In the Just Wood Premier Division, Ivanhoe A continued their good start to 2012 with a rather surprising result, by beating SDSC B 8-0. For Ivanhoe, Andy Marriott started it off with a solid performance against Andy Bloor which included a 38 break. Ian Rennocks made a superb 73 break in his first frame against the previously in-form Simon Orpwood. Ian also won the second frame with a bit to spare. Michael Kirk managed to beat Garton Bloor, but only after a struggle. Mick, taking the second frame on the black although, the first frame was a lot easier. The first frame between Antony Moore and Brian Bloor was a very close frame. Brian had built up a forty point lead, only for Antony to make a 31 break, and steal the frame. Antony took the second frame against a disappointed Brian.
SDSC A did very well to get a draw against Tutbury A, as they could only muster three players, but captain Steve Ayre lead from the front by beating Paul Atterbury with some good pots and safety play, he also knocked in a 33 break. John Davis and Daz Lester drew their match in what was a scrappy affair. The two games between Chris Dewey and Craig Keen was played at a quick tempo, and some good pots by both players, with a draw being a fair result.
Tutters B lost at home to Belmont B 3-5. The Tutters are having a difficult season, hovering around the relegation area. For Belmont, Arron Vaughan narrowly lost his first frame to Dave Mabbott, but in the second frame, Arron potted a spectacular black to win the frame. In the match between Steve Mabbott and Mick Morris, it was a game of two halves, in the first frame, Mick Morris won very easily, and in the second frame, Steve did the same to Mick. Rich Goldby, for Belmont, was in superb form in both frames against David ‘Silver Fox’ Powell. The final match of the evening was between Chris Mabbott and Mark Vaughan. Chris won the first frame against Mark Vaughan, who was a little bit rusty, having not played in the league for a few weeks. In the second frame, Mark built a commanding lead, in as much as Chris needed snookers on the yellow. This win puts Belmont in a good position in the league, and hopefully, one they can build on.
Newhall A maintained their title challenge by getting an excellent win away to third place Belmont A 2-6. Belmont got off to an excellent start, thanks to Sturmy Archer beating Newhall’s captain, Fran McInulty with breaks of 32 in the first frame, and a well grafted 53 in the second frame. After that, sadly, it was down hill all the way for Belmont. Mark Press, even with a 30 break, still could not take a frame off the consistent Wayne Brewin. Shaun Gebbie then lost two close frames to Mark Satchwell, which could have gone either way. Newhall’s Adam McInulty won two quick frames off Graham Bailey, who did not have an answer to Adam’s potting on the night.
Burton Cons A kept up their pursuit of retaining the Premiership title, by beating relegation threatened Stapenhill A 1-7 away. For the Cons, Mat Milnes won both frames against Chris Gould in pretty quick time, including knocking in a break of 40. Not many weeks go by that Mat does not knock in a 30 plus break. Stapenhill’s Andy Tomlinson took the frame to prevent a whitewash off Cons captain, Mick Simpkins. Owen Jones, in a rich vein of form, had little trouble in beating Tim Knopik. Stepenhill’s most consistent player, Steve Ford, even with a 30 break, made little difference to Steve Roberts, who won both frames.
In the inter club derby between Willington A and B teams, it was the A team that came out with the honours. For the A team, Jan Pawlozyck got them off to a great start by beating John Hardy in two highly competitive frames. Bill Stewart then drew with Andy Jenkins, making the score 3-1 to the A team at the turn. Wayne Peiera then took both frames off B team captain Tony Clements to give the A team victory. Well done to the B team’s Steve Gaunt, who took a frame off Gary Barker, which is a very rare event. The A team won by 6-2.
In the David Wain Insurance Division 1, the match between SDSC C, who are in fourth place within the division, and Rileys C who are third, went the way of Rileys 6-2.
SDSC got off to a great start with Adam Harrison playing superb snooker to beat Adam Farrington, but after that it was down hill for SDSC, as no body else won a frame for them. Gary Mayne, playing some good snooker, did well to beat Lee Wright. Henry Tomas very rarely loses both frames, but against Ryan Gibbs, it happended. Paul ‘Foxy’ Fox was too cunning for Ben Davies in the quality of shot selection and potting.
Rolleston A and Rileys B drew their match, with all of the players winning a frame. The highlight being Rileys B Mark King, knocking in a well constructed 34 break.
Another drawn game, this time between Drakelow and Stapenhill B. For Stapenhill, John Richards set off like a train to take the first frame with ease against Mark Baxter, but in the second frame, with the scores level, the match hinged on a flukey snooker on the last red by John Richards. In going for a pot, he got the cue ball stuck behind the yellow, and unfortunately, Mark failed to get out of the snooker, and John nicked it on the pink. Alan Orpwood did not get out of the starting blocks in the first frame against Colin Britton, and the second frame was a very tight affair. Down to the pink and black, Alan needed just the pink, and Colin the pink and black. Colin potted a good pink, and needed the cue ball to roll on a distance, but it failed, with him trying to play a safety shot he under hit the cue ball, which failed to to make contact with the black-end of the frame. Pat Ryan and Bryan Sherratt had two good frames of snooker, both being won on the pink by each player. Tony Coleman earned Drakelow a draw by taking both frames. The first on a fluked pink down the rail, but the second was won comfortably, with Barry needing snookers on the colours.
Rileys D promotion charge is still going strong, winning 7-1 at home to Burton Cons D, which was only their third defeat of the season. Mick Flanagan got back to winning ways by taking both frames off Paul Davies. Burton Cons Mick Buckland took a frame off Mick Foster, to prevent a whitewash. Mick did this in some style, with a 31 break. Mark Stirling then beat Steve Castledine in a scrappy match. Mick Tonks, playing well, took two very good frames off Ian Shrive.
Belmont C won 5-3 against SDSC D. For SDSC, Adey McDonnell got them off to a great start by winning both frames against Kevin Ramsell. Lee Turner then pulled a frame back by drawing with Lee Sherratt in two close frames. Paul Eaton was back to form, taking both frames off Rob Press. The task of SDSC captain, David Wain, was too much to take anything off Mark Sherratt who, when he plays, is always capable of making a substantial break. Mark made an excellent 42 break before going in off the red.
A good win for Woodville A away to Burton Cons C.
In the all Ivanhoe clash between C and D teams, the honours were shared. Jack Bale and Gaz Dolman shared two quick fired frames. Steve Cockerham put the C team in the lead by taking both frames off Tim Bale. Barry Fieldsend pulled the scores level by beating the C team captain, Graham Measures with his typical good long potting game. Another match that was drawn was between wily Warner Collins and Darren Wilson, in a match that could have gone either way.
In the Rileys Division 2, Alrewas A won away to SDSC E 2-6. The most significant thing about this result is that Phil Marklew dropped his first frame of the season to Tony Mitchell. Tony played very well, to take his frame with some good pots unfortunately, Phil made Tony pay dear in the second frame with a superb 48 break. Not for the first time this season has Marklew had a 40 plus break, but well done to Tony Mitchell for breaking Phil’s 100% averages.
Ray Bancroft also did well by taking a frame off Alan Wilson. Unfortunately, Phil Maddocks had no answer to Ray Sherratt’s potting on the night. John Sharp, for Alrewas, was in a mean mood, giving little chance to Ray Stretton, and this leaves Alrewas A in a good position for promotion. Swad Cons D had a good win against Tutbury C 7-1. David Bodie played well to take both frames off Mark Storr, but he did not have the run of the ball. Gaz Ward did a similar job on John Peto. Tutbury’s Graham Smith managed to take a frame off Marc Egan to prevent the whitewash. Scott Gee, playing extremely well to take both frames off Graham Fisher.
Alrewas D kept their promotion push on track with a 6-2 away victory against bottom club, Swad Cons B. For the Cons, stand-in player, Reg Shorthouse, played very well to take a frame off the talented Carl Poulton, with some very good pots. Carl upped his game and won his frame fairly easily. Ian Hiley was in good form against John Griffin, and won fairly comfortably, his two frames. Jon Petcher, for the Cons, did well to beat David Trueman in his first frame, but David ‘Fred’ Trueman took the second frame in some style. For the Raptors, Colin Kinsella was in outstanding form against the unlucky Peter Fearn.
A good win for Alrewas C at home to Rolleston B 5-3. For Rolleston, Lee Cooke, playing with a lot of confidence, beat Robert McMeecham. Alrewas’ Karl Hancox found some of his old confidence and style to beat John Ward with a well constructed 32 break in the first frame. Nigel Edwards did well to beat Steve Atkins. Colin Wood and Nigel Cheadle had two good frames of snooker, with players taking a frame.
Willington C had a good win at home to Swad Cons C 5-3, which puts a bit of a dent in the Cons promotion challenge. Loz Kenerson was Willington’s star player, taking both frames off Richard Brown. Steve Butterworth continued the good work by taking a frame off Bob Birch. Steve Lane and Matt Newbold drew with two good games of snooker, with neither player deserving to lose. Darren Harris took the frame off Craig Wilson resulting in victory for the Powermen.
In the inter club derby match, Woodville B thrashed Woodville C, so we know whose got the bragging rights! Bill Davidson was again in good form against Luke Hudson, by winning both frames fairly comfortably. Jim Gardner lost two scrappy frames against Brian Alford, and Trevor ‘Hit Man’ Heath was again in good form against Ben Woodward, taking both frames. David Budworth and Alan Shuttlewoth had two good frames of snooker, with David just about deserving the win.
Another win for Belmont D away to Alrewas B 1-7. A perfect start for Belmont with Josh Gebbie taking both frames off Brian Aldridge, with some great potting. Doug Lees then beat Brian Eccleston with some steady play. Brian Cutting dropped a frame to Alrewas’ Tom Smith. Dave Press then beat John Hill in a scrappy match.