SNOOKER: Red-hot Holbeach set electric pace

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Nobody has more points in the Spalding and District Snooker League than Division Three leaders Holbeach B – and they won well again last week.

The third tier pace-setters grabbed a seventh win from eight games as they crushed Consti E 6-0, putting them clear at the top on 38 points.

Wins came from Phil Coaten (O7), Reg Walmsley (O7), Barry Haynes (R7), Neil Harvey (O7) and Cameron Haynes (R7) – who made a fine 22 break.

Gosberton A are up to third – seven points behind the leaders – after seeing off Consti J 5-1. Carl Wans (R7), Lee Watson (O7), James Waterfall (O7) and Andy Ward (R14) delivered the goods.

Donington B are also going great guns in fourth. They benefited from key black-ball wins from Fred Goodacre (R21) and Phil Burrell (scr) in a 4-2 victory over Services D.

In Division One, table-toppers Tulips A suffered a 4-2 home reverse at the hands of Spalding rivals Services E.

Kev Emerson (R14) took the vital penultimate frame to clinch the win for Services.

Second-placed Tulips B failed to capitalise on that slip-up as they went down 5-1 at Pyramid A. Darren Woodberry (O35) did make a fine 50 break for the Spalding club, but lost his frame with Eric Wyer (O7) on the final black.

High-flying Holbeach C also slipped up at Long Sutton B, who clinched a 4-2 victory.

Mark Gregory (O14) did make a super 44 break en-route to a frame triumph for Holbeach, but Carl Parnell (O42), Steven Godfrey (O21) and Phil Goodman (O35) got the job done for Sutton.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Holbeach A’s upturn in form continued with a 5-1 victory over Long Sutton A. Mark Hubbard (O14) starred with a 54 break for hosts Holbeach, but Stuart Atkin (O42) did make a dazzling 30 clearance to grab Sutton’s solitary point.

More impressive breaks came in Services A’s 5-1 win over Boundary B. Mike Knight (O7) led the way with a cool 42 for the Spalding side, while Pete Mullane (O21) trousered a 27 en-route to a frame success.

Down in Division Two, Bourne SC A missed the chance to go top after being handed a 4-2 reverse by Pyramid D. The ever-impressive Mark Gray (O98) did make a 50 break for the high fliers, but he was crucially edged out by James Sharpe (O42).

Third-placed Whittlesey A also slipped up. They went down 4-2 at home to Services B. The Spalding side started well, with Jason Rose (O14) making a 21 break in a frame win, before Tim Nash (O21) and Alan Hansard (scr) sealed the handsome win.

At the other end of the table Whittlesey C jumped off the bottom by beating Crowland A 4-2, Ken Jeremy (R14) starring with a 27 clearance.