PAXTON IN SEVENTH HEAVEN

Devonian Robert Paxton, the first qualifier ever to reach the Scottish International Open final, leaps to a career-high No7 in the first provisional World Bowls Tour world rankings for next season.

It was from a position of 18 in the current rankings that the 33-year-old from Exeter was forced to qualify for the established WBT event in Scotland.

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2012 Provisional World Bowls Tour rankings

Prov. Rank   (Current)                                                                   Points

          1            (2)              Greg Harlow                       ENG              132

          2            (1)              Paul Foster                         SCO             131

          3            (3)              Darren Burnett                   SCO             100

          4            (5)              Mervyn King                        ENG                97

          5            (12)            Stewart Anderson              WAL               84

          6            (4)              Mark Royal                          ENG                82

          7            (18)            Robert Paxton                    ENG                80

          8            (6)              Simon Skelton                    ENG                75

          9            (8)              David Gourlay                     SCO               73

          10          (7)              Alex Marshall                      SCO               72

          11          (9)              Jonathan Ross                    SCO               69

          12          (11)            Robert Weale                     WAL               65

          13          (10)            Andy Thomson                    ENG                63

          14          (16)            John Price                           WAL               53

          15          (17)            Ian Bond                            ENG                50

          16          (15)            Nick Brett                            ENG                49

          17          (13)            Jason Greenslade               WAL               46

          18          (20)            Tim Stone                           ENG                44

          19          (14)            Billy Jackson                       ENG                41

          20          (24)            Brett Arkley                        ENG                39

          21=        (21)            Brett Wilkie                         AUS                20

          21=        (27)            Neil Furman                        USA                20

          23          (19)            Kelvin Kerkow                     AUS                18

          24          (28)            Ben Twist                           AUS                17

DEVONIAN PAXTON IN SCOTTISH OPEN FINAL

Devon’s Robert Paxton will compete in the final of a World Bowls Tour event for the first time today at 1400.

The Exonia star continued his stunning run in the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open when he defeated defending champion Mervyn King in straight sets at Dewars Centre in Perth.

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DREAM BOWLS WIN FOR EXONIA'S PAXTON

Devon's Robert Paxton is the new Scottish International Open bowls champion.

Paxton - from Exonia Bowling Club - etched his name into the bowls record books at Dewars Centre in Perth when he beat world number two Greg Harlow 2-11, 10-2, 2-0 to become the first qualifier to win the established World Bowls Tour title.

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BOND IS BACK! SPOTLIGHT ON BOWLS

In his first season out of the World Bowls Tour world top 16 for more than a decade, Devon's Ian Bond struck back in the opening round of the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open at Dewars Centre in Perth to upset fellow Englishman Mark Royal, the world No4.

Now ranked 17 in the world, England's Bond took full advantage of the wild card he was given to compete in the WBT event for which the top 16 have automatic entry.

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