L ike Alex he is a long-established internationalist, like Alex he ensured the full focus of attention was on him as his opening match at the Bowls Scotland National Championships was last to finish in his round, like Alex he made life very difficult for himself and like Alex he went on to win.
That apart, no-one could be less like Alex Marshall on a bowling green than his older brother, Robert, who is pursuing personal success in the men's singles at Northfield this week. Only two players have ever worked their way through the byzantine process of getting to the Nationals more often than Marshall, who is making his eighth appearance in this event. He has not yet won the title.
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