Bideford pocket place in county semi-finals

Joseph Bulmer

Bideford are through to the semi-final draw of snooker’s premier county team event.

A workmanlike performance saw them overcome local rivals Barnstaple 4-1 at Bideford Liberal Club on Saturday night.

An out of sorts captain Nick Kenny lost a black ball game to Barnstaple’s Kevin Bastable to put the visitors 1-0 up.

A steady Gary Tubbs, aided by a 30 break, defeated James Middlemass to put the tie level at 1-1.

Lee Halling won the third frame against Barnstaple champion Paul Standen after laying a crucial snooker that heralded 20 points and turned the tables three quarters of the way through the frame.

David Gayton defeated Barnstaple captain Darren Horsman on another black ball game and the experienced hand of Shez Tetley put things to rest with a classy performance, culminating in a 48 break, to defeat Steve Coles.

Bideford’s sixth and seventh players Kevin Fishleigh and Jake Frank who were not required on the evening.

Exeter A, Tiverton or Torbay C await Bideford in the semi final draw

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HUSTLERS made up ground this week to go neck and neck with Appledore SC at the top of the Bideford Snooker League, with Royal Geezers just two points behind.

Liberal Saints join clubmates Liberal Bulls at the top of Division 2, although both were beaten this week

Div 1: Liberal Pilgrims 3 – 3 Liberal Slickers; Torrington Con Vics 0 – 6 Kingsley A; Hustlers 4 – 2 Liberal Lions; VPCC 3 - 3 Royal Geezers; Appledore SC 3 – 3 Palladium A; Liberal Fliers 2 – 4 Red Rebels; Liberal Cues 3 – 3 Clovelly SC.

Div 2: PDQ’s 2 - 4 Con D; Misfits 4 – 2 Liberal Saints; RNDGCA 4 – 2 Legionnaires; Con Diamonds 4 – 2 Liberal Dons; TVSSC 5 – 1 Liberal Bulls; Specials 3 – 3 Torrington Con Men; Kingsley Potters 4 – 2 Hartland RBL.

Breaks: G Moyse 43; L Seville 31; T Woodruffe, D Tithecott 29; C Brown, A Pollard, J Crump 23; G Lamont, S Raymont, D Compton, L Halling 22; D Yarde, M Shaw, C Tape 20.