Breaks rack up as battle heats up for title spoils
JAMIE Barrett made history with a break of 136 – but his frame win was ultimately just a consolation for his team, Clee Cons A, as Section A high-flyers Icing Cabin beat them 5-1.
Barrett's clearance came after he had tasted defeat in the previous frame, won by Cabin duo Jimmy Yates and Mick Goodwin. Tony Aisthorpe, Andy Willo, Scott Gibbons and Steve Singleton racked up the points for Cabin.
Locate Supplies are just ahead of Cabin at the Intermediate League summit after a maximum victory against Webbonet. Some solid breaks were sunk in this clash too: Mark Graves, Darryl Pidd, Ian Crosby (35, 32), Steve Fisher (40), Nige Emmerson (57, 52) and Wayne Webber supplied the winning frames.
Hainton B continued their efforts to fight their way back into the title race with a slam against Clee Cons C. Butch Reynolds, Chris Fuller (31, 30), Neil Russell, Chris Taylor, Bob Reeves and Keith Atmore bagged the frames.
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There were more quality breaks at the Westlands Club as Byron Hatfield and John Ford shocked Ray Edmonds A by taking a 2-0 lead. But on it was one-way traffic from there as Gaz Challis (60), Daz Potter, Paul Clark (76) and Lee Blanchard (49) took the next four frames.
Former professional Ashley Wright didn't miss out on the break-building trend as he knocked in a 74 break during Gas Man's 4-2 win against Ray Edmonds S.
In Ray Edmonds B's 5-1 victory over Carr Lane Social A, 2-0s from Mick Ponsonby (55), Pete Mitchell, Daz Evans and Nige Otter secured the victory.
Also, Alan Edmonds knocked in a 50 break for good measure.
An under-strength Peter Hogarth & Sons lost 5-1 to Birds Eye. Gaz Camburn, Gaz Avison, Tony Ward, Chris Madsen, Tony Jagger and Paul Leggett got the points for Birds Eye. Pete Kuzemczak got Hogarth & Sons' frame.
Meanwhile, some superb play from Dave Dixon and his able sidekick Paul King helped West End B bag a 4-2 victory at Clee Home Guard.
In section B, Ray Edmonds D are the team in form and they took no prisoners with a superb display of quality scratch snooker as they dismantled West End D 5-1.
Phil Marshall and Richard Grant won 2-0 again before Steve Ellis and Ray Stowers made it 3-0. Dave Page and Euan Hunter pulled one back, but then Andy Smith and Keith Fountain rounded off a 5-1 win that consolidated top spot for their team.
Sitting just behind Ray Edmonds D with more games to play are Cambridge F. But despite Craig Allerston and Garry White putting them 2-0 up, they had to settle for a draw as Craig Sidney and Googie Withers took the last two frames for Westlands C.
Fading Express Appliances had to settle for a draw at Carr Lane Social B. Steve, Fred and Lee Neul, helped by Tony Eglin, were the heroes for Clee Bowls Juniors as they won 5-1 at No Idea.
Cambridge Graduates missed star player David Robinson as they were held 3-3 by West End C. Bill Smith and Frank Brookes won the last frame force a draw.