It’s tight at the top of the South Wilts

ONLY one point separates the top three in the Cuestars South Wilts Snooker League at Salisbury Snooker Club

Liam Tinne and Anthony Rice both recorded 5-0 whitewashes to close the gap to Jake Stewart who did not have a game this week.

Antony Foxcroft, who lost to Tinne, reckoned his opponent “deserved to win” but added: “I would’ve loved to have played better and given him a better game.”

Rice knocked in breaks of 78, 59 and 55 against his brother, David.

He said: “I’m pleased with the result as Dave knows he’s more than capable of beating me over a short distance.

“It’s not always easy to play him in a competitive environment given the amount of time we’ve practised against each other over the years.”

Reflecting on a 4-1 victory over Richard Arnold, Lee Stagg said: “I had control for the majority of an enjoyable match.”

Steve Ashton opened a 5-0 win over Callum McDonald with a 33 break and still needed to clear the colours following a run of 28 to pinch the second frame on the black.

Stuart Dreyer lost 4-1 to Paul Burt in a scrappy match and admitted: “I was really playing catch up most of the time.

“Paul played better than I did and definitely deserved to win.”

And Graham Wallace beat Eddie Mason 3-2 but both had reason to celebrate after the clash of the bottom two.

It was Wallace’s first victory and the first frames that Mason had won.

Wallace reckons his 14-year-old opponent is “not bad at getting really nasty snookers”.

Results: Stuart Dreyer 1-4 Paul Burt, Anthony Rice 5-0 David Rice, Graham Wallace 3-2 Eddie Mason, Lee Stagg 4-1 Richard Arnold, Steve Ashton 5-0 Callum McDonald, Antony Foxcroft 0-5 Liam Tinne.

Highest break: Anthony Rice 127

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)