Lower teams shine in billiards league

IT TURNED out to be a good week for most teams in the lower reaches of the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District League.

The Thatcher’s Arms took full advantage of a Wheatsheaf selection crisis to record a comfortable home victory.

Bill Rhodes got the ball rolling by beating Mick Harris in the captains’ game.

A doubles win for Mark Richardson and Tim Lesnik then led into singles successes for Trevor Parrott, Richard Sayles and Marc Gilbert, allowing the Thatcher’s to build an unassailable 4-0 lead, with the rest of the matches uncontested.

Earlier in the week, the Wheatsheaf had also suffered a 5-2 home reverse against the Bay Horse when playing a re- arranged match.

Cornard Five Bells caused the surprise of the night when entertaining the Saracens.

The match ebbed and flowed with the Bells’ Malcolm Groome and Marcus Shepherd winning their games, and Chip Millins and captain Ken Drake winning for the Saracens to set up a last game decider.

Keith Tyler took on Dick Cheshire and the home player kept his nerve to give his team a morale-boosting 4-3 victory.

Mauldons Adders were looking to take advantage of the top two teams not playing when travelling to Edwardstone White Horse.

The second single went to the last ball with Adders’ Dennis Watts scoring 200 to beat Matt Robinson 930-780 to level the match.

The decider saw Jimmy Robinson go head to head with Martin Robertson and the latter won 1300-1170, giving the relieved Adders a 4-3 win.

Edwardstone Wild Horses got themselves a 3-1 lead against hosts Brewery Tap, through Doedy Munson and Marge Rose.

With no room for error, the Tap started to fight back and victories came for Terry Parker and Del Atton.

Geoff Gooday produced one of his best performances of the season to outgun opponent Tracy Reeve 940-710 and gain another two precious points for the Tap.