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Snooker: Punch KO rivals to clinch second spot
PUNCH Hotel snatched runners-up spot in the Premier Office Supplies Division One of the Blackburn and Darwen Snooker League.
On a steepling high after their recent winning run they disposed of rivals Park A 6-2.
Kane Suddick took the opener for Punch before skipper Mark Jennings responded with a run of 59 to level it.
Jennings and partner Steve Aspinall took the next doubles to lead 2-1 but that was all.
Danny Howarth had no response to Paul Wilkins and went down 64-1 before Ian Harle took the next with a break of 63.
Wilkins and Harle took the last doubles before Jamie Ridsdale inflicted a rare defeat on Baz O’Kane, then Phil Ryder took the last to help his side leapfrog Hoddlesden Con and take second spot.
Hodlesden struggled against the Fox, crashing 6-2 to finish in third place.
The Fox got off to a flying start with Lee Entwistle and skipper Derek Haworth taking the first two frames.
When Mick McHugh and Smon Ashe whitewashed Dave Fenwick and Jake Lotus in the pairs it was looking bleak for Hoddlesdon.
Jim Ollerton turned in a super show though to defeat Ged Patton and when Dave Fenwick edged past Dave Fenwick to make it 3-2, there was fresh hopes for Hoddlesdon.
It was short lived though as Patton and Mick Webster restored Fox's two frame advantage in the next doubles before Webster turned in a terrific display to see off Jake Lotus.
It has proved a nightmare season for homeless West View and they suffered another heavy defeat – 7-1 to Stanhill - bringing to an end a ten year stint in the top flight.
Champions Greenfield ended their season in style, though, with a convincing 6-2 win over Cherry Tree.
George Holden showed his quality by taking the opener, before Gaz Hampson lost to Barry Holden who was in the sort of form that would have troubled anyone.
Trusty pairing Chris Lawson and Craig Steele took the opening pairs before Lawson beat Colin Crawford in the most entertaining frame of the contest.
Relegated Mill Hill ended the season with a 5-3 defeat to Blackburn Golf A who have just done enough over the last few weeks to keep themselves up.
It was a spirited performance but after the golfer's Barry Pease took the first it was an uphill struggle.
Eamon Bufton took the next to level it and then took the pairs with partner Darren Johnston to take the lead for the only time.
Lol Prior could not repeat last week's heroics against Gordon Stobbart and when Lee Tatters and Pease took the final doubles it was all over.
Mick Killalea put in his usual sterling performance to give Mill Hill a third frame but it will be division two snooker on the menu next season.
Mill Hill and West View will be replaced in the first by Longshaw B and VIP A.
Both teams have been at the top for most of the season and thoroughly deserve their success.
With neither team in action, VIP could have been pushed close by a good win from Longshaw A.
It was not to be though as visitors Feniscowles battled to a 4-4 draw.
The first frame went Longshaw's way only for Feniscowles to hit back away with a good win for the under-rated Keith Grogan.
Andy Allen inflicted a rare defeat on Longshaw's John Howson before Andy Rourke saw Feniscowles went 3-2 ahead.
Longshaw dug deep and took the last two frames courtesy of Dave Loadwick and skipper Ken Bielby to finish in third spot four points behind VIP A.
Anchor locked horns with Rishton Golf Club and took the opener before Rishton hit back immediately through Eric Whittle.
It was nip and tuck all the way through the contest before Dave Birtwhistle nicked a vicotry against Anchor skipper Bob Graves on the colours to give Rishton the win.
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