CHRISTLETON A got the second half of the Chester League season off to a flying start with a 5-1 victory over Snooker Centre in the Olympic Trophies Division.
Barry Davies set the ball rolling with a comfortable win over Chris Earl, while Joey Wynne showed why he has lost only one frame this season when he gave an exhibition of good potting against Alan Cheers. Andy Mumford overcame Anthony Garland and, although Chase Kirwin struggled against Shane Stokes, he still managed to edge the frame.
Peter Sheppard continued his winning ways with a comfortable success against Pat Cooney before Snooker Centre captain Ray Cheers defeated Wayne Amey to prevent the whitewash.
St Werburgh’s A continued their winning ways with a 4-2 defeat of Broughton Wings. Lea Stephens put Werburgh’s 1-0 up by beating James Coe, but the performance of the evening came from Dan Griffiths, who defeated Gareth Allen. Steve Mountain pulled one back for Wings with a great win over Neil Cardus, but Dave Griffiths saw off P Hughes and Gareth Sudlow comfortably overcame Mark Jarvis to settle the match. Russell Jones won the final frame against Neil Harris to make the final score 4-2.
Upton RBL A triumphed by the same margin over Conservative B. Glen Sheil put Upton ahead, only for Cons to win the next two frames through Martin Peaker and Mike Davies. Kevin Gibson beat Alan Taylor on the black ball, Chris Dixon defeated Shawn Davies and Chris Bennion saw off Pat Fergus to win the match for Upton.
In two rearranged matches, St Theresa’s lost 5-1 to St Werburgh’s and Conservative A were 5-1 winners against Snooker Centre.
In the Haz-Decs Division, Chester Bus carried on where they left off in the first half of the season by beating Upton RBL C 5-1.
Gordon Dugdale won the opening frame against Jerry Banks, while Kevin Conway edged out John Griffiths on the black ball. Shane Futcher accounted for Steve Bright, but John Fergus got the better of Damien Futcher to pull the score back to 3-1. Nigel Middlehurst beat Steve Growney and Vinnie Futcher took care of Alan Tomlinson to give the Busmen a 5-1 win.
CCO stayed in the promotion race thanks to a 4-2 verdict at home to Liberal B.
Mark Lloyd won the opening frame, but Peter Beswick saw off Dave Roberts and Dave Ankers made it 2-1 for the visitors by beating Phil Heaney.
However, that was the last of the scoring for Liberal as Geoff Powell, Colin Hargreaves and Harold Hewson all won for CCO.
Christleton A are still second despite being held to a draw at home to St Saviour’s A. Pete Bradley gave the visitors the lead, but Mattie Done pulled Christleton level. Steve Proctor put the Saints in front again with a win over Mike Craig, only for Mark Cook to level it up at 2-2 by beating Dave Lyth.
Although Derek Morris accounted for John Mooney to put the visitors in front again, Barry Charker saved the day for Christleton by comfortably beating P Temple.
Upton B are still looking for their first league win of the season.
They held out for a creditable draw against a strong Waverton side, but must have thought they were heading for a victory when they won three out of the first four frames through Paul Cross, Mike Wilkes and Doug Edwards. Upton were denied when Chris Connelly and Bill McClimmonds took the last two frames.
In a rearranged Chester Challenge Cup match, Chester Bus lost 4-2 against United Services.