After two postponements, the final of the Cuatro y Medio Championship takes place this Sunday in Bilbao. Juan Martinez de Irujo starts as favourite after Aimar Olaizola’s injury lay-off and possible resulting lack of match fitness, but as with any game between the two top players of the past decade, it promises to be a closely fought and fascinating encounter. The finalists selected their balls at Bizkaia yesterday with Olaizola choosing weights of 104.8g and 105.4 g, and Irujo 105.6g and 105.3g. Their press conferences (in Spanish) can be viewed on the Asegarce website. An excellent weekend of action begins in Ezcaray tonight with some Rioja’s finest on show in a festival which combines players from both empresas.
Friday 9th December, Ezcaray
22:10 (CET) RICO IV – UNTORIA v GORKA – CECILIO
Followed by BERASALUZE VIII – MERINO v OLAETXEA – MERINO II
Sunday 11th December, Bilbao
17:00 (CET) TITIN III – LASKURAIN v BERASALUZE VIII – APRAIZ
Followed by OLAIZOLA II v MARTINEZ DE IRUJO Cuatro y Medio Final
Image from Noticias de Gipuzkoa, by Luis Gomez