lost top spot in Division One to Riley C
, following a heavy defeat at the hands of their stable-mates. James Stone
got the C team of the mark with a 54-45 black ball win over Dave Bough
in the first frame and then extended the lead with a 60-32 win in frame 2. Jamesís father, Chris, then disposed of Malcolm Bough
60-38, 48-35 to put the C team 4-0 ahead. Andy MacBryan
was in hungry mood and saw off Dean Campbell
54-17, 74-11 to leave the B team reeling.
To make matters worse for Riley B, Oracle A also leapfrog them thanks to a 4-2 win over Cherwell A, despite Matt Webb having given Cherwell a 2-0 lead when he beat Ben Dudman 53-33, 67-35. Oracle levelled the match through Nigel Barker who made breaks of 40 in frame three and 53 in frame four to defeat Andy Benwell 68-16, 72-7. Dave Noake completed Oracleís turnaround with a 71-32, 62-42 win over Ray Benwell.
Fieldside had few problems against Woodstock A to consolidate second position in the Premier Division. Paul Robinson beat Stuart Reeve 78-42, 64-41. A black ball finish (53-45) saw Bob Chivers edge past Justin Page to make it 3-0 before Chivers won the next in more convincing style. Karl Walker and Priyan Shah fought out the remaining frames, with the fifth being decided 80-73 in Shahís favour on a respotted black. Walker made a break of 50 to take the last frame 80-21.
In division Two, Woodstock B and Thame C (County D) both picked up their first victoryís of the season which leaves Thame B as the only side in the division without a win. Thame C turned in a good performance against Witney B with David Thomson making breaks of 24 and 23 during his 72-32, 63-36 win over Simon Barker. Steve Hale also made a 23 break to help him beat Terry Cook 72-14 in the third frame. Hale then took the 4th frame 50-46 on the black. Although Geoff Barker was unable to emulate his teammates, he nevertheless put up a good fight against Stephen Hedges losing the penultimate frame 59-23 and the final frame 58-57 on the black. Woodstock Bís win was also against Witney B, being a late result from week 10.
Oracle B were held to a draw by Abingdon RBL A in a see-saw match which saw all six players win a frame. Bill Cook took the first frame 61-21 to give Abingdon the lead, but this was cancelled out as Pete Machonochie took the second 53-34. Oracle then went in front thanks to Lee Pratleyís 44-31 win against Fred Brett, but Brett then replied 63-37 to lave things all square once again. A black ball win saw John Dawson sneak the fifth frame 55-54 to reclaim the lead from Abingdon, but Jimmy Cairns took the last frame 64-33 to force a draw.
Ashton A bounced back from their surprise defeat to trounce Riley D 5-1. Robert Adkins was Rileyís only scorer thanks to his draw against Pete Fenn in the opening frames. Alan King made a 37 break and enjoyed a 55-40, 51-32 win against Andrew Toole, while Terry Chambers wrapped things up 58-17, 60-41 against Anthony Roberts.
Thame B collapsed 5-1 against Eynsham A. Tom Fletcher made his season best break of 23 and was unfortunate not to win at least one frame against Bob Thiele who took the opening frames 49-33, 61-43. Lawrence Parsons was in good potting form and was always in command during his 60-30, 72-28 win against Dave White. Thameís only frame came from Nigel Bossom who set off like a steam train against Richard Partlett and made a break of 32 at the very start of frame 5. Bossom also started well enough in the final frame and pulled out a reasonable lead, but Partlett then got going and a break of 18 saw him level the frame score with just the colours remaining. Partlett eventually took the frame 57-37.
Riley E continued their domination of Division Three with an emphatic 6-0 win over struggling Morris Motors A. The opening frame between Joe Zhao and Doug Baker was pretty close, with Zhao winning 44-31 on the black. Zhao took the second 59-20. Kelvin Cheng defeated Des Truss 58-32, 64-27 to put Riley 4-0 ahead with David Lo completing things 54-42 55-32 against Tony Baker.
A close contest between Cowley Con A and Cherwell B ended with the spoils level. Keith Pearce beat Mick Lomas 48-40, 44-4 to put Cowley ahead, but Cherwell were level thanks to Mark Clifford who beat Malcolm Grieveson 60-47, 59-48. Peter Astall took the fifth frame 58-36 to put Cherwell ahead for the first time, but Arthur Coakley took the remaining frame 45-34 to ensure the points were shared.
Division 4 leaders County C were given a run for their money by Morris Motors C in a match that was closer than the 5-1 result suggests. Nick Anderson was made to fight by James Griffin before running out 53-30, 49-48. A break of 37 saw Kevin Hicks defeat Roger Tomlin 63-17, 63-22. Bob Hayward took Morrisís only frame with a 52-51 black ball win in frame 5, but he could not stop Paul Paddick from winning the last frame 63-17.
Witney D dragged themselves away from the danger zone with a 4-2 win at House Club A. Andy Keeler won two black ball frames against Sam Nichols (50-49, 58-51) to put Witney in command. Paul Keenlyside secured the match with a 46-15, 52-19 win aver Brian Field, before Tony Nichols beat Chris Keeler to collect House Clubís frames 53-17, 49-22.
New Club B drew level on points with Eynsham C at the top of Division Five thanks to a 5-1 win over the Eynsham side. Paul Moss got New Club off to a good start with a 53-12, 49-28 win over Adam Hingley. Matthew Challen increased the divisionís highest break to 39 during his 50-36, 64-0 win over Tim Bowles. Andy Moss won the fifth frame on the black (42-35) to put New Club 5-0 up, but to his credit, Daniel Brooks saved the prospect of a whitewash with a 77-18 win thanks to a break of 32 (which also surpassed the previous high break).