PEACEHAVEN A, who three years ago won the first ever Lewes summer snooker cup, again reached the final of the John Summers trophy. They will play either Seaford Con B or Uckfield in the final.
Peacehaven A finally vanquished opponents Seaford A when Richie Barrett potted pink and black to edge out Seaford skipper Gary Page in the three red mini-frame decider. Earlier in the evening Richie beat Darren Short 62(33)-47 and 72-32 to put his side ahead.
Seaford restored parity when Ben Steer beat Steve Gaine, clearing the colours to win his first frame 50-36 before taking the next by 53-39.
Seaford were now favourites with Gary Page to play Simon Hall, given that Simon nowadays concentrates on his billiards and rarely plays snooker, and indeed Gary put Seaford ahead with a 57-21 win.
But Simon left Gary few scoring chances in the sixth frame, and steadily accumulated points to win 70-23. So after three of the quarter-finals had gone to a play-off, the first semi-final took the same course.
Lewes will travel to Hassocks on September 5 to play the Mid-Sussex league, with six-man teams at both A and B level. The B team selection is still to be finalised, but the Lewes A team will comprise Gary Page (captain), Ashley Bull and Sean Payne (all Seaford), Dave Lewney and Paul Scorer (Cliffe Legion), and Pat Adams (Uckfield).
Following two 6-6 draws, Lewes won this fixture 7-5 last year at Uckfield. They will certainly face stiff opposition, not least from Mark “Shaky” Coles, who warmed up nicely for the coming winter season with a 125 break at Keymer.
In billiards the quarter final stages of the Frank Sandell Cup saw three close finishes. The exception was at Cliffe Legion, whose A team saw off visitors Seaford Con A 12-3, with wins from Barry Martin (twice) and your correspondent.
Summer league winners Uckfield B beat Cliffe Legion B 13-11, despite a promising debut for Cliffe by Dave Lewney, who beat inter-league opponents Pat Adams and Steve Roberts.
Peacehaven B edged out Uckfield C 13-12, even though Kent champion Andy Phillips won his matches. Wins from Richie Barrett and Simon Hall just got Peacehaven over the line.
Seaford B defeated Burwash in an even closer finish when Ben Steer won the last game to square the match at 12-12.
Aggregate points then determined the result; Seaford scored 327 and Burwash 324.