Exmouth Snooker League latest – tight at the top!
PUBLISHED: 15:15 11 February 2019
With the final round of snooker matches underway in the Exmouth Billiards and Snooker League, only five points separate the top four teams.
But, yes, firstly it’s billiards! Four players are keeping this noble art intact in the league. Former British boys’ runner-up Graham Ward has qualified to the final of both the Handicap and Open competitions.
Notably, in the Handicap semi-final, he scored 450 points within 90 minutes, aided with two breaks of 54.
In snooker, Graham has just lost his unbeaten league record to Open snooker champion Carl Rowsell, 39-5, of the Police Social Club A.
George Webster, 85-65, Bob Martin, 55-46 and Pete Abrahams, 68-55 strengthened their second place despite losing the fourth frame to East Budleigh’s Mark Auton, 80-43.
East Budleigh held a slender single point advantage in the table as Alan Farrant, 89(33)-64, and Graham Ward – the latter back to winning ways – just (72-71), won the first two frames at the Police C.
But, the match was eventually lost to John Anderson 61-43, John Evens 72-45 and Bob Alexander 66-54(30).
Police C recorded only two wins from Eric James 71-16 and Bob Alexander 87-19 at the Conservative Club where the defending champions clinched three tight frames through Iain Callander 76-72, Dave Lance 68-58 and Dan Brown 54-43.
Four wins for Tim Parker 62-36, Dave Lance 76-71, Dion Newcombe 101-52 and Dan Brown 62-54 brought the Conservatives to third in the rankings, two points off top spot with victory over the Police B.
Despite Frank Kelsey’s consolation point, 61-34, they remain firmly at the foot of the table.
Members will be saddened to hear of the passing of life member Cyril Evans, aged 90. An accomplished player at both billiards and snooker with a dry sense of humour, he regularly played billiards with his long-standing friend and teammate, league president John Anderson, until recently.
Latest table P W Pts
East Budleigh 13 8 37
Police SC A 12 7 36
Conservative Club 13 7 35
Police SC C 13 7 32
Police SC B 13 3 20
Highest snooker break: Carl Rowsell (35)