FREEZINg temperatures didn’t stop Bilton CC ‘A’ taking a giant step towards the Blackcat Developments Pool League Division One title, writes Allan Toole.
They destroyed nearest rivals Beagle gold 8-3 in scintillating fashion. The Bilton boys found themselves 2-1 down, but as the old story goes the cream always raises to the top.
Ben Hodgson, Danny Carter (with a 7 baller) and Ally Galton took out the next three frames to leave their side 4-2 up after the singles.
Hodgson and James Bradley then teamed up to win the first doubles to make the game safe before captain Phil Robinson and Ally Galton rubbed more salt into the defending champions’ wounds making it 6-2.
A mere consolation frame was all the Beagle had to play for and a rare mistake from Bilton’s Loz Chappell handed them the frame.
That result now leaves Bilton a massive 17 points clear with just over half the season remaining and surely the silverware come April.
Nash Nomads have nosed their way up the table with some big wins over the past few weeks and this week that run was extended with a 9-2 demolition of The Rail, Kev Murrell and Mike Readman the chief destroyers.
The Alex scored a hard fought 7-4 win at Hammerain Hustle to move up a couple of places with a game in hand on several of the teams above them.
Beagle Juice won just their second game of the season as they came past Bilton CC ‘B’ 8-3 after solid performances from Mike Daniels and Adi Hartley.
Empress moved off the bottom of the table with an 8-3 win away at Beagle Wonders. Tim Paul, Gareth Middleton, Jason Hodgson and Mark Robinson all won their singles for the Empress with just the Sadler brothers Mark and Jason scoring the Beagle’s points.
The top two sides in Division Two both suffered surprise defeats.
Leaders Manhattan cues were blown away by Harlowgata Mavericks who raced into a 5-0 lead before being pegged back in the final four frames, eventually losing 7-4.
The same score was achieved by HHWMC ‘A’ against Oats supreme who still find themselves 8 points adrift but with a game in hand on the Manhattan.
Bilton Reunited took advantage of the top 2 slipping up as they beat HHWMC ‘B 7-4 in a nail biter that went down to the final frame of doubles.
Nash Lampoons also had a 7-4 against the inconsistent Harlow Inn ‘A’.
It was obviously a 7-4 night as the final game in Division Two also went to a 7-4. Oatlands ‘A’ were the victors over Regency riot squad who now find themselves in a relegation battle.
Bilton WMC are the new leaders of Division Three after they posted a 9-2 win against The Wonder.
Harlow Muppets were awarded an 8-0 walkover as surprise, surprise Tree ‘B’ failed to show up again.
Beagle Basteads are getting closer to the top 2 and an 8-3 win for them at Tree ‘A’ has seen them close the gap at the top to just four points with a game in hand.
Rich Hunter and his Sherwood team had a comfy 8-3 win at Regency ‘B’ to move up to the top half of the table. Manhattan Mayhem look to have put to bed any chance Trades ‘A’ had of promotion with a 7-4 win.
Harlow Gators beat pub rivals Harlowgata 8-3 to keep their grip at the top of the league in Division Four. They now lead the way by 13 points.
The Devonshire remain in second spot despite suffering an 8-3 defeat at the hands of Atlanta.
Matt Dodds making his debut for Atlanta started the night and his win was quickly followed up by Carl Milner and Chris Harrison.
A slight wobble followed before Atlanta’s doubles players got their act together winning the remaining three games to secure the win. Harlow Inn dogs huffed and puffed their way past Skipton ‘B’ 7-4 to stay third.
Bilton Misfits beat basement boys Oakbeck ‘A’ 8-3 thanks to youngster Sam Pimblett winning his first away singles game.
Old heads Mick Dickinson and Rob Davidson also managed singles wins for Bilton.
A new wand made the difference for Greyhounds Davy King who inspired his team to a 7-4 victory over Oakbeck ‘B’.