Gold over silver
Week seven fixtures of the Dumfries & Galloway Seniors Snooker (D&G SSA) season, sponsored by M&S Engineering Ltd, took place on Monday, the results being:
Albert Club 2 Annan Ex 2; Annan Ex A 2 Albert A 2; Locharbriggs C 2 Albert B 2; Blue Bell 2 Locharbriggs A 2; Locharbriggs D 1 Sands Auto 3; Sands Gold 3 Sands Silver 1.
Free week: Locharbriggs B.
The clash of the week was undoubtedly the Sands Centre derby between the leaders Silver and second placed Gold which resulted in a‘family’derby on the last and deciding frame, Gold winning through to join their club mates at the top of the league, with a match in hand.
With four matches ending in draws, none of which was surprising, Locharbriggs D’s sixth defeat is a statistic that the team didn’t want to earn.
There must have been high tension when brothers Brian and Paul Jamieson vied for the last frame in the Silver v Gold clash, the latter winning to earn both points for Gold and inflicting the first defeat of the season on Silver. David Gauld won the final frame on the black ball for the Albert Club to earn the draw against Annan Ex, unbelievably the team’s sixth draw in seven matches. Locharbriggs C are probably ruing their decision to ask Stephen Shearer to play again under Operating Rule 13, the Albert B player winning the frame on the black ball to earn a draw.
Albert A veteran, Bill Redpath, continues to impress and cause surprises, his latest scalp being Annan Ex A’s Glen Mundle, the win helping to earn the draw for his team.
It was highs and lows for the captains of Locharbriggs D and Sands Auto, with David Fuller winning the opening frame to put Sands Auto on the back foot, only to see his opposite captain Robert Gordon win the final frame to secure both winning points after Scott Johnstone and Steve Craig recorded wins in the second and third frames.
Mike Clark and Willie Lauder were the heroes for Annan Ex A, their third and fourth frame victories needed to secure the draw against Albert A whilst Locharbriggs A’s newcomer Neil Callander opened his account with a win which, coupled with Willie McCubbins’victory, earned the away draw at the Blue Bell.
This week’s breaks
Unsurprisingly this week’s top breaks came from Sands Gold with Mike Watson and Roy Handley both recording a brace, the former a 43 and 27 (clearance) and the latter a 21 and 22. Locharbriggs A’s Willie McCubbin hit a 25, Albert B’s Tommy Johnstone a 22, the Blue Bell’s Richard Andrew a 21 whilst Annan Ex’s Davy Smith and Sand Silver’s John Currie both made a 20.
No player has a perfect win record but John Currie and Andrew Edgar have both won six matches from seven outings, whilst no less than eight players are within one win.
The draw for the last 16 of the singles championship has now been made and can be seen on the Association’s website.
In the SOS Singles Championship Neil Sharkey, Brian Marshall, David Gauld and Lindsay Currie all booked their quarter final places this week where they join Jim Smith.
This coming week
The matches that stand out this coming week feature Albert A v Sands Gold and Sands Silver v Blue Bell whilst the derby matches between Locharbriggs A and B and Annan Ex v Ex A should prove eventful evenings.
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