Co-operative Funeralcare Welsh Grand Prix 2012

Greg Harlow Regains No1 Spot in the World Rankings
11:50 – 12th February, 2012
England’s Greg Harlow has regained his place at the top of the World Bowls Tour ranking list. The reigning English indoor singles champion from the City of Ely club in Cambridgeshire was confirmed as the new number one following his runner-up spot at last week’s Co-operative Funeralcare Welsh Grand Prix at Llanelli, the third and final WBT ranking event of the season.
David Gourlay Finally Reaches the Top
22:31 – 11th February, 2012
Scotland’s David Gourlay ended a ten-year wait for his fifth World Bowls Tour title when he claimed the Co-operative Funeralcare Welsh Grand Prix at Llanelli following a devastating performance against England’s Greg Harlow. During that barren spell, the 45-year-old Scot had lost in no fewer than nine finals, so no wonder he was mightily relieved at his change of fortune. “That’s a massive weight of my shoulders,” said Gourlay following a masterful 10-1, 8-4 destruction of a player who will start next season as the new world number one.
Semi Final Lineup is Confirmed at the Welsh Grand Prix
19:31 – 9th February, 2012
Welsh hopes of a home success in the Co-operative Funeralcare Welsh Grand Prix at Llanelli were extinguished with a quarter-final defeat for local favourite John Price leaving England and Scotland to battle it out for the title. Four of the top six in the provisional World Bowls Tour ranking list will contest the semi-finals, with Scotland’s David Gourlay, runner-up last year, facing England’s Mervyn King, at this stage for the first time, and Scotland’s Paul Foster meeting his England rival for the world number one spot, Greg Harlow.
Into the Quarter Finals
08:42 – 9th February, 2012
Defending champion Mark Royal and the current world title holder Andy Thomson were both beaten in the second round of the Co-operative Funeralcare Welsh Grand Prix at Llanelli. Royal was beaten 8-9, 10-5, 1-2 by Scottish qualifier Wayne Hogg, while Thomson went out to his old rival from north of the border, record five-time world champion Alex Marshall, 7-11, 7-6, 0-2.
The Co-operative Funeralcare Welsh Grand Prix
08:12 – 8th February, 2012
Gourlay, the number eight seed and beaten finalist last year, kept his hopes alive of going for better one when he edged out England’s Nicky Brett 3-8, 8-6, 2-1, to book his place in the semi-finals. But Brett, the number 15 seed, was left to rue a missed opportunity against the former world number one. After winning the opening set 8-3, Brett led 6-3 in the second with three ends remaining, but left the door open when he dropped a three, and Gourlay didn’t need a second invitation, claiming singles on each of the last two ends to take the set 8-6, and then recover from losing the opening tie break end to win the next two.