Trina Gulliver MBE continued her sensational record at the Lakeside County Club as she defeated Polish qualifier Karolina Podgorska. ‘The Golden Girl’ is now five out of five in terms of last leg deciders as she needed the fifth and final leg to defeat the 31-year-old. As Podgorska took the opening set on throw, missing a 148 on double 14 for a barnburner of a checkout. The ten-time champion replied in emphatic fashion, a strong hold of throw sending the match to a final set.
Gulliver would break the Podgorska throw with an ice cool 100 checkout on double ten, but the Pole would strike back in the following leg with another break of throw. Eventually the match would go to a crucial deciding leg, Gulliver hitting the bullseye to claim the throw. After a strong scoring leg, Trina would nail double five for the third time in the match to preserve her outstanding record in last leg shoot-outs and set up a quarter-final meeting with Lorraine Winstanley.
BY JOSH GREEN (@JoshGreenMedia)