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New faces join in; pool.

North-east Blackball County Pool League THE new season got underway with a few teams joining forces.

Teesside have a very strong team having taken six players from Redcar and the rest from Middlesbrough, while Cleveland have several new players joining the Blackball set-up for the first time.

Cleveland struggled to get a team together due to costs but received a massive help from Amigo Pizza in Eastbourne Road, Middlesbrough, who covered the cost of running the team for a year plus buying the team shirts needed.

Cleveland and Teesside clashed in the first match of the season at the Jovial Monk.

Teesside raced into a 2-0 lead with wins from England international Dan Harris from Redcar and Chris Bowran.

Cleveland hit back to win the next two frames from debutant John Shaw and Freddy Meggison, before Redcar duo Ste Burnett and Lee Irwin from Redcar put Teesside 4-2 up.

Cleveland manager Steve Woodier won the next frame but Ryan Clark and Paul Lynch both won well as Teesside ran out 6-3 first set winners.

In the second set Teesside showed their dominance, racing to a 3-0 lead with wins from captain Peter Woodier, Harris and Bowran.

Steve Woodier got one back before Teesside won the next four frames to lead 7-1 with Ricky Smith winning the last frame in the second set to make it 7-2. It was similar in the third and fourth sets with Teesside winning both 6-3, to run out 25-11 winners. Harris, Clark and Lynch all won four from four while Burnett and Bowran both won three from four.

Steve Woodier started his quest to retain his highest averages title win for the region by winning all his four frames while John Shaw had a brilliant debut, winning three from four.

A number of new players lined up in the B teams with Teesside the more dominant team again but had a shock in the first set with Cleveland winning the first two frames through Ian Corns and Amy Thomas.

However Teesside won the next seven frames to take the first set 7-2. In the second set Teesside won the first four frames through manager Stu Watson, Paul Jones, Ste Wood and Alan Henderson.

Paul Drury and Darren Attwood won the next two for Cleveland, Ali Busena and Keith Rego both won for Teesside and Ged Crocker won the last frame in the second set for Cleveland.

Teesside won the third set 6-3. Winners were Watson, Dave Siberry, Gully Banka, Henderson, Busena and Rego.

Cleveland's winners were Crocker, Duncan McKay and Robbie Hodge who were both making their debuts.

The last set saw Teesside run out 8-1 winners with the only Cleveland winner being Garry Sudron as Teesside won 27-9. Watson and Henderson both won four from four; Jones, Busena and Banka all won three from four and Rego won three from three.

Cleveland at least managed a win in the seniors' match. Cleveland A defeated Teesside B 15-10 as Steve Woodier won five from five to take his tally to nine from nine on the day.

Brian Ways won three from five and Peter Shaw three from five, while Banka won three from five for Teesside.

Teesside Seniors A defeated Cleveland Seniors B 17-8. Burnett and Irwin both won five from five while Stuart Richardson and Ste Wood both won three from five and-Sudron won two from three.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:1U3OH
Date:Apr 22, 2015
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