Colne at the double

Earls Colne completed the league and cup double in the Widdop Snooker League by beating Sudbury Snooker Club B team in the Knockout Cup final in Sible Hedingham on Friday night.

The match score was 3-3, but Colne won on aggregate points thanks to winning their frames by good margins.

Shaun Baldock, with a 21-point start against Tony Newman, got Sudbury off to a good start by taking the opening frame on the pink, but Luke Heard’s 70 break in victory over Martin Maxim ensured Earls Colne levelled matters up on the night and opened a good points lead.

Paul French saw off Colin Cole to put Colne 2-1 up, but Heard missed the chance to make it 3-1 by failing to sink the green and Baldock cleared up to even things once more.

Newman took advantage of a poor safety shot from Cole, meaning Maxim needed to win the last frame by 103 points against French for Sudbury to win the cup.

Although he was 50 points up at one stage, Maxim eventually won by just 20, meaning Earls Colne completed the league and cup double.

The presentation evening has been provisionally booked for Friday, July 5, at Earls Colne.