Last year, Barnes was the losing finalist. This year a losing semi-finalist again, but all credit to him for getting into the semi-finals after placing at the bottom of the group table after his first match.
In the other semi, Caminsky and Belmonte were both on good form with just an edge of two pins to the Aussie after the first game. The 4-6-7-10 big four left Caminsky with big problems in the second game and he was never able to play catch-up, letting Belmonte through to face Barrett in the final.
There is no doubt that this year's Masters has been up there among the very best and the new format has added much excitement and tension to the tournament. Those in next year's confrontations will have a lot to equal.
Photos courtesy of Keith Hale, Bowlers' Journal International.