Colne B stretch their lead at top of the table

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EARLS Colne B have opened up a six-point lead at the top of the Sudbury and District Snooker League following their fourth consecutive 5-0 win.

Their latest success came at Sudbury Snooker Club A although it was not all plain sailing for the leaders as three of the five frames were won on the pink or black.

Neighbours and closest challengers Earls Colne A dropped two points at home to basement club Long Melford Royal British Legion B. After cruising into a 2-0 lead courtesy of wins by Kevin Carling and Mark Harris, it looked as though Colne were in for a comfortable win but they were rocked back as wins by Alan Seamark and Ron Venables drew the Legion level before James Monk saw a relieved home side through to victory.

Lavenham RBL B moved into third spot after a 5–0 win at Sible Hedingham. This match was notable for an eight minute opening frame in which the Legion’s Jon Wright whitewashed his opponent Richard Syder 86-0 nil knocking in breaks of 43 and 39. His opponent had just three shots in the entire frame.

Lavenham RBL A stay fourth after a hard-fought 3-2 win over Long Melford Working Men’s Club A while in the week’s other match Long Melford Working Men’s C beat Sudbury Snooker Club B by four frames to one.

RESULTS: Long Melford Working Men’s Club C 4 Sudbury Snooker Club B 1: T Burrows 45 M Howard 60; K Howe 64 M Howard 31; M Maxim 49 B Adams 26; R Fradley 49 L Powell 34; K Cooke 73 L Powell 24.

Sible Hedingham 0 Lavenham RBL B 5: R Syder 0 J Wright 86; A Drysdale 37 G Avey 61; D Chinnery 44 D Gridley 63; I Kerr 19 M Hazell 60; S Metson 14 G Avey 77. Breaks: J Wright 43 and 39; G Avey 22 and 33; M Hazell 22.

Earls Colne A 3 Long Melford RBL B 2: K Carling 58 A Seamark 31; M Harris 57 G Hazell 35; N Evans 8 A Seamark 59; J Monk 35 R Venables 66; J Monk 45 R Venables 18.

Lavenham RBL A 3 Long Melford Working Men’s Club A 2: P Sturgeon 59 T Simpson 35; R C Howe 15 S Fradley 63; J Goodchild 61 T Maxim 47; M Delves 43 D Stuart 58; P Garrard 69 D Stuart 43.

Sudbury Snooker Club A 0 Earls Colne B 5: J Tatum 35 A Kench 47; B Sinclair 36 A Shelton 41; R Sanders 27 C Ballard 63; D Marshall 40 A Shelton 47; D Marshall 38 C Ballard 64. Break: C Ballard 46.