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Wednesday Reports by Jim Pratt

The top of The Premier Division in The Cue World sponsored Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Pool League gets tighter by the week. Tavern’s 9—3 win at The Phoenix looked to keep them above Birds Eye on frame difference but Birds Eye’s 11—1 win at The ‘A’Team ties both teams on the same points and frame difference. This could be resolved next week when the sides meet at The Tavern. Starring for Birds Eye in their win was Paul Metcalf with an eight ball clearance in frame four. Tavern’s win could have been even bigger but for Lee Vanderweele and Bob Pearson’s wins. Last seasons champions are starting to get it together as can be seen by their last five results, all wins, culminating in this weeks 11—1 trouncing for hosts Lucarlys. Saving the home side from the whitewash was P. Smith and R. Gilliatt with a win in the first doubles. Cromwell Golfers were another side to record an 11—1 win when they entertained struggling Clee Home Guard cavaliers. Starring for The Golfers were Andy Barry and Mark Woolliss with eight ball finishes while Cavaliers hero was K. Johnson with their only win in frame six.             

Not for the first time this season Division One has a new leader with Lucarlys B.C. taking over at the top thanks to a 9—3 home win against former leaders Casablanca Mixed. The visitors appeared comfortable leading 2—0 with wins for Paul Pearson and Ben. Newman but Paul East followed by Phil Evans and Gaz. Markham turned the match on its head. Terry Kerley levelled foe The Mixed but wins for Gary Day and Pete Tingle gave the home side a 5—3 interval lead. A clean sweep of the doubles completed Lucarlys win. Clee Social Jokers moved into second with a 10—2 win at bottom club No.1. ‘B’ and Matrix ‘b’ are starting to mount a serious challenge after their latest win by 7—5 at The Old Coach House with A. Toombs recording an eight ball clearance in the last frame of the night. With only two points separating the top five Bargate missed the chance to join them going down 7—5 to visitors Buddies All-Stars. The visitors grabbed the imitative with wins for father and son Pete and Lee Chisnall. Bargate came storming back winning an early doubles plus two singles to lead 3—2. Wins for J. Conway and Andy Clarke gave restored the visitor’s lead but it was short lived with Bargate taking the last two singles for a 5—4 lead. A trio of doubles wins earned the visitors their maximum points and a place in the mix for honours.

Division Two also has new leaders this week after Jubilee Potters 8—4 home win against rivals The Jerryhatricks. The home side got off to the perfect start with an eight ball clearance from captain Paul Smith but wins for Tom Summers and Chris Pratt put the visitors in front. Back came the hosts to lead 3—2 with wins for A. Page and M. Cross but Paul Edges’ win tied the scores. Potters gained the upper hand with wins in the last two singles followed by a win in the first doubles. Jerryhatricks gave themselves a chance of saving the game with a win in the next doubles but Potters were not to be denied and wins in the final two frames gave them both points. Buffalo Bills are waiting for the top two to slip up so they can pounce. This week they entertained a depleted Cue World Excel team and took both points with an 8—4 win. Cue Comets pulled further away from the relegation dog-fight with a 8—4 home win against bottom club Kingsway ‘A’ and Match Fiddler gave themselves a chance of avoiding the drop with a draw at home against Countryman’s Poachers. Two other sides to share the spoils were Buddies l1 and Kingsway ‘B’ on the latter’s table.

Smuggs continue to top Division Three after their 10—2 home win against The Hainton Inn. Rutland Young Guns are doing their level best to keep up with the leaders and matched their score this week with a 10—2 home win of their own against The Royal Oak. Stable mates Rutland ‘A’ also were in winning mood with an 8—4 success at Birds Eye Slammers and a seven man Waltham RBL. side won by the same margin at Casablanca ‘B’. Mary’s Misfits claimed a 12—0 walkover when Win, Lose, Plenty Booze failed to turn up.

Spiders Web gained a two point advantage at the top of Division Four with a 10— 2 home win against The Seven Seas but The New Empire let slip the chance to top the table when struggling Albion All-Stars turned them over winning 7—5 thanks to a clean sweep of the doubles. Baileys moved into contention with a 7—5 win at Holton-Le-Clay Cricket Club thanks to a last doubles win for G. Lawn and L. Clayton. The R.N.A. could only muster seven players for their home game against The Market Hotel but still managed to share the points. Bottom side The Duke of Wellington entertained Boverd and appeared to be heading for their first point of the season leading 3—0 and 5—1 but then the wheels fell off and the visitors scraped a draw.