Marshall’s revenge tie

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Three Scots are in the bottom quarter of the Co-operative Funeralcare Welsh Grand Prix but only one is definitely guaranteed a place in Thursday’s quarter-finals, and that will be either newly crowned world bowls singles champion Paul Foster or his East Lothian clubmate Alex Marshall.

Both have been drawn against each other in the second round and no doubt Marshall will be out for revenge after his disappointing defeat and form in the Potters final only last Sunday.

It would also be a welcome boost for the Tranent ace, as it will keep him in the frame to win his first WBT title outside of his five world singles crowns at the Potters venue.

David Gourlay or Lincoln’s Billy Jackson will provide the opposition.

The other Scot, Jonathan Ross from Paisley, was playing later today against Welsh qualifier Phil Rowlands.

Yesterday, Welshmen Robert Weale and John Price brought the total number of seeds to fall in the first round to four. Weale was pipped by experienced campaigner and USA qualifier Neil Furman, 3-8, 6-4, 2-0 while Price was hammered 10-1, 7-3 by Kiwi newcomer Peter Wilson. Simon Skelton, seeded 6, was the first to book his place in the quarter-finals, beating qualifier Jason Parkinson.