1 Norton, Craig 171 Drawn 124 Watkinson, Phil
2 Sharpe, Graham 159 1-0 139 Dodds, Iain
3 Bray, Dave 152 1-0 127 Marlow, Jack
4 **DEFAULT** 0-1 124 Smith, Stephen
TOTAL 2.5 - 4.0
Birstall fielded a tough team; luckily for us they defaulted their bottom board (although this meant a wasted journey for Steven); also the grading difference (129) just put our bonus into the 2.5 points category.
We all had good long games, Jack was unlucky to lose; Iain looked if he was going to hang onto the draw. But the Birstall board 1 allowed a perpetual check which gave a draw which was sufficient for a win.
Roll on the next round - the semi finalists are: