A FAMILIAR name has set a new benchmark in the race for the highest Spalding and District League break of the season.
ourne Snooker Centre B ace Jason Bates (R70) hit a super 71 last week to better Mick Johnson’s previous best of 60.
Bates has won the Harold Hardy Memorial Trophy eight times since 1999, with a huge best of 131 coming in 2005.
He is also bidding to bag the season’s best break for a fifth year on the spin.
But sadly for Bates and his Bourne SC B team, the super tally was mere consolation, as Pyramid E beat them 4-2 in the Division Four clash.
There was no such trouble for fourth tier leaders Consti E though, as they maintained their healthy lead at the summit.
John Mumford (R21), Lindsay Porter (scr) and Peter Tingle (R14) all won their frames in a hard-fought 4-2 triumph over BSC E.
There were also 4-2 wins for promotion hopefuls BSC C, Long Sutton C and Q@Southside A as the race for second spot hots up. Charlie Sutton (O7) made a 32 break for Southside.
Meanwhile, one of the shock results of the week saw Division Three leaders Bourne SC A humbled 5-1 by struggling Boundary C.
Andy Isabell (O28) bagged a big 31 break for the Deepings side as he took a crucial black ball win over Mike Byrne (R14).
That result allowed BSC F to jump to the summit, as they dispatched Whittlesey C 4-2.
Ben Lewis (scr) secured the win with a decisive victory over Graeme Sawyer (O7).
Third-placed Consti G also capitalised on the slip-up. Marcus Drury (scr) trousered a 21 break as they handed Tulips B a 4-2 home reverse.
Elsewhere, it was another massive week for Division One leaders Tulips A.
The crushed Donington C 5-1 in a top of the table clash to move a healthy ten points clear of the rest.
As ever, the reliable Bren Bowman (O56) chipped in with a cracking 40 break to steer the Spalding side to glory.
BSC D replace the Dons in second place following a battling 4-2 victory at Pyramid F.
Jason Green (O56) reeled off a 23 break for the Bourne boys, but wins from Martin Spencer (scr), Phil Spencer (O7) and Scott Dunham (R7) banked BSC four points.
A big 5-1 win from Pyramid A has also put them into the top three. Breaks of 20 from Brian Kendall (O14) and Norman Vaughan (O14) helped the Bourne side see off BSC A 5-1.
There were some other fine breaks in the top flight too, with Long Sutton B’s Carl Parnell (O42) leading the way. He notched 36 in a 4-2 success at Pyramid C and team mate Phil Goodman (O28) added 33.
Pyramid D’s Ian Clare (O7) chipped in with a cool 35 as well, helping his charges ease past Boundary B 5-1.
It was a relatively quiet week in Division Two, though.
Holbeach A stay seven points clear at the top after a 4-2 home win over Gosberton B, while high-flying Donington A and Holbeach D were both on winning form too.
The highlight at this level saw Boundary A’s Andy Mowforth (R7) make a 25 clearance as Consti F were swept aside 4-2. There was also a 24 break from Donington A’s Nigel Brasier (scr).