Earls Colne complere the double with Widdop Cup

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The season finale of the Widdop Snooker League was once again a tense affair as Earls Colne overcame Sudbury Snooker Club B at Hedingham to complete the double by adding the cup to their league title.

Both teams did not play their captains as Colin Cole stepped down for the night and Colne captain Tony Newman was unavailable.

The first contest, between James Monk and Shaun Baldock, was on a level playing field handicap wise and proved to be a nail-biting affair that saw the frame swing both ways,

Monk prevailed though, closing out the final three colours, including a long blue, which drew a round of applause from the vociferous crowd.

The next frame saw Colne’s Paul French take on Martin Maxim and after steady potting by both players, a couple of outrageous flukes by French, both on blacks, saw him run out a comfortable winner.

The third saw Luke Heard claw back a near 50-point deficit against Graham Cuthbert, only for his opponent to go through the gears, leaving Heard in his wake as he secured the frame by a near 35-point margin, to give his side a 2-1 lead.

Neither James Monk or Martin Maxim were able to excerpt any heavy point advantage until the colours, which saw Maxim slowly turn the screw, enabling him to secure a hard-fought victory.

The fifth frame pitted an out-of-sorts Luke Heard against Shaun Baldock.

After some cagey safety exchanges, Heard was able to get the black on the spot and get in among the reds, compiling a near match-winning break of 42.

This knocked the stuffing out of Baldock and Heard clawed the aggregate of approaching 40 back and swung the advantage back to Colne.

The final frame saw an in-form Graham Cuthbert against the free-flowing Paul French.

A mammoth safety battle was played out with some very high quality snookers laid by both players.

The task was simple, provided French did not lose by 16 points the trophy was coming back to Colne.

Neither player gave an inch as the reds slowly disappeared, but French was in the ascendancy.

With the pressure rising on every shot, the colours were reached and French cut in a fine blue to leave a doubled pink to seal his victory.

It was stroked in without touching the sides to a generous round of applause.

The whole match was played out in a very competitive yet friendly spirit, with thanks going to Colin Cole for refereeing and to Joe Kane Jnr from Sible Hedingham for hosting.

This completed the 
season, with trophies as 
follows: league winners: 
Earls Colne; league runners up: Sible Hedingham; cup winners: Earls Colne; cup runners-up: Sudbury 
Snooker Club B; highest 
break: Luke Heard (100); most frames won: Charlie Ripp (Haverhill).