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Seaton Legion Keep Their Top Four Play-Off Hopes Alive PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Paul Mostyn & Mark TattonSeaton Legion kept their top four play-off hopes alive in Division One of Cockermouth and District Snooker League.

A confident performance from the Legionnaires saw them overturn an earlier defeat at the hands of Senhouse B with an emphatic 5-1 victory.

Seaton’s Scott Messenger battled it out against Senhouse’s leading player Shaun Ayre I he opening frame.

An early lead, that was attributed to a 29 break from Ayre, saw the Senhouse player in control, but Messenger dug deep and with some fine safety play created the frame-winning chances required to prevail, 65-36.

Seaton’s Mark Tatton started the next frame slowly against Barrie Haigh but showing control throughout was able to put an end to his recent run of defeats with a solid 60-15 triumph.

The two team captains met in the third frame - Seaton’s county doubles semi finalist Paul Mostyn and Senhouse’s David Petrie.

The Senhouse player held his own against a player who is capable of beating anyone in the county on his day but by pulling out all the stops it was Mostyn who powered his way to victory.

The saying ‘beware the injured snooker player’ was to ring true in the next frame as the Legion’s Alan Evans was to take on Senhouse’s wounded warrior Neil Bower.

The Senhouse player, adopting an unusual style due to a recent operation that brings tears to everyone’s eyes when mentioned, played through the pain barrier as a friendly encounter developed.  

With lady luck not shining on Bower the signs looked ominous, however with a never say die attitude and a comfortable seat in waiting it was the Senhouse player who reduced the match score to 3-1 with a fine win.

Promising young Seaton player and Mostyn’s fellow county doubles partner Karl Newton was to take the table next against Senhouse’s Andy Aitken.

With both players carrying a similar attacking style an open contest developed but with the Seaton player producing the crisper potting of the two gladiators the match victory was assured.

In the final meeting of the evening Seaton veteran and anchor man Alan Cannan was to face Senhouse’s Simon Burns.

As Cannan has not been beaten in the league for two months he again showed what a rich vein of form he is in and by using his years of experience to full advantage was able to cement a 5-1 match victory.

The Railway club proved their title credentials and closed the gap on top team John Street with a devastating 6-0 win against bottom team Clifton Lions.

A black ball victory in the fourth frame of the evening for Railway’s Craig Davies against Keith Wilkinson proved to be the spring board team mates Barry Collins and Kevin Basnett needed.

With contributions of 30 from Collins and 40 from Basnett, who have incidentally only lost six games between them this season, the rout was complete.

Maryport Social A suffered defeat at the hands of home team Senhouse A, 4-2. This was Social’s second defeat in as many weeks and only their third of the season.

The signs had always looked worrying for Maryport side as Senhouse’s Michael Pratt overcame a difficult first frame draw against Ivor Messenger on the black from 40 points behind.

This was Division One’s leading player Messenger’s first loss this season and one that sees an end to his 19 game unbeaten run.

With any one of the top five teams still in with a chance of taking the Division Two title every week adds a little more pressure.

With Workington Legion taking on Glasson this was evident as with nerve jangling black ball wins for Legion’s Del Pears and Ian Torley against Ryan Barker and Craig Denwood respectively, the Legion side were able force a 5-1 win and retain their position at the top of the table.

Notable scoring contributions of the evening came in the shape of a 25 break from Eric McMullen and a 29 break from Legion leading player Mark Lavin.

Maryport Social B did their title hopes no harm with a confident display in beating Trades Hall 5-1. Ryan Ismay made breaks of 27 and 31 in his win.

Brigham could not take advantage of their home fixture with Flimby as a 3-3 draw was fought out.

The first semi final of the Individual KO was played this week with Railway Club’s County Singles semi finalist Kevin Basnett taking on

Maryport Social B’s star of the future Ryan Ismay.

With Basnett giving away 25 points start to his younger opponent this was always going to be a close contest and with a 3-2 win for the Railway player the match did not disappoint.

The greater experience of Basnett seemed to count for nothing as Ryan displayed great maturity with some fine safety play throughout. However with breaks of 72, 62, 49, 28 and 25 the Railwayman had just a little too much for his younger opponent on the night.

With the 7-a-Side Team KO also at the semi-final stage Division One team Senhouse A faced a tough encounter against Division Two title challengers Maryport Social B.

As the Division 1 side were faced with a home draw and only giving away 5 points start per frame their pre match favourite billing was definitely justified.

However, Maryport Social B’s Ryan Ismay started the match by comfortably defeating Michael Pratt with breaks of 25 and 33 and with confidence spread throughout the team a remarkable 4-0 win was achieved.


TABLES

Division 1

 

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Against

Points

1

John St.

19

15

1

3

80

34

80

2

Railway

20

13

4

3

80

40

80

3

Maryport Soc. A

20

13

4

3

76

44

76

4

Ellenborough

20

6

8

6

60

60

60

5

Seaton

20

4

8

8

54

66

54

6

Derwent A

19

6

5

8

53

61

53

7

Senhouse A

19

3

7

9

47

67

47

8

Senhouse B

19

3

6

10

47

67

47

9

Clifton

18

1

3

14

25

71

25

 

Division 2

 

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Against

Points

1

Workington Leg.

18

10

6

2

68

40

68

2

Maryport Soc. B

18

8

6

4

63

45

63

3

Station Rd.

17

8

7

2

61

41

61

4

Derwent B

17

6

9

2

59

43

59

5

Brigham

18

6

7

5

55

53

55

6

Glasson

18

3

6

9

43

65

43

7

Flimby

18

2

5

11

40

68

40

8

Trades Hall

18

3

4

11

37

71

37

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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