Smith and Jones battle

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The top 32 players on the Planetbowls ranking list from last season descended on Boston Indoor Bowling Club on Saturday for the second staging of the Grand Prix Final... Neil Smith leaving with the £1,500 prize.

With last year’s champion Les Gillett not making the final this year the search was on for a new name on the trophy.

Former Boston club representative Rebecca Field booked her place in the quarter-finals after defeating Spalding’s Graham Smith 2-0.

Field, who now plays out of the Norfolk club, took the first set 7-2 against Shaun Jones.

However, Jones hit back to take the second set 7-2 and also he also won the tie-break 2-0, progressing to face Smith in the final round of the competition.

In the final, Smith struck off as he finished his semi and raced to an 8-3 win.

With the score at 5-5 on the last end of the second set and Neil laying well, Jones produced an unbelievable bowl to take the shot and force a tie break.

Smith took the first end and Jones hit back to take the second end to force a last end decider.

After two bowls each Smith lay shot but a super draw from Jones closed the head down. Things looked grim for Smith but a controlled runner saw him play Shaun’s wood away and give himself two shots.

Facing game down and only one bowl left Jones went for the runner and picked the jack clean to lay one in the ditch giving Smith only four inches and needing to roll his live bowl in the ditch to do it.

He contacted the bowl but not in the right direction.