The President’s Cup Final took place this week, which saw the divisional winners play each other in a round robin final. The finalists were Ivanhoe A from the premier division, Newhall B from the first division and Ivanhoe D from the second division.
Congratulations go to Ivanhoe A as they added to their great season by winning the Cup overall.
Owen Jones writes for the Premier Division
Ivanhoe A firmly cemented the runners up position in the Burton and District Snooker League as they defeated third placed Belmont A by 6-2. Andy Marriott was first up against Graham Bailey and he played well to take both frames with breaks of 35 and 44. Ian Rennocks then drew with Ian Archer in what looked a great tie on paper. Mick Kirk also drew with Mark Press before Ant Moore, aided by a 30 break, defeated Fran McInulty and then also did a spot of amateur hair dressing in the process!
Rileys A have given themselves a great chance of avoiding the drop as they won at home against Willington A by 5-3. Tom Elliott opened the match against Jan Pawlazych and gained a creditable draw. Andy Spiers and Ade Harper then did the damage as they beat Dean Johnston and Wayne Pereira respectively to put the home side in the driving seat. Evergreen Alan Davies gave the scorecard some credibility for the visitors as he won the final two frames of the night against Mark Stirling.
Belmont B and Alrewas B shared the frames on the night in a basement battle. Mick Morris picked up both frames as the visitors could only field three players. Phil Marklew got the vital win against Arron Vaughan to even the scores. Mark Vaughan and Brett Craddock then picked up a frame each against John Sharpe and Alan Wilson respectively to leave the scores tied.
Alrewas A picked up a 5-3 home victory against Ivanhoe B to virtually guarantee themselves a mid-table finish. Colin Kinsella knocked in a 31 on the way to picking up the decisive two frames against Gaz Dolman in the only win on the night. All other games were tied, although Jerry Cook scored a 30 break in taking a frame from Dave Trueman.
Willington B could only manage a draw against Tutbury A as they are desperate for points to beat the drop. John Hardy won the first two frames by default as he didn’t have an opponent. Dave Mahwinney made a draw against Dave Powell and Steve Gaunt followed suit by sharing the frames with Dave Mabbott. Steve Mabbott took the two frames needed for the draw as he beat Tony Clements.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre B hosted the champions Burton Cons A and it was the visitors who left with a 7-1 victory. Adam Harrison had no answer to John Shilton’s decisive potting as he took both frames aided by a 47 break. Henry Thomas then shared the frames with Darren Coady. Young Harry Farrell then had the chance of taking a big scalp in his early career as he played Jonathan Fletcher. Unfortunately for the young starlet, Fletcher won both frames aided by a 36 break. Matt Milnes took both frames from Pete Maguire to close out the match.
A combined Burton and Swadlincote snooker league team went up to Bridlington for a challenge match over the weekend and came away 11-5 winners, the team were Owen Jones, Matt Milnes, Mark Vaughan, Arron Vaughan, Kev Elkin, Tom Holland and Josh Gebbie.
Tony Coleman Reporting on Rileys Division 2
With only two weeks left of the season Willington D despite losing at home to Swad Cons D 6-2 are almost certain to be crowned Champions as they have got an eight point lead over second placed Woodville. Simon Malpass shared two rather scrappy frames with Andy Boam with neither player being able to stamp their authority on the game. Both players did get some good pots. Match of the night was between two off the best potters in the division Trevor Heath and Gaz Ward with both players in the top six of the averages. Gaz Ward for the Cons was the better potter on the night making the most of the chances when they arose. This included a smart 25 break. Next on was Brian Alford and Bob Birch who between them have many years of experience in the game and this showed by the quality of the potting and safety play. For the Cons Bob managed to take the frames eventually. The last two frames of the night was shared between Bill Davidson and Scott
Gee with both players making some valuable contributions to an entertaining match with a surprise ending for the Cons.
Woodville S&S A kept up the pressure on the league leaders Willington with a win against Swad Cons C with a display that belies their lowly position. The Cons had the chances to get the draw with Woodville winning 6-2. First on was the ‘Master Cueman’ Jim Marcer who won both frames against Pete Fearn. In both frames Pete had Jim in a certain amount of difficulty with a number of snookers. Pat Ryan then played John Griffin in two close frames. In the first Pat managed to get himself back into the frame with some nice pots and snookers on the colours only to go for a fine cut on the pink and missed it leaving John needing just to pot the pink for the frame. The second frame followed a similar pattern to the first but in this frame Pat got ahead on the colours and stayed there to share the frames. Alan Orpwood who has been in superb form this season struggled in the first frame to get used to the table against Jon Petcher. Jon went into a
commanding lead only for Alan to fight his way back into the frame with a mixture of fine snookers and pots. Alan just required the black but unfortunately he missed leaving it on for Jon to take the frame. The second frame Alan was used to the table and knocked in a lovely 38 break which included four blacks and a blue showing excellent cue ball control around the black spot. Jon never recovered from this break and conceded on the green. The final match was between Tony Coleman and Barry Bentley although Barry should have won the first after he potted the frame ball pink only for the cue ball to follow on. Tony given the reprieve gratefully potted the pink. Tony took the second frame also. Alan’s 38 break is the highest in the division this week.
In the match of the week in this division between third placed SDSC E and fifth placed Rolleston C the match ended all square. The first match on was between Nick Harcombe and Richard O’Dell. Nick like he has been for most of the season was again in fine potting form. In one of the frames he won he made a quality 35 break. Nick also took the second frame but not without a battle with Richard who made a valuable contribution to an entertaining match. Joe Docksey was next up against Ray Stretton who was in fine potting form as he won both of his frames fairly comfortably. The two frames taken by Joe levelled the match score 2-2 at the turn. Andy Jefferies not for the first time season put SDSC in a very winnable position by taking both frames in a close match with the Rolleston skipper Kev Norris. Rolleston’s in-form Lionel Lewis earned his side a most valuable draw with a solid display of safety and potting against Ray Bancroft who
certainly went down fighting as Lionel took both frames.
Belmont C have slid very quietly into the final promotion slot with a fine home win against the talented but inconsistent SDSC F winning 6-2. This win puts them one point ahead of SDSC E who are in fourth place. Terry Bosworth was again at his masterful best with some superb potting and quality control of the cue ball as he beat Leo Worsley fairly comfortably in both frames. Dave Press lost both of his frames to Matt Hazard in two tight and well contested frames to put the frame score level at the turn. Belmont then bought out the artillery first in the shape of Brian Cutting who appears to be playing better snooker with age gave Ashley Beard very little chance to show his talents as he won both frames in some style. Dougie Lees not to be outdone then won his two frames with a bit of a struggle with Alex Read. Belmont have another tough match this week as they play fifth in the table Rolleston C who are just four points behind them.
Alrewas D headed down the A38 feeling happy with their nights work as they beat Burton Cons D 6-2 with a fine contribution by all of the players. Paul Brooks for the Cons shared his frames with John Hill with both players getting some good pots. Al Munnien and Shaun Tubbert shared their frames. Shaun did very well as this was his first league game of the season and to take a frame of Al he did well. After the break it was all down hill for the Cons as Alrewas turned on the style firstly with Tom Smith who missed very little in both frames against the unlucky Nathan Brooks. Tom knocked in a well constructed 37 break to win one of his games. By all accounts Brian Aldridge rolled back the years with the quality of his play as he took both frames in style off Ian Protheroe who can certainly pot a bit when given the chance.