Victory on the black for Croft takes Glastonbury top

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The top two teams in division two of the Eastbourne and District Snooker League, Nuthouse A and Glastonbury A, came face to face at the Nuthouse.

Ian Townsend, for the Nuthouse, defeated the Glastonbury A captain Matt Smith 69-37 in the opening frame only for the in-form Grant Martins to defeat Matt Walter on the black 67-57 to make the match level at 1-1.

Glen Williams, the Nuthouse top player, outpointed Richard Barnicoat 51-26 to give his team a 2-1 lead, but Tokki Yamaguchi was in fine form, recording a 77-17 victory against Martin Noakes to level the scores again.

Martin Halpin, the Nuthouse skipper, came up against Glastonbury A’s top player Paul Croft in the decider. In a close contest, Croft came out the victor on the black 47-40 to give Glastonbury A a 3-2 win and take them back to the top of the table.

Fishermen’s E consolidated their third position with an emphatic 4-1 home victory against Hailsham MI E.

Fishermen’s frames came via the cues of Colin Bray 45-12, John Satterwaite 58-13, Dave Proud 63-31 and Jimmi Simpson 72-50. John Lamb prevented the nap hand by outpointing Paul Worssam 58-24. The win keeps Fish E on track for an automatic promotion place.

Topaz, lying in fourth spot, went down 3-2 at home against mid-table Eastbourne Working Men’s Club B. The match was decided in the final frame when Dave Noakes, for the Workers, defeated Darron Gurr 41-21.

Meads B recorded a 3-2 win away to Devonshire Club thanks to Sam Kassam, Trevor Cornford and a last frame walkover point for Steve Magee. Ron Jackson and Chris Gape replied for the Devonshire.

Hailsham Club D prevailed by the same margin when they travelled to Fishermen’s B. Tony Prout, Brian Rogers and Ray Woolston recorded Hailsham Club D’s three winning frames. The Fish B captain Craig Knapman and Alan Sear recorded the two victories for the home team.

Hellingly, still seeking automatic promotion, did their cause no harm with a 4-1 home win against Seaford Legion.

Steve Medhurst, Russell Parkinson, Andrew Lawrence (33 break) and Nigel Greenham (30 break) were Hellingly’s winners.

This was all after Matt Pynn had given Seaford Legion the start by conclusively defeating Gary Parkinson in the opening frame 61-1.

Hailsham Club A entertained the Ministries, with the visitors taking the match 3-2. Pete Cooper, Mike Hart and the Ministries skipper Paddy Walsh won the opening three frames before Tony Brett and Mick Charman replied for the home team.

Railway win streak ends

Railway Club, the leaders of division three, finally lost their 20-week unbeaten record, going down 3-2 at the hands of second-placed Hailsham MI B.

Steve Stenhouse took out Richard Lee in the opening frame 57-18, HMI B captain Clive Kidman outpointed Gary Moseley 52-32 and Barry Kent beat Mark Humphries 63-33 for the three match-winning points.

Richard Edwards, for the Railway, outpointed Hugh Galt 55-33 and the Railway captain Paul Goacher recorded a 25 break during his 76-29 win against Neal Kent.

Third-placed Dolphin F were the visitors at the Royal Naval Club to take on the Fire Brigade and they came away with a 4-1 victory. Stuart Alexander, Neil Rogers, Paul Rogers and Steve Pollard recorded the winning frames for Dolphin F.

Ron McGregor was in fine form, outpointing Marika Buckland 54-4 in frame two for the solitary Fire Brigade win.

Transport, seeking an automatic promotion spot into division two, came up against an in-form Police team at the Glastonbury Club and the busboys were well and truly cuffed 4-1.

Police wins came via the cues of Charlie Anastasi 62-36, Vic Harding 51-15, Colin Napier 43-35 and skipper Roger Hobbs 40-11. Norman Rae took the solitary win for the Transport by outscoring Ron Grant 58-27.

Hailsham MI F’s 10-match losing sequence came to an end with a 4-1 home win against Eastbourne Con Club. Andy Mozley, Dave Thomas, Richard Burchett and Dave Clark recorded the four winning frames.

Phil Carter stopped the whitewash on the black in the last frame 55-49 to give Eastbourne Con Club a consolation.