12:22 - 19th March, 2015
The World Bowls Tour is pleased to announce the appointment of Fozmuz as its exclusive Media advisor. Working in partnership with the WBT, Fozmuz will manage its rights, sales and production strategy with the aim of broadening and developing the media exposure of the WBT’s events, including the World Championships, throughout the UK and the rest of the World. David Murray and Robert Foster founded Fozmuz as a sport business advisory service at the beginning of 2014. Previously, David worked for 25 years in the Sports and Media industry for PWC’s Media Group, Hambros Bank Corporate Finance in Media and Telecoms M&A, and as Head of Rights for BBC Sport. Formally a member of the Eurosport Consortium Executive, Vice President of the European Broadcast Union (EBU) Sports Committee, Chairman of the EBU New Media Sports Group, and member of the EBU Operations Committee (its commercial board). Robert has worked for 25 years in Production, Rights and Archive Management at the BBC, is a former Vice President of the EBU Sports Committee, and sat on both the EBU Production and Major Events Groups. Between them, they have agreed deals with most major sports federation’s agencies, production companies and UK and European broadcasters.
20:02 - 6th March, 2015
The Co-operative Funeralcare Final between Alex Marshall and Nick Brett was filled to the brim in the arena and the audience were treated to a final of quality bowls though both players did have their off moments throughout the 11 end finals. In set one it was soon apparent that Brett, or the Ginger Ninja, as the audience have dubbed him was really and truly on fire and playing some absolutely incredible bowls making Marshall work so hard to stay with him, and Marshall felt the pressure as Brett just did not let him in and Brett stormed the first set 4-12. Into the second and Marshall had regrouped and made Brett fight for each bowl through to the 4th end where it was all squared at 3 all. In ends 5 and 6 Brett took a single and a double to go 3 up on the match and then Marshall stormed right back at him taking two doubles in ends 7 and 8 to go 7-6 up. Brett stole a single in the 9th to go 7 across and a double in end 10 to go two ahead leaving Marshall looking for a three on the final end, being two down Marshall had his last bowl and played an outstanding bowl to split Bretts away to hold the three he required, Brett had his last bowl and had to draw and again Brett was applauded by the audience as he played a draw bowl to rest just inside Marshall’s to go 1 up and it was game set and match to the Ginger Ninja. 4-12, 8-9
21:56 - 5th March, 2015
Blackpool’s Mark Dawes , who yesterday sealed his first ever spot in the World Indoor Top 16 for next season which guarantees him entry to all the World Bowls Tour Televised Ranking events and opens the doors to other events, and had reached the Quarter Finals of the Co-operative Funeralcare to face Nick Brett but in the first set he just could not find the magic against an on fire Brett. Brett only allowed Dawes 1 single in the 2nd end a further double in the 6th to take the first set 10-3. It seemed as if this was deemed to continue into the second set as Dawes was 5-1 down by the fifth end but he suddenly found a magic wand and denied Brett anything further taking a series of 8 shots over the next 4 ends to whip the set away from Brett and go 9-5 up. Into the tie break and it was Dawes who took the first end but this time it was not to be as Brett rose up and put on a class display and denied Dawes anything further to take the next two ends and match 2 sets to 1 with the scoreline 10-3, 5-9, 2-1. After the match Mark Dawes said,” I had achieved the objective of the week which was to ensure I got into the hallowed top 16 for next season where I hope to increase my ranking points to climb higher on the ladder. Although I am disappointed to lose here against Brett in the Quarter Finals - next season will be my big chance for the future and I intend to do all that I can to maximise where I will start from and I am really looking forward to it”
21:51 - 5th March, 2015
First match of the day was between Les Gillett and Simon Skelton, both players needing the win – Skelton to remain in the top 16 and Gillett who needed the win to get into the top 16 – and what a match it was. What we were treated to was a superb game with both players only missing the odd shot. In the first set both players were playing top of form bowls and it was nip and tuck all the way through to finish 10-8 in Gilletts favour. Second set it was similar but with Skelton drawing away from Gillett it looked as if we were in for a tie break, on the last end it was 7-4 up to Skelton with Gillett having last bowl and needing a trail for three on an extremely difficult line – Gillett played it to perfection and took the treble to make the set 7-7 and take the match 10,8 – 7,7 and seal his place into next season’s top 16. This also means that Simon Skelton has dropped out of the top 16 and faces the realms of having to start all over again in qualifiers within the PBA, Skelton has vowed that he will return very shortly.
22:16 - 4th March, 2015
Day four at the Co-operative funeralcare International Open at Blackpool Newton hall had thrills and spills throughout. Starting first thing in the morning when the morning saw two of the bookies favorites for the title felled by their opponents. Mark Royal faced David Gourlay in the opening game of the day and Gourlay looked to be firing on all cylinders when he took the first set 10-2 in impressive form. Royal didn’t play badly in the set but Gourlay played several runners and got the perfect results. Set two and after two ends we had a scoreline of 1-1. End three Royal holding three was glad to see Gourlay make his first mistake of the game and leave his last delivery short. End four Gourlay was looking down the barrel again of three down but played one of his famous runners and managed to score a shot. At the next end Gourlay looked to be back in charge and with one delivery to come from Royal he held two shots. Royal played a runner and picked the jack up perfectly for a count of two. Royal now has a 6-2 lead. End six and Gourlay faces one down again and plays a runner through the head. This time he gets a bad result and leaves Royal counting two shots. Two singles, one each on the next two ends and we are into a tie break with Royal winning the second set 9-3.First end of tie break is tense and both players’ concentration levels are up to maximum. Royal takes opening end.