Seventeen pairs of players from the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiard League descended on Hadleigh Cock to contest the first round of the Steve Richardson Charity Doubles.
There was a need to play one preliminary game, and this featured Del Atton and Pete Lillie (Brewery Tap) against Melvyn Willis and Jeff Bridges (Edwardstone Wild Horses), which saw the latter commence with a 900 break and go on to record the highest score of the evening in a 2280-610 win.
The first round proper started with a close game between Alan Giles and Dan Ackland-Lang (Memphis Belles) and Lee Harman and Elaine Wright (Stanningfield Red House), with the Red House pair just winning 1260-1160. Unattached pair Keith and Mick Huxtable caused a shock when knocking out Dennis Watts and Chris Cass (Mauldons Adders), with the latter black pegging soon after edging in front. Present holders Graham Rolfe and David Stiff (Hadleigh Cock) won through at the expense of Tom King and landlord Kevin (unattached) 1300-770.
In an all-Hadleigh Cock affair the strong pairing of John Raine and Melvin Tilbury held the determined challenge of Malcolm Tennick and David Willis. In a real see-saw of a game Luke Cole-Watts and Andy Hill (Memphis Belles) finally beat Tracy Reeve and Paul Rose (Edwardstone Wild Horses) 1140-1020.
Another unattached pair, Neil Henderson and Jack Bamling, made it to the quarter-finals with an impressive win over Adrian Fielding and Sarah Watts (Mauldons Adders). Stanningfield Red House will have another pair in the final stages as Kevin Tobin and John Henderson eliminated one of the favourite pairs, Dick Cheshire and Chip Millins (The Saracens).
Preliminary round winners Willis and Bridges recorded their second win of the evening when knocking out another Saracens pair, Ian Furlonger and Nick Cheshire.
Thanks go to Kevin and Joy for hosting an enjoyable evening and the competition will be completed this evening commencing at 8.30pm.