Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wilson's Top of the Pots for Labour

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wilson's Top of the Pots for Labour

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IF there had been a player of the match award in the clash between Labour Club A and High Howdon SC, it would have undoubtedly gone to the visitors' star cueman Gary Wilson.

Competing for a place in the quarter finals of the National CIU three-man team championship and with a format that saw each player having to play his opponent twice, it was Labour who got off to the better start by winning two of the first three frames to lead 2-1. However, Mark Livingstone who had lost his first set 48-46 on the final black to Mike Todd, comfortably won his second frame 64 (26)-17 to make the scores 2-2. Darren Burns two convincing 53-23, 66-24 wins over the disappointed out-of-form Billy Hunter were enough to put the Newcastle squad 3-2 ahead and only one frame away from victory.

Having had to pull out all the stops in an earlier frame to beat Dave Harris 70-53, it was a more confident Gary Wilson who took the match into a final frame shoot-out after dominating their second set with a frame-winning break of 90.

Described by the opposition as the best break ever made in the club, Wilson's magnificent run of 140 in the decider against the unbeaten Darren Burns not only included 15 red-blacks and all the colours up to the final black, it also clinched his team a place in the last eight. Wilson's record-breaking run will now replace the competitions longstanding previous best break of 137 set in 1994 by King Cross WMC J Gallagher. ON his first visit to the Ferryhill WMC, High Howdon SC's newest recruit to the Planet Snooker Premier League Paul McHugh was more of a spectator than a player in the opening five sets after having to watch the clubs resident cueman Michael Rhodes firing in a massive 472 points to his 42.

Considered by many as one of the regions more consistent potter and break builders, Rhodes opened his account by rattling off the first five sets 79-16, 131-7, 127-0, 69-19, 110-0, with a series of impressive frame-winning breaks that included runs of 79-101-127cl-48-96.

Having had next to no table time, young McHugh hit back to celebrate his first success by sewing up the tactical sixth 71-47 with a late run of 29. …

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