STUART Dreyer reckons “the wheels came off my game” in the Cuestars South Wilts Snooker League.
Dreyer went down 5-0 to three-time runner-up Anthony Rice at Salisbury Snooker Club.
Rice said: “Stu was really struggling for form. No doubt the result would have been different if he managed to play like he can.”
And Dreyer replied: “Unfortunately, the wheels came off my game and I failed to call the recovery truck.”
Antony Foxcroft now leads the table after a 5-0 whitewash of Eddie Mason.
Foxcroft, who posted breaks of 35, 27, 25 and 22, did have some words of comfort for his 15-year-old opponent.
“Eddie showed much improvement from last year’s match against me,” he said. “He potted some good balls and his shot selection is a lot better.”
Kev Impett climbed to second place following a 4-1 victory over Lee Stagg.
And defending champion Jake Stewart opened his account with a run of 68 in a 5-0 success against David Rice.
Foxcroft has a two-point advantage over Impett at the top of the table. But three big guns – John Hunter, Stewart and Anthony Rice – are only three points further back and with a game in hand.
Results: Anthony Rice 5-0 Stuart Dreyer, Jake Stewart 5-0 David Rice, Lee Stagg 1-4 Kevin Impett, Antony Foxcroft 5-0 Eddie Mason, John Hunter P-P Paul Burt.
Highest break: John Hunter 78
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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)