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Gour-blimey! David's champ.

David Gourlay junior held his nerve and picked up pounds 27,000 in Preston yesterday.

The Ayrshireman, 29, took the Churchill World Indoor bowls title when he hit back after dropping the opening set to beat fellow Scot Hugh Duff 2-7, 7-5, 7-6, 3-7, 7-1.

He said: "I can hardly believe it. I used to watch it on TV and wonder if my time would ever come."

Duff raced through the opening set 7-2 in just 18 minutes. Gourlay said: "I thought I'd be lucky if I lasted an hour -Hugh was unbelievable."

The Prestwick man took the second set 7-5 and the next 7-6 after being 6-2 down.

Duff said: "I was really disappointed to lose that set. I knew it would give David a big boost."

He got back into contention by taking the fourth set 7-3 but Gourlay wouldn't be denied.

SNOOKER: Inter-national Open champ John Higgins sets out in pursuit of another major title in Malta tonight hoping to carry on his bid to overtake Stephen Hendry at the top of the rankings.

TENNIS: Jason Barnett regained the Marshalls Scottish senior indoor title at Craiglockhart, beating Malcolm Watt 6-4, 6-3.

CRICKET: England's World Cup misery continued in Pakistan when they lost by 78 runs to South Africa. They were all out for 152 chasing the Springboks' 230.

BASKETBALL: Holders Livingston Bulls will meet Glasgow Brightsiders in the men's Scottish Cup Final at Meadowbank on March 24.

ATHLETICS: Maria Mutola, of Mozambique, clocked 2mins 31.23secs to set a 1000m indoor world record in Stockholm.

CURLING: Winnipeg won the Macallan Skins Challenge after defeating Warwick Smith's Perth. Germany won the women's final, edging Kirsty Hay's Perth.

SWIMMING: Alison Sheppard, of Milngavie, warmed up for the Olympic trials with a 100m freestyle bronze at the British Grand Prix in Leeds.

ICE HOCKEY: A last-gasp strike for Fife Flyers earned a shock 5-4 win at Nottingham Panthers. Paisley Pirates' Division One promotion play-off hopes all but disappeared when they were held 12- 12 by Blackburn Hawks. Dumfries Vikings qualified for the play-offs despite losing 10- 1 at Manchester Storm.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 26, 1996
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