Round-up of billiards action

There has been plenty of action around the billiard tables in local leagues.

Eastern Counties League: The Narbeck Boys’ League entered a side in this championship and saw their young side finish fourth in Division Three.

A 3-1 win over Bury St Edmunds B was their highlight, but several good individual performances marked the day, especially Dan Westwood’s close loss 158-154 to Cambridge B’s Keith Lloyd, who is a very experienced Cambridge League Division One player.

Also worth mentioning is Mat Duncalf’s two wins out of four games played and James Rix’s close win over Newmarket’s Richard Babcock 118-107.

Well done to all three players on taking a ‘dip into deeper waters’.

Norfolk Super League: West Norfolk travelled to Broadland and secured an excellent 3-2 win. Good wins for Les Chapman (over Ian Denis), with Les recording a season’s best 71 break ,and Graham Pettit (over Allen Cheetham). This leaves the team second in the league table.

Narbeck Boys’ League: Lynn Maltings lead Gaywood by 1.5 points, while West Acre A are third a further 4.5 points behind. However, as the rest of the league get their cancelled games re-played, the league title could still go to a number of sides.

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Individually there have been numerous good performances recently, with no less than 11 players improving on either their season’s best break or score. West Acre D’s Jack Howling deserves a big mention for his excellent break of 19 — the highest by a player under 14 years to date. Jack has only been playing since September and if he shows this level of improvement, he will be a very good player in a year or two.

Bruce Welham hit some very good form last week, recording breaks of 35, 40 and 55, this being the league’s highest break to date.

West Acre A team-mate Alex Ward hit a good match score of 140, while also that week Gaywood stalwarts Chris Drew and Dan Westwood recorded very good scores of 142 and 140 respectively.

Lynn Maltings’ Gary Morris upped his high score to an excellent 90, and hopefully will hit the magic 100 before the season’s end.

If he does, this he will help his team to be the only side in the league’s history who have had three players recording 100-plus scores at the season’s completion.

West Acre B’s Jack Easter improved his best score to a creditable 69. However there is much more in the tank for Jack and we are sure a 80-plus score is achievable this season.

Finally, congratulations to Narborough A’s Jazmin Cainey, who increased her personal best score and the league girls’ record to 106 two weeks ago.

Very well done to all the players on these excellent acheivements.

West Norfolk League: Narborough lead quite clearly from Downham Conservatives, who have slipped a little over the last month.

Some excellent individual performances and the return of one or two old friends from previous seasons has marked the last few fixtures.

Peter Crisp has been in very good form, recording two breaks of 46 and a new high score of 283, while team-mate Alan Durrant has also been playing well, recording breaks of 39 and 37 and a good score of 217.

Darren Noble made a very welcome return for Narborough and knocked in a good score and two 30-plus breaks — not bad after a two-year lay-off — while Colin Bean played for Gaywood B in his first outing for two years also.

Both Dan Westwood and Chris Drew recorded 200-plus scores, these being 218 and 210 respectively , as did Les Chapman with a fine return of 280 points.

Phil Welham’s 117 is the highest break to date, followed by John Hayhoe’s 70 and Les Chapman’s 51.

The league’s Open Championship this year should prove to be an excellent competition, with perhaps as many 12 players having a realistic chance of claiming the title.

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