Snooker Report by Tony Coleman
In the Just Wood Premier Division, Tutbury A got there season back on track against Willington B winning 6-2, partly through the old stalwarts, Craig Keen and Alan Davies, who got back together for the first time this season. Craig lost the first frame to John Hardy, who made some good pots. Craig, in the second frame, managed to fight his way back for a share of the spoils. Captain Alan Davies arrived back in reasonable form off his holidays, although he had not picked up a cue since April. Alan had a stream of small breaks to give him a convincing win against Andy Jenkins. Daz Lester and Steve Gaunt shared two good frames of snooker. Paul Atterbury confirmed Tutbury’s win by beating an out of sorts Tony Clements, with a stunning long straight black to win the first, and won the second on the pink.
Ivanhoe A had another good win, this time at the expense of Rileys A who they beat 6-2 away. For Ivanhoe, Andy Marriott won both frames against Rich Foster. Rich was unlucky to lose the first frame when only requiring the pink. Ian Rennocks was again in good form, knocking in a 40 break in the first frame and easily won the second against Sean Barkes. Mick Kirk was very lucky to get a draw against Mark Stirling. Antony Moore came back well to draw with Micky Tonks, although he some how managed to break his cue, probably in frustration!! Micky made a good break of 37 to win his frame.
A very good win for Burton Cons A away to Willington A 1-7, although the match was closer than the score suggests. In the match between Mat Milnes of the Cons and Dean Johnson, Mat won the first frame fairly comfortably, but in the second, it went down to a black ball game, with Mat clinching the second frame also. In the two frames between David Hayman and Owen Jones, both players could have won both frames, so a draw was probably a fair result. The best performance on the night was from captain Mick Simpkins aginst Wayne Piera. Mick seemed to be playing the right shots at the right time to beat Wayne. Stuart Roberts was in good form beating Bill Stewart fairly easily in the first, but in the second he had to clear the colours to win. This is the Cons third win on the bounce.
In the inter club derby between SDSC B and SDSC A it was the the A team who have the bragging rites, winning 5-3. The A team got off to a good start being 3-1 up at the turn, thanks to some good potting by Chris Dewey in beating Ben Mansfield. Andy Bloor and Steve Ayre played out two close frames with honours shared. You have to feel sorry for Garton Bloor who, despite making a good 32 break in one of his frames, still lost to John Davis, this was enough to win the match for the A team. The B teams Simon Orpwood is back to form, winning both frames against Andy Goldingay, which is no mean achievement.
Belmont A got there first win of the season at the expense of there B team winning in fine style 7-1. They got off to a great start thanks to Graham Bailey taking both frames off Michael Lomas, which included a very good 34 break. Something went wrong, Sturmy Archer dropped a frame , this is a rare occurance. Sturmy won the first to put the A team 3-0 up, but Miffa Smith played really well to take the B team’s only frame. Things where getting even better, with Shaun Gebbie taking both frames off Arron Vaughan in two close games. Well done to young Josh Gebbie in winning both frames for the first time in the Premier Division against another young talent in Brett Craddock. The match was enjoyed by all, but especially the A team.
In yet another inter club derby, this time between Ivanhoe B and C, the match ended in a draw. This was a well fought battle with neither side prepared to give much away. For the C team, Daz Wilson was in great potting mood in taking both frames off Mark Pickering. John Skellett and Gaz Doleman shared two very tense frames, but leaving the C team 1-3 up at the turn. Finally, Jason Pickering has got his season going, by easily taking both frames off Jerry Cook. By all accounts, the best two games of snooker on the night was between Graham Measures and Brendan Mattley. Graham took the first frame with an excellent pink, Brendan hit back taking the second with a 32 break. Honours even.
In the David Wain Insurance Division One, Woodville S & S A lost again, this time to Stapenhill A 6-2, as they failed to take there chances when they were offered. Jim Marcer who was certainly getting back in the groove when he beat Chris Sheldrake over two very tight frames. Chris was favourite to win the first, but lost it on the black, the second frame he was safe on the blue. Alan Orpwood had nothing but bad luck, unfortunate in offs, good pots, no colours against Andy Tomlinson who was also struggling at times, but Andy managed to fall over the line. Stapenhill captain Steve Ford was in very good form in his first frame against Tony Coleman rarely missing a pot. In the second frame, Steve, despite making a 28 break, only won it on the pink. Pat Ryan lost his first frame to John Sheriff who was in a potting mood, but in the second frame, Pat put in a sterling effort only to lose on the black.
Burton Cons B had a good win at home to Alrewas B 5-3. Dave Plunkett and Alan Wilson had two cracking frames of snooker, with Dave just managing to win both games. Dave Shipton beat Alrewas’ John Sharpe with some good long potting. The young talent of Phil Marklew improved the scoreline for Alrewas by easily beating Jason Anguish with some stylish play. The evergreen Tom Egginton got the one frame the Cons needed with some steady play against Will Sherrett who won the final frame.
Rolleston A surprising lost at home to Burton Cons C 2-6. Bob Sanders and Paul Davies played out two long drawn out games which ended a draw. The Cons wily and reliable potter Jim Jennings was in good form taking both frames of Bob Tubey in his normal bravodo style. By all accounts MicK Buckland was in awesome form against Tony Rushton, who does not lose many matches, apparently he scored 76 points to Tony’s one in the first frame and conceded with four reds remaining. Potter Buckland also produced some more stunning potting in the second as well. Kev Norris and Steve Castledine drew in two contrasting frames, neither good enough to win both.
Alrewas A drew with draw specialist’s Swad Cons A. Colin Kinsella and Mark Hadley played out two very close games which ended with honours even. Carl Poulton and Paul Slater also drew with neither player being able to get the decisive frame. Ian Hiley, not for a very long time, lost both games to Andy Grainger, who made some excellent pots. Alrewas captain Dave Trueman came to his sides rescue by taking both closely fought games against Lee Wood with the second on the black, much to his teams relief.
Another inter club match saw SDSC D lose at home to there C team 3-5. Two close frames between two ex premier players Ryan Gilmore and Adam Harrison ended in a share of the spoils. For the C team, the form of 12 year old Harry Farrell seems to be improving every week, he beat Danny Collins with some excellent potting despite Danny making a 33 break. Henry Tomas then won the match for the C team by winning two scrappy frames against Rob Press. Andy Rice then put a little bit of respectability to the scoreline, in winning two close frames against Pete Maquire.
In the Rileys Division Two, congratulations to Burton Cons D who have finally won a game, they beat Rolleston B 5-3. The Cons played all of last season without winning a match – well done for sticking with it. Ian Protheroe was there hero taking both frames of Steve Atkins with some very good potting and safety play. Algy Munnien drew with Aaran Doyle in a couple of scrappy frames. Neil Brooks played very well, getting some good pots to draw with John Ward. The honour of getting the winning frame was left to the Cons skipper Paul Brooks who drew his match, this time against Dave Bentley.
A good win for Alrewas C away to Swad Cons B, they won 5-3. The night started off rather slowly as we had a marathon two frames between Reggie Shorthouse and Rob McMeecham in which Rob crawled over the line in a very dour two frames. Apparently the Chairman was concerned about how much electricity had been consumed in those two frames. For the Swad Cons, John Griffin and Gary Bower had two close frames of snooker with honours shared. For Alrewas, Karl Hancox was in cracking form in his first frame against Dan Petcher, making breaks of 25 and 27 respectively, but in the second frame Dan came back strongly to win the frame. In the match of the captains Jon Petcher and Colin Wood drew in an entertaining match.
Another good win for Belmont C against Willington D 5-3. Belmont’s Mr Consistent, Terry Bosworth, got them off to a great start by taking both frames off Lee Cook with some good potting and safety play. Willington’s in form player Loz Kennerson was again in good form, taking both frames off the unfortunate Brian Cutting. Dougie Lees then used his vast experience with some great safety play to draw with talented Steve Lane. Skipper Dave Press then took the two frames they required in some style against Darren Harris.
In the final inter club derby of the week, it was the mature heads of the SDSC E team who beat the youngsters of the SDSC F team 6-2. The E team got off to a pretty good start thanks to Tony Mitchell taking both frames off Alex Glover in a good match. Andy Jefferies drew with Alex Read. The “old heads” were 3-1 up at the turn. Ray Stretton secured victory by beating Nathan Miller, this was followed by two close frames between Ray Bancroft and Henry Carlton with honours shared.
The Swad Cons D bandwagon keeps on rolling as they beat Woodville S and S B 6-2 away from home. Gaz Ward got them off to a flying start by taking both frames off the unlucky Eric Thornewell who contributed to two good games of snooker. Terry Eyley got Woodville back on level terms with a sparkling game of snooker with some excellent pots and good safety against Nig Duggins. The Cons Dave Bodie making his first appearance of the season was playing solid snooker to beat Alan Shuttleworth. For Woodville, Richard Thornewell had very little good luck against Marc Egan, who made the most of his opportunities to win both frames.
Would all clubs please ensure that the competiton sheets are returned as soon as possible, as they are now overdue.