Horsham beat Mid Sussex in opening match of the season

Skipper Ian Janman dug in to avoid the whitewash

Skipper Ian Janman dug in to avoid the whitewash

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The opening match of the West Sussex Billiards League season played at the Clayton and Keymer Royal British Legion saw Horsham clinching a 3-1 victory against Mid Sussex.

The dominate Dave Liley opened strongly to beat the host’s Stuart Williamson 200-103 which included a fluent 32 break. The following frame was a close call seeing the marauding Maurice Wickens ousting the battling Barry Martin 200-176, the Horsham Skipper built a 32 break with Martin securing a 33, a close encounter saw the visitor’s John Hoad pipping Ken Warren 200-193.

With the whitewash looming, the Middies Skipper Ian Janman was under pressure to beat the determined Adrian Laker, with years of maturity behind him, Janman put in a dogged performance to win 200-155. The referees Dennis Wakeford and Roy Tucknott were impressed with the high scoring match seeing Horsham reaching 755 cumulative points with the Mid Sussex reply of 672.