Bowls:No final joy for Quémard
AFTER such high hopes that Allan Quémard might make it into two British Isles bowls finals at Llandrindod Wells, there was disappointment for Jersey's supporters when he lost in the semi finals of singles and fours yesterday.
But the Island's triples champions, Kevin Le Long, Alan Shaw and Peter Le Long scored a fantastic semi final win over the host country, and were lined up to take on Scotland in today's final.
The day started with a local derby, as Derek Boswell, Steve Hind, AQ and David Le Marquand took on Dave Trebert's Guernsey quartet in a fours semi final that had all the makings of a Le Quesne classic.
And the confident Jersey team looked on course for a place in the final as they powered into a 14-7 lead by the 12th end.
Matt Le Ber, the Guernsey lead, brought the mat up the green, and the new tactic stopped Jersey in their tracks, and a barren spell ensued, with the next seven ends going Guernsey's way.
'I don't think we went off,' said Boswell ruefully.
'They came on to a game, and we just couldn't seem to score for a very long time.' With two ends to play, Guernsey led by three, and it was time for the Jersey quartet to redouble their efforts - but they had to settle for a couple of singles, reducing the final deficit to just one shot, 17-16.
The result was particularly disappointing in the light of what is politely referred to as 'inter-insular rivalry' - and it reversed the result of the recent Channel Islands challenge, in which the Jersey quartet registered a comfortable victory over their Guernsey counterparts.
On the next green, the Jersey trio did well to beat Wales, 23-17, in a roller-coaster of a match in which the initiative lurched back and forth dramatically.
Kevin Le Long - son of skip Peter, and brother of former world under 25 singles champion Lindsey Greechan - has been playing seriously for only a couple of seasons, but he has natural ability, and did well at lead.
With world championships player Alan Shaw slotting in at middle-man, the Jersey trio led 12-7 after 9 ends, but dropped a double, a four and another double to trail 12-15 three ends later.
'We were in trouble,' admitted Peter.
'But we got our heads down, and I played some crucial bowls to get us back into contention, and we finished in style with a double and two fours for a 23-17 victory.' On the 17th end, Peter picked up the jack, and trailed it to turn a Welsh count into four shots that turned the game Jersey's way, and they were looking forward to challenging a Paisley triple for the title today.
AQ's chances of coming up against Guersney's Gary Pitschou in the singles final were dashed by Martin McHugh, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist from Ireland, who defeated him, 21-15, last night.
The Jersey star, who will carry the Island's hopes in next month's world championships in Ayr, scored a full house on the 6th end to take an encouraging 7-3 lead, but he conceded 10 shots over the next four ends to trail, 7-13, and was always on the back foot.
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