BILLIARDS: Terrific Thame stun Abingdon

Division 2 basement boys Thame sprang a massive shock with a 5-0 win at home to Division 1 leaders Abingdon Conservative Club in the Gentworks Oxford & District League’s Stephen Reiss Cup first round.

Tom Fletcher (+80) set the ball rolling for Thame with a 150-125 win over Les Pratley (+80) in the opener.

Brendan Ensoll (+100) then swept aside Gorden Cook (+50) 150-81, before Paul Evans (+20) sealed the upset with a 200-144 beating of Matty Bramall (+30).

Nigel Bossom (-10) shone in New Club’s 5-0 home win over Cowley Conservative Club B.

He reeled off breaks of 41 and 36 in a 200-173 victory over Brian Mabbutt (+30).

David White (+40) then beat Ken Olive (+80) 200-178, and Allan King (+10) edged past Neil Kirby (+70) 200-193.

RESULTS

Stephen Reiss Cup 1st round: New Club 5, Cowley Con Club 0; Eynsham 1, Ashton 4; Thame 5, Abingdon Con Club 0.

HIGHEST BREAKS

Section 1: R Robinson (Fieldside) 46.

Section 2: C Vinall (Ashton) 42.

Section 3: T Gripe (Oxford Bowls) 31.

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