Colne B march on as Ballard gets 20th win

EARLS Colne B dropped their first frame in four matches last week, but still ended up stretching their lead at the top of the Sudbury and District Snooker League to seven points after a 4–1 win at home against Long Melford Working Men’s Club C.

There were two more wins in the match for Colin Ballard who is now up to 20 wins for the season. Ray Fradley gained the Working Men’s only frame with a black ball win against Andy Shelton.

Earls Colne A remain in second place following a 3-2 win at Lavenham Royal British Legion A. Peter Sturgeon had put the home side 1-0 up only for Mark Harris and Neil Evans to give Colne a 2–1 advantage.

John Goodchild levelled things up by knocking in a 44 break in his winover Justin Rogers before Rogers himself returned to seal the match for Colne by beating the Legion’s Richard Howe.

Lavenham RBL B remain hot on the heels of Colne A after their 4–1 win at Sudbury Snooker Club B.

Bob Adams got the Snooker Club off to a good start by winning only his second frame of the season against Legion captain Dale Gridley but it was downhill all the way after that as the Legion ran out easy winners.

Basement club Long Melford RBL B gained only their third win of the season as they beat Sudbury Snooker Club A 3-2.

Dominic Warren was in good form for the hosts winning both of his frames to seal the victory.

Long Melford Working Men’s Club A beat Sible Hedingham 4-1 in the week’s other match.

RESULTS: Lavenham RBL A 2 Earls Colne A 3: P Sturgeon 72 J Monk 24; R C Howe 46 M Harris 59; M Delves 29 N Evans 39; J Goodchild 68 J Rogers 18; R C Howe 28 J Rogers 58. Break: J Goodchild 44.

Earls Colne B 4 LMWMC C 1: A Shelton 50 R Fradley 54; C Ballard 65 M Maxim 26; A Kench 53 K Howe 16; A Shelton 65 T Burrows 16; C Ballard 63 K Cooke 7. Break: A Shelton 31.

LMWMC A 4 Sible Hedingham 1: P Arbon 49 D Turner 14; T Simpson 25 R Syder 64; T Maxim 62 J Smith 19; D Stuart 51 D Chinnery 17; S Fradley 55 D Turner 30. Breaks: S Fradley 21, D Stuart 26.

Long Melford RBL B 3 Sudbury Snooker Club A 2: G Hazell 11 D Marshall 51; R Venables 47 J Tatum 35; A Seamark 42 R Sanders 67; D Warren 75 B Sinclair 28; D Warren 54 J Tatum 28. Breaks: R Sanders 22 and 27. D Warren 27.

Sudbury Snooker Club B 1 Lavenham RBL B 4.