NZ A and Blues close in on Shield Final

14 August 2017 12:00:00 Posted By Luton
Last Updated: 14 August 2017 12:42:00

Shoot At Will 3-8 Shootpool Blues

Shoot At Will struck first in this match, as Andy Roberts took control of the frame early on before finished well to make it 1-0. Rowland Harman then had a brilliant frame, as he and his opponent both making some fantastic pots, before Rowland took out a nice finish to level the scores at 1-1. Ryan May played a brilliant frame, taking an early advantage before getting pegged back, but finished well with a long black down the rail for 2-1. Chris Johnston pounced on a missed black to win his frame and make it 2-2 on the night. John Thorne then won a very tight frame to edge Shootpool Blues into a 3-2, and was followed by Peter Mizon, who also ground out a very close game to see his side into a 4-2 half time lead.

Chris Johnston took control of frame 7, but had an unfortunate black potted out-of-turn to thank for his second win of the night, as Shoot At Will pulled it back to 4-3. But that was when Shootpool Blues moved up a gear with two players winning their second frames of the night, as firstly Rowland Harman finished brilliantly to make it 5-3, before Ryan May played a lovely frame before potting another black down the rail to make it 6-3.

Elliot Riley got himself on the score-sheet next, winning well in frame 10 to make it 7-3 to Shootpool Blues, and it was the away side who also won the scotch doubles frame, and although the frame was scrappy with both sides missing some easy balls, Peter Mizon and John Thorne just edged their opponents out in the end. The score should probably have been a lot closer, but Shootpool Blues were just more clinical on the night and have a huge 8-3 to defend in the second leg.

Wonky Weavers 3-8 New Zealand 'A'

In the second semi-final, New Zealand 'A' had a perfect start, as Tommy Gibson won a well-played frame to go 1-0 up, and that was followed up with quick wins for Ricky Turner, Jay Yerby, Dennis Walton and John McLernon. All of a sudden, tournament favourites New Zealand 'A' found themselves 5-0 up on last year's Shield winners Wonky Weavers. Jake Welsh managed to edge a very tactical frame to get Wonky Weavers off the mark at 5-1, but his side was still very much up against it going into half time of the first leg.

The second half started the same way the first half did, with Tommy Gibson winning well, this time he finished the match in style, with a good double on the black. Mitchell Cray won well in frame 8 to reduce the deficit to 6-2. Ricky Carr had a chance to win the next frame after Jay Yerby fouled, but couldn't finish the game and gave Jay a simple black to make it 7-2. Calvin Baldwin won his frame to make it 7-3, but in the scotch doubles frame, New Zealand 'A' edged a tight frame, as Dennis Walton potted the black to give himself and Brian Lopez the win, and see their side take a very promising 8-3 lead into the second leg next week.