for

:20:23.:20:27.

three shots... You need to give yourself some room to be able to

:20:28.:20:33.

draw another couple. You have to make a difference. Time-out called.

:20:34.:20:45.

If I was Ellen here, I would be tempted to play to it. If Ellen

:20:46.:20:51.

crunches the jack against the green, it is more or less over. The only

:20:52.:20:57.

danger is, she doesn't want to bring it out into the open. So high line

:20:58.:21:01.

draw be useful. I like my Highline drift shots. Get

:21:02.:21:18.

them out there. Let it drift right in again. She is calling it to

:21:19.:21:30.

hurry. Not ideal, because it gives a shoulder for Janice to play through

:21:31.:21:34.

it. She knows if she plays in now and Mrs, that's it. More or less

:21:35.:21:42.

over. No way of getting a three. I think she has to try it. Definitely

:21:43.:21:46.

the inside of the red bowl. Good arriving draw at this, use the

:21:47.:22:13.

shoulder and take the red bowl out. Give herself a chance with the last

:22:14.:22:15.

one. Good effort. It is in the head and

:22:16.:22:34.

it's a good effort. Just needed two beat more. If it had have been two

:22:35.:22:38.

feet more, it wouldn't have got back.

:22:39.:22:51.

Still choices and there's still chances.

:22:52.:23:06.

Be interesting to see if she goes deep with this over to the side or

:23:07.:23:13.

drop in on the gap. If she drops in on the gap, it would be all over.

:23:14.:23:20.

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

:23:21.:23:24.

bowl on the way in would be a good result. Just slipping past. This

:23:25.:23:35.

shot is definitely there. No doubt about it. You get into the inside of

:23:36.:23:41.

that, you get a half bowl, that goes out, you try and get off the angle

:23:42.:23:46.

onto the red bowl. And that would really kill it. That is the other

:23:47.:23:57.

target bowl. Can't say it's not possible, it is. Not the easiest of

:23:58.:24:03.

chances, but probably better than what she might have expected.

:24:04.:24:08.

Doesn't want any jack movement. Can't afford any jack movement

:24:09.:24:13.

there. The angle is there to take the two reds out and stay. But she

:24:14.:24:18.

will need to push through it with four or five yards running. She has

:24:19.:24:31.

certainly given it a chance. Good effort! Just the one shot.

:24:32.:24:43.

Good game. But Ellen just had too much in the tank in the end. Good

:24:44.:24:52.

match, but it was quite interesting at times, Karen. Some very good

:24:53.:24:54.

bowls, but also some opportunities. Confirmation. She goes into the

:24:55.:25:11.

final. We will wait to see who she is going to play after this

:25:12.:25:15.

evening's game. But Ellen will be delighted. Defending your title, it

:25:16.:25:22.

is always nice to get to the final stages and get to relive the

:25:23.:25:26.

opportunity of last year, playing into the final.

:25:27.:25:42.

Ellen got off to a good start. Some lovely draw bowls going in. But

:25:43.:25:51.

Janice Gower was in the mood and put up a good defence. Just caught her

:25:52.:26:00.

own bowl. Janice, in a bit of trouble in that end. Ellen

:26:01.:26:06.

concentrated on the draw. Overall, I think Ellen shaded it enough to

:26:07.:26:10.

justify going through to the final. She will be very, very pleased.

:26:11.:26:17.

You have had to fight very hard to overcome a tough opponent today?

:26:18.:26:21.

Janice played very well and I thought the standard was pretty good

:26:22.:26:25.

all the way through. It was a tight encounter and I am pleased to get

:26:26.:26:31.

the win. You stand on the verge of history. Last year when you run it,

:26:32.:26:35.

you beat the record of winning it three times. You could win it a

:26:36.:26:41.

fourth time. Does it enter your mind, or is it the old cliche, game

:26:42.:26:47.

by game? It is game by game, as soon as you start thinking about things

:26:48.:26:51.

like that, you are gone. I am over the moon and looking forward to

:26:52.:26:57.

tomorrow. Congratulations. Very well played, Alan Faulkner through to the

:26:58.:27:01.

final once again. Let's confirm the semifinal draw. We know Ellen is

:27:02.:27:08.

through, but Amy Stanton plays Katherine Rednall. But this

:27:09.:27:18.

afternoon we have seen some tremendous bowls here. The match

:27:19.:27:22.

between Mickey Brett and Charlie Burns is the one we are still walk

:27:23.:27:29.

the Lim map are talking about. We are going to relive it one more

:27:30.:27:31.

time. Everyone is gathering around, we

:27:32.:27:49.

have the press people and everyone is waiting for the biggest story for

:27:50.:27:54.

many years. What do we call this, the vulture's nest? They all

:27:55.:28:02.

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

:28:03.:28:28.

He has played very well today. Charlie is doing so much damage with

:28:29.:28:38.

one bowl in particular, but on a few occasions it has been more than

:28:39.:28:43.

that. He needs one very good bowl here, Charlie to get himself into

:28:44.:28:47.

the quarterfinal. This needs to stop. Ten singles Charlie has scored

:28:48.:29:01.

in this match and one double. Two lose openers from C. But you can

:29:02.:29:05.

understand that. The rules change again. They can destroy the end. You

:29:06.:29:13.

have to nominate it first. Nominate as often as you wish. It is replayed

:29:14.:29:21.

in the same direction. Shaking his head there. He knows it's not close

:29:22.:29:31.

enough. Charlie couldn't be thinking about running the bowls. He must be

:29:32.:29:37.

drawing? Has got to be a draw. As changed to the forehand. That is

:29:38.:29:45.

confidence for you. He is getting back. He has drawn the shots. Oh my

:29:46.:29:58.

goodness me! Did he really signalled that, Andy? You are standing up

:29:59.:30:04.

looking out of the window and I am watching the monitors. Well done,

:30:05.:30:07.

Charlie. He really needs to be up. Two read,

:30:08.:30:25.

but it is in a good place. He has been doing a lot of damage. He is

:30:26.:30:30.

shaking his head, I cannot blame him. He is going for it. Oh, he is

:30:31.:30:43.

under. It has gone. Charlie Bence, what an effort, Charles Brents. Nick

:30:44.:30:51.

Brett has been tested right to the last bowl in this match. What a man,

:30:52.:30:55.

what a player, a standing ovation for a 71-year-old from Blantyre, and

:30:56.:31:06.

so it should be. Absolutely. The Nick Brett dug deep, it was a good

:31:07.:31:13.

game. That was as difficult as it ever could be. It proves just what

:31:14.:31:20.

can be done in this sport. Into the qualifiers, you played through, you

:31:21.:31:23.

when you're matches, you come to play the best in the world and you

:31:24.:31:27.

played the best in the world and you test them right up to the last

:31:28.:31:32.

moment. Nicky Brett, I have to say he played very well in that match.

:31:33.:31:37.

Very disciplined, but also he enjoyed it immensely. But just over

:31:38.:31:42.

the line. Nick Brett is through to the quarterfinal. Just simply one of

:31:43.:31:47.

the most remarkable matches we have ever seen here at Potters. What were

:31:48.:31:52.

your thoughts all the way through that match? Really what I was

:31:53.:31:57.

thinking was, I hope this is a good game and in the first three or four

:31:58.:32:01.

ends and realised how Charlie was playing with his last bowl and it

:32:02.:32:06.

was amazing. It was fantastic. He was in a good mood and he knew he

:32:07.:32:10.

was not going to lose, but I was impressed by Nick Brett as well. And

:32:11.:32:15.

what about the standing ovation at the end, which is something we only

:32:16.:32:20.

see for the elite finals? Absolutely, it was justified.

:32:21.:32:24.

Charles Spence came out and the relationship between the two

:32:25.:32:29.

players, Nick was able to chat to them and they were both able to

:32:30.:32:32.

enjoy it and it was a fantastic advert for somebody playing in the

:32:33.:32:38.

qualifiers. Nicky Brett is in the qualifiers, but Charlie Bence has

:32:39.:32:41.

won his way into the hearts of all our audience at Potters. Let's

:32:42.:32:48.

remind you of what else is coming up on the BBC. The highlights tonight

:32:49.:32:52.

of all did a's matches on BBC Two and on the red button at nine a.m..

:32:53.:33:00.

And then we have got action from the singles tomorrow at ten a.m.. David

:33:01.:33:05.

Gourlay versus Neal Foreman. They are battling for a spot in the

:33:06.:33:11.

quarterfinals. We will be showing you the ladies singles final and Les

:33:12.:33:17.

Gillett against Alex Marshall. Tennis followers as here on BBC Two.

:33:18.:33:21.

It is time for us to say goodbye.

:33:22.:33:25.

Rishi Persad presents live coverage from the World Indoor Bowls Championships at Hopton-On-Sea in Norfolk.

The form book would suggest Nicky Brett will be continuing his campaign to defend his world singles crown on Wednesday afternoon, but he is likely to face a stern second-round test.

The ladies' singles reaches the semi-final stage.