Marshall falters but Scotland push on in World Mixed Pairs

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Scots won through in three of the four quarter-finals as the Mixed Pairs World Matchplay got underway at Potters Leisure Resort yesterday.

First to secure a berth were David Gourlay, twice a former winner with Ceri Ann Davies, who lined up this time round with Debbie Stavrou from Maidenhead. They kept the audience on the edge of their seats as they won a thriller against English pair Amy Stanton and Greg Harlow 7-9, 8-6, 2-0 with both skips matching each other bowl for bowl.

Arbroath’s Darren Burnett was the next to join him along with partner Julie Forrest from Teviotdale. They beat local East Anglian duo Rebecca Field and Mark Royal 11-5, 6-5. Their opponents in the semi-finals will be Paul Foster and Welsh partner Kerry Packwood. They dropped the first set 5-11 but went on to produce the goods and get the better of top Aussie Karen Murphy and local Norfolk gamekeeper Mervyn King 9-5, 2-1.

Once again Alex Marshall saw lady luck desert him. Along with Cumbrian Janice Gower, they lost a hard fought affair 7-6, 7-8, 2-0 against Alison Merrien from Guernsey and Simon Skelton from Nottingham.

On three occasions he unbelievably gave the gave the shot away three times in the first set then with the last bowl of the match played a perfect hit but instead of the jack hitting the ditch, it went out to the side of the rink and he lost the match on the respot.