Teams battle for a place in the semi-finals
Eight teams from the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiards League competed in round two of the KO Cup hoping to progress to the semi-finals.
The biggest clash on paper was at Hadleigh Cock, where league champions, The Saracens, were the visitors. With the two teams having recently shared the spoils in two 4-3 victories, another close match was envisaged.
As in their league encounter, the visitors were quick out of the blocks and won both doubles to give them a flying start. The Cock could easily have collapsed at this stage but a hard earned 1220-770 win by Dave Willis halved the deficit. The home side were back on equal terms when Melvin Tilbury beat opposing captain Ken Drake.
The next game saw Malcolm Tennick come out on top against Chip Millins 1490-1020 to edge the home side ahead for the first time.
John Raine increased the lead further, beating Ian Furlonger 1490-1010.
The Saracens were keen to reduce the arrears in the final game and Dick Cheshire top scored for the evening with 1720 to hold Graham Rolfe at bay to make the score 4-3 and set up an interesting second leg.
Having missed out on league honours, The Bay Horse A channelled all their efforts into a cup success and secured a big first leg win against the Brewery Tap. The hosts won both doubles and the second saw Steve Hale score a 1150 break, but it still needed partner Dave Lillie to score a last ball 200 to secure victory.
The opening singles was a great advert for bar billiards as Steve Hale potted a last ball 400 to beat Pete Lillie 1680-1670. Brett Parker pulled one back for the Tap, who beat Alasdair Carnegie, who had opened with a 1390 break but black-pegged later in the game.
Leading 3-1, Bay Horse increased the pressure with wins by Dave Lillie, Jason Lawrence and Jeremy Fry (top score 2230) to take a 6-1 lead into the away leg.
Another team gaining a huge advantage from their first leg were Edwardstone Wild Horses, who entertained Mauldons Adders. The home side began by winning both doubles before Jeff Bridges increased the lead with a narrow 1540-1490 win.
The Adders responded when Kevin Patrick won the following game. This was their only success of the night as Paul Rose, Tracy Reeve with a last ball 400 to beat Dennis Watts 1570-1520 and Melvyn Willis completed a 6-1 victory.
The Memphis Belles were playing the second leg of their tie with Stanningfield Red House holding a 6-1 lead from the first. The doubles were shared which left the visitors needing one more win to progress, but it was not going to be easy.
Andy Hill won the first singles for the Belles and Luke Cole-Watts scored over 2000 to make it 3-1 on the night. This was soon 4-1 as Alan Giles continued his recent good form and when Amie Darroch won the penultimate game the Belles were in reach of completing a remarkable comeback.
The final game paired Dan Ackland-Lang and Lee Harman and the latter kept his cool to edge the Red House through 8-6 on aggregate.