A very enjoyable day as usual at the Cock Inn, Northampton. I was a little hungover from the previous evening but still enjoyed my day out...my only comp of the year! no comps, no league but I hope this is the last time I have to say this.
Thanks to all at Northants for a splendid effort, man down with Jason being away for the weekend. The Coleman's put a shift in and I have to say, having won the first leg of the main comp quarter-final, he may have lost the second leg comprehensively (to Nigel Senior) but Simon, you had a lot on your plate mate!
Kurt Driver (bt Kevin Tunstall) won the main comp and Colin Southouse (bt Damien Coates) won the plate, congratulations to both! I have to say, I scored the final of the plate and it was a real privelage, neither player would back off! Colin had a 1.750 HT lead and in two breaks Damien had got it all back = they were level. Colin produced 1,300, Damien 1,200 and a shock looked on, another big score each before finally Damien DNS'd just once. In this game that's enough.
But that break shot, without it you-are-stuffed! The game is centered around the break shot and clearing up to do the break shot and there is just so much more to 4-pin than that! I did 3 x 200 shots out of nowhere but with the skittles so close to the holes the risk/reward is just too far apart. The 50 holes are micro-managed to perfection and the skittles are placed there as a result of this but it just wrecks the rest of the game.
an idea; pegs 3-5 from the edge of the pocket and the same shot RESULT cannot be repeated. 150 one way, 150 the other, 150 the first way. next; one up.
the reverse 50s and more 100s and 200s in open play are very long vague shots that may rim the holes so players don't currently try them.
Studying the records, congrats go to Curt on (surprisingly) his first appearance on the Northants 4-Pin Hall of Fame. And to K.T. for his first 4-Pin final appearance: not many left on his list to be ticked off !