On a dismal night at a dismal club with no decent beer and an alley which has seen better days, Hustlers bowed out of Division 2 with a predictable defeat against Ex-Cons, the Division Champions.First leg, chosen at random as is customary on the last game of the season, actually did very well. Lloyd started the proceedings with a 10 spare, grudgingly cheered by his team-mates who had to fork out 30p for that extra pin, followed it with a 9 and then went back to normal, finishing with 41.
Neil went one better, with a 13 spare and a splendid 48, while Chris provided what in the end turned out to be good back-up.
With a lead of 12 pins, Hustlers had their tails up. This became a second leg balls up. With Andy and Pete both vying for the honour of taking some beaver home, and Stuart still recovering from his recent op, the hapless leg managed to lose 21 pins.
Third leg was full of lower middling scores from Rob, Marty and Rich which did little to change the course of the game, and the outcome was a further 5 pin deficit.
On to last leg and Clive did his best with two 9s in his creditable 43 while John chipped in with 37; Malc however claimed final ownership of Barry with a beaver on the fourth hand, and Hustlers sunk another 10 pins to lose the game by 24.
Roll on Division 3!
Away vs Ex Cons 13 Apr 16
Lost by 24!