CLIFFE LEGION B won the Lewes summer snooker league for the second successive season. They needed to win only one frame out of six in their last match, a home fixture with Seaford Con B. And they looked home and dry until your correspondent Ian Muldoon, leading 43-13 and enjoying the run of the balls, missed a routine pink.
Opponent Gary Cooper fluked the last red, and then potted pink, yellow and green.He suffered a dreadful kick on the brown but almost left a snooker, with just an edge showing. Your correspondent duly hit the edge but went in-off, and Gary cleared the table.
So celebrations were on hold, but not for long. Your correspondent won the second frame, a scrappy affair, again on the black and Cliffe were over the line.
Paul Scorer then beat Seaford’s Sean Payne 80(31)-4 and 64(27)-5. Sean has more than 30 century breaks to his credit, including a total clearance of 134, but on this occasion he never found his potting rhythm. Paul’s two breaks saw him briefly hold the highest number of recorded breaks for the season.
Cliffe completed a 5-1 win when Anthony Flynn won his frames against Danny King, incidentally equalling Scorer’s breaks tally.
The final frame of this year’s summer league was excellent. Flynn made a break of 54, only one point below the season’s highest, but Danny King immediately hit back with 28. Having sunk the last red, Danny needed a difficult middle pocket black to avoid requiring snookers, but he failed and never got back to the table.
At Peacehaven Central club, the C team beat the B team in a warm-up match before the start of the summer cup. This result avenged a recent summer league result, and the Cs had Dean Jones – who hit a 32 break – and skipper Eddie Williams to thank for this success.
Both these teams face tricky first round cup matches at Seaford, with Peacehaven B taking on Seaford Con A, and Peacehaven C playing Seaford B.
Meanwhile, on the main pro tour, Sussex professional Mark Davis achieved a notable win in the Australian Goldfields Open, the first ranking tournament to be played ‘Down Under’ in recent years.
His first opponent was the highly-rated Judd Trump, runner-up to John Higgins in this year’s World Championship.
Mark won 5-3, and will play either Joe Perry or Mark Selby in the last sixteen.