THERE is a three-way battle at the top of Group Two as the Barrow Individual Snooker League heads into the final round of pool-stage games.

Neil Aspinall leads the way, but Tony Mason and Matty Hill are both in hot pursuit after splitting their two games in the penultimate round of fixtures.

The first went the way of Mason, who won 4-2 and had a break of 48. However, Hill triumphed 6-0 in the second meeting with three breaks over 30 and a 50 in what was a closer match than the score might suggest.

Jamie Thompson still has a chance of qualifying for the top four after beating Anthony Atkinson 4-2 in their second match, with Atkinson having won the first by the same scoreline.

Thompson will battle it out with former Evening Mail champion Steve Waddington for that coveted top-four spot, with Waddington scoring two 4-2 wins over Alan Eaton this time around.

In Group One, leader Danny Macdonald will battle it out with Tom Millington for top spot in the final group games.

Macdonald beat Tommy Barbour 4-2 in their first match, but the second was drawn 3-3 as Barbour came back from two frames down with a highest break of 69 in the last.

Millington, meanwhile, rebounded from a 4-2 loss to Jack Arnold to win the second match 5-1 including a highest break of 55.

John Tyreman and Dale McLean split their matches 4-2, with Tyreman still in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Elsewhere, Gary Barbour beat defending champion Martin McDonald 4-2, who missed out on a place in the quarter-finals.

It has also been confirmed the finals night on March 16 will double up as a fundraising event for cancer patient Emily Mather.

The Individual League have organised a raffle and a buffet alongside the snooker at Preston Street Club, with all welcome to attend.