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Snooker: Champions Malton collapse to high-five Bootham
REIGNING champions Malton ‘A’ made a calamitous start to the defence of their York Conservative Clubs’ Carlsberg UK Snooker League title as they lost 5-2 to Bootham ‘B’.
The Ryedale side slipped 5-0 behind before winning the last two frames of the opening match.
Chris Dawson beat Simon Weatherill 85-35, Ian Robinson toppled Dominic Spiteri 76-38 and Paul Schorfield made it 3-0 with a black-ball victory before Ray Stamp outplayed Lee Taylor to win 85-46 and Matt Smith made it 5-0.
Andrew Sherry clawed one back for Malton on the black and Roger Ward made it 5-2.
Heworth ‘A’ enjoyed a storming 6-1 victory over Fulford ‘A’ thanks to wins by Mark Winskill (32 break), James Kilmartin, Nick Dyson, Clive Whyte (30 break), Gary Douglas and Kevin Gall against a reply by Simon England.
Acomb ‘A’ were 4-3 winners over their ‘B’ team.
The led 2-0 through Nick Marchant (30 break) and Jeff Brown, only for Lee Hanson and Jeff Winter to level.
Ian Gillies put the ‘B’ team 3-2 in front, but Paul Holmes and Gary Robinson won the last two games to snatch the win.
Fulford ‘B’ edged out Heworth ‘B’ 4-3 in a see-saw encounter.
Bob Smith gave Fulford the lead, but Darren Colledge and Andy Ireland hit back.
Fulford ‘B’ then moved 3-2 ahead with wins for Arthur Pegden and Andy Ogley and, although Chris Thomson levelled for Heworth ‘B’, Andy Warriner (37 break) provided the decisive victory.
Fulford ‘B’ followed up with a 5-2 defeat against Acomb ‘A’, whose frame winners were Marchant, Robinson, Trevor Ventress, Holmes and Phil Carlton.
After beating Malton, Bootham ‘B’ toppled Heworth ‘A’ 4-3 thanks to wins for Dawson, Smith, Stamp and Lionel Barnes.
Jason Milner, Neil Wood and Steve Burdett made the scoreline more respectable for Heworth.
Heworth ‘B’ were 6-1 victors over Bootham ‘A’.
They raced into a 4-0 lead through Roland Cox, Colledge, Mark Calpin and Vic Gamble and, although Chris Dower’s black-ball win got Bootham on the board, Thomson and Ireland wrapped up the result.
Fulford ‘A’ hit back from 2-0 down to beat Acomb ‘B’ 4-3.
James Lee and Terry Ward cancelled out Winter and Brian Henry’s two opening wins and Sam Wass put Fulford in front.
Andy Stone levelled but Alan Reed settled the match.
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