2012-13: Week 24

Two more competition finals have now been completed – they were the Geoff & Sheila Hinsley Doubles which was a close match between Darren Noble/Adam McInulty versus Phil Marklew/John Sharpe with Darren and Adam winning 3-2 with good play on both sides.

The other final was the Jack Dyche which was won by Tom Egginton beating Steve Ford 3-2.Tom won the final frame with an excellent 25 clearance to pip Steve on the black.Steve thought he had won the match in the fourth frame after potting a cracking black down the side cushion only to see the cue ball go into the middle pocket.

In the Just Wood Premier Division Burton Cons A are within touching distance of retaining the title as they thrashed middle of the table Willington B 7-1 away.Owen Jones played well as he beat Andy Jenkins fairly easily in both frames.Owen made a good 39 break to take one of his frames.Willington’s John Hardy won their only frame of the evening drawing with their inspirational skipper Mick Simpkins.John Shilton was again in good form winning both frames against Tony Clements with both players making good contributions in both frames.Stuart Roberts rounded off a good night for the Cons in winning two close games off Steve Gaunt.

Newhall A are still looking favourites to be the runners up in this division after beating relegation threatened Willington A 5-3.Wayne Brewin helped win the match for Newhall as he was the only player on either side to win both frames in beating Dean Johnson with a little bit to spare.There was two tight frames between Adam McInulty and Jan Pawlaczyk with both players winning a frame with Jan making a 32 break to win his frame.Mark Satchwell and Wayne Peirera also drew.Fran McInulty and Bill Stewart’s match finished honours even which was a deserved result with Fran making a fine 48 break with some fine pots to win his frame then Bill hit back with a 33 break to win his frame.

Another bad night for Tutbury A as they are relegated after a whitewashing by SDSC A as they won 8-0 at home.Steve Ayre got the ball rolling as he beat Daz Lester in two drawn out frames.Andy Goldingay played solid snooker in winning both frames off Paul Atterbury.John Davis played well to win both frames fairly comfortably off Colin Bell.Chris Dewey was the unlucky one for SDSC as Tutbury turned up with only three players.

Ivanhoe B have done themselves a great deal of good as they attempt not to be the third team relegated this seaon from this division as they beat Rileys A 6-2.This defeat drags Rileys into the relegation equation.John Skellett got Ivanhoe off on the right foot as he got both frames against Rich Foster with a fine display of potting and safety play.Jason Pickering and Ady Harper shared two entertaining games of snooker with both players playing well at times especially Ady who made a very good 56 break with pots from all parts of the baize.Stuart Tagg shared a gruelling match with Adam Lee which ended all square.Mark Pickering played some of his best snooker of the season in taking both frames off Micky Tonks with a fine array of pots. The two frames earned Ivanhoe a most valuable victory.

In the Ivanhoe derby between teams C and A it was the A team who have the bragging rights within the club as they won 7-1.The A teams front man Andy Marriott continued his good form of late in beating Gaz Dolman with something to spare and Andy making a solid 46 break to win the second frame.Ian Rennocks another player in good form as he easily beat George Cawkswell to put the A team 4-0 up at the turn.Captain Michael Kirk struggled in the first frame against Graham Measures stealing it on the blue but the second frame was completely different with Michael winning it fairly comfortably and he also knocked in a 36 break.Steve Cockerham saved the C teams blushes by drawing with Daniel Blunn.Steve made some good pots to take the first frame but Daniel came back well to win the second which included a 32 break.

Another fine home win for Tutbury B as they beat Belmont B 6-2.Belmont’s Miffa Smith won both frames against Steve Hathaway who didn’t help his cause by missing too many pots.Steve Mabbott had a most enjoyable night at the expense of Arron Vaughan.Arron was 58-1 points ahead in the first frame thanks to a cracking 45 break but thanks to a fine comeback by Steve and Arron going in-off on the final black he nicked the frame.In the second frame Steve took some heart from his first frame steal to win the second relatively easily.Chris Mabbott was the Tutters man of the match as he easily beat the talents of Michael Lomas who could only muster a total of twenty odd points over the two frames.Chris also knocked in a 32 break.Dave Mabbott and Mark Vaughan played out two highly entertaining frames which were both won by Dave as he just managed to keep his nose in front in both frames.

A very good win at home by Belmont A against SDSC B winning 7-1.This defeat for SDSC means they are one of the first teams this season to be relegated. Ian Archer was in tremendous form in beating Brian Bloor.In the first frame he spent most of it sitting down and watching Ian in amazement as he made the highest break in the league this season of 88.The break could have been more as he was unlucky in attempting to split up the last two reds.Ian’s break contained everything from long pots short pots and excellent positioning to keep his break going.Ian also made some good pots in the second frame as well.Rich Goldby and Garton Bloor had two closer frames but both of them went Belmont’s way putting them 4-0 ahead at the turn which was a perfect start for them.Josh Gebbie won two tight frames with Andrew Bloor with both players playing well.Belmont welcomed back Graham Bailey as he made a valuable contrubition to the match with two good frames of snooker against Simon Orpwood in a match which ended all square.This result confirms that SDSC A have been relegated something that has been on the cards for a number of weeks.

In the David Wain Insurance Division 1 Stapenhill B thrashed their relegation rivals Woodville S&S A 7-1 which makes them favourites for the drop.John Richardson and Alan Orpwood had two really good frames of snooker with both players making some fine pots so it was only fair that the frames were shared.Colin Britton and Jim Marcer had two long drawn out frames mainly through some good safety play by both players but in the end Colin made the most of his chances when they arrived.This put Stapenhill in the driving seat at the turn and it continued into the second half.Bryan Sharratt started off very impressively in his match with Pat Ryan making a 31 break early on in the first frame but Pat clawed his way back only to lose on the blue. The second frame was only decided on the black with that frame also going to Bryan.Greg Britton played a very steady two frames against Tony Coleman making the most of his chances when they arose to win both frames.

Rolleston A are making a good fight of it trying not to get relegated as they thrashed middle of the table SDSC D 7-1.They were given the perfect start thanks to captain Tony Rushton who was in superb form against Mark Sherratt winning both frames fairly convincingly with some very good pots as he made breaks of 32, 29 and 46 respectively.Another Rolleston player on the top of his game was Bob Sanders whose game of potting and safety play was top draw as he beat Lee Sherratt in style.This put them 4-0 ahead at the turn.David Wain drew with Kieran Waddell in two well contested frames with both players failing to take the chances when the opportunities arose.Kev Norris completed a great night for Rolleston as he took both frames off Danny Collins.

In the top of the table clash between SDSC C and second placed Alrewas A it was the Raptors who came away the happiest as they won 5-3 and closing the gap on SDSC to five points.The Raptors Colin Kinsella was playing some very attacking snooker against the in-form Adam Harrison for which Adam had no answer as Colin made a 32 break and also won both frames.SDSC’s talented Harry Farrell was probably fortunate to get the draw against Carlos Poulton with Carlos taking the first with a solid performance but lost the second after Harry finally potted the frame winning ball.Ben Davies got the score line level with a fine display in taking both frames off Ian Hiley which has been a rare occurrence this season in a match in which both players made some cracking pots.Enter Dave ‘fiery’ Trueman the Raptors saviour as he put in a battling display to win both frames in a very tense match against Henry Tomas who might have felt he may have deserved a draw.

Alrewas B are feeling the pressure a little for the second week running as they have drawn their match this time at home to Burton Cons C.Alan Wilson drew with the quiet man of snooker Jim Jennings in two highly entertaining frames with both players making important contributions.John Sharpe did very well to hold on to a draw against the Cons master potter Mick Buckland.Steve Castledine who has been struggling of late found his form with some very good pots and safety play as he beat Roy Sherratt.Will Sherratt came to Alrewas’ rescue with a battling performance in winning both frames where an unlucky Ian Shrive who with a little bit of running may have nicked a frame.

A good draw for Rileys B against Stapenhill A.Zaheer got them off to a good start with a competent display in taking both frames against a slightly out of sorts Tim Knopik.Chris Sheldrake’s good form continues as he played well within himself in taking both frames off Adam Farrington to put Stapenhill level at the half way stage.Paul Fox ensured the draw for Rileys with a determined display to take both frames off the unlucky John Sheriff.Unfortunately Rileys missed out on a possible win as they could only field a side with three players.
Swad Cons A just managed to scrape over the line in beating Newhall B 5-3.Andy Grainger started the Cons off well as he took both frames against Rob Hamilton in his typical attack minded play making some fine pots.Lee Wood shared his frames with John Laud in a couple of close but scrappy frames.Paul Slater with his normal determination did well to take a hard earned frame of Martin Hicks with both players getting some good pots.Simon Mansfield had two difficult frames against Carl Glover which were deservedly shared.Simon’s one frame was sufficient for the Cons win.

Burton Cons B drew with Willington C in a match that Willington probably thought they should have won after being 4-2 up.Dave Shipton and Bill Davidson shared two very safety conscious frames.Jason Anguish and Trevor Heath shared two competitive frames which included fine pots by both players.Dave Budworth was in good form in taking both frames against the Jack Dyche winner Tom Egginton with some fine pots and safety play.Dave Plunkett was on form as he beat Jonathan Hogarth fairly comfortably to earn the the draw for the Cons.Dave did not miss many opportunities as he made breaks of 30, 20 and 23 respectively.

In the Rileys Division 2 Alrewas C became the second team to be promoted in this division as they drew with SDSC E.Not for the first time this season Karl Hancox was their star player as he was in outstanding form to easily beat Ray Stretton in both frames.In the first frame he knocked in breaks of 30 and 27 respectively.In the second frame he got even better as he made his maiden break of over 50 in the league in fact it was 54 which was a mixture of short and long pots.Karl must be looking forward to putting his snooker skills to the test next year in a higher division.Rob McMeecham played some steady snooker as he drew with Andy Jefferies the draw being a fair result.Colin Wood and Tony Mitchell shared their frames with bouts of good safety play by both players.Ray Bancroft earned SDSC a well deserved draw as he won both frames in a tight match with Gary Bower.

Tutbury C inflicted only the third defeat of the season on potential champions Willington D as they beat them 5-3 at Willington.Tutbury’s Gary Hall played well to draw with Loz Kennerson in a match where both players made some very good pots.The in-form Graham Smith put his side in a great position in taking both frames off Lee Cook with some very good safety play and pots putting Tutbury 3-1 ahead at half time.This lead was then increased to a match winning score as Jeff Siddalls beat Steve Lane with a fine array of shots.Darren Harris added a bit of respectability to the score line as he confidently took both frames of John Peto for Willington.If the Tutbury lads stick together next season I am sure they will be a force to be reckoned with!

Swad Cons C are almost certainly the third team to be promoted in this division as they thrashed Woodville S&S B 7-1.They just need a couple of points from their last two games.Vince Draper played well in beating Luke Hudson with some nice pots.Matt Newbold another one of the talented young players they have at the Cons wasted no time in taking both frames of Eric Thornewill with a fine display of attacking snooker.Craig Wilson was the only Cons player to drop a frame as Alan Shuttleworth started to find a bit of form.Bob Birch had two very competitive frames with Terry Eyley and just managed to shade both frames at the death.

Middle of the table Belmont C just managed to beat Swad Cons B 5-3.Terry Bosworth for Belmont was in fine form in beating Pete Fearn and the highlight of the match was a well made 35 break.Brian Cutting put his side 3-1 ahead at the turn drawing with Jon Petcher in a competitive match.Dan Petcher pulled the Cons level with a determined display of snooker in beating Dougie Lees.Dave Press one of there most consistent players got the two frames they required for victory with a solid performance in beating John Griffin.

Alrewas D continued their improving season as they beat Burton Cons D 6-2 at the Cons.Nathan Brooks and Brian Aldridge shared their frames with neither player being able to press home the advantage.On the other table Al Munnien and John Hill also shared their frames in a couple of scrappy frames.In the second half Alrewas seemed to step up a gear with Brian Eccleston rolling back the years with an impressively display of potting against Geoff Wood to take both frames in style.Tom Smith seemed to like the table at the Cons as he was never too long away from it with a fine potting performance in beating Paul Brooks.