Broch bowler put Fraserburgh on the carpet

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A Broch bowler became the first Fraserburgh man to qualify for a World Bowls Tour event when he took to the carpet on Thursday.

Ryan Clark took on Jonathan Ross at the Professional World Indoor Championships at the Potters Resort in Yarmouth, losing out in a tight affair.

Clark put Fraserburgh on the bowling map by qualifying for the World Indoor Singles at Potters a couple of months ago and then became the first bowler ever from the Fraserbugh club to qualify for a World Bowls Tour event, an achievement which has not passed him by.

He said: ““We are only a small club at Fraserburgh, with between 130 and 150 members – as opposed to Aberdeen with around 2,000 – so it’s great for the club that I have managed to qualify for Potters.”

He won four matches in one day at Falkirk to reach this tournament, although he had to come through two nail-biting tie-breaks en route to a winner-takes-all clash with Perth’s Chris McGready.

He said: ““When I got through to the final match against Chris, I had to really knuckle down and that was a really tight game, but I managed to nick that one.”

“There was a wee bit of added pressure knowing the winner would go to Potters. There was quite a lot of people watching, including my brother, who had also tried to qualify.”

He added: “I tried to qualify last year, but lost my first game. Since I joined the PBA last year it was the first time I had played in a qualifying event. This year it happened to be my day and I played very well.”