DEFENDING champion Jake Stewart bounced back from his first every defeat in the Cuestars South Wilts Snooker League with a monster century.
He wrapped up a 5-0 victory over Antony Foxcroft with his highest competitive break of 132 at Salisbury Snooker Club.
Stewart, who missed the final black, lost 3-2 to John Hunter a fortnight ago but closed the gap to the league leader to one point.
Hunter, meanwhile, recorded a 4-1 success against Stuart Dreyer, who took the third frame with the game’s highest break of 42.
Mark Ridout went down 3-2 to Lee Stagg in a “very enjoyable” match.
He said: “The game couldn’t have been closer. Every frame could’ve gone either way.
“Lee played some good safety and potted some good balls. He always played the right shot and didn’t give much away.”
And Anthony Rice, with three games in hand on his title rivals, maintained his unbeaten start to the season.
The 22-year-old knocked in a couple of 50-plus breaks in a 5-0 whitewash of Eddie Mason.
Paying tribute to his 16-year-old opponent from Porton, Rice said: “It was nice to see that his technique and shot selection is coming along nicely. His attitude and enthusiasm for the game is refreshing.”
Results: Anthony Rice 5-0 Eddie Mason, John Hunter 4-1 Stuart Dreyer, Jake Stewart 5-0 Antony Foxcroft, Mark Ridout 2-3 Lee Stagg.
Highest break: Jake Stewart 132
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