Day 6 World Indoor Bowls Championships


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Day 6

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


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Hello, everyone and welcome to the

east coast of England for the 40th

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edition of the world indoor bowls

championships. It is also the 20th

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time the event has been held that

the Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea.

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During both those periods we have

witnessed some memorable and magical

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moments. Today the semifinal stay in

the open singles which means we are

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getting even closer to knowing the

next name set to join an illustrious

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roll of honour.

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Cantlie Fahlin? Yes. That was an

amazing last bowl.

It is all over,

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the youngest ever world singles

champion.

It is not a kangaroo.

He

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is going to strike that bowl for the

Championship. He has got it.

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So, just four players left with the

chance of lifting the coveted open

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singles title. Darren Burnett, up

against Mark Dawes, and Robert

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Paxton, faced the surprise package

of the week Wayne Willgress. First

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up, we start with our broad

policeman Darren Burnett against

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Mark Dawes, who was part of the

successful pairs Keynesian early in

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the week. We will join with Dawes

4-3 ahead. Commentary from John

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Price and David Corkhill.

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Jack Lang, 29 metres. -- jack

length.

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Very quick on the mat, Mark Dawes,

he does not mess about, he bowls

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away. A failed pace in this game,

David, at the moment.

Yes, very much

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crowing green style as well, as Mark

Dawes moves on. I should explain,

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that is another code of bowls,

crowing green, played outdoors, with

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the crowing in the centre of the

ring, but there are all sorts of

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runs around as well. -- the centre

of the rink. It is an interesting

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variation of the sport, played

mainly in the north-west, around the

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Manchester area. Moving down into

the Midlands now, and the Isle of

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Man, there is a big competition

there. I know lots of those players

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are watching.

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Darren trying to get past the green.

Similar to his last delivery.

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Well, Mark, can you get around this

pole? -- bowl. Out on the white

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side, it just needs to run. Well, it

is good. He has pushed that one a

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lot closer.

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lot closer. Nothing easy for Darren,

there is a running bowl, but it is

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not guaranteed, that front green

bowl.

No, and his own bowl down the

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centre of the rink is making it

difficult, the red short one.

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difficult, the red short one. He has

taken a time-out. He is having

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another look at it. He is checking

all the angles. Nothing really

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clean.

It is not a great strike. No.

Only the one shot, we think. Close

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to the second.

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to the second. There is only the one

shot in it. If you take a risk,

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suddenly you can lose twos and

threes.

He is playing the draw. He

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has been pretty accurate over the

week on this side. It is all about

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weight from there.

Yes, there is

only one danger. He has managed to

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avoid that.

It is a great bowl. He

has taken his time and played it

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well.

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That was perfect. He negotiated the

front green one, and had to make it

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past it.

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Mark, or on the forehand side.

It is

a decent line as well. If he has got

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the running, he is very close. Look

at this. Dear me, that is wonderful

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stuff, wonderful bowling.

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He came writing, settled and the

jack, rate in behind it, great

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control by Mark Dawes, two wonderful

bowls I both players.

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bowls I both players. -- from both

players.

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Jack length 26.5 metres.

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That is good leading, as you would

expect from Mark Dawes.

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expect from Mark Dawes.

Going early,

to clear the bowls and get the jack.

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The jack on the respots.

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It is the shot, but nowhere near as

close as you would like.

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Darren is comfortably around that

bowl.

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Well, struggling again. It is a very

good chance, a bit of a cheap two.

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Yes, well, Mark has made it a little

bit more difficult. That bowl is

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slightly and Darren's line, but I

think there is room to get around

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that. He has decided to take the

other option and go across the rink

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on the backhand side.

Well, it is

difficult this one, hard to judge.

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That is why he has filled. It is

just a single. A difficult way in.

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Jack length 28.5 metres.

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It is another very good start. That

is where you want to play the bowl,

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the front touch to start with.

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the front touch to start with.

Well,

as long as his bowl, anything up to

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the jack or beyond is good. Right

from the first end, he is in a bit

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of bother. He has to waste on if he

does not draw, he has to waste when

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to open it.

Darren turns away. He

did not fancy that one. The second

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prize at the end of the rink. He

gets across and covers the drive. He

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never got that away.

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APPLAUSE

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He is so good when he draws the

jack, Mark Dawes.

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Scottish bowls fans. That is Alan

McKenzie at the end, coming down

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from Inverness. I think that maybe

the ladies that surprised -- that

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supplied the shortbread today.

Yes,

very kind of them to give us the

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shortbread biscuits.

I got the note

to say is thank you very much, and

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John got the box of biscuits.

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That is a brilliant delivery. Just

enough to get to their jack and turn

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it for two, what an bowl by Mark

Dawes.

That bowl did look like it

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might just drop, is it still two?

Does not really matter in terms of

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what Darren is going to do, he is

going to plough into this.

He will

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probably need a one now. It is very

hard for us to tell, he is looking

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at the angle, there is no back

position.

This is his last bowl. If

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it goes wrong, he has got no bowl to

recover.

If it is in that area, it

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would be great but he has to look to

play this irrespective now, if he

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gets into this bowl here, he has a

chance just to get the two bowls out

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but it depends whether it is one or

two.

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That was not the best result for a

bowl on target.

A really good strike

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by Darren Burnett. The problem is

you cannot guarantee, he hit it so

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well, he needed luck and he did not

get it.

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The way Mark is drawing, you would

say it is a big opportunity to add a

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third shot.

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He is not sure about this, just when

he let it go. It has to get past the

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front one, once he is pass that, he

is pretty close. That should do it.

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Three shots, Mark Dawes. It is

continual pressure. He played two

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brilliant bowls in that mushroom.

If

you give him anything, any amount of

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space, he will draw the shot --

mushroom in that mushroom.

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APPLAUSE. . Three sets of chorus

over nine ends. All the bowlers

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watching this will know the rules

and regulations, but not everyone

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knows that.

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knows that. Two sets of nine ends

and the minimum jack a distance of

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93. When they are rolling the jack

down, you can see those little white

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dots, they are a meter part. So the

umpire can calculate the length of

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the jack and then announce it to

everyone in the arena.

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Good bowl down.

One red.

You're

trying to keep your opponent down to

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a single, Mark Dawes. He was

thinking about this but the way he

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is drawing, he could just drop this

in.

He does not need to do anything

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too spectacular, if he drops a

single, that will do, give him a

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chance to be a comfortable winner of

the set. This is good again on the

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shot. Going so well either side, he

is very confident.

Two things there,

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it look like a backhand shot and you

would be happy with a close second.

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Well, choices. On the back and this

time, if he is going to draw. Is he

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going to leave it alone and go deep?

Nothing really deep, Darren has not

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got a back bowl as such. Could cover

the back, leave Darren a strike or a

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very difficult draw.

If he is able

to get a bowl in this sort of

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direction, if he gets one around

about there, even a little bit wider

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would be good. I think Darren will

go on the backhand and try and get

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the bowl away and he wants to have

one to have a collecting bowl for

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the jack coming through.

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the jack coming through.

Looks like

on that line he is looking to get

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past anywhere covering up the back.

I think that is where he is looking.

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A little bit further than what I

thought, but it is a very good

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positional bowl but that was the

right sort of idea and now he is

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saying to Darren, you can rest the

bowl off for two but it will have to

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be very accurate.

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Playing it with their weight,

looking to get the green away.

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Played it well, but that is that

back green bowl there, that was the

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cover shot.

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cover shot. Gets a one, though.

Saves their set. Mark Dawes did

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enough to see out the first set and

we will rejoin in the seventh end

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with Dawes ahead.

You do not know

what Darren has got left really, he

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is struggling, with this injury as

well. Mark Dawes has not let him

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off, he is doing what he has to do,

a very professional performance.

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Yes, there is a facility within the

rules to offer an medical break for

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ten minutes but to be truthful, with

this type of injury, that will not

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help. I think Darren needs

painkillers and unfortunately, they

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will take a lot longer than ten

minutes to take in.

A great opener

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under the circumstances.

His form

has not really dipped that much even

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though he is in pain, he is still

playing really good stuff.

I think

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his problem is, it is the

consistency between the bowls, once

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or twice he has not really got down

and played a short ball.

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That is the problem. Not every bowl,

but it is certain once and he is

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aware of it, isn't he? He is aware

of it. That is good considering the

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way he put that away.

That is great.

The thing is a lot of players have

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played with injuries, back injuries

in particular, the only good thing

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for him is that it is indoors, he

does not have to fling the bowl up a

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heavy outdoor grass green, this is

still a very fast running surface.

I

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have just got a feeling he is

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have just got a feeling he is making

big effort, this might be his last

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band.

This could be the winner. That

is a great bowl under pressure. He

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has just split the two reds and got

the back position. Well, Darren has

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got two bowls to get out of trouble

here.

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Not sure about this one.

I think

that last bowl might have just

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finished Darren Burnett off on this

end, he did not really get into it,

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missed his line.

They are going to

have to, Mark Dawes will have to try

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and draw something close just behind

the green ball would be good. Really

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a follow from his last one.

The same

sort of bowl, anything to the back

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red.

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Well played, again. He is very well

down, isn't he? If he picks up a two

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here he will go 9-2 in front and

Darren will need two Force, he may

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as well shake hands if he is in so

much pain.

He might gamble here,

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wait at this stage. Hope to get a

connection, red into greens.

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The green bowls are all marked, if

that jack goes through, the ideal

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shot for Darren Burnett would be to

get into the green and move the jack

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and even on a draw, it is still

possible to draw the jack through

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but I cannot see anything else, if

he hits the red bowl into the greens

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and the jack moves...

That may be

the only other chance he has got.

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Just there.

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Just there.

Would not like to even

think about it really. He might get

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the bounce but if the jack goes

back, it will be a couple and if he

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misses this, it is quite possible he

will shake hands because he is,

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without a shadow of a doubt, in some

pain.

He is going. He is going for

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the hit.

Well, that is just exactly

what you said. He has come out with

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that and a fantastic result, an

amazing result.

I think that bounce

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and that is a really good results,

that is a match saver for him.

It

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looks like three shot six goodness

me! One bowl away from effectively

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losing the match.

He is going down

on his sword if he is going out in

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this competition.

You can see what

happens whenever it the jack is

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covered over with a bowl, it goes

towards the centre Mark. And he has

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to be very accurate with this,

because it will be a measure, he is

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looking at it, right down the

centre, in towards the centre Mark

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with the jack, people might ask why

he does not go to the other side,

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but he cannot get it onto the spot

and that is the way the rules are

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written.

What a result! A really big

strike by Darren under the

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circumstances.

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circumstances.

This is so big, this

is absolutely massive if he gets

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three here, Mark Dawes had one foot

into the final.

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We have seen a few remarkable

comebacks this week and under the

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circumstances this would be one of

the best as well.

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It is very close. Three shots, he

would be two shots behind Darren

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Burnett. A shake of the head from

Mark Dawes, he realises that Darren

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was buying on target, very good

strike but the run-through of the

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red bowls, he was not just getting

one, he was getting three and that

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is an enormous result.

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Set score, 5-7 after seven ends.

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Jack Lang, 29 and a half metres. --

jack links.

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Given himself a chance, Darren,

here.

I would have to say, John,

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that was a material shot, really.

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Still favour Mark Dawes, he is still

in control and he only needs a tie

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in the set to go through.

Two shots

and two ends, more than doable.

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Darren Burnett, whilst he is without

a doubt in pain and is carrying an

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injury, he is still playing well.

He

is a battler, he is going to fight

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right to the end, that is the type

of competitor he is.

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Once again, he is close. As I was

saying, it can sometimes make you

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fade so much harder when you're

carrying an injury. Unless it is

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going to take you out of the game, I

am not saying it is going to work in

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your favour, all I am saying is we

have seen it before.

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He just will not leave it alone,

Mark Dawes. He will not leave it

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alone.

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alone.

He is chasing the bowl all

over the place.

Steely

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determination.

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Very close to getting past the green

one. My, my.

Another foot away. That

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does not help. If Mark Dawes can

find one more good bowl, it is a

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place in the final.

Yes, it is a

match lie at the moment with two. He

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will want one closer than that front

green one. The same bowl as the

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last.

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Well, he was the man in form in the

world pairs as well, he was the

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star.

Look at this again. He could

not have played this any better.

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Without a shadow of a doubt, this is

the best we have seen Mark Dawes

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play. If he can get to the

semifinal, the only question is can

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he hold it together, and he is

proving that, he is really holding

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together, and Darren Burnett will be

left with no choice but to run into

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this.

There is nothing for Darren,

this is a real hit and hope, he has

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to hope he gets off a red bowl from

the jack.

Well, the front red one

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will not help, but he is so I did it

on the running bowls, you expecting

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to get into something, but on the

break, what will he get? The front

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red one is a problem. He has opened

the door. It has not worked. It is

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not enough. Mark Dawes will take VW

needs.

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needs. -- the double he needs. He

was good value, what a fantastic

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performance from Mark Dawes,

consistent from the first end when

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he picked up a double. Darren

Burnett in a lot of pain, but even

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that last drive, which he got away

well, was not enough.

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Mark Dawes, through to the open

singles final for the first time in

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his career.

How good does that

sound? Fantastic, really

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his career.

How good does that

sound? Fantastic, really pleased, as

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you can tell from the smile on my

face.

Absolutely, it gives the game

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away. In your previous matches this

week we've seen that excellent form

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and it repeated itself today.

In the

first set I did not feel as

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comfortable as I had in the previous

game, just getting a few bowls in,

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but I played better in the second

set.

It is going well at the moment.

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Darren seem to be carrying an injury

today. Is that something that is

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easy to handle?

It is difficult. You

could tell that Darren were

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struggling. In the morning game, his

back stiffened up in the first set.

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It is difficult, but he can still

play good bowls. He was finding it

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hard to get them away well. I had to

concentrate on my game to try to get

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to the final.

You've spoken about

taking each game as it comes in

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concentrating on the next task in

front of you? Will it be easy to

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keep that frame of mind going into

tomorrow's final?

I hope so. Having

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played in the pairs final, I know

what the experience is like.

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Obviously you have no one to talk

to, but we will see what happens.

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Mark Dawes, finalist in the world

open singles. Mark Dawes into the

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final for the first time in his

career but who will he face? It was

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either going to be Robert Paxton,

runner-up two years ago, or Wayne

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Willgress, who has caused quite a

stir with his support of the rink

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and his play on it. We will join

this in the fourth set. Paxton is

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leading 2-1.

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It is great to have the home

support, no doubt about that, but

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with that comes a certain level of

expectation. It is not always easy.

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That is a very good opener from

Robert Paxton, that is the sort of

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bowl he is looking for, to put Wayne

under pressure at the start of the

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end.

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Robert will check the gap, I think.

He has been able to see it,

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actually, from the monitor at the

side of the rink. He gets a good

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shot of the overhead, three inches

away, so you can play this with

0:36:180:36:24

confidence, he can certainly afford

to reach it. If it had been an inch

0:36:240:36:28

away, it would have been dangerous.

0:36:280:36:37

That is a good effort. It just went

under the red bowl.

Good weight

0:36:540:36:58

again. A little change in the line,

and we have been getting lots of

0:36:580:37:03

questions in.

0:37:030:37:10

questions in. The vast majority of

people watching and non-bowlers. You

0:37:100:37:15

can use the hash tag BBC bowls, if

you need to know anything. We will

0:37:150:37:19

do our best to answer those

questions. You know you will get the

0:37:190:37:25

hard ones, so it is OK. That is

typical of you. I have got the

0:37:250:37:30

rules, I have to put you under

pressure. A good effort with this

0:37:300:37:35

one for the number two. He has got

it.

0:37:350:37:44

He stayed central as well, no catch

therefore Wayne.

0:37:460:37:55

I think we do not need to know that

this one is going to miss, the way

0:38:020:38:07

he threw his class up. I think he is

very close. -- his cloth up. Look at

0:38:070:38:17

the reaction from the crowd. The

body language, everything about that

0:38:170:38:25

bowl, it said he had missed it by a

margin, and he draws the shot around

0:38:250:38:31

the corner. A bit of a worry as well

if he did not know it was close.

It

0:38:310:38:36

does not matter if he gets a result

like that every time. Somebody

0:38:360:38:41

upstairs is looking after him.

0:38:410:38:50

Now, Robert, how close are you to

this jack? He dropped it down. One

0:38:550:39:05

to read macro. -- red. Paxton takes

the first set, 6-3, and he is 5-2

0:39:050:39:17

ahead as we read join the match in

the second set. Can Willgress

0:39:170:39:22

produce another of his stunning

comebacks?

0:39:220:39:31

Jack length 29 metres.

0:39:340:39:38

He has got four ends to turn this

around. This is normally the period

0:39:450:39:51

when he says he bursts into life. He

has been playing good bowls, Wayne,

0:39:510:39:58

but Robert has just had the edge.

0:39:580:40:05

That is another good start. Dead

centre. Perfect line.

0:40:050:40:19

Well done.

0:40:360:40:42

Robert Paxton on the backhand side.

He has just left that short.

That is

0:41:030:41:11

going to clog up that hand for the

next bowl. This is the second bowl

0:41:110:41:16

were Wayne needs to get this one

end. He has been dropping it short

0:41:160:41:21

if you times. -- this one in.

Steady, steady.

He is too long. It

0:41:210:41:33

takes all the pressure of Robert

Paxton.

0:41:330:41:42

Well, you cannot blame him. He was

chasing it. A good chance to get his

0:42:070:42:15

own bowl on, or take the green bowl

out cleanly. This one really needs

0:42:150:42:20

to be in.

0:42:200:42:27

That little touch just makes it so

different. Without that touch, he

0:42:350:42:39

was coming in behind his own bowl.

He was unfortunate, he played a good

0:42:390:42:45

bowl. He just needed to miss that

bowl. Following of it gives a little

0:42:450:42:51

bit more of a target for Robert

Paxton if he wants to play these two

0:42:510:42:56

bowls.

Time-out called. Robert has

two time-outs remaining.

0:42:560:43:02

He is looking at this shot. The

difficulty is if he gets on the high

0:43:090:43:14

side of it, that is where the

problem lies, and if he gets on the

0:43:140:43:20

high side, the jack will move and

the respots position is over here,

0:43:200:43:24

so he has to be very careful.

0:43:240:43:32

There is just the chance to get the

two bowls out.

He has played it.

He

0:43:390:43:48

has to be fortunate. That is

probably better he did not get the

0:43:480:43:54

connection because I think he was

taking his own two out.

He got

0:43:540:43:59

through the gap between the two

bowls. He could have got lucky of

0:43:590:44:04

the gap into the jack, that would

have been fortunate.

That is Rebecca

0:44:040:44:12

Field and Wayne's mother. That is

the planning committee for the

0:44:120:44:19

wedding.

0:44:190:44:23

wedding.

It is a good thing Wayne

has had a run in this tournament,

0:44:240:44:27

then.

0:44:270:44:32

then.

It is overweight. Steady. It

was a missed chance. He really

0:44:330:44:37

needed a three to add that little

bit more pressure. Still, two shots,

0:44:370:44:44

one behind, three ends to go.

0:44:440:44:51

Jack length 26 metres.

This is

perfect for the bowls. Big stand on

0:45:180:45:26

one side. A lot of people in every

single day, for every single

0:45:260:45:31

session. The morning sessions are

very busy.

0:45:310:45:39

very busy.

Good start, Wayne. Going

through the gears, this is the

0:45:390:45:45

danger for Paxton.

He is trying to

drive himself forward, get that

0:45:450:45:53

adrenaline flowing.

0:45:530:45:56

He was very close to the jack ear,

Robert. Great bowl.

That is a bit of

0:46:080:46:19

a cake for Wayne, because with that

first bowl, he thought he could

0:46:190:46:24

build on something, and then he is

rocked back on his heels -- that is

0:46:240:46:30

a bit of a kick.

He is on a good

line again but he did not send it.

0:46:300:46:40

Very steady backhand, the jack is

slightly off centre. Good bowler,

0:47:000:47:07

the backhand draw away. Two problems

again for Wayne.

Finding the answers

0:47:070:47:18

at the moment, Robert, whenever he

looks to be under a little bit of

0:47:180:47:22

pressure, he is playing the bowls.

It is hard to move on to that

0:47:220:47:27

forehand. You are always conscious

of the fact it is easy to drop

0:47:270:47:32

short. Just thinking, Robert could

do well just to follow that bowl

0:47:320:47:36

because he does not want to put one

beside the red one. If he follows

0:47:360:47:42

that, he could make a three and get

cover at the same time.

He

0:47:420:47:53

cover at the same time.

He splits

the bowl, he would be in a good

0:47:530:47:55

place and counting.

0:47:550:48:02

Slide on the inside, not quite. It

is a hard shot to draw. Trying to

0:48:110:48:17

get the split, run-through.

It is

not really easy, the short green

0:48:170:48:22

bowl is just causing him problems.

He could not go straight at it. He

0:48:220:48:26

will have to allow the bowl to bend

and it is hard to pick up the line.

0:48:260:48:31

It still looks the right shot.

0:48:310:48:35

It is going to be costly, isn't it.

Expect to lose three here, 8-4, four

0:48:420:48:49

down with eight ends to go.

You

might have been better trying to

0:48:490:48:55

lose two feed on his last delivery,

it has given Robert a lot of room to

0:48:550:48:59

put this one in. Robert Paxton, he

knows this is a very important

0:48:590:49:05

delivery.

0:49:050:49:10

delivery. Once to make this one

count. -- wants to make this one

0:49:110:49:17

count.

0:49:170:49:23

No mistake. Did that very well.

Perfect delivery,. And of course,

0:49:240:49:37

that the problem for Wayne Willgress

is that he has to win the set and

0:49:370:49:41

score five shots in the next two

ends.

Groundhog Day, we have been

0:49:410:49:46

here before.

We have, or two other

occasions.

0:49:460:49:54

occasions. -- on two other

occasions. Wayne has found it very

0:49:540:49:57

hard to score shots even though he

has played well.

He played better

0:49:570:50:01

today than he did yesterday.

Jack

length 29 metres.

He could only get

0:50:010:50:10

out of trouble so many times and I

think Robert here it is on a good

0:50:100:50:14

length and line at the moment and he

will note if you could play a good

0:50:140:50:19

end, he could seal it. -- Michael he

will know. But you never know in the

0:50:190:50:25

bowls.

It is a strange old game,

isn't it? Manages to surprise us

0:50:250:50:31

even after all of these years of

being involved in the sport.

0:50:310:50:40

This is Wayne powers-macro problem.

The first bowl is good. -- this is

0:50:400:50:47

Wayne's problem. Needs to work very

hard to get this back.

0:50:470:50:57

That is a sensible bowl. Good place,

there.

0:51:020:51:12

Certainly no mistakes from Robert

Paxton, he is going to do everything

0:51:390:51:43

he can to try and finish this match,

this end.

Wayne has to play the same

0:51:430:51:48

bowl and hope he can carry the jack.

He is very close, but he is just not

0:51:480:51:56

getting back in time and the weight

is perfect, that is going to be the

0:51:560:52:00

target for Robert Paxton. Just put a

bet on from his last, get to the two

0:52:000:52:08

green bowls, lock it in.

0:52:080:52:16

He needs to run.

Oh dear! That is

not where he wanted the bowl and

0:52:310:52:41

that trail shot is still there and

he knows it.

0:52:410:52:46

He is not sure about this one. The

line is very close to me. Very

0:52:560:53:02

close!

0:53:020:53:07

close!

Two inches away from glory.

Yeah, he was very close with that,

0:53:100:53:16

did not get down in time. He was

very unlucky then. I would love to

0:53:160:53:24

have seen that jack being medalled.

It would have been three shots and

0:53:240:53:29

totally hidden.

I did not want to

say anything, I thought he was

0:53:290:53:33

hanging past it and he got a bit of

it but not enough. He has still got

0:53:330:53:40

an opportunity, though. Robert needs

to get to those greens. I think it

0:53:400:53:52

is a forehand, personally, to get to

the back green.

0:53:520:53:56

Could play at off the other side if

he wanted to but that seems the

0:54:010:54:07

easier way in. Not looking at the

jack.

0:54:070:54:14

Well anything past the red bowl

would be good. Just has to lock into

0:54:140:54:23

the green ones. Does not want to be

short.

Does not want to fall off

0:54:230:54:28

that. It is not too bad, as it

worked out. Leave a catch there for

0:54:280:54:34

Wayne.

Well, perfect shots on John,

but I do not think it is even worth

0:54:340:54:45

me attempting.

I would be playing

through this. He has to play through

0:54:450:54:51

it, John, try and get into that

split, if he does that and gets the

0:54:510:54:55

red bowl, if we look at the red bowl

there, if that goes on to the jack

0:54:550:54:59

and goes through and the jack moves

and ends up in this position, the

0:54:590:55:03

chances are at the red bowl will go

into the ditch and could pick up

0:55:030:55:08

three or four shots. The alternative

to that is he could try and play

0:55:080:55:13

beforehand and try and get to the

jack to move it on the forehand but

0:55:130:55:17

I do not think he will get back in

time.

That is really difficult.

0:55:170:55:22

There is a connection there, he

could hope that things go his way,

0:55:220:55:26

bowl two bowl. It is a match lie

against.

0:55:260:55:36

He is in the area. I don't believe

it! If that jack had gone through,

0:55:360:55:45

he would be picking up four shots

and it bounced up the green!

0:55:450:55:50

Unbelievable result! I have to say,

Robert Paxton played very well in

0:55:500:55:57

that match, he was very steady and

very professional and Wayne

0:55:570:56:02

Willgress added tremendously to the

semifinal, the young man can be very

0:56:020:56:06

pleased. He has made it to the last

four of the world's single

0:56:060:56:12

championships.

He has had a great

Championship year and he will learn

0:56:120:56:17

a lot. Very professional performers,

very steady today and he did the

0:56:170:56:22

job.

He has had an incredible week.

0:56:220:56:24

very steady today and he did the

job.

He has had an incredible week.

0:56:240:56:24

After what has happened, was it

difficult to set yourself up for the

0:56:240:56:29

match?

Not really. I think I had to

go out and try and play, but Robert

0:56:290:56:35

was too good, put me under pressure.

Two or three times, they did not. He

0:56:350:56:40

was too good and kept putting me

under pressure. I kept with them,

0:56:400:56:46

had some loose ones, he capitalised

on them.

Some up what your week has

0:56:460:56:51

been like?

A dream. Best time of my

life really. I have been given the

0:56:510:56:58

chance to come and play and

hopefully I have done myself proud.

0:56:580:57:04

I could have tried to do better this

time...

0:57:040:57:06

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. I have to say

you have brought a lot of

0:57:060:57:12

entertainment and magic to the way,

it has been fantastic watching you

0:57:120:57:16

but you came up against a man who

was determined all week long

0:57:160:57:20

watching you, you have that steely

focus and you have had that this

0:57:200:57:23

afternoon.

It went well, it was a

great game, I could have been 10-0

0:57:230:57:30

down in the first ends. He has a

great chance for the top 16 now.

0:57:300:57:36

What about you? You seem emotional

about getting through to the final

0:57:360:57:39

and the chance to win the one event

that you wanted to win above all

0:57:390:57:44

else.

It is the biggest game. Now

you're there, you can relax.

0:57:440:57:48

Tomorrow afternoon, back out here

and hopefully give Mark a good game.

0:57:480:57:53

What was it like playing this guy

today?

It is fantastic, it is what

0:57:530:58:03

bowls are about.

Bring it back, I

will be back tomorrow. So, there we

0:58:030:58:06

have, the final of the world indoor

bowls open singles will be between

0:58:060:58:11

Robert Paxton and Mark Dawes and we

are back on BBC Two at 2:30pm the

0:58:110:58:16

eagerly anticipated encounter. That

is it for now but I hope you can

0:58:160:58:20

join us on Sunday for the climax of

what has been a great wakefulness.

0:58:200:58:24

From all of us here at the Potters

Resort, goodbye. -- what has been a

0:58:240:58:32

great week.

0:58:320:58:39

Highlights from both semi-finals in the open singles at the World Indoor Bowls Championships in Norfolk.

Presented by Rishi Persad with commentary by David Corkill and John Price.