26 January, 2017
Number 15 ranked Les Gillett from Melton Mowbray took the scalp of top Scot Alex Marshall, the number 2 ranked player, who holds the record of six world singles titles, and he kept his campaign on course with a 6-4, 8-6 victory. Two shots on the opening end was the only double in the first set, with Gillett winning 6-4.
In the second it looked as though a tie break could be on the cards when Marshall scored a treble on the penultimate end to trail 7-6 but in a rather loose last head, Gillett counted that vital shot to win through in straight sets 8-6 and keeps a double title celebration of the cards after winning the Pairs title with Jason Greenslade on Monday.
A jubilant Gillett said “My philosophy this week was just to take my time and focus and play every bowl like I was attempting a match winning shot. I usually have a word or two with my opponent but I didn’t do that today, I totally concentrated.
“Winning the pairs has made me believe in myself again. I didn’t think Alex was at his best today but I know how he can turn it on. I never allowed myself to think that anything was safe and when he didn’t beat it then I tried to. I’m chuffed to bits to be in the Tournament still” he beamed.
Marshall admitted “It was hard work out there because Les played so well, particularly with his opening bowls. I played well enough but had too many loose ends. I played a terrible end when it was 3-3 in the first and that gave him the all important control of the jack.
“It could have put a different slant on the result at the end of the second set though. My third bowl stuck out a bit on the second last end and Les hit it off the rink so instead of four shots I only counted three. That meant that I had to search for two shots on the last instead of going in all square and only needing one. That’s about the best I’ve seen Les play. He’s been in top form recently. I played in the pairs against him last week and he couldn’t be faulted in that either”.