brett recovers his poise and gets the semi berth

7 November, 2019

Second match of the afternoon was between World Number 4, Scotland’s David Gourlay MBE, and World Number 6, England’s Nick Brett both of whom were looking for the next semi final place in the Scottish International Open.

It was Gourlay that took charge in the first set, dominating Brett with a stunning show of world class bowls and by end five he was 2,4 up. Gourlay was playing absolute perfect shots and millimetre judgement on delivery and length which Brett struggled to match with the same precision. Ends six and seven it was one shot apiece but again it was Gourlay with precision working taking the next two ends with two doubles to take the first set 3,9.

Gourlay and Brett taking a look down the rink at the head of bowls

The second set Brett had the jack and decided to go for a different length to try to change something and he succeeded in this. Finding the exact length he liked he found a far better line and weight and it was a role reversal as this time it was Gourlay that seemed to struggle to find the exact precision needed. Brett took the first five ends to a scoreline of 7,0. Gourlay found a good one in end six but it was Brett this time that closed the set out 10,1. Brett went on to then take the first two ends of the tie break in a battle with Gourlay, both players having upped their game yet again. A match well worth the watch.