The new season for Sudbury’s Fellowship Snooker League got under way with some strong performances.
Roger Thackray and Gareth Hamblett started powerfully, winning their first match against Matt Rippingale and Jamie Powell with 99, the highest score of the night.
A second convincing victory, against Kevin Trueman and Richard Davy saw them finish with maximum points for their team, the Baptist Bobcats.
It was the Pioneer Pilgrims, however — last season’s winners — who narrowly took the early lead in the team event, with a strong showing from their players.
Steve Pugh and Jonny Hamblin played well to win both their matches, albeit by just two points in their second against Barry Bramwell and Paul Tamsett.
Both pairs did well enough on the night though to join Thackray and Hamblett in the Elist Extravaganza event for the top player, with round two in May.
Picking up points for the Pilgrims as well, Edd Keogh proved a useful stand-in partner for Nathan Jackson, playing for the New Life Saints.
They won their first match comfortably, with 71, against 27 put on the board by Matt Ayrton and Dave Senior.
They were seen off in their second match, however, by Frank Ervine and John Lunn.
That left it to John Crosbie and Andy Gates, playing for new team the St Joseph’s Jackals, to become the final pair to book an early entry to the Elitist event.
The pair won both their matches and their efforts also helped put St Joseph’s into third on the leaderboard, behind the Baptists and Pilgrims.
After only the first meeting of the season, however, there’s plenty of play left to come.