There is just no stopping East Lothian ace Alex Marshall MBE as another world title has further enhanced his reputation as being the world’s most decorated bowler ever.
Teaming with long-time best friend and former East Lothian teammate Paul Foster, ‘Tattie’ (Marshall) won the World Indoor Pairs title for a third consecutive year, the first time that has been achieved for more than 20 years.
Fresh from winning the world outdoor pairs gold medal in Australia, the deadly duo were pushed all the way to the finishing line by fellow Scots Stewart Anderson and Darren Burnett before retaining the crown, 9-7, 7-8, 2-1. The triumph had extra special significance for Marshall, who now has a record 19 world indoor and outdoor titles, one more that England legend Tony Allcock.
While fittingly Marshall was the difference between the pairs on the day, producing some telling conversion shots to radically change the pattern of heads, one had to feel some sympathy for Stewart Anderson, who was outstanding at lead.
The fact that just one shot separated the pairs at the end of two 11-end sets – 16-15 in favour of the defending champions – underlines the closeness and intensity of an absorbing battle, even though Anderson and Burnett, playing in their first final at only their second attempt, only got their noses in front on the 20th end of the match.
Apart from the first end of the match, when Foster and Marshall opened with a treble, and after the second end of the second when they led 3-0, there was never more than two shots between the pairs, and so the destination of the title was always in the balance.
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