The final of the Presidents Cup was played out in a round robin between the winners of their respective division. They were Burton Cons A, Rileys B and Swad Cons C. It was a very close run thing with the winner only being decided on the final pink of the last frame of the evening when Paul Fox potted it against Owen Jones for Rileys to take the Presidents Cup.
In the Just Wood Premier Division Burton Cons A put aside their disappointment in losing in the Presidents Cup final in the the best possible way by beating fellow title contenders Ivanhoe A 5-3 on their own patch. This defeat must have ended their title aspirations for another season. The Cons skipper Mick Simpkins lead from the the front in beating Andy Marriott in two quality frames of snooker which included a 35 break. Owen Jones and Ian Rennocks played out two tight frames with both players making some good pots but with Owen just having the edge in both frames. The Cons were now 4-0 ahead at the turn thanks to this perfect start. The Ivanhoe did make a fight of it with Daniel Blunn playing out of his skin to take a frame off John Shilton. John knocked in a very rapid 43 break with plenty of quality pots to win his frame. Antony Moore who is currently playing some fine snooker managed to get the upper hand against Stuart Roberts winning both frames and knocking in a 32 break as well.
A good win at home for second placed Newhall A as they beat Tutbury A 7-1 pushing them further into the relegation mire. Mark Satchwell got Newhall off to a great start by taking both frames fairly easily off Colin Bell which included a fine 46 break that included some good pots. Wayne Brewin continued the good work as he had a comfortable two frame win over Daz Lester. Wayne making the highest break in the league this week of 66 with some superb potting and positional play for his next pot. Another high break by a Newhall player was a 45 break by Fran McInulty again another break with some quality potting as he took both frames off Paul Atterbury. Tutbury’s captain Alan Davies took their only frame as he deservedly drew with Darren Noble to prevent the whitewash in a couple of close frames.
SDSC B have come back to earth with a bang after a couple of good results losing at home to Willington A 6-2 they themselves are not safe from relegation. Willington made the perfect start when Gary Barker put on a confident display as he beat Garton Bloor in both frames despite Garton getting some good pots. Wayne Peira had a good night making breaks of 35 and 31 in taking two comfortable frames off Andrew Bloor. Carl White drew with Bill Stewart in a couple of scrappy frames to get SDSC on the score sheet. In another tight match Simon Orpwood drew with Jan Pawlazych in two attacking frames.
Ivanhoe B eased their relegation worries with a fine 6-2 win away at Willington B. John Skellett gave Ivanhoe the start they wanted with a solid display in taking both frames against Lionel Lewis with some good potting and safety. Andy Jenkins won Willington’s first frame of the night as he drew with Jason Pickering. Mark Pickering then took both frames off Tony Clements with some fine pots to earn them the win. Brendon Mattley made the score line even better for Ivanhoe as he drew with Steve Gaunt in a couple of good matches.
Belmont A let a win slip away from them after being 3-1 in front at the turn against Rileys A ending in a draw. Consistent as ever Ian Archer returned to playing snooker instead of referring to play some really good snooker as he won both frames fairly comfortably against Kevin Chilton who did not have the best of running and Ian making a 32 break in the first frame. Rich Goldby and Nigel Tomlinson shared two contrasting frames with neither player able to win both. For Rileys Andy Speirs played well to take a frame off young Josh Gebbie in two attacking frames. Ade Harper completed the Rileys comeback with two good frames of snooker with Shaun Gebbie. Both players played some good snooker.
Tutbury B and SDSC A drew even though the result was not decided until the final frame. Steve Hathaway and Andy Goldingay shared the spoils with Steve winning a scrappy first frame and Andy won the second by clearing the colours. Steve Ayre of SDSC drew with Steve Mabbott. In the first frame Steve missed very little and won it fairly easily but in the second Steve Mabbott came back well to take the second with some good pots. John Davis not for the first time this season came to SDSC’s rescue beating Chris Mabbott with a solid display of potting to get a well earned draw.
Belmont B lost at home to Ivanhoe C 5-3. Micheal Lomas and Graham Measures shared their frames with Micheal getting back to some early season form with a well constructed 48 break to win his frame. Graham did well to claw his way back to win the second. Ivanhoe’s Steve Cockeram was their star player as he was the only player on the night to win both frames against Brett Craddock in a match where both players made some fine contributions. Arron Vaughan played well to share his frames with Gaz Dolman in two tight frames. Arron made a 31 break to take his frame. Ivanhoe’s Darren Wilson in drawing his two frames with Miffa Smith ensured the win for his team.
In the David Wain Insurance Division 1 in the relegation dogfight it was Woodville S&S A who came out with the upper hand as they beat fellow strugglers Rolleston A 7-1. Alan Orpwood for Woodville who at the moment is in terrific form making some great pots with some good safety play against Rob Sanders who also made some good pots but not good enough on the night to stop ‘Big O’ from winning in style. Jim Marcer shared two contrasting frames with Kev Norris. Jim taking the first frame with some solid snooker albeit with a little bit of good fortune. Kev got his act together in the second frame making some good pots. Pat Ryan did well to win his first frame against Kieron Waddell on the pink after being behind for a lot of the frame. The second frame Pat was more in control with good pots and safety with Kieron conceding on the blue. The two frames between Tony Coleman and Paul Clarke where of dour stuff with Tony winning both frames. The highlight was a good 25 clearance by Tony to win the first frame.
A good 5-3 win by Swad Cons A does not help Stapenhill B relegation fight that sees them slip to the bottom of the division. Andy Grainger is getting back on form as he took both frames off Colin Britton with a solid performance to give the Cons a useful start. Simon Mansfield with the aid of 26 break to win his frame against Bryan Sherratt who was also in good form as he took the second to put the Cons 3-1 ahead. Paul Slater and Stan Piechowski deservedly shared the two frames with both players playing some solid snooker. Lee Wood played well to take a frame off John Richardson which included a fine 27 break to win his frame. This proved to be the winning frame.
Stapenhill A beat Newhall B 5-3. The score line does not reflect the closeness of the match as there were four black ball games out of the first six frames played. On table one John Sheriff playing Carl Glover was rather lucky to win the first frame needing the last three colours to tie. First he fluked the blue, then potted pink and black. He then potted the re-spotted black to steal the frame. In the second frame Carl was too strong for him. On table 2 Chris Sheldrake drew with Rob Hamilton. Firstly Chris won the frame on the black and in the second Rob did the same. Steve Ford and Callum Gray shared two fine frames of snooker with Steve taking the first by doubling the black into the middle bag. In the second frame Callum was determined to win it and win it he did leaving Steve to concede early on in the frame. Carlos Jeffcoate was Stapenhill’s star player winning both frames to give his side the win against Mark Anslow. Carlos fought back well to win the first frame on the black after Mark missed his opportunity on the black. The second frame Carlos was far too strong and it won it comfortably.
Third placed Alrewas B managed to hold on to the draw against league leaders SDSC C. Adam Harrison for SDSC who is in great form this season continued as he took both frames in a close match against Alan Wilson with both players making some good pots. Phil Marklew got Alrewas back on level terms with a comfortable win against Ben Davies. Henry Tomas put the league leaders back in front with a battling performance in two tight matches against Will Sherratt. John Sharpe came to Alrewas’ rescue as he won two close but rather scrappy frames against Pete Maquire for the draw.
Burton Cons B showed what a capable side they can be as they beat second in the table Alrewas A 5-3. Match of the night was between Simon Smith and the Raptors Colin Kinsella with both players in good form. In the first frame Colin set off like a train with a cracking 39 break leaving Simon 48 behind but he suddenly sparked into life with a good 32 break swiftly followed by a 23 break to win the frame on the pink. The second frame was not as good as the first but we still had some steady potting by both players but Simon won it on the blue. The next match was more of a steadier game between Dave Shipton and Carl Poulton. Dave had the chance to win the first but for some good safety play by Carl who took the frame. The second frame went a similar way to the first with good potting and safety play by Carl. In the match between Dave Plunkett and Dave Trueman. Dave Plunk took an early lead but for some good safety by Dave T making life a lot more difficult for Dave Plunk who eventually took it on the pink. Again the second frame followed a similar pattern to the first but with Dave Plunk being a lot more positive and winning it on the yellow. Two more close frames followed between Jason Anguish and Adam Walton with Adam winning the first. With the score 4-3 to the Cons and the final frame down to the colours with not much in it Jason potted a great green, brown and blue to win the frame and match for the Cons.
SDSC D beat Willington C 5-3 to make it very tight at the bottom. Lee Sherratt for SDSC played well within himself as he took both frames off Jonathan Hogarth with some fine pots. Ryan Gilmore was playing well as he beat Trevor Heath with a solid performance. Dave Budworth of Willington put their first two frames on the board with a determined performance against Danny Collins in a match where both players made some good pots. Andy Rice got the winning frame as he drew with Bill Davidson in a scrappy match.
In the Rileys Division 2 Alrewas C just scrapped a win in a close match with Tutbury C winning 5-3. Karl Hancox managed to beat Graham Smith in two close frames with both players in good form. In the second frame Graham Smith was 14 points in front on the blue but missed a pot leaving Karl to clear up. Alrewas captain Colin Wood shared two competitive frames with Gary Hall. Rob McMeecham played well in the first frame to take it off John Peto but John came back well to win the second. On the other table between Nigel Edwards and Jeff Siddalls there were two more close frames with Jeff taking the first and 30 points ahead in the second and looking to earn his side the draw. Nigel put on his snookering head to claw his way back into the frame and win it much to the delight of his team mates. This win helps to consolidate second place for Alrewas.
Belmont C lost to their local neighbours Swad Cons C at home losing 6-2. Terry Bosworth drew with Colin Cope in two very tactical frames with a lot of good safety play by both players. The Cons talented captain Craig Wilson made some good pots in winning both frames against Brian Cutting to put them 3-1 ahead at the turn. Vince Draper carried on his good form from the previous night in the Presidents Cup where he didn’t drop a frame. He also took both frames off Dougie Lees. Bob Birch and Dave Press’ match ended all square in a very competitive manner.
Woodville S&S B drew with Burton Cons D in a good friendly match with a few good laughs. Terry Eyley and Jim Gardner got Woodville off to the perfect start winning all of their frames. Terry was in fine form to beat Nathan Brooks. Jim Gardner then played Nathan’s father Paul who came away with a similar result to his son. Jim got some nice pots in both frames. Geoff Wood started the Cons revival by taking two close frames with Eric ‘who does a good job with the tables’ Thornewill. Ian Protheroe completed the comeback for the Cons taking both frames fairly comfortably against Alan Shuttleworth who at the moment is not having much luck.
Willington D consolidated their lead at the top as they beat SDSC F 7-1. Loz Kennerson had a comfortable win against Henry Carlton. Steve Butterworth played some nice pots as he beat Alex Glover. Alex had very little good fortune. Steve Lane was rather fortunate to take both frames against Sam Hutchinson who made a good contribution to the match. Alex Read saved his side from the whitewash as he played well to draw with Lee Cooke.
In the inter club derby between Swad Cons D and B it was the D team who have the bragging rights as they won 5-3 in a close match. Gaz Ward drew with Dan Petcher in two good frames of snooker which included a 24 break by Dan. Marc Egan then drew with Bob McInulty with Bob being unlucky not to win both. Bob did knock in a good 24 break. Keiron Dadley played well to take a frame off Pete Fearn. Dave Bodie was the difference between the two teams as he was the only player to win both frames in beating John Griffin in a dour match.
SDSC E beat a strong Alrewas D team 5-3. Andy Jefferies took two close frames off Brian Aldridge. Tony Mitchell did a similar job on Brian Eccleston to put them 4-0 ahead at the turn. Ray Stretton drew with John Hill to earn his team the win. On the other table Tony Trueman improved Alrewas’ score as he beat Ray Bancroft with some good safety play.