Leaders pull clear of chasers

PUBLISHED: 10:47 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 10 June 2010

East Budleigh A extended their lead in the Exmouth Snooker League to three points after defeating East Budleigh C by 4-1. Mark Auton 81-51, Chris Dabrowiecki 62-25, Kevin Luxton 64 (33)-31 and Alan Farrant 81-80 were denied maximum points

East Budleigh A extended their lead in the Exmouth Snooker League to three points after defeating East Budleigh C by 4-1. Mark Auton 81-51, Chris Dabrowiecki 62-25, Kevin Luxton 64 (33)-31 and Alan Farrant 81-80 were denied maximum points by Percy Franks 86-50 in the second frame.Second-placed Snooker Club C remain in contention despite losing at fifth-placed Police Social Club A, but with two games in hand. Andrew Binmore 74-27, with two breaks of 28, prevented the whitewash after Steve Willcock 72-50, Colin Laver 58-28, Peter Abrahams 66-59 and Mick Jordan 69-23 recorded their best win to date.Snooker Club B remain third after a close call with Conservative A. Carl Rowsell 98 (38)-84 and Gordon Benzie 49-47 shared the first four games with Joyce Vincent 69-35 and John Anderson 79-73 (42) before Mark Hayne won the decider on the black 70-65.Topsham Con Club won two black-ball frames, by Eric Brant 44-36 and Mark Ragless 59-47, together with Jeff Cross 45-25 edging out Otterton A's replies from Patrick Long 66-35 and Gary Parnell 53-22 to stay fourth, seven points off the pace.Cranford A were relieved to (at last) have an opponent willing and able to play. They lost to Andrew Savage 59-47, Derek Quick 70-19 and Bert Savage 40-32 of East Budleigh B. David Hawkes 60-24 and Dion Newcombe 65 (39)-25 restored some credibility as they drop to seventh, but with four games in hand.One point ahead of East Budleigh are Cranford C following their 3-2 win over Cranford B. N Chudley 56-49, Dave McWilliams 51-35 and George Burlefinger 51-26 were denied further progress up the table by Jon Holford 60-4 and John Dick 54-16.In the Devon Inter-League Snooker competition, Exmouth A had a comfortable 4-1 victory in the semi-final for the Gerald Mitchell Trophy with wins for Russ Payne 64-44, Carl Rowsell 67(45)-7, Alan Farrant 72(31)-30 and Mark Auton 51-30.

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