Cheveley Road boys kill Cambridge’s double hopes

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Soham Sports Centre and Chevely Road B will contest the 67th Bobby Jones Cup final after coming through their Newmarket Snooker and Billiards League semi-finals in contrasting styles.

The New Astley Club boys had no answer to a rampant Soham squad determined to salvage their season with a final spot, in a 5-0 whitewash.

Astley’s Neil Gwilliams received 20 points in fouls before his opponent Colin Johnson got his act together, grabbing the frame 73-36.

In the first billiard game Astley captain Chris Hibberd was looking good and gained a good lead but Tom Crawford caught him up and made it 2-0 for the visitors; 100-65.

The first of two black ball snooker games followed with identical scores. Chris Blease just managed to fall over the line to win the match for Soham, defeating Steve Debenham 49-40, while Soham’s captain was dishing out a hiding to Ryes Evans at billiards 100-35. Larry Giblin concluded the whitewash by stealing the frame from 
Rob Walker 49-40 on the black.

This year’s league champions with one match still to go, Cambridge Snooker Centre, had hopes of completing the double, until a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of second-placed Cheveley Road B.

A titanic battle went all the way in the first snooker game, with Cambridge’s Chris Marchant fluking the black to tie the game 50-50 but it was the home side’s Darren Halfpenny that had the final laugh, winning 57-50.

Stevie Kerr, carrying a 75 handicap, knocked in a 62 break in the next billiard game with Tony French having no answer to his talent and going on to win 175-47.

Johnny Mutch, one half off this year’s snooker final, pulled one back for the visitors by defeating Jason Browes 61-45.

In the last billiard game Cheveley captain Karl Bursford was struggling against Peter Johnson at 60-80 then hit a 38 break to need just two points, before winning the match for the Newmarket side.

Dan Stoodley was outpointed in the last game 73-25 by Jordan Lemmon.