Pendle Pool League reaching climax

VICTORY: Golden Ball 'D'
VICTORY: Golden Ball 'D'

THE Pendle Pool League has reached the business end of the season.

After week 21, all divisional winners have already been decided before the final game of the season, but several teams are still able to secure runners up spots.

And the various finals are currently being played out.

The Team Knockout Final was contested at Colne Legion last Tuesday.

Golden Ball D enjoyed a 4-2 win over Commercial B.

They didn’t get off to the best start when Nigel Charlton and Dale Smith lost in frame one to Shaun Townson and Daniel Haigh, giving Commercial B the lead.

Frame two saw Mick Thompson and Andy Jackson overcome Terry Phillips and Dominic Sanderson to level the score.

In frame three, Craig Franks, who is appearing in the Doubles and Individual Knockout Finals this year, consolidated for Golden Ball to take a 2-1 lead.

Andy Jackson seemed a bit out of sorts in frame four, and Daniel Haigh took advantage to level for Commercial B.

A solid performance by Dale Smith in frame five gave Golden Ball the advantage, and Mick Thompson outwitted Terry Phillips in frame six to seal a deserved victory for the Burnley Road outfit.

The Leaver Bros Memorial Trophy Final was played earlier this month, with Lamb A emerging 4-1 winners over Red Lion.

Lamb A also didn’t get off to a great start as Brent Marshall and Simon Goode lost in frame one to seasoned campaigner Dave Moulding and his partner Terry Saunders, who took a fine three-ball finish to give Red Lion the lead.

Frame two could also have gone Red Lion’s way but for some cruel running, which eventually allowed Bob Macro and Paddy Davies level the score as they overcame Nicky Steer and John Catlow.

Frame three saw Dave Stopforth of Red Lion fail in a snooker attempt, which let in Brent Marshall to steal the lead for Lamb.

Former individual champion Bob Macro consolidated Lamb’s lead with a win over Terry Saunders, and in what turned out to be the final frame, Paddy Davies overcame Dave Moulding and wrapped up victory for the Barrowford outfit.

The Individual KO Final will be contested on Wednesday over the best of five frames from 8 p.m. at Colne Legion between C. Franks (Golden Ball) and S. Martin (Colne Legion) - two former champions each looking for a second title in what promises to be an interesting battle.