Title goes to play-off
For the first time in 15 years the Sudbury and District Snooker League has ended in a tie.
Lavenham Legion B went into the final match with a two-point lead over Earls Colne B, but lost the first three frames against Earls Colne A following wins by Matt Cooney, James Monk and Mark Harris.
Mike Hazell inflicted a first defeat of the season on Luke Heard, and Dave Mortier played a solid final frame to beat Dave Stuart, Legion winning two frames.
At Earls Colne the B side got off to a bad start as Andy Shelton lost to Peter Sturgeon. They won the next four, two each for Rob Evans and Colin Ballard, to finish on the same points as Lavenham Legion B. They will play off at a neutral venue.
Sudbury SC A and Melford Working Men’s C tied for fifth place after home wins.
The Hedingham and S Club 47 battled for the wooden spoon. Despite dropping the opening frame, The Hedingham club won the middle three frames for a 3-2 win.
The Handicap Cup competition starts tonight, with Sible Hedingham defending the trophy won last season.
n Sudbury B hosted Sudbury Friday Snooker League leaders Sible Hedingham and were whitewashed 6-0, four frames going to the black ball.
Shaun Boldock missed the pink, so George Williams, instead of needing snookers, took green, brown and blue, and after a bit of safety play potted the last two colours to win by three points.
Graham Cuthbert missed the black, Joe Kane Jnr winning the frame.
Colin Cole went in off the second from last red, allowing Steve Gibbs to win by five points. Cuthbert failed to avoid the whitewash, Gibbs potting black to win by three points.
Sudbury D took on a full-strength Haverhill, Charlie Ripp (31 break) beating Frank Ervine on black for Haverhill’s first frame win for three weeks. Mick Drury levelled against Andrew Driver (29), and Syd Levitt made it 2-1 for Sudbury, narrowly beating Jon Driver.
Ervine beat Andrew Driver, but Ripp pulled one back against Levett, before Drury, with a 35 break, beat Jon Driver for a 4-2 victory.
Long Melford beat Sudbury C 4-2, with two wins apiece for Michael Howard and John Tatum, and one each for Melford’s Ross Suggate and Andrew Sagon.
n Sudbury’s Fellowship League played the first of three final rounds to determine league positions, with a dozen pairs in the Dustbin Derby shooting to avoid finishing bottom.
Steve Pugh and Barry Bramwall racked up a total of 133 in victories against Edd Keogh and Jonny Hamblin and Chris Moss and newcomer Richard Davy (playing for the Churches Together Chargers team).
Pugh’s efforts pushed him top of the individual player rankings, with Pioneer Pilgrims top in the team event on 133 points.
Keogh and Hamblin beat Hal Norman and Mike Southin and finished equal top of the Dustbin Derby, sharing the honours with Andy Gates and Mark Ruane of Pastor’s Pirates.