The halfway point of the season has been reached and what a season it has been so far, with some shock results across the board at both ends of the table.
Currently 4 teams are level on points at the top of the table, having won 7 matches from 9 and only separated on game difference. Top of this pile are the Brook Gloves with a GD of +25, followed closely by the Hadleigh Cock on +21, then come the Saracens on +19 and in 4th the Bay Horse on +15.
A 6 point gap then opens up to 5th placed Brewery Tap Silvers whilst the Red House All Stars and Cornard Brook sit 6th and 7th on 6 points.
Battling it out at the bottom sees the Whitehorsemen and Taverners on 4 points with the White Horse Kitcats propping up the rest with one solitary victory.
In the Captains Cup the Bay Horse are out in front with 8 wins from 9 and 16 points, closely followed by the Brook Gloves and Hadleigh Cock on 14.
The current Highest Break for the season is 1550 held by Jeff Bridges of the Bay Horse against the Cornard Brook, Jeff also holds the highest score of the season in the same game of 3640.
Highest Ladies Break currently stands at 1060 scored by Emma O'Flynn against the Bay Horse.
In the player of the Year standings. Luke Cole Watts stands top with 8 wins from 8, Chip Millins close behind in second also with 8 wins, not far behind are Alasdair Carnegie, Pete Lillee, Mel Tilbury, Joe Andrews-Worth & Ian Furlonger with 7 wins. Just a bit further back are Jeff Bridges, Steve Hale, Billy Anderson, Doedy Munson, Lee Harman, Simon Tonkins, John Henderson and John Raine with 6 victories.
A Total of 14 pairs from across the league entered tonights shenanigans at the Red House in Stannigfield, a fantastic public house with some equally fantastic patrons and having to put up with some proper reprobates entering the annual Charity Doubles Tournament
The Results -
James Baker & Craig Bennett 1390 v Jane Cox & Kara Ives 200
Billy Anderson & Joe Andrews-Worth 1230 v Kirsty Tonkins & Debbie Ritchie 0 BP
Charlie Willis & Graham Rolfe 1280 v Chip Millins & Dick Cheshire 1380
Dave Ritchie & Dave Cox 720 v Simon Tonkins & Ian Furlonger 1630
Chris Cass & Gillian Towse 160 v Jeff Bridges & Tracey Reeve 2790
Lee Harman & Elaine Wright 50 v John Henderson & Kevin Tobin 1790
Doedy Munson & Melvin Tilbury 440 v Steve Hale & Jeremy Fry 1760
Quarter Final Draw
Bye v James Baker & Craig Bennett
Billy Anderson & Joe Andrews-Worth v Chip Millins & Dick Cheshire
Simon Tonkins & Ian Furlonger v Jeff Bridges & Tracey Reeve
John Henderson & Kevin Tobin v Steve Hale & Jeremy Fry
Last night saw the culmination of this years Steve Richardson Doubles Tournament, held once again at the Stanningfield Red House
James Baker & Craig Bennett had received a BYE through to the semi finals and awaited the winners of the match between Billy Anderson & Joe Andrews-Worth and Chip Millins & Dick Cheshire, a close game ensued and Millins & Cheshire came out on top 1740-1440
In the 2nd half of the draw Ian Furlonger & Simon Tonkins saw off the challenge of Jeff Bridges & Tracey Reeve 1560 -850 whilst Home advantage was enough for John Henderson & Kevin Tobin as they comfortably beat Jeremy Fry & Steve Hale 1890-1270
The Semi Finals saw Baker & Bennett prevail over Millins & Cheshire who couldn't get themselves going. Millins losing a 650 break proving decisive, but even then they still had a chance to win the match, requiring 530 to win when the gate went, Cheshire cleared the table scoring 170 in the process leaving the red ball as the last ball, only for him to leave it agonisingly an inch short of the 200 hole, Baker was able to pot it next shot to put them through to the final.
The 2nd semi final also went down to the wire, Ian Furlonger & Simon Tonkins sneaked home by the narrowest of margins, when it looked like John Henderson & Kevin Tobin had the game sown up, but with Henderson missing a break shot with just 3 balls remaining the Saracens pair were able to clear up and take the game 1430-1420
The Final (Available to watch on the Sudbury & District Facebook page) was an intriguing affair. Both pairs exchanged blows in the opening exchanges, Baker and Bennett then began pulling away, with a combination of skill and some luck pulled way out ahead of the Saracens pair to eventually win the match 2000-1010 and to keep the trophy at the Red House for another season.
Baker & Bennett - BYE
Anderson & Andrews-Worth 1440 Millins & Cheshire 1740
Red House All Stars 4 Brook Gloves 3 Hadleigh Cock 3 Brewery Tap Silvers 4 White Horse Kitcats 2 Saracens 5 Bay Horse 4 Whitehorsemen 3 Cornard Brook 4 Taverners 3
Some cracking matches this Thursday and we have new leaders as the Brook Gloves are defeated in the deciding game, whilst 2nd place Hadleigh Cock had a disastrous start going 4-0 down against the Silvers who complete a surprising double. Saracens take advantage winning at the KitCats 5-2 with The Bay Horse winning a nail biter at home to the Whitehorsemen, who were also a man down. Full Report to follow later this weekend.
Whitehorsemen and the Kitcats are playing their local derby match this Sunday at 6pm.
Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiard League leaders, Brook Gloves, faced a tough looking assignment when visiting the Red House All Stars. After sharing the doubles Luke Cole-Watts gave the visitors a 2-1 lead. This was immediately cancelled out as James Baker amassed 3530 that included a break of 1550. Back came the Gloves through Joe Andrews-Worth to give his team a slight advantage. The penultimate game saw Craig Bennett level the scores for a last game decider. John Henderson went head to head with Alan Giles and came out on top 1930-1070 to inflict a rare defeat on the table toppers.
The Brewery Tap Silvers travelled to Hadleigh to take on the Cock hoping to repeat their earlier season success. The match couldn’t have started better when they won both do ands then increased this lead when Pete Lillie won the opening singles. It was all over for the hosts in the next game as Dave Lillie completed two exquisite 400 shots to make it 4-0. The home side then knuckled down to make the score line respectable with wins from Graham Rolfe, Melvyn Willis and Doedy Munson.
The Bay Horse entertained The Whitehorsemen who pushed the hosts right to the wire. After winning both doubles they then led 3-2 before Sam Kerruish made it 3-3 and as the visitors could not field a fifth player they had to concede the final game, leaving the Bay Horse 4-3 victors.
Courtesy of a 5-2 victory at Sudbury White Kitcats the Saracens move to the top of the table and in the remaining match played Cornard Brook ran out 4-3 winners against the Taverners in a very close and keenly contested encounter.
An outstanding fixture between the Whitehorsemen and the White Horse Kitcats will be played this Sunday at 6pm
The White Horse Derby was played this Sunday evening between the Whitehorsemen and the KitCats. The Whitehorsemen took an early advantage with Casey Parker and Dave Catanach taking the opening doubles but the Kitcats soon levelled things up with Jane Cox and Kara Ives taking advantage of Brett Parker knocking down the black peg twice.
The Singles saw Ian Longstaff putting the Men back in front beating Jane Cox, and when Dave Catanach beat Kara Ives it looked all over for the Kitcats, but they fought back with Dave Cox beating Casey Parker to ring the score to 3-2, However wins from Gary Addison and Brett Parker in the last two matches saw the Whitehorsemen home to a 5-2 victory.
Bay Horse 7 Red House All Stars 0 Brook Gloves 6 White Horse Kitcats 1 Brewery Tap Silvers v Cornard Brook (Match Postponed) Saracens 3 Hadleigh Cock 4 Whitehorsemen 3 Taverners 4
Brewery Tap Silvers
Red House All Stars
Sudbury W H Kitcats
Well i nearly got a Sudbury match yesterday but i scared the opposition off, so now spending a short break at the Swan Lavenham.. lovely. Have spent some time devising a new break shot for the "interesting" White Horse table. probably wont work on other ones especially the Supreme Brewery Tap table
White Horse Kitcats 1 Bay Horse 6 Cornard Brook 3 Saracens 4 Hadleigh Cock 2 Brook Gloves 5 Taverners 3 Brewery Tap Silvers 4 Red House All Stars v Whitehorseman (Match Postponed)
Having reached the summit of the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District League Bar Billiard League the Bay Horse made the short journey to take on the Sudbury White Horse Kitcats looking to consolidate their position. The visitors won both doubles, the second one 1130-1120, with Jeff Bridges then extending the lead. Kieran Pettitt won a low scoring game before Debbie Ritchie pulled one back for the Kitcats. Sam Kerruish then top scored with 2170 to make it 5-1 with Alasdair Carnegie completing a comfortable win for the Bay Horse. After the previous week’s defeat the Saracens faced a tricky looking match at Cornard Brook. After sharing the doubles the opening singles saw Craig Millgate give the home side a 2-1 advantage and this was followed by Keith Cook extending that further. With no room for error the Saracens set about turning the match round and wins by Steve Brown and Dick Cheshire made it all square. The decider was very close with Chip Millins just beating Nancy Ackland-Lang 1280-1110 to give the visitors 2 vital points. The Brook Gloves came out on top 5-2 when visiting Hadleigh Cock in a top four clash and the only down point for them was a rare defeat inflicted on Luke Cole-Watts. The Brewery Tap recorded a good away win at the Taverners when Pat Parmenter sealed the win in the last game. The remaining game, Red House All Stars v The Whitehorsemen was cancelled.
Was a fun night down the white horse, Pat was our only player to lose and he knocked the black over twice in his match, once after the bar had dropped and he still only lost by 410 points, just shows the quality of the games all night
The year 2019 has thrown up some surprising results in the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiards League and they were to continue when the Brook Gloves entertained their local rivals Cornard Brook. The doubles were shared before Luke Cole-Watts amassed 3880 that included a break of 2150 to put the Gloves ahead. Chris Ackland-Lang restored parity but immediately Alan Giles made it 3-2 to the Gloves. The match was destined to go to a decider as Marcus Shepherd won the penultimate game. Billy Anderson and Simon Heard went head to head and despite the former compiling a break of 850 it was not enough to allow his opponent to win 1580-1330 and put a dent in the Gloves title aspirations.
The Saracens leapfrogged the Brook Gloves into second position when comfortably overcoming visitors, Taverners. The home side won both doubles before Mick McAndrews halved the deficit but this was to prove their only success. Wins from Ian Furlonger, Ken Drake, Dick Cheshire and Simon Tonkins gave the home side an emphatic 6-1 victory.
The Bay Horse retained top position when beating Hadleigh Cock 5-2. It was a keenly contested affair with outstanding singles’ victories by Alasdair Carnegie and Jeff Bridges proving the main difference between the teams.
Brewery Tap Silvers continue to impress and won 6-1 away against The Whitehorsmen and Red House All Stars beat the White Horse Kitcats 7-0
Week 14 has the potential to throw the cat amongst the pigeons in what has been a proper topsy turvy season. After last weeks fantastic result against their local rivals the Brook Gloves, the Cornard Brook play host to the current leaders in the Bay Horse, a win for the Bay team will push them closer towards the title, but the Brook are becoming a formidable side at home and will be looking to claim another scalp this week.
2 points behind the Bay Horse are the Saracens and they face the difficult trip to the Brewery Tap Silvers who, with a game in hand, still have some title ambitions themselves.
After last weeks shock defeat to the Brook the Gloves make the trip into Sudbury to face the Taverners where a win is imperative if they want to keep in touch with the top two, The Taverners haven't had the greatest of seasons so far but do hold the potential to produce a big result, especially at home, just ask the Saracens.
At the White Horse local bragging rights will be up for grabs as the Whitehoresmen host the KitCats. A win for the Kitcats will give them a chance of catching their rivals with only a few weeks left in the season.
The weeks final game sees the Red House All Stars having to make the long trek across to the Hadleigh Cock, buoyed by their 7-0 victory last week could the All Stars inflict a 3rd consecutive home defeat on the Cock. Best of luck to everyone again this week. And remember to keep the updates coming in.
Week 15 Preview As we head into the seasons final quarter only 4 points separate the 3 sides still in the running to grab this seasons championship. Currently in Pole Position, The Bay Horse have their penultimate home match of the season as they host to the Taverners. The Bay Horse will see this as an opportunity to consolidate there grip on top spot, and with 3 very difficult fixtures to come this will be seen a must win. The Taverners have had an up and down season, but recently more down and would love to pick up what would only be their 2nd win since defeating the Saracens on November 1st. Closest to the Bay Horse are the Saracens, who are just 2 points behind. An impressive victory at the Brewery Tap last week has kept them right on the Bay's heels and with 3 of their final 4 matches on home turf it certainly keeps them well in the hunt. This week they host the Whitehorsemen who who took the points off the KitCats in last weeks local White Horse Derby, A win for the Saracens this week will fill them full of confidence before they host the side currently in 3rd place, the Brook Gloves next week. Just about hanging in there are the Brook Gloves, whose 2nd half of the season so far hasn't quite gone to plan. Leading the table at the halfway point, impressive victories at Hadleigh and at home against the KitCats and Taverners have been sandwiched in between some devastating defeats at home to the Cornard Brook in the local derby and at the Red House All Stars. This week they host the Brewery Tap Silvers who seem to have made a habit of upsetting the applecart this year and still on the periphery of the title race. although they need other teams to slip up if they are to have any chance. Holding 4th spot are the Hadleigh Cock who will be pleased to be having a couple a games away from home in the forthcoming fortnight. A terrible run of form has seen last seasons champions fall by the wayside in recent weeks with only 1 win in this half of the season so far, which came against the Saracens, and 4 defeats, 3 of which at the Cock with is normally a fortress. They travel to face the White Horse KitCats who might fancy their chances of another upset and 2nd win of the season to give them a chance of avoiding the wooden spoon. In the weeks final match, the Red House All Stars, fresh from an astounding win at Hadleigh last week, a feat achieved with only 4 players, play host to the Cornard Brook who will be looking to bounce back after coming up just short against the leaders last week. Also the Captains Cup is starting to hot up, Hadleigh Cock now lead the way with 24 points, with the Bay Horse just 2 behind on 22. Good Luck again to everyone this week, can't think of anything better to be doing this Valentines Day than supping some beverages whilst trying to sink some balls whilst avoiding mushrooms, but then I haven't asked the misses what she wants to do! Keep the updates coming, but try and keep it Blliards related😉