Fo ster and An­derso n blaze Sco ttish trail into semi-fi­nals

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FOR THE RECORD - ANNE DUNWOODIE

PAUL FOSTER and Stewart An­der­son will carry Scot­tish hopes in to­day’s semi­fi­nals of the Just World In­door Bowls sin­gles at Pot­ters, with Eng­land’s Les Gil­lett and Greg Har­low pro­vid­ing their op­po­si­tion.

The day didn’t start well for the Scots with David Gourlay be­ing counted out in the first of the quar­ter fi­nals on the last end and with the last bowl of a tie break by an un­be­liev­able fluke re­sult that went in Greg Har­low’s favour.

Gourlay dom­i­nated the first set win­ning 8-5 and was still in the equa­tion for a straights sets vic­tory in the sec­ond at just 6-4 down with two ends re­main­ing, but it was Har­low who grabbed the ini­tia­tive with suc­ces­sive dou­bles to win 10-4 and force a tie break which the English­man won with an ou­tra­geous fluke with his last bowl on the last end 2-1.

“That was an ou­tra­geous fluke,” ad­mit­ted Har­low later. “I was for­tu­nate the way the head fell. The gods were smil­ing on me.”

A gut­ted Gourlay shook his head and said “To lose like that is sore, I don’t think I’ll for­get that re­sult in a hurry. That’s three games I’ve lost in th­ese Cham­pi­onships on the last end of a tie break”.

Scot­land’s luck did get bet­ter with 2013 cham­pion Stewart An­der­son from Blan­tyre turn­ing in a blis­ter­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of inch-per­fect bowls to cuff de­fend­ing cham­pion and world No.1 Nicky Brett 10-5, 10-2, seal­ing the re­sult with two ends re­main­ing in the sec­ond set.

“I knew I would have to play well to beat Nicky. We all know what he’s ca­pa­ble of. I played a solid game and felt I played as well as I did the year I won the ti­tle, so hope­fully I’ve got more left in the tank.”

Four-time holder Paul Foster dug deep to deny No.14 seed Jamie Ch­est­ney, hit­ting back after a medi­ocre open­ing set and then go­ing all the way in the tie break to progress 6-10, 10-4, 2-1.

“I wasn’t en­tirely happy with my per­for­mance. I strug­gled com­ing to­wards the com­men­tary box in the first set and couldn’t get my weight,” said Foster.

In the last match of the day 2014 cham­pion Dar­ren Bur­nett failed to boost the Scot­tish chal­lenge as he bowed out after an 8-4, 8-4 de­feat to Mel­ton Mow­bray’s Les Gil­lett who who will be the only player in the semi-fi­nals who hasn’t won this ti­tle.

“The match never flowed. There was too much stop­ping, start­ing and wait­ing in it and no flu­ency,” said Bur­nett.

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