MIRACLE man Graham Robertson, on a high after his amazing singles triumph on Sunday, came crashing back to reality, as defending champions Scotland made an indifferent start to their Hong Kong International Classic pairs campaign. Robertson, who recovered from 24-4 down to beat Israel's Cecil Bransky in the singles final, and his partner Alex Marshall were beaten 23-17 by the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association (LBA) team in their opening match in Section B at Austin Road yesterday. The pair then struggled to beat a strong British Isles women's team of Margaret Johnston and Norma Shaw 24-20 in their second match. The top four teams in the 10-team round robin group, enter Saturday's quarter-finals. The LBA's Mel Stewart and Danny Ho followed up their victory over Scotland by beating South Africans Kevin Campbell and Ashley van Winkel 20-15. Robertson said he was still pumped up when he played against Stewart and Ho. ''It was a miracle and it will never happen to me again in my lifetime. ''I had four strenuous games on Sunday and after that I was shattered. I could have done without playing this afternoon. ''But it had to be done. And now we've really got to buckle down.'' Scotland are one of six teams who have won one and lost one after two rounds. Australia's Cameron Curtis and Ian Taylor lead Section B, winning both their opening matches. They lead the LBA on shot difference. Hong Kong's Mark McMahon and Noel Kennedy, winners in 1988, split their first two matches in Section A. They beat Kowloon Cricket Club's Ken Wallis and Jim Melbourne 21-12 but were then beaten 23-12 by Israel's Jeff Rabkin and Bransky, who earlier defeated the Ladies Lawn Bowls Association pair of Sinina Yau and Noelene Hill 25-13. Israel and Wales are the only teams with a 100 per cent record in Section A after two matches. The Welsh pair of Robert Weale and Will Thomas beat New Zealand's Phil Skoglund and Michael Kernaghan 24-20 and followed up with a narrow 16-15 victory over KCC. Hong Kong will be looking to move up the leaderboard today when they face China Light and Power and the Australian women's team of Daphne Shaw and Edda Bonutta. CLP's Pat Chan and Jimmy Chiu's only point from two matches came from a 17-17 draw with the Ladies LBA.