The second and third matches were straight forward 3-0 wins leaving Employment ahead 2-1. The next match was myself against Paul brought forward because Chris was also playing in the Central League on another table. 2-0 and 8-5 up in the third I again managed to lose consecutive points and the game. Thought the writing was on the wall when Paul achieved his first game point at 11-10 with an edge and his second at 12-11 with a net. Phew, managed to avoid a final game.
The fifth match was another straight forward 3-0 win to Chris, Employment ahead 3-2. The remaining 4 matches all went the distance, and all to PRO.
My match v Anita was possibly the match of the night. 2-0 and 8-3 down in the third things were looking bleak. I somehow squeezed past 11-9. More drama was to follow in tense fourth and fifth ends. Two match points saved in the fourth, I won 16-14 when Anita served off at 14-15. In the final game I raced into a 9-5 lead, but again the curse of complacency struck and I lost 5 consecutive points to give Anita her third match point. I then won the next three points and the game 12-10.
With time running out the final two matches were played on two tables. Anita’s luck had again deserted her, leading Ian 2-1 and match point at 10-9, before losing in 5.
Ronnie was again our star man winning all 3, but it took him 3 very close games against Anita and 5 games against both Paul and Chris, and that after losing 11-1 to Chris in the fourth end.
Despite starting the match at 18:25, the final point was won at 21:40, and so being the home team we had little choice but to concede the doubles.
Incredibly, of the 38 games played 22 were won by the narrowest of margins.