It was England’s Nick Brett up against Jason Greenslade from Wales in the last of the semi finals this afternoon on the portable rink in fornt of a capacity audience to battle it out for the last place in tomorrow’s final for the ‘Just’ 2020 World Indoor Open Singles title. Both players have played superbly throughout the event and no-one could give a call as to who might come out on top.
It was Brett that got a slight start, going 3,1 up by the third end but then Greenslade struck back in mercurial fashion taking a full four on end four and then a hard fought single on end five. It was virtually bowl for bowl as Brett then took ends six and seven in great style with two hard earned singles to be one behind at 5,6. End eight and Greenslade produced some wizardry and took a single to go two ahead into the last end of the set. Then Brett pounced and produced a great few bowls, Greenslade tried hard and could not quite make them disappear and it was Brett that finished off with a tremendous three count to take the first set by a single shot 8,7
Second set started and again there was really not a lot between them as they waged battle with each other, you could physically see the concentration within their faces each time they went to play their bowls. It was Greenslade that was up by two shots in the fourth end but again Brett was able to hold out as he took the next two ends with two doubles to get one ahead of Greenslade 5,4. End seven and Greenslade made a single to tie the set at 5 all. Brett played a stunning end in eight to get two ahead of Greenslade and again Brett in end nine that played a great strategic end of bowls and no matter what Greenslade tried he just could not quite get what he needed and Brett took the second set and match 8,5 and goes through to face, yet again, Robert Paxton in what looks on paper to be a great final.