BILLIARDS: Magic Johnson hits another ton

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MAJESTIC Mick Johnson hit another sensational century in the Spalding and District League last week.

The Consti B ace, who plays off a O170 handicap, reeled off a stunning 112 break in a 5-2 home defeat against Holbeach A, backed up by other offerings of 48, 33, 32, 29 and an unfinished 22.

His super score was just three short of the 115 benchmark he hit earlier this season. Johnson was the only winner for Consti though, with Ivor Dowse (R90) and Jim Stephenson (R60) bringing home the points for Holbeach.

Dowse made a 29 break, while Stephenson added a 22. Tony Blanchard (R60) also hit a 35 in vain against Johnson.

Meanwhile, leaders Pyramid C moved to within one more win of the title.

They dispatched Gosberton A 5-2 away from home, with Brian Kendall (R70) and Ian Clare (R70) both on winning form.

The Bourne boys are 21 points clear at the summit, with just four games to go.

Second-placed Crowland A are keeping them honest though, having beaten Donington by the same 5-2 score.

Derek Tinkler (O20) set the tone with a 51 break, while Neil Burton (R100) was also on winning form.

Donington did put up a battle, with Sid Shaw (O10) and Jim Thompson (R30) hitting 23 and 22 respectively.

Pyramid B are a further point back in third, having knocked off Holbeach B 5-2.

They were buoyed by breaks of 26 from Martin O’Connor (R40) and 27 from Darrell Read (R50).

Elsewhere, BSC A veteran Hugh Pinner (O150) was again in top form against Consti A.

Pinner trousered a spree of cracking breaks, hitting 34, 31, 30, 27, 26, 25, 24 and 20 in a big win over Lindsay Porter (R40).Team-mate Alan Yardley (scr) backed him up superbly with a win over Robert Adams (R30). He nailed a 45 break to help seal a 5-2 success.

Brian Bowell (R20) also racked up scores of 28 and 25, but he failed to complete the whitewash.

Perhaps the closest game of the week saw Consti C and Pyramid A become the first teams this season to finish level on aggregate.

The Bourne side took the spoils 4.5-2.5, though both teams finished on 586.

Eric Wyer (R30) and John Twell (R70) were the winners for Pyramid A, with the former pocketing solid breaks of 26 and 22.