Owen Jones writes for Just Wood Premier Division
Burton Cons A took another giant step towards winning a seventh successive title in the Premier division of the Burton and District Snooker league by defeating Willington A 7-1. Alan Davies was first up against John Shilton, and it wasShilton who potted decisively to take both frames to put the visitors in front. Dean Johnson played Matt Milnes on the other table with a similar outcome. Milnes didn’t really give his opponent a chance as he took both frames aided by a 38 break. Wayne Pereira then played Owen Jones. Jones potted well to take the first but the second went down to the last black. Pereira attempted a double, which hit the jaw of the middle pocket and rolled the black over the corner pocket for Jones to clinch the frame. This prompted a poor reaction from Pereira as he struck the wall in frustration. The final match of the night saw Darren Coady take the first frame against GazBarker, aided by breaks of 33 and 35. Barker spared the whitewash by winning the second on a black ball game to complete the match.
Tutbury A picked up an impressive 7-1 victory when defeating Alrewas A. The Mabbotts did the damage as Steve, Chris and Dave defeated James Edwards, Carl Poulton and Adam Walton respectively. Colin Kinsella halted the whitewash with the frame he won against Steve Hathaway.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre B were dealt a blow as they lost at home to Willington B. Adam Harrison began the match well for the Swadlincote side by taking both frames against Rich Turner. Ben Davies then won the first frame against Andy Jenkins, aided by a 43 break. Back came Jenkins though to pot a great pink and black to earn himself a draw. Young starlet Harry Farrell lost his way on the night against John Hardy as Hardy took the first frame comfortably and then came from a snooker behind to take the second frame. Henry Thomas closed out the match against Tony Clements, and it was Clements who potted well to take both frames and the match finished 5-3 to the visitors.
A tight match between Ashby Ivanhoe B and SwadlincoteSnooker Centre A ended with the home side claiming a much needed victory. Gaz Dolman drew with Andy Goldingay and Darren Wilson also made a draw with Chris Dewey. Graham Measures and Carl White continued the second half of the match where the first half left off as they also shared the frames. Jerry Cook was the star performer on the night as he won both frames against John Davis and earned a 5-3 win for his side.
Alrewas B hosted Rileys A in what turned out to be another vital win for Rileys. John Sharpe drew with Ryan Farmer in the first match. Alan Wilson then also shared the frames with Tim Hodgkinson, who made a rare appearance for the visitors.Mick Tonks claimed both of his frames as Alrewas could only field 3 players. The final match of the night saw the talented Phil Marklew host the equally talented John Chambers, who also made a rare appearance on the night. Both players cancelled each other out to share the frames and the match finished 5-3 to the visitors.
Ashby Ivanhoe A won 7-1 away at Belmont B. Belmont captain Mark Vaughan was first up against Mick Kirk and it was Vaughan who won the first frame on the colours. He was also in with a shout in the second until Kirk potted brown to pink to seal it. Michael Lomas then played Daniel Blunn.Blunn potted well at key times to take the frames. MickyMorris was up against it right from the off as he had to use a borrowed cue against averages leader Andy Marriott. The outcome was inevitable as Marriott won at a canter. ArronVaughan struggled to get going against Ian Rennocks and subsequently lost the first frame. There was no denying the winner of the second frame however as Rennocks knocked in a lovely 59 break to take it.
Mark Vaughan writes for David Wain Insurance Division One
Division one is just too close to pick the champions from, all teams are taking points from each other. This was best demonstrated this week by the team in eighth position Burton Cons C taking on the team in fifth Newhall B with a massive 25 points separating the teams. Veteran Burton Cons man Jim Jennings took on Adam McInulty , the first went down to a black game and ended with Adam missing the black altogether to give the game to Jim, Adam coming back to win the second. Adam’s miss was a surprise him being no stranger to the Burton tables after his heroics in the Evershed Vase semi-final victory he had over Owen Jones 3 days earlier, Burton’s Mick Buckland had the first frame taken off him by Carl Glover before Mick came back with 3 twenty plus breaks to take the second, Burton’s Steve Castledine who has struggled for form this season took the first off Martin Hicks with great play, the Newhall man winning the second leaving the match balanced on the last pairing of Burton Captain Ian Shrive and Martin Anslow. Ian won the first comfortably but had to dig deep to win the second to give his team a well-earned victory.
Swad Cons B hosted Stapenhill A with only Bob McNulty and Colin Cope earning frames for the Swad side with a bad 6-2 loss.
Stapenhill B had a close game against SDSC C, Bryan Sharratt defeating Swad’s Brian Bloor, brother Garton Bloor taking a frame from Stapenhill’s Andy Tomlinson, this was as good as it got with Swad’s Simon Orpwood and Andrew Bloor taking all the frames for a 5-3 away win.
Burton Cons B are a little off the pace and this week faced Swad Cons A who are in a strong position, Burton’s Jason Anguish had an open game with Andy Grainger ending in a draw while Dave Shipton took on Swad’s Simon Mansfield in a long drawn out safety battle, Simon taking both, Burton’s Simon Smith played solidly to defeat Lee Wood easily, and with Tom Egginton taking the first on the blue it was up to Paul Hollis to save his team, which he did clearing the colours to earn a draw.
Willington C had a great win at home to Alrewas C, Daz Harris and Lee Cooke drew against Rob Mcmeechan and Karl Hancox respectively this backed up by Loz Kennerson and Steve Lane for a 6-2 win.
Tony Coleman writes for Rileys Division 2
Willington D survived a difficult visit to Alrewas D winning 5-3 in what turned out to be a close match. Dave Riley was on first for the A38 boys and Trevor Heath for Willington. Trevor appeared to have the first frame well under control until Dave conjured up a magical 46 break with a number of superb pots to bring him back into the frame which he won on the black after a brief spell of safety. Dave’s 46 break is the highest in the division this season. The second frame was just as close as the first but with Trevor taking it. Dave Budworth Willington’sinspirational captain put his team in a good position as he won both frames fairly comfortably against Brian Aldridge with both Tony Trueman and Bill Davidson playing a similar tactical game it seemed that the frames were deemed to end all square. Willington’s Brian Alford with his silky touches was rather unlucky to drop a frame against John Hill. In the frame that John won he had a fair amount of flukes which included the final black. There was also a certain amount of anticipation when Brian looked as if he might make a 147 after he potted the first red but I think the nerves got to him as he missed the first black. This win keeps them well ahead of the chasing pack although next up is second placed Woodville.
Woodville S&S A had another fine win at home to Swad Cons D winning 6-2. The ‘Master Cueman’ Jim Marcerwas again in good form as he took both frames off the sun tanned Dave Bodie back again after yet another holiday. Jim’s cause was very much helped in the first frame by the 28 points given away in fouls by Dave. In the second frame Jim was always in control with some solid play. Dave managed to pot some good reds but missed some easy colours. On the other table Swad Cons top player Gaz Ward had a disappointing 50th birthday as he lost both frames to the ‘on fire’ Alan Orpwood. The first frame Alan played very well not giving Gaz any opportunities to shine and winning it fairly easily. The second frame was more of a contest but with Alan still taking it on the colours. Pat Ryan probably played his best two frames of the season against Kieron Dadley as he appeared to be potting the the balls from anywhere on the table and they seemed to be finding the middle of the pocket. In the second frame Pat was still doing the potting and looking favourite to win the second but Kieron mounted a spirited fight back to snatch it on the black. Tony Coleman and Andy Boam shared their frames in two close frames with Andy winning his on the black.
Rolleston C moved back into third place with a convincing away win at Swad Cons C winning 6-2. Joe Dockseygot Rolleston off to a solid start by taking both frames with a fine display of potting against Pete Fearn which included a good 29 break. Lionel Lewis who appears to be getting his game back on track just at the right time made a lovely 31 break as he easily won both frames with John Griffin who was never given a great deal of table time by Lionel. Kev Norris as usual played a captain’s role as he won the necessary two frames for the win with another solid display in beating Alan Jowett. Swad Cons captain Jon Petcher not for the first time this season had to take a frame to prevent the whitewash. On this occasion he went one better and won both frames with a sparkling display of potting against Richard O’Dell who despite knocking in a nice 24 break could still not win the frame.
In the match between two teams still battling it out for promotion Ivanhoe D and Tutbury B with the game ending all square. Jason Collins the Ivanhoe star player was again living up to his position in the averages with a fine display against John Peto who has been in good form of late. There was some quality play by both players but with Jason having the edge. Gordon Fisher for Tutbury got his side back in the match by winning both frames in two close frames against Eric Avins who got off to rather slow start but was just unable to get to the winning post. Old Twinkle Toes aka Warner Collins appeared to lose his mojo in the first frame against Paul Atterbury who took full advantage with a string of fine pots and was possibly just shading the second frame when Warner heard his favourite piece of music from Dirty Dancing and he was inspired to win the frame in style. Tim Bale despite losing the first frame fairly easily to Jeff Siddalls came back to win the second frame with some excellent pots to secure a well deserved draw.
Belmont C kept themselves nicely in the promotion battle with another good home win against the inconsistent Burton Cons D winning 6-2. Mr Consistent Terry Bosworth again turned in another solid performance as he won both frames against Nathan Brooks who missed one or two chances to get the scoreboard moving. Brian Cutting was in fine form as he took two close frames off Al Munnien. Some of Brian’s safety play on the night was top draw. This win put Belmont in the driving seat at the turnaround leading 4-0. The good work continued first with Glen Mathews who appears to have settled down well since he came into the team and drew with Paul Brooks in two rather tense frames with neither player able to stamp his mark on the game. Ian Protheroe was in superb form in the frame he won making a very well constructed 35 break with some good pots from distance for the Cons. Dave Press came back well to win the final frame of the night with good pots and safety play.