Double Baulkers upset the odds

PUBLISHED: 14:35 07 November 2012

No Hopers have extended their lead at the top of the Wrington Vale Billiards League.

NO HOPERS have extended their lead at the top of the Wrington Vale Billiards League after second-placed Zimmers were defeated by Double Baulkers.

The first match for the Baulkers saw an in-form Brian Harvey against Zimmers’ Wayne Ticer. Brian began strongly with a 59 break and continued to rack up several good breaks (the highest 68) to clear his handicap deficit, while Wayne struggled to get going. Brian romped home to win 150-67.

Malcolm Smith played next against Roy Jenkins, who also struggled early on. Malcolm took advantage of this and chipped away to reach 100 before Roy found form and cleared his handicap, hitting a fine break of 51 before Malcolm limped over the line to win by 11.

Tony McKee was unable to complete the whitewash for the home side as he found Bruce Bernard in good form. In a relatively close match throughout, Bruce won 150-120

The Backwell derby ended up in an honourable 2-2 draw. The B team’s Dennis Mansfield must have hoped opposing skipper Alan Spear was going to be a bit rusty as he was playing his first match of the season.

It wasn’t the case though, as Alan opened strongly and an early 22 break put him in command and on track to a 38 point win.

Bob Selby was up next for the B team against Derek Ellis and knocked in a couple of breaks to maintain his handicap advantage. With the run of the ball going Bob’s way, he closed out an easy victor by 72.

With only two players, Bob renewed his rivalry with the A team’s Martyn Howell and in the first half of the game it looked like a similar result to the second game would occur.

However, Martyn is made of sterner stuff these days and fought back from a 99 point deficit as Bob turned 100 to finish strongly and win by 21.

Breaks: Brian Harvey 68, 59, 50, 48, 41, 31, 27, 25, 25; Roy Jenkins 51, 33; Martyn Howell 35, 25; Wayne Martin 25*; Bob Selby 23, 21; Reuben Hurse 23; Alan Spear 22.

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