Post by gandalf the untidy on Apr 9, 2017 21:23:30 GMT
WEEK 10 report from Andy Ellison
Old King John retained top spot in the Hastings Bar Billiards League with victory on their visit to Ashburnham Arms A where they have struggled in the past. Dave White put Ash A ahead with a clear win in the first game. Andy Ellison replied with an equally emphatic victory for OKJ. Chris Lamb followed up for the away side with a last ball win. In the best game of the night Sandy Harmer for Ash A broke off with 3000 but opponent Nigel Doe responded well and stayed ahead to claim a prized win. Finally for OKJ Mark Bailey stepped up to retain his unbeaten record in the handicap format with a last game win to confirm the 4-1 result for OKJ.
Nags Head B recorded the convincing result they have threatened for some time with a 5-0 victory over luckless Ashburnham E. Stuart Chant and Fred Pope started strongly for Nags B with the two early wins and then guest Jamie Minihane hit the best score of the night, 10760 to push Nags B into a 3-0 lead, Janet Southouse won also for Nags B before skipper Colin Southouse rounded things off with the final game win to confirm the whitewash.
Jenny Lind B were not daunted by the recent good form of their A side. Les Thomas and Linda Challis put Jenny B ahead with two early wins but Billy Skinner and Phil Roberts replied for Jenny A and ensured level terms at 2-2. Andy Horsler's win in the final clash proved the decisive one that clinched the 3-2 result for Jenny B.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Apr 17, 2017 20:25:44 GMT
Week 11 Report by Andy Ellison
Two spectacular results caused surprise in the Hastings Bar Billiards League this week as Jenny Lind A put down a challenge at the top of the Handicap Competition with a 5-0 demolition of Ashburnham Arms A. Nick Speight was back to form for Jenny A with the night's best total of 4620 and he was ably backed up by teammates Phil Roberts, Billy Skinner, Ray Norton and Andrew Lipscombe who performed consistently well to record their wins.
Leaders Old King John were brought back down to earth through a 4-1 defeat in a home fixture against Nags Head A. Steve McGill put the visitors into an early lead whilst Clive Minihane, Sean Croft and Ray Roberts performed impressively to push Nags A advantage to 4-0 . It was left to Garry Tomlin on his return to the side to step up and achieve the sole win of the evening for OKJ and by restricting the defeat to 4-1, his win enabled the home team to keep the narrowest of leads at the top of the table. The top two meet in two weeks time.
Ashburnham Arms E looked as if they too were on course for a convincing victory as they established a 3-0 lead in theIr home fixture with Jenny Lind B. Chris Haynes with 5000, Gareth Dell and Mick Reilly were successful with early wins for Ash E. However Linda Challis and Andy Horsler made the scoreline look much more respectable for Jenny B with success in the last two frames restricting Ash A to the 3-2 win.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Apr 22, 2017 15:29:54 GMT
Week 12 report by Andy Ellison
Following last week's surprises the Handicap Competition in the Hastings Bar Billiards League League returned to the more usual close encounters this time. With leaders Old King John inactive, Jenny Lind A edged into the lead in the table despite a 3-2 defeat at Nags Head A. Jamie Minihane and Steve McGill were the reliable early winners for Nags A but Jenny A replied through Billy Skinner and Andrew Lipscombe to ramp up the tension. Ray Roberts kept his head to win the final frame and bring up the 3-2 home victory, laying down Nags A's own challenge as they move into third place.
Nags Head B kept their interest alive too with a 3-2 victory at Jenny Lind B, largely thanks to the Pope family. Dad Fred continued his run of form with two wins and son Alec followed his example with success on a rare appearance. However host Linda Challis was on form for Jenny B with two wins as well to ensure another 3-2 outcome.
There was a similar scoreline at the meeting of the two Ashburnham Arms teams. This clash saw the night's best scoring with Sandy Harmer starting with a winning total of 9110 for Ash A. Dave Pearce added a second win but Peter Payne's 5400 was just enough to see him home for Ash E in the third game. Dave White's winning 6420 was enough to clinch success for Ash A but Gareth Dell's last frame win for Ash E saw the final score kept to 3-2 for Ash A.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Apr 26, 2017 22:32:22 GMT
Week 13 Results and League Table
Jenny Lind A 4 v 1 OKJ Nags Head B 1 v 4 Ashburnham A Ashburnham E 4 v 1 Nags Head A
Jenny A sitting pretty 10 points clear but have a bye in the last week of the handicap league, leaving the OKJ an outside chance of catching them, a great fun competition which should be echoed elsewhere
Post by gandalf the untidy on May 1, 2017 20:39:53 GMT
week 13 report from Andy Ellison
Jenny Lind A confirmed their status as favourites to win the Handicap Competition in the Hastings Bar Billiards League with a comprehensive 4-1 home victory over closest rivals Old King John this week. Jenny A fell behind initially as Andy Ellison won the first for OKJ but that was the only success of the night for the visitors. Billy Skinner, Ray Norton, Nick Speight and Andrew Lipscombe turned in consistent performances and were well worth their wins. Old King John are left ten points behind Jenny A with one match to play. A 5-0 win will be necessary to finish above their rivals who have completed their fixtures.
Nags Head A forfeited their interest in the outcome after a 4-1 loss at Ashburnham E. Clive Minihane was the sole winner for Nags A as the Ash E regulars notched impressive totals. Skipper Chris Haynes led the way with 9620, Gareth Dell managed two good wins and Mick Reilly hit 6410 to provide the 4-1 success for Ash E and leave Nags A in third spot.
Nags Head B were similarly frustrated following a 4-1 home loss to Ashburnham Arms A. In-form Fred Pope put Nags B ahead but Ron Young, Mick Osborne, Sandy Harmer and Dave Pearce settled into a pattern of steady scoring to record an impressive away win for Ash A. Whatever the final outcome the handicap-based format has proved a great success and other leagues in Sussex are reputedly showing interest in the system.
Post by gandalf the untidy on May 5, 2017 21:28:34 GMT
End of Handicap report by Andy Ellison
Old King John drew deeply into their years of experience to pull off the needed 5-0 victory to win the title in the Handicap competition of the Hastings Bar Billiards League, frustrating the hopes of Jenny Lind A. The victory was achieved on the visit of Ashburnham Arms E, who could not match their high scoring of the previous week. Mark Bailey won the first game for OKJ and Andy Ellison followed up with 7060 to take the second. Skipper Andy Eldridge returned to form with a win in the closest clash of the night and Garry Tomlin battled through for the next. Chris Lamb stepped up at short notice for the final game but was able to absorb the pressure to record the win that secured their only 5-0 scoreline of the season and second title for OKJ.
Nags Head B edged out their A side colleagues with a 4-1 win to claim third spot. Fred Pope put Nags B into an early lead with a win that confirmed his position at the top of the wins table. Teammates Peter Crabtree and Stewart Chant provided backup wins whilst Nags B skipper Colin Southouse met Nags A's Clive Minihane in two games; they took a game each to leave Nags B as 4-1 winners over the A side.
Ashburnham Arms A recorded a 4-1 win in their clash with Jenny Lind B. Ron Young, Mick Osborne, Dave Pearce and Sandy Harmer were the winners for the home side but Andy Horsler put in a winning performance in the last game for Jenny B to leave the result at 4-1 to Ash A.
Next week sees the final of the Rix Cup where Jenny A will have another chance of a trophy as they take on Ash A at the Nags Head.