‘Slippers’ Paxton gives the chop to ‘ginja ninja’ cinato

8 November, 2016

Final game of the day featured World No 3 Robert Paxton and the Co-op Wild card Connor Cinato. The 20 year old Cinato is not fazed by the big setting of the TV stage, having qualified for both the Superbowl and the World Championships. After five ends the scores were all square in the first set 4.4 but Paxton played a superb end six to pick up a two to take it to 6.4. End seven and Paxton piled on the pressure picking up a three shot count. It was a Paxton one way street to finish off the first set 11.5.

The second set started a lot closer affair and after four ends the score was 3.1 to Cinato. Paxton picks up a two at the next end and all square again. Then its a run of shots from Cinato that takes him nto a 6.3 lead with two ends to play. End eight and Paxton takes a two. Nervous times at the last end of the second set for both players. Paxton needing just one shot for a tie and the game. Cinato needing one to take us into a tie break. It’s Paxtons third bowl that draws close at the last end, Cinato overplays his third leaving all his hopes on his last bowl. World No3 Paxton was not to be denied his quarter final place and picked up two shots win the second set and take the match he now faces Mervyn King Thursday morning.