SNOOKER: Cue magician Gray defies the odds again

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Masterful Mark Gray made a stunning 113 break en-route to an amazing frame success in Spalding and District Snooker League Division Two last week.

The Bourne SC A star, who plays off a huge O98 handicap, gave Whittlesey B’s Pam Slaughter (R21) a massive 119 start in the final frame of Bourne’s 5-1 win.

Former professional Gray then set about one of his trademark breaks, looking on-course for a 140 before snookering himself on the yellow after potting a black.

He recovered to win 137-119, helping his side close the gap on leaders Consti F to seven points with a game in hand.

That’s after the table-toppers were stunned 5-1 at Pyramid D, thanks to wins from Marcus Hamilton (O35), Peter Jackson (R7), Jimmy Sharpe (O42) and Lee Davies (O14).

Services B are two points further back in third, having edged out Consti H.

Alan Hansard (scr) grabbed a crucial black-ball win for Services in the finale.

Elsewhere, there was a fine 25 clearance from Sam Craft (R14) in Gosberton B’s 6-0 win over Whittlesey C.

Up in Division One, Tulips B hold a three-point lead following their 4-2 triumph over Sutton D. A 22 finish from Joe Garland (scr) helped them along their way.

Second-placed Pyramid B, who have a game in hand, also collected four points. They saw off hosts Holbeach D after Dave Pearson (O14) won a black-ball final frame against Neil Grant (R14).

Tulips A rediscovered some form as they handed Holbeach C a 5-1 reverse. Steve Chick (O42) was the star of the show with a 62 break.

Towards the foot, Sevices E earned a timely 4-2 win at Consti B in a game that saw Chris Dunmore (O21) make a 22 clearance.

In Division Three, meanwhile, Holbeach B continue to look a good bet for the title.

They dispatched Gosberton C 5-1 and are seven points ahead of Gosberton A, who saw off Donington D 4-2 in a match that saw Lee Watson (O7)make a 20 break.

The performance of the week in the third tier cam from Sevices D, who crushed Gosberton D 6-0.

Marcus Pell (O21) was unlucky to be on the losing side after making a fine 41 break.