THE two newcomers put up a good showing in the first week of the Cuestars South Wilts Snooker League.
But it’s a returning champion who has taken an early lead after the opening round of matches at Salisbury Snooker Club.
Debutant Kev Impett edged Stuart Dreyer 3-2 in a scrappy fixture.
Excellent potting and tight safety play helped Dreyer force a decider from 2-0 down but Impett found the extra gears to clinch the fifth frame.
And Mark Ridout came close to a win in his first outing.
He compiled a 36 break in a 3-2 defeat by Paul Burt, who said: “It was a good, tight game but I was not sharp enough.”
Meanwhile, on his return to the league, John Hunter whitewashed Eddie Mason 5-0 with runs of 78, 46, 41 and 38.
Mason described the 12-time champion as an “amazing player”.
Antony Foxcroft kicked off the campaign with a fine 4-1 victory over David Rice.
Foxcroft reckons a “few supportive words from my mentor Paul Burt” coupled with a liberal dose of luck carried him over the winning line.
Results: Kev Impett 3-2 Stuart Dreyer, Antony Foxcroft 4-1 David Rice, Eddie Mason 0-5 John Hunter, Paul Burt 3-2 Mark Ridout, Anthony Rice P-P Jake Stewart.
Highest break: John Hunter 78
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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)