Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier League
Week 7 of the Burton and District Snooker League began with Swadlincote Snooker Centre A pinching a 5-3 victory away at Rileys A in the Premier Division. Chris Dewey began proceedings taking both frames against the unfortunate Ade Harper. Nigel Tomlinson then played out a draw with Steve Ayre. New signing Mark Satchwell opened his account for the Swadlincote side taking both frames against Tom Elliott which included a 31 break to seal the win. Mark Stirling restored some pride by demolishing Carl White with breaks of 35, 39 and 38.
Willington B claimed a hard fought 5-3 victory against Ivanhoe B. John Hardy and Steve Gaunt did the damage for the home side beating George Cawkwell and Graham Measures respectively. Tony Clements drew with Steve Cockerham and Jerry Cook took the final two frames of the night against Craig Pye.
Belmont A also took a hard fought victory over the Tutbury Tutters 5-3. Josh Gebbie, Graham Bailey and Ian Archer all shared frames with the Mabbott brothers Dave, Steve and Chris before Fran McInulty made the decisive strike defeating Steve Hathaway to keep the Belmont side in touch with the league leaders.
Ivanhoe A hosted Willington A in battle of two of the early pace setters, Andy Marriott played well to beat the previously undefeated Gary Barker with breaks of 32 and 39. Daniel Blunn also put in a good performance against Wayne Pereira to claim his two frames and put the home side in a very strong position at the half way point. Michael Kirk played out a draw with Jan Pawlazych who knocked in a lovely clearance to take the second frame. Ant Moore concluded the match drawing with dangerous Daz Lester in a hard fought encounter to leave the result 6-2.
Young guns Swadlincote Snooker Centre B defeated Alrewas B 5-3 in yet another tight encounter on the night. Henry Thomas took his frames against John Sharpe and Adam Harrison followed suit beating Chris Walker aided by a 32 break. Phil Marklew restored pride for the Alrewas side by beating Ben Davies and Harry Farrell played out a draw with Will Sherratt.
Champions Burton Cons A put in another strong performance to defeat Belmont B 7-1. Mat Milnes was first up against the talented Michael Lomas. Milnes played solid snooker throughout and took both frames with some great potting. Mick Simpkins played his first game of the season and played well to beat an out of sorts Rich Goldby. Stuart Roberts also made his first start of the season and also played well to beat Brett Craddock. Arron Vaughan halted the whitewash against an out of sorts Owen Jones by taking the first frame. Jones responded in a tight second frame by potting a great blue to get perfect position on the final pink to conclude the match.
Mark Vaughan writes for David Wain Division 1
This week has seen a number of decent breaks in the David Wain Division one starting at Newhall B who had a great match at home to Swad Cons B with Martin Hick’s yet again in fine form making the divisions highest break so far this season with a 64 in the two frames he took off Swads Vince Draper while on the other table Adam McInulty had a 31 in the two frames he won against Paul Hollis leaving Swad Cons the challenge of saving the match away from home. Colin Cope for Swad cons went on against Mark Anslow and won two tight frames while on the other table Swads Matt Newbold played very well against Newhall’s Carl Glover to earn Swad Cons a draw.
Alrewas Cs patience with new player Ian Bradford has started to pay off, he has improved every week including this week by beating Garton Bloor of Swad Snooker Centre C who are a team hoping to bounce straight back to the top division following last season’s relegation, on the other table Garton’s son Andrew fared better than his dad by beating Nigel Edwards. Unusually for the Swad team they were a man down forcing them to forfeit two frames and leaving the result hanging in the balance on the last pairing between Karl Hancox and Swads Simon Orpwood which proved to be the best match of the night by far, Karl built up a 35 point lead and whilst going for the frame ball went in off leaving him 31 in front with a possible 35 on. Simon took advantage and showed what an excellent player he is by making a 34 clearance to win the frame; the second was nearly as good with Karl 18 behind on the colours and coming back to win the frame and match 5-3.
Rolleston A took on Stapenhill B and Paul Fox made a good 35 break in the two frames he lost to Stapenhill’s John Sheriff who played excellently, while on the other table Ryan Gibbs and Colin Britton shared their games, Adam Farrington for Rolleston played solidly to get two back against Tim Knopik leaving the last pair to decide the result and in two tight frames it was Stapenhill’s Andy Tomlinson who came out on top beating Stuart Cameron for a good 5-3 away win.
South Derbyshire Snooker Centre D missed out on a chance to claw back some points on the league leaders losing to Willington C at home 5-3 Wayne Brewin winning two against Willington’s Loz Kennerson making a 39 break in the process Willington’s Dave Budworth pulled two frames back beating Ryan Gilmore and making a 31 break in the process, Swads David Wain drew with Darren Harris leaving the last match again to decide the result with Swads Lee Sherratt to play Willington’s Steve Lane who played well to give the visitors the win 5-3.
Stapenhill A had another win this time at home to Burton Cons C, Mark Waldron winning two against Jim Jennings in an otherwise drawn match.
The League leaders Ivanhoe C drew at home with Burton Cons B, no match report.
Tony Coleman writes for Rileys Division 2
Tutbury B are certainly one of the form teams in this division as they demolished a depleted Swad Cons C 8-0 with a very professional display well led by Graham Smith who got some excellent pots in beating Reg Shorthouse with something to spare. Paul Atterbury carried on the good work with a solid display in beating Jon Petcher who did not have the best of running. Colin Bell maintained his unbeaten start to the season with a workman like performance to beat Peter Fearn. Jeff Siddalls managed to beat Barry Bentley after a struggle to inflict the ‘tin hat’ on the Cons. This win sees Tutbury moving up the table very nicely.
Willington D the current league leaders got back to winning ways as they beat SDSC F 6-2. The Power boys were given the perfect start with Brian Alford playing some excellent snooker with both potting and safety play to beat Ken White. He was well supported by Trevor “hot shot”Heath as he took both frames with some quality snooker as he beat Sam Hutchinson. Willington’s Bill Davidson whose drawn match with Alex Read gave his team the win in what was a keenly fought match. Lee Cooke helped his side by also drawing in two drawn out frames with Henry Carlton.
SDSC E drew again for the second week running this time to Alrewas D. Nick Harcombe gave them a good start in defeating Tony Trueman in two well contested games. Nick is certainly playing with a lot of confidence at the moment and has not dropped many frames so far this season. John Hill then got the team scores level with a confident display in beating Tony Mitchell. Andy Jefferies and Tom Smith shared two rather dour frames. It was then left to Ray Bancroft and Dave Riley to slug it out to decide the outcome of the match. Neither player managed to get the two frames required and probably the fairest result was a draw. This result just keeps SDSC in second position.
A good win away from home for Woodville S&S A when they beat Burton Cons D in a well contested match. Tony Coleman won his first frame fairly comfortably which included a break of 20 against Ian Protheroe but the second was a much closer game. A special mention of thanks to Ian for starting his game a little early enabling Tony to see the second half of the Brewers game against Torquay. Alan Orpwood was also in good form against Al Munnien taking the first frame with some good pots but in the second frame Al fought back well to win the game on the pink. The Cons Paul Brooks had no answer to the potting prowess of Pat Ryan who missed very little in both frames. Nathan Brooks did very well to share the frames with Woodville’s ‘Mr Consistency’ Jim Marcer with Nathan winning his frame on the black.
Ivanhoe D had a very good win away to the form team Rolleston C winning 5-3. Jason Collins gave Ivanhoe a good start as he took both frames off Richard O’Dell in a cracking game of snooker with both players in good form. Jason was particularly ‘hot’ with his long potting. Lionel Lewis got Rolleston on the scoreboard as he drew with Tim Bale. Tim played well as Lionel has not dropped many frames so far this season. Kev Norris was again in cracking form as he waltzed to an easy two frame win over Warner Collins who was a little down after not being picked for the local dance formation team. Jack Bale has been renamed as lucky Bale by his team mates as he had a fair amount of luck in beating the talented but unlucky Joe Docksey. The win keeps Ivanhoe just behind SDSC E in third place with Rolleston in fourth.