SNOOKER: Scalps highlight young duo’s rise

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Two Donington teenagers lit up Spalding and District Snooker League last week with impressive wins in 
Division One.

Sam Major (Donington A) and Ben Wrigglesworth (Donington C) are rated as “the future of the league” by match secretary Susan Lefley – and they showed just why.

Boston Grammar School student Major, who only turned 17 yesterday, took the impressive scalp of Sean Swinburn (O49) as his side went down 5-1 to Long Sutton A.

The O7 handicapper, who also plays cricket for the men’s team in Boston and rugby at under-17 level, was the only winner for his side.

Scratch player Wrigglesworth, who is also 17 and attends Spalding Grammar School, defeated Pyramid F star Spencer Dawkins (O49) 91-68.

Captain of the county under-18 pool team, Wrigglesworth’s win guided his high-flying team to a 4-2 home success.

On the two young guns, Susan added: “Both boys have had a great season – beating some of the top Division One players. They are both respected players and are a credit to our league.”

Best break in the top flight last week came from Holbeach A’s Mark Hubbard (O14), who pocketed a cool 38 in a 4-2 win at Services E.

In the second tier, Boundary B recorded a timely 6-0 win over Consti I to keep themselves in pole position for the title. A fine 35 clearance from Dan Smith (O14) set them on their way in the opening frame.

Services A kept themselves bang in the hunt with a 4-2 victory at Holbeach C though, as Jason Rose (O7) and Pete Mullane (O14) starred with breaks of 26 apiece.

Meanwhile, Bourne SC A continue to limp towards the Division Three title.

The leaders suffered a fifth 4-2 loss on the trot as Holbeach B upset them 4-2, despite Mark Gray (O98) making his customary 58 break.

Third-placed Whittlesey B are perhaps best-placed to catch them after they knocked off Services B 4-2.

They are eight points behind with two games in hand, with Bourne having just one game left to play.

Consti E are closing on the Division Four crown after a big 5-1 win over Services D, which sends them nine points clear with two games to go.

But Pyramid B’s hopes of a top two finish took a big hit as Long Sutton C returned to form in fine style.

Gavin Shinkin (R14), Dan Mayfield (O14), Mark Dennis (scr) and David Lefley (scr) all won in a 5-1 Sutton success.