It's the 2nd time the current league leaders pop down to Erith Snooker to play the D team.. Could we repeat an overturn again?
Captain decided to mix up the 1st player this week. Sherwood got the nod. He was on fire last week potting anything on the table in practice, and said he liked playing first. so he got his chance.
Sherwood v JK first which was going to be a quick fire game as both like to pot balls, and both can do that well. Sherwood potted confidently and managed to take the game.
Next up Captain Pinkie v Phil. Another break for Oak as they won both tosses so far. Phil potted on break and took out a few more but failed on one down the rail. Table looked tight and not an easy clearance but Pinkie was on fire! no luck needed here, he didn't miss a shot or position and cleared on his first visit. A captains performance to lead the troops.
Mop up next and another loss of the toss so Dave Avery got to break. My god the Oak were having some luck with the tossing! Dave got the first chance to get to the black. He left himself a simple pot on his last colour but position to get to the black wasn't easy. white came of 4 cushion to leave no direct pot of black. it left a long double which was close but didn't go in. Mop had simple clearance to win which he did to make 3-0
Very good start to the match for Erith. No luck we just took out the finish when we could.
Blasters next playing current leader of Ranking Mark Hill. Blaster up to break. Finally some luck on toss and we get to break! Blaster potted and got control of table. Went for yellows and broke down after a couple of pots. Mark slowly turn the tide of the table by covering a vital pocket, and got to go for clearance first. Mark cleared reds but left a long'ish black. He failed to pot this black leaving a tough looking finish for Blaster, with pressure of black hanging over pocket. Blaster potted first 2 well and left a long yellow to basically win. *BANG blastered into pocked at speed. Game to blaster 4:0
4:0 what's going on here!
Rat v Clements was another good clash. Rat got first chance to go for game. He missed one yellow ball, but it came of 2 cushions and went in different pocket! What an amazing bit of luck!!! Could he capitalise on it? .. No. I'm afraid not. He tried a plant on last 2 yellows which failed. This left a very inviting finish for Clements who took out his colours with ease. But again position on black wasn't good. Left a tough pot which rattled and almost got potted with white knocking into it. Rat took out his colours and simple black to make it 5!
OSW up next who is joint leader with Mark in ranking playing JC. Tight'ish table with a few balls tucked up after break. But somehow and I looked and thought it didn't go, OSW played a 3 ball carom which opened up the whole frame for him which he promptly dispatched! Nicely done and no fluke..
Bang 6:0 all singles won!
Doubles next. Bit of a scrappy one and memory is failing me. But I do remember seeing Pinkie pulling off a tough finish to take the frame. 2 very good finishes for the Captain
Mop/Sherwood v Dave/JC. Avery breaks again and pots and on for dish. He leaves tough yellow on rail to last. Get to it but doesn't pot it and leaves it over pocket. Mop up and gets out tough ball for red and leaves snooker in good old Rules style pla. Tough snooker, only escape is a full ball swerve for JC who does produce a quality shot, pots yellow and leaves long black. He misses this leaving Shwerwood and inviting table to clear. Declines snooker option and goes for it, but fails. Leaves a perfect double black for Avery. Which he promptly takes and pots to cheers from the Oak team in relief I think!
Last frame could of gone either way. Oak had first good chance but again rattle the black. A snooker and failed escape leaves Rat with 2 and clearance. Saves 2 for last red on rail. But he doesn't get it out well and fails to pot it on second visit, Last frame to Oak.
Result: 7:2 win! Again we topple the leaders @ Erith Snooker. Last time we swapped the leaders as Oak took the reins. This time we get to hold top spot jointly with Halfway as they smashed a 8:1 win v our sister team Erith A. 7:2 a justified scoreline for tonights match? I think so. We pulled off some very clinical finishes, Pinkie, OSW and Blaster to name 3. Yes Oak had chances in frames. But is it us being lucky they rattled these blacks or bad play by Oak? My view: I don't think we were lucky.. 6 games to go. All to play for now.. Lets play pool....
For mini clip fans.... Erith snooker have just been awarded
10th league win in a row :)