MORAY snooker players were cued up for a return to league action last week.
The first round of fixtures from the Ian Mackenzie Joinery and Braevail Cleaning team championships got underway at the weekend.
Reigning champions Forres Legion 1 started off with a narrow home win over The New Club, Elgin.
The match was very tight all the way though to the end with a number of very close frames. Forres’ Martin Cumming was, perhaps, the most unlucky player on the night losing three tight frames to three separate opponents. On the other hand, New Club’s Roy Phimister was the beneficiary in his three frames managing to get over the line in each one.
It eventually came down to Forres’ Mark Bell and New Club captain Craig Stewart in the final frame to decide if Forres 1 would take the full two points for an 8-6 win or one point for 7-7 draw. In decisive fashion, Bell ensured it was the former as he delivered an emphatic points win.
The other fixture saw Dufftown Legion entertain Forres Legion 2. The two teams traded early frames as James McKenzie gave Forres 2 the league but James Duncan and Andy Legge subsequently took the initiative for Dufftown. Forres 2 captain Adam Ferguson then restored parity for his team at 2-2 which provided the platform upon which his team-mates ultimately built victory, Stevie Sturrock winning a crucial frame that eventually to a comfortable 5-2 win for the away team.
Fixtures continue next month with Elgin Ex Servicemen hosting Forres Legion 1 and The New Club welcome Dufftown Legion.