Scotland’s David Gourlay, who last won this title at Preston Guild Hall back in 1996 against fellow Scot Hugh Duff, pulled off a last 8-7, 5-10, 2-0 win over former winner Nick Brett in the last match of Day 12 at Potters last night.
Both players utilised a steady draw game which wasn’t very adventurous with Gourlay taking the opening set with a single on the last end to win 8-7.
The second set was again a steadily contested, but back to back doubles over the closing stages gave Nicky a lifeline back into the game at 10-5, but it was the Scot who ran out the winner counting the first two ends of the tie break to progress to a quarter final match against former champion Mark Dawes on Friday (20th January).
Match Result -
David Gourlay MBE (Scot /13) bt Nick Brett (Eng/4) 8-7, 5-10, 2-0