2007-08: Week 2

BURTON AND DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE REPORT BY MICK HICKEBOTTOM Second week of the season and everybody seems a bit jittery and its time for some unusual results until everyone settles down. At this early stage it is hard to pick a favourite particularly now that the reigning champions Swadlincote Snooker Centre ‘A’ split up before the start of this season. I suppose on paper Belvedere Park ‘A’ and Burton Cons ‘A’ should be favourites in the Premiership and with them playing each other last week we may have some kind of indication as to which one. However that was not the case. It was both their first matches of the season and there was the odd sign of quality from both sides. Craig keen was on first against Jonathan Fletcher and he lost the first on the pink, but in the second compiled a 42 break to level their match. Daz Lester then played out another fair draw against Stuart Roberts to be all square at half time. On next was Owen Jones against Matt Milnes and Jones took full advantage of his out of season practice sessions to take both of a very rusty Milnes. It was then upto the captains to decide the result as Alan Davies for Belvedere yet again drew Cons Mick Simpkins. It saw Davies miss an easy black for the first only to watch Simpkins put it away and then go on to win the second to level the meeting 4-4. Rolleston ‘A’ saw Tony ‘The Cue’ Rushton make his debut in the first team when his side were at home to Swadlincote Snk Cen ‘B’. What a debut it was with Rushton taking on the talents of Chris Dewey and took both frames convincingly. With all other players drawing it was such an important win for the debutant. Not wishing to put the kiss of death on them at this early stage but Willington ‘A’ look to have found some good form when normally they have a shocking start to the season and have to pull out all the stops near the end to save themselves. Last week they had an impressive home win against Riley’s ‘A’ (Old Spot On Club). It all looked a bit dour to start with as Mitch Hughes for Riley’s knocked in a 47 when playing Shane Reeves which it transpires was the highest break of the night. Reeves got his act together in the second and stopped the rot to level. Gary Barker is a player to watch and has been for a couple of season and last week he put paid to anything that Lee Dowey of Riley’s had to offer. Bill Stewart continued Willington’s progress with his best start to a season taking another two frames this time from Shaun Golding. The last frames saw Zaheer Hussain and Jan Pawlawzyk level. In the first division Belmont ‘B’ are starting well and they were impressive at home last week to Stapenhill ‘A’. Rich Goldby was to hot for Paul Smith taking both frames adding to Smith’s misery as he has not took a frame at the Belmont club for a couple of seasons. On the other table Mark Vaughan was having two slow games with Dave Shenton ending level. A brighter game also saw Andy Straw and Jeff Sidwells also take one each, but man of the match went to Paul Twigg who took two convincing frames from Carl Jeffcoate both by 40 plus points. Swad Cons ‘A’ have got off the mark with a win at home last week against Tutbury ‘B’ and it saw two high breaks. One from visitor Dave Mabbott with a 40 when taking two fames off Vince Draper and then a 51 from Cons Paul Berry in his two frame win over Brian Holmes. In the second division Drakelow ‘A’ looked to be on the receiving end of a battering when playing host to John Carr ‘C’ last week. Mick Baxter was to strong for Mark Tinker taking both and then Mark King took the first off Alistair Orpwood for a 3-0 lead. Orpwood then tightened his game to take the next. The last two matches went to Drakelow with Pat Ryan taking both off Rizzy and Alan Orpwood taking both off a luckless Martin Beard to force an excellent win for the home side. Stapenhill ‘C’ showed some good form last week at home to Swad Cons ‘B’ with John Richardson knocking in breaks of 20 and 27 and then Karl Hancox knocking in a 31 in the teams 5-3 victory over the Cons. There were a couple of other decent breaks in this division. The first was a 38 from Paul Fox of Rileys ‘B’ in their 6-2 win over John Carr ‘B’. The other was a 35 from Mick Morris of Alrewas British Legion ‘B’ when he took two frames of Ivanhoe ‘D’s Brendan Mather. However it was not enough as all Morris’s team mates lost all their frames for a 6-2 defeat. In the third division Swad Snk Cen ‘G’ recorded their second win this time at home to Burton Cons ‘D’. Curtis Marston started off and looked to be having a tough time against Callum Finnegan until knocking in a 26 break and ended up taking both with Finnegan always behind. Danny Goodinton matched it with a 2 frame win over Pat Finnegan. The winners came from Ben Meredith and Dean Wileman who took a frame each for the 6-2 win. John Carr ‘D’ recorded an 8-0 whitewash victory at home last week against Newhall SC ‘D’ without their star player Gordon Jennings. Will he get back in the side now?