Alex Marshall pipped in tie-break

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East Lothian ace Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall hopes of landing his first Scottish International Open title ended in disappointment when he suffered a quarter-final defeat to defending champion Robert Paxton of England at the Dewars Centre in Perth.

Five times world indoor singles champion Marshall looked totally out of sorts in the opening set going down 10-1 then things looked even bleaker when he trailed 6-0 in the second set. But despite only managing one shot in the first 11 ends of the match, Marshall showed great character and determination, to force his way back into contention, scoring eight shots in the space of three ends and force the match into overtime with a 9-8 win. However, Marshall was unable to complete what would have been one of the most remarkable comebacks in World Bowls Tour history, with Paxton taking the tie-break honours 2-1.

Marshall’s former teammate and good friend Paul Foster went on to win the title, defeating England’s Nicky Brett in the final.

The ladies side from East Lothian IBC continued their strong run of form in Division 1C of the Scottish Ladies League with an emphatic 112-50 home win over Portobello last Saturday that keeps them joint top of the table with Teviotdale and Portobello.

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