SNOOKER: Leaders feel the heat in title race

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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.