2011-12: Week 1

I would like to wish everybody a good snooker season, and may all your breaks be good ones! On a sad note, the Burton Snooker League and the Referees Association would like to offer their belated condolences to the family of Len Ganley. Len was a popular person locally, not only for his snooker, but inspired a number of local players to pick up the white gloves. In the Premier League, Stapenhill ‘A’ took a surprise beating 1-7 by SDSC ‘B.’ Andy Bloor must have been on top form to take both frames off Steve Ford who made a 40 break in the first frame, another talented player from SDSC is Simon Orpwood, who took both frames off Chris Gould, with the aid of a 35 break. Ivanhoe ‘A’ claimed their match against Swad Cons ‘A’ as they failed to turn up. Belmont ‘A’ started the season off in fine form with a 6-2 win against Willington ‘A.’ Ian Archer made an excellent 55 break against Bill Stewart, it should have been more but he fluffed it on the last red. Comments made by his team mates that both Mark Press, who made a 35 break against Gary Barker and Sturmy Archer had camped out on the tables all closed season. The Tutters started the season off in fine form beating Newhall ‘A’ at home 5-3, star man for the Tutters was Chris Mabbott, taking both frames off Mark Satchwell. The other Mabbott brothers took 3 out of the first 4 frames to get them off to a winning start. Somethings never change, as Burton Cons ‘A’ beat SDSC ‘A’ away 6-2, the Cons went quickly to a lead of 3-1 thanks to Jon Fletcher, who is back playing for them, knocking in a 39 break and other small breaks to beat Steve Ayre 2-0. Chris Dewey of SDSC did well to beat John Shilton in the first frame on the blacks, and on the 2nd frame, Shilton, using his vast experience managed to level the match in another close game. The game between Andy Goldingay and Owen Jones ended in a draw. Goldingay knocked in a quick fire 46 break to win the first frame after Jones started the better. Matt Milnes was in outstanding form against John Davis, who was given very little opportunity to show his talent. In the battle of the two promoted teams, Belmont ‘B’ came out on top against Rileys ‘A’ 3-5. Arron Vaughan of Belmont ran Martin Riddle close in both frames, helping Riddle’s cause was a 35 break. Miffa Smith and Michael Lomas had two very hard fought games with Smith managing to win both. That old campaigner, Mick Morris, took both frames off Michael Dewsbury with some ease. In the battle of the two captains, Zaheer and Mark Vaughan ended as a draw. In the David Wain Insurance Division 1, a revamped Burton Cons team got off to the worst start by losing 1-7 to Ivanhoe ‘C.’ Jerry Cook for Ivanhoe made a 25 break against Paul Brooks, and it was left to Ian Protheroe to prevent a whitewash by taking a frame off Graham Measures. Ivanhoe ‘D’ surprisingly lost at home to Stapenhill ‘B’ 3-5, with father and son combination Piechowicz taking three out of four frames. George Cawkwell unluckily lost both frames to John Richardson. Rileys ‘C’ away to Drakelow won 5-3 thanks to Paul Fox, who won both of his frames. In the first frame Fox knocked in a break of 31. Jason Hall of Rileys beat Pat Ryan 2-0 with Ryan going in off the black for the 1st frame although, this game hinged on a controversial refereeing decision. Best match of the night was a drawn game between Alan Orpwood and Ryan Gibbs, where there was some good potting in both frames. Rolleston ‘A’ got their season off to a great start beating SDSC ‘D’ 7-1 at home, with Andy Winson beating Henry Callton 2-0, and Bob Sanders drawing with Rob Press. Tony Rushton and Kev Norris both won their matches. Promoted teams Rileys ‘D’ and Woodville ‘A’ played each other with Rileys winning 7-1. Only a first frame win by Mark Hadley of Woodville, prevented a whitewash by Rileys. Mark Stirling knocked in a 31 break on his way to taking both frames off Simon Mansfield, and Micky Tonks did very well to take both frames off the talented Andy Grainger. Rileys Division 2 Alrewas ‘D’ which is a new team in the league, and also known as the Alrewas Raptors, started off very impressively, beating the relegated Swad Cons ‘D.’ For the Cons Steve Gee knocked in a 27 break in his drawn game with Chuck Kinsella. Dave Truman beat Graham Ward 2-0. Cons stalwart, Dave Bodie took a frame off Carl Poulton. Woodville ‘B’ which is also a newly formed team, managed to beat SDSC ‘E’ 5-3 thanks to a double by Trevor Heath. The rest of the frames were drawn. Willington ‘B’ defeated Tutbury ‘C’ 6-2 thanks to two braces by Lawrence Tenneson, Darren Harrison and Steve Lane and Maurice Dawkins getting a brace for Tutbury. Alrewas ‘B’ did well to beat Rolleston ‘B’ 5-3, thanks to wins by Tom Smith, John Hill and Tony Trueman winning the vital fifth frame. Belmont ‘D’ won 6-2 away at Swad Cons ‘B’ where Terry Bosworth knocked in a 31 break and won both frames. Swad Cons ‘C’ won away at Newhall Soc ‘B’ 6-2.