Snooker Scene with Ian Muldoon

CLIFFE Legion B are still one point away from retaining their Summer League title, although winning one single frame in their remaining fixture, a postponed match against Seaford Con ´B´, will be sufficient.

Your correspondent was partly to blame for the league title being still undecided, going in-off the final black and allowing Seaford Con C opponent Mick Walch to win 51-47, and then 64-38.

Nick Cox inflicted on Paul Scorer his first loss of the season, but Paul bounced back in his second frame with a 41 break. Anthony Flynn then squared the match at 3-3, winning 66-54 and 72(29)-6. Both sides kept their unbeaten records, and Seaford Con C clinched a creditable third place finish.

Uckfield clung on to their slender chance of the title, although their 5-1 win at Peacehaven B flattered them.

No fewer than four of the six frames went down to the black, but Peacehaven won only one of them, through Simon Gill.

Omar Hilton (twice) and Andy Stanley won black ball games for Uckfield, while Andy and Gary Doughty added their other points.

Seaford Con A finish fourth after coming from behind to defeat Peacehaven C 4-2. Ben Steer, after a fine 58-23 win over Cliffe’s Barry Martin last week, will have been disappointed to lose two close frame to Peacehaven’s Keith Bowen.

Darren Short and Gary Page won the remaining four frames needed for Seaford’s overall victory.

Cliffe Legion A visited bottom side Seaford Con D, and eventually won 4-2 to finish the season in a disappointing fifth place. Bradley Humphrey put the hosts in front after Jim Pickthall went in-off the final black, and added the second frame for good measure. Dave Lewney hit back with an 81(34)-38 win, but had a desperate struggle in the fourth frame. He eventually achieved the two snookers required on the colours and vanquished Shane Humphrey 61-52.

Barry Martin’s 35 break put him in the driving seat in the final match of the evening, and he went on to win 81(35)-13 and 60-38.

Seaford Con Dalso lost 5-1 in a rearranged in-house clash with Seaford Con B. Lee Pollard put the Bs ahead by winning the opener 63-56, but Shane Humphrey levelled by winning the next frame 63-48.

Sean Payne and Barry Goldsmith, perhaps remembering their time in the county juniors, saw off promising youngsters Bradley Humphrey and Dan Eagles to complete the win for the Bs