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Saracens failed to clinch the Industrial Electrical Services Sudbury and District Bar Billiard title losing 4-3 at closest rivals Hadleigh Cock. The teams meet again at the Saracens on April 9.

Saracens won both doubles before Dave Willis recorded the Cock’s first win 1310-960.

The following game was tight, and as the gate dropped Saracens Ian Furlonger held a slender lead but then inexplicably mowed through the black peg, handing victory to Malcolm Tennick.

The match was turned on its head as Graham Rolfe put the Cock in front, Ken Drake felling the black peg with the last ball.

Victory for the home side was secured by John Raine in the penultimate game before Chip Millins reduced the arrears with a top-scoring 2120.

Having been knocked out of the title race the previous week Bay Horse A were hoping to consolidate third place at home to Memphis Belles.

The doubles were shared in high-scoring games before Alan Giles gave Belles the lead, winning 2530-1130.

This was extended when Andy Hill just edged out Dave Lillie 1760-1720. With no room for error Jason Lawrence kept the Horse in contention, and Steve Hale excelled with a break of 2090 in a total of 3280 that also included a lost break of 1910 to bring the scores level.

The decider paired Alasdair Carnegie and Luke Cole-Watts, and the latter won 3180-1070, including a 1190 break, giving the visitors a deserved 4-3 victory.

Edwardstone Wild Horses visited Cornard Five Bells, and their 5.5-1.5 victory secured third place. With each team winning one of the doubles, the singles started with a drawn match between Kevin Lewis and Doedy Munson.

The Bells then fell away as wins by Jeff Bridges and Paul Rose put the visitors in command. Melvyn Willis won the sixth game and Tracy Reeve completed the victory.

Tonight sees the Eric Clarke Memorial Shield at Hadleigh Cock (8pm). Teams are asked to bring a raffle prize.

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