Andrew Clark previews Friday's Scottish Open semi-finals, and he fully expects to watch Nick Brett emerge victorious on the Betfair Live Video service...
"Paxton will be the favourite, but don’t be put off by this. Brett is [2.0] to back and is the better player."
I didn't think it was possible to beat the elderly lady knitting a jumper in the crowd on Wednesday, until I noticed something even better on Thursday. During the first quarter final match between Paul Foster and Mervyn King, the camera showed someone in the crowd sleeping. The excitement was obviously too much for one individual.
Defending champion Robert Paxton takes on Nick Brett in the first semi-final. I expect these English legends to produce one of the games of the tournament.
I'm really surprised that Paxton has got this far. He's had a lot of luck in the previous two rounds. His previous opponents will feel they should be the ones facing Brett. The man who won the'2010 Shot of the Year' will find it extremely difficult against Brett.
Brett pulled off another superb win over Mark Royal in the quarter-finals. I've watched every shot of every game throughout this tournament and Brett's performances can't be matched. The Plumber from Ely has yet to win a WTB title but does hold 16 English National titles. This tournament will be a good chance to open his WTB title account.
Paxton will be the favourite, but don't be put off by this. Brett is [2.0] to back and is the better player.
Paul Foster and Darren Burnett contest the second semi-final of the day. The all Scottish tie will no doubt split loyalties in the crowd. The atmosphere will be as electric as Celtic Park was in Wednesday night's Champions League game against Barcelona.
Foster quickly eliminated Bowls legend Willie Wood in the first round. His second round match against Tim Stone went to a tie-break set, where Foster held his nerve to advance to the quarter-finals. A repeat performance against King saw him go through to the semi-finals.
Burnett narrowly defeated Billy Jackson after a difficult start to the match. He comfortably beat Jonathan Ross 2-0 and people started calling him the Ronnie O'Sullivan of Bowls with his exhibition style of play. After a disappointing first set against Robert Chisholm in the quarter-finals, he returned to his more relaxed style of play and showed no mercy against the Welshman.
It will be tight, but I expect Foster to make the final on Saturday. He's like the Lionel Messi of the Bowls world; he can do things no one else can.
You can watch both semi-finals on Betfair's live video service, commencing at 15:00 on Friday afternoon.