SNOOKER: Leaders feel the heat in title race

AN explosive week in the Spalding and District League saw the title races hot up in three divisions.

Defeats for Division Three leaders Services A and fourth tier table toppers Consti J blew the race for silverware wide open, while just five points span the top six in Division Two.

Starting in the third tier, Services A saw their advantage cut to a solitary point after a shock 5-1 beating at lowly Whittlesey C.

Mike Knight’s (O7) 21 break was little consolation for the Spalding side.

That allowed Consti H to close the gap at the summit.

They knocked off Bourne SC C 4-2, thanks to frame wins from Jason Houghton (scr), Mark German (O14) and Seb Grimston (O28).

Bourne SC A also picked up a 4-2 triumph, as their upturn in form continued. Steve Doughty’s (R21) 25 clearance was the highlight of a 4-2 success at now third-placed Holbeach B.

Down in Division Four, Long Sutton C upset leaders Conti J 4-2. A black ball triumph from Gavin Shinkin (R7) and further frame wins from Dan Mayfield (O14) and David Lefley (scr) sunk the title hopefuls.

Whittlesey D took advantage of the slip-up, cutting the gap at the top to three points.

They knocked off Consti C 4-2, with Pam Slaughter (R21) sealing the success on the final black of the final frame.

Meanwhile, it was a great week for Division One table toppers Pyramid F.

A 4-2 home return against BSC A sent them five points clear of the rest, Spencer Dawkins (O49) making a 27 break.

Donington C slip to third having been handed a 4-2 home reverse by Tulips A, despite a super 42 break from Neil Reynolds (O49).

That result allowed BSC B to sneak into second spot, having dispatched Crowland D 5-1. Chris Dunmore (O21) and Scott Dunham (scr) both won black ball games for the high-fliers, while Martin Spencer (O7) trousered a 23 break.

At the other end of the standings, a fine 52 break from Adam Barwell (O42) helped Long Sutton A see off Holbeach A 4-2 – and edged them away from the drop zone.

Division Two is shaping up to be the closest of the four leagues. Boundary A missed the chance to return to the top, having lost 4-2 to promotion hopefuls Holbeach C. Mark Gregory (O14) racked up a 24 break for the winners.

In another clash between two of the leading half dozen, Boundary B crushed third-placed Gosberton B 5-1.

Jackson Andrews (R7) won his frame with a super 22 clearance, while Dan Smith (O14) pocketed a smooth 29 break.

Elsewhere, Robert Adams (O14) made a 33 break as Consti F beat Sutton D 4-2.