Marian and Peter v Rosemary and Maurice

Rosemary and Maurice got off to a racing start, Rosemary into shot, Maurice two more for three, but Peter’s last was unlucky to clip a short wood as it was on perfect line and length for the head. He was a little more fortunate in the second end, a tiny wick not enough to stop him taking shot; Marian was just a fraction away on a measure from making it two, but in the third end Marian did secure two shots and the match was level at 3-3.

In the fourth end there was a ring of woods in front of the jack but Rosemary was clearly shot and Maurice clearly second so that they held two. Peter almost shaved both Maurice’s second and the jack, but missed everything as he eased through the head before Maurice added a third. However, Peter’s final wood of the end pushed Maurice out from second, taking second himself so that Rosemary and Maurice were just the one shot up at 4-3. In the fifth Marian and Peter had a shot each to hold two, but Maurice’s last wood took the head to increase his pairing’s lead to 5-3.

The sixth end saw Marian and Rosemary on a measure till Maurice clearly took shot with the final wood. That measure gave Rosemary second so it was two and the lead was now 7-3.

Rosemary took shot in the seventh end at eight inches, Maurice second at fourteen inches. Peter then moved the jack around six inches, but crucially to Rosemary’s right as he went left – so Rosemary still in shot, but Peter now second. Maurice’s final wood was perfect, resting on the jack for shot and two for his team. Peter’s last wood was a perfect line but a fraction too much weight, just too far behind the jack so two more for Rosemary and Maurice at 9-3.

Marian and Peter had to win the eighth to keep the match alive and Peter was clearly shot with Marian second on a measure, so back to 5-9. Four shots were now needed in the final end and they had woods around the jack but the shot was clearly Rosemary’s, and the match was over. Marian and Peter had played well, the measure deployed in most ends, but it was Rosemary and Maurice at 10-5 who were into the semi final.