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)