ANOTHER seed has been toppled by Moray bowler Mike Stepney in the Scottish international open.
Stepney, from Burghead, reached today’s semi-finals by defeating world number 14 Mervyn King on Thursday.
The Elgin team bowler now makes up an all-Scottish line-up in the last four, and plays former world champ Paul Foster at 1pm.
After Scots David Gourlay, Foster and Darren Burnett all defeated English opponents in the first three natches on Thursday, the pressure was on Stepney to complete a full set.
He took on Englishman King, who had already beaten world number 1 Greg Harlow to reach the last eight.
Stepney, a wild card for the tournament, knocked out fellow Scot and world number 7 Stuart Anderson, as well as unseeded Perry Martin in his previous two games.
Against King he produced some telling shots to take the first set 8-4.
It was nip-and-tuck in set two, and after seven of the nine ends, King led 6-5.
Crucially Stepney scored a maximum four in the eighth end, meaning as long as he didn’t lose three or four shots in the last end he would be through.
A single shot success duly saw the Moray bowler through in style.
Also in action today at perth is Elgin bowler Graeme Donaldson, who takes on Darren Weir (Prestwick) in the Scottish Masters men’s final.
Stepney’s semi-final can be seen live on the BBC website from 1pm.