Snooker: Nigel Taylor top notch as Wass win the crown

Gazette & Herald: Snooker: Nigel Taylor top notch as Wass win the crown Snooker: Nigel Taylor top notch as Wass win the crown

WASS stormed to the Ryedale Snooker League title - after losing just once in their 12 outings.

Three of their players were also in the top five of the individual list performances - Nigel Taylor, John Thompson and John Howard.

Taylor was outstanding - those wooed by his affable manner soon paid the price as he won 11 of his 12 encounters.

In the Snooker Cup Knockout held at Wass, Harome beat underdogs Carlton Husthwaite ‘B’ despite a great come-from-behind win by the latter’s Alan Norfolk over Dave Greenlay.

Harome’s Tom Marwood could hardly disguise his blushes when consecutive safety shots on blue and pink both found the pocket to secure the final pairs victory.

Norton Railway Club’s Darren Clifford won the snooker individual title.

This was played for in one night on Norton Railway Club’s two tables. Newcomer Mike Alison was strongly fancied, but the final was contested between Clifford and Harome’s Greenlay.

The latter, characteristically, spread the reds at his earliest opportunity, but Clifford had a game plan which paid dividends. He took small rewards and no risks keeping Greenlay away from any break-making opportunities.

Harome also tasted victory in the Ryedale Billiards League, topping the table by five points from Railway Club after winning 11 of their 14 matches.

They featured strongly in the individual performances, too, with Philip Marwood, Jonathan Marwood and Charles Marwood occupying the top three positions. All this without an established home base.

The Len Hale Trophy final at Carlton Husthwaite saw Norton Railway comfortably defeat Nawton.

Good performances by Nawton’s Mark Rymer and Andy Bowes could not stem the tide and Clifford was outstanding for Railway.

The Individual Billiards competition is the most coveted reward in the Ryedale League.

Held at Carlton Husthwaite, three of the last four men standing were Marwoods, but it was Mark Rymer who came out on top.

In the semi-finals, Charlie Marwood emerged an unexpected victor over Philip Marwood and Rymer beat Tom Marwood.

The half-hour timed format used in this league provided drama in the final.

Exceptional pots from Rymer took him into a narrow lead with Marwood licking his wounds from an early missed pot. With the seconds ticking away, Marwood launched a final assault to fall a mere four points short when the bell sounded.

A highlight of the season, meanwhile, was the accumulation of 261 points in 30 minutes by Peter Kent - a figure which will be hard to beat in future competitions.

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