The Chosen Ones

Hustlers went back on the road to face the Chosen Champs at the Churchdown Club.  Would their journey be worth the effort?

On a levelling alley, 1st leg got off to a slow start, attaining the lowest total of the night to trail by a mere 2 pins, despite TC getting top BYM of the night.  2nd leg seemed to cope better, especially with Steve getting our only 40 of the night (his dad must be a charm!), although they lost a further 4 pins.

3rd leg were much more consistent and, with AS getting our only spare, and both Lofty & JT just missing out on 40s, managed to pull back 5 pins to leave it very tight for the anchors.  A middling display saw the tension rise as the end of the game approached.  But the anchors couldn’t pull it out of the bag this week and actually lost a further 9 pins.

It’s back home next week as we face the Fishers
 

30/11/11 v Chosen Champs @ Churchdown Club

TC 5 6 8 6 7 3 35 6

Dan

2 5 5 7 6 6 32 -6

Clive

6 3 4 8 4 7 32 -2

1st leg total 99 v 101

Pete

7 4 4 2 7 6 30 -5

Mark

8 6 6 6 2 8 36 -3
Steve 6 7 8 9 7 7 44 4

2nd leg total 110 v 114

AS

6 11 4 2 5 8 36 -2

Mart

8
7 6 7
7 4 39 3
JT 4 7 8 8 7 5 39 4

3rd leg total 114 v 109

Lewis

8 4 7 5 2 7 33 -10

Neil

6 6 6 8 5 4 35 2
Rob 9

5

7 5 5 6 37 -1

4th leg total 105 v 114

Grand total 428 v 438

WON by -10

 

Victory hoisted

Another home game, with Hustlers facing Telehoist A for the first time ever.  Would debutant Dan prove a lucky charm?

1st leg got off to a good start, with Clive & Gary both chalking up early spares.  With our first 2 40s of the night, we handed over 13 pins ahead.  A consistent 2nd leg saw Dan make a maiden 9 as the hoists collapsed to give us a further 15-pin lead at the halfway mark.

3rd leg soon turned that around and eventually cancelled out 2nd leg.  And so it was down to the anchors to hold on.  And, with Neil sandwiched between our final two 40s, they managed to pull out a further pin, to give us a much needed win.

Next Wednesday we travel over the border to take on the Chosen Champs @ Churchdown Club

21/11/11 v Telehoist A @ Suffolk

TC 5 6 8 7 9 6 41 7

Clive

4 11 5 8 6 6 40 4

Gary

7 11 6 4 5 4 37 2

1st leg total 118 v 105

Pete

5 6 4 6 8 5 34 3

Dan

6 8 3 4 4 9 34 7
AS 3 5 7 6 6 7 34 5

2nd leg total 102 v 87

Mart

4 4 5 7 7 8 35 -3

JimBob

4
6 5 4
4 5 28 -9
JT 6 7 4 7 5 6 35 -3

3rd leg total 98 v 113

Lewis

6 7 7 8 6 6 40 10

Neil

5 7 7 7 6 3 35 -8
Rob 6

8

4 8 7 8 41 -1

4th leg total 116 v 115

Grand total 434 v 420

WON by 14

 

What a Star

Back at home, the Hustlers were looking to keep the fortress intact as they took on Eagle Star with a bare 12-man team.  Would the balls be with them this week?

1st leg began solidly enough, with just Statto failing to score a 40, to hand over just 6 pins down.  2nd leg were again steady, with Stavros beating his man to keep the leg scores square.  It was still anyone’s game and it looked good for us as the newly-arrived Lofty walked off with the raffle!!!

3rd leg got off to a good start as JT opened with a spare (our only one of the night as it proved to be) to bring the gap down to a single pin.  But that was the highlight of the leg as they then started rapidly shipping pins, eventually leaving the anchors a 17-pin gap to pull back.  Lewis did his bit as he raced to the top of the averages with our top score of the night.  But he was trumped by a lucky 57 from the Star’s Ray, losing by more pins than Neil.

And so the game concluded, but we were beaten by an unusually high score, so we can take some heart as we prepare to take on Telehoist next week, once again at home.

14/11/11 v Eagle Star A @ Suffolk

TC 5 5 5 7 9 5 36 -5

Pete

7 8 6 9 8 4 42 6

Gary

5 6 9 7 6 7 40 -7

1st leg total 118 v 124

Clive

7 7 3 7 8 8 40 -1

JimBob

7 6 8 2 6 9 38 -2
AS 8 6 5 5 7 7 38 3

2nd leg total 116 v 116

Steve

6 2 7 5 2 5 27 -6

Mart

4
5 3 5
5 7 29 -7
JT 13 6 4 7 9 5 44 2

3rd leg total 100 v 111

Neil

6 6 3 7 5 2 29 -10

Lewis

5 9 9 7 7 8 45 -12
Rob 5

7

9 5 8 6 40 5

4th leg total 114 v 131

Grand total 448 v 482

WON by -34

 

Home and Away

Following on from their rest week, would the Hustlers be able to get back to winning ways as they took on Ullenwood CC away at the Suffolk?

First leg struggled with the heavy balls and, thanks largely to Lofty’s jammy last hand spare, somehow managed to win the leg by a single pin.  This clearly inspired second leg as they opened with a 25 pin hand, including our 1st 9 of the night from Cap’n Clive and JimBob making his maiden 40, as they stretched the lead out to 3 pins at the halfway point.
 
With cheeks clenched, 3rd leg began with a 9 from Gary and built up to a good total with 13 spares from Steve & Gary, but negated 2nd leg’s win, so we ended the leg back to a single pin gap.  Now tension really was building.  But the anchors held their nerve (despite Neil’s wobbly 4) and, with a trio of 40s, dealt the killer blow on the last hand (only Rob failing to score a 9) to leave too big a target for the Cricket Club to chase down.
 
Confidence now restored, we’re back at the Suffolk on Monday to take on Eagle Star A – and we can afford no cry offs for the night!!!!

 

8/11/11 v Ullenwood CC @ Suffolk

Mart 7 6 3 6 5 12 39 3

Pete

4 3 7 8 6 5 33 0

TC

5 5 5 6 6 7 34 -2

1st leg total 106 v 105

Clive

9 7 6 6 5 6 39 0

JimBob

8 6 8 6 6 6 40 8
AS 8 7 6 8 4 3 36 -6

2nd leg total 115 v 113

Steve

6 13 7 6 7 6 45 4

Mark

6
3 8 4
8 5 34 -5
Gary 9 5 5 4 4 13 40 -1

3rd leg total 119 v 121

Neil

7 4 6 8 8 9 42 6

Lewis

7 8 7 6 7 9 44 5
Rob 6

7

7 8 7 8 43 0

4th leg total 129 v 118

Grand total 469 v 457

WON by 12