2013-14: Week 23

Owen Jones writes about the Orme Shield Final
The final of the Orme Shield, the snooker league’s prestigious cup competition, took place this week. Fittingly, the leagues top two sides Burton Cons A and Ivanhoe A battled it out. Burton Cons A won it on the night 8 frames to 2 with John Shilton, Owen Jones and Darren Coady all winning two frames and Matt Milnes and Stuart Roberts picking up a frame each. Ian Rennocks and Daniel Blunn won the frames for Ivanhoe.
Owen Jones writes for the Premier Division.
Burton Cons A made it seven out of seven as they clinched a seventh successive title in the Premier Division of the Burton and District Snooker League. They whitewashed Rileys A 8-0 to reach an unassailable 155 points and end any hopes of anyone catching them. None of the frames went the distance on the night in an impressive display. Matt Milnes opened proceedings by taking both frames against Mark Stirling. Milnes played some great stuff, knocking in breaks of 45, 37 and 35 on his way to victory. On the other table Owen Jones played Nigel Tomlinson with a similar outcome. Jones knocked in a 40 and potted well at key times to put the champions 4-0 up at the break. Jonathan Fletcher made a return to league action and took both frames against Ade Harper, which included a 49 break. The victory was completed by Darren Coady, as he knocked in a 32 on the way to winning both frames against Mickey Tonks.
Ashby Ivanhoe A picked up a 6-2 victory away at Alrewas B and put themselves in a strong position to clinch the runners up spot. Andy Marriott dished out more of the usual as he knocked in breaks of 40 and 30 to defeat Alan Wilson. The classy Ian Rennocks then put the visitors 4-0 up by taking both frames from the unlucky Roy Sherratt. Phil Marklew halted the onslaught as he took both frames against Daniel Blunn. Ant Moore closed out the match by taking both frames from Will Sherratt.
A closely fought match was played out at Belmont with the A team just edging out Alrewas A on the night. Shaun Gebbie made short work of James Edwards with some solid potting and nice breaks. Fran McInulty and Adam Walton shared their game. The first frame saw Fran make an excellent 43 that could easily have been a lot more. Adam played well to stay ahead in the second frame and took it on the pink. Carl Poulton beat Josh Gebbie, the first on a close black ball finish, but the second in comfortable fashion. Mark Press brought the win home against Colin Kinsella with a final black ball finish in the first frame and won the second on the colours.
Willington A picked up a 6-2 victory over Swadlincote Snooker Centre B. Jan Pawlazych opened up against Adam Harrison. Both players potted well to take a frame each with Harrison knocking in a 35 break when taking his frame. Wayne Pereira put in a good performance to beat the unlucky Pete Maguire. However, he did fluke the blue in the first frame to take it. Dean Johnston shared the frames with Henry Thomas and finally Gaz Barker closed out the match defeating Ben Davies.
Tutbury A gave Belmont B a spanking as they won 7-1. Micky Morris was the only visiting player to pick up a frame as he drew with Dave Powell. Chris Mabbott benefitted from the absence of a fourth Belmont player as he claimed the two frames. Mark Vaughan started off strongly against Steve Mabbott as he knocked in a 45 break. Mabbott replied with a 42 and fluked the black to take the first frame and then also won the second frame. Dave Mabbott knocked in a 29 on the way to taking both frames from the unlucky Arron Vaughan who also played well.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre A picked up a 5-3 win against Willington B. Chris Dewey, John Davis and Steve Ayre drew with John Hardy, Tony Clements and Steve Gaunt respectively. It was Andy Goldingay who did the damage by defeating Rich Turner to claim the victory for his team.
Mark Vaughan writes for Division one
5 points separate the top six teams in the race for promotion in the David Wain Division One.
Burton Cons C hosted title contenders SDSC D, Jim Jennings took on the divisions sponsor David Wain, Jim went well in front in the first game, getting to the point where David needed a snooker, Jim in trying to finish the frame went in off giving David the foul and points he needed and a lifeline in the game and a chance which he duly took clearing up to take the frame, the second was a close affair but David took it as well, Burtons Mick Buckland did well for the home team against Ryan Gilmore to come back in the first frame from 30 points behind to take it on the black and then with the help of some great long potting take the second to get his team level. Burton Captain Ian Shrive normally the stalwart of his team was well beaten by Wayne Brewin who had a number of 20+ breaks, to give the visitors the advantage and leaving Steve Castledine to save the game for his team against Lee Sherratt, Lee had absolutely no run or luck in both frames leaving Steve to make the most of his good fortune to win both with some steady potting.
Newhall B had a great home win against Alrewas C, Adam McNulty won at a canter against Rob Mcmeechan, Carl Glover won his first frame against Alrewas’s Jordan Watts who potted the black only to unluckily go in off and lose the frame, the second was easier to give Newhall a 4-0 lead, Martin Hicks continued the trend and won the first with a 33 clearance and made a excellent 49 in the second, the only joy for Alrewas was the two frames Karl Hancox took off Callum Gray on the colours in both games for a 6-2 Newhall victory.
The Division’s top two teams went head to head with Swad Cons Andy Grainger playing brilliantly making a 68 break in the two frames he took off Tony Tredger, Mark Hadley easily won the first with Ashby’s Brendon Mattley fighting back to take the second to give the home team a 3-1 lead at the break. Ashby’s John Skellett and Jason Pickering then put on a great display winning the last 4 frames to take the match 5-3 which has not hindered either team, leaving both in the title hunt for another week.
Willington C took to be safe after denting Stapenhill A’s chances of promotion by holding them to a draw coming back from 4-0 down, Loz Kennerson and Daz Harris defeating Carl Jeffcote and mark Waldron.
Stapenhill B hosted Burton cons B and Burtons Tom Egginton got off to a flyer by defeating Colin Britton this was matched by David Plunkett who earned a draw from Stapenhill’s John Sherriff with the help of a good 37 break. Simon Smith then beat Tim Knopik and this was followed up by Jason Anguish drawing with Andy Townsend to give the Burton team a 6-2 win.
Tony Coleman Reporting on Rileys Division 2
In the battle between the top two teams Woodville S&S A and Willington D the match ended all square with the result not being determined until the last frame. Not for the first time this season it shows what good players there are playing in this division. On table 2 Alan Orpwood was again playing with great fluency and went into a nice lead with the help of a 24 break against Aldridge Alford who was struggling to come to terms with his narrow miss on a 147 break. Brian got himself back into the frame with the aid of some excellent snookers but left Alan a good chance to win the frame and with him being in his current form only needs one opportunity. The second frame was a lot closer with Brian potting more reds but not with any colours. Again Brian started snookering Alan to get back in the game to such an extent that Brian needed the pink and black. Alan got his own back with a quality snooker on the pink putting the cue ball behind the black – frame over . Dave Budworth and Jim Marcer had two quality games of snooker but with Dave just being able to make the better pots and breaks. Dave knocking in a very good 33 break in the second frame and with a little kinder running he would have made the highest break of the season. It was 2-2 at the turn and then it be came 4-2 to Willington thanks to a great potting display by Trevor ‘hot shot’ Heath who missed very little in both frames despite Pat Ryans valed efforts to stop him. Pat potted some good balls when given the chance. The last game to be played was between Tony Coleman and Simon Malpass with Tony taking both frames fairly comfortably to earn his side a deserved draw. With this result Willington are favourites to be crowned Champions with only 3 games left and a lead of 13 points over Woodville.
SDSC E have moved back into third place this week as Rolleston C have a rest week. Thanks to a fine away win against Rolleston B winning 6-2 Dave Bentley for Rolleston did very well to take a well deserved frame off Nick Harcombe with both players making valuable contributions to a most entertaining match. Tony Mitchell was in very good form as he beat John Ward in both frames with some good potting allied with a solid safety game. Steve Atkin and Andy Jefferies shared their frames with both players missing some valuable chances to take both frames. SDSC’s player of the night was Ray Bancroft who ground out the two frames his side needed for a good win against Neil Cheadle which by his standard this season was no mean fete. Ray was solid in both his safety play and potting. SDSC E have got a very interesting game next week as they take on fellow promotion rivals Rolleston C.
The in- form Belmont C had a very good away win at Alrewas D winning 5-3. This win keeps them sandwiched between SDSC E and Ivanhoe with only four points separating the three teams. Tom Smith of Alrewas and Brian Cutting played out two very close frames with neither player being able to get the two frames with a draw being the fairest result. On the other table we had two stalwarts of the game Brian Aldridge and Dougie Lees who have a vast amount of experience between them battled it out with Brian winning the first frame thanks to a lovely pot on the black. Dougie came back well to take the second frame early on leaving his opponent requiring snookers. Terry Bosworth the Belmont maestro took on the in-form John Hill but after two good frames of snooker it was Terry who was the happier player winning both frames. It was left to the Belmont skipper Dave Press to get the necessary frame that was required for the win this he did by taking the first off Brian Eccleston. The second frame Brian got his potting arm going to take the last frame.
The improving SDSC F had a fine home win against fellow strugglers Burton Cons D winning 5-3. Leo Worsley did well to take a frame off the Cons experienced Paul Davies who never drops a frame without a fight. Alex Read was in cracking form as he displayed his potting talents in taking both frames against Ian Protheroe. The talents of Matt Hazard were again on show as he shared his frames with the Cons skipper Paul Brookes. It was left to Nathan Brooks to try and get the two frames the Cons required for the draw against Alex Glover. He certainly tried his best but Alex managed to hold him back to share the frames.
Competition for the two final promotion positions is extremely tight with only 11 points between second and fifth.
Ivanhoe D just managed to scrape home 5-3 against Swad Cons C who have certainly not had the best of luck this season which certainly gave the Ivanhoe boys a scare. Jason Collins was again in top form as he potted his way to easily win both frames against Barry Bentley. What a fine asset Jason has been to the team this season. Eric Avins is the top billiard player in the team but lost both frames of snooker to Alan Jowett who appears to be enjoying his return to the team with a solid display of potting. Ex Grease star Warner Collins was slipping about all over the place as he drew with Jon Petcher who has played pretty consistently all season. The highly rated Tim Bale is starting to find some very good form at the moment as he won both frames fairly comfortably in beating Pete Fearn to give the Ivanhoe boys the win.