POOL: Legion A lift cup

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THE HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE’s Knockout Cup was lifted by Royal British Legion A after a marathon nailbiter that nudged midnight before it finished.

Legion A hit back from 3-1 down to beat their inter-club rivals, Royal British Legion B, 4-3, in a tight and tense final.

And they were hoping to add the league title when the final round of matches were played on Wednesday night.

Legion A went into the games with a one-point lead, knowing that victory at home to Green Dragon would seal the championship and ward off second-placed Empire A.

The final was also played at the Royal British Legion Social Club, where league officials were full of praise for the hospitality and organisation of staff in staging the showpiece.

The tabletoppers got off to a fine start when Rich Devine defeated John Toulson on the opening leg.

But then Legion B threatened an upset as Ash Griffiths beat Tim McShane, Dave Stacey-King beat Gary Woodfield and Stuart Platts defeated Martin Bremner.

The crucial fifth leg was so hard to call that it went to two re-racks before Nigel Burton edged out Dean Dymock to start Legion A’s fightback.

Ryan Orton equalised with victory over Clint Parker and the last leg went to Tom Burton, who completed the night with a win over Malc Grocock as the clock showed 11.45 pm.

Meanwhile the final of the Mellors Bicknell Shield competition, which is for teams beaten in the First Round of the Knockout Cup, was won by Chequers Inn A.

Defying their status as the league’s bottom-of-the-table team, Chequers A also stormed back from 3-1 down to beat Green Dragon 4-3 at the Liberal Club.