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Keith just misses in cliffhanger

Ashburton bowler Sandra Keith, pictured in action for the Blackjacks, has narrowly missed out on another national title after losing the fours final 16-15 at the BLK National Open Championships.

Ashburton bowler Sandra Keith has just missed out on skipping her four to a national title at the BLK National Open Championships after a thrilling final yesterday.

Keith, alongside Amy McIlroy, Selina Goddard and Serena Matthews lost the match 16-15 after the match was forced into an extra end.

Keith’s side started the brighter of the two and raced out to an early lead of 7-2 after the fourth end.

The opposition four of Mandy Boyd, Leigh Griffin, Sheryl McLean and Angela Boyd bounced back in the fifth end however, scoring four shots to bring it back within one.

A single point on the next end then tied it up at 7-7, before they took the lead 9-7 in the next two ends.

Keith and her team-mates soon broke the momentum, bouncing back with three shots in the ninth end to take the lead back 10-9.

The lead was then juggled throughout the next five ends of the final, with the scores equal once again at 13-all after the 14th end.

  1. game remained neck and neck throughout, eventually requiring an extra end with the scores locked at 15-all.

It was a nail-biting finish, with Boyd’s four able to secure the one shot that they needed to secure the title.

Keith’s four were dominant on their way to the final, winning all but one of their games in the qualifying section by 10, and dominating their games in the post-section play as well.

They defeated Kay Hammond, Raelene Peters, Julie Adams and Nicky Reed 24-12 in their semifinal.

It was a 23-14 win in the quarter-final that got them there, which was also preceded by a 16-10 victory in the first round of post-section play.

The former Blackjack is no stranger to the finals at the competition, having won the singles competition in 2012, and the pairs in 2013.

Several players from the Ashburton district also made it to post-section play at the tournament, with Cait Bassett progressing through several stages in the women’s singles.

Keith was eliminated in the first round of pairs post-section play, while John Drayton exited in the first round of the men’s singles.

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