Three-team race for the Exmouth Snooker League top honour

PUBLISHED: 15:41 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:41 26 March 2013

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With only one match to play to complete the Exmouth Snooker League, three teams have a realistic chance of the title.

The Number Nine B are in the driving seat after Russell Frame 98(43)-61, Chris Sharland 43-26, Tim Thorn 66-33 and John Sharland 59-58 saw only the third frame dropped to Patrick Long 43-39 at Otterton A.

Their tenth match win could prove decisive in the final reckoning, being two more than East Budleigh A, who are level with them on 39 points. Following on from their 4-1 win over the Police Social Club B, Graham Ward 74-40, Paul Milford 47-28 and Derek Quick 59-30 gave East Budleigh A their 8th, win at the Number Nine A. Dennis Robb 70-59 and Dion Newcombe 70-60 denied them a further share of the spoils.

Third place Police C sit two points further back and play the leaders in the final fixture. Steve Spinner 71-25, John Parrott 61-16 and Cyril Evans 50-47 sprung out of the blocks at East Budleigh C, before being held back somewhat by Paul Hayman 84(40,28)-68 and Barry Bentley 43-15.

Defending champions, Police A will not retain their title despite winning at the Police B. Mark Rock 78-53 and Carl Rowsell 85-57 led by two before Dave McWilliams 81-76 and Bob Horton 53-32 set up the decider, which was clinched by Pete Abrahams 61-51.

Members will be saddened to hear of the death of former Police Club player, Harold Smith in his 91st year. He played in the league and in competitions well into his eighties and with first, “snooker spectacles” and then having laser eye surgery, he was a dogged competitor in both billiards and snooker.

Latest Table P W Pts

Number Nine B 13 10 39

East Budleigh A 13 8 39

Police S C C 13 8 37

Police S C A 13 6 34

Number Nine A 13 6 32

East Budleigh C 13 6 29

Police S C B 13 5 28

Otterton A 13 3 22

Highest League Break – Russell Frame - 65

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