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PAXTON AND WALKER EDGE OUT CUMBRIAN QUALIFIERS IN THE WORLD PAIRS QUARTER FINALS

In the all-English confrontation, Rob Paxton and reigning world indoor singles champion Jamie Walker came through a hard quarter final clash against Carlisle qualifiers Paul Wallace and Kenny Johnstone from the Cumbria club 9-6, 7-5.


Full houses of four shots were instrumental in both sets in formulating the overall result.

In the first set Paxton and Walker led 4-3 after five ends, but a full house of four shots on the sixth end gave them an 8-4 advantage and they stayed in control, counting a single on the last to win 9-6.


In the second the Cumbrian duo scored singles in the first two ends but once again Paxton and Walker racked up a full count of four to take a 4-2 lead.


At 5-6 down playing the last end, Wallace and Johnstone kept the scoring tight and actually held a set lie on the last end, but Walker had little hesitation in disturbing the head and chalking up the vital shot they required for their straight sets victory 7-5.


The English partnership move forward to a semi-final confrontation tomorrow (Tuesday 8th January) against the all-Scottish pairing of Jason Banks and five time former holder Paul Foster MBE at 3-45pm.


RESULT - IMAGINE CRUISING WORLD OPEN PAIRS

PQF3 - Rob Paxton & Jamie Walker (Eng) bt Paul Wallace & Kenny Johnstone (Eng) 9-6, 7-5:






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