BURY Snooker League A Section hosts Huntley A edged a tight match 5-3 against Fishpool A, despite Simon Fitzsimmons’ cracking 67-break in the final frame for the visitors.

Huntley’s lead proved insurmountable after Phil Jones had knocked in his own break of 39 in his 95-25 fame win.

Tottington D remain top and they saw off Bury Snooker B 6-2, Oliver Barlow recording a fine 78-31 win.

Bury Snooker D remain their closest challengers after they won 7-2 at Buchanans, Martin Lee providing the biggest win of the match, 80-48. Salisbury fought hard at home to Elton Lib B but were left powerless with visiting player Dave Hunt knocking in the biggest break of the season with an excellent 72 as his side came out 6-3 winners.

Meanwhile, Elton Lib A beat visitors Whitefield 5-3 in a tightly-contested match with Carl Naisbitt’s opening- frame win, 71-27, proving decisive as the home side took the aggregate by 21 chalks.

In B Section, Stanley continue their recent fine form with their fourth win in five games to rise from the foot of the table to mid-table. Buchanans pushed them all the way but Stanley won 5-3, taking the aggregate by eight chalks. Elton Lib C were not in the mood to give January sale presents to opponents Radcliffe Central D cementing their place at the top of the table with an 8-0 whitewash as century-maker Alan Brooks set the tone in the first frame, 104-29.

Radcliffe Central C, however, maintained the pressure with a fine 7-1 win at home to Elton Lib D. Pete Rathor produced his A game, winning 90-40. Bury Snooker C entertained Huntley C for whom Dominic Nabb did his best to win his frame 73-16, but the match belonged to the hosts who took four of the six frames and the aggregate to record a 6-2 win. Seedfield A had a good 6-3 win at Whitfield A’s new venue Stanley. The frames were shared but Seedfield just took the aggregate by 25.

In the C Section, Radcliffe Central C are top of the pile thanks to an 8-1 victory at Seedfield B who can feel a little unlucky not to get more from the match as several frames were close.

Seedfield’s John Bly recorded the biggest win, 63-33, but, with Central taking five frames, the match went the way of the visitors.

Second-placed Radcliffe St Mary’s hosted third-placed Tottington A and it was the visitors who came away with a comfortable 7-2 victory as Paul Hughes and Rob Capron recorded big wins to help Tottington into second place. Tottington B continue to be the surprise package as they maintained fourth place with a tight 5-3 win at home to Walmersley. Mick Middleton had the biggest win, 78-31, but Dave Brooks saw his unbeaten winning sequence for the season broken by Walmersley’s Mick Grime on the black ball.

Huntley B travelled to Walshaw and the match followed a familiar sorry pattern for the visitors as Huntley edged them 6-3, Chris Beck taking the final frame and the aggregate with a 92-53 win thanks to a nice flourish of good pots on the colours. Elsewhere,Whitefield BC beat hosts Bury Bridge 7-2.