BURTON AND DISTRICT CLUBS SNOOKER LEAGUE REPORT BY DAVE BUDWORTH This week Burton & District Snooker is mourning the sad loss of David Low. David was a member of Belvedere Park for over 30 years and a stalwart of the A team. He won the Orme Shield and was also a Scotland under 17 champion in his youth. Our thoughts are with his family. In the Just Wood Premier Division Swad SC A beat one of their main rivals, Burton Cons A. Rob Chambers and Darren Noble set Swad up for the win by going 4up. The Con’s Mat Milnes made sure of two against Mark Sherratt but John Chambers settled the outcome by sharing his game with Stuart Roberts. Belvedere Park A maintained the gap to Swad by taking five frames at Belmont A. Kev Elkin and Ian Archer both had good breaks with 40 and 37 respectively but could only draw against Owen Jones and Daz Lester. Andy Straw also took a frame against Alan Davies but it was Craig Keen that took both off Steve Burton to keep Belvedere in second place. Rolleston A took Swad SC B apart with ease. Kev Norris and Danny Thomson predictable took two each on their favourite table as the others drew. Willington A is looking happy in this division and it showed as they took frames off Ivanhoe A. In the first match of the season they had no answers to Ivanhoe’s match play but on the return Brian Perriera took Willington’s winner in an otherwise drawn match. Swad Cons A visited Ivanhoe B and took their first win of the season. The Cons took three frames out of each half of the draw with Paul Berry and Vince Draper getting two a piece as Dave Clark and Kevin Dixon halved their games with Trevor and Darren Wilson. The match between Burton Cons B and Newhall A ended all square, the highlight being a 3 break from Martin Hicks and a 30 from Zaheer Hussain. In Presidents Division 1 Woodville WMC A have continued with another good win over Drakelow A. The first game between Mark Satchwell and Simon Orpwood was regarded as one of the best frames of snooker in this division all season. Satchwell started with a 24 but Orpwood dug deep and replied with two breaks over 20. It was nip and tuck as it got down to the colours and inevitably went to the black. There was a brief safety exchange and Satchwell then fluked it into the centre pocket. He also took the second frame as Alan Orpwood shared his games with Simon Smith on the other table. Tony Coleman also levelled with Martin Smith but the play of Phil Wright proved too much for Pat Ryan. Swad SC D played their C team stablemates in a one sided match that keeps the C team in with a chance of promotion. D team’s Andrew Bloor picked up the teams 2pts. The break has bone Ivanhoe C good as they trounced Belmont B. Dave Marriot, Steve Cockeram and Jason Collins all put in winning performances. Warner Collins let Belmont off the hook when Paul Twigg hit back for the Belmont frame. Burton Cons C stumbled at home to Stapenhill A. It all started on an even keel as Steve Hathaway drew with Paul Smith and Dave Shipton drew with Carl Jeffcoate but Stapenhill then piled on the pressure and Rob Kent & Dave Shenton finished off with two each. Stapenhill B and Tutbury B took 4pts each although Tutbury were really trying hard with Mark Press compiling a 39 break and Greg Read a 32 break. Stapenhill fought back and Mark Parry & Ivor Rees took 3 out of 4 for the draw. Tutbury A landed their best win of the season against John Carr A. Dave and Steve Mabbott (32 break) took the first four and Brian Holmes & Dave Powell nearly repeated that score but Dennis Ganley saved John Carr by getting the last off Holmes. In Furniture King Division 2 Swad SC F have increased their grip at the top with a 7-1 win over Swad Cons C. Ben Davies, Richie Hinks and Pete Maguire were all on top form. Only Pete Maguire Jnr dropped a frame to Frank Trevena although the youngster has been knocking in 50 breaks in practice and is surely a player to watch in the future. Ivanhoe D looked in good shape for a promotion place but this week let it slip by only picking up a draw from Swad Cons B. Ivanhoe set off at top speed going 3-1 up, including Dave Watson’s 35 break, but Swad have Bob Birch to thank as he took both from Paul Wileman. Swad SC E delivered this week’s whitewash to Burton Cons D, just like they did in week 1. This puts them back in the promotion race. The Alrewas derby ended level. It was the A teams John Sharpe that hit a 30 break and two frames off Mick Morris to put them favourite but Brian Eckleston played some solid snooker to retrieve the situation for the B team. John Carr B made hard work of their win against Newhall C. Man of the match went to Daniel Pearsall who got both of Newhall’s Andy Rice. Newhall B and Swad SC G finished 4-4. Both teams are capable of more but unless they get some big wins they will have to try again next season for the top. In David Wain Insurance Division 3 John Carr’s Kev Broomfield equalled the division top break of 44, but unfortunately his were the only two frames in the defeat against Rolleston C. John Carr D on the other hand is making the top spot their own and this week punished Newhall D. This division is setting a good standard this year and I think Newhall will be better for the experience next season. Rolleston D thrashed their B team thanks to Dean Parker, Gary Mayne and Paul Fox (30 break). Adam Farrington also chalked up a frame against B team captain John Ward. Willington B need more results like the one at Stapenhill C. Paul Wilson & Lee Cooke put in top notch performances as Mick Fradley and Kevin Bradley got one a piece from Robbie Jeffcoate and Barry Waller respectively. Stapenhill D restored the club honour by beating Swad Cons D. John Richardson, Colin Wood and Karl Hancox were all on cue. Only Rob McMeechan dropped frames to Swad’s Jon Petcher.