of The Wall.
While Half Moon Pub has both hands firmly wrapped round
the Chiang Mai Pool League Championship, the runners-up places will be hotly
contested to the last match of the season.
In spite of mission accomplished, Half Moon Pub didn’t
relax in last week’s home defeat by Number 1 Pub, and nothing can be taken
from the away side’s achievement in completing the double over this
In the first encounter Number 1 edged The Moon 5-4,
however, this time out they built on a 4-2 lead after the singles to
complete a famous 6-3 victory.
Meanwhile, the fight for runners-up continued in an
exciting scrap between Chiangers and Bangers and Blue Sky Bar. With
Chiangers needing a win to secure second spot, they looked good at2-0 in
front, but Blue Sky replied to even the score 2-2. Veteran Alex put
Chiangers back in the lead, only to see his opponents rebound again to 3-3.
After chasing the game for so long, Blue Sky Bar made a
surge in the doubles and won the contest at 5-3. This meant that Blue Sky
moved up to number two, and Chiangers’ last frame consolation win in this
match proved cold comfort. “We’ve been second for the last two months,
this is hard to bear,” said Chiangers’ skipper James.
Chiangers and Bangers now have to win their last match
away to Blue Sky Garden and hope Friend’s Corner beat Blue Sky Bar.
Despite a powerful performance from The Wall against Out
Back, there chance of second place slipped by. “The Brickies” got off to
a flying start to take 5 of the singles. But they allowed Out Back in by
losing two of the doubles and, while they can still equal Chiangers and Blue
Sky Bar on points, they are too far adrift in games.
Elsewhere, The Local not only finished their match with
La Villa before midnight, they also ended a long losing streak by running
out 6-3 victors, thus ensuring them of sixth place with a chance to move up
As ex champs now, The Local face Half Moon Pub in the
final match of the season, and “The Grinders” warned of a long drawn out
affair to determine who the best side in the league really is.
Blue Sky Garden responded to the 1-8 defeat in their
previous match by whipping into a 6-0 lead against Happy Bar. Although they
took their foot off the gas in the doubles, the7-2 result lifted them two
league places to seventh.
A few seasons ago, Friend’s Corner permanently propped
up the table, but roughly the same playing staff has risen to fifth position
this term. Last week, they eased into a winning 5-2 lead before their gutsy
opponents - Enjoy Place - restored some pride by taking the final two
Lastly, the enigmatic Rock Hard Bistro handed December Bar their second
away win this season by losing 3-6. Rock Hard look destined to finish ninth,
but could shoot up to seventh slot if they end their season beating Out
Back. Whereas, December Bar’s recent revival could lift them out of the
bottom two if they can land a win at Number 1 Pub.