Mining Snooker: Wins for Illogan and Clinton SC

Leaders of Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League, Illogan HI A and second placed Clinton SC A both won 4-1 on Friday to maintain the status quo, with Illogan A leading the reigning champions by nine points.

However, Penponds A joined Clinton A in second place by winning 5-0.

Illogan A beat their own B team 4-1 last week, with Richard May taking the only frame for the B team with a win over highest break holder Rob Bennetts.

Nick Mutter made a break of 40 for the A team. Clinton A beat the Godolphin Club 4-1 with John Paul Williams winning for Godolphin. Penponds A had a good 5-0 win over Redruth British Rail to keep themselves in contention for honours. Breage are in fourth position, their highest for some time, after beating a depleted Clinton SC C team 5-0. Playing Place are back up to sixth place after a 4-1 win at Four Lanes, where Chris Bassett made a 32 break and Mark Shovel was Four Lanes' only winner. The latter have now dropped to third bottom after a series of poor results. Penponds B (Steve Fisher 30 break) lost 3-2 to Clinton B and remain bottom despite a better spell recently. The match between St Day and Bell's Court was scheduled to be played earlier in the week, but the away team were unable to make it on the night.

In Division 2 St Day (ten points handicap to be deducted) are now just one point ahead of Illogan HI, who have a match in hand. Last week St Day lost 3-2 to Camborne Conservative, whose winners were Clive Roberts, Alistair Gay and Steve Lovelock, with Peter Simmons and Bobby Stephens replying for St Day. Illogan beat Radnor Golf Club 4-1, with Phil Condy the only winner for Radnor. Illogan are in fine form and have now taken 13 points out of 15 in their last three matches. Playing Place are in third place after winning 3-2 at Perranporth Golf Club, while Feock did themselves some good near the bottom by beating a strong Four Lanes team 3-2.

Stithians A lead Division 3 by just one point after beating fourth placed Camborne Conservative Club 3-2. Dave Harrington made a 30 break for Conservative, but was made to work hard to win the frame narrowly from Rob Buckingham. Clinton SC A and Redruth British Rail are in joint second place, with Redruth British Rail winning last week's clash between the two teams 3-2. Winners for Rail B were Brian James, Michael Downing and Bernard Williams, with Ron Matthews and Gerald Kempthorne winning for Clinton A. Clinton SC B are also in a strong position just behind the leaders with a match in hand after beating Redruth British Rail A 4-1. There are now nine teams separated by just six points in this Division, making for a fascinating season.

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