SUSSEX A 20 V 24 LONDON A
Posted by mister T on November 12 2015 13:50:30
Another away win and a result that was good enough to win us the 2015 regional title!
The match itself was a pretty scrappy affair. London shaded the first set 6 v 5 but lost the next two sets by the same score, 11 v 11 at half time and 17 v 16 down going into the last set.
It could have been worse than that as we trailed 10 v 6 and 15 v 12 but responded well on both occasions.
We really knuckled down in the fourth set and played some decent stuff, winning it 8 v 3.
Dave brought us level at 17 v 17, Alex then put us 18 v 17 up only for Jordan to lose, 18 v 18. Tony, Rupe and Joe all won, 21 v 18 up (and nationals qualification assured), Danny lost but Jack won, 22 v 19. Andy lost, 22 v 20...
...then, with news filtering through that Berkshire had only managed a draw against Surrey, we needed just one of the last two frames to win the region and when Sussex's John Cairns unluckily potted the black early in the 43rd frame against Robbie it was 23 v 20.
Frame, match and region to London!
Joe and Jerry both won 3 out of 4 but clear man of the match for us was Rupe with an excellent 4 out of 4.
Dave and Jordan both earned well deserved England trials and we can all now look forward to the 2016 national finals next March. Come on London!!
Joe Prince 3/4
Dave Rawlinson 2/4
Alex Lawrence 2/4
Jordan O'Connor 1/4
Tony Gear 2/4
Danny Moffatt 1/4
Jack Pople 2/4
Jerry Tickell 3/4
Robbie Robb 2/4
Andy Breen 2/4
Rupert Ward 4/4