Last year's beaten finalists Mike Stepney and Jason Greenslade came through a really tough match against 2016 runners up Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker to book a spot in the quarter finals tomorrow afternoon (Monday 8th January, 2pm).
In an exceptionally high standard tussle, both sets were tied at 5-5 with two ends remaining but it was the Scottish/Guernsey partnership who prevailed to get over the finishing line. 8-7, 9-5.
In the first set, Duncan and Walker held a 7-5 penultimate end lead, and in a drama packed last end of the set decider Greenslade and Stepney held a double that would have been good enough for them to draw the set, but Greenslade added a third counter to a tightly packed head to snatch the set 8-7.
The second set was ultimately decided on the penultimate end. The Scots were holding a double, Greenslade played into the head, sprung the jack, and when the dust settled he had held a double and then added a further count with his last bowl to once again turn the screw and count an amazing treble that virtually sealed the result.
That result left the Scots requiring a full house to take the match to a shoot out, but that scenario never came to fruition leaving Stepney and Greenslade as the winners 9-5 and they will continue their campaign against Jason Banks and Paul Foster MBE.
Quarter final action gets underway at 9.30am Monday 8th January.
RESULT DAY 3 / Match 5
Mike Stepney & Jason Greenslade bt Ronnie Duncan & Colin Walker 8-7, 9-5;