Plenty of drama at league finals night

Industrial Electrical Service Sudbury and District Bar Billiard League'bar billiards'finals presentation awards night''Hadleigh Eight Bells
Industrial Electrical Service Sudbury and District Bar Billiard League'bar billiards'finals presentation awards night''Hadleigh Eight Bells
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THE Industrial Electrical Service Sudbury and District Bar Billiard League held a very successful finals night at Cornard Five Bells.

Around 40 league players were in attendance along with fellow spectators. The outcomes of two trophies were still outstanding and the evening commenced with the semi-finals of the singles knockout.

The first semi saw Luke Cole-Watts (Mauldons Adders) play Del Atton (Brewery Tap) and both players recorded 400-plus breaks, but it was the former who was generally in command and won 1720-1520.

The other semi saw Dick Cheshire (The Saracens) put in a dominant showing to beat Charlie Townsend (Eight Bells) 1930-910 that included a 760 break.

The final turned out to be a thrilling encounter with Cheshire racing into a commanding lead, but quickfire breaks of 600 and 640 by Cole-Watts put him back into contention and by the time the gate dropped he was only trailing by a few points.

Cole-Watts then scored 260 when clearing the remaining balls and this was enough to give him a 2170-2150 victory and make up for last year’s disappointment when being a losing finalist.

The doubles final also proved to be a close affair between James Stoker and Keith Walpole (Wheatsheaf) and Melvyn Willis and Marge Rose (Wild Horses), with the lead changing hands on several occasions. It was still anybody’s game after the gate dropped but Willis kept his nerve to sink the last few balls to record a 1230-1120 win.

The evening was hosted by Bob and Wendy Hedley. Marge Rose and her willing band of helpers sold the raffle tickets and Nigel Collings of Industrial Electrical Services presented the trophies.

Eric Clarke Memorial Shield: Melvin Tilbury (Hadleigh Eight Bells); ru: Malcolm Groome (Cornard Five Bells). Steve Richardson Doubles: John Raine and Graham Rolfe (Hadleigh Eight Bells); ru: Doedy Munson and Paul Rose (Edwardstone Wild Horses). Landlords Cup: Bob Hedley (Cornard Five Bell); ru: Ken Drake (Brewery Tap). Ladies Knockout Cup: Tracy Reeve (Edwardstone Wild Horses); ru: Faye Hunt (Mauldons Adders). Leading lady: Tracy Reeve (Edwardstone Wild Horses). Gents highest break: Rob Foster 2620 (Stansfield Compasses). Ladies highest break: Marge Rose 820 (Edwardstone Wild Horses). League’s highest game score: John Raine 3420 (Hadleigh Eight Bells). League singles: Luke Cole-Watts (Mauldons Adders); ru: Dick Cheshire (The Saracens), League doubles: Melvyn Willis and Marg Rose (Edwardstone Wild Horses); ru: Keith Walpole and James Stoker (Wheatsheaf), Player of the year: Melvin Tilbury (Hadleigh Eight Bells). Captains Cup: Melvin Tilbury (Hadleigh Eight Bells) and Luke Cole-Watts (Mauldons Adders). Knockout Cup: Hadleigh Eight Bells; ru: The Saracens. League champions: Hadleigh Eight Bells; ru: Castle Hedingham Wheatsheaf.

l The AGM takes place at Edwardstone White Horse on July 7, commencing at 8.30pm. Pubs and clubs who wish to join the league next season are reminded that they must be represented at this meeting or have contacted the secretary on 01473 824017 prior to that date.