EAST Lothian and world bowls icon Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall is chasing a place in history with former Garden County team-mate Paul Foster at the Just Retirement World Indoor Bowls Championships, as the duo look to equal a record set in 1992.

Marhsall and Foster have made it into the final of the World Indoor Pairs Championships at Potters Resort in Norfolk as they look to emulate Tony Allcock and David Bryant, who won an amazing four successive indoor pairs titles between 1989 and 1992.

Marshall and Foster will compete for the title on Monday, having eased into the final without dropping a set.

As reigning champions, the pair were given a bye in the first round, placing them in at the quarter-final stage, where they were up against fellow Scottish duo Stewart Anderson and Darren Burnett.

The match was a repeat of the 2013 final, but this time Marshall and Foster made easier work of their opponents.

The close friends showed their chemistry as a pair, which has brought three consecutive World Indoor Championship titles.

They combined to produce an immaculate, effortless and consistent display to win 9-6, 12-4, setting up a semi-final encounter with Wales’ John Price and Jason Greenslade.

Marshall and Foster opened up with two 2s in the semi-final on Monday, dropping only a single on the third end.

Price and Greenslade tried to hold off the Scottish duo as both pairs played some thrilling bowls. But the Welsh duo’s efforts were in vain as they only managed two singles and a double before dropping two 2s on the final two ends of the first set to go down 11-5.

In the second set, it was Foster who turned on the magic yet again and he was backed up by Marshall, who produced brilliant skipping which saw them pull away to finish the second set 10-5.

The duo’s win sets up a Scotland v England decider, with Greg Harlow and Nicky Brett the opponents for Monday’s final, scheduled to take place at 1pm.

Their opponents, like Marshall and Foster, have not dropped a set.

Marshall got his tilt at the World Indoor Singles Championship title under way yesterday (Thursday) against Julie Forrest, the only woman in the draw, and comfortably progressed 11-2, 8-3.

His next singles match is next Thursday (January 23) against Gary Smith.

Foster also won his first-round encounter against Daniel Salmon.

Marshall has won the championship a record five times, with his last win coming in 2008. The draw is such that Marshall could meet world number one Foster at the quarter-final stage.

Marshall is also in action in the mixed pairs, teaming up with Alison Merrien, and their first match is this afternoon (Friday) There was further good news for Marshall as he was recognised twice at the World Bowls Tour Awards ceremony.

He picked up the Fans’ Player of the Year and Performance of the Year awards.

While county bowling legend Willie Wood was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony.

Wood’s achievements include an MBE in 1992, a record eight Commonwealth Games appearances and a place in the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.