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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Maryport snooker player Ismay pots a new high for summer season

MARYPORT cueist Ryan Ismay has put his name to the highest break of the D Moffitt Roofing & Building summer snooker league season.

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HIGHEST BREAK: Maryport cueist Ryan Ismay

Ismay had a break of 69 against fellow division one mid-table competitor Steven O’Hagan, of Workington.

The new highest break holder took a very tight opening frame with O’Hagan responding positively to pull the match back to 1-1 with a black-ball second.

O’Hagan then took the lead in a low-scoring third frame with the help of a 30 break.

Ismay, unfazed by this, then constructed a frame-winning break of 69 to finish the match with the spoils shared at 2-2.

In his second fixture of the week Ismay found it tougher going when up against Workington’s Clive Lister.

Lister took a tight opening frame with Ismay replying with the second to tie the match. Lister then reversed that result in the third and took a comfortable fourth frame to be the 3-1 winner.

Lister remains fourth while Ismay lies mid-table in fifth with former county doubles champion Steven O’Hagan just one point behind and a match in hand.

Long time front-runner Robert Sim’s 100 per cent record finally came to an end when he was challenged by Mike Park of Maryport.

The Whitehaven county champion started off in positive fashion as he took the opening frame comfortably with the help of a 38 break.

Park then took a comfortable high-scoring second frame to tie the match and then went into the lead with a tightly-fought third for 2-1.

Sim however completed the match the way he started and compiled a break of 35 to take a convincing final frame for 2-2.

Sim is now only four points clear of the field but still remains the only unbeaten league player with Park consolidating his third place some 11 points behind the leader.

Second-placed Peter O’Hagan, of Workington, completed two fixtures over the past week and almost came away with maximum takings.

Firstly, he earned a comfortable 4-0 win over club colleague Stuart Ryan, also of Workington, O’Hagan making breaks of 37 and 38 in the opening and closing frames respectively.

The John Street player had a slightly tighter affair when Workington’s Mark Tunstall was the challenger. O’Hagan took a close first frame followed by a more comfortable second. Tunstall made a battle of it by taking the third but a 37 break in the final high-scoring frame ensured that O’Hagan completed the match the 3-1 victor to close the gap on Sim.

Tunstall slips to second bottom just five points ahead of club colleague Ryan.

The only division two fixture of late saw Clifton’s Gary Mattinson battle it out with Lamplugh’s Andrew Henderson.

Mattinson claimed a black-ball first frame but Henderson then settled down to take two comfortable frames in succession and the lead.

But it was Mattinson who proved to be the more determined taking a tight final frame for a 2-2 score-line. Henderson remains mid-table on 12 points, just five points off the leader Chris D’Leny, of Keswick, and Mattinson remains at the foot of the table four points behind his nearest rival.

The quarter-finals draw for the MT Cleaning Services Trophy is: Walker (Marchon) v P O’Hagan (John St), Henderson (Maryport Social) v S O’Hagan (John St), Sim (Marchon) v Southern (Flimby), D’Leny (Derwent) v Cakmak (Maryport Social).

Next week has been set aside for these ties. The winners go on to the semi-finals on presentation night.

The quarter-final draw was made by Park and Sim at Workington Conservative Club.

Latest standings Division one (played-points): Sim 8-26, P O’Hagan 8-22, Park 8-15, Lister 7-15, Ismay 8-13, S O’Hagan 7-12, Tunstall 7-11, Ryan 7-6.

Division two (played-points): D’Leny 7-17, Henry 8-15, Walker 7-14, Henderson 6-12, Southern 5-11, Cakmak 5-8, Mattinson 4-4.

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