2007-08: Week 4

BURTON AND DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE REPORT BY MICK HICKEBOTTOM It is going to take some predicting this season as to who will win the Premiership and there will certainly be no runaway winners. Last week saw the game between Newhall Social Club ‘A’ and one of the favourites Burton Cons ‘A’. The match was postponed due to commitments and played on Monday night just gone and Newhall showed they hear to upset and even fancy their own chances for the top when they pulled off a great home win with Ady McDonnell taking the heroes podium being the only player to take two frames by beating Stuart Roberts and gaining the 5-3 home win. The other Burton Cons side in the top flight the ‘B’ team played host last week to Rileys ‘A’ and bearing in mind that the Rileys team was in fact last years Burton Cons ‘B’ team until an out of season defection so it was interesting match to forecast. The new Cons side were under the Cosh from the start with Mitch Hughes taking two quick frames off Phil Ball. Brian Alford was able to apply the breaks on the other table drawing with Zaheer Hussain. As we all know, what comes with good play is the luck and the running and the match saw four black ball games all of which went to Riley’s and the scoreline does not really reflect how close the match was. However Tim Hodgkinson taking both off Dave Budworth knocked a 31 break and Lee Dowey taking two from Bill Davidson knocked in the highest break of the night with a 32. In the first division a notice of intent has been issued by Swad Cons ‘A’ when they turned out a full strength team at home last week to Belmont ‘C’. They produced two players from the remains of last years Premiership champions in the shape of John Chambers and Darren Noble. It was Noble who started proceedings and lay the foundations to the whitewash victory. He was however outshone by Cons Paul Berry who had breaks of 32 and 28 and finished it in his second with a 35 clearance over Paul Boyle who is Belmonts in form player. John Chambers and Cons stalwart Mick Abbott swept up for the 8-0 win. If they turn out this same side each week they could walk this division. Burton Cons ‘C’ at home last week faced Ivanhoe ‘C’ and got off to a cracking start thanks to Steve Hathaway and Joe Ellis who took all their frames. In the second half Mick Kirk came on against yours truly and he was well behind on the colours wanting a couple of snookers and he got them forcing a black ball game that I was so pleased to pot guaranteeing the win. In the second Kirk was 24-0 behind and then compiled a superb 46 break that broke down when he went out of position and playing safe. He followed it with a couple of 20 plus breaks winning by a huge margin as I finished up with one more point just 25. On the other table Jason Collins got another frame back for Ivanhoe but Tom Eggington the seasoned campaigner that he is fought back to take the second. In the second division Riley’s ‘B’ were pleased to get a decent win under the belts and it was at the expense of Swad Cons ‘B’ who could only turn out three players. Alan Jowett was the only Cons player to take a frame but man of the match went to Riley’s Paul Fox who in taking two frames of Richard Hutchings also knocked in a 32 break. Ivanhoe ‘D’ also had a cracking win at home last week to Newhall ‘B’ with only Stuart Tagg dropping a frame to Rob Press. Dave Watson, Paul Wileman and Jeff Whetton took all their frames. Burton cons ‘D’ are not doing well on the road and last week lost away at Newhall Social Club ‘C’ with Joe McNulty taking the praise as being the only player to take two frames when he beat Pat Finnegan