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BOWLS: Gourlay a Master of revenge.

DAVID GOURLAY captured his first Scottish Masters bowls title in Edinburgh yesterday when he beat defending champion Darren Burnett 6-4 10-2.

World No.1 Gourlay of Glasgow put in a vintage display against his Arbroath rival, who was playing in his fourth successive Masters final.

Later the winner admitted he had struggled through his early rounds after being ill.

Gourlay, who crashed out to Burnett in the last two years, said: "I hadn't been keeping too well during the week but I felt much more like myself today.

"I spent last winter playing professionally in Australia and that has made me much tougher mentally. I will be going back Down Under for Christmas but will return early in the New Year for the World Championship."

Julie Forrest (Teviotdale) retained her women's title with an 11-2 9- 7 victory over Guernsey's Alison Merrien.

Forrest romped through the opening set but it was a different story in the second with the Guernsey player continually pressing.

Merrien led 4-3 after five ends, 7-6 after seven and, with the set level at 7-7 with one end to play, it was Forrest who counted a double to take the match 9-7 and retain the title.

Forrest said: "I was cruising in the first set but when Alison stepped up her game I hung in there and eventually made it."
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Date:Dec 7, 2002
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