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Ross ends Wood's fairytale return


Willie Wood's fairytale return to the World Indoor bowls finals came to a dramatic end when the 71-year-old was edged out by 16th seed Jonathan Ross.

The Scot, who had qualified for the first time in 11 years, suffered a nail-biting 8-4 7-8 2-1 second-round defeat by the Northern Irishman.

Wood said: "I had to play seven games to qualify in the first place - and that was no mean feat.

"I'm sure I'll give it another go next year. I'll be back."

The East Lothian veteran, the runner-up in 1989, had been looking to go further than just claiming the scalp of his 36-year-old Paisley-based opponent at Potters in Norfolk.

"I thought I had a chance here - I fancied the draw, but that's the way it goes," said Wood.

That was surely the greatest bowls I've ever played

World Indoor Pairs champion Andy Thomson

Ross was particularly pleased to progress considering he had laser surgery on both eyes just three days before his opening match in the championship because he had been having trouble with wearing glasses and contact lenses.

"It was a risk I took, but it has already worked," he said.

Meanwhile, despite a long drive from representing his country at the weekend's Junior Home Internationals in Ireland, Scottish qualifier Stewart Anderson trounced Canada's Fred Fong 9-7 14-1 to set up a second-round meeting with 15th seed Mark McMahon of Australia.

Hong Kong qualifier Stephen Chan caused a surprise when he defeated England international Michael Bowley 8-5 6-6.

Australia-based Englishman Robert Paxton, a semi-finalist in 2006, defeated Australian Geoff Maskell 8-5 6-6 to set up a meeting with eighth seed Andy Thomson, who is fresh from winning Sunday's World Pairs final.

Scottish-born Englishman Thomson teamed up with compatriot Ian Bond to defeat two-time winners Billy Jackson, England's reigning world singles champion, and David Gourlay, of Scotland, 4-9 8-5 2-1.

Thomson said: "That was surely the greatest bowls I've ever played - it was without doubt the most important."

Bond had particular praise for Glaswegian Gourlay.

"David produced unbelievable bowls throughout the game - and even with his final delivery almost drew the shot," he said.

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