Black Sheep lead White Hart and Shot Bar in what is shaping up to be an exciting race to clinch the Division A title, while in Division B lots of tight results show how competitive the league is with Roses Bar remaining unbeaten despite being pushed to a beerleg decider in this week’s action.
Black Sheep stormed to a 7-0 win at home to Mango Bar on Monday and Mango’s great start to the season suggested this might be a much more competitive fixture, but they only managed to take one frame off the league leaders with Gregg failing to capitalise against the unbeaten Nanni.
Riky, Goh and Taka kept cool heads and produced clinical performances for Black Sheep while Rainier, on his debut for Mango Bar, produced some stunning shots but mostly with his DSLR camera.
Last season’s champions, White Hart, kept up the pressure on their title rivals recording a fantastic victory away to Masaya Bar. With Ben W back among their ranks, and Jig managing to keep his cool at this stage of the evening, White Hart recorded a fantastic 0-7 victory.
Our third contender for this season’s title is Shot Bar. They had what looked like could be a tough fixture away to Future Bar who were attempting to protect their unbeaten home record. It was a one sided affair in the singles legs with Shot Bar winning all four rounds. Future Bar’s Barry, armed with his new cue from Phuket Pool Tables, missed a black in the deciding frame against Duncan who went on to clear up. In the doubles, it was Future Bar who were the better team, gelling together to get a couple of points on the board, but it was Shot Bar who had the last laugh by taking the deciding frame in the beerleg for a 2-5 victory and showing why they are strong contenders for the title.
Tropical Sands played a competitive game with Pita Bar. Pita’s Niels won his game with Craig and also an award for the most understandable English accent, despite being the only non-native speaker. Tropical Sand’s Johnny lost to Grant, but communicated through their game with nods and grunts. Fuzz had the giggles again which Richard cleverly capitalised on and Flob killed Bill in the early contest. Tropical Sands salvaged a little pride in the doubles to get one point on the board but Pita proved too strong and ran out 1-6 winners.
Grega was the self-proclaimed star of the show for Black Pearl in their victory over Spot Bar as he claimed a big scalp beating steady Eddy, but the whole team performed well in the singles legs winning 2-0 in each match up. Eddy managed to salvage a little pride for Spot Bar, winning with Daw in their doubles leg against Tommi and Dave. Despite this, Dave’s Black Pearl ended up all smiles with a 6-1 win.
Orange Bar looked like they might finally get their first win of the season at home to Freedom Bar with Nico beating Mick to put them into a 2-1 lead. However, Dave edged out Pierre in the last singles leg to make it all square going into the doubles. Freedom Bar, especially strong in the team games, edged both doubles games to claim a 3-4 victory despite losing the beerleg.
I popped into Roses Bar, Division B leaders, to get some fine food from their chef Marco after my match was finished. I caught the game at 3-3 and going into the beerleg with Baroque Bar. It had been quite a game up until this point with Mike and Philipp winning singles for the hosts and Pang and Pookpick bringing the scores level for Baroque Bar. In the doubles, Roses’ Mike and Noom managed to pip Nicki and Pookpick, but Oh and Pang from Baroque tied the game with a fine victory over Philipp and Lin. However it was Mike who marshalled his Roses Bar team to a solid beerleg win over their rivals as I tucked into my delicious layered aubergine and vegetable dish.
There were three other tightly fought contests in Division B. Islander A’s Andy M thought his side had done enough to beat Kilt’n Haggis on the beerleg decider, but it was Jon, who normally carries Andy’s quiz team on a Friday, who couldn’t carry the rest. He dropped it on top of the black ball when lining up to finish, fouling and letting Kilt’n Haggis take the beerleg and a 3-4 victory.
Pink Sheep flew out of the pen and raced to a 3-0 lead against the Stoned Crab. Stoned Crab pinched themselves and crawled back into the game with John O winning the last singles tie and then getting the first doubles leg. However, the game was won by the Pink Sheep ladies when Aey and Fern won the final doubles leg. Stoned Crab got the consolation of the beerleg but it was too little as Pink Sheep claimed another hard fought win 4-3.
White Hart BBQ hosted Moonlight Bar in the closest fixture of the night. Mark managed to keep the hosts in the game by beating Moonlight’s Patrick but his teammates out them into a 1-3 lead. White Hart BBQ cooked up a healthy revival in the doubles legs bringing the game all square going into the beerleg. Moonlight shone brightest, however, winning the decider and a surprise 3-4 victory.
Stor Bar were too strong for Islander B and look like they will take one of the three promotion spots come the end of the season. Despite it being a fun night when the Islander crew is round, they weren’t able to mount a challenge and Stor Bar got a well deserved 6-1 victory.
The last game of the night was in O’s Bar where they faced Black Bull who are currently charging up the table. Nida, on her O Bar debut, was unlucky to lose to Franck despite the 0-2 scoreline and Andy needed some sophisticated safety shots to claim his win over O’s Uncle John to make it 0-4 after the singles. Swiss dream team Andy and Markus won their doubles over the female pairing of O and Nida, but Uncle John and Bruce got a point on the board for O’s Bar in their doubles leg. Errors by O’s Bar saw Black Bull take the beerleg and the match 1-6.
Text by Barry Craig
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