Trio tied at the top in exciting finale to season


New Astley Club 5

Cheveley RBL 0

With the season rapidly approaching its climax, all three top teams are tied at the top of the table on 29 points apiece.

The Astley Club secured their second whitewash of the season in a one-sided challenge at home to Cheveley RBL.

Captain Dan Stoodley got the ball rolling for his side, beating opposite number Dave Ingham 38-26 in the first frame of the night.

Karl Bursford made it 2-0 with a victory over Mark Avison 100-84 in the first billiards encounter.

Ash Gilbert finally won against Dave Rabbeth 47-39, having fallen short on numerous occasions.

Stevie Kerr produced a fantastic 75 break en route to a near walkover against the normally-dynamic Ian Starling 175-24, and Paul Jefferies made it 5-0, grabbing all the points for his team with an emphatic 63-44 win.

Soham Sp C 3

Mildenhall SC 2

With no hope of first or even second place to be had, both teams were playing for pride.

Soham’s Chris Blease was first up, playing a determined safety-orientated game, winning comfortably against Trevor Pauley 65-19.

Senior citizen Richard Badcock rolled back the years to give Mildenhall’s youngster Richard Lyes a lesson in billiards, winning 100-79.

Mildenhall pulled a frame back in the next thanks to Andy Isaacson playing Colin Johnson.

Johnson started well, knocking in a 24 break, but then missed several key balls, gifting the frame to Isaacson, who ran out with a superb 25 break.

Soham captain Kevin Peacock secured the match for his team with victory over Alan Benton, 100-67.

Mildenhall’s Stef Wait grabbed the last frame of the night against an off-form Ali Mclean 63-39.

Cambridge SC 3

Fordham RBL 2

Last year’s league champions Fordham went to Cambridge knowing a win was a must if they were going to hold on to the title.

Cambridge started well thanks to a fluke on the green by Jason Browes in an otherwise neck-and-neck tussle which allowed him to clear up and win 63-54 against Graham Arnold.

Things were soon level when the Snooker Centre’s Peter Johnson surrendered a 20-point lead to Jason Theobald who, thanks to an opening fluke, made a 30 break, winning 100-69.

Cambridge again took the advantage when Chris Merchant made it five wins out of six in a tight contest, 47-32 with Fordham’s brilliant Steve Palmer.

Veteran Tony French dotted the Is and crossed the Ts in the last billiards game, comfortably beating John Whitwood 100-54 and — in the last game of the night — Fordham’s Darren Theobald looked dead and buried trailing by 31 points, but produced a magnificent snooker to gain the points required to win 58-48, securing what may possibly be a vital point with three games left to play.