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​Sunday 26th January 2020
Jenny Lind derby produces a cracker

Report by Andy Ellison

In the most significant contest ever between the two Jenny Lind sides with leadership of the Hastings Bar Billiards League up for grabs, Jenny A's Denis Cole faced B  team's Ian Hicks in the first. After both players opened tentatively, Ian’s 1100 handicap advantage proved to be main difference and he secured the win. The A sides's new player Lynne Truslove started problematically against Jez Horsler and  the match was decided by his impressive 5000 opening break meaning that Jez ran out a convincing winner giving the B team a 2-0 lead. Jenny A's Nick Speight faced B team captain Alex Reardon and Nick’s opening break of 5000 was sufficient to overcome Alex’s handicap advantage and to ensure that the A team were on the board. After the break Andrew Lipscombe faced Steve Astley, in what was initially a very tight encounter. However Steve went on to win by 2500, giving the B team a 3-1 winning lead. Finally Jenny A skipper Ray Norton faced Andy Horsler.  Ray scored nearly 1400 in an opening break, Andy and Ray then swapped low scoring breaks until the bar fell with Ray slightly behind, but a late break and a final ball 100 saw him home and gave the match result as Jenny A 2 - Jenny B 3 and the lead in the table to Jenny B.

 

Ashburnham Arms are still looking for a win after entertaining Nags Head A. Ash went ahead in the most fortunate of circumstances when Jamie Minihane lost a break of  10590 with only two minutes to go, leaving Dave Pearce to notch a break of 1400 to claim the win. The visitors levelled the match as Clive Minihane established a 3000 lead and added two 1000 breaks to claim a clear win. Chris Haynes put Nags A ahead as Ash experienced the bad luck this time. Chris built a 3000 lead but Dave White fought back to within 1000 and was on course for the win when a peg intervened to hand the frame to Chris. Ash skipper Sandy Harmer levelled things at 2-2 as he overcame Clive Minihane thanks to a  4000 break scored late in  the frame. The final frame was a re-run of the first but this time Jamie learned his lesson and kept his 10540 break-off shot to claim the win for himself and the 3-2 result for his side.

Old King John seemed influenced by their previous week's heavy defeat and made a very slow start at Nags Head B.. Alec Pope for Nags B built a steady lead in the first to score 6390 in beating Andy Ellison and Chris Southouse belied his lack of experience to defeat Nigel Doe in the second. Nags B skipper Colin Southouse lost a large break but still had time to overcome a handicap deficit of 7800, record a total of 9450 and claim the win that gave Nags B a 3-0 lead. However after the break OKJ finally shook themselves into action with Chris Lamb hitting 6280 in the fourth and Mark Bailey dominating the final frame with 7520 to restrict Nags B to a 3-2 success.   

Hastings Inter-league side were overwhelmed by a very experienced Worthing B team and only Jamie Minihane could live with the opposition, but he did so in some style, recording a personal best total of 19420 in claiming the sole success for Hastings as Worthing went home with a 6-1 victory.

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​Monday 20th January 2020
Hastings given lesson by Worthing B

Hastings Interleague side were blown away on Sunday as they lost at home to division two side Worthing B 6-1. The visitors raced in to a 2-0 lead as Chris Haynes and Clive Minihane lost close games, Mick Osborne was given literally no chance as Paul Barnett scored a fantastic 14.480 to put the visitors 3-0 ahead. Hastings captain Jamie Minihane scored his personal best with a superb 19,420 to give the home side a glimmer of hope but all hopes were dashed as Sandy Harmer, Dave Pearce and Alex Reardon couldn't make their chances pay as Worthing B deservedly won the game 6-1.

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​Monday 20th January 2020
Jenny Lind B go top in week five

Report by Andy Ellison

Leaders Old King John came back down to earth with an enormous crash on their visit to Jenny Lind A in the Hastings Bar Billiards League. In the opener the home team's Denis Cole began with a 2000 break removing Garry Tomlin''s  handicap advantage and more, and when Gary returned he scored only small breaks before coming off. Denis scored consistently and secured the first frame by 2000. Second for Jenny B was Nick Speight against away team captain Andy Ellison, Nick's opening break was sufficient to clear Andy's handicap advantage, scoring 3800. The deficit proved impossible to overcome and Nick rolled out an eventual easy winner by 4000 points. Andrew Lipscombe kept his scores in the third for Jenny B whilst Andy Eldridge for OKJ lost points through hitting pegs. Andrew won by the amount of his handicap advantage of 1600. With the match victory assured at 3-0, home captain Ray Norton faced Chris Lamb. Ray's handicap advantage and an 800 plus opening break did not seem to faze Chris who amassed a 2500 break only for a peg to tumble. Ray continued to score and built a winning total of 4840. Last home player was newcomer Lynne Truslove pitched against experienced Mark Bailey for OKJ. However Lynne completed her first ever league victory 3140 to 1360 completing the home team's 5-0 success.

Jenny Lind B took over at the top of the table thanks to a 3-2 success at Ashburnham Arms. Sandy Harmer took the first for Ash with a 5800 break and another of 1200 helping him to overcome a handicap deficit against Ian Hicks. Alex Reardon then stepped up for Jenny B to notch his first ever 2000 break and claim a win over Mick Osborne. Dave Pearce was on form for Ash with two 1000 breaks in the third to put the home side into a 2-1 interval lead but Jez and Andy Horsler came good for Jenny B once again with wins in the final two frames, both against the luckless Dave White that turned the match on it's head and saw Jenny B reach top spot.

The Nags Head Derby produced some high scoring, sometimes from unexpected sources. Fred Pope took the first for Nags B with 4620 but Chris Haynes bettered this in his winning response for the A team with 7610. The third frame provided the battle between the two skippers but not the outcome that might have been expected. After an early error by B team's Colin Southouse, youngster Jamie Minihane produced a break of 12050 and a smaller follow-up to hit a record total of 18050 in winning for Nags A. Peter Payne stepped up to notch a sound 7950 in levelling things for Nags B in the fourth frame but Chris Haynes returned to claim a win with an excellent 11070 in the final game and claim the 3-2 match success for Nags A on a night that saw a total of 56000 points scored by the two teams.   

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​Saturday 11th January 2020
OKJ and Jenny B take lead in week four

Report by Andy Ellison

Old King John established a 4 point lead as the Challis Chalice Competition of the Hastings Bar Billiards League resumed after the Christmas break. Chris Lamb shook off some initial rustiness including a 4-time break-shot to notch a 3000 break, see off visiting Ashburnham Arms skipper Sandy Harmer and record a good win. Fellow OKJ stalwarts Andy Ellison with 7430 and Nigel Doe with 6220 took inspiration from the opener, both hitting 3000 breaks as the basis of their performances which gave the hosts a 3-0 interval lead. Dave White made a welcome return for the visitors but he came up against an unrelenting Mark Bailey who claimed the win that increased home advantage. Ash were not to be denied a consolation though as Dave Pearce made the most of his second outing to restrict OKJ to  a 4-1 success.

Jenny Lind B consolidated second place with a good home victory against Nags Head A. Clive Minihane took the first for Nags A but Jenny B were not disheartened and hit back with a run of three winning frames. Brothers Andy and Jez Horsler provided the two victories that put Jenny B ahead and then Steve Astley recorded the success that gave them the winning position with a score that would have given him the win without his handicap advantage. However Jamie Minihane stepped up for Nags A to record 7070 as the highest of the night to keep the winning total to 3-2 to Jenny B. 

Nags Head B returned to winning ways with a 4-1 success over visitors Jenny Lind A. Alec Pope topped and tailed the match for Nags B with two wins and skipper Colin Southouse was on dominant form as he hit a total of 14000 in his win. Peter Payne added a fourth frame for Nags A thanks to his 6730 total. Andrew Lipscombe replied with a win for Jenny B to avoid the whitewash and keep up an interest in the League for his side who occupy third spot in the table.

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​Sunday 22nd December 2019
3-2's all round in week three

Report by Andy Ellison

In Week Three Ashburnham Arms met Jenny Lind A with skipper Sandy Harmer pitted against against Jenny A captain Ray Norton, who had a sizeable 6400 handicap advantage and first break. Ray made the most of the break and scored 1500 leaving Sandy with over 8000 to chase, and he started well with the highest break of the night of 4400. However despite another sizeable break Sandy was unable to catch up and Ray took the frame. Dave Pearce met Andrew Lipscombe in the second, Dave scored a 2000 plus break  whilst Andrew managed only small scores so Dave won by 2000. In the third game Mick Osborne met the Jenny's new player, Lynne Truslove. Taking advantage of her 3400 handicap advantage Lynne started confidently and kept her scores. Mick edged into the lead after the bar had gone and won by 110. After the break the next frame saw the return of Mick Osborne against Nick Speight. Nick opened the game impressively but lost a good break, however towards the end of the game Nick notched a 1500 break to claim the victory. The deciding game saw Dave Pearce return against Denis Cole with a 1300 advantage, but this was effectively wiped out as Denis posted a 3300 break. Both players scored well but Denis won convincingly by 3000, leaving the match score as Ash 2 Jenny A 3 with Jenny A remaining unbeaten. 

Another tight match played out as Nags Head A entertained Old King John.The home side were quick out of the traps as Jamie Minihane continued his remarkable run of high scoring with a break of 10100 and a personal best of 15350 in the opener. Chris Haynes followed this for Nags A with two 3000 breaks in his winning score of 8240. OKJ managed to get their evening on track a little earlier than the previous week though as Mark Bailey claimed the third against unlucky newcomer Pete Wright. Garry Tomlin levelled things for OKJ as he denied Chris Haynes attempts at a second win and Andy Ellison claimed the 3-2 success for the visitors as he prevented Pete from claiming a debut win with a narrow success so giving OKJ the lead in the table going into the Christmas break. 

Jenny Lind B are only 2 points behind though as they recorded their second successive victory, this time against visitors Nags Head B. Skipper Colin Southouse was on the ball again for Naqs B with 11890 in the opener but Jenny B fought back as Andy Horsler used his slight handicap advantage to claim the second for Jenny B with 6090. Alec Pope restored Nags B's advantage with a close-fought win over Ian Hicks in the third but Jenny B were not to be denied as Alex Reardon and finally Jez Horsler claimed the wins that gave the home side a precious 3-2 victory.

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​Tuesday 17th December 2019
Hastings record back to back wins in Interleague

The Hastings interleague team got their season back on track with back to back wins.  On Sunday 8th they beat Lewes at home 4-3.  Chris Haynes left it late to defeat Colin Southouse, Mick Osborne won against the break and Jamie Minihane recorded his new PB with a superb score of 16,030, Sandy Harmer won the final game of the night to secure the wins.

Hastings then entertained division two side Redhill B who sat top of their division unbeaten but that was to end as Hastings put in a stellar performance to win the game 5-2.  Chris 'Alistair Cook' Haynes put Hastings ahead, Mick Osborne again won against the break to give Hastings hope.  Jamie Minihane racked up 12,000 to give Hastings a 3-1 lead and landlord Clive Minihane won against the break to ensure the win and Sandy Harmer applied the gloss as he won the final game of the night to give Hastings a superb 5-2 win and now only two points off top of the table.  

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​Tuesday 17th December 2019
OKJ go top despite defeat

The Old King John went top of the Challis Chalice table despite losing at home to the Jenny Lind B 3-2, this was aided by all the other games being postponed this week.  There was wins for Vince Cottingham who was making his debut in the league and he was backed up by Steve Astley and Jez Horsler who put the visitors in a 3-0 lead, the two Andy's made sure the Old King John went top of the table as Andy Ellison and Andy Eldridge put in high scoring performances to win the final two games of the night.

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Sunday 8th December 2019
Challis Chalice league gets underway

Report by Andy Ellison

Starting the second half of the season in the Hastings Bar Billiards League's handicap competition named in honour of the late Jenny Lind landlord, Keith (KC) Challis with a match between the two Jenny Lind teams seemed quite apt.

The draw pitched Jenny B captain Alex Reardon against Jenny A skipper Ray Norton. Both players started confidently and the scores were level at the midway point, but the frame then started to be more tentative. Alex was in the lead by a few hundred when the bar dropped, Ray had a chance to clear up to win but was unable to overcome Alex's lead. Next up was Steve Astley for Jenny B against Denis Cole who had a 2000 handicap to overcome  A low scoring opening by Steve was met by a 2000 break by Denis which levelled the scores. Consistent scoring by each player kept things tight as Denis lost a 2000 break before scoring enough to hold on for the win for Jenny A. Nadja Herten for Jenny B and Andrew Lipscome stepped up for frame 3 and Andrew's opening 1000 break was the difference between the two players as Nadja lost more points than she retained, so Andrew's win put Jenny A ahead by 2-1. After the break Nick Speight  recorded a 4000 break to take the frame and match for Jenny A against a luckless Andy Horsler. The final frame pitted Ian Hicks for Jenny B against the returning Denis Cole, and the players were evenly matched with consistent 1000 breaks on each side. The pivotal moment came as Ian lost a 2000 break which seemed to spur Denis on, but Ian maintained his composure to hold on and win by 1000. An excellent evening was completed, and the A team gained an unexpected 3-2 victory against an improving B side.

Ashburnham Arms started the handicap season with a 3-2 win at Nags Head B. Ash skipper Sandy Harmer fought back from a 5600 deficit against Liz Wilkinson to claim the win with two 3000 breaks. Dave Pearce increased the visitors lead with success against a luckless Kell Wilkinson and Mick Osborne won the match for Ash as he saw off Chris Haynes in the third. However home skipper Jamie Minihane produced the performance of the night as he amassed a 12020 break to make light of a 5200 deficit against Dave Pearce.. Chris Haynes won the last game of the night in a rematch against Mick Osborne, showing more of his true form with a 3000 break in the win that made the score 3-2 to the visitors.

Regular season champions Nags Head B set out at Old King John as they had left off in the earlier competition. Skipper Colin Southouse made nonsense of a 3400 deficit by launching into a record-breaking total of 15090 with a break of 7260 included, by far the highest total ever recorded at the venue. The home side were not daunted by this display though and Dave Froude took the next without needing to utilise his handicap advantage against Alec Pope. Chris Lamb, next up for OKJ, overcame a 1130 deficit to record 5920 in defeating Fred Pope and Mark Bailey was well ahead when Peter Payne hit the black peg at the end of the frame meaning that the home side had a winning 3-1 lead. OKJ skipper Andy Ellison rounded off the evening for the home side and took the score to 4-1 with a 3000 break and a total of 4660 against the luckless Fred Pope who lost a 2000 break with a peg when challenging for the lead.

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Monday 2nd December 2019
Nags Head B win the winter league

Report by Andy Ellison

St. Leonards side Nags Head B claimed their first-ever Hastings Bar Billiards League title as they overcame co-residents Nags Head A this week. Nags B nerves were jangling as Peter Payne's excellent 5080 in the first was surpassed by Nags A skipper Jamie Minihane's 5640 to leave Peter with the highest losing total of the season! The anxiety for Nags B was eased as Fred Pope with 4760 and Colin Southouse with 9760 nudged them into a 2-1 interval lead. Clive Minihane levelled the scores on the night with 7620 for Nags A but Peter Payne showed no reaction to his earlier loss and returned in the final frame with 6940 to take the match for Nags B by 3-2 and effectively claim the title.

Ashburnham Arms title hopes went up in smoke as they visited Jenny Lind B who produced a masterclass to defeat the title hopefuls by 4-1. On the night  Alex Reardon, Steve Astley and Jez Horsler produced their league personal best totals to earn the victory for the home side. Nadia Herten put the home side ahead against a luckless Mick Osborne, Mick was ahead early on but Nadia came back to level the scores, Mick went for a ball in the middle of the table and hit the black peg with just minutes left. Captain Sandy Harmer was the only winner for the visitors as he came from behind to beat Ian Hicks who put in a good performance to keep the game competitive. Alex Reardon put the home side back in front with two 1000 plus breaks in his game to see off Dave Pearce. The home side won the decisive frame as Steve Astley produced a fine performance to beat Mick Osborne, Steve recorded a 1500 break and two 1000 breaks to give Jenny B the win. The best for the home side was left until last as Jez Horsler started with a 4000 break, added a 1200 break to end up with the highest score of the night for the home side with 6870,  seeing Jenny Lind B through to a deserved 4-1 win and helping them end the season on a high.

This reverse for Ash meant that Old King John were able to come through on the rails and claim the runners-up spot. Stand-in skipper Andy Eldridge left himself out of the line-up for OKJ but his selection provided their best result of the season with a 4-1 success over Jenny Lind A. Mark Bailey won a tight first frame for the home side and Chris Lamb added the second with the evening's best of 5650. With OKJ on a roll, Nigel Doe took the next with 3380 and it took all of the resolve of Nick Speight to claim a win in the fourth for Jenny A. Garry Tomlin wasn't to be denied though and he sealed the 4-1 win for OKJ with a last frame success. This is the half-way point in the League's season and the teams now begin the Challis Chalice Handicap competition with all players receiving a handicap based on their totals in the regular season.

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Friday 22nd November 2019
Title race close going in to final week

Report by Andy Ellison

Nags Head A suffered a little vertigo as their position at the summit of the Hastings Bar Billiards League led to a wobble in the League's penultimate week. Colin Southouse's team experienced only their second defeat of the season when they visited Jenny Lind A. Colin pulled his team level with 11890 in the second frame after Denis Cole had kept up his excellent form with 4710 in an opening frame success. Peter Payne was also on the mark for the leaders with a winning total of 3690 but Alec Pope could not repeat his heroics of the previous week as he met Nick Speight in two encounters. Nick dominated both games on his home table and although Alec fought well he could not match Nick's scores of 4240 and 3690 meaning that Jenny A claimed a notable scalp with a 3-2 victory.

This meant that Ashburnham Arms were able to narrow the gap at the top to 4 points after their 3-2 success over visitors Old King John, although this was not achieved without a little anxiety of it's own. All began smoothly for Ash as Mick Osborne with 5560 and Skipper Sandy Harmer with the evening's best of 11450 put the home side into a comfortable 2-0 lead. Andy Ellison pulled one back for the visitors with 7040 and team-mate Mark Bailey looked good in the next with a lead as the bar fell. However a peg shot put the game in jeopardy and Dave Pearce kept his cool to claim the frame with a last ball 200 shot. This event proved pivotal as Garry Tomlin kept up his good run of form for OKJ as he kept plugging away and overtook Mick Osborne's total to restrict Ash to the 3-2 winning scoreline.

Another close match was played out between Nags Head A who entertained Jenny Lind B. Chris Haynes posted 7840 in claiming the first and Skipper Jamie Minihane outscored him with 12040 to set up a strong position for the home side. However as in most games in the League this season there was a fightback and a close finish to the evening. Alex Reardon and Steve Astley settled to their games for Jenny B and claimed wins that brought the scores level at 2-2. At the death  the experience of Nags landlord Clive Minihane was crucial as in the decider his  score of 9830 was enough to ensure a home win by 3-2. All is up for grabs as the teams complete their fixtures this week. 

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Friday 22nd November 2019
Hastings close to shock win

The Hastings interleague team came close to a shock win away to Horsham on Sunday.  The task ahead was already a tough one playing away to a team in the division above and was made worse as Hastings only managed to play with six players.  Captain Jamie Minihane put in a captains performance to put the visitors ahead but the home side flexed their muscles as they won the next three games with two being against the break that ensured the victory with the last game already awarded to the home side.  Clive Minihane and Sandy Harmer won the final two games of the night which made the result 4-3 to the home side, Hastings were left wondering what could've been if they had seven players but can hold their heads high after a valiant performance against a far stronger team than any they currently face in division three.

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Wednesday 20th November 2019
Nags B take lead at top of the table

Report by Andy Ellison

Although officially a bye week in the Hastings Bar Billiards League,the catch-up games played may well prove to be pivotal in the outcome of the League. Ashburnham Arms title hopes took another huge hit with a 3-2 defeat away to the Nags Head A. In the battle of the captains in the first game Nags A's Jamie Minihane took revenge over Sandy Harmer for his defeat earlier in the season. Sandy pegged his first break and Jamie made him pay with a 9100 break. Jamie added another 3000 break near the end of the game to ensure a victory with a magnificent total of 12590. Mick Osborne got the visitors level with a narrow victory over Gareth Dell. The scores were close throughout until the bar went when Mick managed a few hundred to give himself breathing space and took the game. The Nags Head A took the lead as Clive Minihane beat Dave Pearce in the third, the players were close early on but Clive scored a 3000 break and kept adding despite Dave's valiant efforts to come back. The home side confirmed the victory as Chris Haynes beat Dave Pearce, playing his second game of the night. Chris was in the lead throughout the game but Dave wasn't rewarded for another good performance. The Ashburnham pulled it back to 3-2 as captain Sandy Harmer played his second game of the night with a win over Chris Haynes. Sandy got in an early lead and kept it all the way through including a 3000 break to ensure the visitors took four points on the night.

Nags Head B also had a difficult evening but ended as clear leaders of the table. Their match began according to form as Colin Southouse recorded 8250 to claim the first frame. Jenny A fought back immediately though as Nick Speight  took the second with 4430 and Andrew Lipscombe followed that with 3180 in a dogged performance that gave Jenny A  a 2-1 lead. With Nags A's League leadership under threat, Alec Pope found himself faced with the task of playing the final two frames and he proved to be up for the task.Without hitting the heights in scoring terms, Alec claimed both frames to give his side the 3-2 scoreline that brought the points that give Nags B a comfortable 8 point advantage at the top of the table with two matches left to play.  

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Sunday 10th November 2019
Four points separate top three after week 8 

Report by Andy Ellison

In the Hastings Bar Billiards League this week Nags Head B regained top spot after claiming their first whitewash of the season when they entertained Jenny Lind B. Fred Pope was back to form for Nags A and took the first with 4830 having recovered from a 2000 deficit as he took on Ian Hicks. Son Alec outscored him in the second with 5370 in his successful outing  and skipper Colin Southouse drove home the advantage for Nags B with two 4000 breaks in his total of 10900, the best of the night by far. Another slow start saw Peter Payne trailing but  he pulled it back to win with 4630 and Fred Pope returned to round off a successful evening for Nags B with a score of 6060 enough to ensure the 5-0 win. 

At Jenny Lind A captain Ray Norton was pitted against visiting Ashburnham Arms skipper Sandy Harmer. After an encouraging opening Ray's performance  tailed off as he lost a 1000 break whilst Sandy forged ahead with two substantial breaks and finished with 6600, the highest overall score of the match.  In the second frame Denis Cole met Dave Pearce, in their now regular encounter. Denis built a score through a number of small breaks and held on to win comfortably. In the frame before the break, Mick Osborne took on Andrew Lipscombe, and Mick had clearly upset the bar billiards gods as his first few visits to the table resulted in plenty of scoring followed by a fallen peg or foul leaving him a good 2000 behind a consistently scoring Andrew. When Mick did manage to get into the frame it was too late to catch up.  The second half of the evening saw Ray Norton against Mick Osborne, who overcame his earlier demons and opened with the highest break of the day of 4200, which saw him an easy winner of the frame. The final frame between Andrew Lipscombe and Dave Pearce saw the scores ebb and flow with each player taking a small lead in turn until Andrew managed to get ahead by 300 as the bar fell, and Dave was unable to catch up, so giving Jenny A a 3-2 victory and a blow to Ash's hopes of holding on to their title. 

Old King John retained their interest in the outcome of the League thanks to a hard-fought victory over visitors Nags Head A. Andy Eldridge won a low scoring opening encounter with Chris Haynes where both players conceded more points than they retained. Skipper Andy Ellison did better in winning the next for OKJ with a 3000 break in his season's personal best of 6170. Opposing captain Jamie Minihane responded for Nags A in the third frame with his 5590 proving too much for in-form Nigel Doe. However Chris Lamb sealed the match for OKJ with his 4950 putting the hosts into a 3-1 lead. Gareth Dell dug in for Nags A with a final frame win that kept the margin of victory to 3-2 to OKJ.

These results mean that Nags Head B lead the League by 2 points from Old King John with a game in hand. Ashburnham Arms remain the leading challengers, 4 points down on Nags A but having played the same number of games. Now a blank week in the schedule allows for postponed games to be played.

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Saturday 2nd November 2019
Nags B lose unbeaten start

Report by Andy Ellison

In the Hastings Bar Billiards League  Ashburnham Arms ended the Nags Head B's unbeaten run and went top of the table with a  3-2 win in a very tight encounter. The highlight of the night was provided by Colin Southouse who recorded a season's new highest away break of 10060. The night started well for the home side as captain Sandy Harmer hit a 4000 break to beat Fred Pope, but the visitors got on the board as Peter Payne saw off a determined Dave Pearce. Peter got an early 3000 break, Dave fought back but his efforts were thwarted as Peter kept on scoring and a late 1000 break made sure of the win. Mick Osborne came back from an opening 3000 break from Alex Pope to win in the tightest game of the night, Mick chased the opening break down with two 1000 breaks and then a 3000 break to put the Ash 2-1 ahead. Colin Southouse started slowly against Dave White but Colin put in a sublime performance with his 10060 break to draw the game level. Dave Pearce and Fred Pope played the last game of the night in the decider. Fred got an early lead but Dave managed two 1000 breaks to take a good lead to win the final game of the night and the 3-2 overall success for Ash was the outcome.

At Nags Head A the home side took an early 2-0 lead against visitors Jenny Lind A. Chris Haynes started with a 4500 break and built up to a total of 6030 in claiming the first whilst landlord Clive Minihane bettered that score with a winning 7030 in the second. Nick Speight pulled a frame back for Jenny B against the luckless Liz Wilkinson and Liz was matched against Denis Cole in her second visit so facing Jenny's two most experienced players. Denis prevailed but Chris Haynes returned for Nags A to record 5640 and claim his second win and provide for the 3-2 victory for Nags A. 

As in so many games this season the meeting of Jenny B and Old King John ended in the same 3-2 scoreline. Garry Tomlin was on the ball again with a win in the first for OKJ. Hosts Jenny B replied immediately as Alex Reardon claimed a victory with a solid-scoring performance and Jez Horsler built on this for his team with 3920 in the third frame to give Jenny B a 2-1 interval lead.  Ian Hicks was very unlucky in the next, almost matching the high score for his team but coming up against in-form Nigel Doe who put OKJ level with a 4880 total. Ian showed up well in his second game too but met another strong performance from an OKJ player, this time it was Chris Lamb who posted 5360 as the best total of the night to turn the game in favour of OKJ by 3-2.

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Saturday 2nd November 2019
Hastings lose in Interleague

Hastings' losing start to the interleague campaign continued last week as they went down 5-2 away to a strong Brighton C team.  Chris Haynes and Fred Pope were the winners for the visitors with Fred top scoring with 4300 against the break.  The Jenny Lind B duo Steve Astley and Alex Reardon put in strong performances that were unfortunate to not produce a win.

 

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Sunday 27th October 2019
Nags B remain unbeaten in week 6

Report by Andy Ellison

Unbeaten Nags Head B held on to their record after the tightest of battles with visitors Old King John in the Hastings Bar Billiards League this week. The home side's position looked under threat as first of all Mark Bailey and then Andy Ellison stepped up to put OKJ into a 2-0 lead with similar steady scoring in both games on the away table. The third frame proved crucial as Garry Tomlin took an early lead for OKJ but Alec Pope settled into his game in the mid-frame period and recorded a good 2000 break putting him just out of reach of Garry's late flourish. Skipper Colin Southouse produced his usual dominant performance in claiming the fourth frame for Nags B with a total of 6940. However even he seemed influenced by the tense atmosphere and was unable to construct a meaningful break. With the scores balanced at 2-2 Alec Pope returned to the table for Nags B to settle the nerves for his side with a winning total of 4270 completing the comeback and preserving the unbeaten record. 

The Ashburnham Arms continued their good form as they saw off the Nags Head A 4-1. Sean Croft came in to the Nags Head lineup and put in a good performance against Dave White, but unfortunately for Sean, despite maintaining parity in the first half of the game' Dave got a 1000 break to secure the win. Two of the highest scorers in the league met in the second game as Sandy Harmer played Jamie Minihane, but it wasn't the high scoring game many expected instead it was a game riddled with mistakes. Sandy kept a small lead throughout the game to put the home side 2-0 ahead. Chris Haynes was the shining light of the evening as he won the third frame for the Nags Head A with a superb 8920 opening break to give Mick Osborne no chance of winning. Dave Pearce secured the win for the home side as he won the fourth and fifth games of the night. Firstly he easily beat Jamie Minihane with three separate 1000 breaks then he went on to beat Sean Croft in the fifth game to give the Ashburnham Arms a 4-1 win.

The internal derby at Jenny Lind was resolved in favour of Jenny Lind A by a 4-1 margin. Denis Cole was the outstanding performer for Jenny A as he topped and tailed the evening with clear wins in the first and final games. Andrew Lipscombe had given Jenny A a 2-0 lead in the second frame whilst Nick Speight took the closest contest of the night with his 4240 giving him a narrow victory over Alex Reardon. It was left to Ian Hicks to claim the consolation win for Jenny B so avoiding a whitewash. 

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Important Dates for January 20

CHALLIS CHALICE TROPHY

8th January

Nags Head B 4-1 Jenny Lind A

Old King John 4-1 Ashburnham Arms

Jenny Lind B 3-2 Nags Head A

15th January

Nags Head A 3-2 Nags Head B

Ashburnham Arms 2-3 Jenny Lind B

Jenny Lind A 5-0 Old King John

19th January

Sussex Interleague Division Three

Played at the Nags Head

Hastings 1-6 Worthing B

22nd January

Nags Head B 3-2 Old King John

Jenny Lind A 2-3 Jenny Lind B

Ashburnham Arms 2-3 Nags Head A

29th January

Ashburnham Arms v Nags Head B

Nags Head A v Jenny Lind A

Jenny Lind B v Old King John