11:01am Thursday 28th November 2013
HOTSHOTS had a shock in this week's Stourbridge and District Snooker League when they had to concede a whopping 170 point start to Kinver Constitutional B in the opening round of the knock out competition.
Graham Taylor and Steve Jones extended the advantage before Norman Jennings played extremely well to defeat Neil Beckley Then Steve Nicholls only lost out by three to Dave Green to complete a string of great results for the Kinver side against opponents who have only lost one frame each all season.
Although Milan Krstanovic made a 40 break in the final frame, it was too late to make any difference to the outcome.
Fellow joint league leaders West Midlands Police had to give Pockets SC B a 134 point start, but unlike Hotshots, they gradually started reducing the deficit, even though the unbeaten Pete Gibbons was hard pressed to beat off a challenge from promising 16 year old player Macauley Gunn.
However, it wasn't until the final blue that Kev Franklin made sure of victory against the persistent Gavin Evans.
Reigning champions Wombourne were eliminated by Moor Pool and Snooker B,. who were given a 90 point start.
Stuart Taylor, John Wooldridge and Dave Flavell all won frames for the holders, but Neil Gennard's 82 point victory and Ian Priest's successful recovery from a 66 point deficit in the final frame clinched the tie for Moor Pool.
Stourbridge Institute A made the most of a 175 point start at Pockets SC A.
Paul Bates held Andy Smith to a 10 point win, while Phil Fitzpatrick lost by just two to John Betton.
But there was no luck for their C team who were completely overpowered by Brandhall Labour, for whom Alan Hooper had a 56 break and Callum Downing 60 as they successfully chased down a 247 point concession.
The 2012 champions Baggeridge Social won well at Amblecote Inst D after Luke Whale and Frankie Bennett both won handsomely, while Chris Randle, Arnie Tromans and Jon Perry just did enough to ease First Division leaders Kinver Const A through at Kingswinford Snooker Centre.
Plate champions Moor Pool & Snooker C had little to spare against plucky Kingswinford RBL B and owed much to Dennis Pickett's substantial win.
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