LIBERAL Club caused an upset by overcoming United Services in the semi-finals of the City of Chester Trophy at St Werburgh's.
Services play in the top flight, but they met their match in Haz-Dec Division Two team Liberal.
The competition mixes snooker frames with billiards and, in the first frame of snooker, Liberal's Anthony Barnes defeated Martin Walsh 86-81 on the black ball.
Geoff Anderson (Services) had his work cut out against Phil Sullivan in a billiards frame, but managed to scrape through by the narrowest of margins (150-146) to level the scores at 1-1.
Alan Dagnall (Liberal) then got the better of Geoff Cadogan in another black ball snooker frame by 50-42, but Services captain Bob Sconce levelled again by easily accounting for Pat Bowes. The deciding frame pitted Liberal's Steve Ankers against Paul Lewis and it could not have been any closer. After potting the yellow, green brown and blue, Lewis was one point in front.
At a later visit he potted the pink, but Ankers potted the black to level the frame. This meant the black had to be re-spotted and Ankers took advantage of a loose ball by Lewis to win the frame and the match.
In the other semi-final, Broughton Wings took command against Conservative Club and triumphed 3-1. Lee Dagher won well against Eddie Jenkins and Pat Haycock overcame Dave Higgins to put Wings 2-0 up.
Gareth Allen got the better of Steve Williams to go 3-0 ahead with Andy Duckers getting some consolation for Cons with a good victory in the second billiards frame against Russell Jones.
In the Olympic Sports Division One, the title is Wings for the taking so the battle is on for second place.
Christleton B's 5-1 victory over CCO put them two points behind rivals St Werburgh's United.
The only winner for CCO was John Cunningham, who made a brilliant 41 break against Barry Charker.
Christleton A drew at home to St Theresa's, who were a player short. The winners for Christleton were Mike Craig and Mark Cook, with Shane Stokes, Mike Thomas and Keith Owen replying for the visitors.
United Services had a good victory over St Werburgh's. Mike Griffiths opened the scoring for Werburgh's with a win over Tony McKevitt, but Ken Keay and Martin Walsh put Services 2-1 up. Although Dave Griffiths then comfortably defeated Geoff Anderson to make the score 2-2, Geoff Cadogan and Paul Lewis finished the match off for Services with wins over Derek Jones and Mark Jones.
In-form Upton RBL had a brilliant 5-1 success over Snooker Centre. The only winner for Snooker Centre was Kevin Greens.
In the Haz Decs Division, there is a scramble for promotion. With Broughton Wings having no game last Friday, the other two teams at the top failed to capitalise.
Liberal A were held to a 3-3 draw at Upton RBL C, so Conservative B went top on the strength of their 3-3 draw at home to St Saviour's.
Chester Bus's promotion aspirations took a dive when they could only draw 3-3 at bottom club Waverton, while Conservative C defeated Upton B 4-2.