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Assassins survive dramatic cup match

26 October, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

King’s Cross Assassins, from left: Levi Malcolm, Peter Berrie, John Walters and Scott Dean

ICEMAN Assassin John Walters simply shrugged off the pressure on Monday night as he dragged his side back from the brink of defeat to pot an unlikely victory in the Chalk Farm Pool League’s Liam Tarrant Knockout Cup.

Walters, who plays for King’s Cross Assassins, was staring defeat in the face when he came to the table. The Golden Lion needed just one more frame to sink the win – and their top potter Francis Murphy had engineered his remaining yellow ball and the black over the corner pockets.

With the white at one end of the table, and the targeted red railed against the side cushion down at the other end, Walters took aim. Without flinching, he calmly made what seemed an impossible pot and went on to win the frame.

Team-mate Peter Berrie took full advantage as he then won the decider to earn the Assassins a remarkable 5-4 victory.

League chairman and Golden Lion potter Shaun Pollard said: “In this game you’re taught to take nothing for granted, but I was convinced we had the win in the bag. Walters pulled off a great shot to turn the result around.”

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Pool league cups draw a bit spooky

HALLOWEEN came early to Chalk Farm Pool League on Wednesday night when three teams beat odds of 3,500-1.

Representatives from all 26 clubs in the league gathered at the Peckwater Tenants Association in Kentish Town to witness the draws for the Liam Tarrant Cup and the Captain’s Cup.

Players looked on in disbelief as Peel Pirates, King’s Cross Hurricanes and King’s Cross Invaders all received byes in both competitions after being picked out twice in two separate draws.


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