A very good evening of bar billiards and banter at the Duke of Wellington, resulting with the premier leaders well and truly giving thge div one leaders a bar billiards lesson.
Game one. Steve Aylmore unfortunately missed his opening break, and Richard Wooton straight back on the break made a workmanlike opener which was enough to win the opener. 6230 - 2240. 1 - 0 Duke.
Game Two. Nigel Senior opened with just over 5k, leaving a chink of light for Rick Cunningham. Unable to take it though and Nige ran out a winner by 17420 - 440. 2 - 0 Duke.
Game three. Bill Kerr on with the break for the Windmill opened with over 3k, despite using all his experience Chis Tupper could not retrieve the break leaving Bill to win 1450 - 8570. 2 - 1 Duke.
Game four. Chris Reeves with the break against Windmill captain Tony Jenner. Chris started well but at just over 3k missed the split leaving both balls up. Although balls left awkward I felt confident and played two good shots, but couldn`t clear the ball behind the right hand thirty. Break back to Chris and then " goodnight nurse ". 12410 - 2080. 3 - 1 to Duke.
Game five. Arthur Brewster with the break against the Chubbster. Arthur never mastered the one up during the game and Glenn ran out winner by 5300 - 2030. 4 - 1 to the Duke who retain their unbeaten home record.
Everything was going normally at the Swan with the Warren Club the visitors UNTIL.......
To go back to the beginning;-
First game - Higgins v Holt. With the table rolling well left 1500 looked a good break and after 10 minutes Neil had had 2 of them and Barry one. When Neil got the break back a third time it was game over - 0-1.
Second game - Oakley v Burgess. Much like the first - Phil gave Tony chances which he couldn't take - 1-1.
Third game - Ridley v Mahy. Doug looked to be struggling with the drift and Gary played well, particularly with a Hawkes-like clincher on the 50s toward the end. 1-2
Fourth game - Squire v Barnett. All was progressing normally with Matt having played well and given me a good thrashing (5000-2000) WHEN with the bar gone and a ball up the middle between the 10 and 100 Matt played off the side cushion for safety. Sportingly he made a real effort to hit the ball and hit it quite hard. It rimmed round the front of the left 50, shot down the table to the left of the left peg and headed back off the top cushion toward the 200 and the black peg. (I was told this as I wasn't really paying much attention). Unluckily for Matt it had just enough pace to rim round the left of the 200 and just topple the black :-[. So that was it - 1-3.
Fifth game - Lewis v Taylor. What a few minutes before was going to be a nervy decider (with Graham playing against his old team) was all of a sudden a nothing game which Graham won fairly comfortably. 1-4
Strange evening! I can't remember anyone ever helping me out like that before, particularly after the bar. Unlucky Matt (and I'm not taking the piss - I feel for you)
Save bar billiards - ban the split/Oxford or play off the spot otherwise this game will get incredibly boring (particularly for scorers).
Three Horseshoes 4-1 Elms B Just to say that apart from myself we were given a severe beating last night.My 5000+ against Kevin Hall was the only winning score under 10,000 Seems like the Horseshoes are back on track
An excellent evening at the Three Horseshoes who entertained the Elms B.
Dave France was put in to bat against Kt. Dave kicked off with 5,210 & seemed to be comfortable but came off up the top of the table. Nothing too difficult to clear but with the aid of a double kiss, yours truly got the break back and ran out the winner 11,110-5,210.
Leon Beer made his home debut and comfortably opened with 10k against John Hayward. He ended up with 15,590.
After Pete Mansfield broke down on his opening break, Kev Hall retrieved the balls and seemed to be going ok but came off at about 2k. After that it went a bit scrappy but Pete made two more breaks to run out the winner 5020-3090.
Rick Dewdney broke off with just under 5k, Terry couldn`t get the balls back and Rick soon found his rhythm to run out the remainder of the clock 17210-180.
In the lucky last, Mal had a couple of breaks to beat Chris Scott 12160-2710.
4 - 1
Good company and great food as usual
Yes, once a King always a King but once a Knight and happy