Snooker with Ian Muldoon

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UCKFIELD are making a strong challenge for first place in the summer snooker league.

Early leaders Cliffe Legion ’B’ received a bye this week, and Uckfield took advantage to close the gap to just two points. Despite the absence of captain Pat Adams, they secured a maximum six points at the expense of Peacehaven ‘C’.

Gary Doughty, Omar “Ramo” Hilton and Andy Stanley were the Uckfield club winners.

Elsewhere, Cliffe Legion ‘A’ entertained Seaford Con ‘C’ and an interesting contest ended all-square. Andy Coe put the visitors in front when he doubled the final black. He then put them two frames up with an assured 83(27)-24 win. Cliffe got another shock when Mick Walch barely missed a pot in beating Dave Lewney 58-16.

However, Dave hit back and kept his team in the contest with a hard fought 62-40 win. Barry Martin cut the deficit to 2-3 with a 57-45 pink ball win, and he completed the Cliffe comeback when a 34 break assured him of the final frame 64(34)-33, despite a good struggle from opponent Nick Cox.

Peacehaven ‘B’ maintained their improved form and moved into fourth place by beating Seaford Con ‘D’. They got the ideal start when Richard Howse won the opening frames 57-26 and 48-36.

Fred Lace put Peacehaven further ahead with a 57-29 win, but Dan Eagle opened the home team’s account by winning the fourth frame 54-35 on the pink. Shane Humphrey of Seaford then won a low-scoring frame against Deena Davies by 44-16, but his hopes of salvaging a 3-3 draw were dashed as Deena eased to a 63-34 final frame win.

Seaford Con ‘A’ won their in-house fixture against the club ‘B’ team by 4-2. They had to come back from 2-0 down as Danny King started well for the ‘B’s. The favourites got back on track through Darren Short notching a 30 break and taking both his frames to level the match. Gary Page sealed victory for the ‘A’s with wins by 60-24 and 59(25,26)-9.

Thirteen teams have so far entered the summer snooker cup which will start in July after the league has finished.

The nine league teams will be joined by two teams from Lewes WMC, one from Barcombe, and an extra team from Peacehaven. Further entries are welcome.

There will also be a knockout cup for billiards teams using the short format that has proved popular so far.