09:00 Thursday 14 November 2013

Greg Harlow, Nicky Brett stay on the march in Scotland

Written byAARON MASON

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Greg Harlow and Nicky Brett are through to today’s quarter-finals at the Co-Operative FuneralcareScottish International Open in Perth after victories in yesterday’s second round.

City of Ely’s Harlow, who had thrashed Israel’s Zvika Hadar 11-0, 9-5 in the opening round, made similarly short work of Ireland international Mark McPeak with a 10-5, 10-2 win to set up a clash with Scottish qualifier Graeme Sloan in the last eight.

The former world champion picked up a couple of fours in the opening set against McPeak and never looked back in the match.

He said: “It was just the way the set went, and when your given the opportunity to get a count you have to try and make the most of it. Counts often determine the outcome of a set.

“You’re always trying to put your opponent under pressure and trying to force them into the not-so-easy to play running shots and in return, try not to drop a count yourself. That was the way the second set went.”

Meanwhile, clubmate Brett, who was runner-up last year, followed up his 10-4, 10-2 first round success over Canada’s Kevin Jones by beating David Gourlay of Scotland 9-6, 7-7.

Brett got into his stride early on and only several outstanding conversion shots from the 
provisional world No 1 kept him in the hunt before the Ely bowler held firm to set up a meeting with Scotland’s Alex Marshall.

He said: “I knew I had to keep it tight. You can’t give these guys anything, you can’t afford to let them settle.”

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