08/02/12 – Sheps v TR

RILEYS’ clash with Sheps could go a long way towards deciding which side clinches third place in Prem One of the S&DPL. A below-par Rileys were well beaten in the home fixture and take on a side enjoying an excellent second half to the season. But it’s a match that could go either way…

Rileys 0 Sheps 1

The two Daves go head to head in rack one with Walker pitted against Headock. Walker is in control throughout before twice misjudging the pace of the table. The second error is more costly – with the wall also hampering Walker in ‘The Moan’ excuse for the evening – and leaves a nothing shot on the black. An ambitious double attempt goes wrong and Headock is composed in his clearance to put the home side one up.

The shout comes up from Ant ‘Penguin’ Bunting of “Youtube that”. The best thing about repetition is that it gets funnier and funnier at each time of asking.
Interesting fact about penguins:  The name is derived from the Welsh terms ‘pen’, meaning head and ‘gwyn’, meaning white. Ant Bunting’s nickname comes from the Welsh term ‘pen’ meaning head and the English word ‘is’. Now put them together.

Rileys 1 Sheps 1

An in-off from the break allows the resurgent Jones to take control in rack two against Tony White. The counter-dish breaks down but The Butler stays in control with a cover shot. Jones then mops from his first reasonable clearance. The black looks tight but it’s easily rolled home to restore parity.

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Kyle Wilson makes the schoolboy error of failing to nominate in the next following a very good break off shot. It deserves to be punished and is by Dave Crossland-Jones. The Sheps captain has a slight wobble towards then end when he jaws his final colour. The white cannons into an opposition ball but falls kindly for the simple finish.

The shout comes up from Ant ‘Penguin’ Bunting of “Youtube that”. The best thing about repetition is that it gets funnier and funnier at each time of asking.
Interesting fact about penguins:  The name is derived from the Welsh terms ‘pen’, meaning head and ‘gwyn’, meaning white. Ant Bunting’s nickname comes from the Welsh term ‘pen’ meaning head and the English word ‘is’. Now put them together.

Rileys 1 Sheps 3

Another excellent break leaves Dom Mills staring at defeat in rack four. A couple of containing shots keep The Gypsy in the game before his opponent gifts Rileys’ vice-captain two shots. The clearance is on after the one bad ball is removed from a covered bag. But a number of poor shots ends with Mills facing a fine cut or back double. He misses the latter and its 3-1.

The shout comes up from Ant ‘Penguin’ Bunting of “Youtube that”. The best thing about repetition is that it gets funnier and funnier at each time of asking.
Interesting fact about penguins:  The name is derived from the Welsh terms ‘pen’, meaning head and ‘gwyn’, meaning white. Ant Bunting’s nickname comes from the Welsh term ‘pen’ meaning head and the English word ‘is’. Now put them together.

Rileys 2 Sheps 3

Jason King makes another first half appearance and once again is rewarded with victory. The safety exchange is won by the King and his opponent resorts to an intentional foul. But the attempted cover shot – which could have left the black over a key bag – goes horribly wrong. The Terminator mops up and the gap is reduced to one.

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Rack six goes the way of Rileys in a topsy turvy affair between Steve Pardner and James ‘Fast Eddie’ Ellison. Fast Eddie holds the box seat following the early exchanges. The Pest replies with two pot/snooker attempts. Pardner gets the snookers but also makes the pots and is forced to play a containing shot. Ellison gets down to the black but misses the cannon. Fast Eddie has little on and Pardner takes advantage with a solid finish featuring a tricky pressure black.

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Rileys move into the lead in the most flamboyant of fashion with an audacious clearance from Jason King. In terms of the ball positions certainly a candidate for most impressive clearance of the season. Like the first ever 147 at the snooker World Championships it begins with a fluke that had been an intended developing safety.  Will any of the Sheps attempt to belittle Kingy’s clearance for that one reason? Who knows… but check out the video footage – it’s pure class:

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Bob Grant looks set to follow up King’s wonder rack with an impressive showing of his own. Captain Fudge plays a series of delicate pots and a nice cannon (check out the camera work) to set up the counter-dish but attempts to do too much on his penultimate shot. The thin cut into the middle bag agonisingly fails to drop. Dave Headock steps in with an expertly controlled and composed clearance and Sheps’ top man on the night evens it up.

The shout comes up from Ant ‘Penguin’….. ah, you know the script by now.

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James Ellison takes the next with arguably the shot of the night. A super thin double drops into the corner bag at dead weight and leaves Fast Eddie on the bag. The black is sent down and Dave Walker is left contemplating two defeats on the night following his 11-0 singles demolition of Tony Williamson.

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A gilt-edged chance to move level goes begging after Matt Norbury fails to make his two shots count against Dave Crossland-Jones. Norbury uses his two to get down to the black. But Nobby puts too much arm into his final positional shot and suddenly what should have been a reasonable black is horrible. The miss comes in and Crossy is left a gimme.

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Rileys have missed three blacks before rack 11 and lost all three. But the worm eventually turns with Andy Jones the recipient of a gift from Sheps. The  Butler had turned the tables on his opponent earlier in the rack with an intentional foul before the run of the balls worked against him from a cannon. But Rileys are given a reprieve and the draw is still on.

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Tony White is generally in control of the last before Steve Pardner pulls out a delicate double to set up the win. With the tension mounting Pardner overcooks a screw shot down the rail to leave an awkward cut into the middle bag. The yellow flies in but the ball lands straight in the opposite bag off two cushions and it’s match point to Sheps. The pressure’s still on but White makes no mistake to leave Rileys contemplating what might have been.

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One comment on “08/02/12 – Sheps v TR

  1. Ant 'Penguin' Bunting on said:

    Hmm my ‘YouTube’ that comment started from the 8th Frame onwards after someone had said ‘YouTube’ moment on Kingy’s second finish – deservedly so in my opinion ;o) Plus its only a bit of banter as I couldnt play I had to entertain myself somehow haha

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