Pool: Hot shot Morris rattles in a four-match winning run
A FOUR-match winning run from Jason Morris has turned up the heat at the top of league three in the Grimsby Super Pool League.
Morris stormed to four successive wins on the baize to move level on points with division leader Daz Cooper.
The top two are tied on 11 points, with Cameron Dunlop on their tails – just one back in third.
The top two in each division will advance into the knock-out stages.
Cooper saw off Paul Close by seven frames to two when they clashed at Cue World.
The opening two frames – both of which were tactical battles – went to Cooper.
Close edged the next game to reduce the deficit, but Cooper racked up another double to move 4-1 ahead.
Close nicked another scrappy frame but could only watch as Cooper then reeled off a hat-trick of wins to take the spoils.
Morris' first victim was Steve Metcalf, who he beat 7-4.
When Metcalf broke off at 2-2, Morris slammed in an eight-ball clearance to take the lead.
A fine break extended his margin before another eight-ball clearance made it three on the bounce for Morris.
Metcalf later made an eight-ball break of his own to trail 6-4, but Morris secured victory by winning the next frame.
Morris was even more dominant in his match against Steve Donner, which he won 7-2.
Donner clawed back two frames after an early three-frame blast from Morris.
But the high-flyer broke off in frame six and knocked in a stunning clearance.
Morris continued his winning streak, punishing Donner's mistakes, to close out the match.
Tony Miller went down 7-3 as Morris secured his victory hat-trick.
Miller made an eight-ball clearance to pull a frame back after Morris had won the first two.
The next two were shared but, after Miller missed a simple chance to level, Morris capitalised before extending his lead to 5-3.
The lead proved unassailable as Morris won the last two frames to take the spoils.
Close didn't know what had hit him when he stepped up to the baize against Morris – and soon found himself five frames down.
The in-form cueman streaked ahead, potting a terrific eight-ball break to move 5-0 in front.
Although Close repeated the trick to register his first frame, Morris was too strong and took the next two, a double that included another eight-ball clearance, to take the match 7-1.
Close's woes continued as Donner bounced back to winning ways.
After Close won the opening frame, Donner stormed ahead with five frame wins on the bounce, making two eight-ball clearances in the process.
Close pulled one back, but Donner closed out the match to register a dominant 7-2 score.
JACK Stinson booked his spot in the qualifying stages with a 7-5 victory against Paul Clark in league one of the Grimsby Pool League.
The match was an exciting encounter between two high-flyers – Stinson is now second in the standings, behind leader Wayne Camm, and Clark lies in third spot.
Clark drew first blood but Stinson hit back with a double frame win.
Clark broke off and cleared the table to level.
But this sparked Stinson to life – he rattled of three frames, making two eight-ball clearances in the process.
Clark responded with an eight-ball clearance to reduce the deficit to 5-3.
Stinson took the next frame, a tactical battle, to guarantee at least a draw.
Clark ensured the match went to a decider, but Stinson signed off with a fabulous eight-ball clearance to clinch victory.
Graham Challis beat Dave Hallet 7-4 in a mid-table battle.
Challis got off to a flyer, winning the first three frames. Hallet pulled one back, but Challis responded with another eight-ball clearance.
The next six frames were shared – enough to earn Challis an impressive victory.
Meanwhile, in league two, Mike Caborn saw off Mick Cook by seven frames to four.
The opening two frames were shared before Caborn raised his game and won four frames on the bounce.
Cook hit back with three frames of his own, but Caborn bagged the next two to clinch victory.
Caborn's match against Michael Gibney ended in a 6-6 draw.