Snooker Round-up with Ian Muldoon

A BREAK of 55 from Dave Lewney, the highest so far in the 2011 summer league, was not enough to bring Cliffe Legion ‘A’ a win at Peacehaven ‘C’.

Cliffe ‘A’ were among the favourites to win the competition, but languish in fourth place with only a mathematical interest in the title.

Dean Jones put Peacehaven ahead with a black ball opening frame win before Dave Lewney found his touch and levelled the match. Skipper Ed Williams then made it 3-1 to the south coast team, to ensure his side at least a draw. He eased past Jim Pickthall, who had just returned from Glastonbury and had to use a borrowed cue. In the end Cliffe were indebted to Barry Martin, who hit a 40 break, for salvaging a 3-3 draw.

Uckfield went top with a 5-1 win at Seaford Con ‘D’, although Cliffe Legion ‘B’ are only one point behind with a match in hand. Shane Humphrey grabbed Seaford’s point when he took the second frame 64-38, cancelling out Omar Hilton’s 59-39 first frame win. Family members Bradley and Dave could not emulate Shane, and Gary Doughty and Pat Adams comfortably won the remaining four frames for Uckfield.

With the match between the ‘B’ teams of Cliffe Legion and Seaford Con postponed, the only other snooker fixture was an in-house clash between Seaford Con club’s ‘A’ and ‘C’ teams. This ended 3-3 amidst some controversy, with Gary Page docked one frame for late arrival. Gary won his other frame to secure the draw.

Earlier Mick Walch beat Ben Steer 44-31 and 66(25)-56, but spare a thought for Ben, who secured the two snookers he needed in the second frame, only to miss his pot on the final black. Darren Short restored parity with an emphatic 72-12, 76(26)-17 win.

The summer billiards league has new leaders in Uckfield ‘B’, who demolished Peacehaven ‘A’ 16-7. Previous leaders Cliffe Legion faltered, going down 13-11 at Seaford. Peacehaven ‘B’ won 15-10 at Uckfield ‘D’, and with games in hand they could yet mount a late challenge for the title.

The 2011-12 professional season has started early, as it needs to with 23 events scheduled carrying ranking points. Unfortunately local pros Mark Davis and Jimmy Robertson fell at their first hurdle in the PTC1 event in Sheffield. So did world champion John Higgins, and the tournament was eventually won by Ronnie O’Sullivan.