MARATHON MAN . . . ASQUITH'S MARTIN HOLDEN WINS 2017 SENIOR SINGLES


MARTIN HOLDEN (ASQUITH) . . . 2017 ZONE SENIOR SINGLE'S WINNER
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Sunday, 2 July 2017

 

 

ASQUITH'S Martin Holden's senior single's win was in itself very credible, however his one shot semi final win over Crawford Linton, a State and four time winner of this event makes it even more so.

Crawford's reputation gained over many years from giving what appears to be an unattainable lead to his opposition and then slowly wearing them down and win, regardless of time, prevailing conditions or ends is legendary, which in this game stretched to 45.

Then to back up after a quick bite of lunch and meet Bob Hawtree (Turramurra) in the final that stretched over four hours and 44 ends, which finished with the sun well and truly over the horizon and long shadows across the green. 

Such was their level of concentration, neither bowler would have been aware of the distinctive drop in temperature towards the closing stages of the game. However, the handful of officials including the marker, Bob Abdallah and the four spectators were very much aware of it, silently hoping for the finish so they could fulfill their mandatory photos and presentation obligations.  

In many respects the score differential throughout the game resembled the open final, maybe not quite the same gap, but nevertheless Bob led 21-13 and appeared he would go on with it.

However, Martin got his second wind and slowly pegged him back, but it was a dour and agonising struggle, particularly when both players would simultaneously lose concentration. It's a familiar story with leads in a team game, if the first lead gets close to the jack his opponent will invariably do likewise, then of course the exact opposite. Consequently there were some great heads and others they would outrightly deny.

Eventually Martin wore Bob down and led 27-26, and then it developed into a shot for shot scenario with both players more determined than ever to win the title.

At 28-all and serious questions being asked as to the possible transfer to the green with floodlights, Martin somehow found that little extra in the tank to go out a very deserved and no doubt exhausted 31-28 winner. 

 

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BOB HAWTREE . . . (TURRAMURRA) 2017 SENIOR SINGLE'S RUNNER-UP

MARTIN HOLDEN (ASQUITH)

MARTIN HOLDEN

BOB HAWTREE (TURRAMURRA)

BOB HAWTREE (TURRAMURRA)
 
 
 


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