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Bowls: GREG SAYS HARLOW TO OPEN TITLE.

GREG HARLOW has set his sights on world singles title glory after sweeping aside John Price to win the Scottish International Open in Perth yesterday.

The world No.2 claimed a 11-6 17-1 victory in a one-sided final that failed to live up to scintillating matches earlier in the tournament at the Dewars Centre.

But Harlow was delighted with the manner of his success and entertained the fans with his now customary cartwheel up the rink to pick up the trophy.

The Englishman said: "This is the fourth time in five years I've won the first ranking event of the season. The first used to be at Sheffield but the schedule has been changed and the Scottish takes precedence now.

"I hope this is an omen for the rest of the season because theworld singles title is the only one missing from the cabinet now."

Scottish interest ended at the semi-final stage as Harlow narrowly beat Troon's Paul Foster.

Welshman Price - ranked 17 and who only sneaked into the event after the late withdrawal of Mark McMahon - edged out defending champion Andy Thomson in the last four.

And he started like a train yesterday, nosing the jack with his first two deliveries and storming 4-0 ahead by the end of the second end.

Harlow got on the card with a treble and double, Price replying with a single to square the set at

5-5 on the fifth end. But that's as close as it got as Price's fairytale run came to an abrupt halt.

Harlow only dropped two more ends, taking the first set with an end to spare and putting the result beyond doubt with a crushing result in the second after playing only eight of the allotted 11 ends.

Harlow revealed he was going to celebrate his fifth trophy win with his now traditional meal of fish and chips washed down with champagne at his Cambridgeshire home.

He said of the final: "John shot out the blocks on the first two ends but I just kept cool.

"When I got hold of the jack I shortened the length and he struggled to find the middle of the rink.

It just wasn't his day."

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 16, 2008
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