Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lilley Hits a High with His Hat-Trick

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lilley Hits a High with His Hat-Trick

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IN last week's Planet Premier League matches an impressive hat-trick of away wins for David Lilley started at Gateshead Lindum club on Monday night.

The Elmfield SC cueman chalked up a hard-fought victory over John Astley, taking the opener 62-48 with a small 34.

He then lost the next 78-3 to runs of 32 and 40, but it was Lilley who went into the halfway stage leading 3-1 after claiming the third 70-58 with a 47, and the fourth 71-0.

The top break of the night of 61, plus a 40 by the Under-19 champion reduced the deficit to a single frame, but it was Lilley who bounced back to take the two remaining frames 78-28 and 68-0 - the decider with a 59 - to round off the match a jubilant 5-2 winner.

Lilley's second success came the following night when he travelled down to Hartlepool to fulfil an outstanding fixture against Anthenium's Mark Windsor.

Lilley again started well and drew first blood with a 46, only to see Windsor level the scores with his only break of the match (59).

After the former world amateur finalist had dished up runs of 49, 45 and 88 to lead 4-1, Windsor closed the gap by taking the scrappy sixth frame 63-37.

However, after firing in another 49 it was Lilley who finished off the match with the same 5-2 winning scoreline as the night before.

"That's the best I've played for a long while," admitted a delighted Lilley, after celebrating his third win of the week with a 7-0 demolition job on Stockton Buffs' shellshocked Steve Healy.

After producing a spectacular display of potting to claim the first five frames with breaks of 82, 97, 43, 89 and 58, Lilley then found himself 40 points adrift in the sixth.

But he cleared up with a 59, before going on to wrap up the match.

A GOOD run by Gary Wilson in the fifth Pontin's International Open Series (PIOS), held at Prestatyn, earned the former world Under-21 champion a place in the quarterfinals and 110 valuable ranking points. …

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