Adders slip away in crucial decider

MAULDON’S Adders have gradually been moving up the Industrial Electric Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiard League but faced a tough assignment away to the Edwardstone Wild Horses.

With wins for the Adders’ Paul Gooch, Chris Cass and Denis Watts, and the Horses’ Doedy Munson adding to their doubles victories, it went to the decider.

Melvyn Willis took on Luke Cole-Watts and again the Wild Horses’ Achilles heel of losing a deciding game struck as Cole-Watts won 1410-870.

Another team creeping into contention are The Saracen’s, who had a close match against Stansfield Compasses.

Chip Millins beat Dale Neville 1810-1080 and Dick Cheshire beat Simon Iron 2130-2010. Ian Furlonger excelled in his 3100-170 demolition of Al Brunning that included breaks of 1140 and 1050 to put his team 4-1 up.

Good wins by Keith Spillett and Colin Norledge made the scoreline a more respectable 4-3.

Stanningfield Red House and Edwardstone White Horse both took a share of the spoils in the doubles and then the Red House really turned the pressure on.

Neil Thompson, Lee Harman, Bob Atkinson and Kevin Tobin moved the score to 5-1 but visiting captain Jimmy Robinson won a low scoring last game to reduce the arrears.

Pete Lillie got The Brewery Tap in front against visitors Bay Horse but this stirred their opponents into action and Danny Crosbie immediately scored breaks of 870 and 1080 in a 2300-490 victory and Steve Hale scored a last ball 200 to help pip Terry Parker 1130-1110. Alasdair Carnegie confirmed the win for the Bay Horse and Ricky Cleave beat Del Atton 1020-790 in the final contest of the evening.

Present league leaders, Hadleigh Eight Bells, travelled to the Thatcher’s Arms and narrowly won both doubles.

Tim Lesnik recorded the home side’s first win and then Mark Richardson and Melvin Tilbury played out a great contest with Tilbury just prevailing 1420-1320 to put his side 3-1 into the lead.

John Raine wrapped up the points for the visitors with a 900-860 win over Trevor Parrot. Good wins by Marc Gilbert and Scott Pitts for the hosts made the final score 4-3.