Foxes steal promotion in final game

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In the final game of the South London & Kent Pool Alliance Winter league season there were still five teams looking for promotion to the Premier Division but it was Fox under the Hill who just squeezed through with a 12-3 victory over Bellegrove Sharks.

Going into the game on equal points with Rileys Rovers, Fox needed to win by more than them to nick the automatic promotion spot and it was a good all round team performance that sealed the win.

Captain Chris Gaunt and Kevin McNelly both won three out of three with Jamie Walkey and Steve Cole both winning two frames to take the team back up at the first time of asking.

Rileys Rovers knew they had to produce a big win against Glenmore Arms II to secure second spot and they started off well winning the first set by 4 frames to 1 with Ryan Francis winning the first of his three frames with a thrilling ‘7-baller’.

The big win was on as they went on to win the first three frames of the second set to take a 7-1 lead but Glenmore brought it back to 7-3 with Jason Brunton’s second of three wins.

Lee Osborn’s second frame win of the night made it 10-4 to Rovers knowing they needed the final frame to stand any chance of holding onto second but Brunton foiled them again making the final score 10-5 and they had to wait to hear of the Foxes fate.

The two extra frames did it for The Foxes and Rovers will have to battle it out in the play off to see if they can make it back to the Premier Division.

Kings Arms were only one point behind The Foxes and Rovers but their promotion push faltered as they went down to New Eltham Social Club by 9 frames to 6.

Miro Cujic returned to form winning all of his three frames with Stephen Unwin winning both of his to give New Eltham a triumphant end to the season.

The other contenders for promotion, Glenmore Arms A and Beech Tree Nuthouse were pitted against each other and Glenmore started the better going 6-3 up but The Nuthouse won the next three to tie the match.

Then Alan Rothwell won his second of two for Glenmore, Jeff Kingman made it 8-6 and Paul Thomas finished it off with his second of three, after a brilliant doubled black to win his first frame to make the final score 9-6 to Glenmore.

James Grant also pitched in with two wins out of three and Shailash Vekaria won his only frame of the night.

For The Nuthouse Craig Jones won three out of three, which puts him in with a good shout for top of the rankings with Paul Saxton winning two of his three.

With the top of the SLKPA Premier Division pretty much done and dusted the focus turned to the bottom to find out who will play Rileys Rovers in the play off.

Bellegrove Social Club A had to sit and wait as they had a free week and Erith Snooker Master 8’ers were helped by O’Connors inability to field a team for the second week running, so Brockleians Choppers had to get at least seven frames against Rileys A, who had already secured third, to avoid the play off.

Choppers produced a spirited performance but Rileys were inspired by Tony Gear who won three out of three for the third week in a row to lead his side to a 9-6 victory and condemn Choppers to the play off in order to remain in the top division.

At the other end of the table, Choppers neighbours Brockleians were looking to go the whole season without losing a game after clinching the title last week but they were foiled by second place Rileys Woolwich who won a close match by the odd frame 8-7.

The champions started the match well winning the first set 3-2 but Rileys reciprocated in the next set to make the score five all.

Clive Black and Tony Halpin both won their third frames of the night for Rileys and Craig Mallinder sealed the win before Danny Kelleher won his third frame for Brockleians.

In the final match of the division Pickwick visited already relegated Our Lady of the Rosary and came away with a 9-6 victory.

Dave Sparham won half of the home teams frames while Paul Gafa also managed three out of three for the victors.

There was absolutely no change in the SLKPA Reserve League as both the matches between Pickwick Academicals and The Crown and Royal Standard and White Hart Reserves ended in 6-6 draws.

For more information on the SLKPA including league tables visit our website at www.slkpa.com or contact our Secretary Paul Gafa on 07753 926291 with any queries.

Registrations are currently being accepted for the Summer 2012 season, anyone interested contact Paul Gafa.

The league are looking at potential sponsors, any interested parties can also contact Paul Gafa.

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