Day 2 Report: November 2, 2003
11:15 AM. Still windy, conditions challenging.
Burrow and Mulliner (GB) started off with a quick win, 25tp (M) over Louw and Rosenberry (USA). In Fulford and Clarke (GB) v. Stark and Taves (USA), Clarke hit the lift and TPO’d in the first game, resulting in a 13tpo win. In game 2 Taves hit the supershot and made nine hoops, and Stark is in play with an on-time triple going. Fournier was pegged out (Fournier and Drake, USA, v. Maugham and Avery, GB) but Drake has a 3-ball break going to finish.
Bassett (AUS) has taken the first against Prince (NZ) by 8tp, and Bulloch (NZ) won the first against Meatheringham (AUS) by 21.
11:35 AM. Australia extend their lead.
Bassett makes it 4-0 to Australia over New Zealand, beating NZ #2 John Prince by 8tp, 26tp. The good news for New Zealand is that they are game-up in three other matches.
Stark and Taves have pulled even to game-all with Fulford and Clarke, on a fifth-turn TP by stark.
12:25 PM. New Zealand on the board.
Dennis Bulloch has given NZ their first match win, 21 and 26 over Meatheringham. In the remaining matches in the AUS v. NZ test, NZ is leading in three of the four.
A Mullliner TPO has put GB ahead of USA 3-1. Taves is currently attempting to TPO Fulford in the third game of that match.
1:05 PM. Another win for NZ.
Greg Bryant has beaten Simon Hockey 14, 17tp. New Zealand 2, Australia 4.
Taves finished the TPO, pausing often to wait for the wind to subside. Stark and Clarke are now battling it out. Maugham has TPO’d Drake.
2:00 PM. USA staying close.
USA’s John Taves and Jerry Stark have become the second pair to ever beat Robert Fulford and Chris Clarke in a MacRobertson Shield doubles match. Lots of errors in the 3-ball finish of the third game, Stark eventually pulling together a 3-ball break to win the match.
Fournier and Drake have pulled even with Maugham and Avery. Maugham has the first break of the third game.
Fleming (AUS) has levelled with Garrison (NZ), and Parkinson (NZ) has levelled with Forster (AUS).
3:10 PM. This could be a long day.
USA v. GB is finished for the day; the match stands at 4-2 to GB after Maugham and Avery won the error-filled third game against Fournier and Drake.
Forster beat Parkinson in three, putting Australia up 5-2 against New Zealand. In the remaining two singles matches, Fleming and Clarke are in play for Australia.
4:45 PM. This WAS a long day.
The Aussies prevailed in the final two matches to take a commanding 7-2 lead over the Kiwis. Fleming failed to finish his triple with three peels done, and pegged out one ball. Garrison made a clutch hit and got one ball round. Fleming took several shots at the peg before finally roqueting after Garrison had left a peg-ball double.
Wislang had an excellent precision break-building play with partner clip on peg, before inexplicably breaking down at 3-back. Clarke had a simple turn to finish.