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Conrad Thomas shocks Mount Pleasant by leading struggling Royal Oak to ace victory

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

Conrad Thomas - Got shot in the back whilst in a pub

Conrad Thomas - Got shot in the back whilst in a pub

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A SERIES of shocks rocked the East Staffs Pool League in an amazing week where all four divisional leaders in the Wednesday League were beaten.

In total, six teams waved goodbye to their unbeaten records as a series of upsets took place.

The biggest shock came in Division One, where leaders the Mount Pleasant took on bottom side Royal Oak D, who were still without a win ahead of the clash.

And it was all over after just five frames, but not in favour of the leaders, who were shockingly trounced by the Royal Oak.

Good wins for Conrad Thomas, who is now number one in the Hit Squad, and Adam Edwards helped their side into a 3-0 lead and the rest responded to seal a great victory.

The Mount recovered from the shock a bit too late as they won the last four, Mark Sherratt involved in three of them, to finally make it a respectable 5-4 scoreline.

Champions Rileys B faced Doveside B, a much-improved side this season, as they found to their cost.

Rileys started well and Scott West and Dave Fernandez helped put them in command at 3-1.

But Ryan Gibbs and Paul Fox turned it around as between them they won four of the last five frames.

Fox, with three wins out of three, was man of the match as the champions were seen off.

Doveside’s brilliant win puts them second in the table in a tremendous start for the young oufit.

Newly promoted Blacksmiths have also been a revelation and a tremendous tussle with Shobnall A went all the way to the wire.

Good play from John Richardson and Sam Taylor edged the team into a strong 4-2 lead but it was finally decided on the last frame as Martyn O’Brien and Paul Reeves took the deciding doubles to put Blacksmiths into fourth spot in the table.

It has been a nightmare for Doveside A this season but it all looked good against Royal Oak A as the team shot into a 4-1 lead.

With victory in sight, Doveside could just not find the extra win to complete the victory and a jubilant Royal Oak stormed back to win all the last four for a superb victory that sees the top six teams in the table all now having recorded one defeat.

Dart Inn A, promoted this season, continue to play well, with Dave Shenton winning three of the last four frames, although he could not save his side from defeat at they sank 5-4 to Joiners, who sit fifth in the table.

Out of the promoted teams, the Jubilee are finding it the most difficult and have failed to win a match.

THERE are still 30 players unbeaten in the Hit Squad, with the top four Conrad Thomas in Division One, Charlie Chamberlain in Division Two and Lewis Peach and Dave Jobson in Division Four.

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