First week back after the Christmas break and the South London & Kent Pool Alliance focuses on the second round of The Founders Cup, where The Summerfield from Division One were pitted against their other team from the Premier Division, Summerfield Nuthouse.
The first set went with the formbook as the Nuthouse took it 3-2 but it could quite easily have been 4-1 as Stephen Frampton cannoned a yellow in after potting the black, handing the frame to Greg Wilton.
Nuthouse went on to win the next two frames to go 5-2 up and Captain Craig Jones should have made it six when he was given two visits by Ben Beever but he snookered himself and Beever punished the mistake with a great clearance.
In the very next frame, Julie Lancaster potted the black and white to give Summerfield another frame and Ray Dean won the final frame of the set to bring it back to 5 all.
Summerfield's Wilton and Hugh Rowntree then won the first two frames of the final set, making it five in a row for them, to take a 7-5 lead and need just one of the final three frames for victory.
Aaron Shephard was the first to prevent them from doing this, then Jones produced a marvelous break and dish to take the match to a final frame decider, where Lancaster had a chance to win the match but again Beever punished the mistake and Summerfield go through to the next round with an 8-7 win.
They will face Rileys Woolwich in the next round after they beat Rileys Rebels by 8 frames to 2.
This could have been a whole lot worse for Rebels as Woolwich won six frames before Rebels chalked up their first.
Pickwick and O'Connors will meet in the next round after they demolished their opponents in this round.
The gulf in class was obvious as Pickwick eased through against Fox under the Hill, 8-1.
There were some nice finishes from George Hammond and Paul Gafa but poor old Martin Storey went in off on the black to give John Hurd Fox's only frame.
O'Connors had no such woes as they whitewashed Picwick's other team, Pickwick Academicals 8-0 in just under an hour.
Bellegrove Social Club A had an even easier ride into the next round as their opponents, Royal Oak Addicks failed to get a team together and they will play Glenmore Arms A after they beat White Hart by 8 frames to 2.
The match never looked in any doubt as they won both sets 4-1, with Alex Thompson, Paul Thomas, Dean Coppen and Paul Rowlinson all winning both their frames.
The only blot on Glenmore's copybook was James Grant losing both his frames to Ian Cruwys.
Glenmore's other team, Glenmore Arms II must have thought their luck was in as they took a 3-0 lead against Rileys Rovers, from the Premier Division but they only won one of the next nine frames, as Rovers won the match 8-4.
Rob Hearn was the player of the night, winning all three of his frames but a special mention must go to one arm bandit, Kevin England, who won both of his frames playing in a cast with a fractured elbow and looking like something from The Mummy.
Rovers will play Eltham Terrace Rack Pack in the next round, after they overcame Premier Division opposition in the shape of North Heath Social Club.
Rack Pack raced to a 6-2 lead but North Heath made a spirited comeback before Rack Pack struggled over the finish line with an 8-6 victory.
For more information on the SLKPA including league tables visit our website at www.slkpa.com or contact our Secretary Paul Gafa on 07443 456662 with any queries.
The league are looking at potential sponsors, any interested parties can also contact Paul Gafa.
The SLKPA are looking to launch their Winter 2013/14 Reserve League soon.
This is a chance for new or inexperienced teams to have a look at the league and World Rules with a view to maybe joining the league proper at a later date.
It is also an opportunity for larger teams to give fringe players regular competitive pool.
Anyone interested or looking for more information can again contact Paul Gafa.