Snooker: Trio turn on style and pull clear at the top
WITH just over a third of the season gone, the Premier Section appears to be a three-horse race.
The rest of the pack are already 22 points adrift of the leading trio in the Roy Ling Mutual Grimsby Snooker Singles League.
The top team, Webbonet, ran in all eight frames for the sixth time this season as Paul Clark, Paul Metcalf, Mick Ponsonby and Nige Emmerson proved too strong for Ray Edmonds Enigmas.
Clee Cons A beat a three-man Blossom Way B 7-1 when Gary Skipworth and Karl Krajnyak both won 2-0 and Jon Steel shared with Steve Crane.
Ray Edmonds A beat Inspirations Fireplaces 6-2 as Lee Plant, Alan Edmonds and John Ashford-Smith all won 2-0 in reply to a 2-0 from Daz Evans.
The best individual performance came from Ashley Wright, who led TR Carpets to a 6-2 victory at Cambridge H.
He made breaks of 49 and 42 in his first frame and followed this up with a brilliant 84 clearance in the second.
Mark Graves also won two, and Scott Templeman and Scott Long won singles against Mark Wilkinson and Andy Hubbard.
The derby game at Cue World saw Stu Swinburn, John Cribb and Ivan Harvey share the first six frames with Danny Braithwaite, Jack Stinson and Kev Cowdroy before a last board 2-0 from Bob Reeves gave Cue World a 5-3 victory against Willows Sea Foods.
Single set wins from Alan Phillips, John Parrott and Steve Wright and a 2-0 from Craig Rowbotham gave West End A a 5-3 against Metshine Westlands.
Scoring for Metshine were Tony Aisthorpe, Pete Smith and Tim Gillin.
Martyn Shaw and Dave Powell, with two-apiece, and Daz Stansfield and Paul Taylor with singles made it a West End double as they won 6-2 at Clee Bowls X.
Ian Hogarth, with a lovely 65 break, and Kev Ratcliffe won the frames for the home team.
Don Noble Bookmakers also won 6-2 as Mark Stevens and Ian Sadler scored two-each and Keith Southwell and Craig Taylor shared with MJ Decorators' Andy and Mick Forward.
Clee Cons B moved to within a point of leaders Steve Austwick Garden Services in Section A after a hard-fought 5-3 win at Clee Bowls A.
Lewis Singleton shared the opening two frames with Dave Ashmore before Scott Gibbins gave the visitors a 3-1 lead.
This was wiped out with a 2-0 from Roy Ling and, in the end, it was a last board 2-0 from Lee Pawson that gave the Cons victory.
Cromwell A had to be content with a 4-4 draw at home against Hainton A as after a 2-0 from Keith Atmore had given the visitors the advantage, Simon Bensley needed two to level things up.
2-0 wins from Andy Smith and Steve Ellis and a single from Daz Kaveney against Dave Page, gave Ray Edmonds J a 5-3 at Hainton B. Chris Taylor was the 2-0 winner for the home team.
Pete Sandiford and Phil Scanlan both won two and Darren Hare won a single against Ian Dannatt as Standard A beat Grimsby Police 5-3. Gaz Dannatt won the other two frames for the Coppers.
An opening 2-0 from Drew Winship and singles from Terry Lloyd, Bill Altoft and Gary Wright against Brian Ryley, Mark Leggett and Joe Goodfellow gave Healing Mens a 5-3 victory at Carr Lane D.
This format was repeated when Shaun Cook won the first two frames for Clee Bowls Police and Mark Stainton, Johnpaul Teanby and Rog Lockwood shared the remaining frames with T.R. Carpets A's Alan Burns, Kev North and Rick Gilliatt in another 5-3 result.
Cromwell Rat Pack fell over the line at Jammie Dodgers in Section B after Sean Carlisle and Andy Dent picked up two-apiece and Ryan Johnstone scored a single against Chris Dunham. John Anderson won the other two for the Dodgers.
G.S.N. Westlands hit South Bank Imo's for six when John and Dan Morton both won 2-0 and Ted Foster and Ray Barrett shared with Barry Potter and Mick Reed,
Alex Burnett, Ryan Milson and Chris Tuck shared the first six frames with Nigel Mumby, John Ford and George Clark before a last board 2-0 from Simon Lidgard gave Healing Legion B a 5-3 at Westlands A.
Mike Caborn won the opening two frames for Grey N Balding but that was all they could muster as 2-0's from Wayne Webber, Keith Board and Stu Wilkinson gave Nats B a 6-2 victory.
The derby game at Linden Homes saw the Snipers beat the B team 6-2 when Steve Johnson and Jason Reynolds both won 2-0 and Roy Southwell and Jimmy Yates shared with Chris Brown and Mel Pratt.
Keith Sowter won the first two frames for Clee Bowls D and Ray Charlton, S. Taylor and Dave Johnson chipped in with singles as they beat Rapid Frames 5-3. Brett Cattell, Jimmy Dean and Rik Walden won the singles for Rapid.
Clee Bowls C won 6-2 at Blossom Way A when Harry Putland and Mick Laverick both won two and Ken Payne and Eric Buck shared with Myles Kennan and Andy Johnson.
2-0 wins from Steve and Lee Neul were cancelled out by 2-0's from Mick Gowen and Mike Clark as Westlands Juniors drew 4-4 at Clark Self Drive.
Grimsby Police put the cosh to Birds Eye B in Section C when Kev Ferguson, Paul Dixon, Mark Tarttelin and George Walters won all the frames against their unfortunate opponents.
Ray Edmonds N beat club-mates Re-Generation K 5-3 after Mark Smith shared with Marc Phillips and Lee Singleton and Jase Sanders both won 2-0. Carl Salah won the other two frames for Re-Gens.
2-0 wins from Glen Glover and Lee Doughty, and a single from Jay Cowan against Mick Gollings, put Laceby Legion B 5-1 up against Carr Lane E before Terry Bird won the last two frames for the CarrLaners.
A 2-0 from Paul Grayson and singles from Simon Douglas, Gary Camburn and Wayne Douglas against Andy Widgery, Garry White and Craig Allerston gave Birds Eye B a 5-3 against Cambridge C.
Jamie Smith and Mark George both won two and Scott Jackson scored a single against Terry Ironmonger as T.R. Carpets B beat South Bank B 5-3. Mat Paterson won the two for the Bankers.
Cabbies beat a three man Rays Rockers 5-3 when Ian Singleton won both his frames and Geoff Brown shared with Rick Francis. David Taylor was the 2-0 winner for the Rockers.
Paul Brett Snr was the star of the show for Ray Edmonds Z in Section D as his first 2-0 of the season gave the leaders a 5-3 against Allotment Diggers. Shane Newbold, Paul Brett Jnr and Craig Smith won the singles against Peter Robinson, Pete Coulam and Craig Foster.
A 2-0 from Jim Drury was cancelled out by a similar effort from Adam Board as Not Bottom drew 4-4 with Ray Edmonds Jubilee.
Cromwell Car Care won 6-2 at Hasbeens when James Wootton, Clive Brummitt and Aaron McHugh all won 2-0 in response to a 2-0 from Bernard Christy.
Cromwell B ended a five match losing streak with a 6-2 home win against Laceby Legion A. Mick Bird and Keith Fuller were their 2-0 hero's with Brian Broomhead and Jim Bird winning singles against Dave Chester and Mick Robinson.
Standard B won by the same score at Power Rangers when Dave Rushby and Barry Loveday both won 2-0 and Pete Gibson and Mick Harrison shared with Wally Aisthorpe and Liam Cribb.
The Grimsby League Centenary celebrations.
Dates for your diary.
Following the success of the Singles Handicap Knock Out held at the Ray Edmonds Snooker Centre, we are pleased to announce that on Thursday Evening 20th December, we will be holding a fun pairs knockout at the same venue. All entries will be drawn from a hat to form the pairings, which will be a handicap player partnering a scratch man. Get your team-mates to enter or if not, just turn up on your own, you'll be guaranteed a partner. The semi-finals and final will be held the following Thursday.
On Saturday 29th December, a fun challenge night will take place also at the Ray Edmonds Snooker Centre. There will be all sorts of snooker and billiard games with a difference. (Time events; clear the colours, dodgy whites etc.) For more details of both events, speak to Mick Chew. Alan Edmonds or Dave Webster, or keep your eyes on the snooker reports.