Backwell make it to the semi-finals

PUBLISHED: 14:04 04 May 2011




Backwell B enjoyed a narrow victory over Bye Byes in the quarter-finals of the Wrington Vale Billiards 49 Cup.

THERE was an exciting finish to Backwell B’s visit to Bye Byes in the quarter-finals of the Wrington Vale Billiards 49 Cup.

In the opening game, an in-form Tina Owen-Sevilton showed Dennis Mansfield no mercy in the early stages pulling back her handicap deficit and going in front at the 60 point mark, going on to defeat Dennis 150-97.

Needing to win well against Graham Burton, Steve Rees started confidently for the Backwell side and soon amassed a lead of nearly 40. Graham hit back but could not totally close the deficit as Steve ran out 150-127. This left Ian Green needing to score at least 121 points against Bob Selby to take the Bye Byes through to the semis.

He started off well, hitting his first 20 points without reply. Bob then started to play and pulled back to 68-83 behind. At this stage the points dried up for Ian as Bob’s confidence returned and he powered in front to win by 50 points.

For Congresbury, Reuben Hurse found the going tough until Short Frames Ray Tozer got becalmed in the 90s. Three 20+ breaks knocked the stuffing out of Ray as Reuben coasted home by 41.

Dave Larner struggled from the start against Mike Tozer who made some brilliant pots and built up a seemingly unassailable lead before Dave got on the board. Gradually, Dave closed to a five point deficit at the 100 mark. Mike suddenly hit back and then held on to win by 12 and close the aggregate deficit to 29.

In the final game, Dan Clargo enjoyed the early run of the ball against Congresbury captain Irving Prowse. With Dan leading by 100 points needing less than 50, a shock result looked on the cards, but then Irving tightened up his safety to leave Dan nothing to go for. Chipping away regularly with modest breaks, Irving pulled in front to win by five and give his team the match by 34.

Backwell A’s Alan Spear did really well to beat Zimmers Adrian Smith in the opening game as Adrian quickly cleared his handicap but then dried up. Two 20+ breaks helped Alan on his way and in the latter stages played some of his best billiards for a long time on the way to a 150-108 win.

Zimmers skipper Wayne Ticer conjured up no big breaks against Pete Wood, but his greater experience told as he cut the aggregate deficit with a 25 point win. Martyn Howell struggled to find form and the run of the balls in the final game against Bruce Bernard. Whilst being nowhere near his best, Bruce secured the match with ease with a 62 point win giving Zimmers their place in the semi-finals.

Next week’s semi-finals pitch Congresbury at home to Backwell B and Zimmers entertain No Hopers.

In a final of the individual open competition with no major breaks, Roy Jenkins defeated Martyn Howell by 400 points to 324.

Breaks: Adrian Smith 32; Roy Jenkins 30, 29, 24, 23, 22; Reuben Hurse 29, 26, 23; Martyn Howell 26, 24, 23, 21; Alan Spear 24, 21; Bruce Bernard 23; Tina Owen-Sevilton 21.

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