He goes ex­tra mile to make the cut

Angling Times (UK) - - MIDLANDS -

MAVER MATCH THIS QUAL­I­FIER Tun­nel Barn Farm (102 pegs) FOR Steve Open­shaw it was start­ing to look like ‘al­ways the brides­maid, never the bride’.

He had come close to reach­ing the fi­nal on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, and he fi­nally went all the way in this heat.

Drawn on peg 6 of the pro­lific Jenny’s Pool, he soon whipped the big F1s into a frenzy and man­aged to place a highly im­pres­sive 224-0-0 of fish to 4lb into his nets. He didn’t have it all his own way, though, as Richard Bond piled on the pres­sure.

Ro­tat­ing lines from peg 12 on Canal kept the fish com­ing and saw him end the match on 206-13-0.

Re­sult: 1 S Open­shaw, Ling­mere, 224-0-0; 2 R Bond, Ma­trix Im­age, 206-13-0; 3 M Rodger, Lincs, 197-8-0; 4 C Bar­low, Daiwa/ Guru, 192-9-0; 5 F Gianocelli, Preston Innovations, 185-12-0; 6 K Rich, Middy/Burt Baits, 181-12-0.

Steve Open­shaw has made it to the fi­nal at last.

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