Snooker: Top trio fighting hard for Intermediate glory
FROM a record-breaking high to a defeat that is a set-back for their title dream – The Gas Man were brought down to earth this week in the Express Appliances Intermediate Snooker League.
Last week, Paul Metcalf chalked up a league-record break of 131 as The Gas Man hit red-hot form to hammer Birds Eye 6-0 in Section A.
But their wings were clipped next time out as Ray Edmonds A celebrated victory.
Although Ashley Wright racked up a break of 49 for The Gas Man, he and Mark Baldwin shared with Lee Blanchard and James Richardson, before Paul Clark and Andy Auckland traded frames with Kev North and Scott Templeman.
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Edmonds upped a gear from then on, however, as Daz Potter and Gaz Challis bagged a double to seal a 4-2 home triumph.
Locate Supplies are right back in the mix for another title. After disposing of Clee Cons A 6-0 in a rearranged fixture, they triumphed 4-2 at Carr Lane Social A.
Ian Crosby and Steve Fisher took the spoils on one table but Gaz Horsfall and Jon Leggett matched them on the other to leave the match in the balance at 2-2. Wayne Webber and Mark Franks then pressed home a hard-fought victory for Locate.
An early 2-0 from Mike Emerson and Nige Cordy proved too much as Webbonet failed to recover in their derby match with Peter Hogarth & Sons, who ran out 4-2 winners.
There was nothing to choose between Ray Edmonds S and Clee Cons A after four frames – but then Steve Johnson and Tom Keeley struck to secure a valuable 4-2 win for Cons to keep them clear of the relegation battle.
Icing Cabin faced a difficult night as Hainton B came to the Cromwell Club. Bob Reeves and Ivan Harvey won their opener for the visitors and Lewis Singleton and Jon Steel did the same for the Cabin on the other table. Tony Aisthorpe, Scott Gibbons, Chris Taylor and Keith Atmore hit back for their teams to make it 2-2. Butch Reynolds and Chris Fuller put Hainton 3-2 up and, after a close final frame, Steve Singleton and Jamie Barrett rescued a draw.
After two successive defeats, Birds Eye bounced back with a 5-1 win against Westlands D. Chris Madsen, Tony Ward, Tony Jagger and Paul Leggett won 2-0.
West End B went down 4-2 against Ray Edmonds B. An early 2-0 from Alan Edmonds and Tony Miller was the difference between the sides.
Ray Edmonds D maintained their promotion bid in style as they hammered West End C 6-0 in Section B.
Phil Marshall, Richard Grant, Steve Ellis, Ray Sowers, Keith Fountain and Andy Stocks bagged all six frames for the high-fliers.
James Wooton, Dan Frosdick, Yan de Gruchy, George Bartlett, Nathan Clooke and Dave Bartlett took all the frames at the Hainton Club to slam Carr Lane Social B.
Grimsby Police faced a test of their long unbeaten run as they faced Cambridge F, who returned to action after a couple of byes. And with each pair winning and losing a frame, a draw was the end result, leaving Cambridge needing points from their games in hand to regain top spot.
West End D won a close tussle 4-2 against Express Appliances.
After the opening four frames were shared, up-stepped Steve Donner who, ably assisted by Dave McMullen, went on to secure victory for the Westenders.