Legion side storm to league and cup double

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Newly-crowned Sudbury and District League Snooker League champions, Lavenham Legion B, completed a remarkable seven days by winning the Handicap Cup competition to seal a league and cup double.

The final, played against league newcomers The Hedingham, was an intriguing match as it pitted two teams at contrasting ends of the handicap system.

The opening frame saw Chris Hillman with a 39 start against Legion captain Dale Gridley.

Hillman extended his lead to 49 with half the frame gone, but Gridley fought back to leave himself needing the six remaining colours. These he picked off one by one and cut a thin black to the green pocket to complete an amazing comeback.

The second frame saw Hedingham’s Stephen Chinnery make full use of his 33 point start over Glen Avey to run out a comfortable winner and level the match at one frame each.

In frame three, Hedingham’s Gavin Chinnery take on Mike Hazell with a 39 start.

However, with a mixture of steady potting and fine safety play Hazell clawed back the deficit and, by the time the frame reached the colours he had stolen the lead from Chinnery and went on to win on the blue to give the Legion a 2-1 lead.

Frame four saw Hedingham captain George Williams needing to win to keep his side in the final. He took on the Legion’s Dave Mortier with a 31 start.

However, a top drawer performance from Mortier saw him quickly overcome the deficit and go on to a comfortable victory to see his side home. It was the Lavenham side’s first triumph in the competition after six previous losses in the final.

Gavin Chinnery won the last frame for The Hedingham by beating Glen Avey.

Tonight (Thursday) sees the quarter-finals of the 12 minute competition as defending champions Earls Colne A travel to Melford Working Men’s Club, double winners Lavenham Legion B host Sible Hedingham and The Hedingham play league runners up, Earls Colne B.