Champ Korbin on form in Billiards Scratch Cup

First published in Sport

In the Test Valley Billiard League’s KRL Electrical sponsored Scratch Cup there were plenty of high breaks.

Reigning champion Korbin Lowe scored a 40 and 26 to end Ian Hares’ chance of a place in the semi-finals although he scored a 32 and 28 break himself.

Nigel Horne showed how the young guns do it by scoring 20, 21 and 24 breaks in his defeat of his father Colin and Dean Turner made two 20 breaks in his defeat of Mottisfont’s Ernie Jackson and will have to wait to see who he plays in the semi’s from the postponed match between Lee Ayers and Richard Stevens.

In the JP Kitchen Fitting sponsored league matches Chilbolton’s Dean Turner got the home side off to a great start beating Wherwell’s Peter Green.

The surprise came in the second game as Korbin Lowe lost his first league match in two and a half years to Lee Ayers as the Cuemen struggle to hold any chance of retaining their title.

Mottisfont climbed off the bottom despite losing at home by a mere five points to league leaders Clatford Plains.

The Carpenter brothers all won their games to keep the Cannons in with a slim chance of the title against the Andover Wolves, who now slip to the bottom with two matches remaining.

In the Charity Shield final between Chilbolton Cuemen and Wherwell Home Guard Representative Side, experience proved to be the winning factor.

Wherwell’s team captain Lee Ayers, in his first final after taking a year out, showed how to play the game with some sublime shots to give his side the early advantage beating Cueman Philip Langley by 46 points.

Relative newbie Paul Fleming is a fine snooker player still learning billiards, and against Jay Ponting it was form that prevailed as Jay won by 56 points leaving the Cuemen ten points in front with the final game between Dean Turner and Peter Green to go.

Peter played tactical billiards to edge in front and played some excellent cannons at times and showing his vast experience pulled away from Dean.

He had no answer leaving the Charity Shield title in the hands of Wherwell Home Guard for the third time in ten years since the competition started. In the league Chilbolton Cuemen had to postpone their match against the Cannons as their table was being dismantled and a new venue is to be sought.

In the bottom of the table clash between Andover Wolves and Mottisfont, captain Zandor Lowe knocked in some mid-teens and a 20 break to creep away from the chasing David Chase to win by a clear 60 points, to reduce the Fonts’ lead to just 19.

Mark DueBlack battled hard but to no avail losing to Peter Holmes by 12 points. Forrest Lowe was left to try to emulate father Zandor by beating David Chase’s son Richard but he increased the Fonts’ lead by winning 100-60.

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