Post by gandalf the untidy on Jan 22, 2017 15:29:28 GMT
Handicap week 1 report from our Andy Ellison
With the regular season completed, the Handicap Competition in the Hastings Bar Billiards League threw up it's surprises in the first week of operation. Jenny Lind B took the initiative with a great 4-1 win at Nags Head A who were missing a couple of regulars. Tom Palmer continued his impressive run of form with two victories for Jenny B and he was given strong support by Andy Horsler and Les Thomas who had convincing victories. For Nags A Ray Roberts stepped in to claim the home team's consolation win.
Jenny Lind A achieved a similar winning outcome to their colleagues with a 3-2 home victory against Ashburnham Arms E. Jenny A were well-served by good performances from Billy Skinner and Andrew Lipscombe but Ash E replied forcefully through Peter Payne with 6270 and Chris Haynes. It was left to Phil Roberts to settle the match with his team's best score of the night and the deciding win for Jenny A.
The disparities of the handicap system were highlighted at the Old King John where newly-ranked Sussex Number 4, Nags Head B skipper Colin Southouse came with the league's highest handicap based on his massive regular season scores. Colin battled well in both of his games but was edged out by Nigel Doe and Dave Froude for Old King John. Mark Bailey and Andy Ellison were the other winners for OKJ on their home table seeing OKJ through to a 4-1 win with Fred Pope ensuring that Nags B did not go unrewarded.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Jan 30, 2017 17:30:36 GMT
handicap week 2 report from Andy
With one match cancelled through player unavailability, it was a quiet week in the Handicap Competition of the Hastings Bar Billiards League. However the two leading teams were matched as Jenny Lind B entertained Old King John. In-form Tom Palmer for Jenny B enjoyed a handicap advantage but came up against a determined Chris Lamb who took the opening game with the night's best total of 4320.There was strong support from teammates Mark Bailey, Andy Eldridge and Andy Ellison as OKJ took a 4-0 lead. Palmer returned to claim the home team's consolation win with a 4-1 final scoreline.
Jenny Lind A achieved a second successive winning result with a 3-2 away victory at Nags Head B. Nags B started well with Fred Pope and Stewart Chant recording wins in the first two games. Jenny A came back well with good winning performances from Billy Skinner and Ray Norton as Nags B skipper Colin Southouse found his large handicap too much of a burden. With the match score even at 2-2 , for the second week running it was left to Phil Roberts to settle the match in favour of Jenny A with his final game victory proving the deciding win.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Feb 6, 2017 14:18:18 GMT
Week 3 Report from Andy Ellison
There was an extra edge to the evening in the Old Town as the two Jenny Lind sides met in the Hastings Bar Billiards League Handicap competition, with both sides doing well. Jenny B started with a win as Landlady Linda Challis took the first game. However Jenny A showed the level of quality in their squad with a determined effort to turn the match around. Consistent scoring and wins from Ray Norton, Billy Skinner, Phil Roberts and Andrew Lipscombe led to a scoreline of 4-1 in favour of Jenny A as they maintained an unbeaten record in this competition.
Jenny A remain in second spot on points scored as Old King John recorded their third successive 4-1 victory against Ashburnham Arms A at home. Dave Pearce put the visitors ahead with a winning total of 5700. However his Ash A teammates showed signs of rustiness after two weeks enforced absence from competition. Skipper Andy Eldridge showed the way for OKJ with 7660 and a win in a high-scoring game against Sandy Harmer. OKJ colleagues Nigel Doe, Chris Lamb and Mark Bailey contributed individual victories to the overall win that keeps them on top.
There were several high scores too as Ashburnham Arms E met Nags Head B at home. Gareth Dell got Ash E away with a clear win and then Chris Haynes recorded the best score of the night, an impressive 10250 including a break of 5500 putting Ash E into a 2-0 lead. Mick Reilly was the other winner on the night for Ash E. Nags B skipper Colin Southouse was able to overcome his handicap this week with impressive totals in both of his games to record two victories and restrict Ash E's winning margin to 3-2.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Feb 13, 2017 18:38:30 GMT
week 4 Report from Andy Ellison
The two unbeaten teams were brought down to earth in the Hastings Bar Billiards League this week as home advantage proved decisive in all three matches. Jenny Lind A visited Ashburnham Arms A, with the home team eager to record their first win of the Handicap Competition. Ron Young and Mick Osborne put Ash A on the right track with early wins and then Dave White showed all his skills with a score of 11280 as his winning total. Nick Speight returned to winning ways to put Jenny A on the scoresheet, but Roy Harmer won the final game to give Ash A a 4-1 victory margin.
Old King John came up against equally determined opponents at Nags Head A. Chris Lamb put the visitors ahead but Clive Minihane, Steve McGill and especially Jamie Minihane with the night's best total of 8280, set up a good win for the home team. OKJ skipper Andy Eldridge turned in another winning performance to ensure that Nags A's win was restricted to a 3-2 margin and keep his side at the top of the table.
Jenny Lind B achieved another good home result with a 4-1 win against visitors Ashburnham Arms E. Jenny A were well-served by good performances from Andy Horsler, Linda Challis, Les Thomas and Tom Palmer who all won their games. Ash E replied through Peter Payne with the best total of the evening, 5400 and a win in the final game.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Feb 27, 2017 17:32:05 GMT
Week 5 report by Andy Ellison
Jenny Lind A reclaimed top spot in the Hastings Bar Billiards League at the expense of inactive Old King John this week, with a 3-2 home win in a tight contest against Nags Head A. Steve McGill put the visitors into an early lead but Nick Speight maintained his return to form with a second frame reply for Jenny A. Phil Roberts and Billy Skinner re-established Jenny A's advantage with sound winning performances before Ray Reynolds won the final frame for Nags A to restrict Jenny A to the closest of wins.
The two Ashburnham Arms teams had their internal duel with the result of the evening a 4-1 win for the A team. Dave Pearce won a very close first game for Ash A but then Roy Harmer and Mick Osborne were clearer winners, establishing a 3-0 lead. Mick Reilly stepped up with a good total of 7930 to record a win for Ash E but this figure was outscored by Ash A skipper Sandy Harmer who won the last frame with a score of 8080 to settle the result at 4-1 to Ash A.
Fred Pope and Stewart Chant put Nags Head B into an early 2-0 lead with wins in their home fixture against Jenny Lind B. Nags B guest player Jamie Minihane secured a win in a very close third game with Tom Palmer before Janet Southouse marked her debut with a clear win. Skipper Colin Southouse was on good form too with the highest total of the evening, 10390 to ensure the 5-0 win for Nags B.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Mar 5, 2017 17:22:52 GMT
Week 6 report from Andy Ellison
The Handicap Competition in the Hastings Bar Billiards League League showed it's value with three remarkably close matches this week. Leaders Jenny Lind A were overtaken through a loss at closest rivals Old King John. Jenny A got away well with Skipper Ray Norton putting one over on rival captain Andy Eldridge. OKJ responded through Andy Ellison and Mark Bailey, putting the home team into a 2-1 lead. Jenny A were back on level terms thanks to Andrew Lipscombe's win, but in another close encounter Nigel Doe stepped up to record the best total of the night and ensure the 3-2 win and a return to top spot for OKJ.
There was a similar scoreline at Nags Head A's home fixture with Ashburnham Arms E. Father and son Clive and Jamie Minhane both won for Nags A with Jamie scoring 6550 and together with skipper Sean Croft established a strong platform for the home team at 3-0. However Ash E players began to get the measure of the table as the evening progressed and Mick Reilly and Chris Haynes with 5150 secured the last two frames to restrict the margin to 3-2 to Nags A.
Nags Head B enjoyed a successful trip to Ashburnham Arms A with the third 3-2 win of the night. Janet Southouse put the visitors ahead but Ash A stalwarts Roy Harmer and Dave White recorded wins for the home team. The decisive contribution came from Colin Southouse who recorded near-identical winning totals in excess of 12600 in both of his games, with breaks over 10000 central to both wins to claim the 3-2 victory for Nags B.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Mar 13, 2017 6:25:45 GMT
Week 7 report by Andy Ellison
Ashburnham Arms E put themselves into contention in the Hastings Bar Billiards League Handicap Competition with an emphatic 4-1 home defeat of leaders Old King John last week. Strong, consistent scoring came from Peter Payne, Mick Reilly and Chris Haynes who all recorded winning totals in excess of 5000 points for Ash E. Mark Bailey offered resistance for OKJ with a win in the penultimate game, but then Mick Reilly returned for his second win of the night for Ash E to make the final score a 4-1 victory for his team.
Nags Head B came through a close contest with a narrow 3-2 win against co-residents Nags Head A. Clive Minihane put Nags A ahead but Fred Pope replied immediately for the B side. Skipper Colin Southouse secured two more remarkable victories for Nags B with a best score of 12570 before rival captain Sean Croft was able to record the win in the final game for Nags A that kept the result at 3-2.
Ashburnham Arms A found the going tough at Jenny Lind B. Roy Harmer kept up his good run with a first game win for Ash A. However Tom Palmer and Les Thomas put Jenny B ahead with victories in the next two. Dave Pearce and Ron Young were able to turn the match around again with wins for Ash A to ensurea 3-2 away victory. The season now goes into it's final phase with semi-finals in the Rix Cup to come and Old King John keeping a narrow lead in the Handicap League.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Mar 19, 2017 18:28:19 GMT
week 8 report from Andy Ellison
This week saw yet more close games with very high standards of individual performance in the Hastings Bar Billiards League, leading to Old King John retaining top spot after claiming victory on their visit to Nags Head B. For OKJ Mark Bailey retained his unbeaten record in the handicap format with a first-game win. Fred Pope then came back strongly for Nags B with a seasonal best of 7200 to level the tie at 1-1. Chris Lamb was back to win the next for OKJ whilst Andy Ellison hit 6630 to put the visitors into a 3-1 lead. However even after a slightly faltering start to his game, Nags Head B skipper Colin Southouse imposed another level of scoring as he progressed to a remarkable total of 15850 to keep the margin to 3-2.
Ashburnham Arms E put in another winning performance against Jenny Lind A. The consistency of scoring by Ash E was highlighted by Chris Haynes, Peter Payne and Mick Reilly recording near-identical totals in excess of 7000 in their wins. Jenny Lind A were not daunted though and after Billy Skinner had put Jenny A on the board, captain Ray Norton won the final clash to provide the 3-2 result.
Nags Head A started well at Jenny Lind B as Sean Croft and Steve McGill recorded confident wins in the first two encounters. Jenny B then turned the match around as Linda Challis won the next. Les Thomas and then Andy Horsler put in winning performances with increasing individual totals leading to a 3-2 win for Jenny B and the third such result of the night.
These results mean that OKJ keep a narrow lead with only 8 points separating the remaining 6 teams in the league, so all participants are in with an opportunity in the final weeks of the season.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Apr 2, 2017 13:39:48 GMT
week 9 report from Andy Ellison
After last week's success in the Rix Cup Jenny Lind A maintained their impressive form on their return to League activity in in the Hastings Bar Billiards League this week as home advantage proved decisive in their meeting with Nags Head B. Andrew Lipscombe put Jenny A ahead but Fred Pope levelled the scores at 1-1. This was to prove the only away success of the night as Billy Skinner, Phil Roberts and Ray Norton were able to capitalise on home advantage to record the 4-1 win that narrows the gap at the top ofthe Handicap Competition table.
Nags Head A enjoyed a similar winning scoreline at home against Ashburnham Arms A. Father and son Clive and Jamie Minihane put Nags A on the right track with the two early wins, with Jamie's 6890 proving the best total ofthe night. Dave Pearce intervened for Ash A's sole win of the evening, but Steve Featherstone and Ray Roberts re-established Nags A's dominance to win the last two games and ensure the 4-1 victory for their side.
Leaders Old King John came up against determined opponents in visitors Jenny Lind B. Chris Lamb put the visitors ahead and skipper Andy Eldridge made it 2-0 for the home team who looked on course for the win. In the next Les Thomas turned things round for Jenny B and captain Linda Challis claimed the win that leveled things at 2-2. The final frame was tense as Les Thomas hit the black peg in his second game of the evening for Jenny B and Mark Bailey prevailed for OKJ with 100 on the final ball, rescuing a 3-2 win and helping OKJ to keep a narrow lead at the top.