Mervyn King beat fellow Englishman Shaun Jones in a nail-biting tie-break to advance from the first round of the singles event at the World Indoor Bowls Championships in Norfolk.
King, the 11th seed, prevailed 12-2, 3-8, 2-0 as action continued at Potters Resort.
Standing between him and a place in round three is Scotland's Darren Burnett, who defeated compatriot Andrew Barker 6-9, 8-3, 2-0 today.
Burnett, the world number five, reached the semi-finals last year before losing to eventual champion Mark Dawes of England.
His meeting with King is scheduled for January 24.
Also progressing through to the second round today was Nick Brett after he overcame Andy Squire 9-3, 6-4 in an all-English clash.
Next up for him is Scotland's Alex Marshall, an 11-2, 7-8, 2-0 winner over New Zealand's Ray Martin.
Pairs, mixed pairs and under-25 competitions are also being held over the course of the 17-day event.
Taking centre stage tomorrow is mixed pairs with the four quarter-finals set to take place.
Competition is due to conclude on January 27.