Challengers whitewashed by leaders
PUBLISHED: 15:38 23 February 2011
ZIMMERS stride confidently on towards the Wrington Vale Billiards League title with a 4-0 win over their nearest challengers No Hopers.
The first game saw the Zimmers’ captain Wayne Ticer up against Mark White with Wayne scoring steadily and although receiving a season’s worth of luck, his opponent plugged away in good spirits immediately congratulating Wayne on his win.
The second game saw Wayne Martin against Bruce Bernard. In the first half they were evenly matched, but as Bruce continued his good form, Wayne’s scoring dried up and allowed Bruce to run out a comfortable winner.
The last game saw Mark Wright electing to play Bruce, but found him in awesome form hitting breaks of 23, 27, 21 and culminating in the highlight of the match, a fine break of 70. Despite suffering from severe toothache, great respect has to be given to Mark for seeing the whole frame through.
Congresbury Q’s stay in third place, but were given a shock by lowly Backwell A. Backwell skipper Alan Spear should have won the opening game against Reuben Hurse, but missed a good chance allowing Reuben to snatch victory by two points.
Pete Wood got off to a blistering start against Dave Larner scoring 42 points to Dave’s 13, but Dave’s experience eventually told and got home by 150-141.
With the home side two games up, Backwell’s Martyn Howell knuckled down against Irving Prowse and scored regularly throughout, as well as enjoying the better running, to steam home by 108 to secure a draw for the visitors.
Short Frames and Backwell B fought out a keenly contested 2-2 draw with Mike Tozer taking on George Rowe in the opener. Neither player was on top form but Mike gradually got going and went in front to secure a 17 point win.
Ray Tozer played Dennis Mansfield in the next and held the upper hand although Dennis was always in with a chance until Ray knocked in the only 20 break of the night to win by 21.
Bob Selby elected to play Mike in the final game and quickly went in front and a number of double figure breaks gave him a 49 point win to grab the bonus point and the 2-2 draw.
In the cannons semi-final between Alan Spear and Reuben Hurse, the players were well matched to begin with until Alan suffered a bad run of the balls while Reuben carried on steadily, opening up an uncatchable lead to win 150-71.
Reuben then played his open semi-final against Martyn Howell. Martyn played steadily throughout knocking in four 20 breaks. Reuben couldn’t repeat the way he played against Alan earlier as Martyn ran a comfortable 300-220 winner.
Breaks: B Bernard 70, 27, 23, 21; M Howell 30, 28, 24, 23, 21, 20; R Hurse 27, 26, 25, 23; D Larner 20; R Tozer 20.
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