BILLIARDS: Crowland B in title hunt

Big break: Hugh Pinner
Big break: Hugh Pinner
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CROWLAND B took the honours in the big Spalding and District League clash of the week to keep their feint title hopes alive.

Alan Sharman (R80) made a 23 break to guide his side to a crucial 5-2 win over fellow high-fliers BSC A – despite the best efforts of Hugh Pinner.

Veteran Pinner (O130) reeled off dazzling breaks of 74, 41, 36 and 35 as he pocketed two points for his side, but Paul Holland (R80) took the other frame to propel Crowland up to third.

It’s a fourth win on the spin for Crowland, who haul themselves level with BSC A – but both are 15 points behind leaders Pyramid C.

The defending champions, who also have a game in hand, extended their lead at the summit to seven points with a fine 7-0 win at Holbeach B.

James Sharpe (R60) trousered a 22 break for the Bourne side, while Ian Clare (R70) and Brian Kendall (R70) backed him up with wins.

Club rivals Pyramid B remain in the hunt for silverware after a battling 5-2 home triumph over Donington.

Martin O’Connor (R40) and Darrell Read (R50) brought home the points for the second-placed side, while Sid Shaw (O10) trousered a 24 break in vain for the Dons.

Towards the foot, Holbeach A secured a much-needed whitewash win at Pyramid A.

The best break of the clash was a 33 from Eric Wyer (R30), while Jim Stephenson (R60) added a cool 23.

Meanwhile, Mick Johnson (O170) hit another super break, but his Consti B team were well beaten.

Johnson nailed a 62 and seven other offerings in the 20s for the B team, who were upset by friendly foes Consti A 5-2.

Derek Tinkler (O20) was also in decent form in a losing team. He made breaks of 38 and 27, but saw Crowland A beaten 5-2 at BSC.

Stewart Davies (R40) hit a 32 for the victors.

Elsewhere, basement side Gosberton registered a welcome 4-3 success at Consti C.

In the Billiards Shield, Consti B knocked out title contenders Pyramid B in stunning fashion.

As ever, Mick Johnson led the way for his side, rattling home breaks of 38, 34, 33, 26 and 25 as he beat Martin O’Connor.

Steve Spencer (R100) was the other frame winner, making a 32 break to help seal a 552-500 success.