Bottom three all win in SLKPA Premier Division

After thirteen weeks of the South London & Kent Pool Alliance, the fight for survival in the Premier Division is still going strong as all three of the bottom teams, Summerfield Nuthouse, Rileys Rovers and Rileys Rebels all beat teams above them to make the gap between the three only six points.

The best win of the night was the Nuthouse, who overcame third placed Bellegrove Social Club A by 8 frames to 7.

The damage was done in the first set, which they won 4-1 and then made it five with a break and dish by Shane O'Reilly.

After winning his team's only frame in the first set Dan Foley started the comeback in the second set with Ron Brown and Dan Vowles bringing the score back to 5-3 only for Craig Jones and Ben McIntosh to extend Nuthouse's lead back to four frames.

Foley won his third of the night to give Bellegrove a second wind, then Shane Hutley brought it back to 7-6 and Brown won his second of two frames to tie the match.

The final frame decider was left to Jones on two out of two and Vowles on one out of one, so an unbeaten record had to go and it was Jones who held his nerve to get his three frame wins and more importantly the victory for his side.

It was a long close game at Glenmore Arms as their A team took on Rileys Rebels and it was the away side that drew first blood by taking the first set 3-2.

Glenmore recovered and won the second set 4-1 which included an excellent clearance from Paul Rowlinson after Barry Barham went in off the break to give them a 6-4 lead.

Rebels rallied round and got the score to seven all to set up a final frame decider and with 'Under Pressure' being played on the jukebox, Dean Coppen and Trevor Biggs played each other for the third time and Rebels Captain, Biggs finally relieved the pressure potting the black to get his team the 8-7 victory.

Paul Thomas won both his frames for Glenmore as did Peter Wells for Rebels but Leighton Aston went one better, getting three out of three.

North Heath Social Club got off to a great start against Rileys Rovers, taking the first two frames but Rovers clawed it back to win the first set 3-2.

North Heath then won the next three frames to take a 5-3 lead but Rovers went on a six frame winning streak before North Heath won the final frame to make the final score 9-6 in Rovers favour.

Second placed Rileys Woolwich went to Pickwick in fourth and a long scrappy game ensued, that went went all the way to a final frame decider, which Rileys Captain Paul Donohoe won for the 8-7 victory.

Despite the long scrappy nature there were a few quick matches with George Hammond performing a break and dish in frame six and Tony Halpin doing the same in the third set along with a dish in the first set, included in his three out of three.

O'Connors increase their lead at the top to eleven points after a 9-6 win over Foots Cray Social Club.

Foots Cray's George Covington and O'Connors Micky Clayton had their own little battle with Covington break and dishing in the first set and Clayton returning the compliment in the second.

Eltham Terrace Rack Pack take their lead at the top of Division One to four points with a 10-5 win over White Hart.

Despite the loss White Hart had the better start, winning the first set 3-2 but Rack Pack fought back to win the next two sets 4-1.

Tony Frost was in great form, winning his first frame with a clearance after a dry break and went on to win his next 2 frames for three out of three and he was joined by Billy Dolby on his return to the team.

O'Dowds B couldn't keep up with the league leaders, losing to Royal Oak Addicks, 9-6 but they stay in second place.

Richard Chapman was the only one to come away with any credit for O'Dowds, winning three of their six frames and Colin Smith also won his three frames for the Addicks.

O'Dowds A, in sixth did better than their B team by beating third placed Summerfield, 10-5 to go into fourth, just two points behind their opponents and five points behind their b team.

After their win last week, Glenmore Arms II picked up back to back victories for the first time this season and what a victory it was, beating Bellegrove Social Club B, who were fifty points above them, by 11 frames to 4.

James Taylor was the inspiration behind the victory with three frame wins.

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.

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