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Winter 22-23 week 3 match reports
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  Winter 22-23 week 3 match reports
by: Cocked-Hat, 31-10-2022 05:14 PM (#1)

Terrors top Division Two

After three weeks of the South London & Kent Pool Alliance the top of the second division has an unfamiliar look, with one of the newest teams, Downham Tavern Terrors sitting at the top.

Terrors went to the more experienced Bell Ya Later and came away with a, 10-5 triumph to leave them second from bottom.

This has given Terrors a four-point lead over Academicals in second.

They faced Farmhouse this week and both teams were unbeaten after playing one match, so something had to give.

Academicals just had the edge winning, 9-6 to keep up their unbeaten record, with New Eltham New Boys the only other unbeaten team in the division not playing this week and sitting in fourth, one point behind Academicals.

Bexleyheath Working Men’s Club are in the unfamiliar lofty heights of third, after their second victory of the season over the newest team, The Con Men.

Their narrow, 8-7 triumph puts them in third, on the same points as Academicals, whereas The Con Men are winless and rock bottom however, after this result their first win should be just around the corner.

It is early days, but this division looks like being highly competitive, as only ten points separate all seven teams, whereas the other two divisions have more than twenty points between top and bottom.

Terry’s Allstars are obviously the team to beat in SLKPA Division One and are one of just two unbeaten teams after three matches in the division.

This week they hosted Eltham Terrae Rack Pack, and It looked like it was going to be a long night for them when Stacy Redman, Phil O’Kane, Tony Halpin and Craig Malinder won the first four frames, before Shaun Hammond prevented the set whitewash.

The second set started in similar fashion, with Richie Mitchell, Paul Cook and Tony Stork winning the first three frames.

This time Hammond prevented the set whitewash in the fourth frame of the set.

Mallinder won frame ten to give Allstars the victory before the third set started.

However, there was no hang up from Allstars, again taking the first three frames of the set, before Hammond saved Rack Pack’s blushes with his hat-trick.

O’Kane took the last frame to give Allstars a, 4-1 victory in each set for an overall, 12-3 triumph.

Hammond was the only player to win three frames, but Allstars had six unbeaten players on the night, with Redman, O’Kane, Halpin, Mallinder and Stork all scoring a brace and Mitchell won his only frame.

The other unbeaten team in the division are Duke of Northumberland and they are six points behind Allstars after beating Bellegrove Flyers, 9-6 this week.

No one really took a firm hold on the game, with it being close going into the final set and the pressure was on, with the odd mistake and poor shot selection creeping in for both sides.

There is some real quality in this division and Flyers should be one of the fancied teams however, they are winless after two games, sitting in fifth, nineteen points behind their opponents.

Another six points behind Duke are another fancied team, Eltham Terrace Nuthouse and they hosted bottom of the table Fox & Hounds this week.

Fox & Hounds bad start to the season continued, as Trevor Biggs and Shane Hutley won the opening two frames for Nuthouse, before Alan Dolan pulled one back for Fox.

However, that would be their only frame this set, as Leighton Aston and Jon Syta took the last two frames of the set for a, 4-1 first set lead.

Fox fought back in the second set, with Tom Wyatt and Mel Barnes taking the first two frames to bring them back to, 4-3.

But Biggs and Hutley won the next two frames to restore Nuthouse’s three frame lead.

Fox’s Captain, Kerry Wyatt won frame ten to give her side the set and make the score, 6-4 going into the final set.

Unfortunately for Fox that would be the last frame they would win on the night, as Nuthouse went onto whitewash the final set for an overall, 11-4 score line.

Nuthouse’s opening pair, Biggs and Hutley set the tone for the evening, winning all three of their frames and Aston was also unbeaten with two frame wins.

Bears didn’t have a league game this week, but they did manage to fit in their Founders Cup match against Nuthouse, but it wasn’t good for them, as Nuthouse made it two wins in a week, with an, 8-4 triumph to progress to the next round.

In the SLKPA Premier Division one of the four unbeaten teams lost their 100% record and another, Sharks had their game against The Cocked Hats postponed.

Bellegrove lost their record, but it was against fellow unbeaten side, Bull Tavern, who just edged this confrontation, 8-7.

That single frame made all the difference, as that is what splits them in the table, with Bull Tavern in second and Bellegrove third.

Hotshots have created a four-point lead at the top of the table after beating winless Pickwick in eighth, 12-3.

It was a great game between the two sides which saw a tight first set, with Hotshots narrowly taking it, 3-2, after a dish from a dry break by Tony Wilson in frame five.

The first frame of the second set was a rematch of the first, with Hotshots’ Ryan Francis facing Paul Dawson and it had the same outcome, Dawson winning to bring Pickwick level.

However, that sparked Hotshots into action, winning the remaining four frames of the set to take a, 7-3 lead.

This included Richard taking the Chapman derby against Ian after beating him in the opening two sets.

Francis opened his account in frame eleven to put his team, 8-3 ahead, giving them the match.

Danny Kelleher took out a superb finish for his hat-trick, extending Hotshots lead to, 9-3.

Frame thirteen was a scrappy frame between two players that were unbeaten, Richard Chapman and Dawson, with Chapman taking it to put his team into double figures.

Wilson joined Chapman and Kelleher on hat-tricks and Neil Hall also ended unbeaten, winning both his frames after beating namesake Ash Hall in the final frame to make it nine frames on the spin for Hotshots.

This result leaves Pickwick bottom of the table, replacing Bellegrove A, who picked up their first win of the season against Rugrats, who were also looking for their first victory.

Bellegrove got off to a good start, sharing the first four frames, before Jack Taylor won the set decider to give his team a, 3-2 lead.

The second set went even better for them, moving swiftly to a,4-1 set victory to put them on the hill at, 7-3.

They had to wait until frame twelve, when Captain John Skuza got them over the line and they went onto win the set, 3-2 for an overall, 10-5 triumph.

It was a great team effort from Bellegrove, with Taylor, Paul Williams and Stephen Marsters all winning two of their three frames.

Bellegrove have lifted themselves to eighth, one point behind their opponents.

Sandwiched between Bellegrove A and Pickwick are Falconwood Club, who are also winless after losing, 10-5 to New Eltham New Stars, riding high in fourth after their second win of the season.

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

The league is always looking at potential sponsors and any interested parties can also contact Paul Gafa.
 
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