It was just like the old days again at the Elms tonight, as a third successive defeat saw Stadium continue their inexorable march towards mid-table mediocrity.
Game 1 - Skipper Ian Lelliott was off early, but got the break back again before Chris Scott did, to win comfortably. 0-1
Game 2 - John Hayward used the full geography of the table in compiling a lead of 3k over 2 breaks. Martin Smit got the balls back at just the right time to win, he got within 500 but then missed the red ball from the break, and was off next shot. 1-1
Game 3 - Grant Tully kicked off with 2k or so, but Dave France got the break back and rode his luck to take the game 2-1
Game 4 - Terry Denyer opened with almost 4k v your correspondent, who eventually got the break back for the first time as the bar fell.... 3-1
Game 5 - Pete Mansfield played well to beat Tony Lewis, featuring a break of 4k odd during his game. 4-1
The home side were victorious tonight as Chris Reeves took their only real chance against the break.
Game 1 - Roger Taylor kicked off with 10k in 14 minutes to give Richard Wooton no chance. 0-1
Game 2 - Chubbster pegged a 2k opener,but got the balls back only to miss the break when the red fell off the spot. Matthew Squire then got the break back himself only to miss both balls on the split, leaving the score 800-700 in Matthew's favour. Glenn then played some good shots to get the balls back and knocked in 5k to win. 1-1
Game 3 - Barry Holt knocked in a 8,800 opener in around 11 minutes, leaving me a tall order of 9k in 7 mins. It took me a few shots to get the balls back and after being unsuccessful trying to get the break clean with pace, I decided to smash the balls on every shot to try and speed up. I reached 8k and the bar still had not gone but I had to play a 50-10 split and the 10 whipped. 3 shots later I got the break back, but the bar went on my next break shot trapping the red. 700 with 6 whites was too much to get as I tried to get the 200 with the break and knocked the black peg. 1-2
Game 4 - It wasn't pretty but Tupps made 7k in around 10 minutes leaving Doug Mahy a sniff of a chance. Doug got the break back but missed a split on 2k, setting up a decider. 2-2
Game 5 - Phil Oakley had the break but missed on only 500 or so. Chris Reeves got the break straight back and 10k later the match was clinched 3-2.
The Duke now look forward to a double header against the Three Horseshoes, firstly at Three Horseshoes next week, then at the Wellie.
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The Warren Club table is doing some very odd things at the moment - at least 3 of the holes appear to be raised above the surface of the table so that balls hitting them will stop and roll back! In addition the side cushions kick down in some places and square in others and there is a definite deadspot near the left 50.
Considering this Nick Brown produced probably the finest break ever in bar billiards to set up a 4-1 victory for the home side over the ladies from the Dolphin.
Jean Over was off early and Nick (whose form had been a bit scratchy recently) produced an 8000 break of such breathtaking brilliance that anyone who saw it will never forget it.
Of course nothing that followed could match this - I won the second after losing my opener against Sheena Wood, Caroline Retfalvi played very well to defeat Gary Ridley who scored 700 with his two attempts at the break, Tony Burgess won a scrappy game against Lady Chris Richards and Neil Higgins eventually got the better of Denise Mahy.
Cheese and marmite was enjoyed by most and Warren Club won the friendly ladies doubles when Jacqui Adams potted the last ball in the 100 after I had refused to tell Nikki Oakley where the mark was!
Did I mention how well Nick Brown played? ;D
Save bar billiards - ban the split/Oxford or play off the spot otherwise this game will get incredibly boring (particularly for scorers).