Bowls: Syme goes through with ease

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SANDY SYME, last year's Scottish champion, eased through to the second round of the World Indoor Championship in Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk, yesterday, with a straight sets victory over Guernsey's Paul Ingrouille.

Syme survived a slow start to beat Ingrouille, a late replacement for his fellow Channel Islander Adrian Welch. Ingrouille started well and moved into a 5-1 lead in the opening set, but Syme came back to snatch a 7-6 win. The Scot then took command, winning the next two sets 7-1 in a total of nine ends.

Jason Greenslade, the world No 23, narrowly beat Neil Collett, his Cardiff club-mate, in the first round on Monday night. Greenslade lost the first set 7-4 and trailed 0-5 in the second before recovering to win it 7-6.

"That really got to me - I thought I should have been two sets to nothing up and I had nothing to show for dominating the match up to that point," Collett said.

Greenslade then restricted Collett to just one count in the third set as he won it 7-2 before repeating the scoreline in the next to seal his success.