Snooker: Icing cuemen freeze out Cons to stay top
THE cold weather may be tightening its grip on the region, but Icing Cabin are in hot form on the baize.
Cabin came through a tough test at Clee Cons C to win 4-2 and remain top of the Express Appliances Intermediate Snooker League.
The leaders got off to a great start with Jamie Barrett and Paul Smith winning on one table while Lewis Singleton and Scott Gibbons triumphed on the other.
But the Cons hit back as Rob Willerton, Alby Forster, Craig Thomas and Damon Gresham made it 2-2.
The next frame was very tight, but it was edged by Cabin duo Tony Aisthorpe and Steve Singleton who went on to clinch victory for their team.
Level with the Cabin team at the top of the table, on 48 points, are Hainton B.
Chris Taylor and Neil Russel won 2-0 for Hainton on one table while Mike Emerson and Nige Cordy did the same thing for opponents Peter Hogarth and Sons on the other.
A return to form for Bob Reeves and Ivan Harvey then saw Hainton to a 4-2 win.
Two points back in third are Gas Man after they bagged a 5-1 victory over 'old enemies' Ray Edmonds B.
With the scores locked at 1-1, Kev North and Paul Jackson – who made the week's highest break, a 56 – made it 3-1, before Scott Long and Dan Mumby added a further double to sew up a good victory.
Birds Eye continued their good form at the expense of Webbonet. A 2-0 from Tony Ward and Chris Madsen earned the Birds a 4-2 victory.
Locate Supplies kept themselves in the title hunt with a 4-2 win against Westlands D. Mark Graves hit a break of 52 and he and Darryl Pidd chalked up a 2-0.
Jimmy Yates and Jason Reynolds won 2-0 for Clee Cons A as they overcame struggling Clee Home Guard 4-2.
Cambridge F's storming run in Section B continued with a 5-1 triumph over West End C.
The victory leaves Cambridge top of the table and seven points ahead of the chasing pack.
John and Keith Phillipson won 2-0, while Tony Curtis and Nick Mason shared with Paul Stiff. Captain Garry White and Craig Allerson then steered Cambridge to victory.
Express Appliances, second in the standings, stumbled at the hands of Westlands Heating.
An early 2-0 from Chris Yull and Daz North could not be clawed back as Westlands went on to win 4-2.
Third-placed Ray Edmonds D kept up their promotion hopes with a 4-2 win at Westlands C.
Carr Lane Social B beat No Idea at Ray Edmonds by five frames to one. Roger Lockwood, John Smith, Paul Kirk and Pete McIntyre all won 2-0.
After five successive draws, Grimsby Police B got back on the victory trail when they beat Cambridge Graduates.
Kev Ferguson and Pete Wood put the Police 2-0 up before Jim Wood and Roger Hansford doubled their advantage.
George Walters and Terry Steel then made it 5-0, before Terry Robinson and David Richardson got a consolation frame for Cambridge.