Weekly Report - 20th Sept '17
With thanks to Andy Ellison

In another topsy-turvy  week in the Hastings Bar Billiards League the away teams dominated again. Jenny Lind A bounced back from last week's home whitewash to record a 4-1 away victory at Ashburnham Arms. Taking advantage of the postponement of Nags Head A against leaders Old King John, Denis Cole and Nick Speight with the night's best score of 6450 quickly put Jenny A into a 2-0 lead. Dave White recorded the only win of the evening for Ash as Andrew Lipscombe and Phil Roberts stepped up to secure the last two frames for Jenny A and take top spot in the League.

Tom Palmer looked to be bucking the trend as he took the first game for home side Jenny Lind B facing Nags Head B.

 However this proved the only success for the home team as stalwarts Peter Payne and Fred Pope were on song for Nags B. Colin Southouse restored the old order with wins in his two games to give his team's season a real boost with the 4-1 result in Nags B's favour.

Weekly Report - 13th Sept '17
With thanks to Andy Ellison
Weekly Report - 6th Sept '17
With thanks to Andy Ellison

The new season got under way in the Hastings Bar Billiards League with holders Old King John laying down a marker with an emphatic 5-0 home win against Nags Head B. Skipper Andy Eldridge set a good example with a win in the first game. Teammates Mark Bailey, Chris Lamb and Nigel Doe drove home the advantage and Andy Ellison secured the 5-0 result with 6790 as the best score of the night. No clear lead was established however as Jenny Lind A matched the 5-0 scoreline in their encounter with the Jenny B side. Victories came from Nick Speight, Andrew Lipscombe, Billy Skinner and Phil Roberts before captain Ray Norton recorded the best total of the evening with 3150. Skipper Sandy Harmer was another to inspire his team with a 5000  break in the first game, securing a clear win for his Ashburnham Arms A team who visited Nags Head A. Dave White doubled the lead for Ash A and Mick Osborne recorded efficient wins in both of his games. With his Ashburnham E side no longer active, Chris Haynes has moved to Nags A and recorded the home team's sole success of the night as Ash A settled for the 4-1 away win. See this week's results at the link below.

Home advantage is usually a good indicator of success in Bar Billiards.

However this week in the Hastings Bar Billiards League the key performances came from the away teams. Leading the way was Nags Head A who bounced back from a home defeat to record a 5-0 away win at Jenny Lind A. New recruit Chris Haynes led the way again for Nags A with 5860 and he was well-supported by regulars Ray Roberts, Clive Minihane and Steve Featherstone whilst debutante Gareth Dell ensured the 5-0 victory. Ashburnham Arms completed their second successive away win on their visit to Nags Head B. Ash were quick out of the traps with Mick Osborne and Dave White recording the early successes.

Ash Skipper Sandy Harmer hit 5000 to win the needle match against opposing captain and fellow Hastings A player Colin Southouse and give his team a vital 3-0 lead. Nags B were not finished though, and came back strongly after the break as guest player Jamie Minihane with 5360 and Peter Payne ensured that the winning margin for Ash was limited to 3-2. Jenny Lind B looked likely to continue the away team winning trend as they raced into a 2-0 lead at Old King John. Tom Palmer and Les Thomas were the winners for Jenny B but the leaders were stung into a response and Chris Lamb with 4140 and Andy Eldridge brought the scores level. It was left to Andy Ellison to squeeze home by the narrowest of margins in the deciding frame against unlucky debutante Ian Hicks to ensure the 3-2 win for OKJ.

Weekly Report - 19th April
With thanks to Andy Ellison

Following last week's surprises the Handicap Competition in the Hastings Bar Billiards League League returned to the more usual close encounters this time. With leaders Old King John inactive, Jenny Lind A edged into the lead in the table despite a 3-2 defeat at Nags Head A. Jamie Minihane and Steve McGill were the reliable early winners for Nags A but Jenny A replied through Billy Skinner and Andrew Lipscombe to ramp up the tension. Ray Roberts kept his head to win the final frame and bring up the 3-2 home victory, laying down Nags A's own challenge as they move into third place.

Nags Head B kept their interest alive too with a 3-2 victory at Jenny Lind B, largely thanks to the Pope family. Dad Fred continued his run of form with two wins and son Alec followed his example with success on a rare appearance. However host Linda Challis was on form for Jenny B with two wins as well to ensure another 3-2 outcome.

There was a similar scoreline at the meeting of the two Ashburnham Arms teams.  This clash saw the night's best scoring with Sandy Harmer starting with a winning total of 9110 for Ash A. Dave Pearce added a second win but Peter Payne's 5400 was just enough to see him home for Ash E in the third game. Dave White's winning 6420 was enough to clinch success for Ash A but Gareth Dell's last frame win for Ash E saw the final score kept to 3-2 for Ash A.