Owen Jones writes for Just Wood Premier Division
Belmont A kept the ball rolling in the Premier Division of the Burton Snooker League, helping themselves to a 6-2 victory against Willington B. Josh Gebbie was in great form beating John Hardy aided by a 39 break. Father Shaun also knocked in a 45 break, however he could only share the spoils with Andy Jenkins which left the scores at 3-1 to the home side at the break. Ian Archer then knocked in a 39 break in defeating Steve Gaunt and finally Fran McInulty shared his frames with Tony Clements to complete the match.
It was a mid-table clash at the Royal British Legion as Alrewas A took on SDSC A. Both had exactly the same record going into the game and finished on exactly the same record after a 4-4 draw. The in form Ian Hiley got stopped in his tracks by Chris Dewey in an entertaining game that Dewey took 2-0 after some excellent potting. Steve Ayre of SDSC A looked to be on for a 2-0 himself against Dave Trueman but Dave hung on in there in the second and took a deserved 1-1. The two Carl’s, White and Poulton, shared their game to produce another draw on the night. White took the first on the final pink and Poulton easily wrapped up the second. That left Kinsella to earn a 4-4 draw for Alrewas with some excellent potting against John Davies to take only his second 2-0 of the season.
Tutbury A played out a tight game with Ivanhoe B. Gaz Dolman struck first taking both frames for the away side against Steve Hathaway. Steve and Dave Mabbott both draw their games with Darren Wilson and Graham Measures respectively. Chris Mabbott then needed to win his game to take a share of the spoils which he did against Jerry Cook, aided by a 31 break.
Ivanhoe A kept themselves within touching distance of the leaders with a comfortable 7-1 victory against Rileys A. Mark Stirling was the only player to take a frame for the away side against Mick Kirk, who knocked in a 32 break. Ian Rennocks produced breaks of 73 and 33 in beating Tom Elliott, Daniel Blunn knocked in a 33 when defeating Ade Harper, and Ant Moore compiled a 34 break to beat Andy Spiers to complete the rout.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre won 5-3 against Belmont B. Mick Morris took both frames for the away side against Henry Thomas and Michael Lomas drew with Ben Davies. That was as good as it got for Belmont as young Harry Farrell and Adam Harrison both won against Brett Craddock and Martin Smith respectively to take the match.
Willington A recorded a good 6-2 victory against Alrewas B. Wayne Pierera defeated Alan Wilson and Dean Johnston beat Will Sherratt to put the home side in command. Daz Lester drew with Roy Sherratt and Bill Stewart did well to take a frame off the in-form Phil Marklew to complete the victory.
Mark Vaughan writes for David Wain Insurance Division 1
Current league leaders Stapenhill A are turning on the style coming up to the halfway point of the season and maintained their standing as title contenders with a great team performance against Alrewas C, first up for the home team was Carl Jeffcote who took control immediately against Colin Wood winning both frames comfortably as did John Richardson to go 4-0 up. Alrewas fared no better in the next frame as Steve Ford knocked in a good 45 break in the one frame he took off Jim Chambers and Mark Waldron followed suit against Karl Hancox for a great 6-2 win.
Second placed going in to this week’s match Burton Cons B played against a Newhall team who have moved up the league to be considered for the top spot in this division with some great play and continued with Martin Hicks playing fluently to take two frames off Dave Shipton, Callum Gray for Newhall suffered, and in the end his head went and was beaten by Simon Smith to draw the Burton side level. Adam McInulty then hammered Burtons Tom Egginton to restore the lead leaving Mark Anslow to win the frame that moved the South Derbyshire side level in the league with their opponents.
SDSC D currently lying in third place can thank Wayne Brewin for strengthening their position with the two frames he took off Matt Newbold aided with a great 54 break, the highest in the division this week, all other players drew in an entertaining match for a valuable 5-3 victory.
Burton Cons C hosted Willington C in a mid table clash, Jim Jennings started for the Burton side but found the going hard against the ever improving Lee Cooke who won both frames whilst on the other table Mick Buckland restored his team with the help of the divisions second highest break of the week a fabulous 51 to level the scores against Willington’s Daz Harris, little did he know that these were to be his sides only frames as Loz Kennerson and Steve Butterworth won all there frames to move themselves up the table to the misfortune of the Burton side.
Tony Coleman writes for Rileys Division 2
Ivanhoe D who were second in the table before this weeks results did well to go to fifth placed SDSC E and come away with a draw.SDSC are currently the divisions draw specialists.Neil Harcombe and Jack Bale shared two good frames of snooker with both players getting some quality pots.Tony Mitchell played very well to take a frame off Jason Collins who is well up in the Divisions averages.Andy Jefferies showed some of his best form of the season as he took two well deserved frames off Tim Bale which included a well made 28 break.This then put SDSC 4-2 ahead and tasting victory but Ivanhoe had their saviour in the form of twinkle toes Warner Collins as he waltzed around the table very rarely missing anything and if he did it went safe for the unfortunate Ray Stretton as Warner earned his side the draw.
Rolleston C remain in third place despite a very good win at Belmont C winning 5-3. Rolleston’s talented Joe Docksey played some excellent snooker in sharing both frames with Terry Bosworth.The first frame Joe won fairly comfortably and should have possibly won the second also but he lost it on the black.Brian Cutting of Belmont could not cope on the night with the potting prowess of Kev Norris who missed very little in both frames. Dougie Lees played some very good snooker in sharing the frames with Lionel Lewis who has not dropped many frames this season.Dave Press and Richard O’Dell shared their frames in a very safety conscious two frames.
In what was a very close match between Alrewas D and Woodville S&S A although looking at the score line you would not think so with Woodville winning 7-1 away.Woodville’s Alan Orpwood was again unplayable as he won both frames with plenty to spare against Dave Riley who admitted on the night he was beaten by a much better opponent. On the other table Brian Aldridge and Tony Coleman had two extremely close frames with Tony needing to pot pink and black in both frames to win which he did.This put Woodville 4-0 ahead at the turn. The two frames between Tony Trueman of Alrewas and Jim Marcer was of a very high standard of snooker both in the safety play and potting.Tony started potting from the off which included a well constructed 26 break but Jim managed to get himself back into the frame but left Tony one or two chances to win it.The second frame was a close run thing with Jim stealing it on a re-spotted black after requiring the pink and black.Two more close frames were experienced with both going to Woodville in the game between Pat Ryan and Brian Eccleston both players were in good potting form with Pat winning his first on the pink and the second on the black.The match was played in a great spirit and a good atmosphere.
Swad Cons D got back to winning ways as they beat SDSC F 6-2.Dave Bodie gave his team a fine start as he took both frames against Ashley Beard in two very open frames.Gaz Ward for the Cons knocked in the highest break in the division this week of 45 against Alex Read.Gaz made some excellent long pots and his control of the cue ball was top notch in the break but Alex did well in the other frame to share the spoils.Bob Birch used his experience as he won both frames in a tight match with Henry Carlton.Andy Boam and Alex Glover also shared the spoils in a rather dour match.
Willington D go into their Christmas break with a commanding lead over the team in second place as they thumped Burton Cons D 7-1. Like a lot of their games this season they have been given a good start by the opening pairing of David Budworth who played with a nice fluency through out his match with Ian Protheroe and made a number of small breaks in both frames to win his match and the other pairing of Trevor “hot shot” Heath was again in cracking form as he made some very good pots in taking both frames fairly easily off Nathan Brooks.The experience of many years playing on the green baize helped Brian Alford to beat Al Munnien in a couple of good frames of snooker with both players making some nice pots.Paul Brooks for the Cons prevented the whitewash as he shared the spoils with Bill Davidson in a game with some good safety play by both players.
Rolleston B had a good win at home beating struggling Swad Cons C 6-2.No matter whether they win or lose the Cons always enjoy the night.Aaron Doyle for Rolleston got the ball rolling rather nicely as he took both frames in a close match with Barry Bentley.John Ward and Pete Fearn both played well taking a frame a piece.Dave Bentley put the home side on the road to victory as he took both frames against a rather unlucky John Griffin who did not have too much luck in the match.Steve Atkin who has been in good form this season had to settle with a draw with Jon Petcher who got a number of cracking pots to win his frame.