Terry F & David N v John R & Hans F – March 22nd, 2016

Mick S very kindly agreed to mark a semi final, so that both fixtures could be played on the same day. Terry won the toss and set the jack at thirty-one yards. With no warm-up end, it was a surprise to see all twelve woods closely huddled round the jack, but with no uncertainty, the call was one to John and Hans. John set a slightly shorter jack for the second end, but his closest wood was two yards beyond – Terry was holding one shot. David bowled a good first, giving a two point advantage to him and Terry, but Hans’ last forehand wood took a perfect line and length, picked up the jack and rested alongside John’s earlier trailblazer, making the score 3-0, after two ends.

A twenty-five yard jack seemed too short for both John and Terry, in the third end, but when Hans put two nearest the jack, David could not improve on third, making the difference 5-0. With a slightly longer jack, at twenty-seven yards, it was John who led the way, taking a two shot lead and with Hans putting another into the count, the score was 8-0, after four ends.

In the next end, the jack was set at thirty yards and this suited Terry as his second wood was perfect in line and length, sitting right on the target ball. All three of Hans’ woods slipped quietly by, troubling neither Terry’s wood nor the jack – but David, too, was unable to add to the score. Terry expressed relief that he and David were, at last, on the scoreboard. In the next end, it was David who took the shot and in the seventh both bowled very good positional woods, forcing Hans onto the backhand, but to no avail.

Having fought back to 8-4, Terry and David needed to progress in the same vein. Terry put up the jack at just over twenty-six yards, but by the time he and John had sent their woods, it was the latter that was holding two shots. David tried to rectify the situation, coming close, but not close enough. Hans first came in for shot and his second saw him and his partner holding a comfortable four shots. Then David bowled possibly his best wood of the match, taking out one and leaving Hans and John holding two and a measure. Hans did not wish to endanger their strong position, so he walked with his wood. The marker scored two, making the score 10-4, with one end available. The marker asked if Terry and David wanted the last end, but they declined, with the difference being six points.

The match was a hard fought battle, with a great comeback by Terry and David, but the early lead had probably cost them the match, so it is John and Hans that will meet Peter B and Maurice W in the final.