SIX-TIME champion Alex Marshall crashed out of the Just World Indoor Singles in one of the biggest shocks in the history of the championships today (Wednesday).

East Lothian legend Marshall was beaten by New Zealand qualifier Andrew Kelly in straight sets, 4-6 2-11 in the first round.

The Kiwi produced an astonishing display of bowls on his debut in the event.

The Dunedin bowler had to play eight matches in New Zealand last year just to reach this stage and showed no signs of nerves as he completely dominated proceedings on the portable blue rink.

The early signs, though, were good for Marshall as he collected a double on the very first end, but this advantage soon became a four-shot deficit as Kelly won five ends in succession to hone in on a first-set advantage.

Even when he wasn't winning ends, Kelly still kept things tight, allowing Marshall just two singles to ensure the Tranent-based star was playing catch-up in the second half of the match.

Going a set down, the huge crowd expected Marshall to come out firing at the start of the second set, but it was Kelly who took the initiative, following up a double with a treble to carve out a five-shot lead.

With Kelly drawing consistently to the jack, Marshall was struggling to find a way back into the match and even when the Kiwi had to use weight, he invariably struck gold.

Marshall was, on more than one occasion, seen with head in his hands sat on the end of the rink, contemplating his fate.

A double on end three was the only glimmer of light for Marshall and the relentless Kelly marched ever onwards steamrolling 'Tattie' over the the next four ends to eventually topple the legend of the sport and create a huge ripple on the Norfolk coast.