Speke, Howes celebrate last-gasp win
IN A dramatic finish to the semi-finals of the County Pairs held at Cotswold, Stroud snatched a win on the last end to end the aspirations of Cirencester.
Stroud's Richard Speke and Dave Howes took a lead 7-2 lead over Martin and Max Risby of Cirencester when they won five ends out of seven.
The Cirencester pair then struck back with six shots without reply to lead 8-7 on ten ends.
Grabbing another five shots in two ends, they opened up a 13-9 lead which by the 16th end was back to 13-12.
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Cirencester led 15-12 with three ends to play, but Stroud clawed their way back with two singles to be 15-14 down going into the final end.
Stroud scored a double to win 16-15 and book themselves a place at the national championships at Worthing in August.
In the other semi-final GB Britton's Mike Hurse and Paul Bryant faced Ken Ferson and Graham Phillips of Barnwood.
GB Britton were on the back foot after going 7-3 behind and then, after going four ends without scoring, trailed 15-7.
The fightback came when they scored a three and a four.
With the gap down to one shot, 16-15, they turned on the power to win the last five ends with three two's and a four for a 26-16 win.