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Missed the opening on this one sorry!
Ken had something, but has just placed his r clip on h1 and retires to partner in c1. 1ft apart with one just n an the other just e of the corner leaving a rush to no where. Looks like a big enough gap not to be a double.
Dave currently has K on the EB 9yn of c4 an b is 4y SSE of h3
02 Jan 2014 9:10AM (Tournament); 21 Readers
B misses r an y in c1 - must have been a nice target. Bald rushes y to K on EB, gets a tight rush which he over hits. Approaches 3 from 4y straight. Sticks in h3 giving Maugham a 5 yarder
02 Jan 2014 9:16AM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Hits r with K, few good shots an has a break. Currently approaching h5. He's looking quite cheerful on the lawn today. Nice to see
02 Jan 2014 9:25AM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Round to 4b no worries, tight MSL - unsure if that's the first MSL this tournament but it's the first one I've seen so far. Bald takes a bi of time to think about it and lifts r (h3) which was the ball at h4 in the leave. Misses to c4
02 Jan 2014 9:36AM (Tournament); 36 Readers
Won't be happy with the rush to 1, approaching from 4yE, copes, makes 1 an is away. Delayed TP coming up
02 Jan 2014 9:39AM (Tournament); 43 Readers
pioneer (y) for h4 is 9yn of the hoop. After 3 doesn't get a rush on partner s and can't believe it! Does a little dance. Hoop stroke didn't apprear to take much wire an its hoop an roquet. Has a think about it, sends K to h5.
Runs h4 to the boundary, has 6 yarder on R on 2y on y, takes sensible 2y, takes off to c4 falls short. Loads 6 going to k - h4 possibly in the way??
02 Jan 2014 9:44AM (Tournament); 43 Readers
No problems, makes 5, comes back to Y 4yS of 4, digs 5 out 3yn of 4 bit gets a rush pointing just n of 1, excellent cut, makes 6, comes back down to sb level with 5, puts r near the peg going to K, rushes it N and places it to 4b. Will we see an attempt at a STP?
02 Jan 2014 9:50AM (Tournament); 39 Readers
No attempt, goes to peg an has a spread
02 Jan 2014 9:59AM (Tournament); 39 Readers
Looks very horizontal but appears quite happy with it
02 Jan 2014 10:00AM (Tournament); 39 Readers
Bald misses the lift. Dave finishes +24
02 Jan 2014 10:17AM (Tournament); 38 Readers
G2 Bald to take play first
K goes 3y N of peg.. second time I've seen this now. Asked a few players if there is a name for it and until I get a response it's now going to be known as the Bald Special.
Y goes just out of c4
B hits Y.. dream leave coming up?
02 Jan 2014 10:22AM (Tournament); 42 Readers
Sends y 8y s of 2 going to K, doesn't get a rush to 1, rolls back over to EB 2yn of h4
02 Jan 2014 10:24AM (Tournament); 42 Readers
On the other courts, round of applause as Chris completes a TPO - straight rover peel, I'm not sure exactly what happened but had to peg out from 2y W of rover
02 Jan 2014 10:24AM (Tournament); 43 Readers
R goes to NB an shooting through at Y to c1.. stalk.. cast cast cast cast tip toes rocking... cast...
02 Jan 2014 10:25AM (Tournament); 44 Readers
Its not a roquet its a rush, finishes 3yN of h1 though so he won't be happy with that ;)
02 Jan 2014 10:26AM (Tournament); 45 Readers
Maugham plays the big split going to the balls on EB, nice rush to h1 an is away
02 Jan 2014 10:30AM (Tournament); 49 Readers
Maugham approaching 1b... another MSL coming up. All other clips on 1
02 Jan 2014 10:39AM (Tournament); 51 Readers
Dave sticks in 2b. Bald approaching h5, had to rush peel Dave through 2b so it he goes round it will be;
Bald 4b an 1
Maugham 3b an 1
02 Jan 2014 10:48AM (Tournament); 53 Readers
Bald playing B goes round to 4b, has a nice NSL with the 3b ball at h4.
Maugham lifts the 3b ball and misses down the line into c4
02 Jan 2014 11:06AM (Tournament); 59 Readers
K is on the 2nd break now, setting up for a delayed TP currently loading 5 from c4 going to h4 pioneer 3y n of 4
02 Jan 2014 11:07AM (Tournament); 62 Readers
Something has gone wrong, had to rush partner from perfect peele position at 4b over to 1b. Good rush and looked like a reasonable hoop but fails 1b. R (3b) is 5yn of h1. Middles the 17 yarder just about cannons K out of 2b in the process
02 Jan 2014 11:16AM (Tournament); 64 Readers
Mulliner pegs out on l5 to take the first against Ian
02 Jan 2014 11:17AM (Tournament); 65 Readers
Maugham now up to 4b an making a leave - started the turn at 3b so no lift. Leave is;
B (h1) 3y e of c1
K (4b) 2ye of h2
R an Y laid up in c4 with a 2y rush to k
02 Jan 2014 11:23AM (Tournament); 64 Readers
K looks like it might have a bit of a target. Looking at it.. middles the sb ball. Another leave coming up now
02 Jan 2014 11:24AM (Tournament); 64 Readers
Woopts.. I got the clip positions well wrong in the last commentary. K is for 1b an B is for 4b. Won't be a leave. Could be a break to the peg with a couple of good shots
02 Jan 2014 11:26AM (Tournament); 65 Readers
Makes h4 but clip is on h5. Retires to 3ye of c2 with a 4y rush on b to h3. R is 4yN of h5
02 Jan 2014 11:27AM (Tournament); 64 Readers
Patel had a shot.. missed to the middle of them both
02 Jan 2014 11:29AM (Tournament); 63 Readers
Bit more interaction, Fletcher now up to h6 laid up in c2, Patel goes to c3
02 Jan 2014 11:45AM (Tournament); 68 Readers
Wrong tabs sorry! Bald on break to the peg to be 4b an peg vs 1 an 4b. Currently approaching 2b an in control
02 Jan 2014 11:49AM (Tournament); 66 Readers
Makes 6, gets a rush to NB maybe 2y W of 2.. he's playing for the take off. Good shot, gets I an has a slight cut to 1b
02 Jan 2014 11:51AM (Tournament); 65 Readers
Bloody wrong tabs again =/ Hopefully me confusing you is at least making you think rather than just read ha. Bald approaching 4b.. looking tidy. What will the leave be?
02 Jan 2014 11:53AM (Tournament); 68 Readers
No leave as he's failed penult - on that note, just realised I have been spelling penult wrong for the last 10 years. Good thing I'm teaching PE not English!!
02 Jan 2014 12:00PM (Tournament); 65 Readers
Bald hits a 25 yarder off Daves leave, fails penault again, reject to 7yW of 6
02 Jan 2014 12:02PM (Tournament); 65 Readers
Ball positions are; y 3y N c4 (h1), r 4yW of 5 (4b), K 7yw of 6 (penult) and B 8y NE of penult (4b)
Dave plays Y at k.. Misses to c2
02 Jan 2014 12:04PM (Tournament); 67 Readers
Bald on Penult an Peg, Dave on 4b an 1
Dave misses a 20 yarder into c2, Bald has a cannon playing with his penult ball
02 Jan 2014 12:27PM (Tournament); 72 Readers
Bald fails to make penult again. Dave has just about an identical shot to before if he wants it.. maybe has another few yards this time. Y 4yE of 5 r still in c1 Bald up in c2 with southwards rush
02 Jan 2014 12:29PM (Tournament); 68 Readers
Misses again to c2 but looked a better shot than the last ones
02 Jan 2014 12:30PM (Tournament); 67 Readers
Players have stopped for lunch. Watch this space
02 Jan 2014 12:33PM (Tournament); 66 Readers
Back into it. Bald doesn't approach penult, makes another leave. Maugham misses another 25 yarder, looked close that time. He's now approaching penult, has partner 5y south 1ft hoops gets a 2y rush to Rover. Cuts to r on the SB finishes 1y e of it. What will the leave be for peg an rover no lift? Y still on eb level with 3
02 Jan 2014 1:04PM (Tournament); 58 Readers
Maugham misses the 25 yarder
02 Jan 2014 1:13PM (Tournament); 53 Readers
Bald makes rover, 1y NE rush towards the peg, good shot. Bald takes game 2 26-17 to force it into a third
02 Jan 2014 1:13PM (Tournament); 54 Readers
Mulliner approaching rover to take the match 2-0 against Dumergue and give England its 11th match win to win the test and hold an 11-2 lead
02 Jan 2014 1:15PM (Tournament); 58 Readers
Bald plays B to the EB 9yn C4
Y just S of c2
K middles B
02 Jan 2014 1:21PM (Tournament); 62 Readers
Takes off to c2.. misses the ball in c2 leaving a double. Had to disappear but I'm not sure if R missed or if something happened in between.
Anyway, Bald has just gone to 4b with an NSL. Y (h1) is at h4 and there must have been some interaction as I don't think Bald would have popped an I can see a red clip on H2. Bald now 4b (K) an 1 (b). Ugh oh - somethings not right as on his final shot K has gone 1yw of c4. Y must be open from a baulk?
02 Jan 2014 1:53PM (Tournament); 56 Readers
Maugham misses the 13 yarder at K in c4 with his h2 ball. Not looking happy about it. The beast has definitely shot better over the last two days, but it doesn't look like he's missing by much. Will Bald be ballsy an go to peg an just have a leave? I suspect a leave
02 Jan 2014 1:57PM (Tournament); 58 Readers
On l5 death over approached 1b and called the referee on. Hammers through - I think the referee called it clean but Death thinks he double tapped and called himself on it. Forster should go round of this. Nice to see good sportsmanship from the big dog
02 Jan 2014 2:02PM (Tournament); 57 Readers
Bald had a leave, ball 5y s of h1 an 2ye of 2 laid up in c3.
Maugham played r to c4
Bald took off out 1yn c4.
Maugham has a break approaching h5. No attempt at setting up for a TPO
02 Jan 2014 2:10PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
Another MSL coming up from the beast, with B (h1) at h2. Change of mind an its not as tight - just over a yard SW from the h2 but went an had a look an still appears to be hidden from baulk
02 Jan 2014 2:15PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
completes the leave, Bald having a think about what to do
02 Jan 2014 2:20PM (Tournament); 54 Readers
Lifts the ball at 2 and snicks in the inlawn ball not even taking it off the yardline
02 Jan 2014 2:24PM (Tournament); 58 Readers
Has made h2 and has a chance for a standard TP on
02 Jan 2014 2:26PM (Tournament); 57 Readers
I had to disappear again. Dave is in play with his H2 ball, has a cannon from c4 and partner is waiting at h3
02 Jan 2014 2:52PM (Tournament); 51 Readers
Poor rush to H2 (or did it hit something on the way) over approaches h2 from 8ys of the hoop and lags of the wb a few yards 6 of h3 8 yards from partner
02 Jan 2014 2:55PM (Tournament); 48 Readers
Just had a internet problem, but back online. Bald was on a break to the peg but over approached 4b an is now 4b an rover vs 3 an 4b with dave having a 4 yarder an two balls at his hoop
02 Jan 2014 3:40PM (Tournament); 10 Readers
Maugham still on a break - not even interested at the delayed TP, currently approaching 2b with a laid break
02 Jan 2014 3:50PM (Tournament); 16 Readers
Just approaching rover...
02 Jan 2014 4:00PM (Tournament); 14 Readers
still a bit of work to do for a good leave.. think he may have been wanting a spread? but k is still 3yN of the peg as he runs rover an sends B to 7y s of 3
02 Jan 2014 4:02PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Maugham has an OSL. Big shot for Bald coming up now
02 Jan 2014 4:04PM (Tournament); 12 Readers
Bald hit the lift but made an error (I think).
Maugham finishes and wins the 3rd to take the match.
ENG 12 AUS 2
02 Jan 2014 4:19PM (Tournament); 16 Readers
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