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Empire Eke out victory at death; POOL.

THE Empire extended their lead at the top of the Diamond Valeting UK Pool League table with a 6-5 victory over East Stanley.

The game was decided on the last ball of the 11th frame when Tony Eke took the scalp for The Empire.

East Stanley claimed points thanks to Shaun McVay, Barry Stacey and Ian and Liam McAninley, while Steve Johnson, Brian Cutmore and Jim Neill were triumphant for The Empire.

In another closelyfought contest, The Board A beat The Central A 6-5. The Board claimed six of the first nine frames to put the match beyond reach of the champions.

Adam Phillips, Paul Liddell, Glen Shaw and Steve Bell earned points for The Central but victories for Harry Morris, Tony Lynch, Dan Johnson and Michael Raine gave The Board the win.

Tanfield maintained their recent good run, beating The Masons B 8-3. The best efforts of Dennis Dunn and Jeanette and Kev Young fell short of the mark for The Masons as Liam Cook, Matty Kirkbride, Craig Webber and Chris Ellison clinched Tanfield's third consecutive victory.

The Masons A overcame The Royal B 7-4. The home side earned their sixth success of the season thanks to Mac Carr, Carl Foster, Mandy Gardner, Brian Clark and XiaoHe Chen.

The Royal salvaged four points thanks to Anthony Marsh, Mick Weatherburn and Marc and Stephen Elliott.

The Sun were beaten 7-4 by visiting side The Punch Bowl.

Derek Chilton, Andy McGee, Tommy Dunn and M Fairish were successful for The Punch Bowl while Craig Eddy, Daryl Payne and Ryan Campbell took consolation points for the home side.

The Central B secured their second 10-1 win in as many weeks, The Royal A falling victim to the title contenders.

Chris Griffiths, Dave Hogarth, Craig Fryer and Dave Elliott chalked up points for Central.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 2, 2016
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