Snooker: Byron turns back the clock in style
WITH no century breaks in the top-flight to grab the headlines in the Grimsby Snooker Singles League this week, the lower reaches of Section B produced the best result.
Westlands A, who are in danger of relegation and need every point they can muster, were entertaining Rapid Frames.
Not for the first time, they found themselves behind when Tim Cattell won the opening two frames for the visitors.
Nigel Mumby levelled for the home team before John Ford shared with Len Rodgers to make the score three-apiece.
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Byron Hatfield then turned the clock back as he knocked in a nice break of 40, which saw him beat Rapid's top man, Rik Walden, 2-0 and give his team a tremendous 5-3 victory.
This result was enough to move them out of the drop zone.
Club-mates Westlands Juniors drew 4-4 at Blossom Way A when Lee Neul won both his frames and Brother Steve and Tony Eglin shared with Kev Gowing and John Rowson.
Myles Kennan was the 2-0 winner for the Blossoms.
Clark Self Drive went 3-1 up in their match at home against Healing Legion B when Mick Gowen won both his frames and Mark Rimmer shared with Danny Reynolds.
They couldn't add to that however, as Rick Kirk and Chris Tuck won the last four frames for the visitors in a 5-3 victory.
South Bank Imos also lost 5-3 when Steve Johnson and Jason Reynolds both won two for Linden Homes Snipers and Roy Southwell shared with Phil Godden. Baz Potter won the other two frames for the Imos.
Leaders Cromwell Rat Pack hit Clee Bowls D for six when Rick Bass and Mick Greenhalgh both won 2-0 and Ryan Johnstone and Sean Carlisle shared with Keith Sowter and Bob Barnes.
Two-nil wins from John and Dan Morton and a single from Craig Sidney against Harry Putland gave GSN Westlands a 5-3 victory against Clee Bowls C.
Ken Payne won the two for the Bowlers.
Nats B and Jammie Dodgers shared the spoils in a 4-4 draw when Chris Yull won two for the Nats in reply to a 2-0 from Mathew McRae.
Singles from John Baker, Daz Braithwaite and Chris Brown and a 2-0 from Mel Pratt gave Linden Homes B a 5-3 at Grey N Balding. Phil Marshall, Mike Caborn and Tony Pearce won the frames for the home team.
Webbonet were made to struggle in the Premier Section when they met club-mates Inspirations-Fireplaces at the Ray Edmonds Snooker Centre. Paul Clark and Paul Metcalf could only share with Lee Blanchard and Daz Evans before Jamie Green won both his frames for the leaders. Mick Ponsonby then shared the last two frames with Chris Scott in a 5-3 Webbonet victory.
Clee Cons A beat Metshine Westlands 6-2 when Jon Steel and Gary Skipworth both won 2-0 and Jamie Barrett and Karl Krajnyak shared with Tony Aisthorpe and Mick Thornton.
Ray Edmonds A put seven past Blossom Way B when Lee Plant, who was back on the ball with an 81 break, Chris Sutton and Jamie Richardson all won 2-0 and John Ashford-Smith shared with Paul Simpson.
Another team to score seven were T.R. Carpets and it was Chris Madsen, Ian Crosby and Ashley Wright who were their 2-0 winners. Saving the slam for Don Noble Bookmakers was Mark Stevens who shared with Mark Graves.
2-0 wins from Kev Ashby and Ivan Harvey and singles from John Cribb and Stu Swinburn gave Cue World a 6-2 victory against West End C. Martyn Shaw and Daz Stanfield won the frames for the WestEnders.
Willows Sea Foods drew 4-4 at West End A when Jack Stinson and Danny Braithwaite shared with Craig Rowbotham and Alan Phillips and Kev Cowdroy won both his frames. Steve Wright won the two for the home team.
A 2-0 from Luke Maddison and singles from Daz Potter, Liam Oswin and Sean Wilkin gave Ray Edmonds Enigma's a 5-3 at Cambridge H. Mark Wilkinson, Andy Hill and Karl Leverton won the frames for the home team.
Clee Bowls X put M.J. Decorators further in the mire when Nigel Cordy, Ian Hogarth, Steve Fisher and Kev Ratcliffe all won 2-0 in an 8-0 slam.
Section C leaders Re-Generation K had a bye this week and second in the table Laceby Legion B took good advantage when beating bottom team Birds Eye A 7-1. Glen Glover, Lee Doughty and John Hindley all won 2-0 and Jay Cowan shared with slam-saver Gerry Howes.
Grimsby Police A fell behind against South Bank B when Matt Paterson won both his frames for the Bankers and Dan Chisnall and Terry Ironmonger shared with Paul Dixon and George Walters. In the end, it was left to Sandy Young to win the last two frames for the Coppers to earn them a 4-4 draw.
Cambridge D won 5-3 at Birds Eye B when Martin Dowling and Jamal Uddin both won 2-0 and Steve Neal shared with Steve Betts. Steven Grayson won the other two frames for the Eye.
Carr Lane E won 6-2 at Ray Edmonds S when Lee Waterman, Stu Sadler and Dave Tomlinson all won 2-0 in reply to a 2-0 from Andy Stocks.
Rays Rockers were 3-1 up at T.R. Carpets B after Matt Jones won both his frames and Richard Caunt shared with Mark George. That was their lot though as Jamie Smith and Scott Jackson won the last four frames for the home team in a 5-3 victory.
An opening 2-0 from Ian Singleton and singles from Steve Singleton, John Mimmack and Geoff Downing gave Cabbies a 5-3 home win against Cambridge C. Mick Harris, Craig Allerston and Garry White won the frames for the visitors.
Ray Edmonds Z continue to go well in Section D with a 6-2 victory against Standard B. Shane Newbold and Craig Smith were their 2-0 winners with the Brett's Snr and Jnr sharing with Barry Loveday and Mick Harrison.
Ray Edmonds Jubilee grabbed all the frames against bottom team Cromwell B when Jim Drury, Jam McKeon, Terry Kerley and Dave Hobbins all won 2-0.
Road Runners won 5-3 at Not Bottom when Paul Salisbury and Keith Fountain both won two and Shane Couldstone shared with John Cook. Adam Board won the other two for the Bottoms.
A 2-0 from James Wooton and a single from Aaron McHugh against Keith Haigh put Cromwell Car Care 3-1 up at Cue World N. That was it however, as Terry Haigh and Terry Littlefair won the last four frames for the home team in a 5-3 victory.
Bernard Christy and Winn Rose both won 2-0 and George Emmitt scored a single against Mick Robinson as Hasbeens beat Laceby Legion A 5-3. Dave Evans won the other two frames for the Legion.
It was top versus bottom in Section A but for the first four frames you wouldn't know it. Leaders Steve Austwick Garden Services were at home against 1 None Golfer but it was the Golfers who took the early initiative when Matt Clayton won both his frames and Sean Ritchie shared with Lee Staveley to put them 3-1 up. It was as to be expected after that however, as Sean Norfolk and Pete Mitchell won the last four frames for the top team in a 5-3 victory.
Clee Cons B were 4-2 down to lowly T.R. Carpets A when after Scott Gibbins had put the Cons 2-0 up, Alan Burns and Rick Gilliatt both won two for the Carpets. In the end, it was Lee Pawson who saved the blushes for the Cons when he won the last two frames in a 4-4 draw.
Another 4-4 draw saw Dave Burton put Nats A in the ascendancy before a 2-0 from Butch Reynolds gave Hainton A a share of the spoils.
Four-four was a popular result in this section as Cromwell A and Clee Bowls Police also finished with this score-line. Winning both his frames for Cromwell was Ian Taylor whilst Johnpaul Teanby did the same for Clee Police.
A 2-0 from Chris Taylor and singles from George Bartlett, Neil Russell and Dave Page gave Hainton B a 5-3 against Grimsby Police. Dave Dixon, and Dennis and Gaz Dannatt won the frames for the Coppers.
Any feint hopes of winning promotion were shattered for Clee Bowls A after a 6-2 home defeat by Ray Edmonds J. Nige Otter, Andy Smith and Steve Ellis all won 2-0 for the visitors whilst Dave Ashmore won the two for the Bowlers.
Standard A and Healing Mens had a very enjoyable night when all the players involved won and lost a frame in yet another four-four draw.