The last remaining unbeaten record in the Premier fell this week as Shootpool Snipers sprung one of the results of the season when they beat SP Blacks 7-5, and did it by coming back from behind several times as well. A near perfect frame from Andy Taylor gave SP Blacks a 1-0 lead, only for Ryan Englefield to equalise for Shootpool Snipers with a great clearance. SP Blacks then took a 3-1 through Adam Jackow and Peter Ward. But back to back wins for Mikie Gibson and then Vince King soon had the scores level at 3-3 at half time.
Sean Gourley and a second on the night for Andy Taylor gave SP Blacks their lead back after the break, as they went into a 5-3 lead. But incredibly, from there, Shootpool Snipers won every remaining frame to take the victory. The run started with James Connor, and his win was followed by Jack Mason making it 5-5. Vince King then made it two on the night for himself to take the lead for the first time, and the win was wrapped up by Richard Ilsley.
The above result turned out to be good for the leaders New Zealand "B", as coupled with their 7-5 against The Swan, leaves them two points clear at the top of the table. Luke Butler carried on his imperious form as he gave his side the usual 1-0 lead, only for Larry Baker to equalise. David Gray then made it 2-1, but New Zealand "B" were soon ahead when Ade Lansdown, Danny Amos and Paul Kanchanlall all won to leave their side 4-2 up at the break.
The second half started identically to the first. A win each for Luke Butler and David Gray, either side of a Larry Baker win for New Zealand "B" left the score at 5-4 to the away side. Brian Keeble and Jamie Whittaker then both won for New Zealand "B" to make sure of the win at 7-4. The final frame went to The Swan and Paul Mart, but it wasn't enough to avoid defeat in this match.
The big winners of the week this week were Shoot 8-Ball as they only dropped the one frame as they dominated in their 11-1 win against Shootpool 'A'. The first six was perfect for the home side, as Shelley McDermott, Gordon Sweeney, Wayne Thorne, Steve Dutton and Ian Dover all won as they coasted to 6-0 at half time.
Martin White won the solitary point for Shootpool 'A' in frame 7 to make it 6-1, but after that, it went back to win, win, win for Shoot 8-Ball. In this second half run, Trevor Lewis won first, and then Lars Bjart, Shelley McDermott, Ian Dover and Gordon Sweeney all won their second frames of the night.
Shootpool Sharks had a terrible start to blame for their narrow loss to New Zealand 'A'. Despite the close finish and the similaritit's between the two sides, the match started anything but close as New Zealand 'A' ran away with it at the beginning. The first five frames all went to the hosts, through wins for John McLernon, Jay Yerby, Tommy Gibson, Ben Rickard and Dennis Walton as New Zealand 'A' took a 5-0 lead.
Robin Meads then pulled one back for Shootpool Sharks, before James Chilton restored the five point lead for New Zealand 'A'. Joe Mcloughlin then made it 6-2, only for Jay Yerby to win his second straight after to give New Zealand 'A' the win at minimum. And the win was all they got, as Robert Mutch, Robin Meads and Kyle Wilks all won in the final frames to make sure the defeat was as small as possible at 7-5.
In the final game of the night, The Brick Slayers won 8-4 against bottom side Shootpool. Jason Hoff gave the hosts the early side, before Adrian Brenton equalised. Darren McGeorge and Neil Bartholomew then gave The Brick Slayers some breathing space at 3-1, but Shootpool pulled another one back through Mike Collins.
Andrew Holmes and Doug MacDonald then extended the home side's lead to 5-2, but again, Shootpool pulled the match back to close, as Mike Collins and Adrian Brenton both won to pull it back to 5-4. But The Brick Slayers finally pulled clear and won the match as they won the final three frames through Neil Bartholomew, Andrew Holmes and Steve Curran to win the match 8-4.
Fixtures Week 9
Table as it stands...
Bullets and Krazies both win 10-2, Nomads and White climb table, and Feathers record their first ever win as a team.
Posted: 17 January 2019 14:30
NZB win 9-3 and Blacks win 10-2 to open up gap down to third.
Posted: 07 January 2019 12:15
Daniel Englefield wins his final match 5-4 but waiting on other results before title confirmation.
Posted: 06 January 2019 21:00
Danny Mobey will take a 2 point lead over Ryan May into the final week.
Posted: 06 January 2019 20:45
Brick Slayers win 10-2 vs Roths, while The Yeoman make it 6 in a row by beating Blues 8-4..
Posted: 02 January 2019 17:30
Cotton Wheel Krazies and Nomads both win 8-4, while Bullets move 23 points clear.
Posted: 27 December 2018 10:30
There are sixteen matches still to play as Dom Perignon enters final week.
Posted: 27 December 2018 10:15
Arron Flanagan wins twice and ends the title challenges for both of his opponents.
Posted: 27 December 2018 10:00
New Zealand “B” won 7-5 in the battle for top spot in the Premier this week, beating closest rivals SP Blacks to move four points clear.
Posted: 12 December 2018 17:45
The Yeoman top Division 1 with 11-1 vs Daisy Dukes, moving a point clear of previous leaders The Brick Slayers, who drop to 2nd despite winning 7-5 against 3rd placed Shootpool Blues.
Posted: 12 December 2018 10:15
SP Bullets move 18 clear after beating The White Swan 8-4, and Dukes up to second after beating Cotton Wheel Krazies 8-4..
Posted: 11 December 2018 16:30
It's tight at the top of Asti with three players still in the title hunt.
Posted: 09 December 2018 15:15