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Academicals remain unbeaten at top
After four weeks of the South London & Kent Pool Alliance winter season, Pickwick Academicals are the early leaders in Division One after winning 11-4 against Fox under the Hill to stay unbeaten.
They are three points clear at the top after this win, inspired by Graham Levingbird, who was fantastic in winning all three of his frames, two of which he was in big trouble and was favourite to lose but a combination of well chosen deliberate fouls and excellent shots to get out of snookers won him the frames.
Captain Gary Mason and Chris Bracey also played a big part in the victory by winning two frames each.
James Flicking came away with some credit as he won half of his team’s four frames.
Also unbeaten but only in third as they have a game in hand are Bellegrove Social Club B, who recorded the biggest win of the week, 13-2 against bottom club Glenmore Arms II.
Bellegrove started and finished the game the stronger after winning the first and last sets 5-0 but the middle set was a lot closer and could have gone either way but Bellegrove just edged it by 3 frames to 2.
Terry Mitchell, Sam Pearce and John Ufuoma won all three of their frames with Pearce also recording a 7-baller.
Sandwiched in between Academicals and Bellegrove are New Eltham Social Club who beat White Hart this week by 10 frames to 5.
New Eltham narrowly won the first two sets 3-2 before taking the first four frames of the final set for the match, with White Hart captain Andy Rennie winning the final frame to prevent the set whitewash.
Tony Frost and Ernie Wellhausen were in tremendous form for the victors winning three frames a piece.
O’Dowds A have dropped two places to fourth, one place above the team that beat them this week, Summerfield.
It was a close match that could have gone either way but Summerfield just edged it 8-7.
This division looks to be incredibly competitive this season as just six points separate the top five teams.
Just outside the top five are Royal Oak Addicks and O’Dowds B, who are sixth and seventh respectively and it was the lower placed team who were victorious in the match between the two.
Richard Chapman won all three of his frames and Dave Mitchell won two in their team’s 9-6 win.
Unbeaten at the top of the SLKPA Premier Division are Rileys Woolwich who faced the then second placed Pickwick.
After two sets the score reflected the team’s positions in the table, at five all but Rileys won four of the last five frames to take the match 9-6.
The quality in the match shone through as most half chances were taken and there were many two out of threes floating around with George Hammond, Martin Storey and Paul Gafa for Pickwick and Clive Black, Craig Mallinder and Tony Halpin for Rileys but Paul Dawson and Paul Donohoe were both unbeaten winning two and one respectively.
The loss was costly for Pickwick as they dropped three places to fifth but are only three points behinds their victors.
Jumping into second are O’Connors who recorded another big win, 11-4 against Foots Cray Social Club, their first defeat of the season.
Earlier in the week, Foots Cray caught up on their postponed match against Summerfield Nuthouse and won 9-6 to keep up what was an unbeaten run.
The Nuthouse started the game well taking the first two frames with Shane O’Reilly winning the first of his three frames but Foots Cray won seven of the next eight frames to take a 7-3 lead.
O’Reilly and new boy Ben McIntosh delayed the victory by winning the first two frames of the final set before George Covington sealed the win for Foots Cray with his third frame win of the night and the last two frames were shared to make the final score 9-6.
Also unbeaten on the night was Connor Hewson winning both of his frames for the victors.
The Nuthouse didn’t have much more luck in their second game of the week as they lost 10-5 to high flyers Bellegrove Social Club A.
Despite the loss, youngster Shane O’Reilly kept up his good form to win all three frames again to make it six out of six for the week.
Bellegrove were in rampant mood winning the first two sets 4-1 and the first two frames of the final set to take a 10-2 lead before they took their foot off the gas for the Nuthouse to win the last three frames and make the score more respectable.
Most rampant for Bellegrove were Paul Shrimpton, Shane Hutley and Dan Heinink who all won both their frames.
The surprise package of the season so far are Glenmore Arms A, who after finishing second bottom in last season’s Elite League are now riding high in fourth by recording their third win of the season, that’s one more than the whole of last season already.
This week’s victory was against Rileys Rebels and it could have gone either way as Glenmore narrowly won each set 3-2, making the overall score 9-6.
Alan Rothwell made an amazing start for Glenmore by performing a break and dish on Louis Wilbourne then Rebels new boy Dayle Stork won the first of his two frames as the rest of the set yo-yoed.
Paul Rowlinson won the first of his two frames at the beginning of the second set before Alex Thompson 7-balled Alex Dobbins to give Glenmore a 5-2 lead but Declan Kelly and Wilbourne pulled it back to 5-4.
Paul Thomas took the final frame of the second set and his second of the night to kick off a four frame run of victories which included Thompson’s third frame win of the night to give the Glenmore a 9-4 lead.
Stork and Captain Trevor Biggs won the last two frames to make it a more respectable 9-6.
Rileys Rovers looked to be chalking up their first victory of the season when they took a 4-1 lead in the first set but North Heath Social Club reversed that in the second set and Rovers completely capitulated in the final set losing it 5-0, making the overall score 10-5 to North Heath.
SLKPA Interleague players Ian Stringer and Ryan Francis had their own little battle within the match with Francis taking first blood but Stringer fought back and won the next two.
Simon Morris won both of his frames but man of the match was Pat Deehy who won all three of his frames and he produced the shot of the night when he potted a difficult full-length last colour and finished perfectly on the black to seal the match.
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