Published: 08/11/2017 16:07 - Updated: 08/11/2017 16:11

Moray bowler takes international scalp

MORAY bowler Mike Stepney has reached the quarter-finals of the Scottish international open in Perth.

Mike Stepney in action at the Co-op Funeralcare Scottish International Open in Perth. Photo: worldbowlstour.tv
Mike Stepney in action at the Co-op Funeralcare Scottish International Open in Perth. Photo: worldbowlstour.tv

Stepney, who toppled world number 7 and fellow Scot Stewart Anderson in a first round shock, was a wild card for the Co-op Funeralcare-sponsored tournament.

He then defeated Englishman Perry Martin on Tuesday in round two, and will face world number 14 Mervyn King on Thursday with a place in the last four at stake.

The Burghead bowler, who plays for the Elgin indoor club, caused a big upset with his first round success on Saturday.

He romped to the first set against favourite Anderson by a 9-3 margin, before Anderson found his form to record a thumping 12-2 success in set two.

In the tiebreak Stepney played superbly to win the first two ends and claim the match.

The Moray man proved too strong for Martin on Tuesday, taking the first set 8-3.

The second set saw Stepney race five shots clear after three ends. Martin pulled two shots back and was lying three in the fifth and poised to level until Stepney drew in another bowl to move 6-2 ahead.

Two more shots for Stepney in end six set him up for victory and he eventually took the set 9-3 to progress.

He now plays King, who beat world number one Greg Harlow in straight sets to make the quarters.

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