David Gourlay takes the Co-op Funeralcare International Open 2018 Title

9 March, 2018

The final of the Co-op Funeralcare International Open 2018 was a cracking match full of twists and surprises with both players missing a few here and there and then also playing some blinding cracking millimetre perfect edge of seat bowls. David Gourlay from Scotland¬† and England’s Greg Harlow faced off for the title and it was Gourlay that took off to a flying start going 8,0 up by end four in the first set. Greg Harlow then grabbed a double in end five but again it was Gourlay that took ends six and seven to build his lead to 11,2.¬† Harlow did not give in though and as Gourlay seemed to take a little falter it was Harlow that started to edge away at the scoreline taking 5 shots off Gourlay over the next two ends to go into end ten 4 shots behind. Several times it was Harlow that was holding a double or a treble to close the gap and Gourlay would play a close second bowl so all Harlow could get in the last two ends was a single each time. Gourlay takes the first set 11,9

Into the second set and it was if Harlow had a second wind as he started to nip away at Gourlays bowls and it was Gourlay this time on the back foot. It was 3 all by end 4 and Harlow managed to get a further three singles away over the next three ends. Then it was Gourlay’s turn as he posted two singles in ends eight and nine, but Harlow sealed the set with a double and a single at 5,9 to take the match into the tie break.

Harlow lay shot in the first end of the tie break until Gourlay played a great shot to wrest it away from him and first end to Gourlay. Second end and it was Harlow’s turn to do unto Gourlay what Gourlay had done to him – Harlow has second end. Last end and both players looked determined and concentrated as they started this last end – A couple of wide bowls around the jack and it was Gourlay that lay shot and twice Harlow narrowly drifted just past by mere millimetres and it was a smiling Gourlay that took the final end and Champions Trophy.

Rather that I try to describe every shot this is a match well worth watching on either the World Bowls Tour Youtube or Facebook !!