No Hopers close the gap at the top

PUBLISHED: 14:46 06 April 2011

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NO HOPERS closed the gap on leaders' Zimmers at the top of the Wrington Vale Billiards League to six points after their 2-2 draw at Bye Byes.

NO HOPERS closed the gap on leaders’ Zimmers at the top of the Wrington Vale Billiards League to six points after their 2-2 draw at Bye Byes.

The first game saw Graham Burton take on Mark Wright and Graham flew out of the blocks and soon had a commanding lead. However, he floundered around the 90 point mark and Mark kept plugging away with breaks in the teens and ran out a nine point winner.

The second game pitted Ian Green against Mark White with Ian’s improved form continuing. Coupled with the run of the balls and Mark struggling with lack of practice, this led to a comfortable win for Ian.

The final game had Ian playing again against Wayne Martin. Wayne played and potted consistently and Ian looked dead in the water as Wayne caught him up in the mid-80s. But Ian’s form then returned and with the result up for grabs, Ian had first bite to clinch the frame with an in-off red but inexplicably missed. Wayne then pulled off a great shot and followed up with a difficult canon to secure the draw.

The Backwell derby ended in a 3-1 win for the A side. Tony Berry, playing his first game for some months, was in good form against A team skipper Alan Spear. With the better 


running Tony closed out to a comfortable win by 38.

The next game was tighter but Pete Wood continued to show his improved form in turning over Dennis Mansfield by 12 points. Martyn Howell played Bob Selby in the final game and as usual no quarter was given between these two old rivals. This time it was Martyn who was playing better and came out on top with a 39 point win fully justifying his side’s the victory.

Short Frames Mike Tozer is one of the most improved players in the league and he showed this against Zimmers Wayne Ticer in their opening game which he won by 21. In the second game, Dan Clargo nearly pulled off a shock victory against the vastly experienced Bruce Bernard failing by only two points.

Martyn Howell and Alan Spear played well in the final of the billiards pairs competition scoring consistently as Wayne Ticer and Bruce Bernard could not find their form. Wayne hit a break of 23 early in the game but Martyn hit breaks of 22 and 29 in response and several high teen breaks by the pair saw them through to an easy victory.

Breaks: Martyn Howell 29, 28, 22; Wayne Ticer 23; Alan Spear 20.

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