Hibb, hip hooray for league leaders

Gareth Hibbert
Gareth Hibbert
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Eccelston’s Gareth Hibbert raised the bar for the highest break prize in the First Division of the Preston and District Snooker League.

He put together a superb 92 break in his 104-11 win over Greenlands’ top stick Leigh Robinson to beat the previous best made by Elite’s Farahk Ajib (87) a couple of weeks ago.

Eccelston went on to beat their hosts 5-2 to stay one point clear at the top.

Brian Mangan was their best player and included breaks of 49 and 25 in his 93-27 victory over Roy Dymond.

League champions Elite A beat their B team by the same scoreline.

Shokat Ali was outstanding for the winners and recorded a 54 break in his 93-36 win over Mark McDonough.

Russell Large and Johnny Hannon, who put together a break of 51 in beating Chris Norbury 95- 68, were winners for Elite B.

Second Division leaders St Wilfred’s B went down 5-2 to hosts Elite C with their new signing Stephen Rowlings making his presence felt. He beat Clive Bond 80-14 and team-mate Neil Greenwood’s 89-23 win over Peter Sharples included a 33 break.

Eddy Curwen and Michael Young took the points for the Longridge Club.

Lea A beat visitors Lostock Cons A 4-3 to join Wilfred’s at the top of the table with two good performances – one from each side.

Lea captain Dave Caffrey produced breaks of 46 and 30 to beat Steve Jones 105-24 and Brian Morgan beat Lee Thomas 91-40.

With leaders Greenlands B going down 5-2 to Walton-le-Dale Cons, St Joseph’s win at Gregson Lane was enough to put them two points clear at top of Division Three. Carl Barnes, with a personal score of 104, Craig Crossley (87) and Tom Heap (84) were the main contributors to the Chorley club’s aggregate of 409. Neil Cassey and Ian Butcher took the points for the home side.

In the top-of-the-table battle in the Fourth Division, St Edward’s went down 4-3 to visitors St George’s. The visitors won the first two frames but Guy Dobson spearheaded the fightback, beating Neil Kershaw 117-19 and Paul Boyle accounted for Lee Bridge 79- 39. With only the above winners, St Edwards’ took the aggregate 344-312.