Cardiff’s Dan Salmon finished strongly in both sets of his ‘JUST’ World Singles campaign, signing off with a victory against Jamie Chestney 6-6, 10-6 to secure a 2nd Round clash on Wednesday 20th January against twice former champion Stewart Anderson who had booked his berth earlier in the day against Andy Walters.
In the last game of Day 6, Salmon – the reigning Commonwealth Games Pairs champion, found himself 6-3 down against this year’s World Open pairs finalist Jamie Chestney – with two ends to play, but he conjured up a single and a double to stand all square at 6-6 at the completion of the set.
It was blow for blow again in the second set, with the scoreline tied at 2, 4 and 6 with two ends to play. Salmon however player a superb conversion shot that yielded a treble to take a 9-6 lead with one end to play.
Holding a double and requiring a treble to square the set or a possible count of four to win the match – Chestney decided to go for the jugular and take out Salmon’s nearest bowls, but it all went wrong and instead he dropped a single and lost the set 10-6.
Tomorrow (Day 7 Thursday) will be another action packed day with some great matches for our army of armchair spectators.
Back to back holder of the Ladies Matchplay Singles Julie Forrest will be first in action in an all Scottish clash against IIBC Under 25 champion Jason Banks, former world champions Greg Harlow and Andy Thomson MBE will go head to head and wrapping up day 7 of play will be 1996 holder David Gourlay MBE against Scott Edwards.
“JUST” WORLD OPEN SINGLES
Dan Salmon (Wales) bt Jamie Chestney (Eng) 6-6, 10-6