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  Summer 2022 week 10 match reports
by: Cocked-Hat, 31-07-2022 10:34 AM (#1)

Top four tussle in Elite League

Week ten of the South London & Kent Pool Alliance and the top four teams in the Elite League all faced each other, with six points separating them.

Sharks are currently in pole position and this week they faced the team in third, Terry’s Allstars.

This was an incredibly close game between two of the top sides in the league, with each set being won by the odd frame, 3-2.

The first set swung to and fro, with the first four frames being shared, sending it to a final frame decider, which Nick Steadman won to put Allstars, 3-2 ahead.

Eno Idiong levelled the match for Sharks, but Stacy Redman nudged Allstars back into the lead.

Bruno Silva and Rahat Munim took the next two frames to give Sharks the second set, tying the match in sets but putting them one frame ahead, 5-4.

Steadman won frame ten making it all square going into the final set however, he couldn’t make it three out of three, but Idiong could, to put Sharks one frame ahead again.

Silva also scored a hat-trick, giving Sharks a, 2-0 final set lead, needing just one frame from the last three for victory.

Paul Cook dragged Allstars back into the match with frame thirteen and Redman became the third player to score a hat-trick and send the match into a final frame decider.

Allstars’ Rob Taylor faced Munim from Sharks and it was Munim that held his nerve to give his side the 2-1 & 8-7 victory.

This result has increased Sharks lead over their opponents in third from five to seven points.

There was another tight match in the top division between The Cocked Hats in fourth and second placed Hotshots, with only three points between them.

Cocked Hats got off to a great start with George Taylor and Chris Hobbis winning the opening two frames.

Danny Kelliher and Neil Hall tied the match for Hotshots, before Richard Chapman won the deciding frame to put Hotshots in the lead, 3-2.

That rocked The Cocked Hats and they rallied with Shane O’Reilly joining Taylor and Hobbis in the winner’s corner to win the first three frames of the second set to take it and put them, 5-3 ahead overall.

Hall and Chapman both won their second frame of the night to level the match at one all in sets and five all in frames.

Ryan Francis, Tony Wilson and Kelliher made it five in a row for Hotshots to give them the final set, the match, and the bonus point.

The last two frames were shared, giving Hotshots a, 2-1 & 9-6 triumph.

As you would expect there was only one unbeaten player, Hotshots’ Chapman, who won all three of his frames.

Hotshots stay in second, three points behind Sharks, but Cocked Hats drop one place to fifth, with Pickwick joining them on 22 points, eight behind the league leaders however, Pickwick have two more victories.

This week Pickwick hosted bottom team Falconwood Club, still looking for their first win of the season and this was another week where they may reflect on what might have been.

Both teams exchanged frames in the first set but the Pickwick ran out 3-2 winners to take the first set.

Ian Stringer won frame six for Falconwood and then the away side had several chances to win frames which came and went.

In the seventh frame Jamie White was on course for a break and dish but rattled his last red from close range; frame eight saw Ross Webster have the first sight of the black and in frame nine Brett Crawley had two visits on the black, but alas Falconwood lost all three frames and the second set to trail, 6-3 overall.

They showed great character though to win five of the last six frames, which included good clearances by Stringer and White, to clinch the third set 4-1 and earn the bonus point with an overall, 8-7 frame win.

Picking up two points, Falconwood would have hoped to close the gap on New Eltham New Stars above them however, they had a great result against Bellegrove.

Although there was only one place between these two teams before this week, there was also eleven points, but this game was much closer than this suggests.

The first set swung both ways before Steve Pearce won the deciding frame of the set to give New Stars an early, 3-2 lead.

The second set was not as close, as Ben Worden, Dave Jandu, Steve Knight and Len McCullough made it five on the spin for New Stars, giving them a shock, 2-0 & 7-3 lead by the end of the second set.

Dan Heinink closed the gap to, 7-4 but Jandu secured the bonus point for New Stars.

They were now looking for maximum points, but Bellegrove won the last three frames to bring the score back to, 2-1 & 8-7 to earn a point.

Although the bottom three haven’t changed places, there are now three points between Falconwood and New Stars and nine points separating them and Bellegrove, with Cocked Hats just three points ahead of Bellegrove.

After reporting last week that top of Tier Two East, Bears were the only team to have an unbeaten record, it must have put a jinx on them, as they lost to third place Bellegrove Flyers this week.

It was a close game that could have gone either way, as each set was won, 3-2 to give Flyers a, 3-0 & 9-6 triumph.

As a result, Bears have dropped to second because Duke of Northumberland beat Bell Ya Later, 3-0 & 12-3 to leapfrog Bears by only one point, with Flyers five points behind Bears in third.

Bell Ya Later stay in seventh but Hurricane Hustlers open up a four point gap over them, after they scored maximum points with a, 3-0 & 10-5 victory over Bexleyheath Working Men’s Club.

Hurricanes were looking to build on last week’s victory, and they were aided by an apologetic Bexleyheath side turning up with just three players.

However, the three Bexleyheath boys battled hard, with Dave Faulkes and Tony Hodsdon winning their frames in the first set making it, 2-2 going into the deciding fifth frame.

Michelle Brown played Steve Redout in a very nervy frame, where both had chances to win, with Redout going in off trying to pot the black, and then unluckily the black also dropped, to hand Brown the win and Hurricanes the set, 3-2.

The second set was slightly easier for Hurricanes taking it, 4-1 with the only thorn in Hurricanes’ side being Faulkes securing his second frame.

It was, 2-0 & 7-3 going into the third set, but with the two forfeit frames Hurricanes had already secured the bonus point, then Joe Kane won the first frame of the set to effectively win the match.

Once again though Bexleyheath battled back through Hodsdon and Faulkes, who completed an accomplished hat-trick.

Joining the unbeaten Faulkes was Hurricanes’ Kevin England scoring an unbeaten brace and teammate Kane, who also recorded a hat-trick.

Hurricanes took all the spoils, but the score didn’t reflect how tough the match was and who knows what the score could have been if Bexleyheath had a full team and credit has to go to them for their battling attitude.

The final game of the division was a mid-table clash, as fifth placed Eltham Terrace Rack Pack hosted Rugrats in fourth, with one point between them and Rugrats started well, with Dylan Suggars winning the opening frame.

However, Rack Pack dominated from there on, winning the next nine frames on the spin, to not only take the first two sets but also secure the bonus point before the start of the third set.

Suggars won his second frame of the night with frame eleven and Aaron Shephard gave Rugrats their third frame win, to give them a, 2-0 lead in the final set.

Andy Mounger and Tony Frost tied the set for Rack Pack with their hat-trick winning frames, to send the set into a deciding frame, which Pat Firth took to give Rugrats the set and a point.

The 2-1 & 11-4 triumph was enough for Rack Pack to leapfrog their opponents into fourth by just one point.

In SLKPA Tier Two West three of the matches were between teams next to each other in the table, with the top two, the bottom two and fourth and fifth facing each other.

The bottom two teams met this week, as Farmhouse hosted Downham Tavern Terrors, with nine points between them, but Tom Bowden got Terrors off to a good start winning the first frame.

However, that would be the only frame they would win in the first set, as Farmhouse took the next four frames for a, 4-1 lead.

Nick Brown and John Denahy made that, 6-1 with the first two frames of the second set.

Charlie Martin and Pete Davis levelled the set for the Terrors, sending it into a deciding frame, which Steve Carpenter won to give Farmhouse a, 2-0 & 7-3 lead.

Farmhouse were looking at one frame for the bonus point, but Terrors were fighting, and Bowden, Dean Parish and Martin won the first three frames of the set to take it and give their team at least a point.

Denahy won the penultimate frame to give his team the bonus point, before John Hatfield took the last frame for Terrors, making the final score a respectable, 2-1 & 8-7.

Denahy was the only unbeaten player, winning all three of his frames.

Terrors are still winless at the bottom however; they will feel they are getting close to their first victory after this result.

At the top of the table second placed Bellegrove A played Eltham Terrace Nuthouse in pole position and the first set was as close as you would expect, with the first four frames being shared.

Shane Hutley took the deciding frame to give Nuthouse the first set, 3-2.

Paul Williams pulled one back for Bellegrove, but Nuthouse started to pull away with Dave Sparey, Hutley, Paul Doherty and Trevor Biggs winning the next four frames to give their team a, 2-0 & 7-3 lead.

Jon Syta made it five in a row to secure the bonus point for Nuthouse, before Williams pulled another back for Bellegrove.

It wasn’t to be Bellegrove’s night though, as Nuthouse won the last three frames for a, 3-0 & 11-4 victory and maximum points against their nearest rivals.

Despite the large margin of victory there was only two unbeaten players, Hutley and Biggs, who both scored hat-tricks.

This result extends Nuthouse’s lead at the top to nine points, but it is no longer over Bellegrove, as New Eltham New Boys beat Gun Pit, 3-0 & 13-2 to overtake them by one more match won.

Fifth placed Fox & Hounds faced Academicals in fourth with only one point separating them, so this was always going to be close.

The first set didn’t disappoint, with the first four frames being shared, before Melissa Barnes won the deciding frame to put Fox, 3-2 ahead.

The second set started in the same vein, with each team winning one of the first two frames.

However, Barnes kickstarted a run of three frames on the trot, with Glen Ward and Kerry Wyatt also winning to give Fox a, 2-0 & 7-3 lead.

Gary Mason and Chris Gaunt made that, 7-5 with the first two frames of the third set, before Ward won his third frame of the night to remain unbeaten and secure the bonus point for Fox.

Barnes scored a personal hat-trick to send the set into a deciding frame, which Dean Williams won to make the final score, 2-1 & 9-6 and give Academicals a point.

This score was enough for Fox to overtake Academicals into fourth place by just one point.

For more information on the SLKPA, including league tables visit our website at or contact our Secretary, Paul Gafa on 07443 456662 or with any queries.

The league is always looking at potential sponsors and any interested parties can also contact Paul Gafa.
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RE: Summer 2022 week 10 match reports
by: Cocked-Hat, 02-08-2022 03:28 PM (#2)

First relegation place decided

With three weeks left of the South London & Kent Pool Alliance summer season the first team to be relegated from the Elite League has been decided.

The bottom two, New Eltham New Stars and Falconwood faced each other this week with only three points between them however, there were fifteen points between Falconwood at the bottom and safety.

Falconwood didn’t help themselves in the basement battle by only having four players and New Stars piled on the pressure by winning the first three frames, including the bye, for the first set.

Brett Crawley got Falconwood’s first frame on the board to prevent the set whitewash, before Steve Pearce took the fifth frame to give New Stars a, 4-1 first set lead.

Luke Matthews pulled one back for Falconwood, but the bye restored New Stars three frame advantage.

Steve Knight extended that lead to, 6-2 before Paul Baker halved it to tie the set at two all.

Pearce won the deciding frame to give his team a, 2-0 & 7-3 lead going into the final set.

In the last set, Falconwood left the bye until the last frame, so they needed to win three of the first four frames to get a point however, Knight took the first frame to ensure the bonus point for New Stars.

Matthews got Falconwood back on track for the point, but Paul Carroll won frame thirteen to quash any chance of Falconwood scoring a much-needed point.

Baker won the last frame played to make the final score, 3-0 & 10-5 which unfortunately for Falconwood was enough to relegate them.

Pearce was the only unbeaten player, winning all three of his frames.

Not only are Falconwood rooted to the bottom, seven points behind their opponents, but they have been relegated without winning a match, let’s hope they can pick up a victory in the last three games.

Sitting third from bottom, in the last relegation spot and nine points ahead of New Stars were Bellegrove and they had a tough match this week against title chasing Terry’s Allstars in third.

Bellegrove’s task was made even more difficult by only having four players and Allstars made the most of it by taking the first two frames including the bye.

Barry Barham pulled one back for Bellegrove but Allstars were ruthless winning the next eleven frames, before Bellegrove Captain Barham won the last frame for an overall, 3-0 & 13-2 score.

Barham was hoping for a bit more help from his teammates, after winning both of his team’s frames and they did have chances in almost every frame however, they couldn’t finish the frames off and got punished, as frame after frame slipped away.

Allstars were rampant with five unbeaten players; Derek Power and Paul Cook both winning their only frame, Richie Mitchell scored a brace, and Stacy Redman recorded a hat-trick, with Phil O’Kane also winning all three frames, but he didn’t have to pick up his cue, as he was randomly given all three byes.

Allstars keep the pressure on Sharks and Hotshots at the top, whereas Bellegrove are now only five points ahead of New Stars and two points away from The Cocked Hats and safety from relegation.

Cocked Hats travelled to league leaders Sharks this week, hoping to pull away from the bottom three, but it wasn’t to be, as Sharks were the victors, 3-0 & 11-4.

Just above Cocked Hats, in fourth are Pickwick and they travelled to second placed Hotshots this week.

Before this match there was only two places and five points between the teams and this closeness was epitomised in the first set with, Ryan Francis and Tony Wilson winning the first two frames for Hotshots and Paul Gafa and Ian Chapman the next two for Pickwick.

The deciding frame went to Neil Hall to give Hotshots the first set, 3-2.

The second set started in the same fashion, with Francis and Wilson taking the first two frames, but this time Danny Kelliher got the better of Gafa with a break and dish in frame eight to give them the set and a, 6-2 lead.

Jamie Davis prevented the set whitewash, before Hall made it, 4-1 in the set and 7-3 overall.

Hotshots only needed one more frame for the bonus point, but they had to wait until frame twelve to achieve it, when Francis secured his hat-trick in style with an unbelievable clearance, which included two monster doubles.

Hotshots were now, 8-4 ahead and looking to power on for maximum points however, Pickwick had other ideas and Paul Dawson, Davis and Martin Storey won the last three frames to give their team the set and a much-deserved point.

Hotshots had control of the match, but Pickwick’s regroup in the final set earned them a respectable overall score of, 2-1 & 8-7.

Pickwick may be in fourth, seven points behind their opponents, but they still need to look over their shoulder, as Bellegrove are only two places and four points behind, with Cocked Hats sandwiched between them and one point behind Pickwick.

Despite relegating Falconwood this week, it looks like New Stars will be joining them, as they are still eight points away from safety, with a maximum of twelve points to play for.

Falconwood are now the only team in the league without a win, as Tier Two West’s Downham Tavern Terrors pulled off a shock, 2-1 & 8-7 triumph over third placed Bellegrove A.

I reported last week that Terrors felt close to their first victory after narrowly losing, 2-1 & 8-7 and they achieved it this week however, the match did go down to a very nervy final frame decider.

Despite the loss, Bellegrove did have two unbeaten players, Jack Taylor and Peter Moult, who both won all three frames.

Bellegrove stay in third on the same points as New Eltham New Boys, after their match with Fox & Hounds this week.

This was a very close and tense match where the points were shared, as Fox won the match, 2-1 in sets, but New Boys won the bonus point, scoring 8-7 in frames.

Joining New Boys and Bellegrove on 23 points are Academicals, despite losing 2-1 & 8-7 to Farmhouse.

The only thing separating the three teams are the number of wins, with New Boys on seven, Bellegrove on six, and Academicals on five, and Fox & Hounds aren’t far behind, two points to be precise.

Unfortunately, Gun Pit have had to pull out, messing with this division however, Eltham Terrace Nuthouse would still be in pole position and are currently eleven points clear at the top, leaving the next four teams to battle it out for the play-off spot.

The tussle at the top of Tier Two East got even more exciting this week, as after losing their first match last week, Bears have now lost two in a row, after going down to Rugrats this week.

This was a very close game with each set being won by the odd frame, 3-2.

Fifth placed Rugrats shocked the Bears with Dylan Suggars and Scott Foley winning the first two frames, but Gary Mason and Dean James levelled the score.

The deciding frame of the set went to Shane Burnett to give Bears the first set, 3-2.

The second set swung one way then the other, with the first four frames being shared however, Burnett couldn’t drag Bears over the line this time, instead it went to Pat Firth to tie the match.

One all in sets and five all in frames, so all to play for and Suggars nudged Rugrats back into the lead with frame eleven.

Paul Cobbold once again brought the scores level however, Steve Gibson and Ashley Hewson won the next two frames to give Rugrats the set, the victory and the bonus point.

Burnett took the last frame to make the final score, 2-1 & 8-7.

The victory was even more sweet for Rugrats, as they had the only unbeaten players, with Suggars winning all three of his frames and Hewson scoring a brace.

Rugrats go up one place to fourth, seven points behind their opponents, who stay in second, but Duke of Northumberland have opened up a three point lead over Bears, after their victory this week.

Duke hosted Eltham Terrace Rack Pack in fourth and it was a good match that was ultimately decided by the second set.

The first and third sets were extremely close, with Duke grabbing the first, 3-2 having trailed 2-1, and Rack Pack won the final set, 3-2 after Duke had pulled it back from, 2-0 down to force a decider.

However, the second set was the key in deciding the match with Duke whitewashing it, 5-0 for an overall, 2-1 & 10-5 result.

Paul Clements and John Cochrane ended with unbeaten hat-tricks for Duke.

Bellegrove Flyers have closed the gap between them and Bears from five points to two after their victory over Hurricane Hustlers this week.

Jason Brunton and Keith Smith were the inspiration behind their, 3-0 & 10-5 victory, and they were backed up by Alan Boltwood, who won two of his three frames.

The bottom two teams faced each other, as Bexleyheath Working Men’s Club hosted Bell Ya Later, with the latter narrowly winning, 2-1 & 8-7 to go ten points ahead of their opponents and one point behind Hustlers.

This division is still quite open, with three points separating the top two and eight points between the next four teams.

For more information on the SLKPA, including league tables visit our website at or contact our Secretary, Paul Gafa on 07443 456662 or with any queries.

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