BILLIARDS: Inspired Mick raises the bar

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CUE wizard Mick Johnson produced a scintillating display to hit the highest Spalding and District Billiards League break of the season last week.

The Consti B ace, who plays off an O170 handicap, amassed a stunning tally of 115 to surpass the previous best effort of 114 (by Rob Childs and Hugh Pinner) by a single shot.

Red-hot Johnson backed up his big break with other offerings of 94, 29 and 24 too, as Andy Shepard (R120) was cast aside.

Amazingly, he ended up on the losing team though, as basement side Gosberton secured an unlikely 4-3 success.

James Waterfall (R100) and Alan Nichols (R110) were the victorious players as the away side registered only a third win of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Pyramid B kept their title bid alive by seeing off Holbeach A.

Darrell Read (R50) bagged breaks of 23 and 22 as he secured the crucial last frame against Jim Stephenson (R60). Tony Blanchard (R60) did trouser a 24 break in vain for hosts Holbeach.

BSC A also kept themselves in contention at the top by winning in Holbeach.

They edged out the club’s B team 4-3, with wins coming from veteran duo Hugh Pinner (O150) and Brian Bowell (R20).

Pinner hit a 22 break in his success, while team mate Alan Yardley (scr) added 24.

Elsewhere, two teams enjoyed whitewash wins.

For Donington it was a second 7-0 success on the spin, with BSC B their latest victims.

Sid Shaw (O10) rattled off breaks of 22 and 20 for the winners, while Dennis Mitcham (R90) and Norman Gookey (R80) reeled off the other frames.

The other side to win big were Crowland B, with Consti C on the receiving end.

Alan Sharman (R80) set the tone for the homes side, pocketing a cool 31 break in the second frame.

Roger Goodliffe (R90) and Paul Holland (R80) completed the full house.

A few decent breaks were amassed in Pyramid A’s 5-2 home triumph over Consti A too.

The magic number was 31, with Eric Wyer (R30), Robert Adams (R30) and Lindsay Porter all reaching that total.