Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division.
The President’s Cup Divisional Final took place as Swadlincote Snooker Centre A hosted Burton Cons A. The visitors took the spoils as Owen Jones, Stuart Roberts and John Shilton won the frames to clinch a place in the grand final. The tie was played on the night as both teams also faced each other in the league. Chris Dewey was first up against Stuart Roberts. Dewey had chances in both but Roberts took the frames to put the Cons 2-0 up. Steve Ayre played Matt Milnes on the other table. Milnes put in a solid performance to win the frames and increase the lead. Andy Goldingay found John Shilton too strong on the night as the Cons player won both frames. Mark Satchwell halted the whitewash as he won two close, black ball games against Owen Jones to leave the final score at 6-2 to the visitors.
A close game at Ashby Ivanhoe saw the A team just sneak by an excellent Alrewas B display. Ian Rennocks took on Colin Kinsella in a high quality game. Kinsella’s 32 break in the first saw him edge ahead and despite being behind in all of the second frame a 24 clearance saw him take the match 2-0. The league’s number one ranked player Andy Marriott was pushed all the way by a spirited performance by Carl Poulton. The first frame seemed to be sown up by Marriott but a missed black on the final red gave Poulton a chance. It went to the final black ball and Poulton just managed to snick it in for the frame. The second frame saw Poulton edge ahead again but a magnificent 50 clearance by Marriott gave him a share of the spoils. Ant Moore and Adam Walton locked horns in the next with Moore just about coming out on top. The first was relatively comfortable for Moore with some good potting but the second was much closer with Walton just missing out on some key balls to allow Moore to take it on the final black. That left Mick Kirk and Ian Hiley to play for the team win. Both frames were very scrappy with high value colours going safe early on and long bouts of safety. Kirk got ahead in both frames and even though Hiley fought back Kirk hung on and took both frames and the win on the final few colours.
Tutbury A won a tight match against Belmont B. Chris Mabbott exhibited his potting prowess as he defeated Michael Lomas and Dave Mabbott also won both frames against Zaheer Hussain. Steve Hathaway shared the frames with Miffa Smith. Finally, Steve Mabbott played Arron Vaughan. The visiting player took both frames to complete the match.
Rileys A won 6-2 against Ivanhoe B. Ade Harper and Andy Spiers did maximum damage as they won all the frames against Bren Mattley and Jay Pickering respectively. Mark Stirling drew with John Skellett, who knocked in a 34 break. The final match saw Tom Elliott draw with Stu Tagg to close out the match.
Alrewas A were heavily beaten 7-1 by another relegation rival Stapenhill A. Andy Gretton, Chris Sheldrake and Steve Ford won all of their frames. Alan Wilson halted the onslaught as he shared the frames with Carl Jeffcoate.
Tony Coleman Reporting on the David Wain Insurance Division 1
Burton Cons B are gradually increasing the gap at the top after a very good home win against improving Rolleston A 6-2. Rolleston got off to a good start thanks to Bobby Cliff taking both frames against Dave Shipton in a match that was played in great spirit with good pots by both players. Dave Plunkett got the home side back on level terms in a very entertaining match with Tony Rushton which saw both players going for the pots. The highest break of the week in this division was made by Simon Smith with a break of 44 as he took both frames off Joe Docksey with a great display off potting in both frames leaving Joe very little opportunity to shine. Jason Anguish also won his match in beating Richard O’Dell in two very close frames with both players being on top of their game.
Burton Cons C tightened their grip on second place as they beat Willington D 5-3. Willington are not having the best of times this season. Mick Hickenbottom a name from the distant past dusted off the cobwebs from his cue and played remarkably good snooker against Adi Millington. Mick rolled back the years in the first frame with some solid snooker to take the first frame. In the second frame Adi came back well to take the frame leaving Mike a happy bunny with his performance. On the other table we had the match of the evening between two of the most consistent performers in the division this season that is Mike Buckland for the Cons and Dave Budworth for Willington. Mike worked himself into a winning position in the first leaving Dave requiring two snookers to win which he duly did but unfortunately for Dave Mike produced a great pot to win the frame. The second was just a counting exercise for the referee as the master break builder knocked in breaks of 28, 27 and another 27 for good measure. According Ian Shrieve if Mike had not had a massive kick on the cue ball he was on for a potential 100 plus break !!!! Ian Shrieve took his first frame against Steve Williams fairly easily with one or two nice pots. Steve came back very well in the second frame to earn a well deserved draw. Willington’s Bill Davidson took the first frame against Steve Castledine to keep the result in doubt until the final frame. Steve Castledine won the final frame to give the Con’s the win.
In the battle for third place it was the home team who came out the winners in a very tight match between Willington C who beat Newhall A at the Willington Arena 5-3. Taylor Richardson got the home side off to a fine start as he beat Callum Gray in two fairly open frames with both players going for the pots with Taylor just having the edge. Steve Butterworth then put them 3-1 ahead at the turn as he drew with Steady Eddie Glover in two highly competitive frames with the scoreline being right. Steve Lane then drew with Sam Hicks in a couple of close frames with neither player being able to make the most of their chances. Loz Kennerson got the frame they needed for the win as he drew with Martin Hicks with some very good play by both players.
The confidence has certainly returned to a rejuvenated Willington B team as they beat SDSC D 7-1 away. This win puts them nicely in the middle of the table. Willington were given a great start thanks to some inspirational play from Trevor Heath who beat Brian Bloor very easily in the first frame with Brian conceding with two reds left on the table. Trevor’s potting in this frame was exceptionally good. The second frame was more of a close affair with Trevor sealing the win on the colours. Tony Clements played some lovely snooker in the first frame to win it fairly convincingly but the second frame was a lot tighter with his opponent John Chambers taking the last three colours to win on the black after being 16 points behind. What a first frame between Garton Bloor and Willington’s Andrew Jenkins. Garton was strolling to win the first frame thanks to some good pots and one or two lucky snookers which left Andy 44 points behind. Andy frustrated by his lack of scoring opportunities played on laying some very good snookers netting him four fouls which included fouls on the black and pink which enabled Andy to win it on the black. The second frame was won more comfortably for Andy with him going in front and never looked like losing it. Steve Gaunt and David Wain shared the frames in a well contested match with both players making good safety shots. This win is a good shot in the arm for Willington B.
Woodville S&S A are on a little bit of a losing streak at the moment as they lost at the Woodville Triangle to Ivanhoe C 5-3. Ivanhoe have certainly upped their game in the New Year. Jim Marcer had a tight first frame with Gaz Dolman who won it on the black after Jim had potted a cracking pink but was not able to get on the black sufficiently to pot it. The second frame Gaz was in control very early thanks to some good pots and safety play and never relinquished the lead. Alan Orpwood and Steve Cockeram shared the frames. In the first frame Steve started potting very well and missing very little but Alan did his best to claw the points back but failed. The second was a rather scrappy affair with Alan winning it on the black. Tony Coleman managed to beat Jerry Cook in a drawn out match which saw Gaz Dolman thinking about going home to get his pyjamas on!!! The first frame was a rather drawn out affair with neither player looking as if they could pot the deciding black. This happened after about ten minutes in trying to do so. The second frame was more comfortable after Tony knocked in a 22 break. Graham Measures played a captain’s role as he took both frames against Pat Ryan. The first frame was rather spoilt by the black being over the pocket and being surrounded by the reds and it was Graham who was able to wheedle out the odd red and pot a colour then run safe and so on. The second frame was more straight forward for Graham as he managed to get into his potting stride. This was a hard earned win for Ivanhoe boys.
Mark Vaughan writes for Forever Mobility Division 2
League leaders Stapenhill B who have a large squad to pick from, this week changed the team just prior to the start of the match against Burton Cons D and started well with Andy Tomlinson and Tim Knopik winning the first two frames, this was changed in the next two frames as the Burton men came back strongly, Paul Brookes took pink and black to win and Nathan Brookes won comfortably against Tim, who was having a few problems with the table condition to level the match. Stapenhill turned to Greg Britton who faced Al Munnien and in two close frames it was the Burton man who put his team on the verge of victory winning both, as many times this season Stapenhill sent out John Sherriff who didn’t have it all his own way but managed to knock in the divisions joint highest break so far with a 42, he took the last frame as well to draw the match.
The Stapenhill draw gave the chasing pack a chance to draw closer and second placed Rolleston C turned on the style at home defeating Swad Cons C, 8-0.
Third placed Tutbury B had a great result away at Alrewas winning 7-1 with Tony Trueman taking Alrewas’s only frame.
Ashby Ivanhoe D teams continued good form helped them to a 6-2 win against Woodville SS B with the Bale family Keith, John and Tim winning all there frames and Mark Gallagher taking two for Woodville.
Belmont C overcame Riley’s B 7-1 with Yvonne Spendlove taking Riley’s only frame against Dougie Lees.
Swad Cons D can thank Kieran Dadley for their 5-3 win over Rolleston B taking two frames off Dave Bentley in an otherwise drawn match.
Belmont D suffered another defeat this time at the hands of Swad Cons B, Swads captain Paul Hollis won two frames which included a great 39 break which could have been more against Tom Holland, he took on a difficult black to play for position on the last red to carry the break on and jawed it in the pocket, some people suggested he would have been better to role it in but I think he made the right decision to try for the higher break, Micky Morris drew the match level by beating the luckless Bob McInulty, Jake Mole then took one off Mark Vaughan on the black to leave the result on the last match between Belmont’s Brett Craddock and Vince Draper, in two close frames it was Vince who took them both to give his team a 5-3 victory.