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North Heath join the SLKPA Elite
In the final game of the South London & Kent Pool Alliance summer season, Tier Two West’s Beech Tree Nuthouse took on North Heath Social Club of Tier Two East for a place in next summer’s Elite League.
North Heath started the strongest winning the first three frames but each could have gone either way.
Ian Stringer and Shane O’Reilly battled for supremacy with Stringer eventually sinking the black to put North Heath one up.
Pat Deehy then won a topsy-turvy affair against Stephen Frampton before Captain Dave Selby capitalised on Julie Lancaster’s mistakes to put North Heath three frames to the good.
It was left to Beech Tree’s Captain, Craig Jones to start the come back and he almost did it in style, clearing all his colours from the break but he lost position on the black, giving Kev Nankoo a chance to increase North Heath’s lead which he couldn’t take, leaving Jones an easy black for the frame.
Another edgy frame followed with Aaron Shephard narrowly beating Dan Coleman to make the score a more respectable 3-2 at the end of the set.
Stringer started the second set just as he started the first as he dished after Lester Barrow produced a dry break then Deehy made an excellent clearance for his second frame of the night to give North Heath a 5-2 lead.
Shane O’Reilly pulled one back for Beech Tree before Steve Thompson made a fine cut on the black to restore North Heath’s three frame lead.
Frampton looked set to get another for Beech Tree but Simon Morris battled hard to niggle a way through and win the last frame of the set, giving North Heath a 7-3 lead.
The third set started with Jones playing Stringer and North Heath just looking for one frame for victory.
Stringer looked to be going for the frame but made a mistake, giving Jones two visits, which after missing the first he appeared to be capitalising on but he also made a mistake and Stringer didn’t need another chance as he cleared the rest of his colours and the black to win his third frame of the night, the match and promotion for North Heath.
Final score Beech Tree Nuthouse 3 North Heath Social Club 8 and as North Heath join the Elite League, Beech Tree have played their final game under that name as they will be moving to the Summerfield from next season.
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