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Other Sports - 21. January 2008.

Ceri Ann Davies & David Gourlay Win World Mixed Pairs At Potters

RESULTS: Potters Holidays World Indoor Mixed Pairs Matchplay Championship, Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk, England


Semi-finals:

Caroline Brown & Alex Marshall (SCO)

bt [1] Claire Johnston (SCO) & Greg Harlow (ENG) 9-3, 10-3

[2] Ceri Ann Davies & David Gourlay (AUS)

bt Linda Ralph (NZL) & Steve Glasson (AUS) 12-2, 12-5

Final:


[2] Ceri Ann Davies & David Gourlay (AUS)

bt Caroline Brown & Alex Marshall (SCO) 10-7, 5-11, 2-1

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In a dramatic final which went the full distance, Ceri Ann Davies & David Gourlay of Australia clinched the 2008 Potters Holidays World Indoor Mixed Pairs Matchplay Championship title today (Sunday) after beating Scots Caroline Brown & Alex Marshall 10-7, 5-11, 2-1 in the final of the World Bowls Tour event at Potters Leisure Resort in Norfolk.


"Let's call it a Celt victory," said a beaming Gourlay, the Sydney-based world number one from Scotland, who was partnering for the first time Ceri Ann Davies, a 29-year-old sports psychologist from Port Talbot in Wales who is now based in Queensland.


Caroline Brown, the reigning engage Ladies World Matchplay Champion from Motherwell, and Alex Marshall, the record four-time world singles champion from East Lothian, led 4-3 and 5-4 in the first set - but the second-seeded Australian pair fought back to take the set.


The Scots led throughout the second set to draw the game - then claimed the first end of the best-of-three-ends tie-break. The Aussie pair took the next end, but Marshall's penultimate delivery in the decider gave the Scots three shots.


The ever-cool Gourlay, however, drew shot with his final delivery - and, despite responding with a weighted shot which scattered bowls in all directions, Marshall was unable to change the outcome.


"It's just fantastic - simply awesome," said an ecstatic Ceri Ann, who is guaranteed an invitation to return to Potters in 2009 to defend her world title. "And it means I'm going to get to play again next year - and with David too!"


Davies has already entranced the crowds at Potters Leisure Resort - not only with her bubbly personality but also her outstanding talent on the portable rink. After becoming the first woman to reach the last sixteen of the world singles championship, Davies then took Marshall all the way to a tie-break before the reigning champion was able to keep alive the defence of his title.


"Ceri Ann has been a breath of fresh at these championships," said Gourlay. "The quality of play by both women today was fantastic.


"We were lucky the way Alex's last bowl fell - he played it perfectly. Those last few seconds seem to go in slow motion," added Gourlay.


"We must have had the finger of God looking after us," suggested his partner.


After gaining revenge over Marshall for his win 48 hours earlier in the singles championship, Davies now has to face Caroline Brown - the top seed and defending champion - in the ladies Matchplay event on Monday.


"She really had the better of me out there today. I'll have to pick up my game tomorrow, for sure. I really rate her," Ceri Ann concluded.


Monday (21 Jan) schedule:

10.00am

Ladies World Matchplay Championship, quarter-finals:

[2] Debbie Stavrou (ENG) v Alison Merrien (GUE)

2.00pm

[1] Caroline Brown (SCO) v Ceri Ann Davies (AUS)

[4] Claire Johnston (SCO) v Desiree Lambert (NZL)

7.30pm

[3] Carol Ashby (ENG) v Georgia White (AUS)

Tuesday (22 Jan) schedule:

10.00am

Ladies World Matchplay Championship, semi-final:

Brown or Davies v Johnston or Lambert

2.00pm

Ladies World Matchplay Championship, semi-final:

Ashby or White v Stavrou or Merrien

World Singles, 3rd round:

[Q] Neil Fisher (NZL) v [Q] Steve Knight (ENG)

7.30pm

[5] Jason Greenslade (WAL) v [12] Mark Royal (ENG)

Official website: www.worldbowlstour.com Watch all of the action live - and re-live the excitement of all matches as replays, downloads and on DVD - on www.247.tv

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