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Clacton battle into last 16 of national finals
THE Clacton and District Pool League team had a successful time at the National Interleague finals.
After qualifying from last year’s Essex Interleague, they made the trip to Great Yarmouth to battle it out against another 118 teams.
They were up against some of the best players in the country.
Things started well in the group stage, with a close 10-8 win over Hinckley United, followed by a draw against Mid Sussex A.
By winning their group, Clacton were through to the last 32 knockout stage and their first opponents were Exeter.
This match ended in a 9-9 draw, which resulted in a three-man play-off.
James Hazelton won his match, quickly followed by Phil Ledgerton, which meant the Tendring side were through to day two and the last 16, where they faced South Norfolk.
Clacton dropped the first three frames and found themselves 7-2 down at the halfway stage.
They then won the next three but it was too little, too late and the final score was 10-5.
Steve Forrest was the man of the weekend, with seven wins from eight frames.