Karny's Clan back on top

BILLIARDS - KARNY'S Clan have gone back to the top of the Wrington Vale Billiards League after their thumping of Backwell A.

KARNY'S Clan have gone back to the top of the Wrington Vale Billiards League after their thumping of Backwell A.

Backwell A received a lesson in how to play billiards with a concentrated and professional approach by KCs in a match played in a good spirit. Mike Allen scored freely early on against Alan Spear; he then had a bit of a dull patch but finished strongly to win by 55.

The highlight of the night was a break of 100 by Brian Harvey, a fine break and he also scored heavily on most visits to the table with Martyn Howell being unable to make any impact. The closest game was the final one in which Justin Cole scored consistently early on but Pete Wood stuck in there and the game was well balanced with Pete on 132 and Justin on 139 when he received a fluke and ran out to secure a 4-0 win for the Clan.

Congresbury Qs slipped to second place but gained an almost unbelievable win by just two points against Zimmers. They could hardly have made a worse start as Irving Prowse went down by 88 to Wayne Ticer who scored regularly but not heavily, throughout the game and when he did break down, left Irving virtually nothing.

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Reuben Hurse was conceding 170 handicap points to Ian Green but always had too much in his armory. Ian played a number of excellent shots but Reuben's consistency saw him through to a 29-point win. The game of the night saw Roy Jenkins concede 80 points to Bruce Bernard, but won by 61. Both players missed a few chances which perhaps they should have taken advantage of but Roy's determination in the end just took the important bonus.

Lindrums maintained their third place in the league thanks to their 3-1 win over Backwell B. Adrian Smith was back to his best in the opening frame against George Rowe knocking in a fine break of 51 against George Rowe in a 27-point victory. Bob Selby continued his recent good form against Geoff Passmore in the next game scoring consistently and leaving Geoff little to go for in winning by 43 to draw Backwell level.

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Unsurprisingly, George was asked to play again for Backwell and ran into the headlong train which is Matt Northern when he is on top form. Matt hit three 20 breaks and there were countless other breaks in a relentless display in a match which lasted only 35 minutes.

In the semi-finals of the individual canons competition, Bob Selby played Irving Prowse. Irving opened the better with Bob inadvertently potting a number of reds which are not permitted in this format of the game. Irving led by 30 points at the 62-point mark but dried up and Bob forced his way back in the game and went in front at 85 and did not relinquish the lead winning 150-134.

Breaks: Brian Harvey 100, 49, 38, 33, 26, 25, 24, 23, 23; Justin Cole 64, 43, 34, 26, 22; Adrian Smith 51, 28; Mike Allen 38, 31, 30, 25, 23; Reuben Hurse 38, 25, 23; Roy Jenkins 35, 28, 24, 20, 20; Matt Northern 26*, 26, 20; Martyn Howell 23; Bob Selby 21.



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