Earls Colne B top snooker league

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Earl’s Colne B are the new leaders of the Sudbury and District Snooker League after they gained an impressive 4-1 victory at Long Melford Working Men’s Club. Colne were indebted to two wins by the returning Rob Evans and a win apiece from Andy Shelton and Aiden Kench.

Melford’s only frame came via Keith Cooke, who edged out Colin Ballard.

Lavenham Legion B drop to second despite making it six wins out of six after coming from behind to beat Sible Hedingham.

Dan Turner got the visitors off to a good start with a black ball win over Glen Avey only for Dale Gridley to pull the Legion level.

Duncan Chinnery, helped by a fine break of 29, gained an impressive win over Dave Mortier to put Sible back in front only for Mike Hazell and Gary Hill to enjoy comfortable wins to maintain the Legion’s unbeaten start.

The Legion’s A team went down to a 4-1 defeat at The Hedingham, who move into fourth place, their highest position since joining the league.

Earls Colne A looked to be heading for a comfortable win over S Club 47 as they raced into a two frame lead courtesy of Mark Harris and Luke Heard only for S Club to fight back and go on to gain a superb 3-2 victory. Johnny Hamblin won his first frame of the season to clinch it for S Club in the final frame of the match.

In the derby match between the bottom two clubs, Sudbury SC A and B teams, Sudbury A gained their first victory of the season despite losing the opening two frames of the match.

n In the Widdop Snooker League, new Haverhill team, The Club, played their first fixture, taking the match 4-2. Charlie Ripp played Frank Ervine in the first frame where Ervine’s large handicap advantage was lost as he gave away 30 points in going in off various balls. After potting the final blue and pink, the black was over the top pocket which he missed and Ripp duly potted it to win the match.

The second frame saw Paul Wotton play Bill Hemmett. Hemmett kept putting Wotton into snookers which the home player failed to get out of.

In the third frame, Harry Ripp played Mick Drury. A good game saw Ripp looking every inch the winner until Drury potted the final blue, pink and black to take the frame.

Charlie Ripp took the next frame with a 30 break, Hemmett thought he had potted the pink only for it to stay out before Charlie Ripp produced two large breaks to run away with the frame.

The next frame saw Harry Ripp play Ervine and found himself in the same position as his first frame with Ervine in a position to win. This time Harry Ripp potted the balls to take the match.

Wotton potted well against Drury to take the final frame comfortably.

Earls Colne got their season campaign off to a defeat in a closely fought match with Sudbury B.

Sudbury’s Ben Groome got them off to a great start with a black ball win over Earls Colne’s Luke Heard who, although struggling, won his second game against Shaun Baldock.

Tony Newman lost his first against a solid potting Graham Cuthbert, but won his second against Groome. Paul French lost both his and was struggling in his early-season form.

For full results see page 65.