It was back to the Suffolk this week as the Hustlers took on the Shadows to finish off the first half of the season. Could we string it all together to get back to winning ways or would the Shadows hit the high notes?
Our last game of 2010 saw us get off to Apache start. With JT hitting another spare to scrape a 40, and good support from Pete & Gary, we could only manage to finish the 1st leg leading by a single pin. 2nd leg soon got into their rhythm and, despite a stumbling Salty, a resurgent Jim clinched his 1st 40 of the season, ably backed up by another Lewis 40, to stretch the halftime lead to 11 pins.
Third leg looked like they might be struggling when Rich started with a beaver. But Wallsy (with our 2nd spare of the night) found the best rhythm of the match as his Foottapper performance rocked in with a 49 to stretch the lead by another 11 pins. Surely a sign that the festive season was going to be a joyful one? But the Shadows weren’t done yet and, steadily pulling pins back, were determined to make a Cliff hanger of it. With 40s from Dobbin & Olive, the anchors just held on to see us home by 8 pins.
And so we go into Christmas riding high in the League. We’re hoping Santa will bring us some magic to keep the streak going. We reconvene on 11 January to face the Pittville Outcasts at the Fox & Hounds (NOT the Gas Club!). Have a Great Christmas.
15/12/10 v Shadows @ Suffolk
1st leg total 115 v 114
2nd leg total 117 v 107
3rd leg total 115v 104
4th leg total 117 v 131
Grand total 464 v 456
WIN by 8