It’s a knockout in Sudbury and District Bar Billiard League
Seventeen pairs from the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiard League entered the Doubles Knockpout competition with the pairs being split between Edwardstone White Horse and Hadleigh Cock.
At the Hadleigh venue there was one preliminary game which saw an all Sudbury affair with Brett Parker and Pete Lillie (Brewery Tap) knocking out Andy Siggers and Kevin Patrick (Mauldons Adders).
In the first round proper Dave Lillie and Steve Hale (The Bay Horse ‘A’) eased through against Doedy Munson and Tracy Reeve (Edwardstone Wild Horses).
The following two games were very close encounters with Andy Hill and Luke Cole-Watts (Memphis Belles) beating Chris Drake and Jason Lawrence (The Bay Horse ‘A’) 1210-1180 and by the same margin Alan Giles and Sarah Watts (Memphis Belles) beat Parker & Lillie 850-820. Dick Cheshire & Chip Millins (The Saracens) made up the last four due to their intended opponents failing to arrive but this was to no avail as they succumbed to Lillie and Hale.
The other semi was a tight tentative game with Hill and Cole-Watts narrowly beating Giles and Watts 840-610. Hill and Cole-Watts then went on to claim victory against Lillie and Hale in a game that saw the latter pairing black peg.
No preliminary was required over at Edwardstone and home pairing of Matt and Jimmy Robinson made home table advantage pay as they beat James Baker and Lee Harman (Stanningfield Red House) 1200-930.
Another Red House couple, Matt Leeks and Kevin Tobin progressed at the expense Graham Rolfe and Dave Willis (Hadleigh Cock).
A good battle took place between Elaine Wright and John Henderson (Red House) and Chris Cass and Dennis Watts (Mauldons Adders) with the latter winning 1560-1110.
The final game of the round saw Hadleigh Cock pair Melvin Tilbury and Jack Bambling knock out Ian Furlonger and Nick Cheshire (The Saracens).
The first semi again saw the Robinson father and son combination progress against Leeks and Tobin and they would go on to meet Cass and Watts who beat Tilbury and Bambling 1360-1100.
Drama was to follow in the final as Watts scored a last ball 200 to draw the game 1410 each so a re-match took place in which the Adders pair came out best 1340-1140.
The winning pairs from both venues will now meet in the final on Finals Night.