Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division.
Riley’s A gained a valuable draw against high flying Ashby Ivanhoe A in the Just Wood Premier Division of the Burton and District Snooker League. Andy Marriott picked up his customary two frames at the expense of Tom Elliott, with Marriott also knocking in a 40 break. Ade Harper and Daniel Blunn drew their game and Andy Spiers followed suit by drawing with Ant Moore. Mark Stirling won the all important two frames for Riley’s as he defeated Mick Kirk to leave the scores tied.
Willington B hosted Belmont A in a must win game. Unfortunately it was the visitors who came away with the points in a 6-2 win. The talented Josh Gebbie knocked in a 35 on the way to defeating Andy Jenkins. Ian Archer then won both frames against John Hardy. Mark Press also won by the same scoreline leaving Tony Clements to save the blushes as he won both frames against Fran McInulty.
Ivanhoe B faced Tutbury A in a big match for them as they battle for survival. Gaz Dolman and Daz Wilson did the damage as they beat Dave Powell and Chris Mabbott respectively. Steve Cockerham drew with Dave Mabbott to get the five frames needed for victory. Steve Mabbott defeated Jerry Cook in the final match of the night but it wasn’t enough.
Belmont B did their survival chances no harm as they won 6-2 at home to Swadlincote Snooker Centre A. Mick Morris put in a brilliant performance to beat Adam Harrison. Brett Craddock also played very well to take two frames from young starlet Harry Farrell. Ben Davies halted the surge by beating Mark Vaughan. Arron Vaughan closed out the match by beating Henry Thomas.
Alrewas B claimed a 5-3 victory over Willington A without talisman Phil Marklew. It was John Sharpe and Alan Wilson’s turn to grab the lime light as they won all of their frames against Bill Stewart and Dean Johnston respectively. Will Sherratt drew with Daz Lester and finally Roy Sherratt lost to Jan Pawlazych.
SDSC A won the game against Alrewas A but it was closer than the score suggests. Chris Dewey fought back magnificently in the first frame against Jim Edwards. 20 down on the colours he kept his nerve and took the frame and then the second more comfortably. Steve Ayre built up a strong lead in the first frame against Carl Poulton but Poulton produced a 25 clearance to take the frame. Steve fought back excellently though in the second to take the draw. Andy Goldingay make short work of Hot Shot Hiley who couldn’t get into the game after solid potting from Goldingay. John Davis took the first against Colin Kinsella with a superb 33 clearance but Kinsella hung in there and somehow managed to take the second after some fantastic potting on the colours.
Mark Vaughan Writes for David Wain Insurance Division One
SDSC D are within touching distance of clinching the David Wain Insurance Division one title after brushing aside and relegating Swad Cons B away from home 7-1, they are currently lying in second position to Ivanhoe C by a single point but Ivanhoe have finished their fixtures so 2 points this week will see them crowned champions leaving Ivanhoe promoted in second place after they recorded a great win away against SDSC C 6-2, Simon Orpwood the only winner for the Swadlincote side.
Newhall B have put themselves in pole position for the final promotion spot and all but ended Burton cons B promotion push beating them 6-2 at home, Martin Hicks had a 30 break against Jason Anguish who also had a 27 in the two frames he lost, Adam McInulty kept this going by defeating Tom Egginton with the help of a 37 break, this was backed up by Carl Glover and Mark Anslow who both drew with Dave Plunkett and Dave Shipton.
Willington C hosted Burton Cons C in a mid table clash which ended in a draw.
Alrewas C and Stapenhill A had a great match, Alrewas getting off on a flyer with Karl Hancox beating Steve Ford and Jim Chambers defeating John Richardson to dent Stapenhills title push, the away team though were not finished and came back strongly with Carl Jeffcote making breaks of 27 and 32 to defeat Rob Mcmeechan and Chris Sheldrake taking two off Colin Wood to earn his team a draw, which keeps them in fourth place with a chance of promotion as they host Newhall B in the last match of the season with only two points separating the teams. Swad Cons A lying in fifth place will be hoping for a small Stapenhill win next week in order to give themselves a chance to leapfrog both teams to gain the remaining promotion slot, if they can get a big win against SDSC C.
The relegation places have all sadly been filled by Stapenhill B, Swad Cons B with Rolleston A bottom of the table, which is surprising as all three teams have some great players in their ranks, which just shows how tight this division has been.
Tony Coleman Reporting on Rileys Division 2
As the season draws to a close Willington D played their final match needing a good win as they have a rest week next week. They managed a 5-3 win away to Burton Cons D. The night started well for the away side with Dave Budworth taking his first frame against Nathan Brooks fairly easily. In the second frame Nathan played really well only to lose the frame to Dave on the black. Ian Protheroe for the Cons shared his frames with Bill Davidson in two rather tactical games with excellent safety play by both players. Trevor “hot shot” Heath was again in superb potting form as he gave Paul Brooks very little opportunity in two one sided frames thus putting Willington in the lead 5-1. Al Munnien took his first frame against Brian Alford in a low scoring frame. The second frame looked to be going Brian’s way as he was 20 points ahead with only 18 points on the table. Al potted the blue then played safe but Brian played an impossible in-off to give the Cons a lifeline. Al potted the pink and shortly afterwards the black. Willington’s narrow victory leaves Woodville with an outside chance of stealing the title.
Woodville S&S A have regained their spot back in the First Division after being relegated the previous season. Whether they will be going up as champions or runners-up to Willington D is still in the melting pot after beating Alrewas D 6-2. Woodville were given the ideal start thanks firstly to Alan “O’Sullivan” Orpwood who was unplayable in his two frame victory against Brian Eccleston. His potting was superb and very rarely giving Brian any opportunity to have a pot and when required his safety play was top notch. Alan also knocked in a 22 break. On the other table Jim Marcer while not so fluent as Alan managed to win both of his frames with something to spare against Brian Aldridge. Brian potted some lovely reds but had some difficulties getting a colour afterwards. Pat Ryan played steady snooker in both frames against an out of sorts John Hill. Pat potted some nice pots in both frames. Dave Riley for Alrewas added some respectability to the score with a solid performance in taking both frames off Tony Coleman the first being decided on the pink but the second Dave won at a canter with some good pots from distance.
It looks like the battle for third place is going down to the wire with SDSC E having a very good away win at Ivanhoe D who have slipped out of the promotion battle after SDSC won 5-3. Jason Collins the Ivanhoe captain who has been in very good form all season got his team off to the right start taking both frames against Tony Mitchell. Jason played made some cracking pots in both frames but despite Tony getting some pots it was not enough to stop Jason. Nick Harcombe got SDSC back on level terms with two steady frames of snooker against Eric Avins. Two rather long frames between Tim Bale and Ray Bancroft ended with honours even and bouts of safety play was the theme of the night. Rather surprisingly the owner of the top hat and tails aka Warner Collins dropped both frames in a very tight match with Andy Jefferies with both players in a potting mood. Andy won one of his frames with 20 break. The committee have it from a reliable source that old twinkle toes will be tripping the light fantastic on Presentation night !!!
A fine home win for Rolleston C still keeps their promotion ambitions alive and dampens Belmont C slightly with only four points separating third to fifth with probably SDSC E having the easier last match. Rolleston winning 5-3 were given a good start thanks to Joe Docksey beating Dougie Lees with a fine display of potting in both frames. On the other table Lionel Lewis continued his run of good form in sharing the honours with Brian Cutting in two close frames with some good safety play by both players. Glen Mathews was again in good form for Belmont as he beat Richard O’Dell in a match that saw both players getting some fine pots. Kev Norris the Rolleston stalwart again helped the team to victory by winning both frames against the impressive David Press.
Swad Cons D seem to be ending the season in style after the previous weeks win against the Willington boys. This week it was the turn of SDSC F who got a hammering at home losing 7-1. Alex Read for SDSC played very well to take a frame off Gaz Ward who has seen his form dip a little of late. Bob Birch then put the Cons in a good position as he took both frames off Ashley Beard in a rather one sided match with Bob making some cracking pots. Dave Bodie has just found some form as we go into the final week of the season in beating Matt Hazzard in two most entertaining frames with both players making some good pots. To round off an excellent nights work Marc Egan showed off some of his many talents with a well balanced display in beating Alex Glover.