Thatchers edge out Five Bells in cup thriller

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The Thatchers Arms edged out Cornard Five Bells in their Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiards Knockout Cup first round encounter.

With the two legs played on back-to-back nights, visiting Cornard Five Bells started with two narrow doubles victories before Jon Dean pegged them back with a win over Malcolm Groome.

Stephen Theobald regained the two-game advantage for the Bells before Bill Rhodes and Mick Broughton fought out a 890-890 draw, but wins by The Thatchers’ Richard Sayles and Will Nuth saw the match drawn.

In the return the leg the 
following evening, The Thatchers won both doubles and Trevor Parrot followed 
up by taking the opening singles to open up a 3-0 lead and put them on the brink of progressing into the next round.

Stephen Theobald stopped the rot for the Bells, but it was only delaying the inevitable as Bill Rhodes secured a win for his team.

The final two games were shared, with The Thatchers going through 8.5-5.5 on aggregate.

The Bay Horse B travelled to play Mill Green Pirates, looking to overturn a 4-3 deficit.

After sharing the doubles, Alice Kendall gave the Horse a 2-1 lead, only for Andy Garvin to level things.

The visitors edged ahead with a win by Chris Drake and Chris Day beat Jimmy 
Robinson in a game of high breaks.

The Pirates took the tie to a decider, which the Bay Horse’s won against Garvin in an enthralling game.

Leading 4-3 from the first leg, the Bay Horse A asserted their authority over Brewery Tap with wins by Dave Lillie, Jeremy Fry and Alasdair Carnegie.

The Tap responded well and wins from Brett Parker and Del Atton reduced the 
arrears to another 4-3 scoreline.

Stanningfield Red House were whitewashed 7-0 by the Edwardstone Wild Horses to go out 12-2 on aggregate.