St Bernard’s put the rest on Red alert

Skipper Ben Messent was in great form for St Bernard's Red
Skipper Ben Messent was in great form for St Bernard's Red
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St Bernard’s Red kick-started their Preston and District Snooker League season this week, fulfilling their missed fixture against Fulwood Red with a 5-2 victory.

Paul Woodruff compiled breaks of 51 and 27 in a strong performance against John Snape of Fulwood.

Bernard’s Red went one better on Wednesday night, 6-1 winners against Bernard’s Blue.

Captain Ben Messent made it two wins out of two personally in the week as he thrashed Russ Lofthouse 116-10.

Lee Turnbull put the consolation point on the board for the Blues.

Elite A sit top of the Division One table after hammering Broughton A 7-0.

It is now five losses on the trot for Broughton as the defending champions notched a massive 560 aggregate points on the night.

The main contributor was professional Chris Norbury –his tally of 130 had breaks of 59 and 39 included.

Division Two had an upset at early pacesetters George’s A went down 5-2 to Leyland and Farrington.

Even a 38 break from youngster Jamie Wane for the home side could not prevent defeat to Kevin Capper 70-49.

Dave Jolly put on a good showing for Hendrys Red. He starred in the team’s 6-1 triumph over Ecccleston B as a break of 42 put him well on his way to a 98-2 win over Jack Haywood.

It was 55th Club Red hitting top spot in Division Three, whitewashing Elite D.

New Meadow Street and St Gerard’s also managed perfect scores as several teams are clambering for the top positions in a very tight division.

St Anthony’s made it five wins from five in Division Four, edging out New Meadow Street B by a single chalk.

Stuart Laytham brought home the aggregate, edging Daniel Head 53-43 in the anchor frame.

Meanwhile, the Preston and District Veterans’ Snooker league has seen considerable movement at the top of Division One so far this season, with the lead changing hands for the last three consecutive weeks.

In the top match, Bretherton Institute convincingly dispatched the leaders Elite Snooker A 6-1 into third place, behind New Longton Bowling Club A.

New Longton got back to winning ways with a 5-2 victory at Brownedge Catholic Club.

Tony Flanagan was the only winner for the club but only by the narrowest of margins, 54-50, thus avoiding the whitewash.

Bretherton now remain the only undefeated side in the division.

At the opposite end of the table, newly-promoted St Anthony’s A produced their best performance so far with a convincing 6-1 home win against a much-fancied Ashton Bowling A.

By contrast, the other promoted outfit, Hoole Village Hall, have yet to register a win and a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Fulwood Victoria Blue has left them in bottom spot.

In Division Two, it is New Longton Bowling B setting the pace and a 5-2 win at home to Brownedge B put them five points clear of their nearest challengers Fulwood Red, St Edwards and Wilbraham.

Ashton Bowling B registered their first win of the season with a 4-3 victory at home to Wilbraham but remain one point adrift at the wrong end of the table.