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
edition of the world indoor bowls
championships. It is also the 20th
time the event has been held that
the Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea.
During both those periods we have
witnessed some memorable and magical
moments. Today the semifinal stay in
the open singles which means we are
getting even closer to knowing the
next name set to join an illustrious
roll of honour.
Cantlie Fahlin? Yes. That was an
amazing last bowl.
It is all over,
the youngest ever world singles
It is not a kangaroo.
is going to strike that bowl for the
Championship. He has got it.
So, just four players left with the
chance of lifting the coveted open
singles title. Darren Burnett, up
against Mark Dawes, and Robert
Paxton, faced the surprise package
of the week Wayne Willgress. First
up, we start with our broad
policeman Darren Burnett against
Mark Dawes, who was part of the
successful pairs Keynesian early in
the week. We will join with Dawes
4-3 ahead. Commentary from John
Price and David Corkhill.
Jack Lang, 29 metres. -- jack
Very quick on the mat, Mark Dawes,
he does not mess about, he bowls
away. A failed pace in this game,
David, at the moment.
Yes, very much
crowing green style as well, as Mark
Dawes moves on. I should explain,
that is another code of bowls,
crowing green, played outdoors, with
the crowing in the centre of the
ring, but there are all sorts of
runs around as well. -- the centre
of the rink. It is an interesting
variation of the sport, played
mainly in the north-west, around the
Manchester area. Moving down into
the Midlands now, and the Isle of
Man, there is a big competition
there. I know lots of those players
Darren trying to get past the green.
Similar to his last delivery.
Well, Mark, can you get around this
pole? -- bowl. Out on the white
side, it just needs to run. Well, it
is good. He has pushed that one a
lot closer. Nothing easy for Darren,
there is a running bowl, but it is
not guaranteed, that front green
No, and his own bowl down the
centre of the rink is making it
difficult, the red short one.
difficult, the red short one. He has
taken a time-out. He is having
another look at it. He is checking
all the angles. Nothing really
It is not a great strike. No.
Only the one shot, we think. Close
to the second.
to the second. There is only the one
shot in it. If you take a risk,
suddenly you can lose twos and
He is playing the draw. He
has been pretty accurate over the
week on this side. It is all about
weight from there.
Yes, there is
only one danger. He has managed to
It is a great bowl. He
has taken his time and played it
That was perfect. He negotiated the
front green one, and had to make it
Mark, or on the forehand side.
a decent line as well. If he has got
the running, he is very close. Look
at this. Dear me, that is wonderful
stuff, wonderful bowling.
He came writing, settled and the
jack, rate in behind it, great
control by Mark Dawes, two wonderful
bowls I both players.
bowls I both players. -- from both
Jack length 26.5 metres.
That is good leading, as you would
expect from Mark Dawes.
expect from Mark Dawes.
to clear the bowls and get the jack.
The jack on the respots.
It is the shot, but nowhere near as
close as you would like.
Darren is comfortably around that
Well, struggling again. It is a very
good chance, a bit of a cheap two.
Yes, well, Mark has made it a little
bit more difficult. That bowl is
slightly and Darren's line, but I
think there is room to get around
that. He has decided to take the
other option and go across the rink
on the backhand side.
Well, it is
difficult this one, hard to judge.
That is why he has filled. It is
just a single. A difficult way in.
Jack length 28.5 metres.
It is another very good start. That
is where you want to play the bowl,
the front touch to start with.
the front touch to start with.
as long as his bowl, anything up to
the jack or beyond is good. Right
from the first end, he is in a bit
of bother. He has to waste on if he
does not draw, he has to waste when
to open it.
Darren turns away. He
did not fancy that one. The second
prize at the end of the rink. He
gets across and covers the drive. He
never got that away.
He is so good when he draws the
jack, Mark Dawes.
Scottish bowls fans. That is Alan
McKenzie at the end, coming down
from Inverness. I think that maybe
the ladies that surprised -- that
supplied the shortbread today.
very kind of them to give us the
I got the note
to say is thank you very much, and
John got the box of biscuits.
That is a brilliant delivery. Just
enough to get to their jack and turn
it for two, what an bowl by Mark
That bowl did look like it
might just drop, is it still two?
Does not really matter in terms of
what Darren is going to do, he is
going to plough into this.
probably need a one now. It is very
hard for us to tell, he is looking
at the angle, there is no back
This is his last bowl. If
it goes wrong, he has got no bowl to
If it is in that area, it
would be great but he has to look to
play this irrespective now, if he
gets into this bowl here, he has a
chance just to get the two bowls out
but it depends whether it is one or
That was not the best result for a
bowl on target.
A really good strike
by Darren Burnett. The problem is
you cannot guarantee, he hit it so
well, he needed luck and he did not
The way Mark is drawing, you would
say it is a big opportunity to add a
He is not sure about this, just when
he let it go. It has to get past the
front one, once he is pass that, he
is pretty close. That should do it.
Three shots, Mark Dawes. It is
continual pressure. He played two
brilliant bowls in that mushroom.
you give him anything, any amount of
space, he will draw the shot --
mushroom in that mushroom.
APPLAUSE. . Three sets of chorus
over nine ends. All the bowlers
watching this will know the rules
and regulations, but not everyone
knows that. Two sets of nine ends
and the minimum jack a distance of
93. When they are rolling the jack
down, you can see those little white
dots, they are a meter part. So the
umpire can calculate the length of
the jack and then announce it to
everyone in the arena.
Good bowl down.
trying to keep your opponent down to
a single, Mark Dawes. He was
thinking about this but the way he
is drawing, he could just drop this
He does not need to do anything
too spectacular, if he drops a
single, that will do, give him a
chance to be a comfortable winner of
the set. This is good again on the
shot. Going so well either side, he
is very confident.
Two things there,
it look like a backhand shot and you
would be happy with a close second.
Well, choices. On the back and this
time, if he is going to draw. Is he
going to leave it alone and go deep?
Nothing really deep, Darren has not
got a back bowl as such. Could cover
the back, leave Darren a strike or a
very difficult draw.
If he is able
to get a bowl in this sort of
direction, if he gets one around
about there, even a little bit wider
would be good. I think Darren will
go on the backhand and try and get
the bowl away and he wants to have
one to have a collecting bowl for
the jack coming through.
the jack coming through.
on that line he is looking to get
past anywhere covering up the back.
I think that is where he is looking.
A little bit further than what I
thought, but it is a very good
positional bowl but that was the
right sort of idea and now he is
saying to Darren, you can rest the
bowl off for two but it will have to
be very accurate.
Playing it with their weight,
looking to get the green away.
Played it well, but that is that
back green bowl there, that was the
cover shot. Gets a one, though.
Saves their set. Mark Dawes did
enough to see out the first set and
we will rejoin in the seventh end
with Dawes ahead.
You do not know
what Darren has got left really, he
is struggling, with this injury as
well. Mark Dawes has not let him
off, he is doing what he has to do,
a very professional performance.
Yes, there is a facility within the
rules to offer an medical break for
ten minutes but to be truthful, with
this type of injury, that will not
help. I think Darren needs
painkillers and unfortunately, they
will take a lot longer than ten
minutes to take in.
A great opener
under the circumstances.
has not really dipped that much even
though he is in pain, he is still
playing really good stuff.
his problem is, it is the
consistency between the bowls, once
or twice he has not really got down
and played a short ball.
That is the problem. Not every bowl,
but it is certain once and he is
aware of it, isn't he? He is aware
of it. That is good considering the
way he put that away.
That is great.
The thing is a lot of players have
played with injuries, back injuries
in particular, the only good thing
for him is that it is indoors, he
does not have to fling the bowl up a
heavy outdoor grass green, this is
still a very fast running surface.
have just got a feeling he is
have just got a feeling he is making
big effort, this might be his last
This could be the winner. That
is a great bowl under pressure. He
has just split the two reds and got
the back position. Well, Darren has
got two bowls to get out of trouble
Not sure about this one.
that last bowl might have just
finished Darren Burnett off on this
end, he did not really get into it,
missed his line.
They are going to
have to, Mark Dawes will have to try
and draw something close just behind
the green ball would be good. Really
a follow from his last one.
sort of bowl, anything to the back
Well played, again. He is very well
down, isn't he? If he picks up a two
here he will go 9-2 in front and
Darren will need two Force, he may
as well shake hands if he is in so
He might gamble here,
wait at this stage. Hope to get a
connection, red into greens.
The green bowls are all marked, if
that jack goes through, the ideal
shot for Darren Burnett would be to
get into the green and move the jack
and even on a draw, it is still
possible to draw the jack through
but I cannot see anything else, if
he hits the red bowl into the greens
and the jack moves...
That may be
the only other chance he has got.
Would not like to even
think about it really. He might get
the bounce but if the jack goes
back, it will be a couple and if he
misses this, it is quite possible he
will shake hands because he is,
without a shadow of a doubt, in some
He is going. He is going for
Well, that is just exactly
what you said. He has come out with
that and a fantastic result, an
I think that bounce
and that is a really good results,
that is a match saver for him.
looks like three shot six goodness
me! One bowl away from effectively
losing the match.
He is going down
on his sword if he is going out in
You can see what
happens whenever it the jack is
covered over with a bowl, it goes
towards the centre Mark. And he has
to be very accurate with this,
because it will be a measure, he is
looking at it, right down the
centre, in towards the centre Mark
with the jack, people might ask why
he does not go to the other side,
but he cannot get it onto the spot
and that is the way the rules are
What a result! A really big
strike by Darren under the
This is so big, this
is absolutely massive if he gets
three here, Mark Dawes had one foot
into the final.
We have seen a few remarkable
comebacks this week and under the
circumstances this would be one of
the best as well.
It is very close. Three shots, he
would be two shots behind Darren
Burnett. A shake of the head from
Mark Dawes, he realises that Darren
was buying on target, very good
strike but the run-through of the
red bowls, he was not just getting
one, he was getting three and that
is an enormous result.
Set score, 5-7 after seven ends.
Jack Lang, 29 and a half metres. --
Given himself a chance, Darren,
I would have to say, John,
that was a material shot, really.
Still favour Mark Dawes, he is still
in control and he only needs a tie
in the set to go through.
and two ends, more than doable.
Darren Burnett, whilst he is without
a doubt in pain and is carrying an
injury, he is still playing well.
is a battler, he is going to fight
right to the end, that is the type
of competitor he is.
Once again, he is close. As I was
saying, it can sometimes make you
fade so much harder when you're
carrying an injury. Unless it is
going to take you out of the game, I
am not saying it is going to work in
your favour, all I am saying is we
have seen it before.
He just will not leave it alone,
Mark Dawes. He will not leave it
He is chasing the bowl all
over the place.
Very close to getting past the green
one. My, my.
Another foot away. That
does not help. If Mark Dawes can
find one more good bowl, it is a
place in the final.
Yes, it is a
match lie at the moment with two. He
will want one closer than that front
green one. The same bowl as the
Well, he was the man in form in the
world pairs as well, he was the
Look at this again. He could
not have played this any better.
Without a shadow of a doubt, this is
the best we have seen Mark Dawes
play. If he can get to the
semifinal, the only question is can
he hold it together, and he is
proving that, he is really holding
together, and Darren Burnett will be
left with no choice but to run into
There is nothing for Darren,
this is a real hit and hope, he has
to hope he gets off a red bowl from
Well, the front red one
will not help, but he is so I did it
on the running bowls, you expecting
to get into something, but on the
break, what will he get? The front
red one is a problem. He has opened
the door. It has not worked. It is
not enough. Mark Dawes will take VW
needs. -- the double he needs. He
was good value, what a fantastic
performance from Mark Dawes,
consistent from the first end when
he picked up a double. Darren
Burnett in a lot of pain, but even
that last drive, which he got away
well, was not enough.
Mark Dawes, through to the open
singles final for the first time in
How good does that
sound? Fantastic, really
How good does that
sound? Fantastic, really pleased, as
you can tell from the smile on my
Absolutely, it gives the game
away. In your previous matches this
week we've seen that excellent form
and it repeated itself today.
first set I did not feel as
comfortable as I had in the previous
game, just getting a few bowls in,
but I played better in the second
It is going well at the moment.
Darren seem to be carrying an injury
today. Is that something that is
easy to handle?
It is difficult. You
could tell that Darren were
struggling. In the morning game, his
back stiffened up in the first set.
It is difficult, but he can still
play good bowls. He was finding it
hard to get them away well. I had to
concentrate on my game to try to get
to the final.
You've spoken about
taking each game as it comes in
concentrating on the next task in
front of you? Will it be easy to
keep that frame of mind going into
I hope so. Having
played in the pairs final, I know
what the experience is like.
Obviously you have no one to talk
to, but we will see what happens.
Mark Dawes, finalist in the world
open singles. Mark Dawes into the
final for the first time in his
career but who will he face? It was
either going to be Robert Paxton,
runner-up two years ago, or Wayne
Willgress, who has caused quite a
stir with his support of the rink
and his play on it. We will join
this in the fourth set. Paxton is
It is great to have the home
support, no doubt about that, but
with that comes a certain level of
expectation. It is not always easy.
That is a very good opener from
Robert Paxton, that is the sort of
bowl he is looking for, to put Wayne
under pressure at the start of the
Robert will check the gap, I think.
He has been able to see it,
actually, from the monitor at the
side of the rink. He gets a good
shot of the overhead, three inches
away, so you can play this with
confidence, he can certainly afford
to reach it. If it had been an inch
away, it would have been dangerous.
That is a good effort. It just went
under the red bowl.
again. A little change in the line,
and we have been getting lots of
questions in. The vast majority of
people watching and non-bowlers. You
can use the hash tag BBC bowls, if
you need to know anything. We will
do our best to answer those
questions. You know you will get the
hard ones, so it is OK. That is
typical of you. I have got the
rules, I have to put you under
pressure. A good effort with this
one for the number two. He has got
He stayed central as well, no catch
I think we do not need to know that
this one is going to miss, the way
he threw his class up. I think he is
very close. -- his cloth up. Look at
the reaction from the crowd. The
body language, everything about that
bowl, it said he had missed it by a
margin, and he draws the shot around
the corner. A bit of a worry as well
if he did not know it was close.
does not matter if he gets a result
like that every time. Somebody
upstairs is looking after him.
Now, Robert, how close are you to
this jack? He dropped it down. One
to read macro. -- red. Paxton takes
the first set, 6-3, and he is 5-2
ahead as we read join the match in
the second set. Can Willgress
produce another of his stunning
Jack length 29 metres.
He has got four ends to turn this
around. This is normally the period
when he says he bursts into life. He
has been playing good bowls, Wayne,
but Robert has just had the edge.
That is another good start. Dead
centre. Perfect line.
Robert Paxton on the backhand side.
He has just left that short.
going to clog up that hand for the
next bowl. This is the second bowl
were Wayne needs to get this one
end. He has been dropping it short
if you times. -- this one in.
He is too long. It
takes all the pressure of Robert
Well, you cannot blame him. He was
chasing it. A good chance to get his
own bowl on, or take the green bowl
out cleanly. This one really needs
to be in.
That little touch just makes it so
different. Without that touch, he
was coming in behind his own bowl.
He was unfortunate, he played a good
bowl. He just needed to miss that
bowl. Following of it gives a little
bit more of a target for Robert
Paxton if he wants to play these two
Time-out called. Robert has
two time-outs remaining.
He is looking at this shot. The
difficulty is if he gets on the high
side of it, that is where the
problem lies, and if he gets on the
high side, the jack will move and
the respots position is over here,
so he has to be very careful.
There is just the chance to get the
two bowls out.
He has played it.
has to be fortunate. That is
probably better he did not get the
connection because I think he was
taking his own two out.
through the gap between the two
bowls. He could have got lucky of
the gap into the jack, that would
have been fortunate.
That is Rebecca
Field and Wayne's mother. That is
the planning committee for the
It is a good thing Wayne
has had a run in this tournament,
It is overweight. Steady. It
was a missed chance. He really
needed a three to add that little
bit more pressure. Still, two shots,
one behind, three ends to go.
Jack length 26 metres.
perfect for the bowls. Big stand on
one side. A lot of people in every
single day, for every single
session. The morning sessions are
Good start, Wayne. Going
through the gears, this is the
danger for Paxton.
He is trying to
drive himself forward, get that
He was very close to the jack ear,
Robert. Great bowl.
That is a bit of
a cake for Wayne, because with that
first bowl, he thought he could
build on something, and then he is
rocked back on his heels -- that is
a bit of a kick.
He is on a good
line again but he did not send it.
Very steady backhand, the jack is
slightly off centre. Good bowler,
the backhand draw away. Two problems
again for Wayne.
Finding the answers
at the moment, Robert, whenever he
looks to be under a little bit of
pressure, he is playing the bowls.
It is hard to move on to that
forehand. You are always conscious
of the fact it is easy to drop
short. Just thinking, Robert could
do well just to follow that bowl
because he does not want to put one
beside the red one. If he follows
that, he could make a three and get
cover at the same time.
cover at the same time.
the bowl, he would be in a good
place and counting.
Slide on the inside, not quite. It
is a hard shot to draw. Trying to
get the split, run-through.
not really easy, the short green
bowl is just causing him problems.
He could not go straight at it. He
will have to allow the bowl to bend
and it is hard to pick up the line.
It still looks the right shot.
It is going to be costly, isn't it.
Expect to lose three here, 8-4, four
down with eight ends to go.
might have been better trying to
lose two feed on his last delivery,
it has given Robert a lot of room to
put this one in. Robert Paxton, he
knows this is a very important
delivery. Once to make this one
count. -- wants to make this one
No mistake. Did that very well.
Perfect delivery,. And of course,
that the problem for Wayne Willgress
is that he has to win the set and
score five shots in the next two
Groundhog Day, we have been
We have, or two other
occasions. -- on two other
occasions. Wayne has found it very
hard to score shots even though he
has played well.
He played better
today than he did yesterday.
length 29 metres.
He could only get
out of trouble so many times and I
think Robert here it is on a good
length and line at the moment and he
will note if you could play a good
end, he could seal it. -- Michael he
will know. But you never know in the
It is a strange old game,
isn't it? Manages to surprise us
even after all of these years of
being involved in the sport.
This is Wayne powers-macro problem.
The first bowl is good. -- this is
Wayne's problem. Needs to work very
hard to get this back.
That is a sensible bowl. Good place,
Certainly no mistakes from Robert
Paxton, he is going to do everything
he can to try and finish this match,
Wayne has to play the same
bowl and hope he can carry the jack.
He is very close, but he is just not
getting back in time and the weight
is perfect, that is going to be the
target for Robert Paxton. Just put a
bet on from his last, get to the two
green bowls, lock it in.
He needs to run.
Oh dear! That is
not where he wanted the bowl and
that trail shot is still there and
he knows it.
He is not sure about this one. The
line is very close to me. Very
Two inches away from glory.
Yeah, he was very close with that,
did not get down in time. He was
very unlucky then. I would love to
have seen that jack being medalled.
It would have been three shots and
I did not want to
say anything, I thought he was
hanging past it and he got a bit of
it but not enough. He has still got
an opportunity, though. Robert needs
to get to those greens. I think it
is a forehand, personally, to get to
the back green.
Could play at off the other side if
he wanted to but that seems the
easier way in. Not looking at the
Well anything past the red bowl
would be good. Just has to lock into
the green ones. Does not want to be
Does not want to fall off
that. It is not too bad, as it
worked out. Leave a catch there for
Well, perfect shots on John,
but I do not think it is even worth
I would be playing
through this. He has to play through
it, John, try and get into that
split, if he does that and gets the
red bowl, if we look at the red bowl
there, if that goes on to the jack
and goes through and the jack moves
and ends up in this position, the
chances are at the red bowl will go
into the ditch and could pick up
three or four shots. The alternative
to that is he could try and play
beforehand and try and get to the
jack to move it on the forehand but
I do not think he will get back in
That is really difficult.
There is a connection there, he
could hope that things go his way,
bowl two bowl. It is a match lie
He is in the area. I don't believe
it! If that jack had gone through,
he would be picking up four shots
and it bounced up the green!
Unbelievable result! I have to say,
Robert Paxton played very well in
that match, he was very steady and
very professional and Wayne
Willgress added tremendously to the
semifinal, the young man can be very
pleased. He has made it to the last
four of the world's single
He has had a great
Championship year and he will learn
a lot. Very professional performers,
very steady today and he did the
He has had an incredible week.
very steady today and he did the
He has had an incredible week.
After what has happened, was it
difficult to set yourself up for the
Not really. I think I had to
go out and try and play, but Robert
was too good, put me under pressure.
Two or three times, they did not. He
was too good and kept putting me
under pressure. I kept with them,
had some loose ones, he capitalised
Some up what your week has
A dream. Best time of my
life really. I have been given the
chance to come and play and
hopefully I have done myself proud.
I could have tried to do better this
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. I have to say
you have brought a lot of
entertainment and magic to the way,
it has been fantastic watching you
but you came up against a man who
was determined all week long
watching you, you have that steely
focus and you have had that this
It went well, it was a
great game, I could have been 10-0
down in the first ends. He has a
great chance for the top 16 now.
What about you? You seem emotional
about getting through to the final
and the chance to win the one event
that you wanted to win above all
It is the biggest game. Now
you're there, you can relax.
Tomorrow afternoon, back out here
and hopefully give Mark a good game.
What was it like playing this guy
It is fantastic, it is what
bowls are about.
Bring it back, I
will be back tomorrow. So, there we
have, the final of the world indoor
bowls open singles will be between
Robert Paxton and Mark Dawes and we
are back on BBC Two at 2:30pm the
eagerly anticipated encounter. That
is it for now but I hope you can
join us on Sunday for the climax of
what has been a great wakefulness.
From all of us here at the Potters
Resort, goodbye. -- what has been a
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.