New Zealand’s Andrew Kelly beat 6-time World Indoor champion Alex Marshall MBE in the first round of the ‘Just’ World Indoor Singles 6-5, 10-2 to advance to the second round. The fourth-seeded Marshall started well enough with an accurate two shots on the first end but Kelly showed he was going to be a tough opponent playing superbly taking the next five ends to lead 6-2. This included a drive on the fourth end when Kelly took out a Marshall shot for a double. In the remaining three ends, the Scot was held to singles including a save on a loose 8th end when Kelly was able to cut the count down with his last bowl.
The second set started the kiwi’s way with a two, and then a huge drive on the second end that cleaned out three Marshall shots and the jack. Kelly held three to the re-spotted jack, but an out-of-sorts looking Marshall was well short with his last handing the New Zealander a commanding 5-0 lead. Marshall scored a double on the third end but thereafter it was all the Kelly playing superbly and with deadly accurate up shots.
Kelly will now play the thirteenth seed Mark Royal (England) at 8.30am next Wednesday morning NZDT in the second round at the Potter’s Leisure Resort in Norfolk, England. Royal suffered at the hands of Debbie Wilford (Taranaki) in last year’s World Indoor Singles and has also previously been beaten by Jamie Hill (Auckland). The match will be live on YouTube on the WorldBowlsTour channel.