BILLIARDS: Slick Sutton open up sizeable lead

MAGIC JOHNSON: An 83 break from Mick Johnson was the best of the week.
MAGIC JOHNSON: An 83 break from Mick Johnson was the best of the week.

Long Sutton’s pursuit of the Spalding and District Billiards League title gathered more pace last week after they made it back-to-back whitewash wins.

Leaders Sutton brushed aside Pyramid A 7-0 to extend their lead at the top to ten points, with just seven rounds of fixtures to play.

Sean Swinburn (O20) top scored with a 40 break, while Wayne Dent (R30) made a cool 32 before Adam Barwell (O10) wrapped up the victory with an unfinished 28.

Crowland B remain second after they edged out rock-bottom Gosberton 4-3. As ever, Rob Childs (O190) shone with breaks of 35 and 30 en route to a frame return, with Paul Holland (R70) their other victor.

Elsewhere, another Mick Johnson masteclass guided Consti B to a 5-2 triumph over Consti D. The O160 handicapper pocketed brilliant breaks of 8 3 and 73 as he clinched the decisive final frame.

Hugh Pinner (O170) was another player on red-hot form as his Holbeach A side crushed hosts Pyramid B 7-0.

Veteran potter Pinner helped himself to a 71 break in the maximum win, while team-mate Nigel Hackett (O20) added two efforts of 29 in his victory.

Meanwhile, there was something of a rarity in Holbeach B’s success over Donington. Both teams ended up on an aggregate score of 549, meaning Holbeach collected a 4.5-2.5 win. That’s after Phil Coaten (R70) and Nigel Ward (R70) claimed frame wins.

The other two games in the league finished 5-2. Holbeach C saw off Crowland A despite Neil Burton’s (R80) 36 break, while Consti A saw off Consti C.