Players from the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiards League assembled at The Bay Horse and The Saracens to contest the first round of the Singles Knockout.
At the Sudbury venue there were two preliminary games which saw Chris Drake (The Bay Horse) defeat team mate Dave Lillie while Alan Giles (Memphis Belles) beat Tracy Reeve (Edwardstone Wild Horses), who had performed well in the Ladies Knockout on the same table a few weeks ago.
The first round proper saw two comfortable wins by Del Atton (Brewery Tap) and Chris Cass (Mauldons Adders) against Amie Darroch (Memphis Belles) and Brett Parker (Brewery Tap) respectively.
One of the competition favourites, Luke Cole-Watts (Memphis Belles), progressed against Andy Garvin (Mill Green Pirates) and in an all Brewery Tap encounter Pete Lillie defeated Pat Parmenter 1010-790.
In the bottom half of the draw, Kevin Tobin (Stanningfield Red House) got the better of Nick Cheshire (The Saracens).
In the closest game of the night Dave Willis (Hadleigh Cock) needed a last ball 200 to beat Doedy Munson (Edwardstone Wild Horses).
Chris Drake continued his good form, top scoring with 2770 against Matt Leeks (Stanningfield Red House).
Steve Hale (The Bay Horse) completed the eight to make it to the next round edging out Alan Giles.
Over at The Saracens, despite a break of 630, Alasdair Carnegie (The Bay Horse) succumbed in the only preliminary game with Andy Siggers (Mauldons Adders).
Home player Ian Furlonger trailed James Baker (Stanningfield Red House) by more than 1000 when his opponent dislodged the black peg to scupper his chances of an upset.
Dennis Watts (Mauldons Adders) and Dick Cheshire (The Saracens) were neck and neck as the gate dropped before the latter felled the black peg with his cue allowing Watts to record an easy victory.
Stanningfield Red House’s Elaine Wright performed admirably to beat Melvin Tilbury (Hadleigh Cock) 1780-630 that included a 690 break, and in a low scoring affair between Kevin Patrick (Mauldons Adders) and Andy Hill (Memphis Belles) the latter won through 600-500.
A top scoring 1870 by Graham Rolfe (Hadleigh Cock) saw him dispose of Dan Ackland-Lang (Memphis Belles) while in the final game qualifier Andy Siggers was defeated by John Henderson (Stanningfield Red House).
The following rounds will take place on June 11, with players going to the opposite venue to where they played the first round.