Burt close to taking two frames off Herd

PAUL Burt (pictured) can consider himself a tad unfortunate not to have taken more from his 5-0 defeat by Neil Herd in the Cuestars South Wilts Snooker League.

The 55-year-old from Britford compiled a 34 break in the first frame at Salisbury Snooker Club and lost it on the pink.

After Herd (Frome) had clinched a 3-0 lead with a 59 clearance, Burt went on a run of 46 in the next and lost that one on the pink as well.

“Paul was unlucky not to have taken certainly two of the frames,” admitted Herd. “It was good match.”

Meanwhile, Lee Stagg wrapped up his first season with two victories to secure mid-table respectability.

The Fordingbridge cue man beat Burt 4-1 and Steve Ashton 3-2.

Ashton said: “I did well to win two frames as I played dreadful. I think I nearly scored as many points in fouls as I did in points scored.”

And second-placed Anthony Rice (Fordingbridge) overcame Neil Carroll (Rownhams) 3-2.

Rice said: “I always enjoy playing Neil and do nothing but admire his love and enthusiasm for the game.”

Results: Neil Herd 5-0 Paul Burt, Steve Ashton 2-3 Lee Stagg, Anthony Rice 3-2 Neil Carroll, Lee Stagg 4-1 Paul Burt.

Outstanding matches: Richard Arnold v David Rice, Richard Arnold v Neil Herd, David Rice v John Hunter.

Highest break: John Hunter 76

P W L F A Pts
John Hunter 7 7 0 30 5 37
Anthony Rice 8 7 1 28 12 35
Neil Herd 7 4 3 21 14 25
Neil Carroll 8 3 5 19 21 22
Lee Stagg 8 4 4 17 23 21
David Rice 6 3 3 13 17 16
Steve Ashton 8 1 7 14 26 15
Paul Burt 8 2 6 12 28 14
Richard Arnold 6 2 4 11 19 13

Picture by Tim Dunkley

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)