Snooker News with Ian Muldoon

THERE was no change this week at the top of the summer snooker league as Cliffe Legion ’B’ maintained their three point advantage. They suffered an early setback at Seaford Con ‘A’ when Ben Steer beat your correspondent 70-46, but the match was level at 1-1 following a 70-61 revenge win on the black.

Cliffe went ahead as Ant Flynn stormed to a 91(28,25)-22 win over Gary Page, but the Seaford captain levelled at 2-2 when he seized his chance to score 24 in a frame with few scoring chances. Paul Scorer then assured overall victory when he beat Darren Short 69-29 and 47-44. In the second frame Darren, required all the colours, but having cleared to pink, could not obtain position on the black.

Peacehaven ‘B’ had struggled in the winter season, but this week they reached mid-table respectability after a 5-1 win over the Central Club’s ‘C’ team. Deena Davies put them on the right road, winning her frames 41-28 and 57-33. Richard Howse won 53-34 and 58(23)-43 to make it 4-0 before Keith Bowen pulled a frame back, winning by a single point on the black. Despite a 21 break, he could not repeat his success as Simon Gill took the final frame 54-29(21).

Seaford Con ‘C’ and Uckfield fought out a 3-3 draw, the first of the season. All three games ended at one point apiece. Twice Uckfield went ahead through Gary Doughty (61-37) and Pat Adams (67(27)-36); twice Seaford levelled through Nick Cox (57-44) and Mick Walch (58-54(25)). Seaford went ahead when Andy Coe won 76(27)-31, but Uckfield salvaged the draw as Andy Stanley edged the last frame 49-40. Seaford Con ‘C’ now lie second, but Uckfield have a match in hand.

Seaford Con ‘B’ are still searching for their first win after a 4-2 defeat at Cliffe Legion ‘A’. Sean Payne cancelled out Dave Lewney’s opening frame win as their frames ended 67-19 and 18-60(25), and the visitors went ahead as Danny King made some outstanding pots to beat Barry Martin 66-19.

Barry then got his own back in a 76-20 fourth frame win to leave the match poised at 2-2. Cliffe super sub Jim Pickthall took the fifth frame 51-31, and won the final frame 49-35.

Faced with a two-cushion snooker on the green, Jim not merely hit the green but potted it, followed by brown and blue. He added the pink after a short safety duel.