Search

Gourlay has designs on another world title – 22 years after his first one

PUBLISHED: 17:53 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:53 16 January 2018

A view from the stands of the World Indoor Singles Championship clash between Jamie Chestney (red) and Chris Gale at Potters 
Picture: Nick Butcher

A view from the stands of the World Indoor Singles Championship clash between Jamie Chestney (red) and Chris Gale at Potters Picture: Nick Butcher

Archant © 2018

David Gourlay, who, as Bowls Scotland’s head coach, is in the process of masterminding the country’s bid for medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast, won the World Indoor Singles title in Preston’s Guild Hall in 1996, when he was a 100/1 outsider.

Jamie Chestney (red) taking on Chris Gale at Potters. 
Picture: Nick ButcherJamie Chestney (red) taking on Chris Gale at Potters. Picture: Nick Butcher

Two months ago, he showed that class is permanent by winning the Scottish International Open in Perth, and his determination to bridge that 22-year gap was in evidence yesterday as he defeated his fellow Scot John McCrorie in the first round of the singles at Potters Resort.

McCrorie, a self-employed painter, decorator and sign-writer, was once at the centre of a political storm after he won the Scottish outdoor singles title out of the Tranent club in 2000, and earned the right to compete for the British outdoor singles title in Belfast the following year.

After making his travel arrangements and booking his accommodation, he found the Scottish Bowling Association (later renamed Bowls Scotland) had severed its relationship with the British Isles Bowls Council, and his name was no longer in the draw for the British event.

It was a body blow for McCrorie, and signs promptly went up all over Edinburgh demanding he should be allowed back in. “Free the Tranent One!” they read - but the pleas were to no avail, and McCrorie had to settle for the role of spectator at the British championships.

Chris Gale takes aim against Jamie Chestney. 
Picture: Nick ButcherChris Gale takes aim against Jamie Chestney. Picture: Nick Butcher

Yesterday, the 51-year-old Scottish PBA qualifier was supported by his niece Dee Hoggan, who won the Scottish women’s outdoor singles title in 2017. “She was with me in Belfast 17 years ago, and will be playing in the British championships at the same Belmont venue next summer,” McCrorie said.

On the rink, he gave best to number five seed Gourlay in straight sets. “I played too many loose bowls,” he said. “These guys (seeded players) are so consistent. They are nines and 10, and the rest of us are sixes or sevens, so we have to raise our game and hope they have an off day if we are to stand any chance.”

To be honest, Gourlay was not at his sparkling best, but played well enough to win against a game opponent who admitted he was not consistent enough, and the 1996 champion duly won in straight sets, 8-3, 10-2.

Other Great Yarmouth sport

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Acle United Women moved to the top of the ERWFL Premier Division after a 1-0 victory at Haringey Borough.

Martyn Sinclair and Adam Mason didn’t have a win to cheer them after their 50 mile charity walk despite a brave show from the young Bloaters.

Friday, November 30, 2018

An injury-time penalty condemned Gorleston to their third defeat in a row.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

This newspaper and Bullards are offering four lucky people the chance to spend an exclusive day behind the scenes at Norwich City Football Club’s training ground.

Most Read

Mon, 18:00

School trips usually involve taking children to see one of Shakespeare’s great plays or visiting a historic museum.

Read more

Plans for a former pub to be turned into a luxury tobacconist have been put under fire by a nearby health centre, with bosses arguing it would “give out entirely the wrong message”.

Read more
NHS
Mon, 11:42

Would you like to play a major part in restoring one of Great Yarmouth’s most historic tourist attractions to its former glory?

Read more
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Tue, 14:29

The inquest into the death of a three-year-old girl who died after being thrown from an inflatable trampoline on Gorleston beach has been adjourned because a police report into the incident is not ready.

Read more
Norwich
Mon, 09:21

A joyrider was arrested after crashing into a traffic bollard - and was found to be more than three times the legal driving limit when police breathalysed him.

Read more
Great Yarmouth police

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 4°C

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe
Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy