Kraftily done

A rearranged Hustlers match on a Wednesday night against the Kraftsmen and all to play for.  Whose bid would be successful?  Would the result be a choc?

Following on, the Hustlers got off to a stuttering start, with Rob’s 40 barely making a difference as we fell 12 pins behind.  A similar story followed with 2nd leg, although TC’s first 40 of the season helped pull back 6 pins to hand over a narrow deficit.

3rd leg got off to a poor start, dropping 10 pins on the first hand.  The rest of the leg was rather up-and-down, but they held on to hand over 15 pins down, with the anchor having it all to do.  And what a start they made.  2 spares on the first hand saw the deficit pulled back and converted into a 2-pin lead.  Slowly, but surely further progress was made and finally the game ended with the Hustlers taking the leg by 21 pins and the game by 6.

Has the corner been turned?  Watch us take on Chelt CC next week, at the Suffolk once more.

3/2/10  v Kraftsmen @ Suffolk

AU 1 6 5 9 4 7 32
Rob 6 7 9 5 5 8 40
Lewis 8 6 3 8 4 5 34

1st leg total 106 v 118

Pete 4 6 6 6 7 6 35
TC 6 9 7 7 7 8 44
Steve 2 7 6 4 7 6 32

2nd leg total 111 v 105

AS 2 3 8 7 9 7 36

Rich

5 8 8 5 6 3 35
Mart 6 5 8 5 8 7 39

3rd leg total 110 v 119

Clive 12 7 5 7 5 7 43
Neil 6 8 6 6 8 9 43
JT 14 6 7 5 8 5 45

4th leg total 131 v 110

Grand total 458 v 452

WIN by 6

Creamed

After a 3-week gap we finally get to play a match, and it’s back at the Suffolk.  Would the break have been good for us or would lack of match practice show?

A nervous start saw AU lead the way with a steady 40, only for 1st leg to hand over 5 pins down.  With Jim-Bob improving on his previous score, Clive’s top score (and our only spare of the night) helped turn the game around and handed over 2 pins up.

A steady 3rd leg couldn’t improve on this and dropped 11 pins, leaving it all up to the anchors to win the game for us.  But a faltering performance saw another 20 pins dropped and our winning streak come to an end.

Our next game is the rearranged fixture v the Kraftsmen, back at the Suffolk next Wednesday.

25/1/10  v Cream @ Suffolk

AU 7 9 5 5 8 6 40
Jim 8 3 4 4 5 5 29
Steve 6 8 4 4 6 7 35

1st leg total 104 v 109

Pete 5 4 6 6 5 7 33
Jim-Bob 3 7 6 5 3 4 33
Clive 6 5 6 8 6 13 44

2nd leg total 105 v 98

Mark 6 8 7 6 8 2 37

Rich

7 6 5 3 6 6 33
Lewis 6 7 5 7 5 6 36

3rd leg total 106 v 117

Rob 8 5 5 5 3 6 32
Gary 8 6 7 4 7 6 38
Neil 5 4 4 3 9 4 29

4th leg total 99 v 119

Grand total 414 v 443

WIN by -29

 

Snow Fun @ the Robins

The first snows of a new decade saw the Hustlers take on the Jets at the Robins Club for the first of our return matches.  Would it be a whitewash?

Despite the weather keeping some players from attending (and Stu on the start of his extended sojourn in the Colonies), we managed to field a full team and 1 reserve on the night.  Following, a rejigged 1st leg put in a mixed performance (with Rob joint top-scoring) to hand over a single pin in front.  2nd leg were steady, but stretched the advantage out by a further 8 pins.

3rd leg added another 2 joint top scorers, with Lewis chalking up a superb spare in the process, to extend the lead by 3 more pins.  Anchor then followed on with an indifferent performance, losing pins, but still managing to keep a winning margin overall.

A great start to a new year, hopefully indicating a better 2nd half of the season.  We finally return to the Suffolk next week for a run of 4 home games – a chance to establish a winning streak.

5/1/10  v Jets @ Robins Club

AU 6 6 5 7 6 9 39
TC 3 4 5 5 7 6 30
Rob 6 8 6 6 6 8 40

1st leg total 109 v 108

Gary 7 6 7 5 3 8 36
Rich 13 6 6 2 5 6 38
Steve 5 7 5 5 4 7 33

2nd leg total 107 v 99

Pete 6 7 8 3 8 8 40

Mart

6 3 5 7 5 4 30
Lewis 15 5 5 4 4 7 40

3rd leg total 110 v 107

Clive 7 8 7 2 6 6 36
AS 5 7 6 2 7 6 33
JT 6 5 8 7 2 4 32

4th leg total 101 v 106

Grand total 427 v 420

WIN by 7

Hustlers in a bit of a pickle

For their last game of the year (and the decade), the Hustlers returned to the Double Barrel to take on the Celery Boys with 5 changes in the team.  Could they give Cap’n Clive an early Christmas present?

Setting, AU began in good form, his spare helping him to top score.  Jimbo made an impression on his debut, snatching Barry the Brasilian out of Rob’s loving grasp.  So 1st leg handed over 15 pins down.  2nd leg put nin the performance of the night to pull back 5 pins, with Rich getting his second consecutive 40.

3rd leg struggled, but only lost a further 2 pins as they handed the anchor a 12 pin deficit to make up.  An up-and-down leg ensued, with nobody shining in a very consistent set of totals, dropping 11 pins in the process, handing the Celery Boys an early Christmas present.

Stu now leaves us to carry out his annual spell of missionary work in the colonies and has probably played his last game of the season.  Next time we’re away AGAIN – Tuesday 5 Jan 2010 at the robins Club.

15/12/09  v Celery Boys @ Double Barrel

AU 6 7 13 7 8 5 46
Jimbob 3 0 5 7 6 6 27
Pete 7 5 6 7 5 8 38

1st leg total 111 v 126

Mart 7 6 6 7 6 7 39
Rich 6 7 6 6 8 7 40
Steve 7 6 4 6 6 4 33

2nd leg total 112 v 117

Mark 7 6 7 6 5 5 36

Jim

7 2 3 4 6 7 29
Stu 6 3 5 7 6 6 33

3rd leg total 98 v 100

Clive 4 6 6 9 6 4 35
Rob 3 8 4 5 6 8 34
Neil 4 7 6 6 4 6 33

4th leg total 102v 113

Grand total 423 v 446

WIN by -23

Hustlers shoot it out

Playing back at the Suffolk, how would the Hustlers cope without the services of Cap’n Clive (dropped) and the poorly Lofty?  Would it be the start of a very Happy Christmas?

The first surprise of the night came when our skipper put us in to set.  First leg put in a very credible performance, with Mark continuing his good form with another 40, handing over 4 pins ahead.  2nd leg then put in the highest scoring performance of the night, with Steve’s 47 (our highest of the night) and Jim’s exceptional 39 helping extend the lead by a further 5 pins.

Then came the 3rd leg.  And what a shock that turned out to be.  By far the lowest scoring leg of the whole night, all 3 will fail to trouble the scorecard next week and dropped a total of 29 pins in the leg to leave the anchors needing to win by 20 just to draw the game.  A brave attempt followed, with Neil getting our only spare of the night ably backed up by a re-emergent Rob.  But it all proved in vain as the Elite’s anchor held on to scrape a win by a single pin.

We end 2009 against the Celery Boys at the Double Barrel next Tuesday – Mike Vonk has threatened to turn up and cheer us on!

7/12/09  v Cannonballs Elite @ Suffolk

AU 4 7 5 7 8 5 36
Mark 8 9 3 8 8 7 43
Pete 5 3 7 7 7 9 38

1st leg total 117 v 113

Gary 8 8 3 6 5 6 36
Jim 6 4 7 5 8 9 39
Steve 9 7 8 8 7 8 47

2nd leg total 122 v 117

TC 5 7 4 4 5 3 28

Lewis

7 5 5 6 6 5 34
AS 4 6 5 8 3 5 31

3rd leg total 93 v 122

Neil 6 7 8 4 12 8 45
Rob 8 8 5 9 8 5 43
JT 6 6 5 6 6 3 33

4th leg total 121 v 102

Grand total 453 v 454

WIN by -1

 

Hustlers go Batty

Hustlers went on the road yet again to face the Batmen at Prestbury’s Royal Oak, looking to extend their winning streak.  Would they do it?  Would Andy S be able to tell real ale from real cider?

We’re now getting used to following, so tonight was nothing new for us as the Batmen set the pace in a nip and tuck first leg that saw AU narrowly miss his 40, while Mark & Lofty (with a spare) notched up their highest scores of the season as they ended the leg 3 pins up.  With the arrival of 2nd leg it was time to "bring on the Walls" as they put in a steady performance to stretch that lead out by a further 7 pins.

With it all looking promising, it was the turn of 3rd leg.  With Clive getting his lowest score of the season (condemning himself to the bench next week) they weren’t quite able to match the Batmen and ended up dropping 5 pins to leave it all down to the anchors.   Managing to accumulate a couple of 40’s wasn’t enough, as the Batmen began to claw back more pins to take the game by a mere 4 pins.

We return to the Suffolk next Monday to take on the Cannonballs Elite in our last home game before Christmas.

30/11/09  v Batmen @ Royal Oak

AU 8 6 8 5 5 7 39
Mark 6 5 5 7 7 9 39
Mart 8 6 7 11 2 9 43

1st leg total 121 v 118

TC 5 5 8 6 5 5 32
Gary 6 7 7 6 6 6 38
Steve 7 7 7 1 4 7 33

2nd leg total 105 v 98

Clive 5 5 3 6 6 7 32

Pete

7 4 6 7 8 1 33
AS 8 6 7 8 7 2 38

3rd leg total 103 v 108

Neil 3 5 7 7 6 5 33
Rob 7 6 3 9 7 8 40
JT 7 5 7 7 6 8 40

4th leg total 113 v 122

Grand total 442 v 446

WIN by -4

The Mark of a Hustler

Back at the Suffolk, the Hustlers had high hopes of continuing their winning streak against new opponents, St Marks Club.  Could it really happen?

Clive won the toss and, unusually, put St Marks in to lead off.  With Lewis putting in a rare below-par performance, we got off to an unpromising start, ending the leg all square.  2nd leg couldn’t improve on this, despite Steve’s 40, handing over the reins 12 pins down.

Then it was the turn of 3rd leg.  Cap’n Clive led by example with his 42, but Andy topped that with his last 2 hands of 14 & 9 helping him to our highest score of the season and giving anchor a 3 pin lead.  But there was still more to come.  Not to be outdone by Andy, Neil & JT combined to score a massive 36 on the 2nd hand (gaining 25 pins in the process).  Keeping on in that aggressive vein, Neil then went on to set another season’s highest score, while Rob looked to be regaining some form of his own with a 2nd successive, as they stretched the lead out to a 34-pin victory and our highest total of the season (beating that set last week).

Back on the road next Monday – v Batmen at the Royal Oak, Prestbury.

23/11/09  v St Marks Club @ Suffolk

AU 7 8 8 4 7 1 35
Jim 7 3 4 6 5 8 33
Lewis 7 6 1 5 5 6 30

1st leg total 98 v 98

Steve 6 5 7 7 8 7 40
Gary 4 4 9 4 6 6 33
Mart 6 8 7 3 5 4 33

2nd leg total 106 v 118

Clive 7 7 9 7 5 7 42

AS

8 8 7 5 14 9 51
Stu 6 4 4 5 4 7 30

3rd leg total123 v 108

Neil 7 17 9 6 7 9 55
Rob 6 7 6 8 8 9 44
JT 6 12 6 5 7 3 39

4th leg total 138 v 107

Grand total 465 v 431

WIN by 34

A Buff night for the Hustlers

Lowly Hustlers faced top of the table Duke of York away at RAOB.  Could a new moon rising and the Leonids showering really be good omens, or harbingers of doom?

 
Yet again following, we got off to a great start, with 40s from AU & Wallsy establishing a stunning 24 pin lead.  2nd leg held their own as Lewis stopped us losing more than 3 more pins, before handing the baton to 3rd leg.  A steady performance saw the leg tied, leaving the anchors with a 21 pin lead to defend.

They did their best to drop early pins, but held on to go into the final hand needing just 3 pins to win the game.  Clive protected his 40 average, while Rob managed to grab his maiden 40 of the season as they dropped 3 pins to give us an 18 pin victory over the league leaders, despite conceding 2 spares during the game.

Back to the Suffolk next week as we seek to extend our winning streak.  Don’t forget the Tony Clay Memorial Shield front pin contest at CACSSA (17 December) – http://www.cacssa.co.uk/skittles/tcs_2009.shtml – closing date for entries is 30 November.

18/11/09  v Duke of York @ RAOB

AU 8 6 5 7 7 8 41
Steve 7 8 8 6 9 7 45
Mart 4 7 8 5 7 6 37

1st leg total 123 v 99

TC 5 7 5 4 7 7 36
Pete 4 3 8 3 7 7 32
Lewis 7 5 5 7 9 6 41

2nd leg total 108 v 111

AS 6 7 6 6 3 8 36

Mark

3 8 7 7 6 5 36
Neil 7 5 7 8 8 6 38

3rd leg total 110 v 110

Clive 6 8 7 7 5 8 41
Rob 9 6 6 7 9 7 43
JT 5 5 6 9 7 5 37

4th leg total 121 v 124

Grand total 462 v 444

WIN by 18

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