Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division
Week 10 of the Burton and District Snooker League began with a hard fought draw in the Premier division between Alrewas A and Belmont A. James Edwards was first up against in form Mark Press and it was Press who made all the running to take both frames to put the away side in front. Adam Walton then played out a draw with Josh Gebbie to leave the scores at 3-1 at the halfway point. Carl Poulton went up next against Ian Archer. Archer knocked in a 44 break on the way to taking his frame. Back came Poulton though and the match was shared. Ian Hiley hosted Fran McInulty in the final game. Hiley needed to win both frames to snatch a draw. He stood firm and took the frames to leave honours even on the night.
Belmont B put in a great performance to beat one of the form sides in the division Tutbury A by 5-3. Martin ‘Miffa’ Smith returned to the side, and duly won his first frame against Chris Mabbott. Mabbott came back strongly in the second to tie the scores. Arron Vaughan potted steadily in his first frame against Dave Mabbott, which included a tidy 29 break. Mabbott was not to be outdone though and won the second frame on the blue. Rich Goldby also potted well to take the first frame against the other Mabbott brother Steve. It was a repeat of the first two matches as Steve took the second to leave the scores at three a piece. Captain Mark Vaughan took on Steve Hathaway in the final game of the night. Vaughan potted well to take the first and knocked in a 25 in the second to put himself in a strong position to take the match for the Belmont side. Hathaway however, fluked the brown and potted up to the black but missed it. This left Vaughan with a tough pot to take the glory. He hammered it home to take the victory for his side.
Rileys A hosted champions Burton Cons A and the away side took a strong foothold right from the start of the game. Tom Elliot had chances in the first frame against John Shilton, but the Cons player took it and knocked in a 43 to take the second. Matt Milnes looked in ruthless form against Nigel Tomlinson and took both frames aided by a 32 break. Micky Tonks also found the going hard against Darren Coady who ground out his two frames to take the score to six for the visitors. Mark Stirling halted the whitewash, taking the first frame against Owen Jones who rattled a brown in the middle with the blue hanging over the pocket. Stirling cleared up to the pink to take it. The second was a different story though as Jones had a forty point lead going into the colours. Stirling tried valiantly to get the snookers but Jones cleared the remaining colours with some good long pots to close the match 7-1.
Willington B could only field three players and consequently took a battering from Swadlincote Snooker Centre A. Chris Dewey played well to beat Robyn Budworth and Steve Ayre did a similar job in defeating John Hardy. Tony Clements knocked in a 41 break to restore some pride for the home side but Carl White drew the game taking the second frame. John Davis claimed the final two frames to leave the final score at 7-1.
In the final game of the night, Ivanhoe A won a tight game 5-3 against Alrewas B. Andy Marriott defeated Phil Marklew and Ian Rennocks kept up his form, beating Will Sherratt to put Ivanhoe in command. Alan Wilson grabbed two back for the Alrewas side and finally Ant Moore and John Sharpe shared their frames to end the match.
Mark Vaughan writes for David Wain Insurance Division One
South Derbyshire Snooker Centre D had a cracking result against Burton Cons C who are no pushovers beating them 8-0 to move second in the league, Wayne Brewin won two high class frames against Mick Buckland who will play much worse and win showing what a good player Wayne is, Ryan Gilmore was too hot for Jim Jennings to handle and won both frames comfortably. Lee Sherratt won his first frame against Steve Castledine although Steve had his chances; the second frame was a much closer affair and went down to a black ball game. Andy Rice completed the whitewash against Ian Shrive who nearly clawed both back from almost impossible positions to move the Swad side into the promotion places.
The League leaders Ashby Ivanhoe C have struggled over the last few weeks recording draws instead of the impressive wins of the start of the season which has let the chasing pack make up ground to leave the title wide open. This week saw the visit of Swad Cons A, and first on for the leaders was the talented Jason Pickering against Swads Cos Theopistou with both playing out two good frames which ended drawn, on the other table John Skellett took on Mark Hadley who has been in excellent form this season and continued by beating the Ashby man to give the away team a 3-1 lead, Stuart Tagg pulled a frame back against Lee Wood and Bren Mattley did the same against Paul Slater, The last two frames were reversed to give the Swad side a great away win to drag themselves back in to the reckoning for promotion and drop Ivanhoe to third.
The division’s highest break has been beaten again, this time by Karl Hancox of Alrewas C who knocked in a great 72 break against Newhall B teams Mark Anslow in the two frames he won which failed to help his team as they went down 5-3.
Burton cons B hosted Stapenhill B with arguably the best players in each team facing each other, Simon Smith was player of the night with 4 breaks in the twenties to win two frames from John Sheriff while on the other table Jason Anguish was potting balls against Tim Knopik in two open frames to give the home team a 4-0 dream start, Dave Plunkett then faced Stapenhill’s Andy Tomlinson it was Andy who took the first frame potting well in the letter stages of the frame as did Rob Kent for Stapenhill against Tom Egginton to leave the match balanced on the last two frames, despite stubborn Stapenhill resistance the Burton men won the last two frames for a 6-2 win which lifts them up the league.
Stapenhill A have been going about things quietly and have put some impressive results together and did again this week by beating Willington C 6-2 to go to the top of the league. John Richardson and Chris Sheldrake did the damage winning all there frames and Carl Jeffcote and Steve Ford managed one a piece.
Tony Coleman writes on Rileys Division 2
SDSC E drew with Rolleston B in a very competitive match with the draw being the fairest result. Phil Maddocks and David Bentley shared two enthralling frames in which both players missed some good opportunities to win their match. Tony Mitchell had to battle hard to take a frame off the Rolleston skipper John Ward who played well in the frame he won. Andy Jefferies and Neil Cheadle both made some fine pots in their drawn match. It was left to the final pairing of Ray Bancroft and Steve Atkin to try and win the match for their team but like the rest of the evening’s games it ended all square. After this result SDSC have slipped a place to third.
Ivanhoe D have moved into second position after beating Swad Cons C 6-2 away. For the Cons John Griffin played very well to take a frame off Jack Bale with both players making some good pots. Jason Collins for the Ivanhoe did his season’s averages no harm as he took both frames with a strong performance against Pete Fearn. Tim Bale had a fairly comfortably win against Barry Bentley with a steady stream of low breaks which kept the scoreboard ticking over. Twinkle toes Warner Collins had to settle for a draw with Jon Petcher who played some great safety play in both frames.
An excellent win for Burton Cons D as they beat the team just below them SDSC F 6-2. The Cons skipper Paul Brookes led from the front with a fine display of potting as he won both frames with Alex Glover. This was backed up with Al Munnien sharing the frames with the talented Ashley Beard in a well spirited match thus putting the Cons 3-1 up at the turn. Ian Protheroe who is starting to get back to some good form shared two fine frames of snooker with Alex Read who on his day is a mean potter. Nathan Brooks was determined not to be out done by his father as he also played well in taking two close frames off the unlucky Ken White.
Willington D had a close encounter of the Woodville kind as they managed to hold on for the win 5-3. Willington got off to the perfect start first with Dave Budworth potting well in both frames although Pat Ryan made him work very hard in both. Trevor “hot shot” Heath was blowing hot and cold in a most interesting match with Jim Marcer where both players got some good pots and some very good safety play was on show. With Trevor just having the run. In the second frame Jim had a chance to win it on the black but failed. This win put them 4-0 ahead at the turn and in control and it only got better for Willington when pool expert Nick Hattersley took his first frame on the black to beat Tony Coleman. Although Tony won the second fairly comfortably. Awsome Alan Orpwood was on fire in his match with Bill Davidson missing very little in both frames he seemed to have the cue ball stuck to the end of his cue. Unfortunately for Bill he had no answer on the night to The Orpwood domination. This win for the Power Boys keeps them well clear at the top.
Swad Cons D had a fine win away against fifth in the table Tutbury B where they won 6-2. The Cons were given a great start thanks to Marc Egan playing some fine snooker to win both frames against the previously unbeaten Colin Bell. Andy Boam then put them in an unbeatable position by taking both frames in a rather fluent manner beating John Peto. Gaz Ward who is currently near the top of the divisions averages continued his rich vein of form with an excellent display of potting for which Paul Atterbury had no answer. Jeff Siddalls added some respectability to the Tutbury score line with a solid performance in winning both frames against Kieron Dadley who also knocked in some good pots.
Belmont C and Alrewas D drew their match in a closely and competitive match where Trevor Bosworth for Belmont seems to take his customary two frames against any opponent but this time it was Tom Smith who certainly gave Trevor a run for his money in two good frames of snooker. John Hill bought the scores level with a comfortable win against Dougie Lees. Brian Cutting and Tony Trueman shared their frames with both players getting some fine pots. Neither Dave Press or Dave Riley were not able to get the two frames they needed to give their side the win.