Scottish International Open: Greg Harlow on course to defend crown but Ely wildcard Connor bows out

Ely's Greg Harlow.

Ely's Greg Harlow. - Credit: Archant

Ely bowls star Greg Harlow is on course to defend his Co-Operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open title.

Connor Cinato.

Connor Cinato. - Credit: Archant

The former world champion experienced a slight setback with a leg injury in the first round, but powered through to seal a place in the semi-finals of the competition.

Harlow suffered his injury in the opening set of his first round clash with Damien Doubler, but recovered to seal a tie-break victory.

He then saw off fellow Englishman Trevor Taylor in round two, before clinching his place in the last four with a win over qualifier Wayne Willgress.

Harlow raced into the lead against Willgress, but the underdog hung on and narrowly missed out on tying the opening set.

The top seed continued his impressive form in set two and sealed a 9-3 victory to book his place in today’s (November 11) semi-final.

Meanwhile, Co-Op Funeralcare wildcard and Ely ace Connor Cinato bowed out of the competition in the second round.

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Cinato, who earned a place at the national competition through winning a regional play-off, was comprehensively beaten by world number three, Robert Paxton, on Tuesday (8).