Fifteen pairs of players from the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiards League descended on Hadleigh Eight Bells to contest the first round of the Steve Richardson Charity Doubles.
In an all-Edwardstone Wild Horses affair, a missed last-ball 200 by Melvyn Willis allowed Paul Rose and Tracy Reeve to progress.
The strong pairing of Chip Millins and Dick Cheshire from The Saracens were involved in a nip-and-tuck game against Red House pair Kevin Tobin and Neil Thompson, but a missed last-ball 200 by Cheshire gave their opponents a 940-820 victory.
Another Red House pair made it through to the next round when Lee Harman and Elaine Wright beat Andy Hill and Nathan Mitchell (Memphis Belles) 1040-850.
Mauldons Adders’ Kevin Patrick and Alex Fielding also made it through from the top half of the draw, defeating fellow Adders Sarah Watts and Gill Towse, with Fielding scoring a 100 and 200 with the last two white balls.
The bottom half of the draw looks very strong on paper and John Raine and Melvin Tilbury (Eight Bells) top scored with 2040 when putting out Pete Lillie and Del Atton (Brewery Tap).
Fellow Eight Bells players Charlie Townsend and Mick Harris were not so lucky as they came up against in-form Chris Cass and Dennis Watts (Mauldons Adders), who ran out 1520-900 winners.
Luke Cole-Watts (Memphis Belles) and Doedy Munson (Wild Horses) saw off the challenge of Ian Furlonger and Nick Cheshire (The Saracens) 1390-730.
Graham Rolfe and David Stiff (Eight Bells) received a bye.
The final stages of the competition will be held on January 2 (8.30pm).
n All players wishing to play in the East Anglian 4 Pin Open tournament at The Grover and Allen in Sudbury on March 22 are reminded to forward their entries to Del Atton as soon as possible.
The main sponsors of the tournament are local company Specflue Ltd.