Snooker Scene with Ian Muldoon

CLIFFE Legion have a good chance of winning both the summer snooker and billiards leagues. With one month to go, they lead the snooker division by four points and the billiards by a more precarious two points. In both cue sports the Uckfield club are their main challengers.

Cliffe Legion ‘B’ consolidated their snooker lead with a 6-0 win at Peacehaven ‘B’, although the margin flattered them. Richard Howse missed a chance on the final pink to take the opening frame from your correspondent, and, despite a brilliant snooker escape from Richard in the second frame, Cliffe went 2-0 ahead. The frame scores were 50-38 and 60-34.

Anthony Flynn made it 4-0 to the Legion. Having won his first frame 55(25)-19, he was made to struggle all the way by Simon Gill in the next frame. Eventually a middle pocket double on the black saw him home 63-52. Paul Scorer completed the whitewash with a 64-28, 63-25 win against an off-form Fred Lace.

Cliffe Legion ‘B’ will play Uckfield on June 29 in a fixture that could well determine the title. Uckfield kept in touch with the leaders with a 4-2 win against Seaford Con ‘A’.

Scorecard details are unavailable, but Gary Page stopped the rot for Seaford by winning his two frames after his team had gone 4-0 down.

For Uckfield, Omar Hilton starred, making his second 39 break in successive matches in beating Luke Martin.

The ‘C’ teams of Peacehaven and Seaford fought out a 3-3 draw. Eddie Williams won the opener 68(25)-43 for Peacehaven, but Andy Coe took the second 54-27 to leave the match at 1-1. Nick Cox and Dean Jones then shared two close frames to make the match score 2-2, before Keith Bowens won 63-39 to put Peacehaven back in the lead. However, Mick Walch won the final frame 63-30 to leave honours even.

Cliffe Legion just managed to keep their two-point lead in the billiards intact.

Uckfield ‘D’ went 8-5 ahead through wins from Terry Mills and Leo Hare, but Barry Martin and your correspondent won the remaining games, and Cliffe edged the match 13-12.

Uckfield ‘B’ looked like closing the gap after wins from Steve Roberts and Dave Edwards put them 11-8 up.

But Seaford’s Darren Short played a solid final game and his win by 100-50, including breaks of 31 and 32, kept the final score to 13-12.