With three more rounds of matches to be played in the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiard League the top three teams are separated by just four points. Current leaders are the Bay Horse who entertained the Taverners and raced into a 2-0 lead winning both doubles. Kieran Pettitt then extended that lead in a very low scoring opening singles. The match was over as a contest in the next as Steve Hale made it 4-0 to the home side. Taverners’ Paul Gooch then managed to stop the rot but this proved only a temporary reprieve as Jeff Bridges and then Alasdair Carnegie scored 2360 and 2190 respectively to make the final score 6-1. Tucked in behind the leaders are the Saracens and they hosted The Whitehorsemen who had no answers to the red hot form of their hosts. The Saracens recorded two high scoring doubles victories and blew away their opponents in the singles. Wins by Ian Furlonger, Dick Cheshire, Simon Tonkins, Steve Brown and Chip Millins completed the whitewash and keeps the pressure on the teams challenging for honours. A further two points behind in the title race are the Brook Gloves who were at home to the Brewery Tap Silvers. Like the two teams above them they recorded a resounding 6-1 win with the only Tap success being Dave Lillie who scored 3020. Red House All Stars came out on top 4-3 in a very closely fought match against Cornard Brook. The Sudbury White Horse Kitcats v Hadleigh Cock has been rearranged for Thursdays 14th March.
As we reach the business end of the season it's come down to a three horse race for the title.
The match of the week sees the Saracens in 2nd host the Brook Gloves in 3rd. The Saracens have been relentless at home this season having only lost the one match, against the Hadleigh Cock, and would look to be favourites, but the Gloves, although having slipped away in recent weeks, have a extremely good record away from home only suffering defeat twice.
Whatever the result at the Saracens, the Bay Horse will be looking to take advantage of any slip ups by those below them, but will not have an easy night as they head to the Brewery Tap Silvers. The Silvers will be looking to throw a spanner in the Bay Horse's title challenge and to give themselves a push towards a 4th placed finish. The Bay on the other hand will know that victories this week and next week will guarantee them the title, but after this week they entertain the Saracens and finish the week after at the Brook Gloves, not an easy finale to the season at all.
Hadleigh Cock sitting in 4th take a trip into Sudbury to face off against the Whitehorsemen who will be hoping that home table advantage can gain them a 5th success of the season.
Still looking to crash the Top 4 are the Red House All Stars, this week they travel to face the Taverners looking to build on last weeks close fought victory against the Cornard Brook
Trying to climb off the foot of the table are the White Horse KitCats, although time is running out for the Sudbury side as they are 4 points adrift at the bottom with 4 games remaining. This week the travel to face the Cornard Brook who sit comfortably in mid table after a strong showing in the second half of the season.
Best of Luck to everyone again this week, and please remember to keep the updates coming in throughout the evening.
Sudbury White Horse Kitcats were hoping to keep their chances alive of climbing off the bottom of the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiard League when entertaining the Taverners who were directly above them. They didn’t make the best of starts however as the visitors won both doubles and Gillian Towse then increased the lead further. The match was over as a contest in the next with Kevin Patrick making it 4-0. The Kitcats then made a spirited rally with wins by Dave Ritchie and Kara Ives to reduce the arrears but a final game win by Chris Cass made the score 5-2 in favour of the Taverners. After a very mediocre start to the season Red House All Stars are challenging for fourth spot and did their chances no harm with a narrow 4-3 home win against Brewery Tap Silvers. The doubles were shared before the singles games swung like a pendulum. Pete Lillie put the Silvers in front before Martin Bennett made it all square with a top scoring 2100. The All Stars got their noses ahead with Lee Harman making 3-2 only for Dave Lillie to set up a last game decider. Craig Bennett held his nerve to make sure his team gained a vital two points. Brook Gloves kept the pressure on the teams at the top with an emphatic 6-1 victory over The Whitehorsemen and Hadleigh Cock put their recent woes behind them with a 6-1 win against Cornard Brook. The much awaited clash between the Bay Horse and Saracens has been rearranged for Thursday 14th March.
Week 18 Preview In what should've been the league seasons final week, the league title could well be decided as the top two clash at the Cornard Brook. With home table advantage the Brook Gloves will be looking to half the deficit on the Bay Horse, but if the Gloves fail to win this Thursday the championship will go to the Bay Horse, no matter what happens in next weeks matches. Hoping for a Gloves Victory will be the Saracens, albeit a narrow one. They host the Red House All Stars knowing that a big victory will be required to keep them in the hunt. In the battle for 4th place Hadleigh Cock do hold the advantage and this week travel to face the Taverners, whilst the Brewery Tap Silvers will be looking to stay in the hun as they entertain the Kitcats. The weeks final game sees the Whitehorsemen host the Cornard Brook
The final round of matches will take place this Thursday in the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury & District Bar Billiards League and there is still much to be decided.
Although sure to finish with the Wooden Spoon, the White Horse Kitcats can still affect the outcome of not just final league positions but also the destination of the Captains Cup. With The Hadleigh Cock currently two points clear a win this week for Mel Tilbury will secure the Captains Trophy, but losing will open the door for Jeremy Fry at the Bay Horse to draw himself level.
Jeremy however will have other things on his mind as he will attempt to rally his troops for one final push in a bid to re take top spot and claim the league title.
They'll need to bounce back after suffering defeat at the Brook Gloves last week, which coincidently put the Gloves on top. The Gloves can do no more but to sit back and wait to see if the Saracens, who themselves until last week still had a chance of the title, can reproduce the same result, a 5-2 victory, as last year at the Bay to hand the title for the first time to the Gloves.
With Hadleigh currently in 4th place, the Red House All Stars and Brewery Tap Silvers will be hoping for a KitCats victory against Hadleigh to give them the chance to overtake last seasons champions. The Red House host the Whitehorsemen, whilst the Brewery Tap Silvers host the Cornard Brook.
Bay Horse v Saracens Captains Jeremy 2060 v Simon 1420 - Simon led until late on. Jeremy with an excellent 450 break brought it level and went on from there Doubles Al & Steve 900 v Simon & Chip 2450 - excellent performance from the Saracens duo, Steve and Al not at the races. Jeff & Kieran 1950 v Steve & Ian 810 - played 1st - Closer than game suggested. Jeff and Kieran stormed off, good come back from Ian, Steve had a 720 break but pegged when within 200 points. Jeff cleared up after the gate dropped Doubles Score - 1-1 Singles Jeff 630 v Steve 1790 (1-2) Slow start from both players, Jeff struggled to keep a break and Steve excelled and consistently scored to take a comfortable win. Advantage Saracens, Advantage Gloves🤔 Kieran 1320 v Ian 1300 - (2-2) Kieran nails a 400 shot early doors to take the lead. Ian catches up and takes the lead but damn this is close. Gate goes. Kieran clears up with a 280 to win by 20 Sam 990 v Chip 1090 - (2-3) Sam leads early doors but still very close, both players struggling for fluidity, as the game progresses Chip keeps chipping away and pulls 400 ahead, gate drops. Chip still leads and clears up to win by 100 Al 1670 v Ken 1250 (3-3) - Another tight one here. Ken led early on. Al now ahead and starting to pull away leading by 500, gate goes and it’s too far for Ken. Steve 1240 v Simon 2130 Simon took advantage early on, Steve pulled the game back and went ahead by 10 only for Simon to kick on and with Steve then losing an important break, Simon took advantage and when the gate dropped Steve was 780 short, he missed and Simon comfortably cleared up to hand the title for the first time to the watching majority of the Gloves, surprisingly missing Luke who still hasn’t grown any testicles. Remember everyone THURSDAY NIGHT IS BILLIARDS NIGHT. I have to add that it was a fantastic atmosphere this evening between both sides, and for on lookers from other teams who had no match. This is the spirit that which all our matches should be played in. Fun, with plenty of banter, and plenty of ale if allowed to be consumed dependent on circumstance. Congratulations to the Brook Gloves on winning, which is probably the first of many titles to come, but credit to all of us throughout the league to have such a fun, but still competitive league to be part of. It is a joy to report what happens each week, even as tonight I had to report on my own loss. It still gives me such a buzz, that we are keeping a fantastic game/sport alive. Next week is the Eric Clarke Shield, One person from one team, all together in a hat to raise some funds and decide whose the best from each sides best. Then we kick into the Cup matches. I may not update for the cup games as I will be possibly working but please keep the updates coming in. We all love them
Other results tonight
Kitcats 4 Cock 3 Red House 5 Whitehorsmen 2 Tap 4.5 Cornard Brook 2.5
Been a few weeks since I have posted. What's happened?
Knock Out Cup Final will be between The Saracens and the Hadleigh Cock. The Sracens beat the Brook Gloves 7.5 - 6.5 over two legs whilst the Hadleigh Cock handed out a 14-0 aggregate defeat to the Bay Horse
Tracey Reeve has won her FIFTHTEENTH!!!! That's right 15th Ladies Singles title and Steve Hale claimed the Landlord/Landladies/Bar Staff Cup for a 2nd consecutive year.
This week sees the first round of the singles taking place