East Lothian icon figure Alex Marshall MBE celebrated his 46th birthday last Friday in some style by producing an awesome performance to win the Co-operative Funeralcare International Open at Blackpool Newton Hall IBC.
‘Tattie’ Marshall, who never dropped a set all week, was sheer class as he brushed aside England’s Robert Paxton 10-2, 10-1 to win his first World Bowls Tour event outside the World Indoor Championships.
He may have experienced a few lean years since winning the last of his record five world indoor singles titles in 2008, but as they say, ‘form is temporary, class is permanent,’ and the 13th seed was back to his very best here, which, as Paxton pointed out, “is a scary thought.”
Marshall, who had only once before reached a final outside the world singles, said: “I’m over the moon to have finally won a title outside the World Indoor Championships, as I have been trying now for several years.”
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