FINNEGAN'S suffered a 12-0 whitewash in the Asprou Barbers Vale Pool League on Thursday night, as visitors Witchill Wildcats put them to the sword with a faultless display.

Finnegan's struggled against their superior opponents and were unable to take any of the chances that came their way, which thanks to the Wildcats' quality, were few and far between. James Hill, Lawrence Klee, Paul Everest , Steve Watkins and Ian Hill all won their games in style, as the away side romped to a comfortable win.

The results leaves the Wildcats' strong favourites to claim this year's title, with four games remaining.

Last year's champions Billy United pulled off a similarly emphatic win against bottom of the table O'Brien's, opening up an 8-0 lead before going on to triumph 11-1 overall.

Only O'Brien's captain Martin Croke registered a frame for his side, defeating Billy captain Anthony Mullins to at least avoid the whitewash, though the final scoreline was possibly a little cruel on O'Brien's. This was another solid team performance from the Billy, with Mark Ingram, Gary Roberts, Les Ashton and Andrew Wilson winning all of their games.

The Castle Dark Lords also reaffirmed their status as one of the league's top sides with an 11-1 crushing of Millwood.

Team captain Gary Williams picked up Millwood's only point of the night in the third frame, as the Dark Lords kept their slim title hopes alive with an imperious win. Wayne Hobson, Matt Tobin and Gavin Rowlands all finished the evening with 100 per cent records from their games.

Glenbrooke Wanderers tie with The Good, The Bad and The Ship was an altogether closer encounter, with visitors The Ship snatching a 7-5 win.

Honours even after the first session of singles, The Ship opened up a 4-2 lead after the doubles before being pegged back to 5-5 by the hosts. But wins in the two final doubles sealed the tie for The Ship, with Graham Avaient winning all four of his frames.

The Libs Rejects hosted the King William IV in a topsy-turvy encounter that ended with the away side claiming a 7-5 win.

Having trailed 3-1 early on, The Libs fought back to lead 5-4 only to lose the remaining three frames in a closely contested tie. Tom Ivins and Mike Roberts stood out for the Libs, while Les Hunt and Neil Tipples again impressed for the King William IV.

The league cup gets underway in six weeks time at the beginning of March. The league will be split into two divisions, with all sides being seeded by their final league position.

This gives new teams the opportunity of joining the fastest growing pool league in south Wales. If your club or pub would like to join, contact Joe on 07870 498738. The league would like to say a huge thanks to their sponsors Asprou Barbers Park Crescent, Eze Drive driving school and R&M Mobile Valeting.