Twice former winners, Nicky Brett and Greg Harlow kept themselves in contention to regain the World Indoor Bowls Pairs title.
Winners on both occasions – in 2014 and again in 2020 against Paul Foster MBE and Alex Marshall MBE, the highly respected duo won through to the quarter finals after a hard earned 8-7, 8-3 victory over South Shields Vipers team-mates and English qualifiers Paul Hartley and David Bolt.
They were held at 5-5 after six ends of the first set, but Nicky and Greg chalked up a double and single to move 8-5 ahead.
Requiring a treble to share the set, David was a tad unfortunate with his last delivery where he could only muster a double.
Six singles were recorded in the second set, but a treble on the fifth end for Nicky and Greg did the damage and was instrumental in them taking the set 8-3 with an end to spare and see them safely through to a quarter final confrontation tomorrow (Monday 9th January) against Welsh qualifiers Damian Doubler and Dan Salmon.
Day 3 Match 4 (8th January)
RESULT Imagine Cruising UK World Indoor Bowls Pairs Championship
Nicky Brett & Greg Harlow (Eng) bt Paul Hartley & David Bolt (Eng/Q) 8-7, 8-3.