The Suffolk alley was back to its evil ways when Hustlers contrived to lose a very low-scoring match in which neither team managed to score 400 pins.First leg showed every sign that this was a match to be won, with Gary’s 39 the highest score although both Dave and Clive, with lower scores, made more against their respective opponents. The leg finished with Hustlers 19 pins to the good.
On the second leg John, on his debut for the team, managed 24 pins but the other two both gained against their opponents and the leg ended up only 3 pins down.
Highlight of third leg was Stu’s 11 spare on the first hand, giving him joint top score of 39. Although the Hustlers’ third leg’s other scores were fairly mediocre they looked to be making pins until a final Strollers hand of 24 gave them an advantage of 5.
With a lead of 11 pins Ray Winstone would have given fourth leg, with three experienced players, pretty good odds to win the game. Alas the last leg failed to rise to the occasion against a Strollers last leg who seemed to want the game more, and the gentle punter would have been well advised to cash out after the fifth hand as a Hustlers sixth hand of only 12 was easy meat for the Strollers who won by 3 pins.
We have a bye next week.
Loss by 3!!!