New name on the trophy this season
Lavenham Legion B and The Hedingham will meet in the final of the Sudbury and District Snooker League Handicap Cup.
The semi-final between Lavenham Legion B and Earls Colne A at Long Melford was a tense affair.
Lavenham’s Glen Avey overcame an out of sorts Matt Cooney, and Colne’s Dave Stuart initially outplayed Dale Gridley to open up what looked an unassailable 50-point lead.
However, with a break of 28, Gridley fought back, taking the last four balls to tie the frame at 63 points all and force a respotted black.
After a couple of half chances, Gridley cut a thin black to middle to complete an amazing comeback.
A top all-round performance by Luke Heard saw him restrict Mike Hazell to a couple of points and keep Colne in the match.
The fightback was short-lived as Dave Mortier made light work of the 31 start he gave James Monk, breaks of 30 and 21 sending Legion into the final. Glen Avey added a fourth frame for the Legion, beating Matt Warnack.
At Sible Hedingham there was another keenly contested semi-final as holders Sible took on club rivals The Hedingham.
Sible captain Duncan Chinnery edged a close frame with Chris Hillman, only for The Hedingham’s captain George Williams to level against Steve Metson. The third frame saw The Hedingham’s Stephen Chinnery overcome John Hillman on the final black.
Gavin Chinnery beat Richard Syder to send The Hedingham through to the final in their first season.
n Earls Colne B captain Andy Shelton won the Captains’ Cup, beating Lavenham Legion A captain Paul Garrard 3-0 at Sudbury Snooker Club.
n The league title play-off, between Earls Colne B and Lavenham Legion B, is at Long Melford Working Men’s Club tonight (8pm).