Paul Metcalf rewrites the Intermediate Snooker League history books
PAUL Metcalf chalked up a brilliant break of 131 to rewrite the Express Appliances Intermediate Snooker League history books.
The Grimsby cueman cleared the table as he eclipsed the league's highest ever break in stunning fashion.
The Gas Man potter edged ahead of Terry Burns' former long-standing milestone of 130.
Metcalf almost reached untouched heights as he went close to recording back-to-back centuries when he made a 79 in his next frame.
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His team-mates were also in hot form, racking up a total of 555 points during their 6-0 hammering of Birds Eye.
The Section A title challengers reduced Birds Eye – who were in great form before slipping up last week – to just 34 points during the match, with 28 of those coming in one frame.
Before Metcalf's master-class, Paul Jackson had fired up Gas Man's charge by making breaks of 49 and 34 as he and Rick Gilliatt bagged the first two frames.
Alongside Mark Baldwin, former professional Ashley Wright contributed knocks of 77 and 30 to extend the lead before Metcalf and Kev North completed the slam.
Despite their sensational display, The Gas Man remain second in the league standings.
They are level on points with Icing Cabin, who won 5-1 victory against Ray Edmonds S.
Tony Aisthorpe and Scott Gibbons put Cabin 2-0 up while Jamie Barrett and Lewis Singleton matched them on the other table. Singleton smashed his personal best by a considerable margin as he showed good control of the cue ball to rack up a break of 60.
John Parker and Steve Singleton made it 5-0 before slam-savers Ian Dannatt and Nick Masters took the last frame.
Peter Hogarth & Sons triumphed 5-1 against Carr Lane Social A.
Ian Hogarth and Paul Simpson shared with Carr Lane's Alan Young and Art Young, before form players Mike Emerson and Nige Cordy stepped up a gear with two wins. Pete Kuzemczak and Graham Richardson then made it 4-1 before edging the last frame on the black.
Webbonet enjoyed a 6-0 slam against Westlands D. John Parrott, Ken Payne, Gordon Dawson, Mick Chew, Brian Hotson and Dave Webster all played their part in a comfortable victory.
Two-nil wins for Butch Reynolds, Chris Fuller, Ivan Harvey and Bob Reeves were the key as Hainton B beat Clee Home Guard 5-1.
Ray Edmonds B achieved their third slam in the top flight as Alan Edmonds, Tony Miller, Daz Evans, Nige Otter, Mick Ponsonby and Chris Sutton all won 2-0 at the expense of Clee Cons C, who competed well in every frame but left empty-handed.
Jamie Green and Jamie Richardson's 2-0 helped Ray Edmonds A win 4-2 at Clee Cons A. Locate stuttered to a 3-3 draw against West End B.
WESTLANDS C took no prisoners as they hit No Idea for six in Section B of the league.
Terry Rudrum, Dave Rudrum, Rob Wraith, Bill Maudsen, Googie Withers and Tommy Watson took the honours in a 6-0 victory.
With Captain Terry Robinson away, it was always going to be struggle for Cambridge Graduates against Ray Edmonds. Steve Ellis, Ray Stowell, Richard Grant and Phil Marshall opened up a 4-0 lead for Edmonds, although it could have been different if the Graduates had been more clinical.
Soon it was 5-0, but star player Jeff Bird and Dave Colley took the last frame to avoid the slam.
Graham James and Pete McIntyre won the only 2-0 of the match as Carr Lane Social B beat Clee Bowls Juniors 4-2.
Rob Baker hit a great 42 break as his 2-0, alongside Shane Newbold, proved decisive in a 4-2 win away at West End C.
West End as D drew 3-3 with Hainton A.