Gary Best’s heroics help Bob Carter secure Summer League title against Wymondham

Gary Best helped Bob Carter to Summer League victory over Wymondham. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith

Gary Best helped Bob Carter to Summer League victory over Wymondham. Picture: Teresa Goldsmith - Credit: Archant

A fantastic nail-biting end to the NCSMBA Summer League Championship saw Bob Carter clinch the title against defending champions Wymondham.

The last match of the season saw Wymondham visit Bob Carter with the visitors starting the match top of the table with 75 points and Carter just one point behind on 74. Therefore a 4-4 draw would be enough for Wymondham to retain the title.

Wymondham's Neil Davidson, Jon Sparham & Chris Mann earned two points in the first half by beating Jason Woods, Melvin Woods & David Lamb 14-8 after the Carter triple had led 4-1 after four ends. But it was Carter who kept their hopes alive on the other mat as England star Gary Best skipped his triple to a 14-10 win against Mark Linsdell's triple.

Best inflicted damage on the first end as he took the jack back to take four shots when the Wymondham triple had held three. Linsdell's triple fought back to cut the deficit to just one shot after 10 ends but further heroics from Best saw the Carter triple home and dry.

The second half saw the only big score of the evening as Carter's Jason Woods, Melvin Woods & David Lamb turned up the heat against Pat Saunders, Mark Linsdell & Debbie Sparham as they romped home by 18-4. This left the title resting on the outcome of Best's Carter triple against Wymondham's Mann triple.

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Carter's early advantage was wiped out as Mann moved into a 10-7 lead after 12 ends. Going into the final end the Wymondham triple held a two-shot lead and things were looking bleak for Carter. But it was the Carter triple who had the best positioned bowls as the last end drew to a close.

When Best stepped up to play the final bowl of the end Carter still held just one shot and Wymondham were on the verge of a successful defence of the title but the England star had other ideas.

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A textbook bowl from Best moved the jack an inch to earn two shots and a draw which resulted in a 5-3 points home win and the Summer League Championship title.

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