Backwell whitewashed by the leaders

PUBLISHED: 14:29 16 February 2011 | UPDATED: 14:29 16 February 2011

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ZIMMERS recorded their eighth successive win to widen the gap at the top of the Wrington Vale Billiards League after defeating Backwell B 4-0.

ZIMMERS recorded their eighth successive win to widen the gap at the top of the Wrington Vale 
Billiards League after defeating Backwell B 
4-0.

Adrian Smith showed signs of cobwebs after his first league match for some weeks as Backwell’s George Rowe looked as if he would give the away side the point until drying up as Adrian started to hit form. A couple of good runs saw Adrian through to a 15 point win.

Neither Wayne Ticer nor Dennis Mansfield were on top form in the next and it was Wayne who 
eventually secured the point by 31. Both Bruce Bernard and Bob Selby struggled with the table in the final game. Bruce cleared his handicap deficit and went in front although a late break of 24 by Bob tightened things up again, but Bruce held on to win 150-138.

No Hopers stay in second place after a 4-0 win at Backwell A. Backwell’s Alan Spear led for much of the opening game against Wayne Martin, who played steadily and at 130 each the match could have gone either way. However, a run of 18 by Wayne put the game beyond doubt.

There was never a lot in the early stages of the second game between Pete Wood and Mark Wright, but once Mark got past the 70 point mark, he played consistently and finish with a flourish to win by 22.

Martyn Howell started well against Mark White quickly clearing his handicap but then couldn’t score as Mark opened up a lead of 60-10. With Martyn’s bad patch continuing, Mark enjoyed a series of flukes so there was always going to be only one winner although Martyn did manage to close the gap to17.

The first game of the match between Bye Byes and Congresbury Q’s saw the week’s highlight with Reuben Hurse matching Brian Harvey point for point for the first 100 points.

But just as he was clearing his handicap deficit, Reuben’s scoring dried up and Brian piled on the pressure culminating in a hard working break of 98. Once in the lead Brian made sure Reuben’s scoring chances were few and far between and ran out a comfortable winner.

The next game also seemed to be going the home side’s way, but Roy Jenkins never gave up. Graham Burton hit the wall at 125 after aggravating an injury and Roy kept chipping away to move in front and win by 10.

The third game saw Ian Green and Irving Prowse match each other for most of the frame, but with the finish line in sight for Ian, the frame took a twist as Irving started out-scoring his opponent. Irving’s ability to score with cannons from almost everywhere rendered Ian’s attempts at safety fairly ineffective, but with the momentum building in Irving’s favour it was an incredibly grateful Ian who managed to limp over the line by 22.

Roy Jenkins marched into the final of both the open and handicap competitions during the week. In the handicap, he defeated Dennis Mansfield 300-266 despite a handicap deficit of 380.

The open semi-final against Irving Prowse 
was much tighter. Although not at his best, Roy knocked four 20+ breaks and led by over 50 points on a number of occasions only to allow his 
team-mate peg him back to level the scores around 250.

The lead then changed hands several times and, with Irving leading 292-291, he double baulked Roy and potting a red brought him to 299. Roy though hit the nine points he needed to snatch victory in a match where the result was always in doubt.

Breaks: Brian Harvey 98, 38, 38, 37, 24, 20; Roy Jenkins 43, 31, 32, 32, 27, 25, 24, 22, 21, 21, 20, 20; Reuben Hurse 31; Bob Selby 24; Irving Prowse 23, 23; Adrian Smith 20, 20; Martyn Howell 20; Alan Spear 20.


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