Snooker: Gas Man caught cold as Cabin retake lead
THE tables turned again at the top of the Express Appliances Grimsby Intermediate Snooker League as Icing Cabin climbed back to the Section A summit.
Cabin racked up a resounding 5-1 victory from a potentially tricky tie at Ray Edmonds A to regain their position as leaders, by one point.
Cabin's cause was helped by Webbonet as they held former leaders The Gas Man – who had to fight back from 3-0 down – to a well-contested draw.
Tony Aisthorpe and Scott Gibbons won 2-0 to get Cabin off the mark at Ray Edmonds.
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Lewis and Steve Singleton made it 3-0 before Lee Blanchard knocked in a 45 break to help the hosts get off the mark.
But there was to be no fight-back, as Jamie Barrett and Jon Steel took the last two frames to wrap up victory.
The Gas Man were caught cold at Webbonet as Gordon Dawson and Roy Ling put the hosts 2-0 up, with Brian Hotson, who hit a 49 break, making it three.
But after Scott Templeman and Rick Gilliatt pulled one back, Kev North and Ashley Wright, with a break of 47, led a great comeback as Gas Man made it 3-3.
Locate Supplies kept their title challenge on track with a comfortable 5-1 victory at Clee Cons C.
Two-nil wins from Mark Graves, Darryl Pidd, Nige Emmerson, who made a break of 45, and Steve Fisher handed Supplies the victory.
Nige Cordy and Mike Emerson – who made breaks of 42 and 40 respectively – put Peter Hogarth & Sons 3-1 up in their clash at West End B.
But Craig Rowbotham, with breaks of 50 and 41, rescued the Westenders to tie the match.
Birds Eye's long unbeaten run came to an unlikely end at the hands of struggling Clee Cons A.
It appeared to be business as usual when Gary Avison and Gary Camburn put Birds Eye 1-0 up.
But the hosts were left stunned as Mick Goodwin, Jimmy Yates, Al Goodhand, Tom Keeley, Steve Johnson and Mark George won the rest of the frames to inflict a surprise home defeat on the Ladysmith Road outfit.
Butch Reynolds and Chris Fuller put Hainton B 2-0 up at Ray Edmonds S, but Gaz Dannatt and Stu White levelled.
Ivan Harvey and Bob Reeves responded well, however, as Hainton triumphed 4-2.
Chris Sutton and Mick Ponsonby, who made a break of 41, put Ray Edmonds B 3-1 up at Clee Home Guard.
But Fred Parker and Keith Southwell won their frames to deny Edmonds the win.
Steve Piggott and G Clark put Westlands 2-0 up at Carr Lane Social A, but a late double from Derek Crosby and Joe Goodfellow earned Hatfield a share of the spoils.
CAMBRIDGE Graduates stunned Section B promotion hopefuls Express Appliances by comfortably beating them 5-1.
It was one-way traffic in the early exchanges after Neil Morley and Shane Newbold had given Express a 1-0 lead.
But Rob Smith and Al Graves levelled the match before Terry Richardson and David Robinson played superbly to put the Graduates 3-1 up.
Jeff Bird carried on the good work as he and Dave Colley, with breaks of 35 and 32, rounded off the victory.
Hainton A went one better than the Graduates by taking all six frames against West End C. James Wootton, Nathan Clook, George Bartlett, Aaron McCue, Dave Bartlett and Ray Hammond all weighed in with victories.
At Clee Bowls Juniors, Lee Neul and Fred Neul nicked the first frame against West End D before Dave Page and Euan Hunter equalised. And after Steve Neul, pictured above, put in a vintage performance to put the Juniors 3-1 up, Jack Bradshaw and Alan Whalley overcame Walt Simpson and Barry Jebson to secure a 5-1 triumph that eases the team's wooden spoon fears.
Westlands Heating lost the opening frame to Paul Kirk and Ken Ramsden of Carr Lane Social B but stormed back to win 5-1 thanks to victories from Robbie Bell, Chris Yull, Richard Claridge, Daz North, Keith Board and Adam Board.