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Hi everyone, just an update to bring you up to speed, Ned Wilson beat Steve Jones with a nice triple earlier this morning to confirm his place in the knockout. This left Steve needing to beat Alain 2-0 in games to progress, and Alain simply needing to win one game.
06 Feb 2018 2:36PM (Tournament); 39 Readers
Steve won the first, leaving a sudden death decider game to decide the final qualification place in this block!
06 Feb 2018 2:37PM (Tournament); 40 Readers
In this 3rd game, Steve went round first making 9, Alain then followed with a 9 hope break of his own. Steve missed the lift and Alain started his second break. Tried a couple of times for the tp, but it wasn’t happening so has just concentrated on going round to peg.
06 Feb 2018 2:38PM (Tournament); 36 Readers
We join the game with Alain having just ran penult with red, yellow for 4b. Steve has blue on 1 and black for 4b
06 Feb 2018 2:39PM (Tournament); 37 Readers
Positions Y by peg ready for spread, takes off from K to U by rover. Cleanly runs rover too far.. nervy return roquet coming up...
06 Feb 2018 2:41PM (Tournament); 39 Readers
Alain misses...R finishes 3 yards North of 6
06 Feb 2018 2:41PM (Tournament); 41 Readers
U by rover, K and Y by peg
06 Feb 2018 2:42PM (Tournament); 45 Readers
Steve weighing up his options...
Picks up U and takes to b baulk, looks like he’ll be shooting at R
06 Feb 2018 2:43PM (Tournament); 44 Readers
06 Feb 2018 2:44PM (Tournament); 43 Readers
Good roquet there, big one in the match!
Sends R just North of 2, uses Y to set up rush to 1 with K. Standard triple chance here! No tps for him this tournament though..
06 Feb 2018 2:45PM (Tournament); 43 Readers
Update on Morrow vs Coutts, Morrow 3 and rover in break, Coutts 1 and 4b
06 Feb 2018 2:46PM (Tournament); 46 Readers
Steve (with U) makes 1 and 2. Hard to give an opinion on a 4bsll break. Looks in good nick. Making 3 with K ready to peel...
06 Feb 2018 2:49PM (Tournament); 44 Readers
Stunning weather here in Paraparaumu, even a kunar backcdrop to the earlier morning...a spoonbill flies overhead during Steve’s peel attempt, lovely stuff!
06 Feb 2018 2:51PM (Tournament); 42 Readers
Should have said lunar above. Jones just makes the peel, makes 4 after a good rush and then rushes R to south boundary
06 Feb 2018 2:54PM (Tournament); 42 Readers
Alain waiting and ready to pounce on any Jones error
06 Feb 2018 2:55PM (Tournament); 41 Readers
Jones makes 5 and has R and K all set for the penult peel after 6
06 Feb 2018 2:57PM (Tournament); 45 Readers
Looking very solid here Jones. He does have 4 Mac appearances after all
06 Feb 2018 2:59PM (Tournament); 48 Readers
Peel (K) sticks right in front of penult. Goes to Y pioneer for 1b via a rush with R to North boundary and stop shot R to 2b
06 Feb 2018 3:00PM (Tournament); 46 Readers
Jones has a Dawson Millenium mallet, gold with aluminium. A very rare mallet these days, apparently very heavy indeed!
06 Feb 2018 3:01PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
Good anecdotes from Ned Wilson here...great mallet intel from him
06 Feb 2018 3:02PM (Tournament); 51 Readers
No rush peel for Jones here, doesn’t try the peel going to R for 2b
06 Feb 2018 3:03PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
Leaves K nicely in front of penult, makes 2b off R
06 Feb 2018 3:03PM (Tournament); 51 Readers
Nelson has just saved his break by hitting a 15 yarder, hammers through 3b though, 9 yard return roquet....HITS! Nervy here in Paraparaumu
06 Feb 2018 3:05PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
3b roll peel through now penult for Jones, plays very nicely and cleanly peels K to level with rover. Almost wires himself on Y, but roquet and is ready to make 3b
06 Feb 2018 3:06PM (Tournament); 52 Readers
Doesn’t approach well...leaves a yard or two hoop, MISSES! Alain back in!
06 Feb 2018 3:07PM (Tournament); 53 Readers
Jones has left K by rover, U wired from K by 3b. Uses his lift and picks up Y, thought he’d shoot from where Y was at R in front of his 4b hoop, however picks up Y and shooting at K from A baulk...misses and finishes 2 yards out of corner 3
06 Feb 2018 3:09PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
What is Jones going to do?
06 Feb 2018 3:10PM (Tournament); 54 Readers
“He likes shooting” - Alain
06 Feb 2018 3:10PM (Tournament); 57 Readers
K into corner 1 for Steve
Alain eyeing up shooting Y at R. Y is for 4b and R for peg
06 Feb 2018 3:12PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
Steve’s U isfor 3b and K for rover
06 Feb 2018 3:12PM (Tournament); 57 Readers
Alain nails the 10 yard roquet R into Y in corner 3
06 Feb 2018 3:13PM (Tournament); 56 Readers
Leave a rush with Y to his 4b hoop. Jones is back in the lawn
06 Feb 2018 3:14PM (Tournament); 55 Readers
Jones shooting U at 3b to K in corner 1...HITS
06 Feb 2018 3:15PM (Tournament); 56 Readers
Great shot there! Takes back the initiative
06 Feb 2018 3:15PM (Tournament); 57 Readers
Jones takes off with U from K to Giraud’s Y on N boundary. Sets up rush to 3b from behind 4b, rush is good length, finishing east off 3b by 3 yards
06 Feb 2018 3:17PM (Tournament); 61 Readers
Paddy Chapman is here and is wearing shorts everyone
06 Feb 2018 3:18PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Top Deck helping us through the tension, and combo white and milk chocolate for the uninitiated
06 Feb 2018 3:19PM (Tournament); 58 Readers
Jones is on 4b, making with U off Y, only just makes it! But just is enough
06 Feb 2018 3:20PM (Tournament); 61 Readers
Not going to finish this turn though, K is still in corner 1. Jones croquets Y to well beyond rover and can now rush R to nice position for making penult
06 Feb 2018 3:21PM (Tournament); 58 Readers
Takes off to K, rolls K to near peg, hits two yard roquet on Y with U to the side of rover
06 Feb 2018 3:24PM (Tournament); 63 Readers
Makes rover does Jones. Only 3 more points needed...
06 Feb 2018 3:25PM (Tournament); 65 Readers
Jones making a OSL here, Y is off the West boundary, R off East and his U and K in corner 2
06 Feb 2018 3:28PM (Tournament); 63 Readers
Giraud takes his R and is shooting at Y down West boundary...potentially to stay in the world championships...
06 Feb 2018 3:31PM (Tournament); 67 Readers
Huge roquet for Alain
06 Feb 2018 3:32PM (Tournament); 67 Readers
Great take off to corner 2, roquets K and rushes U to near the peg. Can Alain get a nice set up for his hoop and put the pressure on Jones?
06 Feb 2018 3:35PM (Tournament); 62 Readers
He peels off U, leaving K in corner 2. We have a 3 ball ending folks!
06 Feb 2018 3:36PM (Tournament); 62 Readers
Alain still standing considering his options
06 Feb 2018 3:37PM (Tournament); 60 Readers
Strides coolly onto the lawn...strikes R into corner 4...it looked like he was pegging out for a second there
06 Feb 2018 3:38PM (Tournament); 60 Readers
Y is maybe 4 yards off West boundary half way along, Jones shoots with U...misses to half way between peg and rover on W boundary
06 Feb 2018 3:40PM (Tournament); 63 Readers
Sorry Steve shot with K, K is for peg
06 Feb 2018 3:41PM (Tournament); 59 Readers
06 Feb 2018 3:41PM (Tournament); 60 Readers
Alain shoots Y at 4b, clips off wire to N boundary. Steve knocks K to decent but slightly angled position in front of his rover hoop
06 Feb 2018 3:42PM (Tournament); 56 Readers
Alain goes to R in corner 4...widish join on N boundary for his R and Y now
06 Feb 2018 3:43PM (Tournament); 51 Readers
Steve is shooting at rover form 1 yard, slightly angles, runs to the South boundary, good hoop!
06 Feb 2018 3:44PM (Tournament); 51 Readers
What does he do now? Alain is joined up and ready to finish his Y from 4b
06 Feb 2018 3:44PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
Alain has covered the shot at the peg (if Open) with his R and Y. Think the best option is to middle of East boundary?
06 Feb 2018 3:45PM (Tournament); 49 Readers
Ha I know more about this game than I thought, that’s exactly what Steve does
06 Feb 2018 3:47PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
Alain roquets R with Y and takes off to K. Rushes K to North boundary. Sends K to south of hoop 4. Deciding what to do next..
06 Feb 2018 3:51PM (Tournament); 47 Readers
Puts Y 2 yards East of corner 2 with R two yards further east
06 Feb 2018 3:51PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
Steve shooting with K...
06 Feb 2018 3:52PM (Tournament); 49 Readers
Misses the peg but HITS RED
06 Feb 2018 3:52PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
Easy take-off to behind Y to rush to the peg. Takes off from Y and pegs out
06 Feb 2018 3:53PM (Tournament); 52 Readers
Steve Jones qualifies for the knockout!
06 Feb 2018 3:54PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
Unlucky for Alain to leave a double with his ball and the peg
06 Feb 2018 3:54PM (Tournament); 49 Readers
One of those matches where it’s a shame someone has to lose. Sorry to see Alain knocked out, if he plays in the plate he’ll be a strong contender
06 Feb 2018 3:55PM (Tournament); 46 Readers
But well done Steve, controlled play sees him through to the knockout of the AC worlds on home soil
06 Feb 2018 3:56PM (Tournament); 47 Readers
That’s all from me folks, hope you enjoyed it!
06 Feb 2018 3:56PM (Tournament); 46 Readers
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