Thatcher’s Arms stop the rot as Bells are left ringing

GAME OF TWO HALVES: The Saracens, left, with some of the Bay Horse B team
GAME OF TWO HALVES: The Saracens, left, with some of the Bay Horse B team

Thatcher’s Arms put three defeats behind them when entertaining Cornard Five Bells in the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiards League.

The hosts won both doubles, but Dean Walton got the visitors up and running with a good 1530-1030 win.

The ever-reliable Bill Rhodes made it 3-1, only for Malcolm Groome and Marcus Shepherd to make the match all square with two low scoring wins.

Chef Scott Pitts was relieved of kitchen duties and cooked up something special in the decider with a top-scoring 1570-850 win to give the home side two welcome points.

After gaining their first win a fortnight ago, Bay Horse B were looking for more of the same when hosting the Saracens.

The match, however, turned out to be a game of two halves and it was the visitors who made a lightning start, winning the doubles and following this up with single victories from Nick Cheshire and Dick Cheshire, with the latter recording a break of 970 to put the result beyond their hosts.

Bringing respectability to the score was now the Horses’ aim and the fast-improving Tom Arbon top scored with 2300 and wins by Terry Parsons and Michael Andrews who made the final score 4-3.

Mauldons Adders travelled to Stanningfield Red House who have made an encouraging start to the season and were immediately put on the back foot, losing both doubles.

Things gradually got worse for the Adders as Neil Thompson made it 3-0 before Lee Harman increased the lead with a narrow 1280-1220 win over Chris Cass.

A top-scoring 1500 from Kevin Tobin and another win from in-form Bob Atkinson made the whitewash possible but Kevin Patrick recorded Adders’ sole win in the final game.

Edwardstone Wild Horses played hosts to Bay Horse A where the doubles were shared.

The match see-sawed with Jason Lawrence putting the visitors in front only for Marge Rose to make it 2-2.

Colin Norledge gained the initiative for the Bay Horse after opponent Doedy Munson had inadvertently black pegged late in the game.

The penultimate game saw Melvyn Willis top score with 2230 and take the match to a decider where Steve Hale had too much firepower for Tracy Reeve and gave the Bay Horse a vital 4-3 victory.

A good encounter was anticipated at Hadleigh Eight Bells where Mill Green Pirates were the visitors.

The Bells easily won the doubles and Melvin Tilbury made it 3-0.

Pirates then fought back well and reduced the deficit with good wins from James Pipe and Sam Whymark.

The match was now evenly poised, but the home side gained wins, courtesy of John Raine and Graham Rolfe to make the final score 5-2.