Lee and Sam are on song for Lea A

Andy Brady
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Lea A produced their best result of the season beating Preston and District Snooker League Second Division leaders Elite C 5-2.

Pete Ryan and Craig Millward, who made breaks of 35 and 27 to beat Mark Leeming 106-19, won the first two frames but that was it.

Visitors Lea took the next four with their last two players also securing the aggregate.

Lee Thomas beat Stephen Rawlings 99-54 and Sam Leeming accounted for Neil Greenwood 90-20.

In the First Division, champions Elite A beat visitors Eccleston 5-2 to remain top.

Chris Norbury and Adrian Wilding were prominent for Elite.

Norbury put together a break of 37 to beat Danni Jassi 72-62 and Wilding beat Andy Booth 81-30. Alan Waring and Arnie Sothern took the points for Eccleston.

St Bernard’s Red, however, whitewashed their club-mates to move within one point of the leaders.

Andy Brady was the Reds’ best player and his 100-29 win over Dave Baldwin included a 51 break.

In the Third Division, pace-setters St Joseph’s beat hosts Penwortham 5-2 to remain in pole position, with Craig Crossley outstanding for the Chorley club.

His 95-15 win over Owen Jackson included breaks of 28 and 27.

John Riley and Jason Stafford, who beat Dave Baxendale 87-30, were Penwortham’s winners.

Walton-le-Dale Cons took maximum points from visitors Gregson Lane to move within four points of St Joseph’s.

Arthur Cooke and Dave Lovelace stood out in a powerful team effort. Cooke beat Ian Butcher 90-29 and Lovelace beat Lee Youd 83-16.

St George’s beat hosts St Anthony’s A 6-1 to extend their lead at the top of the Fourth Division to eight points, with Jamie Wane their best player on the night.

He beat Matt Walker 88-25 and Gary Martin beat Michael Waring 54-21 to prevent the dreaded whitewash.

Second placed Lea B beat visitors 55th Black 5-2, and St Edward’s beat hosts New Meadow Street by the same scoreline to tighten their grip on fourth position.

Meanwhile, clubs from both divisions played their final matches in the mid-season Handicap Cup in the Preston and District Veterans’ Snooker League.

In Division One, Fulwood Victoria Blue managed to hold onto their one-point lead at the top and take the trophy with a 6-1 home win over Brownedge A.

Their nearest challengers, Hoole Village Hall, saved their best performance of the season to the last with a 6-1 win over New Longton, but to no avail.

It was even closer at the top of Division Two with everything depending on the final match between the two leaders, St Anthony’s and Wilbraham.

Wilbraham secured the aggregate point by just seven points to win 4-3 and join the Catholic club at the top of the table, only to lose the title on the number of games lost.

In the Richard Smith Knockout Cup, Ashton Bowling went into the second leg of their quarter-final at Hoole with a lead of 134, only to have it overturned.

With five heavily-scoring winners, the home side eventually went through with 37 points to spare.

New Longton A and St Anthony’s had the comfortable wins expected and join Wilbraham in the semi-finals.

Semi-final draw: St Anthony’s (+220) v New Longton A (scratch), Wilbraham (+180) v Hoole Village Hall (+140).