Zimmers close the gap at the top

PUBLISHED: 14:30 08 December 2010

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NO HOPERS’ lead at the top of the Wrington Vale Billiards League has been trimmed to a single point after their 3-1 win over Backwell A.

NO HOPERS’ lead at the top of the Wrington Vale Billiards League has been trimmed to a single point after their 3-1 win over Backwell A.

Wayne Martin and Martyn Howell were evenly matched while they were reducing their handicaps, but Wayne got his act together and finished off an easy winner by 81. Mark White was not on top form either and a steady game by Pete Woods saw him equalise for the visitors with a 37 point win.

Mark Wright and Alan Spear played out a fairly close game, but Alan’s infamiliarity with a borrowed cue after his tip few off, was crucial in a 26 point win for Mark.

Zimmers closed the gap after a 4-0 win at Backwell B, despite the total point difference being only 27. There was never much between George Rowe and Wayne Ticer in the opener although Wayne’s run of the balls saw him secure a nine point win.

Dennis Mansfield struggled to get going against Bruce Bernard, who was also less prolific than usual. Dennis knocked in a couple of good runs towards the end and it was a relieved Bruce who finally got over the line by 11. Bob Selby seemed to have the final game well under his control until a late break of 22 by Wayne Ticer and an unfinished run of 18 gave it to the Zimmers’ skipper by seven points.

Third placed Congresbury made hard work of it against Bye Byes. In the opener, Brent Holbrook made an excellent start against the vastly more experienced Reuben Hurse.

Two 20+ breaks by Reuben kept him in it, but it wasn’t until late that he went in front with an unfinished run of 20 to win by 19. In the second game, Dave Larner experienced some bad running while Alan Green potted well to keep him at bay and secured a good 53 point win.

Irving Prowse got off to a reasonable start in the final game as Ian Green struggled for form. A well constructed 26 gave Irving the game, but Ian secured the bonus point despite going down by 12.

In the handicap quarter-final, Irving Prowse beat Pete Woods 300-284 with neither playing spectacularly. Irving knocked in two 20 breaks as Pete struggled especially towards the end.

In the Canons quarter-final, holder Martyn Howell started well, putting 40 on the board before Irving Prowse scored. There were no big breaks but the final score gave Martyn victory 125-56.

Breaks: Mark White 29; Irving Prowse 26; Wayne Martin 25, 23; Reuben Hurse 24, 21, 20*; Wayne Ticer 22.


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