ALEX Marshall's bid for a first world indoor singles title since 2015 got off to a winning start earlier today (Saturday).

The Tranent bowler is aiming for a magnificent seventh title in the event, which is being played at Potters Resort, in Norfolk.

Marshall, who defeated Andy Thomson to win his last title, was first on the carpet this morning when he took on James Rippey.

The two have already met in the tournament, with Marshall and partner Paul Foster defeating Rippey and Darren Weir in the open pairs last Friday (January 8).

It would be the same result this time round, with Marshall winning 2-0.

Marshall won the first set 12-7 and followed that up with a 9-5 triumph in the second.

Victory for Marshall, who has won an incredible 14 titles at the World Indoor Championships, means he is next in action on Thursday afternoon.

He will play the winner of Stuart Irwin and Katherine Rednall, which is currently tied at one-set each.

Earlier this week, Marshall spoke to Courier Sport about how different the tournament was compared to previous years due to coronavirus restrictions.