Derby defeat for league leaders

PUBLISHED: 15:22 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:22 04 February 2015

Wrington Vale Billiards League leaders Backwell B lost 3-1 to their A team stablemates.

IN THE local derby played at Backwell Village Club, the Backwell A team dug deep to ensure they kept Wrington Vale Billiards League leaders Backwell B honest.

A team skipper Alan Spear started the evening with a straightforward victory over B’s George Rowe.

Next up, A’s Derek Ellis took his time to show his form against B’s improving John Rowe, with three sound breaks including two 33s. Despite his breaks, Derek was ultimately pipped to the post by John by just five points.

The last game saw good friends and adversaries Martyn Howell and B captain Bob Selby line up. Playing well but not able to build big breaks, Martyn soon took control of the game and on his last visit to the table, recorded an unfinished break of 22.

The first game between Angle Management and Tina’s Boys was a slow starter for both players, but Adrian Smith left Dave Darling little to go for and went on to make his highest break this season to date with a 51 break and ran out the winner with a 21 unfinished break.

In the second game, Darren McKee took on Tina Owen-Sevilton in a marathon game lasting nearly two hours. Both players struggled for any kind of form in this game but Tina’s greater experience told and she ran out the winner.

In frame three, the away captain elected to put Darren back into play as the home side could only field two players. This proved to be rather one-sided as Brian Harvey once again proved why he is the league’s best player knocking in some wonderful breaks to run away with this game. The away side win 3-1 comfortably.

Angle Management took on Backwell A and in the first match, Martyn Howell broke off and Adrian Smith managed to score 10 from it. Then Martyn played some of the best billiards he has ever played in a quite stunning 73 break.

However, one miss later from Adrian saw him back at the table to knock in another break of 36 to make 109 unanswered points from his opponent. Adrian managed to claw back into the game but was totally outclassed as Martyn finished with a 22 break.

In the second game, Tom Lucas played Alan Spear and this proved to be a tight game with neither player able to get going. When both players were within 10 points of the finish line, Tom played the wrong ball culminating in a foul to Alan and thus proved to be the difference as Alan managed to notch the win.

In the final game, Adrian pitted up against Martyn again and this game proved to be closer than the first. Martyn was still playing well, but the game was nip and tuck all the way culminating in Backwell A sealing all four points.

In the re-arranged match between Tina’s Boys v Zimmers, Dave Darling started to get some running, but Roy bounced back with a well constructed 72 break. It was nip and tuck in the home straight, with Roy crossing the finishing line by six points.

Match two and Brian Harvey had been in trouble with back spasms at the start of the evening, it eased when he refereed match one but returned and he had no option but to concede the game to Wayne.

Dave Larner played steadily throughout the match for Zimmers, against an out-of-sorts Tina, winning by 19, despite two 20+ breaks from Tina.

Results: Angle Management 1, Tina’s Boys 3; Zimmers 4, Double Baulkers 0; Backwell A 3, Backwell B 1; Angle Management 0, Backwell A 4.

Breaks: Martyn Howell 73, 36, 25, 22, 22, 22; Brian Harvey 70, 43, 41, 34, 29, 23; Adrian Smith 51, 22, 21, 21; Tina Owen-Sevilton 22, 20, 20; Roy Jenkins 52, 27; Derek Ellis 33, 33, 24; Tom Lucas 20; Bob Selby 20.

League table

W D L Pts

Backwell B 11 1 5 41

Tina’s Boys 11 0 6 40

Zimmers 6 1 110 36

Double Baulkers 7 2 8 30

Backwell A 9 2 7 27

A/Management 3 2 13 13

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