Post by gandalf the untidy on Jan 30, 2016 15:43:26 GMT
Hi Hastings Handicap Fans, see below the report for week1 sent to the Hastings Gazzette by our own Andy Ellison
The handicap competition of the Hastings Bar Billiards League got underway with Royal Albert setting the standard with a 5-0 away win against newly-relocated Nags Head B. The home team clearly need time to adjust to their new surroundings but there were several close games as Fred Pope for Nags with 5150 was unlucky to lose out to Tony Gates who replied with 5290. Denis Cole showed a return to form for Albert to add to Nags woes. Old King John skipper Andy Eldridge also enjoyed the handicap format as he hit a season's best of 7700. and led his side to a 4-1 win against Jenny Lind B at home. Sam Taylor used the handicap rules to advantage to secure a point for Jenny B. The other two games were characterised by the upsets and narrow margins found in many handicap fixtures. Nags Head secured a 3-2 win at Ashburnham Arms, as Jamie Minihane for Nags claimed two notable scalps in Roy Harmer and Dave White. Sandy Harmer and Mick Osborne were winners for Ash. Prince of Wales were winners in another tight contest at Jenny Lind A. Sam Kelly achieved the early win for Prince and Pete Crabtree drove home the advantage with two victories. Ray Norton and Billy Skinner ensured that the result remained in doubt with wins for Jenny A.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Feb 11, 2016 17:57:16 GMT
Hi Hastings Handicap Fans, see below the report for week 2 sent to the Hastings Gazzette by our own Andy Ellison
In the handicap competition of the Hastings Bar Billiards League there was an interesting clash between the best two younger players in the league. Royal Albert's Mike Daw notched an impressive 5390 to see off Sandy Harmer of Ashburnham Arms. This win and solid support from Dave Pearce, Nick Speight and Peter Payne saw Albert to a 4-1 win and league leadership. Ever-reliable Dave White rescued a point for Ash with 6100, the highest total of the evening.
Mark Bailey of Old King John sat out while Colin Southouse of Nags Head B compiled his record score two weeks ago, but Mark utilised the handicap rules to gain revenge with a clear win in this week's rematch. Fred Pope for Nags maintained his good form registering his second successive score of over 5000, with a winning outcome this time. However Nigel Doe, Chris Lamb and Old King John skipper Andy Eldridge saw the OKJ to a 4-1 home win and second place in the table.
Jenny Lind A got away well at Nags Head A thanks to wins from Ray Norton and Andrew Lipscombe. Nags A were stung into action with winning replies through Clive Minihane and a personal best from skipper Sean Croft. Billy Skinner stepped up to win the decider for Jenny A and ensure the 3-2 vicory.
At home Sam Taylor and Ollie Roberts were successful for Jenny Lind B, while Pete Crabtree and Ann Kelly replied for opponents Prince of Wales. So with the scores equal it was a good timefor Jenny B skipper Linda Challis to step up and record her personal best and secure the decisive win with a 3-2 scoreline for Jenny B.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Feb 14, 2016 0:35:00 GMT
Hi Hastings Handicap Fans, see below the report for week 3 sent to the Hastings Gazzette by our own Andy Ellison
It was a week of high individual scores in the handicap competition of the Hastings Bar Billiards League in the latest round of games. Leaders Royal Albert held off a challenge from Jenny Lind A to win 3-2 with Mike Daw recording a very impressive 10300 in the decisive final game. Earlier teammates Nick Speight and Peter Payne gave Albert a lead but in-form Ray Norton and Andrew Lipscombe brought Jenny A level. However Mike was determined to secure the win in the decider.
Sandy Harmer, skipper of the Ashburnham Arms, outscored Mike. registering a personal best of 12400 in leading his team to a 4-1 win over old rivals Old King John. Strong support from Dave White, Ron Young and Roy Harmer saw Ash to the win, the only winner for OKJ being Andy Ellison who snatched a last ball victory.
Colin Southouse of Nags Head B must have sensed that his seasonal record was under threat and he reeled off a new high in his first home game at Nags Head B against Jenny Lind B. He compiled a new seasonal record score of 15730 and won another game whilst Fred Pope won two also. However "KC"Challis made sure that the Jenny B did not go without reward with a win and his own personal best of 3600.
The Minihane family featured for both sides in the clash between Prince of Wales and Nags Head A. Jamie began things for Nags A, registering a score of 5460, Clive Minihane stepped up to win the next game and Steve Featherstone proved the only "outsider" to win on the night putting Nags A 3-0 ahead. Then Luke and Dan Minihane celebrated first wins for Prince to restrict the Nags winning score to 3-2.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Feb 21, 2016 17:02:10 GMT
Hi Hastings Handicap Fans, see below the report for week 4 sent to the Hastings Gazzette by Andy Ellison
This week saw the biggest upset of the season in the handicap competition of the Hastings Bar Billiards League. Relative newcomers Jenny Lind B recorded their first ever 5-0 victory at home against Nags Head A. For Jenny B skipper Linda Challis and Sam Taylor both won their games with personal best scores to get the evening going. Ollie Roberts and KC Challis kept up the momentum and Tom Palmer even overcame loss of score through a black peg to fight back and ensure the whitewash. James Bown won a very tight first game for the home side Nags Head B to set the trend as another 5-0 result happened, with the home team defeating Ashburnham Arms. Skipper Colin Southouse provided his usual win for Nags B although he was pushed hard by Roy Harmer. He received excellent support from teammates Stuart Chant and both Alec and Fred Pope. The third 5-0 result of the evening came at Old King John where the home team defeated Jenny Lind A and sneaked into top spot as Royal Albert's game against Prince of Wales was postponed. The match was closer than the result suggests, with five tight games. Even OKJ skipper Andy Eldridge who scored 7180 in his win was challenged closely until a high break late in the game. Billy Skinner was particularly unlucky for Jenny A as he clipped the black peg when pushing for a win, leaving Mark Bailey to secure the 5-0 result for OKJ.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Feb 27, 2016 17:52:51 GMT
Hi Hastings Handicap Fans, see below the report for week 5 sent to the Hastings Gazzette by our Andy Ellison
In stark contrast to last, this week saw the closest of competition in the handicap section of the Hastings Bar Billiards League, with all fixtures ending in identical 3-2 score lines. Jenny Lind B were unable to repeat last week;s shock as they went down 3-2 at Ashburnham Arms. Linda Challis and Tom Palmer won their games for Jenny B with Tom successfully playing 4 shots into the 200 hole during his game, a virtually unprecedented feat. However Ash regulars Mick Osborne, Dave White and Sandy Harmer steered their side home. Nags Head A hit back after last week's loss with a win over Royal Albert at home, Jamie Minihane leading the way with the early win. Then it was Jamie's dad Clive who stepped up with a personal best of 8520 and Steve McGill with an excellent 10500 to give Nags the advantage. However Mike Daw and Peter Payne ensured the Albert only went down by the 3-2 margin with strong scoring in winning games. Martin Cook won the opener and James Bown hit 5250 in two successes for away side Nags Head B at Jenny Lind A. The home side were in fighting mode though and Ray Norton embodied the spirit with 2 victories backed up with another from Andy Horsler to claimthe 3-2 winning margin for Jenny A. Old King John were the only away winners on the night at Prince of Wales. Luke Minihane put Prince ahead and Pete Crabtree had another good game to give Prince their wins. However solid scoring from the experienced Andy Ellison, Nigel Doe and then Chris Lamb in the decider saw OKJ to the narrow 3-2 victory, which enabled them to inch ahead at the top of the table.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Mar 6, 2016 19:00:20 GMT
Hi Hastings Handicap Fans, see below the report for week 6 sent to the Hastings Gazzette by our Andy Ellison
Old King John maintained their strong home record and pushed ahead at the top of the Hastings Bar Billiards League with a 5-0 victory over Nags Head A. Andy Ellison won another last ball thriller against unlucky Jamie Minihane while Andy Eldridge needed a late break of 2000 to build his score to 5560 and secure the second win for OKJ. The reliable Garry Tomlin, Nigel Doe and Chris Lamb were the other winners for the home side in three more tight games. However OKJ now face three successive away games and next opponents...
Royal Albert kept in touch with a 3-2 away win at Jenny Lind B. Mike Daw led the way for Albert with another impressive total, amassing 9430 this week. Tony Gates and Nick Speight gave good support but Sam Taylor and Tom Palmer made sure that the match was kept alive with wins for Jenny B.
Nags Head B were 3-2 winners at home to Prince of Wales with Colin Southouse recovering from an initial stutter to record a punishing break of 10220 in winning the first game. Stuart Chant won the next but Pete Crabtree pulled one back for Prince. Then Fred Pope achieved a last ball marginal win at Crabtree's expense to provide the vital third win for Nags B. Ann Kelly kept the score down to a 3-2 margin with a win in the last game for Prince.
Jenny Lind A had another good win at Ashburnham Arms. Jenny A went ahead through Andy Horsler and Phil Roberts before Dave White put Ash on the scoreboard. Billy Skinner was the hero for Jenny A with the notable scalps of Sandy Harmer and Mick Osborne in his two victories that pushed Jenny A to their 4-1 success.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Mar 14, 2016 17:37:53 GMT
Hi Hastings Handicap Fans, see below the report for week 7 sent to the Hastings Gazzette by Andy Ellison
This week saw some high scoring feats in the handicap section of the Hastings Bar Billiards League, with a 3-2 win for Nags Head B over their A side being the highlight. Steve McGill gave Nags A the ideal start with a winning score of 5810, but his total was eclipsed in the next by Colin Southouse as the B team skipper reeled off a remarkable 15910 to level the scores. The game of the night however was between the league's youngest players. James Bown was the unlucky one, recording 5370 for Nags B, but Jamie Minihane managed an even more impressive 5950 to claim the win for the A side. However Nags B regulars Fred Pope and Stewart Chant had the presence to claim the last two games and clinch the win.
Prince of Wales went 2-0 up against Ashburnham Arms at home, thanks to another strong showing from Pete Crabtree and a new personal best from Luke Minihane. However more high scoring came from Ash stalwarts Mick Osborne with 5320, Roy Harmer with 7700 and Dave White with 7430 in the decider which steered their side home to a 3-2 victory.
Royal Albert were at home to leaders Old King John without high scoring Mike Daw. Old King John took advantage and increased their lead at the top. OKJ could not match the scoring feats seen in the night's other games, but their players achieved a consistency in the 5-0 win. Andy Ellison, Garry Tomlin, Andy Eldridge, Mark Bailey and Nigel Doe all scored 3000 plus and saw OKJ to the overall victory, although the depleted Albert side made them fight all the way.