This was Herne Bay's second domestic finals day in a row and no doubt they were determined to better their Triples day.
In their semi-final Herne Bay met Linda Wynn, Rob Berry, Thomas Coles and Gary Allard and participated in the most extraordinary game I have seen in many years. Herne Bay raced to a 10 shots to 2 lead.This put them firmly on the front foot, however, their very experienced opponents were having none of it defending their opportunity to play in another final they won 4 from the last five ends securing a drawn game and an extra end. In the first attempt at playing the extra end Herne Bay found themselves down with 2 bowls to play. Dave Mason (Herne Bay skip) sent a firing shot up the mat to clear the head; unfortunately he shaved the block and destroyed the head before anyone could stop it. This meant that the extra end had to be played again.....this time after the end was played Herne Bay secured a single shot to win the game and take their place in the final.
They were meeting the very experienced quartet of Michelle Fitzgerald, Phillip Ramsden, Michael Doorey and Tim Rycraft who happened to be the defending champions. This did not daunt the Herne Bay team as they took the early exchanges securing an 8 - 4 lead at the half way point. However, on the next end they dropped a 5 finding themselves 9 - 8 down. This seemed to spark them into gear as they won the last 4 ends finding themselves with a highly deserved and significant 20 shots to 9 victory.
Herne Bay had made two finals in their first year and now find themselves in the prestigious Kent Hall of Fame.....well done to Dave Mason, Eddie Allen, Joe Kelly, Grant Allen.
Keep your eye out for these players as they will be back looking for more bowling blood and silverware!