For the second time in two rounds players were forced off the green during play in the Consistency Singles due to rain. They were hopeful of completing their matches on Saturday despite the cloudy conditions but after one break due to showers they were finally forced to suspend play when heavier showers returned.
The bowlers were playing in the quarter finals of the event with one of the games delayed due to an injury suffered by Peter Macdonald. Bill Burch started strongly in his match with Col Fletcher and after 7 ends held the advantage by 45 to 25. Fletcher was able to reduce the margin and by the 13th end hit the front for the first time at 66 – 64. The next phase of the game was very close with the lead fluctuating. When play was suspended Fletcher held a slender 111 t0 109 lead.
They returned to the green in warm, sunny conditions on Tuesday with the conditions suiting Fletcher who was able to wrap the match up in just seven ends. He moved into the semi-final with a good 157 – 133 win.
Jonathan Green maintained his excellent form leading all the way in his clash with Ivan Balentovic. Every time Balentovic looked like gaining the momentum, Green was able to steady and hold his lead. When rain interrupted play Green was ahead 103 – 77. On Tuesday, Green was able to hold his nerve and held off a strong finish from Balentovic to win 153 to 127.
John Monks and Doug Williams had a tight battle at the start of their game. After 10 ends Monks led by 53 – 47. Scores remained close until Monks was able to build a 20 point margin just as the rain worsened! When the players left the green he was ahead 105 to 85. When played resumed on Tuesday it was a matter of who would start the best. Monks was able to do this. He went on to win the game 154 to 116.
Unfortunately Macdonald, the Club’s reigning Singles Champion and hot favourite for this event, was unable to recover in time and he was forced to forfeit to Jim Macklin. Macklin will play Col Fletcher in one semi while John Monks takes on Jonathan Green in the other.
Above: Col Fletcher makes the semi finals of Consistency Singles