In the absence of captain Charlie Peel, who was topping up his autumn tan in Malta, Jim Smith took over the coveted top job. Up first for the reigning champions was Damian Coates versus Mick Haynes. Coates, who had lost both of his previous league games this season was looking to rediscover some form and, after already sinking three pints of Kronenburg, was in defiant mood! Damian started well, tapping up with a 5,500 break. Mick responded right back by getting the break back but missed early giving Damian another opportunity which he took. He finished with an impressive 11,390. Mick on the other hand did not enjoy his walk of shame to the bar to buy Damian his first victory drink of the season. Game 2 was a battle of two big guns Andy Chambers vs Matin Atwill. With at least 120 years of Bar Billiards experience this match was covered by Sky Sports and you could tell both players were struggling in front of the cameras. With the game tied at 2,000 to 2,500 (!) Andy got the break back with three minutes to go and finished off Martin with a 3k break. 2-0 to the Cons. On paper Stew Greenaway was an overwhelming favourite against Dawn but, in a tight game, Stew only just came out on top by less than 700. Had Dawn not lost a break of 830 mid way through the game the result could have been very different. Next up was stand-in captain Jim Smith. Jim started with a magnificent 3,500 break against Mick (who was deployed again via the 4 man rule). Mick again struggled with Rushden’s super fast and level table and, once again, was sent to the bar to buy even more victory beverages. The final game saw ‘The Machine’ Chambers once again only this time he was up against Ted Dunkley. In all honesty it is hard to recall this game as it all went in a flash, however the final scores read 3,200 to 2,280 in favour of the Silver Machine. A great result for the Cons followed up with some Chicken Balls with sweet and sour sauce – direct from Damo’s microwave!!
|31st October 2016||8:30 pm||Winter League||Winter 2016/17|
KO KO FT