06:59 - 12th November, 2014
Fast approaching is the big event - the Just Retirement World Indoor Championships hosted at Potters Resort fro the 9th to the 25th January 2015 where all the big guns will be for the 2 week World Indoor Championships - World Singles, World Pairs, World Ladies Matchplay and the World Mixed Pairs Matchplay. All streamed live on www.youtube.com/worldbowlstour and BBC 2 Network going live with all the action from the 19th - 25th January.
For all tickets and reservations please email the venue host for full details on www.pottersholidays.com and they will be pleased to help to arrange your visit to this big event. Full draws and pl details can be downloaded using the download attatchments on this page.
20:46 - 8th November, 2014
Finals Day here at the Co-operative funeralcare Scottish international Open and the murmur, in the packed crowd, electric. The battle returns. Again the final contest is betweens Nick Brett and Paul Foster MBE. World No3 v World No1. England v Scotland. Defending Champion playing last year’s runner up. Third successive final for both players, an unprecedented occurrence on the World Bowls Tour. Both crowd pleasers, both at the height of their game. Who would win? In 2012 Foster was the victor in straight sets. In 2013 Brett walked away the champion in a nail biting last end of the tie break. Which perfect bowl? Which bit of lady luck? Which player would lift the trophy in 2014? So to the opening end of the first set and Brett got off to a flyer holding a count of three before Foster drew with his third delivery to take the opening end with one shot. The second end Brett drew close again but Foster beat it. Brett runs at the head and gets a really bad result and drops a three. End three saw Brett holding the shot till Foster plays a big runner and the jack is re spotted but Brett manages to draw close with his last. End four and Brett is in trouble again, plays a runner with his third to open the head but Foster is relentless and draws in for a count of two. End five Brett draws within inches to see Foster produce the perfect reply. Brett plays a runner and picks up a count of one. The score 6-2 to Foster. Brett is not lying down and draws two bowls close in end six. Foster strikes and misses leaving Brett to draw another in for a count of three.
20:32 - 7th November, 2014
Semi Final day at the co-operative funeralcare Scottish International Open and four players become two. Both games were hard to call and both games went down to the last end. You couldn’t write the script better. Or as Nick Brett put it “Sometimes you wonder if fate has a hand in it all.” The first semi final featured Defending champion Nick Brett against World No10 Andy Thomson MBE. The first set produced some really good quality bowls from both players. After five ends the scores peeled at 4-4 then Brett produced a wonderful drive, when in trouble, on end six to send the jack into the ditch with his touching bowl. He then drew in for another and held possible four leaving Thomson to just play safe and beat the two short bowls of Brett’s to accept a drop of two shots. At the seventh end Thomson picked up a two and we were all square again. Brett picked a one up at end eight putting him 6-5 up playing the last end. But it was class of Thomson that showed on the final end of the set when with his last two deliveries he drew the two shots he needed to take the first set 7-6.
21:38 - 6th November, 2014
Quarter final day at the Co-operative funeralcare Scottish International Open at the Dewar’s Centre in Perth and Rob Paxton World No2 took to portable rink in the morning game of the day and showed the class of player he has become. His opponent Mark Dawes, one of the Tourcard winners into all the WBT ranking events for the season, had probably been one of the most consistent players on the rink in the early part of the week. The first set Paxton put all the pressure on Dawes and, in what again was a high class performance of bowls played on the portable rink, Paxton took the first set 11-6. The second set was intriguing set with Paxton 7-4 up with just two ends left to play. Then an unusual end for Paxton and he let Dawes pick a three up making the game all square going into the final end. Dawes drew three superb bowls putting the World No2 under the cosh. But Paxton responded with a spot on target strike to see the jack placed on the re spot. Dawes drew within a foot but Paxton went one better and drew his last bowl right onto the jack and in so doing took the set 8-7. Paxton takes his place in the semi finals tomorrow playing some great bowls here must be confident of a chance of the title.
21:22 - 5th November, 2014
The Co-operative funeralcare Scottish International Open here at the Dewars Centre in Perth certainly hotted up today with the final second round games of the tournament. First game on, and possibly the best game of the event so far, featured the youngest and the oldest players in the top sixteen. And would it be age over experience? Young gun Stewart Anderson met Andy Thomson MBE the elder statesman of the WBT players and what a game the crowd was treated to. The first set Thomson picked up counts of one’s on the opening five ends but Anderson picked up a count of four on end six to get himself back into the set. With a count of two each to follow on ends seven and eight it left Thomson 7-6 up with one end to play. In the final end of the set the young Scot Anderson nailed the jack and put the pressure on Thomson who then came up with a runner with his third delivery which saw the jack go into the ditch with his live bowl just inches away.