Bar billiards: Thatchers come out on top in blockbuster

STANSFIELD Compasses was the venue to be at if you wanted a cliffhanging match in the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District League.

Visitors the Thatcher’s Arms narrowly took both doubles but Simon Iron replied for the hosts with a 2660-1590 win that included a 1040 break.

Bill Rhodes regained the Thatcher’s two-game advantage when beating Al Brunning 1930-1760.

With no room for error the hosts set about reducing the arrears and Ron Van Straalen won 1540-1210 and Rob Foster built a 1390 break in a 3040-1400 win over Trevor Parrot to make it all square.

The decider saw Keith Spillett complete the turnaround against Richard Sayles in a tense 1190-1170 win, giving the Compasses a 4-3 victory.

Third met first when the Mauldons Adders entertained the high-flying Bay Horse. Each team won a doubles quite convincingly and then the Bay Horse set about maintaining top position.

Firstly Dave Howard beat Paul Gooch 1020-520 and then Ricky Cleave recorded another win, 1040-670, against Chris Cass. The result was put beyond doubt in the next when Steve Hale beat Martin Robertson.

With the Adders only scoring moderately, Danny Crosbie made it 5-1, beating Luke Cole-Watts. Adders pulled one back in the last game with Dennis Watts overcoming Alasdair Carnegie.

Bay Horse’s closest pursuers are Hadleigh Eight Bells and they travelled to Cornard Five Bells, who had recorded a fine victory the previous week.

However, things turned out to be a lot easier than the Eight Bells had expected. Winning both doubles set them on their way and then comfortable single victories by Paul Leathers, Kevin Sparkes, Charlie Townsend, Graham Rolfe and Melvin Tilbury completed a 7-0 whitewash.

The Saracen’s were looking to bounce back from the previous week’s reverse when playing hosts to Castle Hedingham Wheatsheaf and made an ideal start taking both doubles.

The opening singles saw James Stoker half the deficit when beating Mick Andrews 590-560.

This was to prove to be their only success as the Saracen’s then stormed to a 6-1 victory with Chip Millins, Ian Furlonger, Dick Cheshire and Ken Drake recording good wins.

Edwardstone Wild Horses met Stanningfield Red House at the White Horse and both teams recorded a narrow doubles victory.

Kevin Tobin gave the visitors the lead beating Marge Rose 1140-250. The Red House then appeared to wilt and had no answers to the consistent play of Tracy Reeve, Melvyn Willis, Paul Rose and Doedy Munson who gave their team a 5-2 win.

n Players are reminded that the Steve Richardson charity doubles takes place at Hadleigh Eight Bells on Sunday, February 19, 8pm start, with the final rounds on Sunday, March 4.

Captains need to advise the secretary the likely number of pairs entering and also remember that non league players are eligible.