The Sudbury and District Snooker League Handicap Cup got under way with all teams in one group of 10, with the top four qualifying for the knock-out semi-finals.
The top two teams from the league season, Earls Colne B and Lavenham Legion B, both went down to 4-1 defeats.
Colne B travelled to The Hedingham and, due to their respective league finishes, had to give their hosts considerable starts per frame, which resulted in a comfortable win for The Hedingham, who lost their only frame of the night on the black. There was a fine 27 break for Hedingham’s Stephen Chinnery in the opening frame against Rob Evans.
Lavenham Legion B played host to their A side and started well by winning the opening frame courtesy of Glen Avey. It was downhill all the way from there however as the A side reeled off the next four frames and gained revenge for their two league defeats at the hands of their club rivals.
Sible Hedingham got their defence of the trophy off to a winning start making use of their handicaps to edge a close match at Earls Colne A by three frames to two, four of the frames being decided on pink or black.
Sudbury Snooker Club A also started well, registering a 4-1 win over Melford Working Men’s C, helped by two wins from Tibby Maxim.
S Club 47, the league wooden spoonists, beat Sudbury SC B by three frames to two although Sudbury B did recover from 3-0 down.