2018 Scottish Open
The first World Bowls Tour tournament of the new 2018/19 season, The Scottish International Open, kicked off at the Dewars Centre in Perth, with the usual battle between the 16 qualifiers and wildcards up against the world's top 16 on the portable rink.
In previous years, the top 16 have started the tournament in dominant form, moving through the first round without too much trouble, but in this year's tournament, four unseeded players upset the odds and progressed.
Possibly the biggest win came from James Rippey, who beat current world champion Mark Dawes on a tie-break, while England's Phillip Last also held his nerve in a tie-break to knock out world number three Robert Paxton.
Perry Martin beat Kent team-mate Andy Thomson MBE in straight sets and finally surprise World Championship semi-finalist Wayne Willgress provided another unexpected result with a tie-break win over Scotland's Darren Burnett.
The second round proved a step too far for the unseeded players however, with Rippey and Last unable to overcome the talents of Nick Brett and Mervyn King, respectively.
Willgress, whose recent results have moved him up the rankings to a spot just outside of the top 16, couldn't quite continue his run, but defeat came against fellow qualifier Perry Martin who moved into the quarter-finals.
Defending champion David Gourlay and Alex Marshall MBE also saw their tournament come to an end in the second round, against Les Gillet and Stewart Anderson, respectively. Potters' own Roadshow Manager Mark Royal also went out in the second round in straight sets against Jamie Chestney.
The quarter-finals saw qualifier Martin lose out to an in-form Les Gillet, while Anderson backed up his win over six-time world champion Alex Marshall MBE a straight-sets win over Mervyn King couldn’t match.
Another England vs Scotland battle saw Paul Foster MBE book his place in the semi-finals after a win against 2016 world champion Nick Brett, while Brett's long-time pairs partner, and Potters Bowls Ambassador, Greg Harlow faced 2018 world pairs and world mixed pairs champion Jamie Chestney.
Chestney was in superb draw-bowling form, but Greg’s magic weapon - his forehand runner - saved him time and time again, eventually earning him a straight-sets win and another Scottish International Open semi-final spot.
The Semi Final line up is Les Gillet v Paul Foster MBE and Stewart Anderson v Greg Harlow.
See how the matches unfold in next weeks round up.