Number Nine Cranford close in

PUBLISHED: 10:36 24 November 2010

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Number Nine Cranford are closing in on table topping Number Nine in the Exmouth Snooker League.

EXMOUTH A failed to qualify for the group stage of the Devon Inter-League Snooker for the Bilby Cup by the narrowest of margins.

Playing home to Exeter C, they led 1-0 and 2-1, through Mark Rock 68-42 and Mark Auton before being pegged back for a fifth frame decider.

However, with Dion Newcombe in a commanding position to win, a missed opportunity on the green allowed Neil Allum to clinch the frame on the black with a 25 clearance (51(25)-62). Exmouth now compete in the Plate competition for the Gerald Mitchell Trophy.

In the Exmouth League, Number Nine Cranford close to within three points of leaders, Number Nine B following their narrow 3-2 win over the Police Social Club C. Iain Callander 57-49, Peter Taylor 66-57 and Dan Brown 47-46 were taken to five frames by Mervyn Long 58-51 and John Anderson 79-62.

Both Mark Rock and Pete Abrahams of the Police A, maintain their un-beaten run with their latest outing at Otterton A. Mark now has the highest break with 40(91-80), but, his team had to wait for George Webster’s decider (56-34) as Patrick Long 72-62 and Gary Parnell 69-42 drew level after four frames.

In joint third with the Police A, are stablemates, Police B after Pete Gibson 42-34, Frank Kelsey 49-18 and Tom Caygill 54-39 were denied more of the spoils by Brian Moran 78-51 and Rob Drew 44-33 of 6th, place Number Nine A.

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