The Co-operative International Open 2017

England’s Paxton scrabbles past Aussie Brown into the quarters

Final match of the day was between Australia’s Kurt Brown and Englands Robert Paxton. It was Brown in the first set that was leading the way, 4 all on the 5th end Brown outbowled Paxton over the next 3 ends to go 8-5 up in the 8th end and then in the 9th end disaster

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Thomson makes it over the line for a space in the quarters

Penultimate match of the day was between England International Andy Thomson and USA Qualifier Steve Halmai both hunting a space in the quarter finals of the Co-op Funeralcare International Open here at Newton Hall Holiday Park. It was Thomson that got out of the blocks first in the first set. To be fair neither player

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Blackpool’s Dawes opens the way to the quarter finals

Final match of the afternoon here at Newton Hall Holiday park in the International Open was between local hero, Mark Dawes, and Scotland’s legend, Alex Marshall MBE. It was as if someone had plugged Dawes into the tower as he powered his bowls to a mega win to see him into the quarter finals. In

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defending champion Gourlay joins the quarter final fray

First match of the afternoon here to a packed crowd in the arena at Newton Hall was between Mike Stepney from Elgin, Scotland and David Gourlay also from Scotland and it was some match to watch! In the firstStepney that dominated and it seemed to be the case of,”anything you can do, I can do

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Royal is ‘dazzled’by burnett for a place in the quarters

Second match today was England’s Mark Royal and Scotland’s Darren Burnett and it was another great second round match to watch. Into the first set and Royal played outstandingly, although Burnett took the opening two ends with a double and a single he was totally outshone by an on fire Royal who took the next

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Chestney into the co-op funeralcare international open 2017 quarter finals

First match of the day here at the Co-op Funeralcare International Open 2017 hosted by Partingtons Holiday Parks from their Newton Hall Park in Blackpool was between World Ranked No.14, Jamie Chestney and Professional Bowls Association qualifier, Scott Edwards. In a cracking first set both players were playing really well. Chestney opening up proceedings taking

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brett joins the second round contenders

World number 1 Nicky Brett was the last of the seeds in action and he eventually overcame South African Shawn Nell 12-3, 8-3. The scoreline does not reflect the match though as Brett had to come up with some big bowls throughout both sets to keep Nell at bay during the match, particularly in the

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Anderson gets a taste of the yips at the international open

First match of the evening session was between Scotland’s Stewart Anderson and Hong Kong’s Anthony Yip here at the Arena at Newton Hall. It was Yip that turned on the power from the start to give Anderson a a bit of a fright, Yip took the first end with a single, Anderson took the second

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Gillett denies Rankin any points

Last match of the afternoon session saw a determined Les Gillett from England up against first timer from Australia, Dave Rankin here in the arena. Rankin was struggling to get the line and weight in the first few ends and ‘Razor’ Gillett took full advantage of that as he slotted home 9 shots in the

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Taylor heads back to cumbria

First match of the Co-op International Open here at Newton Hall Holiday Park this afternoon saw Potters Resort Bowls Ambassador, Greg Harlow, up against the Cumbrian Trevor Taylor in a much anticipated match. Into the first set and it was Harlow that was at the top of his form as he immediately subjected the Cumbrian

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