Alex Marshall felt he had “let down” partner Paul Foster

Paul Foster and Alex Marshall won Pairs gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games
Paul Foster and Alex Marshall won Pairs gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games
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Alex Marshall felt he had “let down” partner Paul Foster as the duo failed to deliver a fourth Just Retirement World Indoor Pairs title in five years at a packed Potters Arena in Norfolk.

The Commonwealth Games stars lost an enthralling final with England’s Simon Skelton and Robert Paxton on the last end of a tie-break.

The Scots took the first set 12-5 before losing the second 15-5.

On the first end of the tie-break a magnificent, gentle trail of the jack from Marshall with his last delivery gave the Scots an ideal start and when Foster drew a back toucher with his first bowl on the second end, the title looked to be heading to Scotland. However an inch-perfect reply from Skelton with his second bowl handed the advantage to England as the head remained unchanged after the remaining four deliveries.

As the tension mounted in the last, England held a match lie while two valiant attempts to draw a cold shot saw Marshall kiss the jack but miss out by a mere fraction.

A dejected Marshall said: “I feel I let Paul down but we’ve been together for too long and don’t blame each other.

“I know I played some telling shots, but over the piece I just didn’t do enough. But Paul and I play as a team, win as a team and also lose as a team. There are no sour grapes.”

Foster and Welsh partner Laura Thomas chase the mixed pairs title for a record-setting third time in a row against Paxton and Marion Purcell from Wales in today’s final.